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A few years ago, entrepreneur Vik Kachoria was spending a lot of time up in the clouds flying from Boston to Europe to Asia. He had plenty of time to ponder this question: “Why aren’t we flying any faster?”

Computers have gotten faster, trains are faster, everything is faster. “In every industry we look at, except for aviation,” reasoned Kachoria.

Daniel Estrin

In the aftermath of the deadly attacks in Paris by French Muslim extremists, there’s been much soul searching in France about the place of religion in French society.

One French journalisthas been struggling with questions about religion for a few years now: her 24-year-old daughter embraced Judaism and left France for Israel.

This is her story:

Juan Carlos for BuzzFeed News

International corporations have been able to avoid punishment for toxic pollution and worse by appealing to a secretive and little-known international tribunal. It’s called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement program, or ISDS. An 18-month investigation by BuzzFeed News raises serious questions about its judgement and its power.

Edgar Su/Reuters

Singapore on Monday confirmed more Zika infections, bringing the total number of cases past 50 as mosquito-fighting teams saturated the scene of the outbreak amid growing public alarm.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency said they had found 15 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus, all in an eastern suburban area known as Aljunied, up from 41 on Sunday. 

Most of those affected were foreign workers at a condominium construction project.

Ashley Cleek

Inside a courtyard, sandwiched between two old factories, men and women twist through the steps of salsa. On the sidelines, couples circle their hips and shoulders in anticipation of the next song. They sip beers and eat Puerto Rican comfort food.

It feels like a throwback, like a good old neighborhood barbecue, but it’s actually something of a community relations event put on by a private company that’s recently moved into the neighborhood.

Outside the gates a dozen or so people are protesting. They wave giant black flags that read "No Displacement."

On Sunday, Harry Fujiwara died at the age of 82.

He was a professional wrestler in the WWE. But, fans know him better as this man:

Now you'd think that a man called Mr. Fuji would be from Japan.

But that’s not the case. “Harry Fujiwara was ... of Hawaiian descent,” says Greg Oliver, an author of several professional wrestling books.

The king of Latin pop, Mexico's Juan Gabriel, dies

Aug 29, 2016

He's been dubbed Mexico's Elton John — a pop performer known for his flamboyancy on stage, prolific songwriting and bestselling tunes. Juan Gabriel died on Sunday of a heart attack in his Santa Monica, California home. He was 66.

He was born Alberto Aguilera Valadez in Michoacan, Mexico. His mother moved him and his brothers to Ciudad Juarez so she could work as a housekeeper.

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Sonia Rykiel, the influential French designer who helped shape the contemporary woman's wardrobe, died Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The pioneering Rykiel was a fixture in the industry for half a century, launching her own fashion house in 1968 buoyed by the Swinging Sixties craze in London and the emerging feminist movement across the globe.

Her sophisticated laid-back chic, iconic bright stripes, fluid fabrics and easy-to-wear yet feminine style came to typify a new generation of liberated women.

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If you’re going to celebrate anything while in Bogota, I think the only place to do it right is a restaurant called Andres Carne de Res.

The legendary restaurant has been around since 1982, in an area called Chia, about 45 minutes outside of town. While on assignment at a gastronomy conference, I opted for its newer but quite substantial location in the Zona Rosa section of town.

Did religion save this Guatemalan town?

Aug 26, 2016
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In seeking the evangelical vote, Donald Trump has been shunned by many a pastor put off by his behavior and values.

He has gotten support, though, among some evangelical adherents of the Prosperity Gospel, who believe that faith can bring material reward.