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Lessons Learned: Richard Nixon Goes to China

CFR’s James M. Lindsay remembers Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972 and discusses the importance of diplomacy in international relations.

How to Mend U.S.-China Ties

As Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits the United States, CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy says Washington must address the trust deficit with Beijing as the top policy priority.

Rio carnival extravaganza kicks off

The world’s most famous carnival kicked off Friday to pulsating samba beats when legendary King Momo symbolically received a giant key to Rio de Janeiro from the city’s major. Festivities will last until Wednesday.

Illegal Immigration and the 2012 Campaign

Shannon K. O’Neil discusses the role illegal immigration plays in the 2012 U.S. presidential race and says the rhetoric does not always match up to current immigration realities.

ZIMBABWE: Mugabe still listed after EU sanctions review

The EU on Friday lifted sanctions on 51 individuals and 20 entities in Zimbabwe “to encourage further progress” in a power-sharing agreement, though extending sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and other senior officials.

The World Next Week: February 16, 2012

A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: UN nuclear officials visit Iran for a second time; a Friends of Syria meeting is held in Tunis; and G

Murdoch faces crisis at Sun newspaper

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch arrived at his News International subsidiary in London on Friday, where he will meet journalists as he attempts to take charge of the crisis surrounding the embattled Sun newspaper.

Asylum seekers get STG1m payout in UK

The UK government has paid out STG2 million over the dention of 40 child asylum seekers, some of whom were survivors of torture in their home countries.

India pushes for $300 Bn South Asian power grid

Jason Overdorf India is angling to build a $300-billion transnational power grid to exploit the huge hydroelectric power generation of its neighbors. But if it’s past record in making friends (or dams) comes into play, it may

Institute: Former heat champ Ghost Pepper drops to third

Researchers said the legendary Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper has been unseated as the hottest pepper in the world by a chile with an equally fearsome name: the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.

Forecast and Ramifications of Payers in the HIE Market: Part One

The numerous changes in the healthcare sector are forcing stakeholders to develop new business models to prosper, to survive. Among health insurers, this means one thing: diversification. Health reform was the nail in the coffin of yesterday’s business model, a model that…

Interoperability Infrastructures: Enabling healthcare quality measures

There is no doubt that the healthcare industry is going through a tremendous paradigm shift in an attempt to get a grasp on rising costs and inefficiencies. From ACOs, pay for performance, Meaningful… As a leading provider of services in the healthcare industry, Perficient has delivered…

A Real Periodic Table – With Real Elements

Here’s a YouTube look at a periodic table, laid out with high-quality samples of the real elements. I want one, although I’m willing to compromise on some of the radioactive items; completeness can be taken a bit too far. It’s from the folks at PeriodicTable.com , featuring…

India Ink: Image of the Day: February 16

Indian fishermen released by Pakistan cross over from the India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post.

Opinion: No one should burn in prison

In central Honduras, more than 300 inmates burned or suffocated to death in a prison. One can only imagine the cries of those trapped in their cells, while no one could find a key to let them escape the flames. We can only try to comprehend…

WSJ: How I’ll Respond to China’s Rising Power

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney writes that “the character of the Chinese government–one that marries aspects of the free market with suppression of

International Economy: Can Tax Reform Save the U.S. Economy?

This report by International Economy presents views of several influential economic thinkers on whether enactment of tax reform should be a top priority.

WEST AFRICA: Ivorian president chosen as next head of ECOWAS

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara was chosen to serve as the next head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, at a summit on Friday in

Flags, hopes on Libya’s uneasy anniversary (Reuters)

Reuters – Flags flew on Martyrs Square in Tripoli and crowds across Libya gave voice on Friday to joy at being free of Muammar Gaddafi, as the anniversary of their revolt offered brief respite from fears that it has brought them only

Student newspapers hitting the web — and raising concerns

Local high school newspapers, in an effort to stay alive and relevant, are going digital.

Venezuela passes anti-terrorism law; critics warn it could be used for crackdown on dissent

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s congress has approved a law aimed at fighting organized crime and terrorism, though opposition lawmakers say they fear it could be used to crack down on dissent.

Analysis: Murdoch empire – and journalism – on the line

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch will meet journalists at his News International subsidiary in London Friday, to take charge of the crisis surrounding the embattled Sun newspaper, with some

China's heir apparent visits White House

President Barack Obama welcomed China’s presumptive next leader at the White House Tuesday but also set a firm tone for future relations between the two world powers.

Obama meets with China's VP

President Barack Obama welcomed China’s presumptive premier at the White House Tuesday but also set the tone for future relations between the two world powers.

U.S. Woman Murdered In Thailand

Interior designer Wendy Albano, who had worked with celebrities such as Derek Jeter, was murdered in her hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.

New York Times reporter dies in Syria

Anthony Shadid, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his reporting from Iraq, died Thursday while reporting in eastern Syria, apparently of an asthma attack, The New York

New North Korea: Big Support for Kim Jong Un from Some Corners of Japan

When Kim Jong Un was declared heir apparent of North Korea in December, Choe Kwan Ik was probably one of the few people in Tokyo who knew who the kid was.

UK appoints ambassador to Somalia in latest sign of increased international engagement

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Britain is appointing a new ambassador to Somalia, resuming its diplomatic presence after more than 20 years of upheaval.

The Lede Blog: On Twitter, an Outpouring of Respect for Shadid

As news spread of the death of Times reporter Anthony Shadid, Mr. Shadid’s fellow journalists took to Twitter to express their admiration.

The Lede Blog: Palestinian's Hunger Strike Challenges Detention by Israel

A lawyer for Khader Adnan, a Palestinian prisoner who has refused to eat since being detained two months ago by Israel, said he could die “at any

Australia: UK man survives bite on testicle by deadly Tasmanian tiger snake

Embattled UK paper The Sun’s still got it, bringing Australia the tale of a man bitten ‘Down Under’ while answering call of nature in Tasmania. read more

GridCast: live and behind the scenes of grid computing: Citizen …

The project has the support of IBM’s World Community Grid. Clean water is one of the UN Millennium Goals . Worldwide 1.2 billon people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion have little or no sanitation, which is a …

Roundup: U.N. human rights chief criticizes Security Council …

Editor’s Note: The following is reprinted with the permission of the Council on Foreign Relations. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the Security Council’s failure to pass a resolution condemning Syrian …

International: UN WARNS OF UNEQUAL EXPOSURE TO …

One out of every five Europeans dies from environmentally-related diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today, noting that poorer citizens are more exposed to such risks than their

Portugal heads for short-term borrowing test

LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal seeks to sell 1.5 billion euros in treasury bills on Wednesday, in a test of its ability to raise short-term funds after a recent surge in its long-term bond rates have raised fears it may be forced to follow Greece and seek

6.3 earthquake shakes Peru but no injuries or damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) – A earthquake of 6.3 magnitude rattled the coast of Peru early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

India: Iran-Israel bomb mystery lingers on

Iran in the cross-hairs, but why would Tehran risk alienating New Delhi? Jason Overdorf In India, the Iran-Israel bomb mystery lingers on, nearly a week after a minor explosion injured an Israeli diplomat’s wife and her driver outside a market popular …

Rights group: Ethiopia forcibly resettled 70,000 and threatened, assaulted those who resisted

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has forcibly moved tens of thousands of semi-nomadic people in the country’s west to barren villages and threatened, assaulted and arrested those who resisted, an international rights group said in a report Tuesday.

Taunton Gazette captures 3 New England Newspaper & Press Association awards

The Taunton Daily Gazette took home three awards Saturday at the New England Newspaper & Press Association’s annual Better Newspapers contest.

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