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European Union, Risks From Every Corner Of The Continent / DIE WELT -Analysis- BERLIN — Europe’s leaders were jubilant when Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian election Sunday.

Spotlight: The Cult Of Amma / WORLDCRUNCH -Farewell- Foreigners who visit Tamil Nadu, a southern state in India that’s home to stunning Hindu temples and a robust economy, would often puzzle over the matronly woman draped in a sari watching over them from posters and billboards...

Iraqi Christians Who Fled ISIS Invasion Return Home / LE FIGARO QARAQOSH — Last year, Monsignor Gollnisch celebrated Easter mass in one of the refugee camps of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Austria And Italy, Mixed Message / WORLDCRUNCH Many observers feared that yesterday would be the day that could rock the European Union to its core, six months after the Brexit referendum.

After Brexit And Trump, Wave Of Rebellion Triumphs In Italy / LA STAMPA -Editorial- TURIN — With massive voter turnout and runaway victory of the "No" camp, Sunday’s referendum has revealed the existence in Italy of a kind of popular rebellion that has rejected Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, his proposed...

Fidel’s Unfinished Dream — Massive Art School Is Metaphor For Cuba / CLARIN -Analysis- One of Cuban leader Fidel Castro's most visionary, and least affordable, projects was the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte or the National Art Schools.

Can Martin Schulz Conquer German Politics? / DIE WELT BERLIN — Martin Schulz can speak himself into rage when talking about the responsibilities of European Union member states.

Trump, Just The President Assad Has Been Waiting For / SYRIA DEEPLY -Analysis- BEIRUT — On the morning of Nov. 9, as the U.S. presidential votes were being counted, residents of rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which has been under total siege since July, were trying to find some consolation in dark humor.

Spotlight: Crises Of Democracy, Pick Your Poison / WORLDCRUNCH We can be judged by our own strength, but also by the relative strength of our adversaries.

François Hollande, The President That Never Was / LE FIGARO —Editorial— PARIS — For his political farewell — announcing his unprecedented decision to not seek reelection — French President François Hollande could just have well opted for a more lofty tone.

European Democracies And The Referendum Trap / LES ECHOS -Analysis- PARIS — Long live the people! For a few months now, referendums have been blooming all over Europe.

Oil Deal Marks New Era For OPEC / WORLDCRUNCH Oil prices surged today to $50 per barrel, after OPEC and Russia reached what the oil producing cartel described as “a historic agreement” in Vienna.

Town In Colombia Aims To Ban Catcalling With New Law / EL ESPECTADOR A town in southwestern Colombia is trying to clamp down on catcalling — “piropos” (compliments) as they’re known locally — that is all too common in a country long plagued by machismo.

Spotlight: The Stakes Of Aleppo / WORLDCRUNCH The numbers are impressive, terrifying, bone-chilling. At least 20,000 people have fled their homes in Aleppo this week alone, according to the International Red Cross, as the Syrian army and its allies make significant, and perhaps crucial,...

Putin’s Way, How Russia Is Imposing Its Mandate In Syria / LE FIGARO ALEPPO — In his smoke-filled office in western Aleppo, Tarif Attoura holds a copy of the draft agreement to let the rebels leave the eastern part of the city, under siege for three months.

Two Syrian Brothers Split By War Report From Both Sides Of Border / SYRIA DEEPLY GAZIANTEP — "The nightmares only started when I left Aleppo," says 30-year-old Mahmoud, a Syrian media activist and journalist now living as a refugee in Turkey.

My Muslim Faith, Explained To Terrified Americans / THE WASHINGTON POST SAINT CLOUD — "Do you want to kill us?" It's a question I get a lot.

Starbucks "Creative" Cup Sizes Shake Up Customers In China / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — If you've ever had trouble ordering at Starbucks, just know you probably have plenty of company: millions of Chinese coffee lovers.

Sealing Chernobyl For Another 100 Years / WHILE YOU SLEPT It was the worst nuclear plant accident in history, measured in both casualties and cost.

Fidel Castro, Last Of Latin America’s Absolute Monarchs / CLARIN BUENOS AIRES — Fidel Castro was the last of the Hispanic rulers in the absolutist tradition of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille.