Imprisoned Russian Tycoon's New Year First Of 14
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New Surge To Afghanistan Is Civilian, Not Military
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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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India's Poor Reel Under Microfinance Debt Burden
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FP Editor Discusses Global Thinkers List
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Palestinians In Global Push For Statehood
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Linguist: Kwanzaa, Sans Swahili
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Spain Could Spoil Global Economic Recovery
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The Okryu-Gwan restaurant in Dubai is a rare import from North Korea. The restaurants serve as an important source of hard currency for Pyongyang. Other branches are in China, Nepal and Thailand. Peter Kenyon/NPR hide caption

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Dubai Restaurant Offers A Taste Of North Korea
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Soldiers from Niger patrol the road between Agadez and Arlit in September. Issouf Sanogo/Getty Images hide caption

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Kidnappings Highlight Al-Qaida's Rise In The Sahara
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Swati embroidery is being revived "one stitch at a time" in the vocational institution established in a wing of Ahmed Zeb's home in Saidu Sharif, the old capital of Swat. The princess has taught hundreds of women "to stand up, avoid charity, [and] earn with dignity." Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Princess Revives Swati Culture One Stitch At A Time
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) meets with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Istanbul, Dec. 22, 2010. Turkey is vying with Iran to be the most influential regional power in Iraq. Tolga Bozoglu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Turkey Flexes Economic, Political Muscle In Iraq
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Obama Appoints Four New Ambassadors
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