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Donald Trump, International Media Darling-Devil
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As he rewrites America's political and media playbook, Donald Trump has also now moved swiftly to the center of the worldwide stage. Wins this week in seven of the 11 states holding primaries put the flamboyant billionaire one big step closer to the Republican nomination — and the world's newspapers and magazines are dedicating ample ink to The Donald.

This German daily on Thursday asked: "What if?"

Rheinische Post (Germany)

But a baffled world had plenty of other questions ...

What inspires Americans to vote for Trump? — Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)

Why this man has put a spell on America —Panorama (Italy)

This leftist French daily has not lost hope ...


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What could make Trump stumble — Libération (France)

And The Economist tries to keep up its British good humor:

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The Economist (UK)

Following the Super Tuesday results, newspapers focused on the probable showdown in November with Hillary Clinton:

The Age (Australia)

Hillary and Trump take away Super Tuesday — El Heraldo (Honduras)

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Towards a Trump-Clinton battle — Le Journal de Montréal (Canada)

DNES (Czech Republic)

E Kathimerini (Greece)

Khorasan (Iran)

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World champions — L'Unita (Italy)

Hindustan Times (India)

Some top international news outlets openly expressed fears about what a Trump-led future might bring:

How dangerous is this man? — Kleine Zeitung (Austria)

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It can always get worse — Die Tageszeitung (Germany)

And alas, the world could not ignore what stands on top:

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The Independent (UK)

New York Post (U.S.)

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Iran has long had a simple and prolific response to political opposition and the worst criminal offenses, namely death by shooting or hanging. Whether opening fire on the streets or leading the world in carrying out the death penalty, the regime insists that morality is on its side.

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In early September, before Iran's latest bout of anti-government protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, there was another, quieter demonstration: Relatives of several prisoners sentenced to death staged a sit-in outside the judiciary headquarters in Tehran, urging the authorities to waive the sentences. The crowd, which doggedly refused to disperse, included the convicts' young children.

Executions have been a part and parcel of the Islamic Republic of Iran since its inception in 1979. The new authorities began shooting cadres of the fallen monarchy with unseemly zeal, usually after a summary trial. On Feb. 14, 1979, barely three days after the regime was installed, the first four of the Shah's generals were shot inside a secondary school in Tehran.

To this day, the regime continues to opt for death by firing squad for its political opponents; the execution method-of-choice for more socio-economic blights like drug trafficking has been death by hanging.

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