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Congo Charcoal, An Environmental Disaster In The Making


Worldcrunch.com / SYFIA INTERNATIONAL BRAZZAVILLE — In the vicinity of Brazzaville, thousands of woodland hectares have been decimated by charcoal producers over the course of many decades, destroying not only the trees but damaging the land itself.

February 6

Not Quite A Fetish, The Bond Between Dancers And Their Feet


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE PARIS — Nicolas Le Riche, a dancer of the Paris National Opera, gazes at his fan-shaped toes and describes his feet as being like mangrove trees.

Migrant Influx Pushing Germany To Learn Arabic


Worldcrunch.com / DIE ZEIT HAMBURG — Few will deny that the influx of migrants in recent months, mostly coming from Syria and other Arab countries, has shaken up German society.

Record Brexit Support, Obama’s Oil Tax, Johnny Cash Spider

Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT SYRIANS FLEE ALEPPO AMID FIGHTING Up to 70,000 Syrians may be heading north to Turkey as a consequence of heavy fighting near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Zika Outbreak Exposes Brazilian Incompetence


Worldcrunch.com / FOLHA DE S. PAULO -Editorial- SAO PAULO — Anyone who has listened to or read the explanations and justifications from the Presidential Palace and the Health Ministry regarding the Zika virus outbreak can clearly conclude that Brazil's federal government has...

Formula 1 Icon Niki Lauda: No Friends If You Want To Finish First


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG Niki Lauda is a Formula 1 legend. After the accident at the German Grand Prix at Nürburgring nearly killed him, Lauda was back in the driver's seat seven weeks later.

Economical Camel


This Indian camel (or dromadaire, as we call them in French) had just been for a refill at the watering trough, drinking its usual 20 gallons at a time.

February 5

Iowa-To-New Hampshire, Through The Eyes Of Foreign Media


Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH PARIS — The left-to-right political spectrum is always relative to where you stand.

American Banking Hegemony, A View From Europe


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — On this side of the Atlantic, the following statement will make most people groan: Despite the financial meltdown that began in 2007 in the United States, American banking groups dominate the financial world more than ever.

Syria Talks Collapse, Massive Oil Job Losses, Bernie’s Wit


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT SYRIA TALKS COLLAPSE Opposing sides in the Syrian conflict have accused each other of being responsible for the collapse of peace talks in Geneva yesterday.

Australia: A "Historic" Ruling On Offshore Detention

Worldcrunch.com / THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb. 4, 2016 Australia's controversial policy of diverting immigrants to tiny Pacific Islands dominated the Australian media Thursday, after country's highest court ruled it was legal for the government to fund...

Calorie-Burning "Switch" In Our Genes Determines Obesity


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT BERLIN — A new study has found that a person's ability to burn calories is determined by the reaction of genes in the womb, which is largely fixed for life.

One Way To Drink It


Drinking from a traditional Catalan porró wine pitcher is rather challenging: Imagine drinking wine from a watering can, and your lips are never supposed to touch the pitcher ...

February 4

Paris Art-House Cinema On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE PARIS — A new cinematic hub is emerging in Paris, along Avenue des Gobelins in the 13th arrondissement.

North Korea Says It Has New Access To The Arctic


Worldcrunch.com / AFTENPOSTEN North Korea says it has been granted access to pursue commercial activities on Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago under the sovereignty of Norway but governed by a century-old international treaty.

Is A New Arab Spring Simmering In Algeria?


Worldcrunch.com / EL WATAN OUED EL MA — High tensions persist in Algeria, a week after police and security forces violently cracked down on protests in the impoverished central town of Oued El Ma.

China’s Worrying 1%, Wealth Inequality Of Epic Proportions


Worldcrunch.com / ECONOMIC OBSERVER -Analysis- BEIJING — The "1%" figure has received a lot of attention over the last couple of weeks.


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