President Obama speaks at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo., last week. The White House compares today's green technology grants to early investments in the Internet. Smith Electric received a $32 million Recovery Act grant.
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People stand in line outside a government job center in Madrid last month. After Spain adopted the euro in 1999, investment flowed into the country and the economy boomed. Now, it is suffering from the highest unemployment rate in the 16-nation eurozone and grappling with the way to recovery.
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Haji Lala, a tribal leader in Sangeray, looks on as a U.S.-Afghan joint patrol enters the village looking for teenagers believed responsible for throwing grenades at coalition patrols.