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Syrian government beset by battles and diplomatic setbacks "Fierce fighting on the battlefield and setbacks on the diplomatic front increased pressure on the embattled Syrian government on Monday as fresh signs emerged of a worsening battle for control of the capital."
It's time for a carbon tax "Perhaps because a carbon tax makes so much sense — researchers at M.I.T. recently described it as a possible 'win-win-win' response to several of the country's most pressing problems — economists on both ends of the political spectrum have championed it."
Elisabeth Murdoch: The heiress "The days of lavish Chipping Norton-set parties are over. As one regular put it, 'Who would come?' A British politician said of the future of News Corp., 'I see it as like a political party at the crossroads. Which direction do they go in? What Elisabeth is articulating is not a negative view of the company but a way forward that deals with the public.'"
Is it racist to call someone an Australian? "The events take place in Macclesfield, U.K.: 'Hurling abuse wasn't the problem for Petra Mills. But a court ruled that calling her New Zealand neighbor an Australian was racist and against the law.'"
Kate Middleton's pregnancy: 10 stories I don't want to read "From baby name suggestions to speculation about Pippa, there are some articles that should remain in the writer's imagination."