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    Colombia Wrestling to Quell Local Drug Gangs

    Although Colombia delivered some heavy blows in its war against the FARC, the country is facing violence on an entirely new front—from loose criminal networks rushing in to serve the ongoing demand for drug exports.
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    How Afghans View the Quran Burnings

    Even before any Qurans have been torched, Islamic extremist leaders are fanning the flames of the controversy, taking advantage of a propaganda windfall. Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom the U.S. has labeled as a terrorist, issued a statement this week saying the Quran burning is "part of the American war against Muslims."
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    Eat, Pray, Hate

    The threat to burn Qurans in Florida is a perfect example of the way America’s own Christian Taliban are creating, promoting, and exploiting our national paranoia.
  • No Letup in Secret Drone War in Pakistan

    Three reported attacks with drone-borne missiles on Wednesday serve as a reminder that an intense secret U.S. air campaign is continuing against alleged terrorist targets in Pakistan's tribal regions.
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    How India Botched the Commonwealth Games

    The Commonwealth Games—in which 71 teams from 54 Anglophone nations compete in Olympic-style sports—were meant to showcase the country's emergence onto the global stage. Instead, they are turning into a grand humiliation.
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    Mystery Surrounding Death of U.K. Code Breaker Deepens

    A statement released by Scotland Yard on Monday and posted on the Web site of the London Metropolitan Police Service reveals more details about the peculiar death of Gareth Williams, a 31-year-old mathematics wizard who worked for Britain's electronic-eavesdropping agency, but sheds no light on possible causes.
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    Friday Caption Contest: Peace Talks

    As Obama’s summer of discontent marches into autumn, Hillary Clinton is looking rather pleased with herself. Perhaps she finally found the silver lining to losing the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Petraeus: 'Burn a Koran Day' Could Endanger U.S. Troops

    On September 11, pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., will lead a ceremonial burning of Qurans at his church. Amid protests in Kabul, Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has now said that the book burning will endanger troops.
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    Mexico Dresses Up for Battle

    Despite the Mexican government’s high-profile capture last week of American-born kingpin Edgar Valdez “La Barbie” Villarreal, the country’s drug war continues to spiral out of control. A telling sign: ordinary Mexicans, who until now have largely been removed from the carnage, are turning to private security firms for help.
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    Something’s Not Working in South Africa

    It may have been a relief to many when the World Cup’s vuvuzelas finally stopped blaring, but now the Rainbow Nation’s winter of good feeling is emphatically over. A recent government workers’ strike grew so massive that the Army was called out to keep hospitals open.
  • The Scandal Behind the Sarrazin Scandal

    Decades after such figures appeared elsewhere in Europe, Germany finally has produced its own high-profile star of the anti-immigrant right. But only for about a week. Thilo Sarrazin, a former Social Democratic politician, set off the fiercest storm of public outrage in recent memory with his new book, "Germany Abolishes Itself," in which he lays bare the failures of German education, migration, and welfare policies.
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    What America Has Lost

    September 11 was a shock to the American psyche and the American system. As a result, we overreacted.
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    More Dangerous Than Ever

    Three years after NEWSWEEK published its controversial cover naming Pakistan the world’s most dangerous nation, it seems to be even worse off.
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    Sleeping With the Devil

    For most people, knowledge of this exotic Australian island begins and ends with the animated antics of a Looney Tunes character, which isn’t surprising considering that the journey to Tasmania from America or Europe can take more than 24 hours.
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    Why Osama bin Laden Still Matters

    Al Qaeda never had more than a few hundred sworn members. The real danger was its ability to train and inspire jihadis around the world.
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    Inside Al Qaeda

    Nine years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden’s network remains a shadowy, little-understood enemy. The truth, as revealed by one of its fighters, is both more and less troubling than we think.
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    The War Within WikiLeaks

    As frontman for, Julian Assange, the floppy-haired Australian computer hacker, has become an internationally celebrated advocate for would-be whistle-blowers.
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    Brazil's One-Party Democracy

    This time eight years ago, Brazilian democracy took a stress test—and passed with distinction. The onetime radical union leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took charge of Latin America’s largest nation and impressed the world with his moderate politics and prudent economics. That was then.
  • Challenges for China's Westernized Communism

    The country's economy may be booming, but the Chinese have to look no further than America to see what will happen if they don’t curb their energy appetite and address the growing gap between rich and poor.
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    How the World Cup Wrecked South Africa

    A spending bonanza before the tournament made it look as though the government cares about glitzy showmanship more than its workers. This week their frustration boiled over.
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    Domestic Violence Pervades Russian Homes

    Russian women are habitually beaten with legal impunity—in a country with no support system for victims of domestic violence. So it was horrible but hardly surprising when my friend's husband got drunk and killed her.
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    Oppression Continues in Iran

    The world's attention may have wandered from Iran, but recent reports from the country reveal a government that is as willing as ever to suppress dissent and a judiciary that still plans to kill a woman saved from a stoning sentence last month.
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    Viktor Bout's Secrets Frighten the Kremlin

    There's a reason Russians oppose the extradition of arms dealer Viktor Bout—the man known as "the merchant of death"—to the United States: he knows their secrets.
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    Mideast Peace Talks Should Have Been Secret

    By making a public spectacle of negotiations, leaders have made Israelis and Palestinians less likely to reach any agreement. President Obama should have pushed them to conduct back-channel, off-the-record talks instead.