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How Much For That Nothing In The Window?

Even if Romania's growth rate was among the highest in eastern Europe when we traveled there in 1966, many shop windows were nevertheless empty. And things weren't going to get better, as the country was just beginning to become familiar with a certain Nicolae Ceausescu.

Interestingly, it's in this city of Timisoara that the Ceausescu regime would eventually collapse in December 1989, after the dictator ordered his security forces to fire on demonstrators.

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Members of the search and rescue team from Miami search the rubble for missing persons at Fort Myers Beach, after Florida was hit by Hurricane Ian.

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Welcome to Tuesday, where North Korea reportedly fires a missile over Japan for the first time in five years, Ukrainian President Zelensky signs a decree vowing to never negotiate with Russia while Putin is in power, and a lottery win raises eyebrows in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Argentine daily Clarin looks at how the translation of a Bible in an indigenous language in Chile has sparked a debate over the links between language, colonialism and cultural imposition.

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