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  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.
    12/26/2010 12:56 pm

  • Global News Blog Will Brazil's Lula run again in 2014?

    After angrily denouncing talk that he will run for president when he is eligible to do so again in 2014, Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva hinted this week that he may do just that.
    12/22/2010 11:17 am

  • Kenya and Uganda boost security after grenade blast linked to Al Shabab

    Kenyan and Ugandan officials have linked the blast to Al Shabab, the Somali militia that took credit for a July suicide bombing that killed 79 at two restaurants in Kampala, Uganda.
    12/22/2010 09:16 am

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  • The top 10 weirdest stories of 2010

    As 2010 draws to a close, its time to reflect upon the joys and sorrows of the past twelve months. It's also time to think about the truly weird things that we witnessed. Here's our top ten list.
    12/20/2010 12:46 pm

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the day 12/14
  • Jets coach Sal Alosi: Five acts of poor sportsmanship

    Jets coach Sal Alosi is being investigated by the NFL for tripping a Dolphins player trying to cover a punt return Sunday. That got us to thinking about other recent examples of poor sportsmanship, including Jets coach Sal Alosi.
    12/13/2010 03:25 pm

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 12/02
  • Russia World Cup 2018: Another score for powerful Putin?

    Russia's sports minister likened the geopolitical impact of Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.
    12/02/2010 02:27 pm

  • Five things Russia and Qatar did right to win World Cup bids

    Russia and Qatar were able to set themselves apart enough from the rest of the World Cup bidders to get FIFA’s vote Thursday. Russia will host the tournament in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Here are five things they did right:
    12/02/2010 01:35 pm

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