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When the men and women of Iraq’s oldest Christian town gathered for Easter mass this weekend, they did so knowing that the Islamic State extremists who had chased them away were not coming back. Their battlefield defeat two months ago meant the people of Hamdaniya (also called Qaraqosh) could once again celebrate without fear.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/21/iraqs-oldest-christian-town-celebrates-easter-without-isis

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Hong Kong-based photographer Michael Wolf is best known for Architecture of Density, which shows the city’s tower blocks as dramatic geometric abstractions, and Tokyo Compression, which captures rush hour on the Japanese capital’s subway. He died this week aged 64.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2019/apr/26/photographs-michael-wolf-architecture-density-tokyo-compression

From Japanese commuters pressed against train windows to the high-rise hutches of Hong Kong, the German photographer caught the effects of global capitalism on humans.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/26/how-photographer-michael-wolf-captured-the-planets-teeming-city-life

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During World War II, something happened that nobody ever talks about. This is a tale of mysterious balloons, cowboy sheriffs, and young children caught up in the winds of war. And silence, the terror of silence.

Reporters Peter Lang-Stanton and Nick Farago tell us the story of a seemingly ridiculous, almost whimsical series of attacks on the US between November of 1944 and May of 1945. With the help of writer Ross Coen, geologist Elisa Bergslien, and professor Mike Sweeney, we uncover a national secret that led to tragedy in a sleepy logging town in south-central Oregon.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/fu-go?fbclid=IwAR1xqPHMqUapBkmBSGEFfpaWHgX4j8oYCT45-AGrO4TmtCHFW--Uc3D-WtI

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However, the new Belgrade project will dwarf all of Mészáros’ other ventures. The 160km railway line will cost €2.3 billion, which will make it the most expensive Hungarian railway project of all time. According to Szijjártó, the contract will be signed by the 25th of May, which will come into effect when agreements are finalised between the Hungarian Government and Eximbank. Construction is set to begin at the end of this year or the start of 2020 and the venture is estimated to take 5 years to complete.

https://dailynewshungary.com/hungarys-biggest-ever-railway-project-goes-to-orbans-friend/

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CAIRO — Seven months into her livestreaming career, Nada Khaled Mohamed, 20, still gets nervous every time she goes on air. But after taking a few minutes to compose herself, she turns on the camera and warmly greets her audience, her hands tucked into the shape of a heart: “Welcome! I want an island! I want a Ferrari!” 

The exchange is at most mildly flirtatious, but in a socially conservative region, such unscripted interaction seems plenty exciting for Mohamed’s mostly male followers. They tip her generously with virtual gifts — such as “islands” and “Ferraris” — that can be converted into real money on 7Nujoom, one of the first Chinese livestreaming apps to enter the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, in 2014.

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1003993/where-watchful-eyes-are-welcome

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In 1966, the leader of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, outlawed access to abortion and contraception in a bid to boost the country’s population. In the short term, it worked, and the year after it was enacted the average number of children born to Romanian women jumped from 1.9 to 3.7. But birthrates quickly fell again as women found ways around the ban. 

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/05/16/what-actually-happens-when-a-country-bans-abortion-romania-alabama/

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On 5/22/2019 at 3:38 PM, Lazar said:

In 1966, the leader of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, outlawed access to abortion and contraception in a bid to boost the country’s population. In the short term, it worked, and the year after it was enacted the average number of children born to Romanian women jumped from 1.9 to 3.7. But birthrates quickly fell again as women found ways around the ban. 

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/05/16/what-actually-happens-when-a-country-bans-abortion-romania-alabama/

O ovome ima odlican film https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4_Months,_3_Weeks_and_2_Days 

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Darko Melentijević, mladi Kosjerac od aprila do danas oženio se sa četiri Kineskinje. Posle ovoga ženiće se tokom leta i jeseni, sve sa damama iz Azije, najmanje još 35 puta. Toliko svadbi mu je do sada zakazano podno Divčibara.

Biće kasnije još njegovih svadbi, jer je Darko, učenik četvrtog razreda Tehničke škole iz Kosjerića, "profesionalni mladoženja" u interaktivnom projektu od turističke važnosti za njegov zavičaj. Nazvan je "Tradicionalna seoska svadba", po originalu scenarisan i kolorisan, s tim što su Darkove mlade iz Kine.

https://www.6yka.com/novosti/darko-19-se-za-dva-mjeseca-ozenio-sa-cetiri-kineskinje-jos-njih-35-ga-ceka-u-redu

Ko je ovo smislio, zaslužio je da se obogati klanj::

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"Tetris," the hugely popular and addictive game that swept the world in the 1980s and 1990s, continues to engage and captivate players today. Unlike the majority of products developed during the early boom years of video game design, "Tetris" was a no-frills outlier: no fancy images, no memorable characters and no narrative.

But while the game may be uncomplicated, the story of how it came to dominate the gaming industry and bewitch millions of people around the world is quite the opposite. 

https://www.livescience.com/56481-strange-history-of-tetris.html

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PHOTOGRAPHIC PIONEERS IN SOVIET-ERA LATVIA: THE STORY OF RIGA PHOTO CLUB

by Daiga Jamonte, RIGA

Riga Photo Club is the oldest photographic club in Riga. After its foundation, it quickly distinguished itself as the leading and most prestigious photography society – the one with which all other clubs in Latvia competed.

https://deepbaltic.com/2018/03/05/photographic-pioneers-in-soviet-era-latvia-the-story-of-riga-photo-club/

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What is it about language that gets people so hot under the collar? That drives them to spend hours arguing with strangers on the internet, to go around correcting misspelt signs in the dead of night, or even to threaten acts of violence? The languages we speak are central to our sense of self, so it is not surprising that their finer points can become a battleground. Passionate feelings about what’s right and wrong extend from the use of “disinterested” to what gay people are allowed to call themselves. Here are some of the most memorable rows, spats and controversies.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/17/language-wars-18-greatest-linguistic-spats

Linguists Marko Dragojevic and colleagues recount the story of a cafe in an area of Bosnia and Herzegovina controlled by Croatians during the 1992-95 war. “On its menu, the cafe offered its customers coffee at three different prices, depending on which pronunciation customers used to order the item. Kava, indexing a Croatian, and by extension, Catholic identity, was sold for the modest price of 1 Deutsche Mark. Kafa, indexing a Serbian and Orthodox Christian identity, was not available for sale. Finally, kahva, indexing a Bosnian Muslim identity, cost the customer a ‘bullet in the forehead’.”

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/17/recycled-plastic-america-global-crisis

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Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret

Plastic bottles bundled in a recycling facility. Bales such as these travel around the world on shipping containers.

A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world – and overwhelms the poorest nations

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