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Jeffrey Gettleman: On Reporting Somalia's Crisis

New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman will receive a George Polk Award this week for being the first to report that the militant Islamist group al-Shabab had prevented starving people from leaving Somalia. He details how he got the story.
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The Secret To Germany's Low Youth Unemployment

Employment prospects for many of Europe's youth are bleak due to the debt crisis and austerity measures. That's not the case in Germany, which has Europe's lowest youth unemployment rate. Part of the reason is an on-the-job apprenticeship system that serves Germany's high-tech economy.
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An Upgrade, And Bigger Ships, For The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is getting its first major overhaul since it was opened nearly a century ago. The massive construction project will add a third channel that will permit many more ships, and much larger ones, to take the shortcut between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
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After Military Coup, Sanctions Cripple Mali

People in the West African nation of Mali are having mixed reactions to the recent military coup, the sanctions imposed by the regional economic bloc as well as the loss of the nation's north to Tuareg insurgents seeking to impose
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U.S. Posts Reward For Leader Of Militant Group

The U.S. is offering a $10 million bounty for the leader of a Pakistani militant group allegedly involved in the 2008 terrorist rampage in the Indian city of Mumbai. The bounty on Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and a popular figure among Pakistani Islamists, is bound to affect the current debate in Pakistan on re-booting relations with Washington.
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Is North Korea Changing — Or Resisting Change?

In February, North Korea agreed to freeze uranium enrichment and missile tests and allow international nuclear inspectors — and then immediately announced a rocket launch. North Korea watchers are puzzled by the mixed messages and wonder who is calling the shots in a country with a new, untested leader.

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