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Meth seizures hit record high in Asia in 2012
The United Nations reports that seizures of crystal meth and methamphetamine pills hit a record high in 2012.
Attention shifts from Gaza, but silence won’t make this disaster disappear
Commentary: As aid is diverted to Syria, Gaza is known for little more than terrorists and tunnels.
5 things Rouhani can do to show Iran is serious about rapprochement
Commentary: Despite a show of courtesy, President Hassan Rouhani gives no sign of moderating Iran’s ideology.
Improving nature’s 'living infrastructure' can limit the impact of big storms
Commentary: The increasing threat of catastrophic storms coincides with an era of global austerity. But investment in coastal ecosystems will reduce risks.
Food shortage in Zimbabwe: 'We have a crisis here'
Drought and a surge in supply costs have rural Zimbabweans competing for food.
US prosperity ranked below Canada's and Australia's: Legatum Institute
But the think-tank's annual prosperity index indicates the situation may improve.
Narendra Modi could be India’s next prime minister. So why won’t he talk to his wife?
GlobalPost exclusive: Wildly popular with both foreign executives and Hindu conservatives, BJP candidate Narendra Modi hasn’t spoken to his wife in more than 45 years. Yet she remains devoted to him.
A tiny Ethiopian village creates the greatest place on Earth. Or the worst
While rethinking norms has brought Awra Amba both accolades and success, it has also attracted a fair share of trouble.
Irish pubs face last call
They may be hugely popular around the world, but economic crisis and a new attitude toward drunk driving are helping end a way of life at home.
Spain exits recession, job losses ease: central bank
After nine straight quarters of contraction in the second trough of a double-dip recession, Spain's economy grew by 0.1 percent.
Jury's out on Libya? At least it's not Syria
Analysis: Benghazi bickering is a distraction from real progress to be made with Tripoli.
Economists are horrible, horrible people. So says science
Why does the invisible hand want to slap you across the face?
Fur product prices rise on growing demand in China
China's demand for all things fur has pushed up their prices by up to 15 percent in markets around the world.
Jellyfish rule the world
Scientists warn that jellyfish are taking over the world's oceans. Meet your new overlords.
Credit rating blues
What is a sovereign credit rating and does it really matter?
Support for oil-rich Azerbaijan is critical to Western interests
Commentary: In spite of a tainted election, efforts to establish democracy must continue.
The shutdown is over (for now). What did it cost the economy?
You're not going to like this, America (and the rest of the world).
Why India and Pakistan must be united on health care
Commentary: Not surprisingly, India and Pakistan have nuclear bombs but few vaccines for insect-borne tropical diseases.
Innovation or nightmare? Here come the cyborg-bugs
Grab a cockroach, slap some fancy electronics on it, and send it on its way. What could go wrong?
A world of debt watchers: All eyes on Washington
Global leaders stress that a US default would have a devastating impact on the rest of the world.
A conversation with Timothy Adams on China
The Institute for International Finance CEO and former Treasury undersecretary weighs in on China's financial reforms.
From Sam I Am to the Grinch: Will Ted Cruz block the Senate deal?
Congress forges an eleventh-hour agreement, but a single senator could still trigger a default.
Nobel Prize for Economics: In praise of usefulness (VIDEO)
Not all economists are theoretical blowhards. Some actually make the world a better-informed place.
EU sees US default risk for world economy
His warning followed remarks in a similar vein by the governor of the French central bank, Christian Noyer, in the French newspaper Le Figaro on Monday.
Tymoshenko’s deal sets stage for EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
Commentary: Unpopular Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych faces hard choices.
Things rich people do: have 'receipt wars'
Two Russian millionaires battle it out to see who can spend more at a night club in London.
US debt ceiling: The world scolds Washington. Again
No, world leaders are not very happy with what's happening at the political center of Earth's largest economy.
The US is sneezing like crazy. Will the world catch a cold?
Analysis: John Kerry says the government shutdown is 'an example of the robustness of our democracy.' The world may not be buying it.
US shutdown: Is it worth impeaching the president to avoid default?
Commentary: Obama could soon face a choice among conflicting constitutional obligations.
Reactions to Yellen's expected nomination for Fed chair
If confirmed, Yellen would replace Ben Bernanke, whose current term as head of the Fed ends in January. Obama is due to make the announcement at the White House at 3 p.m.
Twenty-eight’s a crowd
The EU is extending its hand to Ukraine and Moldova, but no one’s talking about membership.