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  • Pakistan Agrees To Reinstate Chief Justice
    In a stunning turnabout, the Pakistani government has agreed to reinstate the former chief justice of the supreme court, who has become a symbol of judicial independence. Word of the rehabilitation of the popular chief justice followed a tumultuous weekend in Pakistan when the government tried but failed to prevent a huge protest by opposition leaders and lawyers.
  • Pakistan's Tribal Areas Provide Haven For Militants
    In recent months, the U.S. has intensified attacks on Taliban and al-Qaida militants in northwest Pakistan along the Afghan border. Effectively outside the Pakistani government's control, the remote area has become a militant stronghold and a major concern for the U.S. military.
  • Foreclosure Rates Up In Unexpected Areas
    Some new states have moved into the top 10 in the latest housing foreclosure figures: Illinois, Idaho and Oregon. They are states that had not suffered significantly in the subprime mortgage crisis until now. Growing unemployment may be forcing more and more people to give up on paying their mortgages.
  • Sacramento Tent City Reflects Economy's Troubles
    Job losses, foreclosures and a deepening recession are sending newly homeless people into a makeshift camp on the northern edge of California's capital. Some 300-400 people live there, with no running water and little protection against the elements.
  • Ex-Guerrillas Win El Salvador Election
    For the first time in El Salvador, a left-wing party has won the presidency. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front formed in 1980 as a band of Marxist guerrillas attempting to seize power. They spent 12 years fighting in the jungle and almost two decades in political opposition — and they finally accomplished their goal Sunday night.
  • Why India's Economy Fares Better Than Others
    Steve Inskeep talks with Arvind Subramanian of the Peterson Institute for International Economics about how India and China are faring in this global recession. Both countries are significantly less affected than the U.S. and Europe — especially India. Its relatively slow pace of reform has protected its citizens from really feeling the pinch.
  • Credit Crisis Boosts Organized Crime In Italy
    Anti-Mafia prosecutors in Italy say the credit squeeze is forcing more and more struggling businesses to turn to loan sharks for much-needed cash, giving a boost to organized crime.
  • Fed Chairman: Recession Could End This Year
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a Sunday interview on the CBS news show 60 Minutes that the recession could end this year, and economic recovery could begin next year. But he said much depends on the financial markets. And even if the recession ends, he warned, unemployment could continue rising.
  • G-20 Finance Ministers Lay Groundwork For Summit
    Finance ministers gathered in southern England during the weekend as they tried to figure out how to stabilize financial systems — and prevent future crises. The group also helped lay the groundwork for a summit of world leaders next month. But the G-20 finance ministers could not agree on detailed action.
  • J.C. Penney Adds Stores
    J.C. Penney Co. is opening nine new stores across the U.S. this month, including a store in Manteca, Calif. Why is the company choosing to expand during an economic downturn?

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