• And I knew at the same time that in the end, at the last minute, Nunu would in fact lock away the silver, and that later still, once the silver was forgotten, when we discussed the whole thing, the thing that could not be hidden, Nunu would be somewhere nearby with her keys, in her best black dress, with her wrinkles, with her silent, observant caution.

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  • The lull in violence in Iraq at the end of last year was supposed to provide the Maliki government with an opportunity to get things done.

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  • Now, what comes in the mail at the end of last year?

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  • But the most important bit of congressional business concerns the economy, especially the proposed economic-stimulus package that collapsed in the Senate at the end of last year.

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  • By one shot, Ogilvy missed staying in the top 50 at the end of last year for an automatic invitation to the Masters.

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  • Zhou Xiaochuan, the central-bank governor, called on state firms to pay dividends in a speech at the end of last year.

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  • The Ohio Republican said he gets along well with Obama but admits their relationship hasn't generated much in the way of results, pointing to two failed rounds of budget talks in 2011 and at the end of last year.

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  • In local elections held at the end of last month in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces (but not in the three Kurdish ones or Kirkuk), Kurdish parties lost ground in the mixed provinces of Nineveh and Diyala to Sunni Arab parties, which had previously boycotted the polls.

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  • When the 47-year-old sheep farmer (and one-time student activist) appeared in court at the end of last month in the sleepy town of Millau, in France's south-western region of Aveyron, he attracted some 40, 000 fans—roughly the same number who this week jammed Paris's Place de la Concorde to greet the French soccer team, back from winning the European championship in the Netherlands.

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  • Leaders of the republics met in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, at the end of last week and signed three non-binding 'interstate' protocols concerning trade relations, monetary policy, communications and transport.

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