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China’s communist leaders are promising to revolutionize the world’s second largest economy and move on from being the world’s workshop. Unlike most communist governments, China’s one-party state has survived by embracing capitalism to deliver new wealth. Chinese officials recently reported they would reach their target for annual economic growth of 7.5 percent this year despite [...]

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LINED UP: Workers loaded ballot boxes onto a truck in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday. Africa’s first democratically elected female president, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will face stiff competition at the polls Tuesday. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

PLAZA PROTEST: A demonstrator protesting war and corporate greed fixed his sleeping bag in a cardboard box on Freedom Plaza in Washington Monday. His protest group is separate from Occupy D.C., but both groups say they support each other. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BLIND FAITH: Blind people demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Finance Monday in Athens against cuts to their allowances as part of austerity measures. (Louisa Gouliamaki/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

TOYS FOR SALE: A vendor held up stuffed toys as he tried to lure customers at an outdoor market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. (Adek Berry/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FINGER-LICKING TROUBLE: Customers lined up at ‘Obama Fried Chicken,’ opened by university students, in Beijing Sunday. The owners changed the name to ‘UFO’ amid trademark-infringement accusations from KFC, but kept the likeness of President Barack Obama in suspenders, which resembles KFC’s Colonel Sanders. (ChinaFotoPress/Zuma Press)

OPERATION: Doctor Evan Atar performed surgery on a youth in Kurmuk, Sudan, Monday. Mr. Atar says he has performed several amputations since war broke out last month between the Sudanese Armed Forces and fighters in Blue Nile state last month. (Hannah McNeish/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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