The New Zealand Herald is bringing back some of the best stories of 2020 from our premium syndicators, including The New York Times, Financial Times and The Times of London.
Today we look at the long search for Africa's most wanted man, the rise and fall of WeWork, the classic film Now and Then 25 years on, things you didn't know about chocolate and Russia' Covid-19 fight.
The hunt for Africa's most wanted man
Félicien Kabuga, a Rwandan businessman, spent 26 years on the run after being accused of organising, financing and directing the Rwandan genocide.
This year, after an astonishing swoop on Kabuga in a quiet Paris suburb in May, the result of co-operation between law enforcement agencies from at least nine countries, he was arrested.
So how did Africa's most wanted man evade capture for so long?
WeWork: How the ultimate unicorn lost its billions
Ten days before the end of 2018, WeWork's new $94.7m Gulfstream took off from a small airport north of New York and set a course for Kauai, Hawaii's garden island. On board was Adam Neumann, the company's messianic co-founder.
It was less than a decade since the 6ft 5in Israeli had sketched out a plan with his friend Miguel McKelvey for turning dull offices into empowering communities for restless entrepreneurs. But WeWork had already overtaken JPMorgan Chase as New York's largest commercial tenant and controlled more square feet in London than anyone but the UK government.
At 39, Neumann was already worth billions.
Yet within a year the Gulfstream would be up for sale, Neumann would be out of a job and WeWork would come within two weeks of running out of money.
Now and Then at 25: Girlhood finally taken seriously
When Now and Then was released in 1995, it had the makings of a hit: an A-list cast, a coming-of-age narrative about an unbreakable sisterhood, a nostalgic filter and an underlying mystery. At the time, it was sidelined, panned by critics and largely forgotten. That hasn't stopped it from gaining a cult following in the 25 years since, becoming a touchstone for girls yearning to be seen.
Everything you need to know about chocolate
You probably think you already know everything you need to know about chocolate.
For instance: The higher the percentage of cacao, the more bitter the chocolate, right? The term "single origin" on the label indicates that the chocolate expresses a particular terroir.
'Cocktails and masks don't really go together'
When Nest, a cramped Moscow cocktail lounge, reopened for business in late June after more than two months of lockdown, it offered free masks and antiseptic lotion at the entrance to help calm any fears drinkers might have about sitting just inches from each other around tiny round tables.
It needn't have bothered.
Following a path taken by many people in Florida, Texas and other parts of the United States in early summer, Moscow and most of Russia threw caution to the wind.
• Too close for comfort, and the virus, in Russia's communal apartments
• Russians eat burgers in gloves. Should everyone?
• As coronavirus overruns Russia, doctors are dying on the front lines