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An executive power to kill? "The President of the United States can order the killing of US citizens, far from any battlefield, without charges, a trial, or any form of advance judicial approval. That's what Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of students in a much anticipated speech."
A new risk for Aung San Suu Kyi "By inserting herself into the cut and thrust of Burmese politics, Aung San Suu Kyi is placing some of her hard-fought prestige on the line. Increasingly, she is being asked to propose solutions to her country's woes rather than merely lament them."
China's high-speed building boom "Liu Zhangning was tending her cabbage patch when she saw a tall yellow construction crane in the distance. At night, the work lights made it seem like day. Fifteen days later, a 30-story hotel towered over her village on the outskirts of the city like a glass and steel obelisk."
The best and worst places to be a woman "Best place to be a politician: Rwanda. Rwanda is the only nation in which females make up the majority of parliamentarians. Women hold 45 out of 80 seats. The UK comes in at 45th place, behind Pakistan and United Arab Emirates."
"The government could end up running the whole country" (video, Clarke and Dawe)