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Raul Castro: 'Ladies, How Do I Look At 80?'

AP | PETER ORSI | Posted 08.02.2011 | World

HAVANA — Raul Castro was in a jovial mood on the eve of his 80th birthday, joking that he's in better shape than many 60-year-olds. The Cuban p...

Did China's Stealth Fighter Make A Second Flight?

Posted 06.19.2011 | World

BEIJING (Reuters) - China appears to have staged a second test-flight of a new stealth fighter jet, a state-owned newspaper said on Tuesday, which...

Castro Details Resignation

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA -- Fidel Castro is seeking to explain his peculiar revelation that he has not been in charge of the Communist Party for the past five years –...

WikiLeaks Cables Cause Uproar In India Over Nuke Deal With U.S.

aolnews.com | Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Indian politicians are in a stew over cables released by WikiLeaks suggesting that Indian lawmakers were paid millions of dollars to vote in favor of ...

Tibetan Monk Reportedly Sets Himself On Fire In China

AP | By GILLIAN WONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING -- A Tibetan monk in western China set himself on fire in an anti-government protest, then was beaten and kicked by police, prompting hundreds...

Gorbachev: Putin Shows 'Incredible Conceit' And Voter Disrespect

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday described Russia as an imitation of democracy and accused its current rulers of concei...

Hu's Chicago Stop-Over and the Future of US-China Summits

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

This is the first time that a visit to Chicago, an economically important crossroads city, has figured in the itinerary of the head of China's Communist Party.

Confucius Statue Shows Up On China's Tiananmen Square (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING (AP) - There's a new face keeping Chairman Mao company on Tiananmen Square. (Scroll down for photos) A mammoth sculpture of the ancient phil...

China's Worldview: Three Timeless Truths

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

What is Chinese culture? Now and forever, perpetual yet shape-shifting,in modern and ancient guises, the Chinese worldview can be distilled down to ...

Zhao Lianhai, 'Toxic Milk' Protest Father, Freed In China: Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mystery over the whereabouts of a grieving Chinese father believed to have been freed from jail after protesting 2008's tainted milk scandal continues...

China To Crack Down On Lavish Public-Funded Fetes

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — China plans to crack down in the coming year on lavish parties and seminars organized by government officials, hoping to placate a pub...

Standing Up to China, the Obama Way

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

As the senior leader of one Chinese state-owned enterprise said to me, "I used to think [Obama] was nice. Then I realized he was intelligent. Now I know he's shrewd, just like Hu Jintao. Your leader is a strategist."

Those Were the Days

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Murray Fromson

An obituary deep in the pages of the New York Times on Thanksgiving Day disclosed the death of Huang Hua, perhaps one of the most discreet, influential negotiators in China's contemporary history.

Astoria Characters: The Old-School Sculptor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sculptor Rafael Petrosyan left Armenia nearly four decades ago, but old customs die hard. He's had his morning shot of wine already when I catch up with him.

Russia Celebrates 1917 Revolution With Red Square Parade (PHOTOS)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW (AP) -- Thousands of Russian cadets wearing World War II-era uniforms, including girls with giant white bows in their hair, paraded across Red ...

By Awarding Liu Xiaobo the Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee Has Challenged a Dangerous Assumption

Fang Li-Zhi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fang Li-Zhi

Liu Xiaobo's own experience over the last 20 years ought to be enough evidence on its own to finally demolish any idea that democracy will automatically emerge as a result of growing prosperity.

"Look for Self-Help in Time of Disaster, Not the Party"

Xiu Min Li | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Xiu Min Li

We were visiting Jilin City, in Jilin Province, where a devastating flood pierced through homes, killed hundreds and brought 7,000 buckets of chemicals, some empty, some explosive, into a nearby river.

Kim Jong Il May Promote Son At North Korea Convention

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's ruling communist party has finally set a date for its biggest convention in decades, an apparent indication t...

Fidel Castro: Bin Laden Is A 'U.S. Agent' Hired By Bush

AP | PAUL HAVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVANA — Fidel Castro says al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is a bought-and-paid-for CIA agent who always popped up when former President George ...

We're Giving Our Money Away

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Europa '51 is very rare, not available on DVD, but this Friday, August 6, at 6 p.m. EDT, Turner Classic Movies will run it. I urge you to see it.

Memoir By Tiananmen Decision-Maker Stopped From Going To Press

AP | MIN LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong publisher said Sunday he has scrapped plans to publish an insider account of Beijing's decision-making behind its 1989 crack...

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Leaders: China's Open Economy and Authoritarian Government

Richard McGregor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard McGregor

It is widely understood, somewhat vaguely, that the Communist Party runs China, but few have any real sense of what it means in practice.

The Long, Long March: Civil Society in China

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

We will know Chinese society is becoming more civil when the economic/human interests of individuals are accepted as not "good" or "bad" or "right" or "wrong" but inextricably linked with sustainable, rational economic growth.

Dozens Cheat In Xiamen, China Marathon: Runners Used Cars, Race Chips To Fool Officials

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Dozens of runners competing in a marathon in Xiamen, China cheated, according to race officials. Nearly a third of the race's top 100 finishers (50,00...

China Executes Corrupt Trader Yam Yanming; $9.5 Million Missing

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING (AP) -- China executed Tuesday the former manager of a securities company who embezzled millions of dollars -- the first execution of an execu...