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Has the big China golf course boom finally gone bust? | The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream

It’s impossible to report on China from Brooklyn. Things change so randomly and rapidly there that you really have to be in the thick of it to try …

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Sweden’s prostitution solution: Why hasn’t anyone tried this before?

While many nations have resigned themselves to the fact that ‘prostitution will always be with us,’ one country’s success stands out as a solitary …

John Kerry heads to Vienna for Iran nuclear talks

US secretary of state dismisses UK counterpart’s remark that Monday deadline for reaching deal will have to be extended<p>The US secretary of state, John Kerry, arrived at nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Thursday, insisting negotiators were focused on reaching agreement by the Monday …

Best Buy reports surprise U.S. sales jump, lays out longer-term plan

Best Buy (BBY) pleasantly surprised Wall Street on Thursday with an unexpected rise in U.S. comparable sales, and gave the broad outlines of its …

Ukraine is preparing for military assault on the east, Russian foreign minister says

Russia's foreign policy chief on Wednesday claimed that Ukraine's decision to freeze budget payments to the eastern rebel-held territories could be a precursor to a military onslaught.<p>Ukrainian officials announced earlier this month that they will freeze the $2.6-billion in state support to the …

Twitter teams up with advocacy group to fight online harassment of women

The non-profit advocacy organization Women, Action, and the Media (Wam) has created an “unprecdented” partnership with Twitter to tackle online harassment of women.<p>Following a Pew study that showed 26% of women aged between 18 and 24 have been stalked online and 25% have been targets of online …

The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS

The Louisiana university has turned into a nanny state, issuing a campus smoking ban of dubious legality.<p>We are all familiar with the “nanny state.” …

Celebrate pioneering illusionist & film director Georges Méliès by exploring the very first VR-enabled