1. 40 YEARS LATER

    India Halfway to Anti-Corruption Law

    Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shout slogans during a protest against corruption in Amritsar on December 27, 2011. The Indian government faced off against angry opposition parties and a popular hunger-striking activist as it sought to push a divisive anti-corruption bill through parliament. Parliament met for a special three-day session devoted to the new legislation which would create an independent "Lokpal" or ombudsman to probe corruption among senior politicians and civil servants. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

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    It took 42 years, but India might get its anticorruption bill after all. The country's lower house of Parliament passed the bill more than four decades after one was demanded—it now awaits the upper house's approval. India's middle class has rallied around activist Anna Hazare in a collective effort to get an anticorruption law passed. Hazare started fasting today in hopes of drawing support for the creation of a new anticorruption agency, which would keep an eye on politicians and bureaucrats. Whether the bill that made it through the lower house meets Hazare's demands remains to be seen.

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