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German Front Page: Merkel Morphs Into Kohl

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed her run for a fourth time, Berlin-based daily Die Tageszeitung opted for a notably creepy photo montage.

Die Tageszeitung — Nov. 21, 2016

With the announcement that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would run for her fourth time, Berlin-based daily Die Tageszeitung opted for a notably creepy photo montage Monday, mashing Merkel's face with that of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

"Merkel Becomes Kohl," reads the headline. The newspaper highlights the growing similiarities in the careers of Merkel and Kohl. As chancellor from 1982 to 1998, Kohl holds the longest tenure of any democratically elected leader of Germany. With her announcement to seek a fourth term in elections next year, Merkel could match Kohl's 16-year tenure if she wins reelection.

Merkel, 62, confirmed Sunday she was seeking another term to "serve Germany," but observers both at home and abroad noted that the centrist's candidacy stands as a potential fortress against the rising tide of populism around Europe and the world.

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How India’s Women Are Fighting Air Pollution — And The Patriarchy

India is one of the world's worst countries for air pollution, with women more likely to be affected by the problem than men. Now, experts and activists are fighting to reframe pollution as a gendered health crisis.

A woman walking through dense fog in New Delhi

*Saumya Kalia

MUMBAI In New Delhi, a city that has topped urban air-pollution charts in recent years, Shakuntala describes a discomfort that has become too familiar. Surrounded by bricks and austere buildings, she tells an interviewer: "The eyes burn and it becomes difficult to breathe". She is referring to the noxious fumes she routinely breathes as a construction worker.

Like Shakuntala, women’s experiences of polluted air fill every corner of their lives – inside homes, in parks and markets, on the way to work. Ambient air in most districts in India has never been worse than it is today. As many as 1.67 million people in the country die prematurely due to polluted air. It is India’s second largest health risk after malnutrition.

This risk of exposure to air pollution is compounded for women. Their experiences of toxic air are more frequent and often more hazardous. Yet “policies around air quality have not yet adequately taken into account gender or other factors that might influence people’s health,” Pallavi Pant, a senior scientist at the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit in the U.S., told The Wire Science.

“It’s unacceptable that the biggest burden [rests on] those who can least bear it,” Sherebanu Frosh, an activist, added. People like her are building a unique resistance within India.

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