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Giant Ghost Town Reflects What's Wrong With China's Economic Model


Worldcrunch.com / THE WASHINGTON POST LANZHOU NEW AREA — This city is supposed to be the “diamond” on China’s Silk Road Economic Belt — a new metropolis carved out of the mountains in the country’s arid northwest.

The Burqa Has No Place In A Western Democracy


Worldcrunch.com / FOLHA DE S. PAULO -OpEd- As I walk through central London, I see many women wearing burqas passing me by.

Digital Fort Knox: Inside The World’s Most Secretive Data Center


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG SWISS ALPS — The data center lies in a former military bunker beneath a mountain in the middle of the Swiss Alps.

Hacking, From Submarines To A News Bureau

Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Although conventional warfare makes headlines, a more insidious conflict also warrants attention.

Wish Upon A Line


Members of Sri Lanka's Hindu minority have a religious custom where they tie a piece of colored cloth to a line.

Telegram App Delivers The Secrecy Jihadists Covet


Worldcrunch.com / LE TEMPS Police officers probing the attack on a priest in the quiet northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray were led to an unusual location in their investigation: Telegram, a messaging application that has 100 million active users...

In China, Electric Shocks To "Cure" Internet Addiction


LINYI — Dr. Yang Yongxin first garnered attention a decade ago when he opened the "Young People Risk Behavior Intervention Center" in this city in the eastern province of Shandong.

In China, Electroshock Treatment To "Cure" Internet Addiction


LINYI — Dr. Yang Yongxin first garnered attention a decade ago when he opened the "Young People Risk Behavior Intervention Center" in this city in the eastern province of Shandong.

Can Latin America’s Economy Rebound? Keep An Eye On Brazil


Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA BUENOS AIRES — Over the past two years, Latin America has experienced one of its worst drops in economic activity since the '80s.

Can Latin America’s Economy Rebound? Keep An Eye On Brazil


Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA BUENOS AIRES — Over the past two years, Latin America has experienced one of its worst drops in economic activity since the '80s.

Presidential Bids And Baggage

Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his bid to become the Republican party’s candidate in next year’s presidential election.

The Art Of The Cart


Brightly-decorated Sicilian carts don't just look great. The scenes carved in the wood of the carretti siciliani used to be a good way to teach history, and pass on folklore, to illiterate workers.

Nicolas Sarkozy’s Presidential Bid On France’s Front Pages


Worldcrunch.com / LIBÉRATION Libération, Aug. 23 Former right-wing French President Nicolas Sarkozy, 61, announced he's running for the 2017 presidential election.

Nicolas Sarkozy's Presidential Bid On France's Front Pages


Worldcrunch.com / LIBÉRATION Libération, Aug. 23 Former right-wing French president Nicolas Sarkozy, 61, announced he's running for the 2017 presidential election.

LGBT In Indonesia Targeted By Islamists And Government


Worldcrunch.com / KBR YOGYAKARTA — A Beyoncé impersonator in a silver sequined leotard takes the stage at the packed Oyot Godhong Café in this Indonesian city.

Why Are Indigenous Youth Killing Themselves In Colombia?


Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR BOGOTÁ — Suicide used to be rare among the native communities of Vaupés, a region in eastern Colombia with the largest proportion of indigenous residents.

Can Chinese Solar Panels Keep The Lights On In Ghana?


Worldcrunch.com / LA STAMPA ACCRA — It's a hot and humid night in this capital city and a long line waits at the entrance of Papaye, Ghana's top fast-food chain and a symbol of the country's burgeoning middle class.

Three-Wheeled Solution


To deal with daily traffic jams in the Indian city of Jaipur, locals and tourists alike turn to fast and cheap rickshaws that can weave through clogged city streets.

Glimpse Of A Gifted Refugee’s Life In A German High School


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG INGOLSTADT — Math is the first class of the day. Only two students, who are clearly aces at math, are raising their hands to answer the teacher’s questions.

How Israel Became A Role Model In Fighting Terrorism


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS ​PARIS — In the wake of last month's tragedy in Nice, just like after the attacks in Paris on November 13th, the same solution was put forward for France: “the Israeli model,” where the terrorist threat is part of daily life.


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