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    How Russia's FSB Colonized Abkhazia

    Abkhazia, one of the breakaway provinces over which Russia and Georgia fought in 2008, has been colonized by Russia’s state security services. And the locals are hardly thrilled.
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    Strange Brew

    Hot enough for ya? If you've been sweating out the summer, you're not alone—around the world, heat waves have been sending locals searching for ways to cool off. A refreshing beverage is always a popular choice, though the recipes for those beverages change from nation to nation. Grab your own favorite summer libation and view our gallery of exotic drinks from around the world.
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    Compromise Candidate

    If the big power brokers in Iraqi politics can’t settle on a prime minister, the relatively unknown man who currently serves as vice president could get the country’s highest post.
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    Sarkozy Is Courting Right-Wing Extremists

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy is looking pretty weak before the election. So he's returning to his old law-and-order pose. Problem is, in his effort to exploit public fears, Sarkozy is courting extremists.
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    The Phony-Number Maker

    To justify their opposition to a two-state solution, Israel's right-wingers say the Arab population isn't growing and the Jewish population isn't shrinking. Too bad their data is bogus.
  • Talk About Iran Attack Seems Very Overheated

    An article in The Atlantic reports that Iran may be nearing the "point of no return" in its pursuit of an atomic bomb. Therefore, there is a "better than 50 percent chance" Israel will launch an attack against Iranian nuclear sites by "next July." We are skeptical.
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    Infographic: Million Dollar Man

    The current cost to station 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan: just over $65 billion—or, to quote a figure politicians have extrapolated, just under $1 million a soldier. (Obama’s budget director has cited this ratio in estimating surge costs.) Why so much? A breakdown, using 2010 Defense numbers:
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    The World's Real Winners

    Statistics can measure only so much. To enjoy life's more particular pleasures, move to one of these lucky nations.
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    China Can't Keep Up With Its Cars

    Beijing’s announcement that it will shutter more than 2,000 polluting steel mills and other industrial energy hogs by Sept. 30 might look like one more sign that China is moving up fast in the global race to go green. Lately, important figures like President Obama and newspaper columnist Thomas Friedman have been warning that the People’s Republic is far outpacing America in ecofriendly technology.
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    Thailand's Finance Minister Talks Recovery

    Korn Chatikavanij, Thailand’s finance minister, is a quintessential policy wonk who managed to steer his country to a quick economic recovery, in large part due to a $30 billion stimulus package he devised. The Oxford-educated former investment banker spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Jerry Guo about the country’s tumultuous politics and its economic potential.
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    How We Ranked the World

    Forget the world cup, the Olympics, even the miss universe pageant. These are the globe’s true national champions.
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    Pakistan's Military Steps In on Flood Relief

    In recent weeks, Pakistanis could be forgiven for thinking that the military, which has ruled for half of the country’s 63 years of independence, had come back into power. Television news has been filled with footage of Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visiting some of the country’s 6 million flood victims as Army helicopters dropped food and water and made rescues in isolated mountain villages.
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    Memoirs of the Veil

    The meaning of the veil for women in Muslim societies has been much debated in the West. Is it, as European backers of its ban would argue, a symbol of repression? Or is it a political statement—a “rejection of the Western lifestyle,” as Ayaan Hirsi Ali has written? Two new memoirs by Western women tackle the issue from an insider’s vantage point.
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    Putin's Russia: Exile Businessmen

    Yevgeny Chichvarkin once took London by storm. Bounding onto the stage at the Russian Economic Forum four years ago in red sneakers, graffiti-sprayed jeans, and a top that proclaimed that he was MADE IN MOSCOW, the 34-year-old Russian businessman told the elite gathering how he’d grown his Evroset mobile-phone company into a billion-dollar empire in just five years, and that a “new generation of young businesspeople” was “ready to integrate Russia into the world economy.”
  • Iran's Sanctions Aren't Hurting Its Economy

    Barack Obama calls the new round of Western sanctions against Iran the “toughest” yet, but take a closer look. U.S. sanctions approved last month have been hyped by the media for a supposedly crippling potential effect on Iran’s refined-petroleum sector.
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    The Naomi Campbell Guide to War Crimes Trial Appearances

    Naomi Campbell's PR agency has outlined its methods for getting the supermodel through allegations, in court, that she'd accepted blood diamonds from a dictator. Here, based on the advice, is our handy guide for any supermodels called to appear before war crimes tribunals.
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    Seeing Italy's Masterpieces Without the Crowds

    I love humanity; it’s crowds I hate—especially the ones that swarm the world’s most famous museums during tourist season, turning what should be a transformational experience into a degrading competitive scrum. Three years ago my family’s foray into the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa was unforgettable, for all the wrong reasons. Despite the staff’s efforts to manage the crowd, my two sons were overwhelmed and wanted to leave, my daughter was fascinated primarily by other people’s illicit attempts to snap photos, and I completely lost track of my husband.