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Cycling along the Spree in Berlin
Germany

In Car-Loving Germany, A New Generation Foregoes Auto Ownership

A new study from Shell shows that changing behavior among younger generations of Germans will eventually lead to fewer cars on the road - and more women behind the wheel.

BERLIN — Changing behavior among younger generations of Germans will eventually lead to fewer cars on the roads here, and to women representing a greater share of the driving public, a new Shell study says.

The study, conducted with the Prognos Institute, predicts that the number of cars operating will begin to fall in the next decade and that the number of women driving will rise in all age groups. If 358 women per 1,000 residents had a car at the end of 2013, that figure will be 414 by the end of 2040. according to the study.

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The sands of time at Gavdos
blog

Welcome to Gavdos, The Island Of Immortals

In the late 1990s, a group of Russian physicists settled on the Greek island of Gavdos. With the idea that they can program themselves not to die, they believe themselves immortal.

GAVDOS — The island first appears as a dark line on the horizon, offshore land debris southeast from the coastal village of Paleochora. Once you utter the island's name, Gavdos, everyone around you starts to behave differently: the car-rental agent, the hotel clerk, the innkeeper who served you a dinner of barley crispbread and octopus tentacles. Their faces light up as soon as they hear you say you are actually heading towards this mole-shaped emerging island in the Libyan sea.

To Cretans, Gavdos is a true gem, a kind of treasure island that attracts philosophical tourists, people who love quiet locations, and hippies living in shabby wooden cabins. It is also the immortals' island.

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Bernar Venet's "Arcs" in Versailles
LES ECHOS

Is Bigger Beautiful? The Rise Of XXL Art

Wider, higher, heavier: A taste for oversized art is spreading around the world, among artists, collectors and the public (at large).

PARIS — Bernar Venet has big ideas, very big ideas. On July 12, he inaugurated a foundation for his monumental sculptures, notably the impressive 150-ton Effondrement ("Collapse") in Le Muy, in southeastern France.

Venet was also commissioned in 2011 to do an installation of two 72-foot arcs at the Place d’Armes in Versailles. Like the artists Richard Serra or Mark di Suvero, Venet likes art that’s a bit unhinged. “We want to go beyond," he says. "There’s something heroic in it."

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A cityscape of Palitana
blog

In India, The World's First Vegetarian City

After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone. But the city's Muslims are not happy.

PALITANA — Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and preaches a path of non-violence towards all living beings. In India, about 5 million people practice it.

"Everyone in this world — whether animal or human being or a very small creature — has all been given the right to live by God," says Virat Sagar Maharaj, a Jain monk. "So who are we to take away that right from them? This has been written in the holy books of every religion, particularly in Jainism."

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Three Muslims started the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Geopolitics

Hajjstagram: In Mecca, Hajj Pilgrims Take To Instagram

MECCA – Muslims from around the world are heading towards this Saudi Arabian city for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam, which began this week. The five-day journey is the opportunity of a lifetime for many, and a most sacred moment of faith.

Our digitally connected world also means it's a moment some have decided to share through social media, and particularly through Instagram. #Hajj, #Mecca are among the hashtags, as Muslim pilgrims upload streams of photographs of this year's pilgrimage onto the picture-sharing app. Here are some of our favorites:

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Making it taste even better
CLARIN

The New Eroticism: When Slow Food Meets Slow Sex

Spring, also known as the season of love, has arrived in South America. Experts point to "slow sex" and natural toys to help heat things up in the bedroom.

BUENOS AIRES — Is having quick, breathless sex as good as sexual intercourse at a slower pace? The first focuses on release and relieving all tensions, the second being a way of awakening the senses. It's a question sex experts have long been asking themselves, and perhaps their ultimate conclusion is implied in the fact that they are beginning to recommend a new range of eco-friendly sex toys such as fruits, vegetables, cooking oils, and dildos made out of wood or glass.

In these early days of spring in South America, sex experts say embracing "slow sex" and trying new things in the bedroom — using food and cooking elements — are key to a more active sex life.

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Tear gas and pepper spray fired at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong
Hong Kong

The View From Instagram: Hong Kong's Democracy Protests

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protesters took to the streets over the weekend in Hong Kong, flooding downtown around Admiralty, the government complex.

Occupy Central activits rallied against the government's plan to limit electoral changes. The city's authorities had promised Hong Kong residents they would be allowed to choose their own leader by 2017, but the government is now planning to restrict those changes. Contrary to what the government previously announced, only two or three candidates will be allowed on the ballot, and they will have to be chosen by a Beijing-friendly committee.

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The Universal Church before its opening in Sao Paulo, on July 31, 2014.
CALCALIST

Brazilian Evangelical Has A Grandiose, Jewish Path For Salvation

SAO PAULO – Nearly 3,000 years after King Solomon built the first Holy Temple in Jerusalem, Bishop Edir Macedo has inaugurated his own replica in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Drawing on Biblical depictions of the temple and archaeological findings, an extraordinarily elaborate shrine has come to life. It's $300 million, a 74,000-square-meter building on 40 plots of land that were converted into a single bloc. It took four years of planning and building, and 1,800 workers. The structure includes classes for 1,300 children, chairs imported from Spain, Jerusalemite stones from Hebron, television and radio studios, a helicopter landing pad, candelabra and prayer shawls from Israel, marble from Italy, 10,000 LED bulbs, two giant screens, an American management company to oversee the premises, a parking lot for nearly 2,000 cars, and, yes, one God.

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The Old Jameson Distillery, in Dublin.
food / travel

Tap That Cask! How Whiskey Is Making A Comeback In Ireland

The Irish War of Independence, prohibition and World War II nearly wiped out the Irish whiskey industry, but now the brew is making a formidable comeback on the shamrock island.

MIDLETON — With the end of EU-imposed dairy quotas next year, Ireland will soon open wide its milk tap. Farmers will be ready to lead larger herds back in the island's meadows, and dairy output will grow expontially. But another source of income is on the rise in Ireland these days: Irish whiskey. Over the past 30 years, Ireland has had only three whiskey distilleries, but by next year there are expected to be a dozen.

Nearly 60 years to the day after it first shut down, powerful stills are steaming again at the Tullamore Dew distillery, located halfway between Dublin and Galway.

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