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C'est Ca La France!


Can you spot the Citroën deux chevaux parked next to that boat in the port of la Rochelle? Built from 1948 to 1990, the iconic "deuche," as it known here, leaves no room for doubt: It really is "la France."

Indonesia's Ethnic Chinese Stake Hope In New Political Leaders


Worldcrunch.com / CAIXINMEDIA JAKARTA — An old woman who owns a traditional Chinese medical massage shop in Kelapa Gading, a north Jakarta neighborhood where Chinese-Indonesians are concentrated, points to a billboard that is in Chinese characters, which used to be banned on all public signs.

Arming Kurds, India's "Shame," Panama Canal Birthday


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Aug. 15, 2014 EU MINISTERS DISCUSS ARMING KURDS European Union foreign ministers are in Brussels today for an emergency meeting about whether to arm Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga fighters against ISIS, which the U.S.

Checkered Mosque


Perched on the summit of Cairo's Saladin Citadel is the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, also known as the Alabaster Mosque because of its white courtyard.

In Ukraine, When Professors Reach For Kalashnikovs


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT LUHANSK — Yevgen Dykyj is supposed to be lecturing at the university, but instead the bearded, curly-haired man is hunkered down in a hideout near Luhansk cleaning his Kalashnikov.

With The Desperate Christian Refugees Flooding Iraq's Kurdistan


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE SAJE — Father Kriakosmi, the priest of the village Saje outside Dohuk, doesn't complain about the inconveniences caused by masses of displaced people arriving here.

Verbatim: Hillary Harshes On Obama, Iraq Threats, Jim Morrison "Killing," More


The news in quotes, and quotes making news...

Cyrano Dot Com? A French Service Offering Online Seduction


Worldcrunch.com / LE TEMPS TOULOUSE — Matthieu Banas, co-founder of Net Dating Assistant, recalls the words of one of his businessman customers.

Turkey, An Impotent Player Amid Middle East Chaos


Worldcrunch.com / HURRIYET -OpEd- ISTANBUL — The United States is the target of tough criticisms for making a mess of the Middle East, then simply up and leaving — chiefly in Iraq.

South Africa Plans To Secretly Move Rhinos To Safety


As part of a plan that sounds almost like a movie plot, 500 white rhinos will be evacuated from South Africa's Kruger National Park and secretly taken to new homes to protect them from poachers.

The Nun And The News


This nun walking under St. Peter's Square's colossal colonnades was looking at copies of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper founded in 1861.

The Threat Of Mexico's Massive Undergound Economy


Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA -Analysis- MEXICO CITY — Informal, underground, black, "hidden." Economists have used a range of terms for economic activities that basically yield no taxes and don't contribute to bankrolling government services.

Duke The Dog Elected Mayor Of Minnesota Town


CORMORANT — A 7-year-old dog named Duke has been elected honorary mayor of the small town of Cormorant, Minn.

After Maliki, Abadi Is Iraq's Next Great Hope


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT ERBIL — For accurate prognoses about developments in Iraq, don't ask anybody in Washington.

This Thai Psychedelic Band Will Blow Your Mind


Photo via YouTube A Thai psychedelic band called Khun Narin Electric Phin Band is set to release its first album Aug.

Poland, Where Happiness Goes To Die


Worldcrunch.com / GAZETA WYBORCZA -Commentary- WARSAW — A sudden explosion of frustration from 21-year-old Polish tennis star Jerzy Janowicz, ranked No.

From Soft To Hard Power, China's New Ambitions


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS BEIJING — Here lies the vision of China's peaceful rise. It is a concept first put forward in 2003 by Chinese authorities as the country was gradually reinforcing its role in international affairs.

Mayan Market


"Chichi," as it is affectionately called by visitors and Guatemalans alike, has become one of the most-visited destinations in the country.

Erdogan The Unstoppable: Turkey In One Man's Hands


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE -OpEd- It's anything but a surprise, given the weakness of the opposition and an election played out in advance: Recep Tayyip Erdogan won after the first round of voting in Sunday's presidential election — the first ever in Turkey by direct universal suffrage.

Fine French Crooning From Brian Jonestown Massacre's Lead Singer


Photo: Aurelien Guichard Berlin-based American musician Anton Newcombe posted a demo of his band the Brian Jonestown Massacre performing a cover of the French composer William Sheller's "Philadelphia Story" Tuesday.


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