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Our Best Reads of the Week

City Workers As Portugal Goes Back To School To Draft Budget Cuts
Photographer: Mario Proenca

With all eyes on Taiwan this week, it was easy to miss some of the more hidden stories: China’s ultra-rich are losing a major escape route to Europe, satellite images of sweltering cites show where cooling strategies are working, and some podcast guests are paying up to $50,000 for airtime. And in news that will come as no surprise to women living in America: It’s getting harder to be a woman in America.

All that, and more, below. So take a deep breath, perhaps prepare a frozen drink (we offered some inspiration in recent weeks), and settle back with some of our best long reads of the week — including how it all went wrong at one of Asia's hottest tech startups. —Megan Hess