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When "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" has its world premiere Thursday as the opening night film of the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival -- the same slot that unleashed "Borat" last year -- it will complete a trilogy...
Times Staff WriterBy the time financial authorities cracked down on North Korea's dealings here, it was like the classic moment of feigned ignorance in "Casablanca" when Capt. Louis Renault declares, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here." For...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWhen we first saw the photo of Sara, a leggy Icelandair flight attendant in a dangerously short uniform and baby blue neckerchief, we assumed it was from the swingin' '60s. There she sits -- cross-legged and shoeless in a mod, white leather chair,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterNot since 1950 when the U.S. Army briefly captured Pyongyang during the Korean War have so many Americans descended on the world's most reclusive, anti-U.S. capital. This time, though, the invasion is not military, but musical. A 747 jumbo jet from...
Times Staff WriterSO you've skied in St. Moritz, danced until daybreak at carnival in Rio and shopped till you dropped in Tokyo's Ginza. Now you seek a real adventure. Bespoke travel may be in your future. Bespoke — a fancy way of saying custom or tailor-made or...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt may have been a single assassin who killed former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, but if so, he could have been working with any number of Islamic extremist groups, U.S. intelligence officials and South Asia analysts said Thursday. Bhutto...
U.S. foreign policy has its own fads and fashions. They change more slowly than Oscar-night sensations, but get reputations that are harder to shake. At the moment, economic sanctions have a bad rap. And that's a shame, because financial sanctions are...
Tags: Diplomacy, Economy, Business Enterprises, Finance, Iran
We've had plenty of cause for celebration lately that we are not bound by Article 301 of the Turkish penal code (which specifies a six-month-to-three year prison sentence for insulting "being a Turk, the Republic or Turkish Grand National Assembly") or...
Hillary Rodham Clinton prefaced her first trip abroad as secretary of State with a speech Friday sketching out various Obama administration views regarding her Asia itinerary. Her approach on the crucial issue of North Korea's nuclear weapons program...
When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visits Asia next week, she will fundamentally and profoundly change the trajectory of U.S. foreign policy. The "Iraqification" of foreign policy under President Bush permeated strategic thinking during the...
The history of American art has missed the mark, says curator Alexandra Munroe. It has overlooked the profound and pervasive contribution of Asian philosophy and culture to the caldron, and the exhibition she has spent five years organizing, "The Third...
Tags: John la Farge, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Arts, Laurie Anderson
President bush is not generally known for his firm grasp of history. But this has not stopped him from using history to justify his policies -- most recently in a speech to U.S. veterans in which he defended his aim to "stay the course" in Iraq by...
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