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  • 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.

  • Myanmar press freedom: Unprecedented but still subject to pressures
    Myanmar press freedom: Unprecedented but still subject to pressures

    It was a scene wholly unimaginable just a few years ago when this country was under strict military rule and its press subject to overwhelming controls: The ballroom of one of this city’s fanciest hotels, filled with journalists from around the world, assembled for an international...

  • 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...

  • Tokyo animal cafes offer urbanites quality time with pets
    Tokyo animal cafes offer urbanites quality time with pets

    Pity the poor office worker. It's midafternoon, and taking a break probably means sneaking off to the vending machine for a soda, or at best slipping out for coffee. But what about those who crave cuddle time with a cat? Or maybe a snuggle session with a bunny? A cappuccino in the company of an...

  • Japan fisherman in post-tsunami town sees hope in 'dream oysters'
    Japan fisherman in post-tsunami town sees hope in 'dream oysters'

    After pulling on his army-green fisherman’s overalls, Hiromitsu Ito crams a cigarette between his lips and guns the throttle on his boat, steering it out into the waters that have sustained and betrayed him.

  • Indian premier finds a partnership with U.S. suits him
    Indian premier finds a partnership with U.S. suits him

    The suit said it all. As global fashion mavens know by now, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Obama in New Delhi this week, the broad-chested 64-year-old Indian leader wore a navy blue suit with his name stitched into the wool over and over in gold pinstripes.

  • China running against light competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics
    China running against light competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics

    At first glance, Beijing's quest to host the 2022 Winter Olympics may sound, well, a bit quixotic. After all, the city's skies are notoriously smoggy, its main proposed ski venue is a five-hour drive northwest of the city center, and the mountains there receive, bid organizers acknowledge,...

  • Conservative Hindus push bans on cattle slaughter in India
    Conservative Hindus push bans on cattle slaughter in India

    At one of Asia’s largest slaughterhouses, there are more police officers than cattle. The stalls where butchers clean and quarter chicken, sheep, goats and pigs buzz with activity while the section reserved for bulls sits barren.

  • China's man-made islands in disputed waters raise worries
    China's man-made islands in disputed waters raise worries

    China is rapidly building five man-made islands from tiny reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, U.S. officials say, sparking concern that Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed waters even as the United States boosts its own forces in the western Pacific.

  • In Taiwan, board-game parlors are the new nondigital thing
    In Taiwan, board-game parlors are the new nondigital thing

    Like most people in Taiwan, Chang Jui-cheng has a smartphone with access to games such as Candy Crush and Zombie Tsunami. But on a recent Saturday, the 24-year-old graduate student spent three hours playing old-fashioned board games, and actually paid for the low-tech experience.

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