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              In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a cat rests on a bed inside a room that was once a school room and is now part of a government provided shelter for families who lost their homes due to fl

    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a cat rests on a bed inside a room that was once a school room and is now part of a government provided shelter for families who lost their homes due to fl

    Posted: 10/3/2012 5:38:34 PM EST
    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a cat rests on a bed inside a room that was once a school room and is now part of a government provided shelter for families who lost their homes due to flooding, in Caracas, Venezuela. Fear of every stripe, like the loss of government housing like this one, permeates the intensely polarized election campaign, with many votes to be decided based not on the candidates' promises but rather on what worries people most. Chavez has continuously warning of chaos and the dismantling of the generous welfare state he built if he is voted out of office in the Oct. 7 vote. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a woman walks in a hallway inside what was once a school and is now a government provided shelter for families who have lost their homes due to flooding, i

    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a woman walks in a hallway inside what was once a school and is now a government provided shelter for families who have lost their homes due to flooding, i

    Posted: 10/3/2012 5:38:34 PM EST
    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a woman walks in a hallway inside what was once a school and is now a government provided shelter for families who have lost their homes due to flooding, in Caracas, Venezuela. Fear of every stripe, like the loss of government housing like this one, permeates the intensely polarized election campaign, with many votes to be decided based not on the candidates' promises but rather on what worries people most. Chavez has continuously warning of chaos and the dismantling of the generous welfare state he built if he is voted out of office in the Oct. 7 vote. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, Maribel Rodriguez, right, sits with her daughters as they do their homework in the room where they live that was once a school but is now a government prov

    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, Maribel Rodriguez, right, sits with her daughters as they do their homework in the room where they live that was once a school but is now a government prov

    Posted: 10/3/2012 5:38:34 PM EST
    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, Maribel Rodriguez, right, sits with her daughters as they do their homework in the room where they live that was once a school but is now a government provided shelter for families who have lost their homes due to flooding, in Caracas, Venezuela. Fear of every stripe, like the loss of government housing like this one, permeates the intensely polarized election campaign, with many votes to be decided based not on the candidates' promises but rather on what worries people most. Chavez has continuously warning of chaos and the dismantling of the generous welfare state he built if he is voted out of office in the Oct. 7 vote. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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              In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a poster of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hangs on the door where Maria Perez carries her granddaughter out of the room where they live that was once a

    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a poster of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hangs on the door where Maria Perez carries her granddaughter out of the room where they live that was once a

    Posted: 10/3/2012 5:38:34 PM EST
    In this Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a poster of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hangs on the door where Maria Perez carries her granddaughter out of the room where they live that was once a school room and is now part of a government provided shelter for families who lost their homes due to flooding, in Caracas, Venezuela. Fear of every stripe, like the loss of government housing like this one, permeates the intensely polarized election campaign, with many votes to be decided based not on the candidates' promises but rather on what worries people most. Chavez has continuously warning of chaos and the dismantling of the generous welfare state he built if he is voted out of office in the Oct. 7 vote. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
  •  - Lundgren director of Swedish National Debt Office poses in Stockholm

    Lundgren director of Swedish National Debt Office poses in Stockholm

    Posted: 2/14/2012 9:40:45 AM EST
    Bo Lundgren, director of the Swedish National Debt Office is pictured in Stockholm September 9, 2011. A property bubble, banks near collapse, a currency under pressure and the future of a cushy European social welfare state in question. This is not Europe 2012 but Sweden 1992. And Bo Lundgren, the fast-talking politician and financial official known as "Mr. Fix It", who then helped rescue Sweden from its worst crisis since the 1930s, says history lessons are being forgotten. Picture taken September 9, 2011. REUTERS/Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix (SWEDEN - Tags: BUSINESS PROFILE HEADSHOT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN
  •  - Lundgren director of Swedish National Debt Office poses in Stockholm

    Lundgren director of Swedish National Debt Office poses in Stockholm

    Posted: 2/14/2012 9:38:46 AM EST
    Bo Lundgren, director of the Swedish National Debt Office is pictured in Stockholm April 28, 2011. A property bubble, banks near collapse, a currency under pressure and the future of a cushy European social welfare state in question. This is not Europe 2012 but Sweden 1992. And Bo Lundgren, the fast-talking politician and financial official known as "Mr. Fix It", who then helped rescue Sweden from its worst crisis since the 1930s, says history lessons are being forgotten. Picture taken April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Gow/Scanpix (SWEDEN - Tags: BUSINESS PROFILE HEADSHOT) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN