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This is how the media turned an Iranian into an Indian


President Barack Obama’s appointment of Azita Raji as the next US ambassador to Sweden has led to a tug-of-war.

Quartz Weekend Brief—Brazil’s election, SpaceX grows up, the breakdown of Liberia, the dental divide

Good morning, Quartz readers! While much of the world’s attention has been focused on other matters—Ebola, the Middle East, or the collapse of world oil prices—one of the most exciting presidential elections in decades has been unfolding in Brazil.

Here’s how many houses you can buy in other cities for the price of one in Silicon Valley


When the owner of a crumbling, uninhabitable house in a flood zone is asking for a cool $1.8 million, you know the market is hot.

A glimpse at how technology might cut the hassles and bring back the romance of snail mail


If you live in a magical land where owls deliver your letters and packages, forgetting the address of your mail’s recipients or not having stamps is OK.

The most affordable city in the world for young people is … Paris?


For young people, the lure of living in Paris goes well beyond its legendary cafes and cultural offerings.

Here are photos and an interview with Dr. Craig Spencer before he became New York City’s first Ebola case


Before he was diagnosed with the first case of Ebola in New York City, before his life was subject to public scrutiny, Dr.

Who needs Lindsay Lohan? Look who’s endorsing Aécio Neves now


This Sunday, Brazilians will vote in a runoff election for their next president, deciding whether to keep the incumbent, Dilma Rousseff, or replace with her with the more business-friendly challenger, Aécio Neves.

Procter & Gamble is acknowledging the death of the single-use battery


Earlier this year, Procter & Gamble announced that it planned to get rid of as many as 100 brands in an effort to slim down the company.

This is what Ebola is doing to West African economies


Before Ebola broke out in parts of the West African sub-region, the Adjamé market in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire held its reputation as the biggest commercial hub for traders.

How the tax wizard of Luxembourg made corporate burdens disappear


The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the world’s financial epicenters, because it follows the business model adopted by many small countries: Create tax structures that allow multinational companies to avoid onerous levies applied in wealthier countries.

Pandora needs to get its mojo back, and quickly


By any objective measure Pandora Media’s earnings this week looked pretty solid. Revenue was up 44% from a a year earlier, stronger than analysts had anticipated; the company’s financial loss narrowed; and it even upgraded its outlook for the full fiscal year.

Here’s what Frank Gehry thinks of the rest of you architects

Respuesta de Frank Gehry a la primera pregunta de los periodistas en Oviedo #PremiosPrincipe pic.twitter.com/xNZiKlGRiT — Inés Martín Rodrigo (@imartinrodrigo) October 23, 2014 “Let me tell you one thing.

Where bribery works, charted


From the corruption charges that have swirled around Brazil’s national oil company during the lead-up to this year’s presidential election, you might think the home of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is a beehive of bribery.

This is the roadmap for closing a nuclear deal with Iran


Hopeful officials in the Obama administration are circulating (paywall) a description of a potential nuclear deal with Iran, suggesting a chance of success after 11 years of talks in one form or another.

Here is the Queen’s first tweet


Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom sent out her first tweet from the British Monarchy’s official Twitter account today, fittingly promoting the London Science Museum’s new Information Age exhibit.

Jingle profits! UPS says it will be ready for Santa


The numbers: Good. United Parcel Service said Friday it earned $1.2 billion in the third quarter, up 10.7% from a year earlier.

Narwhal teeth, Jackie Kennedy, and antique erotica: a new way to look at the Met


Nick Gray never gave much thought to museums until he was shown around New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on a date.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are holding a vote of their own


HONG KONG—The Umbrella Movement is implementing some democracy of its own. Organizers are holding a referendum on Oct.

19th-century Mumbai plague may offer clues in dealing with Ebola


As the plane landed, our misty city was a huddled patchwork quilt of slums. The guy next to me gasped.

We could’ve stopped Ebola if we’d listened to the data

The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea in late 2013, hundreds of miles away from rural communities in Central Africa where the virus is usually found.


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