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Iowa-To-New Hampshire, Through The Eyes Of Foreign Media

Marco Rubio emerges as the international media's aspirational GOP nominee.

At a Marco Rubio rally on Jan. 25 in Des Moines, Iowa
At a Marco Rubio rally on Jan. 25 in Des Moines, Iowa
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PARIS — The left-to-right political spectrum is always relative to where you stand. And if you're standing in Denmark, notes the Copenhagen-based daily Politiken, Marco Rubio would be considered "far to the right." But with the Florida Senator emerging as a kinder, gentler — and yes, less right-wing — alternative to Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, the Danish newspaper acknowledged his presidential potential following a surprisingly strong third-place showing in the Iowa caucus. "He is a serious politician, and one of few candidates who has actually presented serious solutions to some of the structural challenges the U.S. faces: increasing social inequalities, globalization and the stagnated wage levels among middle-class workers," Politiken writes.

Around the world this week, echoing conversations whispered among Republican Party elites for months, Rubio is now seen as a viable GOP moderate compared to Cruz, an evangelical opportunist with a tenuous relationship with the truth, and Trump, the xenophobic real estate mogul making it up as he goes along.

Between now and November's general election, Worldcrunch will deliver a regular sampling of global coverage from all languages and corners of the world.

Between last Monday's Iowa caucus and next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, here is a roundup of worldwide coverage of the race for the White House:

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Hide-And-Seek Of Drone Warfare, A Letter From Ukraine's Front Line

A member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces writes his account of the new dynamic of targeting, and being targeted by, the invading Russian troops, as drones circle above and trenches get left behind.

A Ukrainian military drone operator during a testing of anti-drone rifle in Kyiv.

Igor Lutsenko*

KYIV — The current war in Ukraine is a game of hide-and-seek. Both sides are very well-stocked with artillery, enough to destroy the enemy along many kilometers. Swarms of drones fly through the air day and night, keeping a close eye on the earth's surface below. If they notice something interesting, it immediately becomes a target. Depending on the priority, they put it in line for destruction by artillery.

Therefore, the only effective way to survive is to hide, or at least somehow prove to the drones your non-priority status — and avoid moving to the front of the 'queue of death.'

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In general, the nature of this queue is a particular thing. It may seem to be a god, but is instead a simple artillery captain's decision of when to have lunch, and when to fire on the house where several enemy soldiers are staying. It's just a handful of ordinary people (observers, artillerymen) deciding how long their enemies will live depending on their own schedule or the weather, the availability of ammunition or if they're feeling tired.

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