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  • 19 countries that won't be at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

    19 countries that won't be at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

    This year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Dec. 10 won't only be missing its honoree, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is under house arrest in China. The number of countries that have declined invitations to attend has risen from six to 19 in the past two months. Nobel committee members suspect that has something to do with China's "you're either with us or against us" tone urging other nations to join its boycott of the Oslo ceremony. Beijing boasted Tuesday that most countries would stay away from attending the ceremony. In fact, only the 65 countries with embassies in Norway were invited, and 44 of those had accepted, according to the Nobel Prize Committee. Who's standing with China? Here's a list. (click on the blue circle in the upper right corner of this page to move through the slides)

  • Opinion Time to be a better neighbor, India. If you don't, China will.

    President Obama's trip to India underscored India's importance in global security and global finances – a democratic counter to an aggressive China. But India's poor foreign policy and botched regional relations have been holding it back.

  • The 8 worst countries on Transparency International's list

    The 8 worst countries on Transparency International's list

    The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, released annually by Transparency International, shows northern Europe continues to be perceived as the world's least corrupt region, with six countries taking the top 10 spots. The island-state of Singapore climbed into first place this year with New Zealand and Denmark. The United States fell behind Chile and into 22nd place, marking the first time it failed to rank in the top 20. Russia ranked worst among global powers, falling from 146th place to 154th place, tied with Cambodia. Nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index were below five on a scale of 0 (high corruption) to 10 (low corruption). That means not just the following countries have a corruption problem.

  • WikiLeaks ready to drop a bombshell on Russia. But will Russians get to read about it?

    WikiLeaks ready to drop a bombshell on Russia. But will Russians get to read about it?

    WikiLeaks is about to release documents on Russia, but the tightly-controlled Russian media is unlikely to report them the way Western media attacked the documents about Afghanistan and Iraq

  • Global Gender Gap Index: Iceland tops, France drops, and US breaks into top 20

    Global News Blog Global Gender Gap Index: Iceland tops, France drops, and US breaks into top 20

    Iceland is No. 1 and Yemen is ranked last in the World Economic Forum's 2010 Global Gender Gap Index, which measures gender equality.

  • Kyrgyzstan elections signal unease with parliamentary rule

    Kyrgyzstan elections signal unease with parliamentary rule

    Weekend Kyrgyzstan elections came off smoothly and fairly. But they also demonstrate popular unease with reforms designed to prevent a return to one-man rule.

  • Five things Obama will do at the UN

    Five things Obama will do at the UN

    President Obama hasn’t had much time lately for anything other than the economy, jobs, and maybe a little worrying about the midterm elections. But he’ll focus a good chunk of this week on foreign affairs when he decamps Washington for the United Nations in New York, spending the better part of three days – from Wednesday afternoon to Friday evening – on many of the bigger issues on his international plate. Here are five things Mr. Obama will do while in New York.

  • Global Viewpoint Turkey: a democratic superpower in the Middle East

    Turkey's vote for constitutional reforms last week helped solidify its position as the new superpower of the Middle East and the shining model of what a modern, Muslim-majority democracy can achieve if given the opportunity.

  • Taking a spiritual stand amid political turmoil

    A Christian Science a perspective.

  • Russia's Medvedev talks terrorism, drug trade with Afghanistan, Pakistan leaders

    Terrorism & Security Russia's Medvedev talks terrorism, drug trade with Afghanistan, Pakistan leaders

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday. Militancy and the drug trade are increasing threats to Russia's security.