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How Crumbling U.S. Dollars Bailed Out Zimbabwe

Back in 2008, Zimbabwe's inflation rate was estimated at 79 billion percent. To cure hyperinflation, Zimbabwe ditched its own currency in favor of U.S. dollars. There's only one problem: Those constantly circulating dollars are now filthy and falling apart.
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To Tap Arctic Oil, Russia Partners With Exxon Mobil

Moscow's recent deals with foreign oil companies are designed to maintain Russia as the world's No. 1 oil producer. The biggest deal, with Exxon Mobil, would put billions of dollars toward exploiting vast oil and gas reserves in Russia's Arctic waters.
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Egyptians Report Few Hang-ups During Voting

Voting in Egypt's first free presidential election wrapped up Thursday and ballot counting began. If no one wins a majority, the contest goes to a run-off next month.
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Egyptian Leaders Weigh In On Election

Robert Siegel talks to three Egyptians about the second day of voting in the country's first free election since ousting former President Hosni Mubarak last year. Fifty million people are registered to vote, and preliminary results are expected over the weekend. He talks to Mohamed ElBaradei, leader of the National Association for Change, Dalia Ziada, a founding member of the Justice Party, and Abdul Mawgoud Rageh Dardery, an Egyptian parliamentarian.

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