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In Charge Of Nearly $20 Trillion, Are Women The New Global Players?

A new report Harnessing the Power of the Purse: Female Investors and Global Opportunities for Growth points out that women create and influence more than a quarter of the world's wealth.
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Why Does Thailand Have So Many Coups?

The Asian nation has a reputation for being peaceful and prosperous. Yet every so often, the army kicks out civilian leaders and takes power. Wednesday's coup was the 12th since 1932.
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Too Beaucoup: France's New Trains Are Wider Than Its Platforms

Some 2,000 new trains meant to help France expand its regional rail network are instead causing headaches and embarrassment.
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Russia, China Block U.N. Move To Investigate War Crimes In Syria

A U.N. security Council resolution introduced by France and with the backing of the U.S. sought accountability for wartime atrocities. Russia's ambassador called it a publicity stunt.
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NATO Says It Sees 'Limited' Russian Troop Activity Near Ukraine

NATO officials say they're seeing signs Russian troops might withdraw from its border with Ukraine, although many soldiers remain in the area.
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Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Attack By Separatists

Pro-Russian separatists attacked a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine Thursday, killing at least 13 soldiers and wounding about 30. The country is preparing to hold national elections on Sunday.
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Thai Military Says Coup Necessary To Restore Order

Two days ago, Thailand's military declared martial law. The army chief went on television on Thursday to say that he'd changed his mind, and the army is taking control of the government.
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Coup In Thailand: Military Seizes Control Of Country

Two days after declaring martial law — and saying it wasn't staging a coup — the military has changed its mind, Thailand's army chief says.
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Attack On Street Market In Northwest China Kills 31

Bombs and cars were used in the attack at the outdoor market early Thursday. A witness says, "The air was full of the smell of gunpowder and the sound of sobbing." More than 90 people were injured.
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Russian Economic Forum Boycotted Over Ukraine Crisis

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is seen as Russia's answer to the economic gathering in Davos, Switzerland. The Obama administration has been pressing U.S. corporations not to attend.

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