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Where to Go in Paris? The Red-Topped Trash Can

PARIS — This city, which has had a problem with men urinating in the street for centuries, started supplying public urinals in the 1830s. It has often been a losing battle. Enter the eco-toilet, the city’s latest effort to stem street and alley urination. It has a dual purpose (it …

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Why Inflation Is Bad for Populist Strongmen

Strongmen like Mr. Chávez or Mr. Erdogan, who installed his son-in-law as finance minister, tend to meddle with their central banks, both to juice short-term growth and out of a tendency to see independent institutions as threats rather than partners. Inflation rises, a precursor of worse to come. How Strongmen …

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Turks Scramble as Lira Falls and Prices Soar

On the streets of Istanbul, the anxiety was evident. Restaurateurs and cafe owners are already struggling with a 50 percent drop in business over the past three years after terrorist attacks scared away many foreign tourists. Now other Turkish businesses are feeling the downturn. A storekeeper, Mustafa Yuksel, 30, who …

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Bus Crash Kills 24 in Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador — A bus apparently lost its brakes, hit another vehicle at high speed and rolled over four times, killing at least 24 people and injuring 22 while smashing into several houses along a highway near Ecuador’s capital early Tuesday, officials said. The Colombian-registered bus was traveling to Quito …

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The Afghan Army’s Last Stand at Chinese Camp

The whole camp was covered in blood,” said First Lt. Shah Fahim, another platoon leader. On Sunday night, speaking by phone, he wept and worried he would be killed in the night. On top of that, the family of the dead company commander, Capt. Sayid Azam, kept calling him, asking …

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After Drownings, South Africa Vows to Fix Pit Toilets in Schools

The basic upgrades, termed Norms and Standards, had themselves been a result of litigation by Equal Education and other activist groups, Mr. Linde said, adding: “We see constant attempts by government to make excuses for not delivering.” The education department had missed its own deadline for implementing the upgrades, leading …

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