Villagers work at a road construction site under a government program in Andhra Pradesh, India. In decades past, fraud and waste have sapped efforts to help the poor. Rajiv Gandhi, a former prime minister, famously estimated that only 15 percent of every rupee spent on the poor actually reached them. Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh empowers the poor to fight corruption

by Lydia Polgreen New York Times December 2, 2010

NAGARKURNOOL, India — The village bureaucrat shifted from foot to foot, hands clasped behind his back, beads of sweat forming on his balding head. The eyes of hundreds of wiry village laborers, clad in dusty lungis, were fixed upon him....

Hands reach to touch the hand of Aung San Suu Kyi after her release from house arrest in Yangon. Photo: AP

Democracy leader Suu Kyi urges ‘real genuine talks’ in Burma

by Steve Finch and John Pomfret Washington Post November 15, 2010

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday that she would seek dialogue with the military leaders who imprisoned her for 15 of the past 20 years, suggesting in one of her first interviews since her release that her strategy for bringing change...

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi freed in Rangoon as crowds celebrate

by Steve Finch Washington Post November 13, 2010

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China, India, Brazil have voting rights increased at the International Monetary Fund

by Bradley S. Kapper Associated Press/Washington Post November 5, 2010

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Neighboring countries ponder a post-occupation Afghanistan

by Karen De Young Washington Post November 4, 2010

Worried that the administration is moving toward an endgame in Afghanistan - through troop withdrawals, negotiations or both - other countries in the region have stepped up efforts to protect security and economic interests that might conflict with t...