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Egypt’s winter of discontent

The size and strength of protests in Egypt have caught everyone by surprise, but the seeds of discontent were planted on many fronts, writes Robyn Creswell.

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Stand by your man

Siobhan Fallon, author of the short story collection “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” talks about writing and life as a military wife.

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Is WikiLeaks driving Bank of America to seize domain names?

Wikileaks is reportedly set to leak five gigs of Bank of America documents, and the company may already be working to protect its image, writes G.W. Shultz.

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Magical thinking in Sudan

After a joyous vote for independence, a look back at another recent election that didn’t go so well, and what it says about the budding nation’s underlying divisions

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Southern Sudan counts down

Tomorrow, voters in Southern Sudan will stamp their thumbprint next to a single hand, for goodbye, or a handshake, for unity.

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  A ‘lost boy’ of Sudan returns to rebuild his homeland

As the people of Southern Sudan decide whether to form an independent state next week, Need to Know profiles Salva Dut, a “lost boy” of Sudan who returned to help build his homeland.

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Pakistan’s paradox

Islam stresses tolerance, but many Pakistanis celebrated the murder of a man who stressed it too, writes a Pakistani journalist.

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Stranger than fiction

A recap of five international stories from the past year that read like they were ripped straight out of a John le Carré thriller.

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  Frank Wisner on the state of American diplomacy

Does talking really get results? Need to Know takes a look at the state of President Obama’s foreign policy strategy with former diplomat Frank Wisner, a friend of late Richard Holbrooke.

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Flare-up between North and South Korea tests U.S., Chinese power

Jon Meacham talks with Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University, about the recent flare-up between North and South Korea.