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  Visitors view the blooming of a five-foot-tall ''corpse'' flower at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida June 21, 2014. REUTERS/William S. Speer/Marie Selby Botanical Gardens/Handout via Reuters

Visitors view the blooming of a five-foot-tall ”corpse” flower at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. REUTERS/William S. Speer/Marie Selby Botanical Gardens/Handout via Reuters

Roses are red, violets are blue, this smells like death, we’re warning you

Two ‘corpse’ flowers (so called for the pungent, rotting flesh-like smell they emit) blossom at a Florida botanical garden, an exceedingly rare floral event.

 

Tackling smoking, one icky photo at a time

Officials in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest cigarette markets, require tobacco manufacturers to print graphic warnings on their products.

 

It was a three-man panel

A group of Mormon officials excommunicate activist Kate Kelly, who has fought for women’s right to be ordained in the church.

Of knights and men

Men dressed as knights pose for a photo during the Battle of the Nations World Championship tournament in Trogir, south Croatia, June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Perfect day for a sail

Reuters’ Alex Smith climbs aboard Ben Ainslie’s yacht for a voyage around the Isle of Wight where they talk about the next big event the Olympic sailor is preparing for — The America’s Cup.

 

Flesh wounds, minimal

Teams from 25 countries met in Croatia for an annual four-day event in which participants dress in medieval armor and fight, but not to the death. See pictures at Reuters’ The Wider Image.

Anti-pot Pope, football fracas and cash-minded children

A young Palestinian crawls under an obstacle during a military-style graduation ceremony.  REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A young Palestinian crawls under an obstacle during a military-style graduation ceremony. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Gallery: Camp – without the arts and crafts

At a Hamas summer camp in the Gaza Strip, kids learn the basics of military techniques.

 

No dope for the pope

The leader of the Roman Catholic church preaches hugs, not drugs – and he’s not a big fan of pot.

Earth extinction, plaguing pollution and wrecked Redwoods

National Park Service Ranger Jeff Denny heads into a grove of redwoods off Highway 101 outside of Orick, California June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Nick Adams

National Park Service Ranger Jeff Denny heads into a grove of redwoods off Highway 101 outside of Orick, California June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Nick Adams

Gallery: That’s Ranger Lorax, to you

They speak for the trees: National Park Service rangers in California take on Redwood tree poachers.

 

Video: This planet will self-destruct in 10, 9, 8…

A new study shows that Earth is on the brink of a massive extinction event.

 

Another link between pollution and health

Car exhaust, smog and other forms of air pollution can excelerate mental decline in older adults.

Climate change’s slippery slope, a black market’s day of reckoning

Cigarettes are seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Cigarettes are seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Stamping out cigarette trafficking

New regulations aim to track each and every cigarette produced in the EU, in an effort to crack down on the black market.

 

On the upside, they’ll make great water parks

Climate change poses a serious threat to tourism – ski resorts, in particular.

Eating, smuggling and Cuba

Video: Priceline’s expensive meal ticket

Our Breakingviews experts on the online travel agency’s latest recipe for profit.

 

It’s not your imagination, your grocery bills are getting higher

U.S. consumer prices recorded their largest increase in more than a year in May.

 

Slideshow: Smugglers’ delight

Ever wondered what happens to that stuff that customs officials confiscate from travelers?

Treasured trash, demolished ‘Deep Throat’

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Video: And you thought the U.S. energy plan was garbage

A community in East Java uses methane from a trash dump to provide gas for hundreds of homes.

 

A new fight for the long-form birth certificate

Connecticut will allow adopted children to access their birth records beginning next year, which advocates say they hope may spark nationwide change for adoptees.

 

Pave paradise, take down a parking lot

A piece of treasured journalism history will be destroyed forever after a county board votes to demolish the “Deep Throat” parking garage of Woodward and Bernstein fame.

Paper dresses, Harvard’s endowment and Obama’s health

Something old, something new, something double ply

Check out our online photo gallery of wedding dresses made from…toilet paper

 For women with breast cancer, a need to exercise more

Only one in three women living with breast cancer is meeting current physical activity guidelines, suggests a new study.

Exercise (and quitting smoking) is good for presidents too

Barack Obama’s doctors have given him a clean bill of health

No Americans please, we’re bankers

How U.S. tax laws are making it harder for expats to open overseas accounts

Harvard did what with its $33 billion?

Breakingviews columnists discuss the departure of Jane Mendillo, boss of Harvard’s endowment, and why the Ivy League university’s investment performance has been mediocre.

In some parts of the world, summer already feels endless

A man bathes while sitting under a water tanker on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Jammu, June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

A man bathes while sitting under a water tanker on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Jammu, June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta

Temperatures, tempers flare in India

Northern India suffers its longest-ever recorded heatwave, straining power supplies and patience.

 

Big Brother is poking you

Facebook expands its data mining to create hyper-targeted ads for its users.

 

Video: Clearing the way for clean cars

Hyundai launches its first lineup of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

 

Getting out of debt, one day at a time

New money-managing apps help users control spending by breaking down their daily discretionary funds.

Hey – why the long (punchable) face?

Skeletal remains from the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Skeletal remains from the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

You should see the other Australopithecus

The human face may have evolved to more easily withstand punches to the face, researchers say, as a way to edge the competition in a fist fight.

 

Troublesome data on diabetes

The number of Americans with diabetes reaches 29 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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