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Computer says “non”

The French are proud of their bureaucracy. For Sophie Pedder, The Economist’s Paris bureau chief, dealing with it can be thrilling

None for the road

Drink-driving is alarmingly common in South Africa. But attitudes are changing – partly thanks to Uber. Erin Conway-Smith reports

None for the road

South Africa has the highest rate of alcohol-related road traffic accidents in the world. But attitudes towards drink-driving are changing – partly due to Uber

The bright side of strife

In uncertain times it helps to be optimistic. In Israel, as Uri Bram explains, this has spawned a whole culture: “It’ll be alrightism”

Baghdad’s café society

It has been blown up repeatedly, but still they come. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist’s Middle East correspondent, visits Café Abu Haloub, a symbol of the city’s resilience