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A shift to support

It’s too soon to be slapping high-fives, but significant dealmaking is under way in two crucial cities – Washington and Geneva.

Rising above debate

After weeks of no-compromise declarations, Washington is still battling over the debt ceiling, the federal budget, healthcare funding, and rising debt.

Disaster averted in India

Cyclone Phailin followed a track similar to one that devastated eastern India in 1999.

The courage of Malala

A year ago Malala Yousafzai was shot while on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan for daring to criticize the Taliban for preventing girls like her from going to school.

Inside a bargain

Negotiations seldom happen in a vacuum.

Less talk, more listen

Whether in Washington, in the media, or around the water cooler there is plentiful talk today about who’s right and who’s wrong on fiscal issues.

A shift for Syria?

What began as an offhand comment by Secretary of State John Kerry has become a surprisingly successful effort to neutralize Syria’s chemical weapons.

Why go to the brink?

The impasse in Washington cannot be wished away. Much of the federal government remains shut down. 

Averting a debt crisis

While there’s still no light at the end of the tunnel in the partial US government shutdown dispute, there is in the even more serious problem of the debt ceiling.

Scratch one worry

If your eyes are fixed on the crises du jour, you can overlook important developments that take place over a longer time frame.