Mark Byrnes

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Putin Bans Protests, Most Drivers During the Sochi Olympics

And for a month before and after.

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No, Really, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Just Arm-Wrestled Hulk Hogan

Because Rob Ford.

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Buildings on Top of Buildings in China

This mysterious temple is tightly secured, with cameras and a fingerprint lock.

SHoP Architects

Can a Hockey Arena Survive Once the Hockey Team Moves Out?

Nassau Coliseum will lose the Islanders in 2015. But developers say with a serious revamp, that might not be a problem. 

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Sochi Is on Track to Be the Most Expensive Olympics in History

Russia may spend as much as $50 billion on new sports venues, better public transit, and modernized electric power systems.

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Inside the World's Tallest Slum

Torre de David was supposed to be an office skyscraper for Caracas. Then the city's economy collapsed, and squatters took over.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Friends Have Criminal Histories and Tend to Live With Their Parents

Police and local reporters are slowly putting the complicated puzzle behind Ford and his strange circle of associates together.

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Gorgeous 19th Century Cityscapes, Courtesy of Daguerrotype

How we learned to use Polariod's precursor to capture urban life.

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A Day in the Life of Paris's Growing Muslim Population

France's 5 million Muslims say they often feel left out of mainstream society, as well as the job force.

Reuters

So Pitbull Wants to Make Charter Schools 'Cool' and 'Sexy'

Is this good for America?

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Even London's Graffiti Is Gentrifying

Why street artists are livid about four new murals in East London and near the 2012 Olympics infrastructure.

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In Africa, Burying the Dead Is Big Business

Funerals are lavish affairs and, often, a burdensome expense.

Matt Hurst

The Sad Decline of the Poconos' Resort Towns

Photographer Matt Hurst chronicles the crumbling ruins of Unity House.

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Life in 1962 Berlin, One Year After the Wall Was Built

The Wall chronicles life in East Berlin and the many, desperate escape attempts.

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Is This Really Beijing's 'Most Outrageous Illegal Structure'?

Local officials say the mountainside villa on top of a Beijing apartment tower will be torn down in the next 15 days.

Rob Ford: Still Behaving Badly

Passer-bys say Ford was boozing it up in public Friday night. And reports of a "suspicious" after hours visit to a local jail last spring have surfaced.

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Europe's New Tallest Residential Tower Doesn't Have a Functional Elevator

Thanks to a design flaw, the current lift can't reach the top half of the building. How does this even happen?

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Seattle, Then and Now (1891 to 2013)

How the city evolved from a timber town to a high-tech powerhouse.

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Striking Photos of Mongolia's Hillside Slums

Ulan Bator's explosive growth has left new residents without affordable housing, meaning 60 percent of the city lives in tent settlements off the grid.