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Gunman Kills 20 Schoolchildren in Connecticut

Gunman Kills 20 Schoolchildren in Connecticut | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
A man with no apparent motive, armed with semiautomatic pistols and a semiautomatic rifle, fatally shot 26 people inside a Newtown elementary school before taking his own life.
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Greek Debt Buyback – another sad verdict, surrounded by much merriment

Greek Debt Buyback – another sad verdict, surrounded by much merriment | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Greek authorities have announced that the Dutch auction has produced offers of 31.9 billion worth of (post-PSI) Greek government bonds at an averaged price of 33.8% of face value. The same sources ...
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Kidnappings Fuel Extremists in Western Africa

Kidnappings Fuel Extremists in Western Africa | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Kidnapping is such a lucrative industry for extremists that it has reinforced their control over northern Mali and complicated plans for a campaign to take back Islamist-held territory.
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Slow, but popular

Slow, but popular | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
TWO duelling German metaphors capture the strategy of Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, in the euro crisis. The pejorative version is that she is using...
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Capitalism and the Kids

Capitalism and the Kids | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
American society does a good job of capturing the benefits of well-reared children but has been less successful at spreading the costs, an economist writes.
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Asia’s great moderation

Asia’s great moderation | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
LAOS, a poor country of 6m people wedged between Vietnam and Thailand, has no openings to the sea and few routes to world attention. But it is now enjoying a rare...
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Ο Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας και η πρώτη τράπεζα στην Ελλάδα

Ο Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας και η πρώτη τράπεζα στην Ελλάδα | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Ο Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας και η πρώτη τράπεζα στην Ελλάδα...
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Syrian Bombs Are Now Filled With Chemicals — And Could Be Up for Grabs | Danger Room | Wired.com

Syrian Bombs Are Now Filled With Chemicals — And Could Be Up for Grabs | Danger Room | Wired.com | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The Assad regime in Syria is mixing together the chemical precursors needed to carry out a sarin-laced attack. But that may not be the biggest chemical threat Syria faces.
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More Greek myths

More Greek myths | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
WHEN the euro zone rescued Greece in 2010 Germany insisted on enlisting the IMF. Some worried about letting the Washington-based institution meddle in Europe. But...
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Egypt’s Constitutional Endgame: Where Confusion Is the Rule | TIME.com

Egypt’s Constitutional Endgame: Where Confusion Is the Rule | TIME.com | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
With breathtaking speed and deep controversy, Egypt’s draft constitution heads for a Dec. 15 referendum. Has the shouting only started?
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U.S. Ready to Offer Mercenaries $10 Billion for a Drug-War Air Force | Danger Room | Wired.com

U.S. Ready to Offer Mercenaries $10 Billion for a Drug-War Air Force | Danger Room | Wired.com | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The State Department has quietly built up its own air force, focused on counternarcotics. And a new announcement shows it could be worth up to $10 billion for the contractors who keep it flying.
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Greece Announces Terms of Bond Buyback to Slash Debt

Greece Announces Terms of Bond Buyback to Slash Debt | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Greece will have at its disposal 10 billion euros, or $13 billion, in borrowed money from Europe.
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Battle of the (third) bailout

Battle of the (third) bailout | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
THOSE looking for good omens about Greece's future in the euro zone will have been heartened by the news last week that the European Central Bank would soon print...
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U.S. Surveillance Caught Syria's Chemical Weapons Prep | Danger Room | Wired.com

U.S. Surveillance Caught Syria's Chemical Weapons Prep | Danger Room | Wired.com | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
U.S. surveillance recently caught a frightening image: forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad beginning preparations that could lead to the use of chemical weapons.
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Yes, ja, oui, no, no

Yes, ja, oui, no, no | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
IN 1973, 16 countries signed a convention establishing a European patent, so that inventions in one country might be safe from imitation in another. Five years later...
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Syria Fires Scud Missiles, Burning Bombs and Even Sea Mines at Rebels | Danger Room | Wired.com

Syria Fires Scud Missiles, Burning Bombs and Even Sea Mines at Rebels | Danger Room | Wired.com | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Bashar Assad is using everything short of chemical weapons on Syrian rebels, from Scud missiles to incendiary bombs to sea mines.
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Tablet teachers

Tablet teachers | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
What does “delete all” mean again? UNTIL recently Grace Wambui, a 14-year-old pupil in Nairobi, had never touched a tablet computer. But it took her about “one...
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Signals in China of a More Open Economy

Signals in China of a More Open Economy | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Xi Jinping, the new head of the Communist Party, appears to be tapping more deeply into the idea of a national revival than his recent predecessors.
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Air Force May Be Developing Stealth Drones in Secret | Danger Room | Wired.com

Air Force May Be Developing Stealth Drones in Secret | Danger Room | Wired.com | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The Air Force could be secretly working on at least two new high-tech, stealthy UAVs optimized for the intense air wars of the future.
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Heated debate

Heated debate | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
WHEN Superstorm Sandy roared ashore in late October and the lights of lower Manhattan went out, New Yorkers were given a stark vision of a possible future....
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Why the Military Is Unlikely to Intervene in Egypt's Messy Power Struggle

Why the Military Is Unlikely to Intervene in Egypt's Messy Power Struggle | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The generals never enjoyed their time at the top of the post-Mubarak era. And looking at the political chaos in Egypt, who can blame them?
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The Confessions of a Sniper: A Rebel Gunman in Aleppo and His Conscience | TIME.com

The Confessions of a Sniper: A Rebel Gunman in Aleppo and His Conscience | TIME.com | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The sharpshooter had been a zealous convert to the cause of overthrowing Bashar Assad but one fateful and tragic assignment has unsettled his soul...
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Micro stars, macro effects

Micro stars, macro effects | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
ON THE face of it, economics has had a dreadful decade: it offered no prediction of the subprime or euro crises, and only bitter arguments over how to solve them....
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A bail-out by any other name

A bail-out by any other name | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
CALL it a silent bail-out. After several failed attempts, the euro zone's finance ministers finally agreed late on November 26th partly to reschedule Greece's debt,...
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