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Looting is taking hold on Chile's streets in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake, which has killed at least 708 people and left hundreds missing or injured.
ONE ONLY NEEDS to look to the significant rises in all manner of commodity prices to see that reflation is taking hold and will eventually work its way into consumer prices.
In Afghanistan, a new government is taking hold, and you can still see the parallels to America's revolution.
It traces the life of Fay Myrtle, from a child of about three-years-old growing up poor in rural Jamaica, to a 21-year-old woman on the brink of taking hold of her own life.