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Singapore’s ‘Vertical Village’ Named Building of the Year

Singapour

Lage’ in Singapore has been named the World Building of the Year. Judges at the eighth annual World Architecture Festival, held at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore, awarded the top prize to The Interlace. The village, designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Buro Ole Scheeran …

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Alain Delon, The Superstar Who Redefined French Cool, Turns 80

Alain Delon

Jean-Paul Belmondo defined French cool at the beginning of the New Wave in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 classic “Breathless.” Actor Alain Delon and director Jean-Pierre Melville very consciously redefined it in 1967’s “Le Samourai,” in which Delon played a killer for hire always adjusting his fedora so it was just so. The …

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These are the World’s 10 Safest Airlines

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With 21 fatal accidents and 986 fatalities, 2014 was marred by some major commercial-aviation crashes. That said, flying is still one of the safest forms of transportation in the world. According to Australian consumer-aviation website AirlineRatings.com, the airline industry transported 3.3 billion passengers on 27 million flights last year. Airline …

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Finland May Pay Citizens 800 Euro Montly Just for Being Finns

FInland

(Bloomberg View) — An official at the Finnish Social Insurance Institution, known as KELA, said last week that each Finn could receive 800 euros ($876) a month, tax free, that would replace existing benefits. Full implementation would be preceded by a pilot stage, during which the basic income payout would …

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Nepal Elected Its First Female President

Nepal’s parliament has elected women’s rights campaigner Bidhya Devi Bhandari as its first female president, in a move hailed as a milestone. She is the second person to hold the mainly ceremonial role. The 54-year-old is currently the vice-chair of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist). Ms …

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New Zealand Beat Australia to Retain Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup

New Zealand became the first team to retain the World Cup after they held off a fierce Australian comeback to win a thrilling final at Twickenham. Wonderful tries by Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma’a Nonu gave the All Blacks a 21-3 lead before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani cut the gap …

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20 Photos that Show How Insanely Crowded China has Become

China Population

China has reportedly dropped its long-standing one-child policy, which was first enacted decades ago in an effort to curb overpopulation. China’s population was approaching 1 billion when it enforced its one-child-per-family policy in the late 1970s. Exceptions were only made in the cases of ethnic minorities and rural couples, who were …

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Samsung Electronics to Report First Profit Growth in Two Years

Samsung Electronics to Report First Profit Growth in Two Years

Samsung Electronics has been reporting low profits for quite a while now but a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Samsung is about to report the first profit growth in two years, which was to be expected. The report forecasts an earning report of $5.3 billion, the …

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China Signs $17 Billion Deal to Buy 130 Airbus Planes

China Signs $17 Billion Deal to Buy 130 Airbus Planes

China signed a deal to buy 130 planes from Airbus Group SE worth $17 billion, intensifying its competition with Boeing Co. in what’s projected to become the world’s biggest aircraft market. The agreement for 30 twin-aisle A330 and 100 single-aisle A320 planes was signed Thursday during a Beijing meeting between Chinese Premier Li …

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Iran to Appoint First Female Ambassador

Iran will appoint its first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the semi-official Fars and Mehr news agencies said late on Monday, citing unspecified reports, Marzieh Afkham, the incumbent spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, will leave Tehran next month to serve as ambassador to Malaysia, Xinhua news …

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