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Worldcrunch Staff Picks Our 24 Best Stories Of 2015
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PARIS — Our fair-minded but ever subjective staff of journalists, translators and editors have chosen what we believe to be the year's most engaging and provocative stories.


Why The Chinese Are So Good, But Rarely Great

CHINA / Caixin, Jan .5


That Slippery Euphemism We Call "Cultural Differences"

FRANCE / Worldcrunch, Jan. 15


Artificial Intelligence Will Kill Capitalism

U.S. / Le Monde, Jan. 26


Why Greek Debt Is Also An Environmental Time Bomb

GREECE / Worldcrunch, Feb. 15


No Goat Year Babies! China Wrestles With Its Zodiac Passions

CHINA / Economic Observer, March 22


How TV Series Can Help Us Understand Geopolitics

FRANCE / Les Echos, March 26


Don't Ask If I'm A Feminist, Ask Why Women Earn 22% Less

GERMANY / Die Welt, April 20


Mediterranean Graveyard, The Nameless Dead Of Malta

MALTA / La Stampa, April 21


Lost In Translation, A Strange State Of Grace

JAPAN / Le Temps, May 15


Surrogate Mother Industry Carries On After Nepal Quake

NEPAL / L'Obs, June 9


Russia Can't Afford To Choose Between East And West

RUSSIA / Kommersant, June 23


El Chapo Escape, When Income Inequality Breeds Corruption

MEXICO / El Espectador, July 17


Modern Islam And The Disease Within

TURKEY / Die Welt, July 28


Rony Abovitz: Unraveling Magic Leap's Enigmatic Founder

ISRAEL / Calcalist, July 30


Kos, When Tourists And Migrants Land On The Same Greek Island

GREECE / L'Obs, Aug. 12


In Syria, Life In Harmony With War

SYRIA / Radikal, Aug. 12


From Armenian Genocide To Kurdish Rebels, Turkey Is A Nation In Denial

TURKEY / Radikal, Sept. 10


Germany's Refugee Crisis And The Remaking Of Angela Merkel

GERMANY / Süddeutsche Zeitung, Oct. 13


Waste In Brazil, Where Environmental Failure Meets Dire Poverty

BRAZIL / Folha de S. Paulo, Oct. 16


The Nocebo Effect, Placebo's Evil Twin

SWITZERLAND / Le Temps, Nov. 8


Parking In New York Has A Grammar Of Its Own

U.S. / Yonder, Nov. 10


Refugees And City Planning, An Unlikely Urbanist Opportunity

ARGENTINA / Clarin, Nov. 26


Jihadism As Nihilism, An X-Ray Of Homegrown Terror In France

FRANCE / Le Monde, Dec. 3


FRANCE / Le Monde, Dec. 11

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War In Ukraine, Day 285: Three Dead In Ukraine's First-Ever Attack On Russian Air Bases

Reports of Ukraine's possible use of kamikaze drones deep inside Russian territory.

War In Ukraine, Day 285: Three Dead In Ukraine's First-Ever Attack On Russian Air Bases

Engels-2 airbase in Russia

Alex Hurst, Anna Akage, and Emma Albright

Updated 11:45 p.m.

Separate explosions Monday morning at two different Russian air bases, which have killed at least three and injured eight, have demonstrated that Ukraine has the capacity to use drones to attack targets deep inside Russia.

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Russian state media reports that a fuel tanker exploded early Monday in an airfield near the city of Ryanza, southeast of Moscow, killing three and injuring six people. Another two people are reported to have been injured in another morning explosion at the Engles-2 airbase in the Saratov region, farther to the southeast.

Later Monday, both Russian and Ukrainian government sources confirmed that the attack was carried out by Ukraine, a major escalation in Kyiv's war effort.

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