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Extra! Extra! Top 7 Worldcrunch Articles Of 2013

From the four corners of the planet, the 7 most-read articles that Worldcrunch published over the past year.

Buon Anno!!...from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Buon Anno!!...from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Worldcrunch continued to span the globe through 2013 to deliver our unique brand of international journalism, in partnership with the best news sources in the world.

Our loyal readers know our aim is to cover something of everything under the sun and stars: from war and politics to techology and pop culture, business and finance, food and travel. And our geographic reach, of course, knows no limits.

Journalism as popularity contest is a trap we continue to actively avoid. And yet knowing what stories people are drawn to is an opportunity to learn how to do our jobs better. So we hereby share this with you: the seven stories we published this past year that garnered the most readers:

1. Who Says Top Students Make The Best Employees?

2. Here's What It's Like To Get An Abortion In An Increasingly Pious Turkey

3. Big Hang And Tiger Bench:Women Expose Brutality Of Chinese Labor Camp

4. When An Anti-Semitic Hungarian Politician Finds Out He's Jewish

5. Why China Is Still No Superpower

6. Confessions Of A Modern Male Prostitute

7. In Romania, A Quiet City Has Become The Global Hub For Hackers And Online Crooks

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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