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Our Favorite Headlines of 2010

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Bears in a Honey Trap

Before the world knew of Anna Chapman, 's Moscow correspondent went deep into the sex scandal that threatened to destroy the Russian opposition.

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Everybody Hates Tony

Tony Blair was once Britain's golden boy, but oh, how the mighty has fallen.

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Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan

Record stores, Mad Men furniture, and pencil skirts -- when Kabul had rock 'n' roll, not rockets.

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Make Them Pay

This summer, as America watched 5 million gallons of oil slowly leak into the Gulf of Mexico, we wondered how to tally the damage.

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All the Presidents' Friends

A short visual history of presidential BFFs, and why Obama needs his own global buddy.

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Europe's Burqa Wars

As Europe's Muslim population continues to grow, Islamic dress, particularly the controversial burqa, has become a focus for wrenching political disputes. Here's a look at five places where the debate is most contentious.

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The Russian Nuclear Button

Questions about the Soviet legacy of three briefcases.

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Beijing Is Key to Creating More U.S. Jobs

How China's unfair currency policies are exporting unemployment all over the world -- and why baby steps won't solve the problem.

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Wally's World

Thirty-five years ago, Wallace Broecker predicted decades of dangerous climate change caused by humans. Unfortunately, he was all too prescient.

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I Was Almost a Chinese Dating-Show Star

But my episode got censored because foreign guys aren't supposed to get the girl.

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It Worked on Saddam

Why patience, not bombs, is the best way to defuse Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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How Vova and Dima Spent Their Summer Vacation

Russia's ruling tandem spend some time apart, reflecting two very different personalities.

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Hell and High Water

From Pakistan's floods to Russia's wildfires to the United States' oil spill, 2010 has been an unusually bad summer for disasters, natural and otherwise. Here's FP's list of the disasters you missed.

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The Stories You Missed in 2010

Ten events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2011.

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Planet Gulag

In the wake of Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize, a look at 15 less heralded dissidents who matter just as much.

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The Grayest Generation

Forget about a youth boom -- the planet's population is getting older, fast. From the West Bank to Woodstock, a look at a world going gray.

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Remembering Richard Holbrooke

A personal look at the foreign-policy titan from some of the people who intersected his long career.

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Delusion Points

Don't fall for the nostalgia -- George W. Bush's foreign policy really was that bad.

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The Privateers of Yemen

Starved for revenue and riddled with corruption, the Yemeni navy and coast guard have adopted a novel fundraising strategy: guns for hire.

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10 Traditions You Never Thought Needed Protecting

When UNESCO decided that the French gastronomic experience was worth protecting, we just had to look at what other intangible national treasures it has decided to consecrate.

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A Leaner, Meaner British Military

Why David Cameron's spending caps haven't eviscerated the fighting forces of America's greatest ally.

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The Horror, The Horror… and the Pity

As the 2010 campaign season reached its peak, FP looked at how the international media was covering the Tea Party.

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The Accidental Domestic President

For Barack Obama, the world will have to wait.

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The Failed States Index 2010

The sixth annual collaboration between Foreign Policy and The Fund for Peace gave readers a closer look at the worst places on Earth.

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The Eyjafjallajökull Effect

How one measly, little volcano in Iceland stopped the world in its tracks.

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Blind Man's Bluff

The truth about Iran is that we haven't got a clue how the Islamic Republic would respond to an attack.

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The Worst of the Worst

A look inside the regimes of the world's nastiest dictators.

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Is Afghanistan 'Medieval'?

Afghans shouldn't be insulted when Westerners say the country reminds them of the Middle Ages. In fact, the religious and political struggles of that era could offer some useful lessons.

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Russia Modernizes -- the Old-Fashioned Way

As President Dmitri Medvedev is finding out, bringing Russia up to date is easier said than done.

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The Little Nukes That Got Away

What Obama's new weapons treaty left out.

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The World's Most Inappropriate Government Agencies

Five offices that should consider updating their image.

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The Not-So-Radical Roots of Miss USA

Rima Fakih is no Hezbollah hottie -- she's the living embodiment of Lebanon's cultural complexity.

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Mother, May I Rule the World?

On Mother's Day, a tender look at world leaders and their moms.

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The Ultimate Bug Zapper

Nathan Myhrvold, Bill Gates's ideas guy, tells about his plans to defeat malaria. Forget bed nets; think lasers.

INTERVIEW BY ELIZABETH DICKINSON | APRIL 23, 2010

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Neda Lives

The little-known story of Iran's other Neda Soltani and how a picture changed her life forever.

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Ready to Blow?

Now that Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull has done its worst, what other dangerous volcanoes should we be watching out for?

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They're Not Brainwashed, They're Just Miserable

A rare look inside the Hermit Kingdom illustrates what North Koreans really think about the Dear Leader.

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Profiles in Phobia

The irrational fears that keep the world's most powerful leaders up at night.

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Lawyers vs. Pirates

As if catching pirates weren't hard enough, now we have to figure out what to do with them. And no, they can't all just walk the plank.

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Think Again: Ronald Reagan

The Gipper wasn't the warhound his conservative followers would have you think.

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Red Dawn

This summer, as wildfires raged across Russia and frantic efforts of thousands of volunteers were unable to quell the flames, FP examined the damage done.

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The World's Ugliest Statues

When bad art and bad politics meet, it's not a pretty sight.

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The Magnificent Migrants

These extraordinary photos of ordinary Mexicans elevate America's unheralded laborers to superhero status.

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The World's Strangest Tax Laws

As April looms and the tax man cometh, everyone's looking for an exemption. But some taxes and exemptions are more defensible than others.

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Think Again: The Internet

Sure, everyone likes Google and Facebook, right? But don't think they're about to save the world.

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What's the Matter with the World Today?

And as to prove the point, writes Stephen Walt, our global and domestic political institutions are crumbling -- and that's making it harder for us to solve the world's most serious problems.

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Off Pitch

It's not all just fun and games. This past year's World Cup saw a number of global political issues rise above the pitch.

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Is This the Future of Journalism?:

Before the State Department cables were even a glimmer in our eye, wondered what WikiLeaks meant for journalism and government today.

BY JONATHAN STRAY | APRIL 7, 2010

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Zoopolitics

As Zimbabwe prepared to gift a Noah's Ark worth of animals to the Pyongyang zoo, looked at how caged animals became a tool of statecraft.

BY CHARLES HOMANS | MAY 26, 2010

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