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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.
  • Rabid Bats Kill Four Children in Peru

    Emergency teams have been dispatched to a remote section of the Amazon rainforest to stop rabid bats from spreading their deadly disease. Four children of the Awajun tribe have already died in an outbreak.
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    Russia's New Police State

    In principle, Russia enshrines the same rights—against self-incrimination and the presumption of guilt—that Western nations do. In practice, two new laws that empower state security services do exactly the opposite.
  • Less Than Meets The Eye to Latest WikiLeaks Threat

    There may be less than meets the eye in the latest threat from WikiLeaks to reveal a new cache of secret Pentagon documents. On Thursday, Julian Assange, the whistleblower Web site’s founder and principal front man, told a gathering in London he was preparing to release at least some of the 15,000 classified U.S. government reports related to the war in Afghanistan that were held back last month when he published roughly 76,000 similar documents.
  • Brit Cops Face Charges for Beating Terror Suspect Wanted by U.S.

    British prosecutors announced on Thursday that they intend to charge four Scotland Yard officers for delivering a severe beating to a London-based Web- site operator who for years has been awaiting extradition to the U.S. on charges related to his alleged support for the Taliban and other Islamic militant groups. In a statement posted on its Web site, the Crown Prosecution Service said that the four cops, all members of a Metropolitan Police unit called the Territorial Support Group, whose main assignment is to serve as a mobile riot squad, will be charged with “causing actual bodily harm” to Babar Ahmad when they brought him in for questioning on Dec. 2, 2003.
  • The 'Gray' Wealth of China's Super-Rich

    A report today reveals that a third of China's wealth may go unreported, and that most of that "gray income" ends up in the hands of the rising power's richest 10 percent.
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    Open Season on Baghdad Traffic Cops

    There are few jobs worse than being a traffic cop in Iraq. The policemen stand on medians in blistering heat—which has been hovering at about 120 degrees Fahrenheit in recent weeks—while sucking up car fumes and praying that the next surly driver isn’t a suicide bomber. Well, the job just got worse. A lot worse.
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    Iran Stoning Woman 'Confesses' on State TV

    A 43-year-old mother of two, granted a reprieve from being stoned to death on dubious adultery charges after an international outcry, has appeared on TV to 'confess' to complicity in murder and denounce the lawyer who previously saved her life.
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    How the Pakistani Floods Help the Taliban

    The Pakistani Army’s response to the flood has been swift and competent. But in terms of aid and infrastructure, Islamabad has utterly failed, which means the Taliban can claim to care more about people than the government.
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    Did a Minneapolis Janitor Work for Al-Shabab in the Netherlands?

    Mahamud Said Omar is a middle-aged former janitor who used to work at a mosque in Minneapolis frequented by Somali expatriates. But U.S. authorities describe Omar as a significant—if not key—figure in a major investigation into the activities of the violent Islamist group Al-Shabab.
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    'The Frugal Superpower: America’s Global Leadership in a Cash-Strapped Era'

    America today equals huge debt. America today equals huge military. Few have seriously attempted to reconcile the two, and Michael Mandelbaum does here, to provocative result. An authoritative thinker on America’s role in the world, he makes the case that a slimmer U.S. defense budget will leave a vacuum at the top of the global power structure that no other country can fill.
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    David Cameron: In a Hurry to Fulfill His Promises

    Britain’s new prime minister, David Cameron, made a lot of promises on the stump about how he’d transform British society. If the first 100 days are any gauge, he doesn’t plan on waiting.
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    Zimbabwe Begins Selling Alleged Blood Diamonds

    A controversial stash of stones from a mine that could yield up to $2 billion a year, and that human-rights organizations allege were unearthed by virtual slaves threatened with death, goes on sale today in Zimbabwe.
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    Naomi Campbell Defends Her War-Crimes Testimony

    Naomi Campbell has been under fire for telling a war-crimes trial that she did not know whether diamonds given to her at a dinner party were from former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. She's now released a forceful rebuttal, saying she had nothing to gain by lying.
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    Mercenaries in Iraq to Take Over Soldiers' Jobs

    As the U.S. military prepares to draw down its forces in Iraq, the withdrawal will be a boon for the private security industry, whose hired guns will inherit many of the tasks the Army is leaving behind.
  • Legalize Drugs, Says Mexican Ex-President

    Vicente Fox, who has watched a national drug war claim 28,000 lives in less than four years under his successor, Felipe Calderón, says "radical prohibition strategies have never worked" and calls for drugs to be legalized.
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    The Battle for China's Wall Street

    New turf battles have erupted in the rivalry between Hong Kong and Shanghai over which metropolis will be the financial heart of China. The conventional wisdom has long been that Hong Kong would prevail. But Shanghai is keen to grab a bigger piece of the action, and it's on a fast learning curve.
  • Another Witness Refutes Naomi Campbell's Blood-Diamonds Story

    Earlier today the actress Mia Farrow disputed Naomi Campbell's claim that she was not sure she had received blood diamonds from former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Now Campbell's former agent has also presented a different version of events than the model's.
  • Iran Stoning Lawyer Flees as New Client Faces Execution

    An Iranian lawyer who helped orchestrate a campaign to stop one of his clients from being stoned to death in Iran has fled, under threat of arrest, to Norway. It has since emerged that another young man he is defending will likely be executed on dubious charges.
  • Ella Pamfilova on Human Rights in Russia

    Between 2004 and the end of July, Ella Pamfilova served as the Russian president’s adviser on human rights. But she left that post to protest a wave of violent attacks against human-rights activists. In the past year three of them have been murdered, and four others have had to flee the country.
  • Why India Is Courting Iran

    Earlier this year, Brazil and Turkey infuriated the Obama administration when they announced just ahead of a critical United Nations vote on sanctions against Iran that they had brokered a deal to reprocess Iran’s low-enriched uranium. Now many are wondering if India will be the next to break ranks on Iran.
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    China Is Not Taking Over the World

    The rise of China is, as we all know by now, the definitive economic and political story of our time. Every week a new book title announces an “irresistible” tilt East, the emergence of “Chimerica” and a not-too-distant future when China “rules” the planet. But will it?