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Surveillance Video Appears To Show Nemtsov Killing

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A Russian government owned television station claims it has footage of the murder of a leading opposition politician.



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What We Read Today 28 February 2015

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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China Remains US Largest Foreign Creditor Although Gradually Cutting US Treasury Holdings

Written by Yuhua Zhang, GEI Associate

During the past year, China continued to cut US treasury holdings. By the end of December 2014, China's treasury holdings dropped to 1244.3 billion USD, which is the lowest since February 2013. Even though other leading foreign holders increased their investment in US treasuries, China remains US largest foreign creditor.

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Infographic Of The Day: Using Tree Rings To Reveal Climate Secrets

Scientists can determine a lot about past climates by taking core samples from trees that have lived for hundreds or thousands of years.

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A Russian government owned television station claims it has footage of the murder of a leading opposition politician.


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The Week Ahead: Will the Fed React to Economic News?



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India: Make Institutional Checks and Balances Work

Going from strong, as in scary, to strong, as in capable

by Suyash Rai and Ajay Shah , ajayshahblog

The central question in India"s journey, today, is that of constructing State capacity. How should laws, agencies, processes and accountability be designed, to engender high performance? In a recent speech titled Democracy, inclusion and prosperity, Raghuram Rajan talks about the joint process of evolution of economics, politics and the State. Rajan provides a brief summary of the framework articulated in the first of Francis Fukuyama"s two volumes on political development. Fukuyama uses three pillars to trace political development globally: State-building, rule of law, and accountable government.

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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

Second Estimate 4Q2014 GDP Revised Down to 2.2%

Written by Doug Short and Steven Hansen

The second estimate of fourth quarter 2014 Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is now a positive 2.2%. This data point was +2.6% in the advance GDP estimate. The downward revision to the percent change in real GDP primarily reflected downward revision to private inventory investment.

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