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World Watch: 10 Free Online International Newspapers

Nov 19, 2010

Perhaps our posts from this week on studying abroad have you in a global frame of mind. But what if your passport needs to be renewed? No need to worry as you can get news, views and culture from all over the world via these online media sources.

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The Times

Britain's oldest newspaper is a reliable source of information on everything from world conflicts to London fashion. Published since 1785, The Times has a significant ongoing impact on the cultural and political life of the United Kingdom. Read the newspaper online for a British take on global issues.

Le Monde

This newspaper, published in Paris, serves as a national newspaper for all of France. Occupying a role of social importance similar to that of The New York Times in American culture, the paper is looked to by many for the definitive word on current issues. Le Monde, which means 'The World,' features French and international news. It's only available in French, but you can find translations of many Le Monde articles around the Web.

Die Welt

This German newspaper, whose title also translates into 'The World,' features news from around the globe as well as national sporting, economic and political news. Established by the Allied Forces following World War II, Die Welt has now been published for more than 60 years. This newspaper is primarily in German, but its international section includes articles in English.

La Repubblica

Published in Rome, La Repubblica boasts a circulation of more than half a million. The newspaper is among Italy's most popular and is very influential in national politics. There is also coverage of fashion, literature and other areas of culture. This newspaper is primarily available in Italian.

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China Daily

Published in English, this newspaper provides information on Chinese culture and politics. Sections also feature business, sports and lifestyle content. China Daily is published in Beijing, but it is in large part written for an international audience. Articles are available in English and French as well as Chinese.

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Asahi Shimbun

Asahi Shimbun is one of the most widely circulated newspapers in Japan. Headquartered in Tokyo, the 'Morning Sun Newspaper,' as it is translated, is a source of information on domestic affairs. Partnerships with other news organizations also allow the paper to feature in-depth global news. Visit the link above for the English language version.

Herald Sun

This newspaper reports on all of the goings on down under. Among the most popular sources of news in Australia, The Herald Sun features information not only from Melbourne (where it is published), but also the state of Victoria and the greater nation. From politics to entertainment to sports and business, this paper has it covered.

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Jornal do Brasil

Established in 1891, this national news source for Brazil also reports on South American and international issues. The Jornal do Brasil has a long-standing reputation for fighting government censorship. Once widely circulated as a newspaper, today it publishes only an online version. This newspaper is available in Portuguese.

Mail & Guardian

This South African newspaper has a strong reputation for reporting on important social and political issues. This style of in-depth reporting is a lasting legacy of the paper's beginnings as an alternative weekly. The online version of the Mail & Guardian has also garnered praise for its coverage of public affairs.

The Moscow Times

This daily newspaper, headquartered on the Russian capital, is published in English. In a time when some other media outlets in Russia are seen as mouthpieces of the government, The Moscow Times is known for publishing reporting critical of political leaders.

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