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Well that came as a surprise: Russia's city Sochi became an abandoned ghost town just a few weeks after the Olympics 2014. A nice addition to the list of other abandoned Olympic areas in the world.

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On 9 November 2014, Berlin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Mauerfall. Two cities were united on that faithful night in 1989, effectively clearing the way for Germany to reunite. The Iron Curtain fell, the GDR collapsed and not long after the Soviet Union followed that example. Communism and socialisme gave way to Unionism, and the road ahead brought open borders in Europa, a single currency and wealth beyond belief. Until, of course, the European monetary crisis began in 2008. Added to the current threat of a Cold War revival due to the inflammable situation in Ukraine, Europe is once again reminded that freedom doesn't come cheap. Good thing that we will always have these images of the Wall coming down to remind us what freedom really means.

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The 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is here, and you know what that means: Prepare to behold the most elaborate display of lingerie of the year. Of course, our favorite Angels—such as Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes, Lily Aldridge Adriana Lima and Behati Prinsloo—brought the heavenly spectacle to life on the catwalk in London.

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For several weeks, residents of the Hawaiian town of Pahoa have been warily watching an unusual flow of lava from Kilauea grow closer to their community. Lava from Kilauea normally flows south toward the ocean, but the June 27 lava flow has moved in a northeasterly direction instead. The flow began after several new fissures opened up on the northeast flank of Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O’o crater earlier this summer. During an aerial survey on October 27, 2014, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory captured this photograph. It shows the path of a finger of lava as it was heading for a more densely-populated part of Pahoa. The flow was reportedly advancing by about 15 feet (5 meters) per hour. On the third of november several breakouts have occurred on the rear and edge of the flow. Hawaii Army and Air Guardsmen continue to support the Hawaii County Civil Defense by patrolling neighborhoods and blocking roads from curious onlookers.

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Italian police have released footage showing the underwater interior of wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia. The wrecked ship is now being towed to the port of Genoa for scrapping after a two-year salvage operation. Its removal is one of the biggest ever maritime salvage operations. The Concordia struck a reef off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people.

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The annual International Air Show ILA takes place this week in Schoenefeld near Berlin. According to the organisers, 1,203 exhibitors from 40 countries will attend the aerospace trade show running until May 25, 2014. Fabrice Bregier (L), president and chief executive officer of aircraft manufacturer Airbus, hands over the mockup of a Airbus A350 plane to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the opening. A Turkish Lockheed Martin F-16 performs at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2014 in Selchow. A stand builder cleans a blade wheel of a turbine as preparation for the International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition ILA at the airport area of the future capital airport in Selchow, Germany.

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Spanish authorities say 300 people tried to scale the barrier between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Friday morning, with more than 200 making it across. On Thursday, more than 1,000 migrants tried to cross over but were kept back by Moroccan and Spanish forces. The presidents of the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have appealed to the European Union for help. Melilla is feeling the pressure; nearly 2,000 people are currently being keep at the detention centre which should hold less than 500. The Spanish government estimates that 40,000 migrants are currently waiting in Morocco, hoping to get across the fence. Workers set a special net to prevent immigrants from climbing over the border fences between Spain and Morocco at the Spanish enclave of Melilla in northern Africa, 10 March 2014.

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The city of Detroit, saddled with billions of dollars in debt, filed for bankruptcy protection on 18 July 2013, the latest step in the death spiral of a American city that is the traditional home to the US auto industry. Detroit has a population of about 700,000, ranking it 18th-largest in the US. It was once the fourth-largest city in the US with a population of two million. Its collapse comes despite a multi billion dollar bail-outs the Obama administration invested in Motor City since 2008. The Motown music died years ago, then the car industry collapsed, and now the whole city puts up a 'Closed for business' sign. People wait in a several block line to receive gifts of food, personal care, household items and toys at the A Miracle in Motown event, part of the nationwide program to help working poor and disadvantaged families December 18, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. About 5,000 families are expected to receive enough food at the event to supplement meals for a family of four for a week. A Miracle in Motown is sponsored by The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) along with Feed The Children, Great Redeemer Christian Church and The Bing Group. An estimated one in three Detroiters lives in poverty, making the city the poorest large city in America.

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