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The Business Logic Driving Cuba-U.S. Rapprochement


Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN -Analysis- There is a legend that when President John F. Kennedy had to sign the Cuban blockade law on Feb.

A 'Recycled' Christmas Tree In Brazil Gets Trashed


BRAGANÇA PAULISTA — Brazilians are very serious about their Christmas trees. And the different fortunes of two unusual ones is proof of just how strict the standards of what is and isn’t acceptable as decoration can be in this festive Catholic country.

Worldcrunch's Weekend Staff Playlist #5


Christmas can be a hard time for some — Photo: babycakes romero Well, well, well, could it be Friday again?

Cairo Shutters Cafe Charged With Serving Satan-Worshipping Atheists


Worldcrunch.com / MADA MASR CAIRO — Security forces have raided and closed what they described as an "atheists’ café" in the Abdeen neighborhood of downtown Cairo.

Kurds Defeat ISIS, Peshawar Arrests, Christmas Orangutan


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT December 19, 2014 KURDS BEAT ISIS ON MOUNT SINJAR Kurdish forces have broken a months-long ISIS siege on Mount Sinjar after a two-day offensive backed by U.S.

China's 'Baby Hatch' Project Swamped By Abandoned Children


Worldcrunch.com / CAIXINMEDIA GUANGZHOU — It has been three days since Zheng Yuling gave birth. Her breasts are as hard as stone and she is in great pain.

Vintage Washing


I've already shown you how the Mayans' colorful traditional clothes were made — now you can see how the local women and girls wash them, on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan.

The Psychology Of Christmas Can Shape Your Whole Life


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT BERLIN — As Christmas approaches, it's impossible to make it out of the supermarket without having heard "Last Christmas" or "Do They Know It's Christmas" at least once.

A Hanukkah Trip Home For Morocco's Jewish Diaspora


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG CASABLANCA — Jews in Morocco stand in front of 2,000 years of history, and some more recent events.

Cuba-U.S. Close Cold War, What It Means For Latin America


Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -Editorial- BOGOTA — The surprise announcement Wednesday by U.S. and Cuban Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro on beginning a process to end the embargo on Cuba and renew diplomatic ties after 55 years of tensions is, simply put, excellent news.

Goodbye Cold War, FARC Ceasefire, Home Alone Song


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Thursday, December 18, 2014 CUBA-U.S. END HALF-CENTURY OF HOSTILITY Yesterday’s announcement that the U.S.

Verbatim: Obama, Dalai Lama, Hawking ... More


A quick roundup of who has been saying what around the world.

U.S. And Cuba Make History: 22 Front Pages Around The World


The United States and Cuba stunned the world by ending more than a half-century as sworn enemies. The presidents of the two neighbors Barack Obama and Raúl Castro announced Wednesday a deal to exchange prisoners on the road to restoring full diplomatic relations.

Bon Appetit, And Pass The Crumpets! British Food Invasion In France


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — Will Christmas pudding replace the traditional yule log on French tables this year?

In The Middle Of The World. Almost


Welcome to Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, the city in the middle of the world, about 30 kilometers north of Quito.

How China Talks 'Innovation' Without Investing In It


Worldcrunch.com / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — "Innovation" has become a favorite word for Chinese headline writers.

'Cheerful Evil' - World Reacts To Pakistan Massacre


As Pakistan began to bury its children Wednesday, the world reacted to one of the most horrifying terrorist acts in recent years: the Taliban’s methodical assault on a school in Peshawar.

Pakistan Mourns, Doctors And Ebola, "Stupid" Dalai Lama


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Wednesday, December 17, 2014 PAKISTAN MOURNS DEAD CHILDREN A three-day period of mourning began today in Pakistan, with vigils held in the country’s major cities and funerals in Peshawar, after Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a school in the northwest city that killed 141 people, including 132 children.

Beheaded Saint, Decapitated Church


The Arbore church in northern Romania was built in the early 16th century and dedicated to St. John the Baptist — the martyr beheaded by his step-daughter Salome.

Because They're Worth It: How L'Oreal Creates Jobs In Brazil's Favelas


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS RIO DE JANEIRO — The sign outside this modest hair salon in the Rio das Pedras favela, or shantytown, of Rio de Janeiro reads "Belos Fios" ("beautiful hair").


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