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Top 10 Most Popular Worldcrunch Articles Of 2014
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Ukraine's Pro-Russian Separatists Are Bad News For Russia

The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, located on the Moldovan border with Ukraine, has relied on Russia for the past two decades. A perfect example of potential new burdens for Moscow. — KOMMERSANT


In India, The World's First Vegetarian City

After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone. But the city's Muslims are not happy. — KBR


Syria's Silent War Crime: Systematic Mass Rape

Evidence is piling up that the Damascus regime has used rape — of daughters in front of fathers, wives in front of husbands — as a targeted weapon. — LE MONDE


What The World Cup Will Do To Brazil's Economy

Six months from kickoff, two economic assessments, pro and con, as the world's most popular sporting event lands in the "B" of BRICS. — FOLHA DE S. PAULO


Germany Will Ban Tech Companies That Play Ball With NSA

No German federal contracts will go to companies that turn over data to the NSA and other spy agencies in the U.S., and elsewhere. There may, however, be one crucial exemption. — SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG


ISIS, The Caliphate Of Madmen Starts To Crumble

The ISIS terror group believes that if it is Allah's will, the organization will take over much of the world. But at the moment, Allah doesn't seem to be on their side. — DIE WELT


Israeli Researchers: We Can Detect Breast Cancer With Simple Blood Test

Octava Pink, an easy and accurate new method for detecting breast cancer, is a potentially game-changing blood test for breast cancer with 97% detection rate. — CALCALIST


Adam Smith To Xi Jinping, Wealthy Nations Need Good Laws

As China holds its 18th CCP Fourth Plenary Session with the theme of the "rule of law in China," it is clear that the corrupt system that fueled the country's economic boom is bankrupt. — CAIXIN


My Son Has Committed Unspeakable Crimes

What is it like to be the parent of a "monster?" After their teenaged son confessed to rape and murder in southern France, the parents of Matthieu Moulinas decide to tell their story. — LE MONDE


Selfies At Auschwitz: When Tourism Destroys The Meaning Of Memory

It gets harder to feel the weight of history's most brutal hours when you're surrounded by tourists soaking in the sun and thinking about lunch plans. — DIE WELT

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Lionel To Lorenzo: Infecting My Son With The Beautiful Suffering Of Soccer Passion

This is the Argentine author's fourth world cup abroad, but his first as the father of two young boys.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates the team's win against Australia at the World Cup in Qatar

Ignacio Pereyra

I love soccer. But that’s not the only reason why the World Cup fascinates me. There are so many stories that can be told through this spectacular, emotional, exaggerated sport event, which — like life and parenthood — is intense and full of contradictions.

This is the fourth World Cup that I’m watching away from my home country, Argentina. Every experience has been different but, at times, Qatar 2022 feels a lot like Japan-South Korea 2002, the first one I experienced from abroad, when I was 20 years old and living in Spain.

Now, two decades later, living in Greece as the father of two children, some of those memories are reemerging vividly.

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