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  • A subculture of entrepreneurship hatches in Japan
    A subculture of entrepreneurship hatches in Japan

    For years, Japan has been searching for a way to get its economic mojo back, and increasingly it's looking to people like 17-year-old high school dropout Yoichiro Mikami as the answer.

  • Sri Lanka road trip finds north and south still divided after civil war
    Sri Lanka road trip finds north and south still divided after civil war

     The road from Colombo, Sri Lanka's graceful seaside capital in the south, to the northern town of Jaffna has rarely been a straight shot. Most of the 250-mile journey follows the A9 highway, which slices through palm groves and green carpets of farmland that were the main battlegrounds of the...

  • Afghan president pursues peace with Taliban — his way
    Afghan president pursues peace with Taliban — his way

    When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits the White House on Tuesday, it will highlight how much U.S. relations with Kabul have improved during his six months in office. The Obama administration has already indicated that it will heed Ghani's request to slow the withdrawal of American forces, keeping...

  • In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters find kinship with 'Selma'
    In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters find kinship with 'Selma'

    It may beggar the imagination that 1960s Alabama should evoke this concrete jungle of a Chinese city. Yet Hong Kong viewers of "Selma" are seeing echoes of the American civil rights struggle in their own fight for democracy.

  • With orderly Singapore turning 50, citizens may see a freer society
    With orderly Singapore turning 50, citizens may see a freer society

    This former British colony of 5.5 million people bustles in a uniquely orderly way. The banyan-shaded boulevards are teeming, but never too crowded. Street-food vendors are corralled into designated centers. The occasional flatbed truck, loaded with a dozen laborers, whizzes past omnipresent Mercedes-Benzes.

  • With Vietnam's economic advance comes stark income inequality
    With Vietnam's economic advance comes stark income inequality

    Two blocks from the new Rolls-Royce showroom with its mind-boggling prices, two street peddlers say they don't pay attention to the luxurious rides now mixing amid hordes of motorbikes. Why should they?

  • Nepal earthquake death toll tops 3,700
    Nepal earthquake death toll tops 3,700

    Terrifying aftershocks continued to roil Nepal on Sunday, sending people screaming into the driving rain and complicating efforts to rescue survivors after a massive earthquake killed more than 3,700 people in the impoverished mountain nation and surrounding countries.

  • For Syrian Armenians, exodus evokes flight from genocide a century ago
    For Syrian Armenians, exodus evokes flight from genocide a century ago

    Snare drums rustle and trumpets blare. Chocolates from a famed confectioner in Syria are handed out among the crowd. The hall falls silent. A minute of remembrance is observed for the more than 200,000 killed during almost four years of civil war in Syria.

  • In Mongolian gold mine lies a vein of hostility
    In Mongolian gold mine lies a vein of hostility

    Odgerel Tsagaan, a clerk at a cashmere shop here in Mongolia's frigid, bustling capital, received a text message on her cellphone in late January from the recently installed prime minister, asking her advice on the country's economic woes.

  • After deadly avalanche, sherpas must decide whether to climb again
    After deadly avalanche, sherpas must decide whether to climb again

    The low boom, like thunder, didn't startle Galden Sherpa at first. At Mt. Everest base camp, climbers often heard the loud rumble of ice fracturing as the first sunlight struck the mountainside above.

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