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CHINA FLEXES MILITARY POWER "China put on its biggest display of military might on Thursday in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders but which underscored Beijing's growing confidence in its armed forces." Here's why the country is putting so much stock in the military extravaganza, even as the country unexpectedly vowed to cut 300,000 troops from its military. Meanwhile, five Chinese ships sailed off the coast of Alaska in an unprecedented move into international waters. [Reuters]
HIS TOWN "Yousef Al-Otaiba is the most charming man in Washington: He's slick, he's savvy and he throws one hell of a party. And if he has his way, our Middle East policy is going to get a lot more aggressive." [Ryan Grim and Akbar Ahmed, HuffPost]
IMAGES OF DROWNED SYRIAN BOY BRING RENEWED ATTENTION TO MIGRANT CRISIS Aylan, the drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy seen around the world yesterday, had a tragic story all too common in the current migrant crisis. And here's why activists believe such horrific images are so important. [NYT]
GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT STEPS DOWN AMID SCANDAL Being accused of bribery, fraud and illicit association can do that to you. [Alana Horowitz, HuffPost]
MEET UBER'S CHINESE COMPETITOR Inside Uber's all-out battle to win its most important market. [WSJ]
SOMEONE IS GASSING GIRLS IN SCHOOL IN AFGHANISTAN Hundreds have fallen ill after mysterious gas seeped into separate schools for girls in Herat. [CNN]
THAT TIME THE PENTAGON SENT LIVE ANTHRAX TO ALL FIFTY STATES How does this happen? [Military.com]
COLLEGE FOOTBALL RETURNS TONIGHT Here's who ESPN thinks will dominate the field this year. [ESPN]
THE HOTTEST TICKET IN THE STARTUP WORLD? THIS ROCK-CLIMBING GYM Brooklyn Boulders wants to set up in an office near you. [Bloomberg]
AARON SORKIN WRITING A LUCILLE BALL BIOPIC THAT'LL STAR CATE BLANCHETT Doesn't get much better than that. [Variety]
PLEEEASE LET J-LAW AND AMY SCHUMER HOST THE OSCARS Oscar producers are considering a duo. Let their freak comedic flag fly. [Vanity Fair]
GOOD NEWS, ENT-LOVERS The world has way more trees than anybody imagined. [WaPo]
FIXING PICK-UP BALL Let's start with the scoring. [Grantland]
HOW TO END HUNGER IN 15 YEARS "Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 calls for ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. This goal -- or rather, goals -- are lofty, especially when taken under the relatively short deadline of 2030. So what does it take to end hunger in 15 years, and can we do it?" [HuffPost]
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KEEPING UP WITH MORE SLEEP "Change is hard. You have to want to change -- really want to change -- to make it 'worth it' to go through the trouble of unsticking an old habit and learning something new. You have to want the new behavior MORE than you want the old one." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ When studies tell you not to trust studies, we feel a bit “Inception”-ed. Is that top still spinning?
~ Even Robert Pattinson is in on the wedding crashing game.
~ T-Swift, shooting a music video in Africa with only white people was probably not your best idea.
~ Why are these ants circling an iPhone?
~ You can watch Hulu without ads … for a price.
~ Get excited for the supermoon lunar eclipse.
~ Bryan Cranston is selling that LBJ look.
~ This sheep gives new meaning to the phrase “desperately needing a haircut.”
~ Tourists, here are the top 10 cities where you are the least welcome. You've been warned.
~ President Obama's Alaska trip is giving us all FOMO. Pack us in your suitcase next time, Mr. President.
~ Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have called it quits after two years of marriage.
~ Green gummy bears are a lie.
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