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China's President Xi Jinping is featured three times on today's front page of Chinese state-owned newspaper People's Daily. Xi arrived in Ufa, Russia on Wednesday for a flurry of diplomatic activity ahead of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summits.

The Chinese leader is pictured shaking hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both of whom are in Russia for the meeting of BRICS. BRICS is a group of emerging economies that also includes Brazil and South Africa, whereas the SCO is a military and political organization that brings together China, Russia, and the Central Asian states.

Curiously, despite mentioning mid-level meetings between the Chinese government and Mexican and Belarusian officials, today's front page makes no mention of the dramatic stock market crash in China. The Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen exchanges were in freefall Wednesday, and have lost 30% of their total value since June.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: People's Daily is a state-run newspaper in China founded in 1948. It is currently published worldwide with a combined circulation of more than three million.

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Colombia Celebrates Its Beloved Drug For The Ages, Coffee

This essential morning drink for millions worldwide was once considered an addictive menace, earning itself a ban on pain of death in the Islamic world.

Colombia's star product: coffee beans.

Julián López de Mesa Samudio

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BOGOTÁ — October 1st is International Coffee Day. Recently it seems as if every day of the calendar year commemorates something — but for Colombia, coffee is indeed special.

For almost a century now we have largely tied our national destiny, culture and image abroad to this drink. Indeed it isn't just Colombia's star product, it became through the course of the 20th century the world's favorite beverage — and the most commonly used drug to boost work output.

Precisely for its stimulating qualities — and for being a mild drug — coffee was not always celebrated, and its history is peppered with the kinds of bans, restrictions and penalties imposed on the 'evil' drugs of today.

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