JUBA/UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a "foiled coup".
BRASILIA - Brazil says it is not considering granting asylum to Edward Snowden even after the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor offered to help investigate revelations that the NSA has spied on Brazilians and their president. Full Article
NEW DELHI - Indian authorities removed concrete security barriers in front of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi in apparent retaliation for the arrest and allegedly heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York. Full Article
Dec. 18 - Anyone betting on an early end to bond buying is in for a disappointment, says Standard Chartered. Plus Hollywood’s Gordon Gekko for the 21st century.
North Korea holds a mass memorial for the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death, less than a week after executing the man thought to have been the second most powerful man in country. Video
Europe uses “soft power,” defined as the power to influence other countries without force or money by drawing people to it who, by “admiring its values, emulating its example, aspiring to its level of prosperity and openness -- want to follow it.” Commentary
Nudging - defaulting people into a saving plan - has been proven extremely effective at increasing participation in pension accounts. Commentary
So long as the doddering Castro brothers are in charge, Cuba is ripe for another revolution. But this time it will be a free market revolt, not a plunge into further darkness. Commentary
We must acknowledge the possibility that the American and global economies cannot rely on normal market mechanisms to assure full employment and strong growth without sustained unconventional policy support. Commentary