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Die Tageszeitung, March 8, 2016

Home to the one of the founders of International Women's Day, Germany devoted ample coverage Tuesday to the 105th edition of the celebration, which aims to raise awareness of the struggles of women worldwide.

In 1910, German socialist Luise Zietz was one of the first to suggest establishing an annual "International Woman's Day" to promote equal rights for women, including voting.

Berlin-based daily Tageszeitung dedicated the front page of its special edition to women's "inner corset" together with an illustration depicting how "modesty, uprightness, courtesy and a grotesque perfectionism inhibit too many women."

Meanwhile, the below front page of Düsseldorf's Rheinische Postpresents "Women from A to Z," breaking down social issues in the 26 letters of the alphabet, and suggesting that it would take 118 more years to bridge the gap between the sexes.

In neighboring Austria, German-language Kleine Zeitungfocuses on "What women want," with the daily stating in a manifesto penned by its staff that though much has been achieved, full emancipation, be it in everyday life, society or politics, is still unfulfilled.

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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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