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Mullahs in the Midfield

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The House of Habsburg, Revisited

Nearly a century after its spectacular demise, why Europe's most embarrassing anachronism is making a comeback.

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$110 Per Hit

Vigilantes in the Philippines have killed kids, drug dealers, and petty thieves. The government that paid their salaries insists they don't exist.

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Any Mumbai Sunday

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Reading Between the Targeted Killings

Richard Clarke's new thriller about the U.S. drone program hits surprisingly close to home. But is the administration insider a critic of Obama's war on terror?

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Rock Star in a Hard Place

Nigeria's high-flying finance minister built Africa's biggest economy. But can she survive her country's turbulent domestic politics?

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Portrait of the Army as a Work in Progress

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Hey Boss, a Little Help Here?

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For the Mothers of Tondo

Why the surprising Philippine Supreme Court ruling on reproductive health rights is a big win for women -- and a blow to the church.

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Take Me Home, Mother Russia

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'On Va Tuer Les Demons'<br />('We Will Kill the Demons')

Fear, faith, and the hunt for child sorcerers in Congo.

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Why Is Japan So … Different?

A brief history of leaving China, becoming the other, and turning Japanese.

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Does the Academy Matter?

Do policymakers listen? Should you get a Ph.D.? And where are all the women?

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High-Speed Empire

Chinese rail is sprawling, modern, and elegant. It's also convoluted, corroding, and financially alarming. Wanna take a ride?

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The Coming Revolution in Orbit

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