Politics

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Say Goodbye to the Costumed Performers at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

The city is finally enforcing its ban on fake "soldiers" and other colorful characters in its city center. And it's a shame.

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Why Street Protests Fail

How can so many demonstrations accomplish so little?

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The Polarized Partisan Geography of Inequality

Democrats represent some of the richest House districts—but they're also more likely to have deeply unequal constituencies.

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What Richmond Looked Like After Confederate Troops Set it on Fire

In the final days of the Civil War, fleeing southern troops burnt the city to the ground.

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Even McDonald's Has Left Crimea

Citing "manufacturing reasons," the fast food chain announced it has closed its three locations on the peninsula.

The Hidden Side of Turkey's Urban Transformation, Told in 10 Pictures

Young photographers capture the country's abandoned spaces, overcrowded cities, and the people left behind.

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Driving in Saudi Arabia as a Woman

Though not officially illegal, women aren't allowed behind the wheel. A handful of protesters are trying to change that.

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What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son

The "special tax" on men of color is more than an inconvenience. A father shares his firsthand observations and fears.

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'If Elected, I Promise I Will Just Get Publicly Drunk'

But this 'candidate' for Toronto mayor says he won't threaten to kill anyone! In a city run by Rob Ford, that's progress.

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America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.

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Madrid's Mayor Wants to Ban City Center Protests

Ana Botella says demonstrations like the ones over the weekend are a detriment to the city's image.

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Charlotte's Mayor Gets Out of Jail and Resigns

Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents, and accused of taking $48,000 in bribes from undercover agents.

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Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

The Geography of Small Talk

How you start a conversation with a stranger depends on where you live.

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The Most and Least Healthy Counties in the U.S.

How college education, housing, and transit affect the health status of Americans.

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Protesters Use Sex Dolls to Rally Against Spain's Anti-Abortion Law

Say hello to one of the creepiest pieces of public art in recent history.

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Can Text Messaging Solve Karachi's Incredible Unpaid Water Bill Problem?

In a city of 20 million people, most don't pay their water bills. So the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has begun playing the religion card.

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Air Pollution Now Linked to 1 out of Every 8 Deaths in the World

It's the single largest environmental health risk today.

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Why China's Cities Need to Get Denser, Not Bigger

If Guangzhou had the same density as Seoul, it could accommodate another 4 million more people on top of its current 15 million.