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    Chinese Women Go Shopping

    Shoppers throughout the West, wary of a double-dip recession, are still pinching their pennies. But Chinese consumers are opening their wallets—big time. According to McKinsey, retail sales in China have grown by 25 percent annually from 2007 to 2009, making the Chinese consumer sector arguably the healthiest of any major economy in the world, says Yuval Atsmon, a consultant in McKinsey’s Shanghai office.
  • Robert Baker on South African Golf

    In the aftermath of this year’s World Cup, much has been made—and with good reason—about the racial harmony it inspired in South Africa and around the world. Suddenly, my native country of South Africa, which just decades ago appeared permanently divided by apartheid, was united by the excitement of the game and the sound of vuvuzelas buzzing like an army of unflappable mosquitoes.
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    Wyclef Jean Lashes Out in Song

    The hip-hop star has recorded a song declaring that Haiti's president—"Lucifer"—disqualified him from the presidential race. And he declares that he will fight back.
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    Questions for Iraq's Adel Abdul Mahdi

    Nearly six months after the elections in Iraq, the nation still has no government. To break the deadlock, politicians are looking to alternate prime-ministerial candidates. One of the top contenders is Adel Abdul Mahdi, a longtime member of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq who is currently serving as vice president.
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    How Will Chilean Miners Stay Sane?

    They have been trapped a mile underground for 20 days, their only lifeline to the surface a bore hole the diameter of a grapefruit. For 33 miners, alive but imprisoned underground after an earthquake in Chile, it will take three months to be rescued. A former NASA official explains how they will survive in dark isolation for so long.
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    Is WikiLeaks Too Full of Itself?

    Have the activists behind WikiLeaks—and in particular the Web site's founder, Julian Assange—become intoxicated by their own myth? Two recent events involving the now internationally watched Assange and the Web site seem to indicate that this is the case.
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    Why Has Kim Jong-il Gone to China?

    As Jimmy Carter arrived in North Korea to help negotiate the release of an American prisoner, the country's leader and his son Kim Jong-un took a private train into China, according to South Korean officials. Is it a diplomatic snub, a cry for aid from the North's only real ally, or medical emergency for the sickly dictator?
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    What an Irish Terrorist Teaches Us About Tolerance

    The terrorist history of a Catholic priest in Northern Ireland—and the magnanimous reaction of his victims—ought to serve as a lesson about how to overcome bigotry. It's particularly instructive in light of the so-called Ground Zero mosque.
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    Lawyer Maintains Charges Against WikiLeaks Founder

    A Swedish lawyer representing two women whose allegations triggered a sexual-misconduct investigation of Julian Assange has given Declassified the first on-the-record confirmation of the allegations that led to the issuance—and then rapid cancellation—of a warrant on a rape charge and to a parallel investigation into alleged “molestation.”
  • In Colombia, Teens Killed From Facebook Hit Lists

    Earlier this month two teenagers were shot to death in the town of Puerto Asis, Colombia. Their names were among 100 or so that subsequently appeared on three "death lists" posted on Facebook. Another of those named was killed five days later.
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    The Scariest Economy

    The reality is that Greece was always a special case. It is a country that does not issue its own currency, and the quality of its credit depends on other Europeans’ indulgence, now in short supply. So, it's Japan we should really worry about.
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    Audio Slideshow: Afghanistan Then and Now

    Photographer Seamus Murphy returned to Afghanistan in the spring of 2010 and revisited locations he had photographed over the previous decade and a half. The result is a record of how much—and how little—things have changed in the conflict-torn nation.
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    Equatorial Guinea Condemned for Suspicious Executions

    Human-rights groups and opposition parties have condemned the execution of four of President Teodoro Obiang's rivals, found guilty of plotting a coup and killed just an hour later. They allege that the deaths were essentially "political assassinations."
  • New Details Emerge in the Case Against WikiLeaks Founder

    London's Guardian, a newspaper known for its liberal politics and freedom-of-information campaigns, published in its Tuesday edition what appears to be the most extensive account to date of the events that led Swedish prosecutors to open investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct by WikiLeaks founder and frontman Julian Assange.
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    Swedish Prosecutor Says WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Is Not Wanted

    In a bizarre sequence of events that echoed the plot of a Stieg Larsson novel, Swedish prosecutors on Saturday initially indicated that they were seeking to arrest WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange in connection with a rape and molestation investigation, but they later issued a statement that Assange was no longer wanted.
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    The Rural Poor Shunned by China's Top Schools

    Once upon a time, the rural poor were the beating heart of China, welcomed gladly at the nation’s top universities. Now almost none of them attend, and with so few opportunities, poor high-school educations, and terrible public health, they’re rapidly falling behind.
  • Obama Administration Wins One in Thailand

    A court in Thailand ruled that Victor Bout, an accused Russian arms trafficker nicknamed the “Merchant of Death," should be extradited to the U.S. within three months to face numerous charges related to his alleged arms-dealing career.
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    'Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?'

    Is socialism really that bad? Thomas Geoghegan argues that people are happier, healthier, and better off in a European (read: German) social democracy, which gives them more bang for their tax buck—and strengthens capitalism to boot. Then he makes you read about his vacations.
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    Afghans Gone Wild?

    Afghans are furious that their embassy in Washington threw a decadent, boozy Western party during Ramadan. Thing is, it didn’t. But swift and outraged reaction says volumes about the divisions in Afghan society.