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For Hong Kong And Mainland, Distrust Only Grows

A recent ad in a leading Hong Kong newspaper likened mainland Chinese to "locusts" stripping Hong Kong bare. The ad is just one example of simmering tensions between locals and mainlanders that persist 15 years after the former British colony reverted to Chinese sovereignty.

At 100, Cuban All-Star To Get A Pension At Last

The oldest living former major league baseball player lives in Cuba. Conrado "Connie" Marrero pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s. Now blind and unable to walk, Marrero still remembers striking out Joe DiMaggio. And the former pitcher is finally getting a pension.

Mali's Coup: Echoes From A Turbulent Past

The military coup in Mali brings back unhappy memories of a time when such overthrows were common in Africa and Latin America. The past two decades have seen stronger democratic institutions in both regions, but the Malian coup is a reminder that such gains can be reversed.

Chaos Feared When New Zealand Changes Road Rules Sunday

They're changing some of the rules about yielding at intersections, and despite a public awareness campaign there's concern that when the switch is made on Sunday many drivers will be confused.


Obama Taps Dartmouth President For World Bank's Top Job

Jim Yong Kim is a physician by training and has been a prominent figure on global health issues. He is a former director of the World Health Organization's Department of HIV/AIDS.

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Spain's Clash With Argentina Over An Oil Company

Spain had harsh words for Argentina yesterday over the nationalization of the oil firm YPF. Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner rejected the demands of the Spanish company that held a major stake in YPF for ten billion...


Portuguese Struggle Amid Austerity Measures

Public transit, schools and hospitals shut down across Portugal Thursday as hundreds of thousands of Portuguese walked off the job to protest austerity measures designed to ward off another EU/IMF bailout.