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The Hoppy Comeback Of French Microbreweries


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — Biotechnology Professor Frédéric Sannier is almost disconcerted by the success of the university degree he created at the University of La Rochelle in 2007.

The Anger Of Alexis Tsipras Could Tear Europe Apart


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG -OpEd- MUNICH — It's understandable that Alexis Tsipras wants to savor the revolutionary frenzy a little while longer after his impressive electoral victory in Greece.

Hezbollah Restraint, MH370 Declared "Accident," Saudi Misogyny


HEZBOLLAH SENDS MESSAGE OF RESTRAINT While many feared that yesterday’s deadly clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces on the Lebanon border might ignite a new war, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Israel had received a message from Hezbollah in which the Lebanese group said it was retreating from further violence, Haaretz reports.

Little House On The Fjord


In 1960, I was able to afford a trip to faraway Norway, because I'd just won the first prize at a radio show trivia contest — 1,280 new francs, the currency that had just been introduced in France at the beginning of the year.

Resomation, A Third Way Alternative To Cremation Or Burial


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT BERLIN — It takes several years for a human body to decompose in soil. But it takes a resomator just three hours to do the job.

January 29

Can France 'Cure' Its Aspiring Jihadists?


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE PARIS — One winter afternoon, Ahmed left to run an errand. The 26-year-old who hails from Hauts-de-Seine, on the outskirts of Paris, was supposed to pick up something his ex-girlfriend Dounia, the mother of his children, had purchased online.

In Rural Colombia, At The Gory Intersection Of Social Media And Bullfighting


Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -Essay- BOGOTA — How can something be disgusting, unacceptable and damnable to some people, and natural if not entertaining to others?

Why Shanghai Doesn't Want To Talk About GDP


SHANGHAI — The most important recent piece of economic data in Shanghai is the number that's missing.

ISIS In Libya, Japanese Mother's Plea, Apple Breaks Bank


ISRAEL-LEBANON-SYRIA SKIRMISHES INTENSIFY An anti-tank missile was fired at an Israeli military vehicle near the Lebanon border Wednesday, wounding four soldiers, Reuters quoted a military source as saying.

Extra! Litvinenko Inquiry Begins, Putin's Involvement "Exposed"


The Times, Jan. 28, 2015 A photo of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was allegedly used by Russian special forces for target practice, says The Times on Wednesday's front page.

Tiananmen Transportation


Twenty years ago, Beijing was already dealing with monstrous pollution — and since then, China has surpassed all other countries in vehicle sales.

January 28

Why Poland Is Not Charlie


Worldcrunch.com / GAZETA WYBORCZA WARSAW — The terror attacks in Paris stirred little shock or empathy in Poland.

Indian Police Find 300 Kidnapped Children After Being Chided For Inaction


Worldcrunch.com / PortalKBR NEW DELHI — After India's Supreme Court and the public chided police for not acting aggressively enough in kidnapping cases, New Delhi launched a special effort to bring home children who had been missing, some of them for years, ultimately reuniting 300 of them with their families, police say.

Extra! Remembering Auschwitz's Liberation 70 Years Later


"My Great-Grandmother's Suitcase" — Die Welt, Jan. 27, 2015 The suitcase featured on Die Welt's front page is kept at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and is labeled "Zdenka Fantl." It belonged to a young woman who was taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943 — and survived it.

New Film Visits The 'Chaordic' Crush Of Cairo's Tangled Streets


Worldcrunch.com / MADA MASR CAIRO — Ironically enough, the roads to the Cairo premier of Sherief Elkatsha's traffic-centered documentary Cairo Drive weren't at all crowded.

Still Got It! Musicians Over 70 Who Keep On Rocking


Last week, the great beatnik bard Bob Dylan gave his first interview in three years to AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons' magazine — a peculiar choice until you consider that the AARP publication actually has the largest magazine circulation in the U.S.

ISIS Loses Kobani, Russia's "Junk" Rating, Blizzard Friends With Benefits


ISIS LOSES LONG KOBANI BATTLE After more than four months of intense fighting, Kurdish fighters have taken control of the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border and have driven out ISIS fighters, though these still occupy important areas outside the town, Reuters reports.

Putin's Nemesis Speaks: The Alexei Navalny Interview


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE Alexei Navalny, a lawyer and blogger in the fight against corruption, is Russian President Vladimir Putin's principal opponent.


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