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Amid the violence, Iraqis celebrate the end of Ramadan

Astoria Characters: The Ice Cream Maven

At the mention of ice cream, a smile beams like a rising sun on Dolma Yangchen's solidly serious face. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Dolma came to New York from Tibet seven years ago. In Tibet, where she comes from, people don't eat much of the cold, creamy treat. Show More Summary

Gemili announces himself with Commonwealth 100m silver

Credits: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Alt Text: Adam Gemili crosses the line at Hampden Park English ex-footballer gets rousing reception in Glasgow as he finishes behind Kemar Bailey-Cole First Reaction Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 11:06am Few...Show More Summary

What Do You Love To Do In London?

5 hours agoEngland / London : Londonist

535 international students give Kaplan International their answers.

New York Today: Films Alfresco

What you need to know for Tuesday: Outdoor films galore, suspiciously perfect weather, and a Soul Train in Brooklyn.

LOOK: Wuhan girl brings wireless fan on metro, makes other passengers jealous

5 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A girl in Hubei was spotted using a wireless electric fan on the metro, prompting the other jealous, sweaty passengers to snap pics. [ more › ]

Morning Reads for Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

President Eisenhower signed the bill that brought NASA into existence on this day in 1958. Aren’t y’all surprised we don’t have Belle Boyd Balls? Anyway, the Cleopatra of the Succession was captured on this day in 1862. Morning Reads, after the jump,   National: Google Wants Guinea Pigs for a New Medical Study.  Here’s why I’d […]

The Factions of Raqqa Province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Much has been noted of the presence of the Islamic State in Raqqa province, where the group controls all major urban localities (Raqqa city, Tabqa, Ma’adan, and Tel Abyad), as well as the Kurdish militias just...Show More Summary

Two of China’s Busiest Airports Told to Reduce Traffic by 75%

Chinese aviation authorities asked airlines to reduce flight traffic by as much as 75% at two of the country's busiest airports Tuesday afternoon.

Heard in the Hutong: Of American Fast Food and Expired Meat

McDonald’s was recently forced to pull multiple menu items in China, China Real Time hit the streets in Beijing to hear how consumers are reacting.

Does Apple deliberately slow old iPhones before a new release?

Credits: Getty Images Alt Text: iPhone 5 New research shows Google searches for 'iPhone slow' peak when Apple releases a new iPhone model One-Minute Read Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:17am See related: iPhone 6: Apple scrambles for 'biggest...Show More Summary

Tough sanctions against Russia – but what about Israel?

Title: Vladimir Putin Alt Text: Vladimir Putin New measures risk a return to Cold War relations while some ask: why no action over Gaza crisis? Column The Mole Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:07am David Cameron faces a possible backlashShow More Summary

Revenge porn law: more clarity needed, say Lords

Credits: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/GettyImages Alt Text: A person using computers and a mobile Existing laws deemed 'fit for purpose', as social media sites and parents urged to tackle the practice One-Minute Read Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:56am See...Show More Summary

Minority Dynamics in Syria

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi With the Syrian civil war well into its fourth year, it is apparent that political and militia dynamics that have developed with Syria’s main minorities (in this analysis, excluding the Kurds)- namely, Alawites, Druze and Christians- have largely remained unchanged and if anything have only solidified. Show More Summary

Crazy English founder, wife-beater Li Yang converts to Buddhism, promises to teach monks English

6 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Crazy Chinese founder and shameless wife-beater Li Yang, converted from Islam to Buddhism, acknowledging Shi Yongxin, the Buddhist Abbot as his master. Somehow we doubt that donning new robes will help him discard old "habits." [ more › ]

Kids - Simon Tedeschi: Pianist and Prankster

20-27 Sep Imagine waking up every day at 5am to practise piano. That’s what Australian musician Simon Tedeschi had to do before his first public performance,...

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