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Makers of flushable wipes sued by city over clogged sewers

Wyoming - Wyoming, Minnesota, is suing makers of 'flushable' wipes because they are clogging sewer systems and waste water treatment plants.

Brooklyn business owners anticipate a major arrival

New York - Anyone who's ever been in a city that gets a visit from the president or another major dignitary knows just what it's like: crowded streets, restricted parking, jammed restaurants.

New traffic light tech reduces congestion by turning lights green

A new device fitted to the windows of cars that is being trialled in the UK aims to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in city streets by enabling vehicles to turn traffic lights green as they approach.

Iraq's Tikrit: From Saddam to the Islamic State group

Baghdad - Executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown and last bastion, Tikrit has become one of the Islamic State group's main strongholds.

Neon signs are causing robins to stay awake at night

Researchers have discovered that bright lights emitted by neon signs and streetlamps at night in cities are disrupting the sleep cycles of robins and other birds, keeping them awake at night and getting "worn out" due to a lack of sleep.

Dramatic fall in phone theft as kill switches installed

Smartphone thefts have fallen dramatically in three major cities across the world after manufacturers began adding remote "kill switches" so users can disable stolen devices, according to reports.

Lyon, the delights of an old French city Special

Lyon - Outstanding museums, a dynamic cultural life, lots of interesting wine, Lyon is an interesting city to visit and one of the highlights of any visit to France. This winter, Digital Journal paid a short visit.

Op-Ed: A more informed urban narrative Special

London - The challenges linked to the urban environment requires following multiple paths to find solutions. Academic voices are often overlooked, but the reality is countless scholars offer crucial insights that can clarify contemporary concerns.

Sweden to test wireless charging of buses on city roads in 2016

The Swedish city of Södertälje is to begin testing of a new wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus system on its roads in 2016 as part of efforts to reduce fuel consumption and pollution in the country.

Officials trying to find out why city smells like cat urine

New Castle - Residents of New Castle, Pennsylvania, hope that some air sample tests will reveal why their city smells like cat urine.

Murray Grovum on why Calgary is one of the hottest up-and-coming cities in the world right now Commissioned

Calgary - The Canadian Prairies have been historically known largely for flat land and long, cold winters. However, Calgary, located in south central Alberta, is currently one of the world's hottest buzz-worthy cities.

Photo essay: London from up high Special

London - London is a spectacular city, blending thousands of years of history alongside modernist architecture. One of the best views of London can be obtained from its tallest building - The Shard.

Op-Ed: Writer says, 'this is not the San Francisco I fell in love with' Special

San Francisco - More than just keeping an eye open looking out for fires a top of Mt. Barnaby near Mount Tamalpais in his spare time, volunteer look-out and retired writer Larry Levy views his beloved San Francisco in a much different way today.

The town of Swett, South Dakota is on sale for $400,000

One man has exclusive rights to the town of Swett and is now selling it off to anyone who can match his asking price. Businessman Lance Benson is putting these holdings up to focus on his core business and you have a chance to buy them.

Discover the best experiences in your city with Wutzwhat Special

In today's technology-orientated world, more and more of us find ourselves living in busy, crowded cities but somehow overlooking the treasures held within. Canadian start-up app Wutzwhat aims to rectify this by highlighting unique experiences.

Berlin first city to get its full name as own Internet domain

Berlin - Berlin is about to become the first city in the world with its own Internet domain name. The city's businesses will be able to use ".berlin" from mid-March 2014.

Urban areas make song birds ill

Phoenix - People living in densely populated urban areas affect the health and fitness of native wildlife. A new study draws a link between the degree of urbanization and the prevalence of two parasites in wild house finches.

Photo Essay: Christmas comes to York Special

Christmas is celebrated in style in the old English city of York, including a market, the odd band or two, ice sculptures and plenty of merriment.

Canada phasing out door-to-door mail delivery to urban centres

Canada Post will stop offering door-to-door delivery of regular mail to urban residents over the next five years, it's been announced. One-third of Canadians receive mail at their door but will soon have to get their mail via community mailboxes.

Winter comes to Western Canada Special

Edmonton - Winter is an inevitable fact of life in western Canada. In Edmonton, the snow and colder temperatures hit with a vengeance in mid-November.

Report: Toronto top city in the world Special

Toronto - Forget Rob Ford. Forget those stuffy Bay Street big-shots. And forget those underperforming Maple Leafs. Toronto is the No. 1 city in the world, according to an organization that engages youth involvement in their municipalities.

Economist magazine releases list of world's 'Most Livable Cities'

The business and political weekly magazine 'The Economist' has released its 2013 list of the world's 'Most Livable Cities.' Compiled by the mag's 'Intelligence Unit' the list is striking in that there are no U.S. cities and most are Canadian and Aussie.

Detroit selling for $7.50 on eBay

It appears now that money really can buy you anything because according to one eBay user, the starting bid for the city of Detroit is just $7.50

Using seaweed to protect a city in Texas from future hurricanes

Galveston - Galveston, Texas is one of the top five cities in the United States that is most vulnerable to hurricanes. City officials are looking into harvesting seaweed to defend the city from future hurricanes.

How location impacts car insurance rates and what to do about it Commissioned

Many people believe that the main factor determining the cost of an auto-insurance premium is the year and make of the vehicle being insured. In fact, that is far from the truth. Where you live can play a very significant role in determining your rates.

Urban regeneration: Taking a look at King's Cross Special

The King's Cross area of London had an unsavory reputation for many decades. In recent years this area of North London has undergone regeneration, and there is more to come.

Villa Epecuén: 'Real-life Atlantis' in Argentina

The story of Villa Epecuén, a former popular, vibrant spa resort town, is a sad one. The "town that drowned" is a real-life Atlantis, which is gradually coming up for air once again after 25 years.

Photo Essay: Russia's winter wonderland Special

Samara - I lived with a Russian family for 6 months and faced the coldest winter of my life. Snow packed the fields, ice coated the sidewalks, city roads became hazardous, and even the mighty Volga River froze solid enough to drive across it.

Chicago bites its way to the top for bed bug issues

Chicago - That tired old phrase "don't let the bed bugs bite" means something as it has become a serious problem of late. This has nothing to do with being clean, either.

Op-Ed: What makes Downtown Denver unique, have you been there?

Denver - Are you one of those people that remember and miss a traditional downtown, vibrant with life, excitement and things to do. A place where real people go and you'll run in to your neighbour?
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Replica of an old VOC ship the Dutch used to travel to Japan and Indonesia.
Replica of an old VOC ship the Dutch used to travel to Japan and Indonesia.
Schnute and Maxi  the official Berliner bears.
Schnute and Maxi, the official Berliner bears.
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A view of Monaco
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Schnute and Maxi  the official Berliner bears.
Schnute and Maxi, the official Berliner bears.
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The city of Accra, Ghana
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A city view of Eindhoven. The picture illustrates both modern and older buildings; these contrasting styles capture the spirit of Eindhoven.
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Leshan City_ China.
Africa has 48 cities with populations of more than one million people.
Africa has 48 cities with populations of more than one million people.
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Cleveland, Ohio skyline
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A view of a street in Lorca, Spain
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A scene at the Occupy Wall Street protest in NYC
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"Banks of the Bièvre River at the Bottom of the rue des Gobelins (Fifth Arrondissement), ca. 1862", albumen silver print from glass negative. Musée Carnavalet, Paris. cat. no. 54
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St. Paul, Minn, at dusk
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"Rue de Constantine (Fourth Arrondissement), 1866", albumen silver print from glass negative. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986 (1986.1141) cat. no. 56.
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