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11/30/2007

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How to Build a More Equitable World

The notion of a divide between the rich North and the poor South has long been a central concept among economists and policymakers. From 1950 to 1980, the North accounted for almost 80 percent of global gross domestic product but only 22 percent of its population.

Philippines Quashes Coup Attempt

Reuters
Elite military and police units stormed the Manila Peninsula Hotel on Thursday, ending a short-lived coup attempt by a small group of soldiers and others who had called on the army to mutiny.

Trial Begins For British Teacher

The Associated Press
Riot police surrounded the building as a Sudanese court began proceedings Thursday in the case of a British teacher charged with inciting religious hatred -- a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes -- over letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad.

NGO Says Absentee Ballots Moving Fast

There is a campaign under way to coerce voters into applying for absentee ballots in what independent election monitoring agencies say is evidence that employers are heeding tacit calls from federal and regional authorities to ensure higher turnout in Sunday's State Duma elections.

Observers Invited to Explore Elections Commission Office

The Moscow Times
The Central Elections Commission opened the doors of its election headquarters to foreign observers Thursday to explain the preparations and logistics for Sunday's State Duma vote.

Voters Can Drop In for Groceries or Haircuts

Staff Writer
Millions of people across the country are expected to cast their ballots at polling stations Sunday to decide the makeup of the next State Duma.

Votes on Tap in Regions

The Moscow Times
More than 20 regional parliamentary elections will be conducted alongside State Duma elections Sunday.

RusAl and Kazakhs in Coal Pact

Reuters
United Company RusAl and Kazakh state firm Samruk Holding have agreed to set up a joint venture on the basis of RusAl's coal mines in Kazakhstan, RusAl said Thursday.

Deripaska Inks $20Bln St. Pete Deal

Combined Reports
Billionaire Oleg Deripaska and partners including Hochtief agreed on Thursday to invest $20 billion in St. Petersburg from now to 2015 amid a government push to upgrade Soviet-era infrastructure.

Kazakh Grain Exports Fall Short

Reuters
Kazakhstan will fall short of its planned 1 million tons of grain exports in November because of a shortage of rail wagons and extra charges on cargoes transiting Ukraine, senior government officials said Thursday.

Refineries Restarting, But Fuel Remains Pricey

Reuters
The country's biggest refineries are wrapping up a season of intensive maintenance, but oil product exports may not necessarily follow, as the country faces a deficit of some fuels and export duty rises, traders said.

Dairy Firm to Make Mors in Canada

Bloomberg
Dairy firm Wimm-Bill-Dann will start producing mors, a local berry drink, in Canada to boost international sales.

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