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Great Weekend Reads

US President Barack Obama got four more years in the White House, a nor'easter shook up the northeast United States on the rebound from Superstorm Sandy, and a Mafia war broke out in Montreal.

No matter how you cut it, it's been a big week for the world. Here's a sampling of the most important stories from GlobalPost and a look at some of the news you may have missed.

What Obama's win means to the rest of the world
Most people around the globe are happy that Barack Obama won, but the thrill they felt in 2008 has faded.





The fiscal cliff, explained
A primer on what you need to know about the Beltway bomb bruising Obama's honeymoon and threatening the economy.





My life with sex criminal Jimmy Savile
How the BBC celebrity won and betrayed the hearts of a nation's children.





Obama, meet your new rivals
A guide to who's likely to be pulling the levers that make China go.






On Location: Pakistan's drug problem
Video: Much of the opiates and hashish produced in Afghanistan pass through Pakistan, where increasing poverty and a host of other factors push more and more people toward addiction.





Inside Montreal's mafia wars
A graft probe and a string of killings in Quebec's biggest city are exposing deep mob connections.





Obama should focus on Europe
Washington should boost American leadership in the world by strengthening its relationship with its closest allies. 





Election 2012: In one of America's most unequal areas, a 'Great Divide'
Steadily rising income inequality creates urgency - and despair - on Election Day.





Planet Pic: Nor'easter hits storm-damaged areas
Photos: A nor'easter brought freezing temperatures and snow to areas already badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy.




Can the world beat polio?
It's close. But in Nigeria, a fear of vaccines has caused polio to spread.






Movember: Team GlobalPost on a global moustache mission
Video: Movember is here and that means one thing: it's time to embrace the moustache! Watch this video to find out GP staff members' thoughts on moustache icons and why everyone should support the Movember cause!