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Concrete Jungles: The Surprisingly Rich Biodiversity Of Big Cities / EL ESPECTADOR BOGOTA — Can cities really become home to a large variety of fauna and flora?

Breaking Down the "Beauty Bonus" - Why Attractive People Get Paid More / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MUNICH — The old proverb that says, "beauty pulls more weight than oxen," is getting some close investigation in the modern job market.

Syrian Refugees Are Also Victims Of European Politics / SYRIA DEEPLY -OpEd- Nearly half the population in Syria has been uprooted from their homes.

Extra! Bill Cosby accusers make New York Magazine cover

New York Magazine, July 26, 2015 "Cosby: The Women, An Unwelcome Sisterhood," the cover of New York Magazine’s latest issue reads.

The Lion’s Claw

The paws are all that remain of the Sigiriya, the "Lion Rock" in central Sri Lanka. The giant sculpture was meant to guard the entrance to a now-destroyed palace — and judging only by the size of one of its claw (this is my wife sitting next to it), one can imagine it was doing a fine job.

July 27

Poisons In Paradise: Hawaiians Take On Agrochemical Giants / LE MONDE WAIMEA — Everyday, Klayton Kubo, 49, does the same pilgrimage across his village of Waimea, on Kauai, an island in the Hawaiian archipelago.

"Gay Lobby" Accusations Inside Russian Orthodox Church / LE TEMPS Ulyanovsk, which happens to be the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin, is at the center of one of the worst scandals to shake the Russian Orthodox Church since it reemerged 25 years ago after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

July 26

Best Hope To Save The Earth? Separate Humans From Nature / EL ESPECTADOR -Essay- BOGOTA — Consumerism or "exaggerated consumption," states Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the environment, is an affront to life in all its forms.

Deconstructing ‘The Capital Cairo,’ Egypt’s $45-Billion Super Development / MADA MASR CAIRO — Questions abound in the wake of Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb's announcement that the government will build a 700-square kilometer business and administrative center called The Capital Cairo.

July 25

Ukrainian Crisis Rekindles Russia Fears In Finland / KOMMERSANT HELSINKI — Back in April, Finland joined its Nordic neighbors in strengthening military cooperation to counter any potential Russian threat, saying in a joint statement that "the Russian army is challenging us at our borders." Finland still has no intentions to join NATO, but since the start of the Ukrainian crisis, it has increased its cooperation with the western military alliance and launched rapid reforms of its military.

A New Party Trend From Argentina: Fake Weddings / CLARIN BUENOS AIRES — Weddings are a blast. So why wait for marriage to have one? That is precisely the logic behind a new party trend in Argentina, where young people are staging "fake" weddings with all the food, drink and music of the real thing, but without anyone being legally wed.

Turkey/ISIS escalation, Lafayette shooting, Jurassic back‏

Photo: T. Pyle/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA/ZUMA TURKEY TARGETS ISIS IN SYRIA In a major escalation in the fight against ISIS, Turkey returned fire early today for the first time, sending F-16 fighter jets to bomb ISIS positions across the border with Syria, killing at least 35 ISIS militants.

Game On: 5 Brutal Team Sports That Survived The Ages / Take 5 Sports are among the world's most compelling forms of entertainment. But they can also be a way for communities to carry on culture and traditions.

Extra! New Earth-Like Planet Found

La Presse, July 24, 2015 “The Earth has a cousin!” writes Canadian daily newspaper La Presse on the front-page headline of its Friday edition after NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-425b, which is probably the most Earth-like exoplanet ever identified.

Far From The War

The fishermen of Nazaré and their wives seemed far away from the turmoil their country was experiencing: A mere eight months before we visited the remote seaside village, the Guinea-Bissau War of Independence between Portugal and its colony broke out — an 11-year-long war during which thousands of s

Parasite Of Power, Demise Of A 21st-Century Chinese Guru / CAIXINMEDIA BEIJING — Wang Lin is one of China's best-known (and self-proclaimed) qigong masters, drawing in the rich and famous with his spiritual healing methods and such proclaimed feats as chopping off snakes' heads and bringing them back to life.

July 24