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  • In a financial crisis, credibility counts

    The three largest economies have faced financial crises since 2008. The US and Europe are recovering while China’s leaders must regain credibility after a stock-market snafu.

  • Taiwan's model of women leaders

    Asia’s next step in its progress toward democracy will be a presidential election in Taiwan in which one of two women candidates will be elected in her own right.

  • An Uber challenge in presidential race

    The election contest has already begun to grapple with the new economy of the ‘worker-entrepreneur.’ Each party may need to shed old notions about the source of wealth.

  • Why more countries woo foreign investors

    When Mexico sells oil plots to foreign investors or China creates special zones of freedom for foreign firms, they do so for more than material gain.

  • Deeper opportunities in Iran nuclear pact

    The nuclear deal with Iran must withstand many tests to achieve its aim. Yet also worth testing is whether it will lessen conflicts within the Muslim world, especially over the use of violence in the name of Islam.

  • Debt relief for Greece? Rules first.

    After five years of temporary fixes to Greek debt, some debt relief for the country is now a live topic. As new talks begin for a bailout loan, both lenders and Greece must keep emotions at bay.

  • Global drive on corruption should start at home

    Soon after Britain asked world leaders to expose corruption, it decided to tackle money laundering in London’s property market. The best leadership against graft is taking action against it.

  • How to rescue South Sudan

    President Obama helped create the new country of South Sudan, and now he’s trying to save it from a violent civil war. He and others must first focus on building national identity and social trust.

August 1, 2015

Photos of the Day 08/01

Team Belarus performs during the women's synchronized swimming free routine combination final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Saturday.

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