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A persisting weakness
The descent of the American dollar from its position of pre-eminence in the global financial system has for long been predicted. In fact, analysts around the world have in the recent past tended to see, rather prematurely though, every downward ...

Protecting rain forests
The decision made by a state government in Brazil to throw a protective net around an unprecedented 37 million acres of rain forest in biodiversity-rich Amazonia is a wonderfully far-sighted move. The seven new protected areas in Para state (a ...

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India may lose control of its nuclear future
By M.R. Srinivasan

There are several provisions in the Hyde Act that cause serious concern. The intent is to bring India into NPT obligations without conferring on it the status of an NPT weapons state. While the costs to the U.S. appear minimal, the price India will h ave to pay may well be a total loss of control over its future nuclear policies.

News Analysis
Pinochet gone, but his methods are still with us
By Adnan Siddiqui and Victoria Brittain

A new report collating first-hand accounts gives the clearest view yet of the torture going on in the U.S. secret prisons.

Intelligent Design is creationism
By James Randerson

It has no place in science classes.

Saudi plan offers a lifeline
By Simon Tisdall

FEARFUL THAT the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority could collapse under the weight of its violent contradictions, Israeli leaders are refocussing on the 2002 Saudi peace plan as a way of inducing the Palestinians back into substantive ...

Corrections and Clarifications
A report "Pact significant, says Pranab" (December 13, 2006) incorrectly stated Pranab Mukherjee to be the Defence Minister. Pranab Mukherjee is the External Affairs Minister. The caption of a standalone picture titled "New envoy" (December ...

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"In terms of numbers, a tsunami hits Congo every six months"
United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesAntonio Guterres, former Prime Minister of Portugal, was in New Delhi on invitation from the Government of India. In an interview, he spoke of the multiple crises that confront the world.




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