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Government shutdown: ‘Utter insanity’

Analysis: Forget the panda cam. The inability of millions of Americans to monitor the progress of Mei Xiang’s adorable offspring at Washington, DC’s National Zoo will not be the worst effect of the US government shutdown that took force Tuesday. Rather, it’s the damage, real and potential, done to the image of the United States on the world stage.

Iran: Have sanctions finally paid off?

Analysis: After decades of cat-and-mouse economic punishment of Iran, the latest round may have hit home.
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A poor neighborhood in the town of Ghaleh Hassan Khan on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED NATIONS — They are the diplomatic world’s version of passive aggressive: economic sanctions. Now, once again, sanctions and their value are in the spotlight. The phone line had barely gone dead after Friday’s historic call between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and President Barack Obama when the great sanctions debate reignited. It’s far too soon to know if this telephonic exchange of presidential greetings will lead to a lessening of friction — let alone accommodation — between the United States and Iran.
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North Korea’s impending collapse: 3 grim scenarios

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Migrants flee Greek xenophobia

GJIROKASTRA, Albania — Patience paid off for the police on a Sunday night earlier this month. Hours spent scanning the border with Greece through thermal night vision binoculars were rewarded when a group of 16 people materialized from the pitch black. They were among the more than 1,200 illegal migrants who have been intercepted since the beginning of the year.

Georgians prepare for election amid worries about what will follow

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Asia is set to dethrone North America as the world's richest region by 2014

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People waiting in lines for things (PHOTOS)

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Brazil-US: What's at stake?

LIMA — From Boeing fighter jets to big oil fields, plenty's sitting on the table for Brazil and the United States to discuss. But the White House dinner's off.

A Rust Belt victim transforms himself into a successful China hand

HONG KONG — An Ohio man born and raised, Doug Smith, 54, never expected to do business in China. In his 20s and 30s he had worked for Midwestern manufacturers, and had his own machine shop by the early 2000s. But then came a downturn, and he had to shut it down. In need of work, when a former client asked him to help them set up a plant in the Middle Kingdom he said yes without hesitating. “Before I came to China, I knew nothing about it,” he said. “I was just like any manufacturer and was fat, dumb and happy.” Fast forward more than a decade: He has gone from victim of America’s decline to expert helping US manufacturers profit from globalization.
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