A Russian government owned television station claims it has footage of the murder of a leading opposition politician.
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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.
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.
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.
by Jeff Miller, A Dash of Insight
The economic calendar includes an avalanche of important data. The daily economic news, culminating in the jobs report on Friday, will dominate the market discussion this week. The popularity of parsing everything through the lens of Fed policy creates a special situation. Pundits will ask:
Will the economic data alter Fed policy?
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.