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    Obama Defends His Record in U.N. Speech

    One year after delivering a clarion call for world cooperation, Barack Obama returned to Turtle Bay to speak to the U.N. General Assembly, offering a defense of his actions in the last 12 months. But his report card is full of incompletes.
  • Formula One's New Rules Could Make It Boring

    The 60th season of Formula One racing is set to conclude in November, and the sport continues to represent the pinnacle of racing technology. Hitting speeds of well over 200 miles per hour, our cars are the fastest and most aerodynamic on the closed circuit.
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    In France, Rising Fears of Islamic Terror

    When a 78-year-old French aid worker was executed by Al Qaeda's North African offshoot this summer, France declared war on Islamic terror. Further kidnappings and a heightened threat level in Paris, a city already tense over a ban on the Islamic veil for women, have brought the battle home in recent weeks.
  • Tony Blair's 'A Journey' Reveals Ambitions, Flaws

    In a video hyping the publication of his memoirs, Tony Blair promised a “frank account of my life in politics.” And "A Journey" is that. But I wonder if the former British prime minister recognizes that the book is revealing in ways that he might not have intended.
  • How to Alienate Your Allies In Iran

    Attacks on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are coming from unexpected corners. As he arrives in New York to attend the United Nations’ General Assembly opening this week, hardliners back home—including some who were once his close allies—are undercutting their former standard-bearer every chance they get.
  • A New Campaign for Succession in Egypt

    Election season in Egypt is turning into a mysterious time. In recent weeks, posters reading GAMAL MUBARAK: THE DREAM OF THE POOR have sprung up in impoverished neighborhoods across the country. The odd thing is that Gamal’s father, octogenarian President Hosni Mubarak, has never once hinted at what, or who, might follow his reign.
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    Old Istanbul Hotels Reveal New Style

    Back when there was no tourism but only travel, the rich would take steamers and luxury trains to Constantinople to visit one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. A century later, Istanbul is as international as ever—it’s been named Europe’s Capital of Culture this year—and many of the grand old hotels have new face-lifts, while many boutique hotels are opening in historic buildings.
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    Britain Ponders Deep Military Spending Cuts

    No other NATO ally has the ability—and willingness—to deploy forces like Britain. Which is why the Pentagon is standing by with a sense of foreboding as the U.K. undertakes a formal review of its defense posture. The question now arising in certain circles is how much backup America can count on after the recession-battered British government makes deep cuts to its military budget.
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    Tony Blair Defends the Iraq War

    Since finishing his 10-year stint as prime minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair has kept busy: he’s spent time in the Middle East as envoy of the Quartet, created a foundation devoted to ecumenical understanding, lectured widely, and worked as an adviser to JPMorgan Chase. In New York to promote his new memoir, A Journey, Blair spoke with NEWSWEEK’s David A. Graham to discuss the Iraq invasion, the Middle East peace talks, and what President Obama can learn from New Labour’s travails. Excerpts:
  • Europe Becomes China's Biggest Trade Partner

    Even as Washington and Beijing slug it out over trade deficits and exchange rates, Europe has quietly overtaken America as China’s No. 1 trade partner. Not only did Chinese trade with the EU soar to $306 billion through July of this year—compared with $243 billion of trade with the U.S.—China has also become far more dependent on Europe for importing the technology and infrastructure that underpin its breakneck development.
  • How Serious Is the Alleged London Pope Plot?

    U.S. officials are downplaying the seriousness of a possible threat related to the visit to London by Pope Benedict XVI. News of the alleged threat surfaced on Friday when London's Metropolitan Police Service, a.k.a. Scotland Yard, issued a statement confirming that counterterrorism investigators had arrested five men early Friday morning "on suspicion of the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism."
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    Lee Myung-bak: the Reagan of Seoul

    Don’t be fooled by the recent signs of a thaw between the Koreas. Pyongyang and Seoul have discussed more family reunions on the divided peninsula, and $8.5 million in aid from the South to help the North cope with devastating floods.
  • With No Qurans Burned, Anti-American Ire Recedes

    Scattered, violent anti-American protests in Islamic countries have been reported over the last few days, but U.S. government counterterrorism experts say the absence of any inflammatory televised images of Qurans being burned during recent 9/11 commemorations mean that such demonstrations should soon fizzle.
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    Bill McKibben: Rally for Global Warming, 10/10/10

    As a young environmentalist, I fought global warming with words, writing what’s often called the first general-interest volume on climate change. It became an international bestseller, published in 24 languages. But it flopped as a piece of social activism, doing virtually nothing to slow the heating of the -planet. So, two decades later, I’m promoting something new: the number 350.
  • The Rise of Al Qaeda in North Africa

    Five French citizens were kidnapped in Niger this morning. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a terrorist franchise endorsed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, is suspected. If the group is responsible, it would mark the third time this year that it has taken European citizens hostage.
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    How Amanda Knox's Supporters Could Doom Her

    By speaking loudly—and condescendingly—on her behalf, American supporters of Amanda Knox have hurt her standing in Italy at exactly the moment she begins to appeal her murder conviction.
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    Out of Iran, but Not Yet Home Free

    The hours Sarah Shourd spent between leaving Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where she was in solitary confinement for more than a year, and crossing Iranian airspace must have been the most excruciating and longest hours of her life. I know that because I have been there.
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    Chilean Miners: Surviving the Darkness

    The plight of the 33 miners trapped in northern Chile for more than a month so far is harrowing enough. They must try to survive 90 percent humidity and avoid starvation. They also have to keep their sanity, which becomes harder as they confront another present danger: the darkness.