Rwanda Closes Border With Congo Over Ebola Fears

KINSHASA, Congo — Rwanda closed its border with Congo on Thursday in response to the deadly Ebola outbreak, while the Congolese Health Ministry said the 1-year-old daughter of a man who had died of the disease in the border city of Goma had Ebola. The man was Goma’s second confirmed Ebola case, and he died…

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How to Win Friends and Influence People (at Bachelorette Parties)

It’s a weekend full of your sorority sisters hobnobbing with future sisters-in-law, your professional friend dancing with your preschool friend, and your distant cousin downing shots with your best friend. Bachelorette parties can sometimes consist of pockets of people who might never, under ordinary circumstances, share bathrooms or get gyrated on by a thong-wearing stranger.…

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36 Hours in Belfast

The yellow gantry cranes of Harland & Wolff, the company behind Belfast’s shipbuilding industry and the creation of the Titanic, rise high above the River Lagan and can be seen from nearly everywhere in the city center, a reminder of the working class that built Belfast. As the capital of Northern Ireland — increasingly known…

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Five Places to Visit on the Athens Riviera

The southern coast of Athens, a 35-mile stretch of pine-speckled beachfront, is gaining in popularity for travelers keen on exploring the ruins in the city’s historic center, and then ditching the urban sprawl (it’s a mere 25-minute drive from the Acropolis) for the charms of the Aegean Sea. The ambience of this coastal hideaway, known…

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Handcrafted: Inside Brooklyn’s Best Tailors

You spend 80 hours making a custom suit, crafting every stitch by hand, measuring and fitting five times — a beautiful thing — and then the customer goes and drapes it over the back of a metal chair. This is the sort of thing that tests the sartorial sang-froid of Yosel Tiefenbrun, the bespoke tailor…

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An Art Museum in Your Hotel Lobby

Procuring and exhibiting art in all forms has been synonymous with the hotel experience for several decades now, with both luxury and midlevel brands highlighting local artwork and museum-quality pieces rather than predictable poster reprints. Guests like it: In a 2018 survey conducted by the nonprofit organization, Americans for the Arts, 72 percent of respondents…

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When Gender Reveal Videos Go Spectacularly, Cathartically Wrong

The gender-reveal party has been around for about as long as Instagram has, and the two have gotten out of hand at roughly the same speed. Gender reveals now precede or even replace the traditional baby shower, marking the occasion when the proud parents first learn the sex of their unborn guest of honor. Until…

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Why Standing Often Feels Even Harder Than Running

I’ve been a runner for 25 years and have been practicing yoga for 10. So why do I find it so much less painful to run for an hour than stand for an hour? Even the thought of standing for extended periods makes my back ache, especially during the summer, where standing is part of…

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How to Give Your Therapist Feedback

As with any relationship, patient and therapist unions aren’t immune to misunderstandings. When conflict appears, addressing it early on can help patients determine if the therapist and the therapy are right for them. We often think of psychotherapists as “all-knowing,” which can make patients feel that complaining about the therapy or the therapist is not…

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Yes, the Man Bag Is a Hot Accessory

“Man cannot live by a Strand tote bag alone,” said Josh Peskowitz, the men’s fashion director for Moda Operandi. And stuffing our pockets with cellphones, cables and AirPods starts to get unwieldy, especially in the summer. Enter the petite man bag, but don’t call it a “murse” (a portmanteau from “man purse”). “It’s a fashion…

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