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NATO contemplates a broader mission

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Eleven years ago, few people other than south-Asia watchers had any idea what the Taliban was, much less could have imagined why more than 100,000 soldiers would be needed to fight it. At that time, the world’s premier military alliance, NATO, had never fought a ground war, operated outside of Europe, or invoked its Article 5 collective-defense clause.  But Sept. 11, 2001 changed everything for the alliance. Well, almost everything.

Trapped in New York while a fruit-starved UK witnesses political history

NEW YORK — When last we spoke I was girding myself for a few days of travel chaos as I tried to return to my home in London from Boston. Well, I'm still North America and things are getting dicey.

Sweden to host first Think Global School trimester

Photo caption: Youth take part in the world's largest LAN (Local Area Network) party, a gathering of computer enthusiasts playing games, browsing the web and developing software on November 26, 2009 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Sweden is the first stop for the tech-savvy students of Think Global School. (Jan Johannessen/Getty Images) STOCKHOLM, Sweden — For the first time in history, a parent will actually be proud that their child attended three different high schools in one year.

Global economy: grease is the word

BOSTON — The business world is abuzz with Apple's magical new iPad, set for worldwide release today. This column is not about that. That's because the real economic action this week took place not in Apple's shimmering and idealized high tech utopia, but rather, in the greasy and grimy world of manufacturing. No, it's not as sexy as a Steve Jobs marketing orgy. But it is more important. It turns out the world's factories are churning fiercely again, from the U.S., to China to Europe and beyond. And that's a very good thing.

Some Spaniards return to Judaism

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain — Miguel Segura prefers not to use the word “conversion.” Instead he says he has “returned” to the religion his ancestors were forced to renounce almost 600 years ago. “It was like a great weight had been lifted from my shoulders,” Segura said of being accepted into the Jewish faith. “I felt a great inner joy.”

Lifting Spanish ballet

MADRID, Spain — Angel Corella lights up the stage with soaring leaps and dazzling turns, his joyful dancing and radiant smile among the wonders of modern day ballet But to become a star, he left his native Spain in 1995 to join American Ballet Theater in New York. Classical ballet has no roots in Spain and every attempt to start a top-flight ballet company had always foundered.

Opinion: Greek debt crisis a hazard for EU

WASHINGTON — The Greek membership of the eurozone has never been easy. While other EU countries either adopted the euro or chose not to do so, Greece was the only EU country that wanted to join the common currency area at the outset, but could not. The Greeks were keen to jettison the drachma because of their past experience with inflation and devaluation. Giving monetary authority to the European Central Bank would eliminate those two problems.

Poor, Poor Europa

At each stage of the seemingly endless expansion and integration of the European Union, the world is promised a more rational system will be installed for important functions like foreign policy, trade and setting interest rates. Yet each expansion added primarily fog to these processes, and now a crisis looms that may for the EU to look its hydra-headed self squarely in the mirror.

Industrial Spanish town opts for the arts

MADRID, Spain — The magnetic singularity of one man’s world-renowned architecture is being put to the test in the Spanish coastal town of Aviles. Rising out of tidal terrain reclaimed from generations of pollutant industries, the outer structure of the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Center promises a brighter future for those living in this secluded land of Spain’s north.

The Fantastic Five: Best photos of the week

BOSTON — From GlobalPost's editors, a selection of the best pictures of the week. A shopper is reflected in a puddle of water next to the window of a clothing store in downtown Madrid, Jan. 19, 2010. The picture has been rotated 180 degrees. (Susana Vera/Reuters)
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