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Egyptians returned to the polls today to decide the future leaders of nine provinces. After a big win in the first round of elections, Islamist parties are aiming for a repeat victory.
Just because it's round two doesn't make it any less important. In fact, Wednesday's elections will determine 180 parliamentary seats, compared to 168 seats contested in the first stage of elections.
China has once again churned the choppy political waters of its regional relationships, with South Korea now up in arms after a Chinese fishing boat captain murdered a Korean coast guard officer this week.
This year has witnessed continually-rising tensions between China and the many neighbors with which it shares international waters, from the South China Sea around Vietnam and the Philippines to the Yellow Sea with South Korea.
The ongoing pattern in regional relations has typically included a few weeks of calm, then an incident in which China is accused of aggressively trying to expand its reach into territorial waters outside of accepted boundaries. It's fair enough to say that tensions are running high.
As complex and uniquely European as the current turmoil “over there” may be, the euro zone sovereign debt crisis holds important lessons that the United States ignores at its own peril. Of course, the comparisons are not perfect. The euro zone has a structural problem that America does not face.
Nonetheless, here are some lessons from Europe’s crisis that are applicable to America’s current economic problems.
2011 was a big year for GlobalPost. We included the work of more writers, living in more countries, writing more stories. We also brought in a larger audience than ever before. Here's a list of the most popular stories on GlobalPost in 2011.
It's been 100 years since the first man reached the South Pole, so be sure to stop by the gift shop.