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  • Russian Spy Case: Why Now, and What It’s About

    The FBI investigation has been going on for years—maybe as long as a decade, according to law-enforcement officials. So why did federal agents move now to take down 10 alleged deep-cover U.S.-based spies for Russia’s foreign-intelligence service, only a few days after Russian President Dimitri Medvedev’s U.S. visit, during which he and President Obama proclaimed a new era of warm relations between their countries?
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    Russian Spy Case: Part John le Carré, Part Austin Powers

    Echoing the more frigid years of the Cold War, Washington said Monday it had busted up a network of Russian spies who posed as ordinary Americans, prompting angry denials from Moscow. Among the clever code names used by the alleged espionage ring: Farmer, Cat, and Parrot.
  • Blowing the Whistle on WikiLeaks

    One of America's most respected campaigners against excessive government secrecy has launched a broadside against the Web site WikiLeaks, suggesting that the enterprise is self-indulgent, irresponsibly invades the privacy of groups that are not involved in public policy, and on occasion has engaged in behavior that is "overtly unethical."
  • New Iran Nuke NIE Still Not Ready

    In an ABC News interview Sunday, CIA Director Leon Panetta alluded to a fact that was reported by NEWSWEEK months ago: U.S. intelligence agencies have revised their widely disputed 2007 conclusion that Iran had given up its efforts to design or build a nuclear bomb.
  • U.S. Appears Uninterested in Repatriating Five American Muslims

    Officials say the Obama administration has little interest in easing the plight of five American Muslims jailed by Pakistani authorities for 10 years on terror-related charges. But the head of a prominent Islamic group suggests the administration was using a double standard, noting that an American arrested in Pakistan while attemtping to kill Osama bin Laden was released and sent home days after his arrest.
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    Julia Gillard, Australia's New Prime Minister

    Australia has a mottled history of hyping, then savaging, women who are touted as potential leaders of national parties. With the Labor Party coup by Julia Gillard—who ousted a sitting prime minister and got her the job—the nation has finally moved on.
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    The Mysterious World Cup Fans From North Korea

    They're said to be migrant laborers from Namibia, but they're not. They don't say anything other than what they're told to say, and they don't make eye contact. And now that North Korea has been eliminated from the competition, they're going back home.
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    How Obama Bought Russia's (Expensive) Friendship

    President Obama meets today with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev—a Bush-era foe whose friendship Obama bought at great diplomatic cost. The thing is, if he hadn't, relations between the country would have been much worse; now, at least, Russia is less likely to help the world's rogues.
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    Mystery Man Arrested in Poland May Have Aided Alleged Mossad Hit Team

    European investigators believe a man arrested by Polish authorities earlier this month may be a key fixer in Europe for Israel's Mossad spy agency. Although the suspect was using an Israeli passport in the name of Uri Brodsky when arrested June 4 at Warsaw airport, an official familiar with the inquiry said investigators believe the man's true identity remains a mystery.
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    What the Taliban Think of McChrystal's Ouster

    Taliban fighters have been elated by the firestorm over Gen. Stanley McChrystal's comments to an embedded magazine reporter. To them, bickering in Washington and dissent within the military means that the U.S. invasion is falling apart.
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    The Afghan Story We Missed While Obsessing Over McChrystal

    Gen. Stanley McChrystal's disrespectful comments to a Rolling Stone reporter have dominated the news cycle. But there was another important story about Afghanistan yesterday: a new report about American reliance on a very dangerous liability—Afghan warlords.
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    How FIFA Botched the World Cup in South Africa

    A harebrained hotel and ticket scheme—and a sweetheart deal on behalf of the president’s nephew—made it impossible for thousands of ticket-owning foreigners to visit South Africa for the games.
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    Why Lifting the Blockade Won't Help Gaza

    Israel’s decision to allow more goods into Gaza will ease its isolation. But it won't substantially help Gaza. Gaza’s economy has been smothered not by the import ban but by an export ban that Israelis are not offering to lift.
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    The Deadly Saga of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke

    Jamaican authorities finally captured suspected drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke yesterday. It marked the end of a violent years-long battle that revealed a cozy relationship between gangsters and politicians in that country.
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    How Rolling Stone Got Into McChrystal's Inner Circle

    Rolling Stone author—and NEWSWEEK alumnus—Michael Hastings explains how he got such good access from General McChrystal's camp, whether he expected such nuclear fallout, and how the grunts grouse about McChrystal's mission.
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    Will Soccer Finally Eclipse Cricket in India?

    Poverty-stricken nations are supposed to be breeding grounds for soccer hysteria. Yet in India, where 600 million people live in poverty, cricket is still the preeminent sport. With the World Cup, that may finally be changing.
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    Algeria, France's Other National Soccer Team

    The widely despised French national soccer team will slink home after disgracing itself at the World Cup. But there are so many French-born players on Algeria’s national team—eligible thanks to FIFA’s new dual-citizenship rules—that they are being called “the other French team.”
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    Diamonds Are Robert Mugabe's New Best Friends

    Robert Mugabe sees a newly mined diamond deposit in Zimbabwe—so rich it is described in The New York Times as "a freak of nature"—as the key to extending his 30-year rule over the country.
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    U.S. Naval Movements Unrelated to Iran's Purported Gaza Stunt

    Mideast media has been abuzz over the movement of 12 U.S. warships into the Red Sea, speculating that it might be in response to an alleged Iranian attempt to send aid to Gaza. But U.S. and European officials describe the naval activity as routine.
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    Colombia Picks President for More of the Same

    For a moment, it looked like Colombians wanted a new kind of politics. But in the end, they decided things were going so well under outgoing President Álvaro Uribe that they'd do better to pick his annointed successor than to take a gamble on change.
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    Bringing Peace to Battered Kyrgyzstan

    Roza Otunbayeva became Kyrgyzstan’s acting president in April after the violent ouster of Kurmanbek Bakiyev by angry crowds. Last week, after an explosion of interethnic violence in the country’s south, she appealed to Russia to send peacekeeping troops. She spoke to NEWSWEEK’s Anna Nemtsova by phone from Bishkek.
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    Bring Back the Sports Boycott

    It worked against South Africa. North Korea's 7-0 loss to Portugal means its players will slink back to the Hermit Kingdom and face a potentially dark reward for failing to bring glory to the homeland. Does FIFA really want to enable that?
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    South Africa's World Cup Legacy: Jamie Redknapp

    As the 2010 FIFA World Cup began this weekend in South Africa, one of the big questions was whether the country was up for the challenge of hosting the world’s most popular sporting event. Just a few weeks ago, hundreds of thousands of tickets had gone unsold. Construction and infrastructure projects had been beset by delays and obstacles. Violent crime, a seemingly intractable problem, had gone unabated.
  • What's to Complain About in China

    While blue-collar wages have soared recently, white-collar pay is actually shrinking, thanks to a massive glut of university graduates. And salary cuts aren't the only complaint.
  • China Labor Protests and Wages

    Because the rise of China is the greatest story of our time, news events in the Middle Kingdom—good or bad—tend to take on epic proportions in the public consciousness. It’s worth keeping that in mind when thinking about the recent stories of labor strife in China. Strikes in the south, at a Honda components plant, and suicides at Foxconn, one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers, have been followed by double-digit pay raises, further unrest at other factories, and speculation that wages may rise exponentially in China, threatening the country’s—and the world’s—prosperity.
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    Upscale Yoga Retreats

    The upselling of what is essentially a $20 session at the studio into a high-end experience is slick. Posh resorts argue that their particular combination of location, service, and amenities will somehow elevate the yoga to a near-nirvana level.