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Global Observer

Foreign dispatches from correspondents around the world.

technology

In Berlin, ghettos are remolded into profitable housing

BERLIN -- A developer buys and transforms a dilapidated Berlin home for immigrants, demonstrating that it is possible to make low-cost housing profitable.

cities

Meet Melbourne's horse listener

MELBOURNE -- Ahead of Australia's biggest horse racing event of the year, we get acquainted with the man they call the 'horse listener.'

cities

Asia's heavy mobile usage helps dating sites thrive

HONG KONG -- Online dating platforms are taking advantage of Asians' attachments to their phones -- and even their shyness around dating.