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    Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe granted voting rights to 13,000 ex-felons—again [qz.com] In a defiant move, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday (Aug. 22) that he would restore the voting rights of 13,000 ex-felons, after the state’s…
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      Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment trial is snapping Brazil back to post-Olympics reality [qz.com] The Rio 2016 Olympics are over, and despite all the doubts leading up to the games, Brazil pulled them off in dignified fashion. The events…
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        What happens to Olympic venues when the games are over? [qz.com] Now that the games have ended, Brazil faces a question that every host country must deal with: What to do with all those stadia and…
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          Target has dumped one of India’s biggest textile companies because of fake bed sheets [qz.com] Target, America’s second-largest discount retailer, has decided to cut ties with Indian textiles manufacturer Welspun India because of fake Egyptian cotton sheets suppli…
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            Ramen noodles are becoming a crucial currency in prison because inmates get so little food [qz.com] The popular image of prison currency is the cigarette: a small, easily transferable moment of relief for those behind bars. Postage stamps, envelopes and pre-paid…
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              Two Irish women have live-tweeted their journey to seek abortions in England [qz.com] Two women from Ireland have live-tweeted their journey to England to obtain abortions in protest of their country’s restrictive laws banning the procedure. Using the…
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                Militants have finally declared a ceasefire in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta region [qz.com] Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a leading disruptive militant group in Nigeria’s oil-rich south, has announced a ceasefire and committed to negotiating with the Nigerian government…
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                  Denmark has figured out how to teach kids empathy and make them happier adults [qz.com] Empathy, or the ability to read another person’s emotions, is a critical life skill. Many fear children are losing it—and that they’ll be less happy…
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                    Ryan Lochte’s Rio mugging story just cost him a major endorsement deal [qz.com] US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is starting to suffer the financial consequences of his Rio mugging story. Speedo, which had a 10-year endorsement deal with…
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                      The last country to abolish slavery is jailing its anti-slavery activists [qz.com] Thirteen anti-slavery campaigners were sentenced for up to 15 years in prison in Mauritania last week, for their role in a protest aimed at denouncing…
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                        H&M reportedly used garment factories that worked teens for 12-hour shifts [qz.com] H&M is under fire for contracting with factories that allegedly violate child-labor laws. According to the Guardian, a book being published in Sweden next week…
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                          China’s Hugo award-winning sci-fi story is eerily real for some Beijingers [qz.com] A young Chinese author just beat Stephen King in the prestigious Hugo Awards for science fiction. At this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Missouri,…
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                            The Clinton campaign is already assuming victory in two key battleground states [qz.com] The US presidential election is two and a half months out, and Hillary Clinton is already confident enough in two key battleground states to stop…
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                              Researchers built a power saw with sharks’ teeth for blades, for science [qz.com] Recently, a group of US researchers glued shark teeth to power saws, creating a terrifying tool that could find a home in just about any…
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                                Tyra Banks is only the latest celebrity professor [qz.com] Tyra Banks, the swimsuit model turned entrepreneur, will co-teach a class at Stanford’s business school next year. The course — Project You: Building and Extending…
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                                  Watch: John Oliver explains how Donald Trump could fix our broken political system [qz.com] As the US presidential elections draw near, Donald Trump’s campaign shows no signs of settling down. In the last week, the campaign chairman has resigned,…
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                                    The secret to repairing a broken conversation [qz.com] We’ve all been there. In the midst of a productive conversation with a colleague, something unexpected happens. It might be an awkward phrase or an…
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                                      The real infectious disease problem in Brazil isn’t actually Zika, it’s syphilis [qz.com] Everyone knows Brazil is currently suffering a Zika outbreak. But the real public health hazard there might be something no one’s talking about: the numbers…
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                                        Donald Trump’s campaign is spending money on all the wrong things [qz.com] Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues to funnel money to the candidate’s businesses and family, the latest campaign financial disclosures show, and his operation is far…
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                                          Angela Merkel’s post-Brexit European tour, mapped [qz.com] Next month, life after Brexit begins in earnest. Britain hasn’t yet left the European Union—that will take years—but it is effectively out of the club…