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  • Global Viewpoint Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is a democratic partner, not Islamist threat

    The West's fearful stereotypes of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood are based on myth and misunderstanding. Today's Muslim Brotherhood rejects violence and must be a full partner in the process of change – and it will be, if a minimally democratic state can be established in Egypt.

  • Think you know Latin America? Take our geography quiz.

    Think you know Latin America? Take our geography quiz.

    South America is home to 19 countries and an incredibly diverse geography. The site of ancient civilizations, European colonies and emerging world powers, South America will play an increasingly large role in the 21st century and beyond. But can you distinguish between Guyana and Guyane? Can you sort your -guays? It's time to brush up on your knowledge of South America. This is the perfect place to start.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Massive Storms

    Tropical storm Irene approaches Puerto Rico (l.) in this image taken from the MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite on August 21. Categorized as a hurricane, Irene buffeted Puerto Rico with winds and torrential rain August 22, knocking out power and downing trees as it churned westward to threaten Florida by the end of the week.

  • Opinion Before Republicans start budget-slashing, take a lesson from Bolivia

    The history of South American countries like Bolivia and Ecuador shows that abrupt austerity measures to pull back government subsidies equate with political suicide and civil unrest. America's budget-slashing Congress should take note.

  • Top 10 global weather events of 2010

    Top 10 global weather events of 2010

    A panel of weather and climate experts ranked the the Top 10 global weather and climate events of 2010. Voters considered the scope and unusualness of the event, its immediate human and economic impact, and whether it is emblematic of climate trends or variability. They voted during the first week of December, so the following weeks' extreme winter weather in Europe, which may have deserved a spot in the Top 10, received an honorable mention.

  • Global warming waning? Hardly. 2010 was tied as warmest year on record.

    Global warming waning? Hardly. 2010 was tied as warmest year on record.

    2010 tied as warmest year ever, NOAA climatologists say. Year's data are consistent with the notion that greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are contributing to global warming.

  • Lunar Eclipse Monday night: Where can it be seen?

    Lunar Eclipse Monday night: Where can it be seen?

    Lunar Eclipse: Unlike a total eclipse of the sun, which is only visible to those in the path of totality, eclipses of the moon can usually be observed from one's own backyard.

  • Bolivian land reform: a country strives to sustain an 'agrarian revolution'

    Bolivian land reform: a country strives to sustain an 'agrarian revolution'

    Land reform programs have failed elsewhere in South America, but Bolivia forges ahead in hopes of helping the poor farm their way out of poverty.

  • The top 10 monkeys

    The top 10 monkeys

    December 14th is National Monkey Day, making it the perfect day to contemplate our simian relatives. And what better way to do so than by ranking them in a top 10 list? Broadly speaking, there are two types of monkeys. Old World monkeys are native to Africa and Asia, and include familiar species such as the langur, the macaque, and the baboon. New World Monkeys, which are native to Central and South America, include marmosets, capuchins, and wooly monkeys. New World monkeys are thought to have evolved from Old World monkeys after migrating from Africa to South America on a raft of vegetation during the Oligocene period, some 23 million to 34 million years ago. But whatever. We know that you're here to find out what the best kind of monkey is. Click through our top 10 list to find out.

  • Missing airplanes data has FAA forcing owners to submit information again

    Missing airplanes data has FAA forcing owners to submit information again

    Missing airplanes ownership information has the Federal Aviation Administration scrambling to get identification records updated. The missing airplanes ownership documentation could lead to criminal and national security threats.