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An ancient lost Mayan city reappears in Mexico

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Courtesy of Ivan Sprajc

The monster mouth doorway at Lagunita includes the stylized eye of the Earth monster and fangs along the doorway jamb.

About 40 years ago, an American archaeologist found and sketched an ancient Mayan city, covered in vegetation and forest. The city dated to sometime between 600 and 1000 AD. And ever since the archaeologist, Eric Von Euw, came back from the site, researchers have been trying to find it again. 

Now, Ivan Sprajc of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts has finally located the impressive site, while studying another old Mayan city he found in 2013. The lost city is between the Rio Bec and Chenes regions of Mexico, and it includes one of the best-preserved examples of a "monster-mouth" doorway. The doorway is thought to symbolize the entrance of a cave and descent into the underworld. Discovery News has more photos and details on the historic find.

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Ebola infections strike far more women than men

Ebola is deadly to most people who contract it, with some reports putting its mortality rate as high as 90 percent. But it doesn't strike evenly. In the current outbreak, as in previous outbreaks, it is killing far more women than men.

In Liberia, the government reports that 75 percent of victims are women. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, collectively, women make up 55 to 60 percent of the victims.

According to a report from Foreign Policy, these differences in transmission rates have been reported as far back as 2007. It's not unheard of for viruses to affect men and women differently — but the difference may also be due to historic gender roles. In most African communities, women assume the role of primary caregivers for the sick, making them especially vulnerable to infection.

Ferguson shows how America's racial past haunts the nation's present

News reports out of Ferguson, Missouri, have brought new attention to racism and racial tensions in America. And while recent protests center on the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old black man, they're also about persistent social inequality and history.

PRI's The Takeaway took a look at how history has influenced the relationship between African Americans and law enforcement, and how African Americans see themselves within US society. In addition to several stories, you can join the conversation about race in America by tweeting with and following the hashtag #BeyondFerguson — part of a live chat going on Wednesday night.

Syrian hackers lure their cyber-victims with videos purporting to show scandal

Hackers who support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are using clickbait to infect the computers of their enemies. For example, they post videos that claim to show the victims of government attacks. If others download them to spread the videos, the downloaders also get malicious software that spies on their every keystroke.

The BBC's Trending unit says another piece of clickbait is a "leaked" letter that claims to show Syrian units planning chemical attacks. The BBC cites a report by the security software company Kaspersky, which uncovered the recent cyberattacks in Syria and thinks they may be from the Syrian Electronic Army — a hacker unit that became prominent last year when it hacked into news media sites and Twitter accounts, including those of the BBC. 

In Mozambique, even small steps in healthcare can make a difference

Mozambique in Africa has an incredibly low Human Development index score, but it has been rising slowly. For example, healthcare for expectant mothers and interventions for struggling newborns are becoming more common. 

Photojournalist Sonia Narang traveled in Mozambique, where she saw the improvements in healthcare first hand and posted photos of them to Instagram. PRI's The World has her photos and talked to her about what she saw, including the tale of how an incredibly simple medical intervention saved the life of a newborn.

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Weather around the world

Mudslides near Hiroshima, Japan, have claimed the lives of 32 people after a month's worth of rain fell in 24 hours on Wednesday morning, according to the BBC. Another nine people remain missing as rescue workers try to clear debris from homes buried in rocks and mud. Among the dead is a 53-year-old rescue worker who saved five people before being killed when the hillside collapsed again as he worked.

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