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    International News Sites (Part 1)
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On with the show ...
A couple of hours after I sent out last Tuesday's post about Hurricane
Floyd, CNN reported that a tropical cyclone of similar strength,
Typhoon York, was pounding Hong Kong with sustained winds in excess of
100 miles per hour (161 kph).  If you live in the States, chances are
this is the first you are hearing of Typhoon York.  Most major US news
organizations did not cover the story, and those that did 'buried' it.
That's where today's TOURBUS post comes in.  Following the advice of
fellow TOURBUS rider and world-famous radio personality Lee Overstreet
(, today we're going to visit some of my
favorite INTERNATIONAL news sites.
Of course, with over 100,000 people on our little bus of Internet
happiness, and with several SQUILLION different online news sites out
there, I guarantee that today's TOURBUS post will neglect to mention
*YOUR* favorite site.  Please do not take this as a sign that my love
for you has diminished.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  All
those other TOURBUS riders mean nothing to me.  YOU are the only one I
care about.  :P
Seriously, though, if you notice a glaring omission from today's post,
please tell me.  I can't promise that I'll mention your favorite site
in a future post, but I will promise to visit every site you
The International Herald Tribune
Published with the New York Times and the Washington Post, the
International Herald Tribune is edited in Paris and published, well,
everywhere.  You can find the online version of it at .
This site looks rather sparse, but looks can be deceiving.  Click on
any of the sections on the left-hand side of the page and you'll find
a bunch of interesting and well-written articles on a myriad of news
topics from around the world.  For example, the most recent online
edition of the International Herald Tribune actually has an article
about Typhoon Bart that is heading for the southern coast of Japan.
I seem to remember Tom Clancy mentioning in one of his books that the
International Herald Tribune is written specifically for the US ex-pat
community.  I'm not sure if this is true, but even if it is I still
think the International Herald Tribune has earned the title of "the
world's daily newspaper."
The BBC World Service
Most Americans think that the BBC is the place where old Monty Python
reruns and boring Masterpiece Theatre shows come from.  That's
unfortunate for two reasons:
      1. Masterpiece Theatre isn't boring; and
      2. The BBC is, in fact, a broadcasting juggernaut with radio and
         television stations all over the planet that broadcast in more
         languages than you could possibly imagine.
As most non-Americans already know, the BBC's international radio
network -- the "BBC World Service" -- was created to provide "a
credible, unbiased, reliable, accurate, balanced and independent news
service, covering national and international developments."  The BBC
World Service has some 143 million weekly radio listeners, 35 million
who listen in English.  And, of course, the BBC World Service also has
a Web site at .
This site takes a minute to get used to, but it is actually quite well
organized.  On the top-left-hand side of the page, you'll notice a map
of the world and five different text links:
      - Africa & Mid East
      - Americas
      - Europe & FSU
      - South Asia
      - Asia-Pacific
Click on the appropriate map region or text link to be taken to a page
that contains both audio and text news stories from that particular
region.  To listen to any of the audio news stories, you'll need Real
Player, a free program from the folks at .  For
those who would rather read the news than listen to it, the BBC World
Service Web site also offers a wonderful, up-to-date collection of
HTML-based news stories from around the world:
      Africa News
      Middle East News
      Americas News
      Europe News
      South Asia News
      Asia Pacific News
Finally, you should also check out the "Also on BBC World Service"
pull-down menu (on the BBC World Service's homepage) that gives you
links to news, audio, and radio information in your choice of 44
different languages.  As I said earlier, BBC World Service broadcasts
in more languages than you could imagine.  This pull-down menu gives
you access to all of those languages.  :)
International Papers
A little over a year ago we visited Slate's "Today's Papers" at .
Each night, Today's Papers editor Scott Shuger scans the early, online
editions of the major US newspapers -- the Los Angeles Times, the New
York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and so on --
and then condenses the major stories from all of these newspapers into
a free, 850-word summary.  According to a Brill's Content article I
read a while back, Today's Papers is read by 'high-powered pundits'
like William F. Buckley, Jr., New York Times assistant managing editor
Allan Siegal, and Los Angeles Times managing editor Leo Wolinsky.  In
other words, Today's Papers is the media summary the *media* reads.
Slate offers a similar, free service that summarizes the major stories
from the non-US press: "International Papers."  Two or three times a
week, Alexander Chancellor, a columnist for the Guardian in London,
writes a Today's Papers-like, 1,000-word summary of the latest, major
news stories from the international press.  If you don't have the time
to visit a bunch of online news sites but would still like to keep
abreast of news from outside the US, International Papers is for you.
International Papers does not have one set address -- the address for
each column is different -- but you can find the latest International
Papers column by pointing your Web browser to 
and then clicking on the "International Papers" link (look for it in
the "Briefings" section).
That's it for this week.  I have a few more international news sites I
want to mention, but I'll save them until next week.  Have a safe and
happy weekend, and watch out for those squirrels.  :)
    International News Sites (Part 1)
SHASTA (phrase).
MIZEWELL (phrase).
Usage: "Mom sez shasta work late tonight, so we mizewell order pizza
in for dinner."
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