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Meanwhile... in Bhutan, the government is opening the door wider to foreign tourism

And in the Congo, Belgian biologist Koen Hufkens is 'already a long way toward predicting the Congo forest’s future' thanks to a treasure trove of notebooks, while a fairy-tale rescue story could raise awareness of the plight of abandoned dogs on Mauritius.

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Top Picks: Cat Stevens' 'The Laughing Apple,' 'The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,' and more top picks

A Broadway musical comes to TV with PBS’s broadcast of 'She Loves Me,' the Pocket Casts app gives you a new way to keep track of all the podcasts you love, and more top picks.

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Gucci announces it will no longer use fur in its designs

The Italian high fashion house announced this week that its designs will no longer include animal fur in response to changing consumer tastes. Gucci joins other fashion houses striving for more ethical and humane luxury lines.

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Meanwhile... in Guam, the US Navy is trying to grow coral in a nursery

And in Ethiopia, designer Yamerote 'Yami' Mengistu is making and selling fashion merchandise in her native Ethiopia, attempting to provide gainful employment for Ethiopian women, while Irish golfer Adam Rolston has completed the longest golf hole in history.

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As punishment, it laid an egg

I set out to teach my daughter a lesson, but in the end, the lesson was mine.

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Fifty years later, a look back at how the Monterey Jazz Festival changed culture

The Monterey Jazz Festival, which took place this past September, inspired the legendary Monterey International Pop Music Festival and paved the way for events today like the popular Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

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Jimmy Kimmel's empathy touches a chord with late night viewers

The host's success, observers say, comes from finding personal connections to complex policies, and talking through partisan issues such as health care and gun control just like an average voter trying to understand politics.

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Top Picks: 'Rostam: Half-Light,' the SkySafari 5 app, and more

Critically acclaimed superhero box-office hit 'Wonder Woman' is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, the iHandy Carpenter app is a valuable companion if you’re looking to take care of some home improvement projects, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... book-loving Somalis defy the threats of terrorists

And in Slovakia, one of the world’s more unusual museums opened last month: Štefan Polgári opened the Múzeum Mobilov – or Museum of Vintage Cellphones – in his home. 

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A revealing Russian tour

My cabdriver shows me Moscow’s sights and soul.

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Postal diplomacy

I joined half a million others in a reassuring grass-roots endeavor.

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Can immersive theater draw theatergoers?

A recent local stage show was different from anything one young theatergoer had experienced before. She was no longer a passive member of the audience, but an active participant in the play.

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Top Picks: Journeys of Invention app, 'Last Emperor of Mexico,' and more

Add to the list of intriguing Hollywood romances the behind-the-scenes couple featured in the film 'Harold and Lillian,' the classic film 'The Princess Bride' returns to the big screen, and more top picks.

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Meanwhile... how Sicily is showcasing refugees' cultures and art

In the tiny rural town of Sutera, locals now host a 'festival of hospitality' each August, which allows recent arrivals from Africa and the Middle East to showcase their cuisines and to entertain visitors (who come from all over Sicily) with their music and dance.

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The castles of my imagination

The fortresses were built to project power, but they intrigue me for vastly different reasons.

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Steven Soderbergh's release plan, MoviePass program shake up movie business

It’s been part of American life for decades: Consumers pay to see films and movie studios and movie theaters profit. But that process is being disrupted, and it’s happening against the backdrop of a tough summer for Hollywood. 

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Top Picks: 'The Wedding Plan' on DVD and Blu-ray, Ralph Towner's album 'My Foolish Heart,' and more

The app Any.do brings together a calendar and a to-do list to make sure you’re on top of everything, be prepared for future weather emergencies with the Hurricane app from the American Red Cross, and more top picks.

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Of moose and man

An early test of our vows to stick by each other arrived in Canada’s wilds.

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Ruth Walker, member of the Monitor family

Ms. Walker has passed on. Here’s a brief bio and a link to some of her best columns.

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Can Hollywood learn to tell stories about women above a size 4?

The character Kate in the Emmy-nominated 'This Is Us' has won acclaim for Chrissy Metz. But body image advocates say Kate also personifies a principal narrative for the fat person in Hollywood: In order for a character of size to be worthy, he or she needs to be trying to lose weight.

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