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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.
  • 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.