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Must Reads: German power, Syrian pacifists and a Russian tycoon

March 4, 2012 | 12:00 am

Anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan

From Syrian peace activists struggling to push nonviolence to Germans grappling with being in charge, here are the five international stories from this week not to miss:

Germany finds itself back in power in Europe

In Afghanistan, two more troops killed over Koran burning

Syria's nonviolent activists face uphill battle for democracy

Debts closed in on Egypt man who died hanged in his jail cell

Russian tycoon Prokhorov makes Western-style run for president

-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

Photo: Afghan policemen walk past burning tires during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 24, 2012. Credit: Musadeq Sadeq / Associated Press