Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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Tokyo: Insider Travel Guide

March 23, 2017

(CNN)Tokyo is a city that can roar one moment and whisper at the next, a place where almost anything seems possible. After all, 13 million people share this 2,188-square-kilometer piece of the planet, which is home to some of the world’s top restaurants, stores and cafs. It’s also a one-stop center for the best of Japan — culture, quality products and impeccable service. …

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Why sports betting is starting to look a lot more like Wall Street

March 20, 2017

South Dakota State Jackrabbits take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs, because college basketball is the best.Image: Getty Images Your March Madness office pool is like the Charles Schwab of sports betting. Beyond those hastily chosen brackets, theres an entire cottage industry of sports betting thats increasingly resembling Wall street. In 2016, total sports wagers in Nevada were $4.5 billion, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. With that much at stake, gamblers are turning to more …

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Where is England’s steepest street? – BBC News

March 19, 2017

Media captionIs this England’s steepest street? Where is England’s steepest street? We asked readers to name the thigh-burning inclines that fill their hearts with terror – and enlisted Ordnance Survey to check the results. Shaftesbury, Dorset “I walk up it every day and it certainly helps to keep me fit,” said the 68-year-old. “There are plenty of residents on the street who have lived into their 90s.” But there are some downsides: “A lady …

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The Turkey-Netherlands Spat Is A Reminder Of A New Specter Haunting Europe

March 18, 2017

… had cut the throat of filmmaker near Oosterpark, a public park located a few hundred meters away from my apartment. I had had little idea then but I would have no other choice but to experience my new city under the shadow of that murder. As my plane flew over the Rhine, I remembered that day November 2, 2004 when I headed out with my flatmate and a graduate student I had just met. There was outrage on the Amsterdam street a feeling equally intense to that produced by the assassination, in …

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Why I bought my daughter heroin – BBC News

March 10, 2017

… there was nothing else I could do. So I said to her, “Is there any way we can do this – on the street?” She spent a good hour and a half ringing around, and people could only offer her heroin, not methadone. That’s how we ended up in the middle of a local town with me handing over my hard-earned money to buy a drug. The problem really started five years ago, when she was 18. She had some life changes in terms of friends going off to university and changes in a long-term …

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Geri Horner: Why my son is named after George Michael – BBC News

March 10, 2017

… drama school. Yeah! You’ve really done your research! And then you auditioned for Bond? Actually, they just called me in for a chat. They didn’t give me the part. I don’t think I was up their street. But you did end up with a cameo in Sex and the City. Oh my God, that was amazing. That was amazing! I had to properly audition for it. They were very strict, because it was all about comedy timing and very tightly scripted. But I think I got more kudos from doing that than anything …

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