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Why Podemos Or Syriza Scenarios Won't Happen In Italy / LA STAMPA TURIN — Italian politicians from very different backgrounds have been trying to capitalize on last week's victory of Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos in regional elections: from centrist Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the populist Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, to the banker-turned-cabinet minister Corrado Passera and leftist LGBT activist and governor of the Puglia region Nichi Vendola.

Her Job Is To Grant Or Deny Asylum To Desperate Refugees / DIE WELT BERLIN — A young man with a quilted jacket, a red hat and finely chiseled features enters the small office. Mahmoud (not his real name) is from Iraq and is applying for political asylum.  "Are you medically fit?

May 30

How The Russian Crisis Hurts Medical Tourism In Israel / CALCALIST JERUSALEM — Three patients are sitting in the spacious waiting room at the offices of the Israeli medical tourism agency iMer.

Smart Cities International: Digital Buenos Aires, Smart Small Town, More / WORLDCRUNCH When city planners talk about the future, the increasing influx to urban centers is a source of both fear and excitement.

Why Does Swiss Cheese Have Holes? Swiss Researchers Solve Mystery

BERN — Researchers in Switzerland say they've finally solved the mystery of why holes form in Swiss cheese.

To The Horror Of Rights Activists, India Legalizes Child Labor / PortalKBR JAIPUR — Saveera Khan's three daughters are helping her to make bangles, which requires working in front of a hot furnace that melts the powder used for making natural lac bangles.  The children handle many poisonous chemicals such as crystalline silica dust, and inhale noxious fumes of toxic dust. At just 7 years old, Mantasha is the youngest and she goes to school only when there isn't too much work to be done at home.

The Big Trend Of Living Small / CLARIN BUENOS AIRES — If you want to live in a big city, prepare to live in a tiny apartment.

FIFA Vote, World's Worst Economy, Youtube-versary

FIFA TO VOTE DESPITE SCANDAL The FIFA congress opened this morning as expected, and the 209 members will decide later today whether to give a record fifth term to embattled President Sepp Blatter amid the media storm resulting from a massive corruption scandal that also threatens to entangle Nike.

Extra! Stern Magazine: Germans Don't Trust Google

Stern, May 28, 2015 The relationship between Germany and Google continues to deteriorate, the German weekly Stern says in this week's edition, with the cover headline: "The Secret World of Google." According to a survey the magazine commissioned, only 26% of Germans deem the U.S.

In Denmark, The World's First Self-Sufficient Green Island / LE MONDE SAMSO — The Vikings, masters of wind, once turned this small island lost in the middle of Denmark into a strategic place.

Future In A Golf Ball

Twenty-eight years ago, my wife and I entered the future: Not only did we travel by plane for the first time, but we got to visit Spaceship Earth, in Disney World's EPCOT Center.

In Afghanistan, A Rush To Recruit Before NATO Withdraws / LA STAMPA KUNDUZ — The Taliban's annual spring offensive is underway and focused right now around the besieged city of Kunduz.

May 29

FIFA v. World: Global Press Reacts To Soccer Scandal / WORLDCRUNCH The widening corruption probe into FIFA looks a devastating earthquake for the “beautiful game,” with the epicenter in Zurich, where police arrested seven senior officials of the world soccer body just two days before controversial FIFA chief was set to be chosen for a record fifth term.

Where Pope Francis Has Failed: On Women's Equality / EL ESPECTADOR -OpEd- BOGOTA — It is no easy task trying to talk out about the errors of Pope Francis.

Blatter Holding On, Anthrax Foul-Up, Scourge Of Mankinis

WILL BLATTER SURVIVE AS FIFA PRESIDENT? The world of sports continued to reel today after the arrests of seven top FIFA officials on corruption charges, with the fate of the international soccer body’s longtime chief Sepp Blatter hanging in the balance.

China Enters "Second Generation Investments" In Latin America / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — China's Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, completed a tour last week of four South American countries — Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile — that marks a turning point between the Asian power and the Latin American region.

Through The Lion Gate

Walking under Mycenae's Lion Gate and its monumental lintel, you understand why they call its construction the work of "Cyclopean masonry." How else but with the strength of giants could such imposing blocks of stone be lifted 3,300 years ago?

Self-Imprisonment As Protest: A Gaza Woman's Harrowing Performance Art / L'OBS GAZA — Of the clamors of the world around her, she sees nothing. Neither the walls and watchtowers that enclose the Gaza Strip, nor the destruction brought by the bombs.