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The world economy: Self-induced sluggishness | The Economist

POLITICIANS like to promise better times ahead. But these days many are peddling gloom. In her new year’s address, Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, predicted that 2012 would be more difficult for the euro zone than 2011. Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, spoke of “the year of all risks”. Half a world away, Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, warned …

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China slams U.S. interference after Obama meets Dalai Lama | Reuters

China accused the United States on Sunday of “grossly” interfering in its internal affairs and seriously damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House.

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U.S., Romania arrest more than 100 for cyber scams | Reuters

U.S. and Romanian police have arrested more than 100 people in a year-long effort to stop Internet fraud schemes that have cost Americans more than $100 million, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.

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Default would dim American power – The Washington Post

In the early 20th century, Venezuelan dictator Cipriano Castro liked to borrow money from foreign investors. But he didn’t like paying them back. Big mistake. In December 1902, Britain, Italy and Germany demanded repayment. To make the point clear, warships from all three nations shelled several …

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Why My Father Hated India – WSJ.com

Ten days before he was assassinated in January, my father, Salman Taseer, sent out a tweet about an Indian rocket that had come down over the Bay of Bengal: “Why does India make fools of themselves messing in space technology? Stick 2 bollywood my advice.”

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U.S. Status as World’s Superpower Challenged by Rise of China – Pew Research Center

In most regions of the world, opinion of the United States continues to be more favorable than it was in the Bush years, but U.S. image now faces a new challenge:

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Bin Laden Plotted 9/11 Anniversary Attack – WSJ.com

Osama bin Laden was working to assemble a team of militants to attack the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, according to communications Navy SEALs seized from his Pakistani hideout when they killed …

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Leon Panetta’s New Style at the Pentagon – NYTimes.com

The received wisdom in Washington when Leon E. Panetta took Robert M. Gates’s place as defense secretary was that the Pentagon was exchanging one low-intensity Beltway professional for another. Well,

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U.S. withholds $800 million in aid to Pakistan: White House | Reuters

The United States is withholding some $800 million in military assistance to Pakistan in a show of displeasure over its cutback on U.S. trainers, limits on visas for U.S. personnel and other rubs, the Obama administration said on Sunday.

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Venezuela’s ailing president: Chavismo without Chávez? | The Economist

HUGO CHÁVEZ has always tried to project an air of invincibility. Even before his successful campaign to revoke Venezuela’s presidential term limits, he spoke of wanting to stay in office until 2031. The man Venezuelans saw on television last night, however, was barely recognisable as the country’s robust and voluble leader. In a 15-minute recorded speech, a notably thinner Mr Chávez looked stiff and downcast as he …

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Conflict mediation: Privatising peace | The Economist

A SMART golf course hotel in southern Norway is not where you would expect to bump in to a couple of Afghan Taliban. But at the Oslo Forum Network of Mediators no one batted an eyelid. For once, an earnest discussion on “Talking to the Taliban”—scheduled on June 23rd, the day after Barack Obama announced he would be pulling 33,000 troops out of Afghanistan by next year—actually meant talking to …

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