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  • Inside North Korea's big birthday bash

    To mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the North Korean founder, thousands came to Pyongyang to view elaborate displays. Most North Koreans got three days off for the party.

  • US-Russia 'reset' gets a boost with Russian offer of airbase

    Russia has made an unprecedented offer that indicates a desire to improve ties ahead of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.  

  • Revolution possible if democracy wasn't embraced, Russian presidential candidate says

    Mikhail Prokhorov is challenging current Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin for the presidency in March.

  • North Korea not the only offender: 6 official photo fudgings

    North Korea not the only offender: 6 official photo fudgings

    As state manipulators of the media go, few can compare to North Korea, which this week is mourning the death of Kim Jong-il.  But even with all the careful orchestration of the ceremonies, the North Korean media still found it necessary to doctor an official photograph of the funeral procession.  Just as governments are finding it easier to use technology to manipulate images, so too is the public finding it easier to spot such digital trickery. Here are six noteworthy attempts by governments to shape media coverage through image manipulation.

  • Defying Putin: 7 Russians to watch

    Defying Putin: 7 Russians to watch

    Vladimir Putin's "managed democracy" offers few opportunities for new leaders to emerge, build their own independent political base, and legitimately vie for power. That closed and controlled system is now teetering after tens of thousands of Russians marched in the streets of Russian cities in December to reject Mr. Putin's penchant for bureaucratic manipulation, media control, and vote-rigging. Fresh leaders are emerging without the Kremlin's approval and finding their voices. The following are seven to watch in coming months. 

  • Diego Rivera: honoring a big Communist with a Google doodle

    Diego Rivera: honoring a big Communist with a Google doodle

    President Obama, Occupy protesters, and even the Muppets have been accused of communist leanings.  But Mexican muralist Diego Rivera was the real thing.

  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    Biographer Robert K. Massie gives us a Catherine the Great who is ever interesting and intelligent – but not necessarily admirable.

  • What's next for India's Communist Party?

    What's next for India's Communist Party?

    The distrust of the Communist Party, once a powerhouse in parts of India, could signal a major change in Indian politics. Here's what its leaders plan to do to keep their old mission alive.

  • In Pictures Toppled tyrants: vandalized statues through the years

    Rebel fighters trample on a head of Muammar Qaddafi inside the main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 23.

  • Walter Rodgers How Russians survived militant atheism to embrace God

    Today, less than 20 years after the collapse of the officially atheistic Soviet Union, Russia has emerged as the most God-believing nation in Europe. That's a testament to the devotion of babushkas who kept the flames of faith alive in the face of state-sponsored repression.