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Digital nomads land dream jobs thanks to Estonian startups
Upwardly-mobile, tech-savvy young professionals across the globe are swapping their briefcases and brogues for backpacks and sneakers, setting themselves up as digital nomads who can operate from wherever their laptops can go.
 
Closing time for Christo's hugely popular floating piers
Artist Christo's orange floating walkway on a northern Italian lake will close Sunday after attracting over a million visitors, twice as many as expected.
 
Harry Potter arrives at Hollywood Wizarding World
I gotta hand it to the Universal Studios folks. On a recent heat wave in LA, we went on a private media tour of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood attraction at the famous park up in the San Fernando Valley.
 
In Panama for business? Take a side trip to the famous canal
PANAMA CITY -- Dozens of spectators gawk from an observation deck as a bulk freighter carrying grains from the United States to China inches its way closer. Forty-ton locomotives known as mules latch onto the massive vessel with cables and guide it inside the Miraflores locks, employing a mechanical precision that keeps it from banging into the concrete walls despite the tight fit.
 
Shantytown tours offer tourists
Shacks cling precariously to sandy hillsides. The flat roofs of board-and-tin hovels stretch as far as the eye can see on treeless moonscapes. Humble meals are served on battered plates.
 
Head in the clouds
An azure sky is seen dotted by colorful hot air balloons in Taitung on Friday, July 1. The annual Taiwan International Balloon Festival began on Friday, July 1 in Taitung and will run through Aug. 7.
 
Love in the Big Apple
Nana Mu and Chase Che pose for their wedding photos in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York on Thursday, June 30. The mainland couple, who live in New York, plan to wed in October in Shandong province. Mu's comfortable sandals and some flowers are in the foreground.
 
World's largest uncut diamond fails to sell at auction
The world's largest uncut diamond failed to sell at auction in London on Wednesday after the bids fell short of the reserve price.
 
Elevated park opens at WTC site, overlooks 9/11 memorial
An elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Center opened Wednesday, built atop a security center that screens vehicles and overlooking the memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
 
A traditional, yet modern design
Older buildings have character, often boasting features like architectural windows, wooden structures and brick and limestone facades that you don't find in many newer houses. When it's time to renovate historical buildings, there are costly challenges that aren't so charming, except to designers like Jennifer Chen (陳秋想) who recently redesigned an art store on the first floor of URS127 Art Factory (URS127玩藝工場).
 
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