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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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Bridge Collapses in Genoa, Italy

ROME — A highway bridge in the heart of Genoa, Italy, collapsed on Tuesday morning, dropping tons of concrete and steel onto buildings, streets, vehicles and railroad tracks below. Photographs and videos posted online showed a stretch of roadway on the Morandi Bridge missing, estimated by some of the people …

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Turkey, Germany, Taliban: Your Tuesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Fears of Turkish contagion, another unexpected Putin meeting and dramatic Taliban gains in Afghanistan. Here’s the latest: • What’s happening in Turkey might not stay in Turkey. The lira sank by more than 20 percent in the past …

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Asian Stock Markets Drop on Worries of Fallout From Turkey

A looming economic crisis in Turkey — including accelerating inflation, concerns of mismanagement and a spat with the United States — spilled over into Asian markets on Monday and threatened to hit investors in Europe. The day was punctuated by records. At one point, Turkey’s currency, the lira, fell to …

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