Controversial court rulings on presidential and parliamentary elections sparked protests Thursday. Many in Egypt worry that this brings to a head the battle for power between the country's ruling generals and the main Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Turbulence and anxiety in the Eurozone have helped make this a volatile week on the markets. Global central banks are bracing themselves for worse and are moving to avert market panic ahead of the Greek election. Reports say they're preparing to take coordinated action to help banks by pumping in funds.
As Greeks prepare to cast ballots in a rerun of last month's inconclusive parliamentary elections, they remain split over two political parties: one that supports a large European bailout deal and the accompanying austerity measures and one that wants to ditch the deal.
Pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi will make a long-awaited acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday for the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991. She's traveling outside Southeast Asia for the first time in 24 years.
The country's economy has not only been slowing down recently — it's been slowing faster than expected. That's due largely to overly effective efforts by Beijing to rein in earlier blistering, and unsustainable, growth. Many say the downshift will continue unless the economy undergoes serious reform.
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