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PARIS - Happy Election Day, America! Happy American Election Day, World!

Still undecided? Still hungry for poll numbers?? Still there???

Worldcrunch is here to help.

In particular, with our news partners from around the world, we have kept a close eye on how non-Americans have been covering the U.S. campaign: from the Italian correspondent trying to figure out Ohio to the French dissecting the meaning of "Republicanism" to the Beijing newspaper asking why Asian-Americans were getting so little attention from Obama and Romney.

Use Tuesday, when there's little left to do but wait for the only poll that matters, to explore our special coverage:


President As Enigma: The Seven Mysteries Of Barack Obama - NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR (France)

The World Eyes Northern Ohio: Will Joe The Plumber's Neighbors Decide The Election?LA STAMPA (Italy)

When The Middle Class Decides: The Economics Of Obama vs. RomneyLES ECHOS (France)

Four Years Later, Obama's African "Brothers" Give Him Mixed Marks LE TEMPS (Switzerland)

Latin America To Romney And Obama: Get Serious About Immigration AMERICA ECONOMIA (Chile)

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Facing The Fiscal Cliff, Obama Is Best Hope For Global Economy AMERICA ECONOMIA (Chile)

Postcard From Texas: "Obama Is Driving America To The Brink"LE TEMPS(Switzerland)

America The Nostalgic: Electing A President Of A Nation In Decline LE MONDE (France)

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A Question From China For Obama And Romney: Why Are You Ignoring Asian-Americans? CAIXIN (China)

The Obama-Romney Mall Poll - A Foreign Hunt For America's Undecided LE MONDE (France)

Tale Of Two Republicanisms: Why Even Conservatives In France Don't Get The GOP LES ECHOS (France)

Why Romney's Vow To Make America Less *European* Is Good For Europe DIE WELT (Germany)

Unpacking Ann Romney: How A Would-Be Mormon First Lady Looks Abroad LE MONDE (France)

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Mitt Romney’s Special Message For Europe: “Not One Cent” Of Bailout Cash LA STAMPA (Italy)

Sure, A Third-Party Candidate Would Lose. But America Needs One Anyway DIE WELT (Germany)

Where's The Change? Obama Gets Big Thumbs Down From Once Enamored EuropeTAGES ANZEIGER (Switzerland)

Mitt Romney, The French Years LE MONDE (France)

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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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