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  • How corrupt is the United States?

    Donald Marron How corrupt is the United States?

    Transparency International recently reported on the world's perceptions of America's corruption.

  • Devaluation worked in the '30s. But it won't today.

    Stefan Karlsson Devaluation worked in the '30s. But it won't today.

    By abandoning the gold standard, nations effectively devalued their currencies and began to recover. Today's circumstances are far different.

  • A deep northern quiet in Norway

    A deep northern quiet in Norway

    Norway's treasured fiords provided a place for contemplation.

  • Expect another winter of extreme weather, forecasters say

    Expect another winter of extreme weather, forecasters say

    The Pacific Northwest will be colder and wetter than usual, while the South and California will be warmer and drier, says the US National Weather Service.

  • Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries

    Press Freedom Index: The top 10 worst countries

    Syria, Rwanda, and Yemen have fallen to the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said today. The three countries join other single-party dominated governments at the bottom of the annual index, while six democratic Northern European nations tied this year as the best places for media freedom. Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland have ranked at the top since the index was created in 2002, Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Jean-François Julliard said in a statement. "The defense of media freedom continues to be a battle, a battle of vigilance in the democracies of old Europe and a battle against oppression and injustice in the totalitarian regimes still scattered across the globe," he said. Click through the following slides to read about the 10 lowest-ranking nations.

  • Europe's 5 most generous pension systems

    Europe's 5 most generous pension systems

    The strikes roiling France right now are about government plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and the pension age, which determines when people can begin accessing their pension funds, from 65 to 67. The French government says it can no longer afford the earlier retirement and pension ages. France is not the only country facing a budget crunch partially because of its generous pension system, coupled with an aging population and a struggling economy. Across Europe, home to many of the world's most generous national pension systems, countries are struggling to afford this staple of the welfare state. Here are five examples.

  • 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.

  • Top 10 countries for women: Global Gender Gap Index 2010

    The World Economic Forum released its 2010 Global Gender Gap Report on Tuesday. The report, which indexed 134 countries this year, evaluates how much of the gender gap each country has eliminated through economic opportunity, health access, education, and political empowerment. Below are the 10 countries that have been most successful. You can also read more about this year's report at our Global News blog.

  • John Lennon: Yoko Ono reflects on his 70th birthday

    John Lennon: Yoko Ono reflects on his 70th birthday

    John Lennon would have been 70 this year. Yoko Ono thinks he would have been more relaxed about the milestone than he was about his 40th birthday.

  • Is Ireland going bankrupt?

    The Adam Smith Institute Blog Is Ireland going bankrupt?

    The bailout of Anglo Irish Bank will be €11 billion (about $15 billion) more than anticipated, and the second-largest Irish bank has effectively been nationalized.