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World Affairs Annual 2008
Africa's Rising Hopes
Despite their problems, a poll finds Africans optimistic about the future.
A new President confronts illegal immigration, along with crime and poverty.
Can China Reform?
Why China may need its own Progressive Era
NEWS & TRENDS
Playing with time in Venezuela, Russian sitcoms, Thai boxing, and more
Should the U.S. negotiate with its enemies?
Excerpts from New York Times columnists
Some lighter looks at what's in the news