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10:01pm

Thu December 22, 2011
World

Italians Are Mostly Window Shopping This Christmas

Originally published on Fri December 23, 2011 8:19 pm

A woman gazes into a shop window in downtown Rome. Due to tough austerity measures, even wealthy Italians are buying less this holiday season.
Max Rossi Reuters

A tour of how Christmas shopping is going in Italy starts with Via Condotti — Rome's premier shopping street.

It features high-end stores like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Ferragamo. But salespeople are standing idly by the door. There's a yawning emptiness in these shops.

Two streets down, the only Christmas sound is a recording of a children's chorus singing "Gloria in Excelsis Deo." But even in a toy store, well-dressed customers leave without buying.

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2:04pm

Wed December 21, 2011
Latin America

What Greece Can Learn From South America

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 3:08 pm

Greek demonstrators protest in Athens on Nov. 8. Similar economic crises in Argentina and Uruguay a decade ago may be instructive for Greece today.
Orestis Panagiotou EPA /Landov

As Greece struggles with a financial crisis, there have been violent protests, creditors demanding their money, people losing their jobs and officials hunkering down.

A decade ago, that was the scene in South America when Argentina and Uruguay defaulted. The two handled the economic calamity in very different ways. Economists say their approaches — and what's happened in each country since — are instructive for European leaders as they try lifting Greece from its turmoil.

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9:40am

Wed December 21, 2011
Anti-Government Protests Roil Egypt

A Foreign Correspondent Reflects On The Arab Spring

Originally published on Wed December 21, 2011 10:55 am

Photographer Moises Saman captured this shot of two activists in Hama, Syria. Saman and journalist Anthony Shadid entered the city for several days last July. The rest of Saman's images can be found here.
Moises Saman The New York Times

Veteran war correspondent Anthony Shadid spent much of the past decade in Baghdad covering the Iraq war, first for The Washington Post and then for The New York Times. Last December, Shadid left Baghdad for his home in Beirut, Lebanon, where he's been based for more than a decade.

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1:14pm

Fri December 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Batman Actor Christian Bale 'Roughed Up' By Chinese Authorities

Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 1:18 pm

English actor Christian Bale speaks to journalists as he arrives for an event of the Zhang Yimou-directed new movie "The Flowers of War" in Beijing, China.
Andy Wong AP

The actor Christian Bale says he was "roughed up" by Chinese authorities when he tried to visit human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng.

The incident was caught on camera by a CNN crew that was accompanying him on the trip. Here's the video:

And here's The New York Times' description of it:

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6:25am

Wed December 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Terrorism Not Thought To Have Been Motivation Of Attacker In Belgium

Originally published on Wed December 14, 2011 6:28 am

Grieving: At a bus shelter that was shattered during Tuesday's grenade and gun attack in Liege, Belgium, people gathered today to express their sorrow and pay respects.
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images

While it still isn't clear why a man attacked a crowded square in Liege, Belgium, on Tuesday with grenades and gunfire, killing at least three people and injuring more than 120, authorities are saying that evidence indicates terrorism was not his motivation, according to The Associated Press and other news outlets.

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