Activists of The All-India Democratic Women's Association protest Dec. 14 in Hyderabad, India, in front of the Reserve Bank of India, the nation's central banker, against microfinance institutions. Since then, the Andhra Pradesh state assembly passed a law that makes it so difficult to make loans that microfinance companies say they won't be able to do business. Noah Sheelam/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lobbyist Niira Radia was questioned by the government in New Delhi in November. India's income tax department had tapped her phone, looking for evidence of alleged tax evasion and money laundering. She denies wrongdoing. AP hide caption

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Boys in a Mumbai slum use their cell phones. An Indian service called GupShup is using simple texting functions to form virtual communities. There are vast stretches of India and elsewhere in the developing world with ample basic cellphone service, but that have yet to access social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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Kamran (actor Najebullah Sadiq) is the hardened but principled veteran police officer on Eagle Four, an Afghan TV show that its creators hope will have a positive effect on Afghans' attitudes toward the real police. Courtesy Tolo TV/ Wakil Kohsar hide caption

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Afghanistan's Election Commission Chairman Fazel Ahmad Manawi, shown during a news conference earlier this year, told reporters this week that the election had "shortcomings," but called it "a great success for the people of Afghanistan." Musadeq Sadeq/AP hide caption

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A saleswoman arranges 22-carat gold necklaces at Forever Precious Jewellery and Diamonds Ltd. in Ahmedabad, India. The country is the world's largest consumer of gold, accounting for some 20 percent of the global demand. Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this courtroom drawing, David Coleman Headley (left) makes an appearance before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber in Chicago. Headley was arrested in 2009 and charged with conspiracy in the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and of planning to launch an armed assault on a Danish newspaper. Verna Sadock/AP hide caption

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President Barack Obama attends the U.S.-India Business Council and Entrepreneurship Summit in Mumbai on Saturday. Obama is looking for trade openings for U.S. businesses that could eventually translate into more jobs in the U.S. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman makes her daughters pose for a photograph beside a billboard of U.S. President Obama in Calcutta, India, on Thursday. Obama is scheduled to arrive Friday for a four-day tour. Bikas Das/AP hide caption

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Kashmiris salvage their belongings from the debris of a house after a gunbattle between Kashmiri separatists and Indian troops on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, on Oct. 22. Both India and Pakistan claim the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, on the edge of the Himalayas, in a decades-long conflict. Dar Yasin/AP hide caption

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About 100 miners from Pennsylvania and West Virginia stand outside the Mine Safety and Health Administration's Morgantown, W.Va., office Oct. 24, 2006, waiting to meet with officials to demand stronger mine safety inspections and regulations. AP hide caption

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A bust of Nobel Prize founder Alfred Nobel, in Stockholm. Nobel, an arms tycoon, wanted his peace prize to honor people who worked toward disarmament. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP hide caption

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Trucks carrying NATO supplies are backed up at Torkham, the main border crossing from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Supply convoys have been blocked since Sept. 30, when NATO helicopters killed Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border attack. A. Majeed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II of Jordan on Sept. 1, the first day of this year's renewed peace talks in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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