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Egypt's Political Power Struggle Could Escalate

Egypt's transition to a civilian democracy is snarled in a tangled confusion of court rulings and military and presidential decrees. There are growing calls, including from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for dialogue to resolve the crisis.
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The European Central Bank's Guide To Influence

As heavily indebted European countries have seen their options dwindle, the ECB has flexed its muscle — and not always subtly.
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Report: Violence Against West Bank Palestinians Is Up

Israeli-Palestinian violence has been at a comparatively low level in recent years. But violence by Jewish settlers against West Bank Palestinians is up sharply, according to the report by U.N. agencies and Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups.
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U.S. Bill Targets Russians For Human Rights Abuses

Members of Russia's upper house of parliament came to Washington on an unusual lobbying trip, though they know they are probably here too late. At issue is pending U.S. legislation that would punish Russian officials involved in human rights abuses. The bill has already been passed in committees in both houses of Congress. And many lawmakers want to pass it at the same time that they lift cold war era trade restrictions with Russia.
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Global Markets Brace For China's Slowing Economy

The latest Chinese economic figures are due to be released Thursday night. Most analysts are predicting they'll show that the world's second largest economy is suffering its deepest slowdown since the global financial crisis.
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Pimp My Rickshaw: India's Drivers Pump Up The Glam

Rickshaws — motorized three-wheeled buggies — are the cheapest and most convenient way to get around town in India. Amid fierce competition, drivers are looking to attract more passengers with everything from seat covers adorned with Bollywood stars and track lighting to tricked-out sound systems.

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