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World Cup welcome: a billion condoms and 40,000 sex workers

CAPE TOWN, South Africa  — The taxi drivers hustling around the bars on Long Street in Cape Town say they are ready for all the soccer fans that will flood the city in June for the World Cup. So are hotels, restaurants, breweries and, inevitably, prostitutes. Arguably, the soccer World Cup is to the sex industry what the holiday season is to candy shops. A temporary surge of excited people feeling collectively festive, willing to pay for a bit of extra indulgence.

Lessons from Haiti, the tsunami and beyond: To help Philippines typhoon victims, send money, not stuff

BOSTON — After every major disaster, well-meaning but misguided donors actually worsen the suffering.

#TBT: Watch the Soviet Union's amazing 1969 adaptation of Winnie the Pooh

Vinny Pukh is super deep and existential and absolutely everything about this is amazing.

Israelis flee Israel for Passover, irony abounds

JERUSALEM — This year alone, close to half a million Israelis have gone abroad, escaping not the lashes of pharaonic whips but the tyranny of pre-Passover cleaning and scrubbing, not to mention the plague of visiting family members and the almost absolute impossibility of finding a slice of real bread. Schools and public offices are shuttered for the week-long holiday.

60 Seconds on Earth: A Filipino tour guide's hilarious protest against the power of the Catholic Church

MANILA, Philippines — Carlos Celdran may show tourists the sights of Manila, but thinks of himself as more performance artist than guide. His website warns, 'Content tends to offend people with no sense of humor nor sense of drama.'

You won't believe how well this Norwegian 8-year-old sings Nancy Sinatra

This 8-year-old from Oslo has gobsmacked audiences worldwide with her performances on 'Norske Talenter,' or 'Norway's Got Talent.' Her latest, a cover of Nancy Sinatra's version of the Cher song 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),' will show you exactly why.

That commercial for Cadillac is everything France hates about the US

PARIS, France — It’s fair to assume that Cadillac didn’t have its French customers in mind when it released its latest TV spot. What the advert for Cadillac's new electric car assumes will appeal to an American audience — enterprise, self-reliance, “stuff” — sounds to French ears like consumerism, materialism, arrogance. In other words, everything they love to hate about the US.

Will this deal solve Mexico’s vigilante problem?

MEXICO CITY — The rise of thousands of vigilantes bearing assault rifles in western Mexico’s Michoacan state has been nothing short of a policy nightmare for President Enrique Peña Nieto. This new deal might be his best way out.

97 percent, 49 billion, and 3 other convincing climate change numbers

LIMA — United Nations climate experts are warning that time is rapidly running out to avert global catastrophe. GlobalPost takes a look at some key climate change statistics from their new report and other studies.
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