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The Afghan quandary
Monday’s brazen attack by the Taliban in the heart of Kabul and the manner in which they were repulsed underline two contradictory aspects of the present state of affairs in Afghanistan. First, Islamist extremists maintain the capacity ...

Oldest four-legged animals
Our understanding of when fishes evolved into tetrapods — animals with a backbone and four limbs — and began to walk on land needs radical revision. A study published recently in the journal Nature provides ...

Leader Page Articles
Paid news, a deep-seated malaise
By N. Bhaskara Rao

The practice of paid news is no longer limited to smaller or regional language news media. If not addressed now, it will become overt as a normal course of the news media’s function.

Op-Ed
Haiti is not alone in its hour of need
Visible in Haiti is a remarkable expression of human spirit — people suffering the heaviest blows yet demonstrating extraordinary resilience.

More effective externally than internally
With the record of 11 years and three incumbents before us, a review of the National Security Adviser’s role as an institution is needed to see what improvements are possible.

Malaysia and the growing importance of India
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s perspective on a new East Asian economic nexus inclusive of India is surely novel.

Corrections and clarifications
* * Sport Page report, "Serena fit and ready to defend crown" (January 18, 2010) said Roger Federer's sole slip came when he lost to Marat Safin in the semifinals of the 2008 Australian Open. It should have been Novak Djokovic. * * ...

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