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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was polarizing in life, and he remains polarizing in death. Reaction to the news that the controversial leader died today at 58 elicited both mourning and celebration from world leaders. Chavez was not popular in the … Continue reading ?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been fighting cancer for two years when he died this afternoon at age 58, but some Venezuelans — including new President Nicolas Maduro — are convinced foul play is to blame. Maduro promised on state … Continue reading ?
South Africa’s parliament issued a reprimand to police Monday after media outlets reported that police stations across the country were running out of rape kits — a disturbing problem in a country once called “the world’s rape capital.” “This is … Continue reading ?
A fierce debate is raging in China over a state-run channel’s decision to air the last hours of four foreign drug smugglers before their executions for killing 13 Chinese fishermen. But the outrage belies a simple reality in China: Executions here … Continue reading ?
At the end of her two-day trip to North Korea in October 2000, a historic but ultimately failed effort to thaw relations, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presented her host with a gift. The State Department officials working on … Continue reading ?
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech to a United Nations body in Vienna in which he compared Zionism, the ideology behind the creation of a Jewish state, to fascism. He compared it to Islamophobia as well. “We … Continue reading ?
Nearly half of all Americans don’t believe the U.S. is the world’s leading military power, the most that have felt that way since 1999, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll asked 1,015 adults whether they believed the U.S. … Continue reading ?
North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun’s interest in basketball goes back to before Dennis Rodman’s visit this week, when the two of them reportedly watched a basketball game together. His father, eccentric dictator Kim Jong Il, reportedly also loved the … Continue reading ?
John Kerry’s first weeks as secretary of state, and even the weeks before he took the job, certainly gave the impression that he would focus on the Middle East– on restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, on nuclear negotiations with Iran, on … Continue reading ?
The Indian government published an optimistic economic report on Wednesday forecasting growth between 6.1 and 6.7 percent in the coming fiscal year. But while that may initially sound like great news, especially considering the impact that India’s slowdown has had … Continue reading ?
New satellite images released this week by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea chronicle what it says is steady growth in a prison camp on the northeast coast. Camp 25, one of dozens of gulags in North Korea, … Continue reading ?
A video that appeared on Youtube Tuesday afternoon shows the final moments of flight before an Egyptian hot air balloon plummeted to earth, killing 19 foreign tourists. The shaky, handheld video was reportedly taken from another balloon and ran on … Continue reading ?
This photo by AP Korean bureau chief Jean H. Lee has rocketed around the Internet this week, and for good reason. It’s one of the first Instagrams posted since North Korea enabled 3G access for foreigners this week. Until just … Continue reading ?
Fellow Washington Post blogger and Great Wall Szechuan House enthusiast Ezra Klein has a great post on what China’s hackers got wrong about Washington. Like many of the city’s own denizens, he writes, the hackers seemed to assume that there must be some sort … Continue reading ?
One of China’s more hawkish generals waded into the melee of Weibo (China’s Twitter) last week, but the masses appear to have shouted him down. Major General Luo Yuan of the People’s Liberation Army drew more than 237,000 followers in … Continue reading ?
Pope Benedict XVI will give up his Swiss Guard protection, his Twitter account and even the name “Benedict” when he officially abdicates tomorrow. But judging by the Twitter chatter, the greatest loss of all may be his shoes. The pope’s … Continue reading ?
American basketball star Dennis Rodman and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters are in North Korea, where they will film for a forthcoming Vice/HBO program and promote some “basketball diplomacy,” including pick-up games in Pyongyang. Whatever the trip’s impact, it … Continue reading ?
This map, inspired by a Reddit thread with a similar map, shows the national days of the world’s countries. As you can see, the world is mostly divided between countries that celebrate a national independence day and countries that celebrate … Continue reading ?
Japan’s low birthrate is a big problem for the country. First, it means that there are fewer working-age Japanese taxpayers for every Japanese retiree, over-burdening retirement and health care programs. Second, it means that the country’s workforce is shrinking rapidly, … Continue reading ?
The British Broadcasting Corporation may have discovered a new “red line” for the Chinese government: don’t bring reporters near the Shanghai complex where China’s suspected military hacking team is thought to be located. The BBC says its “World Service” broadcast … Continue reading ?