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We seem to have got away with it this time. The swine flu turned out not to be a global killer, at least not in this first go-round. But we have had a fright, and maybe we should...
There is always a high turnover of generals in wartime. Some get replaced because they turn out to be no good at the job, but many others are changed because they have failed at a...
In the past two years, various non-African countries—China, India, South Korea, Britain and the Arab Gulf states lead the pack—have been taking over huge tracts of farmland in...
Most people have trouble finding Moldova on a map, and it isn't getting any easier. A growing number of people are dedicated to making the country vanish from the map—and most of...
At the time of writing, almost a week after we all learned that a lethal new strain of influenza had appeared in Mexico, every single death attributed to swine flu has been...
As the 26-year war in Sri Lanka nears its end, every busybody in the world is urging the Sri Lankan government to stop. Spare the poor civilians trapped in the combat zone;...
The great virtue of a maverick like Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman is that there is none of the usual pussy-footing around. He says exactly what he thinks. In an...
"I don't look like Halle Berry," said Whoopie Goldberg in a recent interview. "But chances are, she's going to end up looking like me."   Barack Obama doesn't look much like...
Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was humiliated last week when red-shirted protesters overran the summit of Asian leaders that he was hosting and forced him to evacuate...
In less than two weeks (April 22), Jacob Zuma will be elected as South Africa's new president. Many people see this as the beginning of the end for South African democracy, and...

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