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alfresco

Definition: (adverb) In the fresh air.
Synonyms:outdoors
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Carnaby Street

Once a fashionable quarter, London's Soho district became popular among writers and artists in the 19th century and then became associated with the "Swinging London" of the 1960s. The epicenter of the scene was Carnaby Street, which housed many fashion boutiques and designers and drew "Mods" who embraced new trends like bell-bottoms and miniskirts. Bands such as The Who and the Rolling Stones were also frequent visitors. What major change came to Carnaby Street in the 1970s? More... Discuss
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Amazon Deforestation Climbing Again

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil seems to be on the rise again. Between July 2012 and July 2013, deforestation there was up 29 percent to nearly 2,315 square miles (6,000 sq km). This was the second straight year of increasing deforestation rates there, reversing several years of decline. Still, these numbers remain lower than 2004, the worst year on record for Brazilian Amazon destruction with almost 11,580 square miles (30,000 sq km) cleared. More... Discuss
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Federation of Malaysia Created (1963)

The Japanese occupation of the Malayan region during World War II weakened British influence there and unleashed anti-colonial, Malayan nationalism. With the help of the Chinese, the Malayan Communist Party grew stronger, fought the Japanese occupation, and threatened British interests. In response, the British established the multi-ethnic Federation of Malaya in 1948 as a part of a wider anti-communist plan. In 1963, "Malaya" became "Malaysia" with the acquisition of what territories? More... Discuss
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Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov (1745)

Kutuzov was a Russian field marshal who commanded the Russian army during major engagements with Napoleon between 1805 and 1812, including the battles of Austerlitz and Borodino. Though his forces suffered great losses in both of these engagements, Kutuzov nevertheless managed to rout the French, forcing them to leave along the path they had devastated when they entered the country. For Napoleon, this was the beginning of the end. In what epic novel does Kutuzov appear as a major character? More... Discuss
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Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine Matsuri

After the opening ceremonies on September 14, the annual celebration at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura, Japan, begins on the 15th with a parade of three mikoshi, portable shrines to which the spirits of the gods are believed to descend. But the highlight occurs the following day, when the Yabusame takes place. Three skilled archers dressed in hunting clothes called karishozoku ride on horseback down a straight track near the shrine's entrance. The archers then shoot at three targets set up along the route while traveling at high speeds. More... Discuss
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