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    A Western student went to North Korea to study and he describes what it was like [qz.com] Alessandro Ford, the first Westerner allowed to study in North Korea, is opening up about his experience living in the totalitarian dictatorship. From August to…
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      Now Cecil the lion’s brother, Jericho, has been shot and killed [qz.com] The brother of Cecil the lion was illegally shot and killed Saturday in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force,…
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        Two US retailers are covering up Cosmopolitan’s sexy headlines [qz.com] Cosmopolitan is getting covered up. Two American retailers plan to place Cosmo behind “blinders” to shield minors from its sex content, reports Women’s Wear Daily.…
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          The Empire State Building will use its famed lighting display to show images of endangered animals [qz.com] New Yorkers will be able to see a giant ape climbing the Empire State Building tonight (August 1). No, it’s not the return of King…
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            Bumps and lumps: The 10 most important economic charts of the week [qz.com] Bumps American GDP growth is good, but not great Britain’s GDP growth streak is the third-longest since 1955 South Africa’s trade balance has been positive…
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              Spam has fallen to a 10-year low and is unlikely to make a comeback [qz.com] There are fewer Nigerian princes on the internet today spamming you in their quest to offload large sums of money out of their country. For…
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                Balenciaga and Alexander Wang’s breakup: They’ll both be better off [qz.com] Designer Alexander Wang and Kering, the luxury company that owns the fashion label Balenciaga, announced Friday (July 31) that Wang is leaving his post as…
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                  Comets are less like floating rocks, and more like deep-fried ice cream [qz.com] Comets have always fascinated scientists. Centuries ago it was their glowing tails streaking across skies, and now it is the tantalizing possibility that they may…
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                    A small Saudi Arabian airplane crashed in the UK, with Osama bin Laden’s relatives on board [qz.com] A private jet crashed and exploded on the grounds of a car dealership in Hampshire, England, yesterday afternoon, apparently after overshooting the runway at nearb…
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                      Spain’s brutal heatwave is reviving the need for a siesta [qz.com] Foreigners have long coveted the leisurely siesta as a hallmark of Spanish culture. But in many parts of the country, the tradition has been fading…
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                        Quartz Africa Weekly: Walmart in Lagos, Africa’s population boom, mobile’s financial inclusion [qz.com] You can receive this weekly brief, and more from Quartz Africa, by signing up for free here Five stories from this week Why Africa is…
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                          How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library [qz.com] What would you do with a million free images? In keeping with its ambition to become the world’s most open institution of its kind, the…
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                            One of climate change’s biggest dangers is one the world still isn’t talking about [qz.com] Changes in climate and weather patterns worldwide are converging with social trends, shifting populations, land use change, and increasingly impaired water infrastructure t…
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                              To end American poverty, we must make voting mandatory for everyone [qz.com] Shhh—can you hear the collective whisper of the poor and working-class moderates at the ballot box? Thought not. Despite years of business development, public policy…
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                                Greece’s tourism industry is showing signs of life [qz.com] Are there any signs of the Greek financial crisis on Rhodes’ sandy beaches or in the island’s medieval city? Any queues of pensioners at ATMs…
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                                  I went to India, and all you got were these lousy cartoons [qz.com] One year ago, I spent two weeks traveling around India. I had been selected by the global communications firm I work for to be a…
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                                    Charts: The Clintons made $140.8 million over the last eight years [qz.com] Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton just released her tax returns from the past seven years, filling out her public financial history dating back decades…
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                                      Weekend edition: Cecil the lion, cocaine prices, giant fighting robots [qz.com] Good morning, Quartz readers! If there’s a parable in the death of Cecil the Zimbabwean lion, it’s that the impacts of technology are always mixed.…
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                                        Uber got to a $50 billion valuation a year faster than Facebook [qz.com] Uber’s valuation continues to soar. The Wall Street Journal reports that Uber has closed a funding round of almost $1 billion, pushing its worth past…
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                                          NASA is working on drones that can fly in space [qz.com] NASA is building robots to explore other planets, and drone technology for Earth. The logical next step: robot drones in space. New research out of…