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Putin's Ace In The Hole: A Divided West / DIE WELT -OpEd- BERLIN — Moscow’s troops have now crossed over the border and invaded Ukraine, with reports of direct fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

In Swiss Lakes, Scientists Search For The Source Of Immortality / LE TEMPS GENEVA — "Do you want to see the hydrae?" the scientist asks. We know that since Heracles' time the creature has shrunk significantly, so we accept the invitation without too much fear.

Back-To-School In Israel: Kids Talk Of Wartime Summer / CALCALIST TEL AVIV — With Israeli students returning to school this week, Calcalist decided to ask a few how they spent what turned out to be an unusual summer holiday, given the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

A Post-Westphalian Caliphate? Deconstructing ISIS Ambitions / MADA MASR CAIRO — Since the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared a caliphate, much has been written about the movement — but still more remains unclear.

Russia Vs. NATO, ISIS' "Ethnic Cleansing," North Korean Burgers / WHILE YOU SLEPT Tuesday, September 2, 2014 RUSSIA TO REVIEW MILITARY DOCTRINE AGAINST NATO Moscow will review its military doctrine in the face of NATO expansion to countries that border Russia.

In Emperors' Footsteps

Not far from Beijing lie the Ming tombs — a collection of imperial mausoleums built during the Chinese Ming dynasty.

Fighting Crime With WhatsApp In Small Town Argentina / CLARIN CHABAS — Residents in the small town of Chabás, northwest of Buenos Aires, recently put Internet chatting to good use, effectively using the free mobile texting application WhatsApp to police their neighborhood.

Viktor Orban's Assault On Democracy Quietly Got Much Scarier This Summer / DIE WELT BUDAPEST — Since his 2010 election victory, the words of Viktor Orban have been seen by the West as a bitter pill that must be swallowed.  When the Hungarian Prime Minister, for example, claimed that the "Magyar race" was in "serious danger," the phrase may have seemed cut from World War II propaganda reels. Still, Western observers weren’t unduly worried, repeatedly succumbing to Orban’s virtuosity with double meanings.

Why Vacuum Cleaners May Get Less Powerful And More Expensive / LA STAMPA TURIN — First it was the light bulbs: They were too energy-intensive. Then it was fans and dryers.

For Russian Fighters, Ukraine Is Very Different Than Chechen And Afghan Wars / KOMMERSANT MOSCOW —  “Weary and angry as devils ...” is how the singer Aleksandr Karpenko described the soldiers returning from the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Ukraine Loses Airport, Amerli Siege Broken, Spanish Treasure / WHILE YOU SLEPT Monday, September 1, 2014 UKRAINE FORCES LOSE AIRPORT AHEAD OF TALKS Ukrainian government forces pulled out of the international airport in Luhansk after an assault by pro-Russian rebels, even as Ukrainian and Russian officials are preparing to meet in Minsk for another round of talks, the BBC reports.

Funchal's Flowery Floats

The Madeira Flower Festival takes place every spring. For the main parade through the streets of Funchal, 30 or so floats are decorated with thousands of flowers by associations, schools - and even hospitals and the local police take part.

New TV Series: What If Leaders Of France And Germany Were Secret Lovers? / LES ECHOS BERLIN — He has just been elected as French president, and meets the German chancellor three weeks later during a European summit.

Untuned With Global Realities, China's Rival-Free TV Market Stagnates / ECONOMIC OBSERVER -OpEd- BEIJING — Since last year Chinese television has started to feel the threat of new media and to regard TV as a sunset industry.

Hamas Hunts Palestinian Spies Collaborating With Israel / LE TEMPS GAZA — Days after Israel's "elimination" of four senior Hamas commanders, the "hunt for traitors" is in full swing inside the Islamic organization.

The West's Collective Angst About Ukraine's Crisis-Zone Nuclear Reactors / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG BERLIN — For many in Ukraine the city of Enerhodar is known simply as "Atomic City." It was founded a couple of decades ago to accommodate a power station, and the city with its 50,000 inhabitants in southeastern Ukraine is known today as one of the country's main energy suppliers.

Formula E, Revving Up A Green Rival To Formula 1 / LES ECHOS After the latest preparatory races in mid-August on England's Donington Park circuit, all eyes are now on the first world championship of electric cars, to be held Sept.

Moscow's Booming Nightlife, A Haven Of Politics-Free Fun / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MOSCOW — It's a typical summer night at Gorky Park on the bank of the Moskva River.

Indonesia's First Retirement Home For Transgenders / PortalKBR JAKARTA — In a suburban part of Jakarta, we're walking down a dirt road up to a very small pink house at the end of an alley.

Is The World's Rarest Bird About To Go The Way Of The Dodo?

The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, is at a serious risk of extinction. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), which led a study on the species, estimates that only 25 individual birds now remain in the wild.