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Japan's Nuclear Debate Weighs Safety, Economics

Anti-nuclear protests are growing in Japan over Tokyo's decision to restart two nuclear reactors in the wake of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Many Japanese fear another accident, but others say the lack of nuclear power will further hurt the ailing economy.
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Wu-Where? Opportunity Now In China's Inland Cities

Millions of Chinese are moving from the countryside to fast-growing cities that are home to significant economic activity. Central China's Wuhan, home to about 10 million, is one of these places, a city little-known outside the country that's attracting foreigners and Chinese alike.
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Corruption A Leading Theory Behind India's Blackouts

The world's biggest power outages last week have exposed one of India's most serious issues — the growing gap between energy supply and energy demand. Left unheeded, it will deepen gathering doubts about India's dream to become a superpower. A growing economy, ballooning population and burgeoning urbanization are driving energy demands ever upward, while India's investment in power transmission and distribution has not kept up.
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British Bank's Value Tanks After Laundering Charges

At a time when European banks already are struggling, three huge British banks recently have been charged with engaging in bad practices or flat-out corruption. Barclay's had its LIBOR scandal, HSBC had its drug money scandal and now Standard Bank is being accused of money laundering. What's going on in London and what are the potential impacts on the U.S. economy?

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