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Just a few short weeks ago, Republican elders could only hope that time would make voters forget about the government shutdown the party engineered in October.
 
Argentina's next leader will likely try to end interventionist policies that scare off investment, although any reform effort is sure to hit a wall when it comes to cutting popular subsidies that also distort the economy.
 
Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say.
 
When the U.S. Supreme Court talks about religion, all hell breaks loose.
 
South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office in February pledging a "Second Miracle on the Han River," a reference to her father's rapid 1970s industrialization, but nine months into office little has materialized.
 
In a dimly-lit Pyongyang toyshop packed with Mickey Mouse picture frames and plastic handguns, a basketball sells for 46,000 Korean People's Won -- close to US$500 at North Korea's centrally planned exchange rate.
 
When a political impasse last month pushed America to the brink of default, the Obama administration noted with apprehension that it had to borrow vast sums every Thursday.
 
Long determined to deprive Islamist groups of funding, Israel has unexpectedly hit the brakes in a U.S. court case centered on allegations that the Bank of China knowingly let cash flow to Palestinian militants.
 
To his critics, President Barack Obama often has seemed to be conveniently distant when trouble has hit his administration.
 
A walk along the two kilometers of light rail that Lagos authorities have managed to build in three years gives a sense of how hard it is to impose order on one of Africa's most chaotic cities.
 
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