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Using Argentine Know-How To Grow Crops In Africa

A pair of agro-engineers from Argentina are helping a U.S. company boost crop yields in Uganda, and help local, small-scale farmers in the process.

BUENOS AIRES Argentina is known for its large-scale, high-tech and export-driven farming sector. But now, some of its engineers are using their expertise to improve the practices of small-scale, peasant farmers — in Africa.

Such is the case of Juan Francisco Acutain and Francisco Podestá, who are working to boost crop yields while preserving soil quality in Uganda. The two Argentines work for a company called Agilis Partners, which operates in Uganda but was co-founded by another Argentine, Eduardo Brown, who grew up in the United States.

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The 'Uber War' Heats Up On The Streets Of Buenos Aires

As Uber and Cabify continue to carry passengers in Argentina despite a court ban, some taxi drivers have decided to take matters into their own hands.

BUENOS AIRES Traditional taxi drivers in Argentina"s sprawling capital are mad as hell about competition from ride-sharing services and aren't, apparently, going to take it anymore to the point of even "hunting" their rivals and physically attacking them.

For months now, the fight between Buenos Aires cabbies, on the one hand, and Uber and Cabify drivers, on the other, has become increasingly more violent, with Uber alone claiming some 650 incidents just this year. Assaults have targeted both cars and drivers, and included "weapons, acid, burning vehicles, shootings, ambushes, physical violence and threats," Uber reports.

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Bitcoin Cometh: Why Digital Money Is Bound To Take Over

Though physical money will still be around for a while, the spread of digital money is inevitable for four basic reasons: efficiency, hygiene, durability - and anonymity.

MEXICO CITY — The history of currency has entered a surprising and mysterious phase, with the arrival of digital money, presented like some novelty feature in a sci-fi film. The media has amplified this fascinating leg of financial history as their noisy vocation requires, mixing fact and fiction while reporting on Bitcoin, that has become the digital money most in demand in the world (there are others).

But beyond the hyperbole, this is a development that may soon become a major issue for central banks, precisely because it is bound to weaken their positions as exclusive emitters of money.

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Snapshot Of The World, Nov. 19-26

Japan’s new island, the Champs-Élysées alight for Christmas, and protests in the Ukraine are among this week’s featured photographs.

Mondo

By The Numbers: Chinese Billionaires, NYC Bike Share, Newer Moon

Taking a measure of things lately, we can count a rejuvenated moon, Italian cell phone drivers, Chinese billionaires and more...

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Geopolitics

How The World Reacted To Russia's Diplomatic Proposal For Syria

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will hold off on plans for a military strike in Syria if the country agrees to surrender its chemical weapons to international gatekeepers, as Russia suggested Monday.

But Obama has doubts that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Western countries are convinced was responsible for gassing his own citizens last month, would cooperate.

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Mondo

Hit It! What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.

Worldcrunch's pick of the week is Bob Dylan's "Pretty Saro", a single which features on the latest album of his bootleg series Another Self Portrait (1969–1971), released on August 27.

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Hit It! What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.

This week, Worldcrunch listened to Johnny Cash and especially to his "Ring of Fire". September 12 will mark the tenth anniversary of the ledgendary American singer's death. "Ring of Fire" was written by Johnny Cash's wife June Carter and released in 1963, and went on to become his biggest hit.

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Society

Hit It! What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.

Worldcrunch’s pick of the week is The Clash’s “Bankrobber.” The band's frontman, Joe Strummer, who died in December 2002, would have been 61 this week. The song chronicles the life of the narrator’s father, who “loved to steal your money” but would “never hurt nobody.” It also focuses on the drudgery of working-class jobs in Great Britain. This version of the track combines the original 4:33 song and a dub version that was added later to the group’s 1980 compilation album Super Black Market.

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Mondo

Magazines, Mapped! Week Of August 23-29

What has the world been reading this week?

Check out our selection of covers from top magazines around the world...


Mondo

Magazines, Mapped! Week Of August 16-22

What has the world been reading this week?

Check out our selection of covers from top magazines around the world...


Society

Hit It! What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.

Worldcrunch's pick of the week is Wu-Tang Clan's "Tearz," a nod to the hip-hop group's flagship debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which came out 20 years ago. "Tearz" is a sample of 60s soul singer Wendy Rene single "After Laughter (Comes Tears)," with Wu Tang's RZA and Ghostface Killah texts...

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Mondo

Quotes Of The Week: Manning, Maduro, Bolt ... And MORE!

Take a tour of what the world has been saying this week...

food / travel

The World's Creepiest Holiday Destinations

For most vacationers this summer, it was a choice of beach, countryside or cultural capitals. Of course the world is also full of places where most people would never consider spending a holiday. But leave it to the tourism industry to cash in on the strange and creepy too. Take a look.

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Society

Hit It! What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.

Our pick of the week is a 70s' funk classic: Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin" On, which was re-released as a new deluxe edition on July 30th. Roll up your sleeves, put those sunglasses on and enjoy the Family's electric hit single, "Family Affair".

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