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    Mujahedin Attack Shows India Still Terror-Prone

    A crude bomb exploded in the Indian city of Varanasi during a nightly Hindu ritual that draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists. The bomb killed an infant and injured close to 40 others. The Indian Mujahedin, a terrorist group that purports to be made up of radicalized Indian Muslims, claimed responsibility.
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    Election Controversy Overshadows Recovery in Haiti

    Haiti's election was supposed to further its democratic legacy by selecting a new president to lead the nation's post-earthquake reconstruction. Instead, it's become a huge distraction from rebuilding the country.
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    Egypt Shark Attacks Spur Conspiracy Theories

    In the past week, the Egyptian resort town of Sharm al-Sheikh has been hit by a spate of gruesome shark attacks. The shark is still on the loose, prompting some Egyptian officials to accuse outside forces of sabotaging the country’s booming tourism industry.
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    Martin Cruz Smith on the New WikiLeaks Reality

    Hillary Clinton ordered federal employees not to read any of the 250,000 State Department documents that WikiLeaks spilled over the earth. She could have saved her breath. We can't look away, we shouldn't look away.
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    Soccer Legend Urges French to Withdraw Bank Money

    The former soccer star Eric Cantona is beloved for his dazzling feats on the pitch and became a screen actor most celebrated when he played himself. Now he's making waves by calling for his French compatriots to withdraw their money from banks.
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    Do the Taliban Get PTSD?

    U.S. troops aren’t the only ones in Afghanistan who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. It also afflicts Afghan civilians—and the Taliban, too.
  • India’s Microfinance Blues

    Small borrowing has big problems. Last month’s $221 million rescue loan to a group of troubled Indian microfinance companies—with some $2 billion on the line, nearly eight of 10 borrowers were in default—has stirred a crisis of faith in development circles. Critics complain that private banks, lured by the sizzling market in making small loans to the poor, betrayed the neediest by creating a mutant, developing-world subprime monster with 20 to 30 percent interest rates. Now there are fears it could spread.
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    South Africa at a Discount

    Save money, live better—in Africa? The news that Walmart was buying a $2 billion controlling stake in South African retailer Massmart sparked the usual round of threats and protests. South Africa’s powerful un-ions threatened to strike, a move that’s believed to have downsized the Arkansas-based company’s desire to buy Massmart outright.
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    WikiLeaks Documents Show How Strong U.S. Diplomacy Is

    The very essence of diplomacy between nations in the old days—maybe even yesterday—lay in knowing the difference between official communications, unofficial ones, and those that, being leaked, might be denied. All of these modes had their uses for signaling intent, saving face, or stepping back from a brink. And they still do, as the 250,000 U.S. State Department cables that have begun appearing on amply demonstrate.
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    Is the Settlement-Freeze Deal Dead?

    In interviews, including one with NEWSWEEK, Lieberman said efforts to reach an agreement with Washington to extend Israel’s settlement freeze had hit a wall.
  • China Stuck With North Korea

    Chinese officials used to say their alliance with North Korea was “as close as lips and teeth.” Now, as Pyongyang continues to bite the hand that feeds it, Beijing’s exasperation is growing.
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    Ireland Swerves Left

    Whether the Irish bailout saves the country from ruin, one winner is already emerging. Free-market parties Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have dominated the country’s politics for more than 60 years, but the economy’s nosedive is now throwing power to the left.
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    Rethinking Turkey's Past

    Ultimately, the outcome of Turkey’s ongoing culture wars between the ultra-secularists who defend military dictatorship and the Islamists who seek to jail the officers who overturned Turkey’s Constitution is about more than coming to terms with the past.
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    Beefing Up the Russia-China Connection

    America’s coming withdrawal from Afghanistan will leave a large power vacuum in Central Asia—one that both Russia and China are keen to fill. China has the overwhelming economic clout, while Russia has the longstanding political and cultural ties to its former empire.
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    'Torture Is Forbidden' in Iran, Says Larijani

    Iran is routinely lambasted for its use of torture, summary executions, and midnight raids to quell the political opposition. One of the regime’s stalwart defenders is Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of the judiciary’s human-rights council. He is part of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s inner circle and one third of Iran’s most powerful family: his brothers run the judiciary and legislature. He spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Jerry Guo in New York about why Iran is misunderstood. Excerpts:
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    Companies Look to China's Heartland

    Over the past year, China has seen a rash of labor disputes, as employees of state- and foreign-owned factories have begun to clamor for better working conditions and higher wages.
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    Are the Palestinians the Last Zionists?

    Just as we Israelis are making a stupendous effort to ensure the dissolution of the Jewish state by hanging onto the occupied territories, the Palestinians are working to ensure the survival of the Zionist enterprise by striving to establish a Palestinian ministate in the West Bank and Gaza.
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    British Protests May Gain Sympathy for Cameron

    For the normally passive British public, the specter of political violence is back. In early November, students clashed with police and smashed their way into Conservative Party offices to express their opposition to proposed hikes in tuition fees.
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    Election Sweep Boosts Mubarak

    With the results of Sunday's parliamentary elections in Egypt, the regime of President Hosni Mubarak sent a powerful message that it will brook no dissent as the country moves toward a possible presidential transition as early as next year.
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    WikiLeaks Shows How U.S. Ignored Democracy Goals

    Julian Assange’s data dump has helped confirm that America’s democracy agenda is over. The project of liberating the Middle East from tyrannical regimes and installing free governments was once a centerpiece of the United States’ post-9/11 strategy, but the latest cables released by WikiLeaks reveal a far different reality.
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    Is This Toothpaste Racist?

    Of all the unfamiliar products in a Chinese supermarket, one of the most shocking to American visitors is a toothpaste featuring the logo of a minstrel singer in a top hat, flashing a white smile.
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    What WikiLeaks Docs Reveal About the Iran Threat

    The WikiLeaks documents released so far paint a remarkable picture of just how closely the U.S. and Russia have been working on containing Iran. An extremely detailed exchange of views between top U.S. and Russian officials in Washington in February is described in detail.