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CARACAS (Reuters) - It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues.

Yet this 45-storey skyscraper in the center of Venezuela's capital Caracas is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably the tallest in the world.

Dubbed the "Tower of David", it was intended to be a shining new financial center but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - financier and horse-breeder David Brillembourg - and a massive run on Venezuela's banking sector.

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Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the 18th edition of "The Bachelor" airing Mondays on ABC.The Associated Press

It's no secret there's been a ton of negativity surrounding this season of  “The Bachelor.” But while fans, celebrity and otherwise, have shared their distaste for Season 18 star Juan Pablo, it's also been one of the most talked-about seasons in the series' 14-year history. Which begs the question: Does a detested Bachelor actually make for a more successful season?

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Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the 18th edition of "The Bachelor" airing Mondays on ABC.The Associated Press

It's no secret there's been a ton of negativity surrounding this season of  “The Bachelor.” But while fans, celebrity and otherwise, have shared their distaste for Season 18 star Juan Pablo, it's also been one of the most talked-about seasons in the series' 14-year history. Which begs the question: Does a detested Bachelor actually make for a more successful season?

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Undated photo of Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the 18th edition of "The Bachelor" airing Mondays on ABC.AP

Juan Pablo Galavis is solidifying his stance as the most-hated “Bachelor” star yet.

The Venezuelan-soccer-star-turned-reality-star came under fire again after he retweeted a post that mocked people with mental disabilities.

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"Not every flower can save love, but a rose can. Not every plant survives thirst, but a cactus can.

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House Republicans are fending off aggressive efforts by Democrats to punish Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for cutting off a Democratic congressman during a heated hearing on the IRS targeting scandal. 

The House voted Thursday afternoon to block a resolution that would formally chastise the chairman of the House oversight committee for his conduct at Wednesday's hearing. 

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The vote was along party lines, 211-186, with 10 members voting present.

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House Republicans are fending off aggressive efforts by Democrats to punish Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for cutting off a Democratic congressman during a heated hearing on the IRS targeting scandal. 

The House voted Thursday afternoon to block a resolution that would formally chastise the chairman of the House oversight committee for his conduct at Wednesday's hearing. 

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The vote was along party lines, 211-186, with 10 members voting present.

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House Republicans are fending off aggressive efforts by Democrats to punish Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for cutting off a Democratic congressman during a heated hearing on the IRS targeting scandal. 

The House voted Thursday afternoon to block a resolution that would formally chastise the chairman of the House oversight committee for his conduct at Wednesday's hearing. 

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The vote was along party lines, 211-186, with 10 members voting present.

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popeLast week, Pope Francis released his first encyclical, which included a strong denunciation of capitalism. The Pope labeled “trickle down economics” a major failure. He claimed that the poor have been left out by rich capitalists and that a more equitable system focusing on economic justice was necessary to combat poverty. 

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