February

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Flip-flops and elections in Germany

Germany's ruling parties are flip-flopping on everything from Egypt to unemployment as a series of elections approaches.

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Vietnam's Communist Party meets

The goal for the Vietnamese Communist Party's 11th Party Congress was to “enhance the Party's leadership capacity and combativeness, promoting the nation's synergy, comprehensively boosting the doi moi (renovation) process, creating the fundamentals for Vietnam to basically become a modern-oriented industrial country by 2020.”

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UN chief calls for balanced and sustainable development

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the world's economic model based on insatiable consumption of resources as  "a global suicide pact."

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Germany: Scandals for the Baron and a vote for more war

A series of scandals scratched the shining image of the scion of conservative Bavarian circles. But the Bundestag once again defied German majority opinion and voted to continue the use of troops in Afghanistan.