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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:37 GMTA hilltop overlooking Kabul, where a $100 million Saudi-funded mosque and education complex was to be built. Construction was scheduled for completion this year, but the hilltop site remains a dusty lot where boys fly kites and drug addicts crouch beside a cemetery wall.Saudi Arabia has voiced support for American efforts to nourish Afghanistan’s democracy, but it has also lavishly funded Sunni extremism under various guises.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:39:28 GMTA demonstrator supporting President Park Geun-hye of South Korea wept listening to the national anthem during a rally opposing her impeachment on Tuesday in Seoul, the capital.President Park Geun-hye now sees an impeachment vote in her corruption scandal as inevitable, a party colleague says, and it could come as early as Friday.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:16:29 GMTZhou Wangyan, a former land bureau official in Liling, China, in 2014. Mr. Zhou said that he was detained and tortured under the Communist Party’s secretive “shuanggui” program. A report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch said that such claims were far from uncommon.Evidence collected in secret Communist Party investigations, using threats and torture, is often repurposed for criminal cases, Human Rights Watch said.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:33:23 GMTA billboard displaying United States currency outside a bank in Beijing in November.Some data services showed that the renminbi had been sharply devalued overnight, but a technical problem, not a decision by China, was responsible for the error.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:45:30 GMTXu Xiang was detained in a police operation last year that involved sealing off the 22-mile Hangzhou Bay Bridge, one of the world’s longest.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:24:10 GMTPresident-elect Donald J. Trump at a rally in Cincinnati last week. Two of his Twitter assertions about China, on tariffs and the South China Sea, were broadly correct. A third, about China’s currency, was out of date.Donald J. Trump has challenged Beijing on trade and the South China Sea, rejecting suggestions that he needed China’s approval to talk to Taiwan’s president.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:22:20 GMTThe 55-year-old prime minister, of the conservative National Party, has been in office since 2008, and his tenure has been seen as generally stable and free of controversy.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:55:03 GMTJayalalithaa Jayaram, chief minister of Tamil Nadu State, in May. Her autocratic style did not diminish her popularity, and may have enhanced it, especially among poor, lower-caste women.Jayalalithaa Jayaram, 68, an imperious former starlet, died after a cardiac arrest and had groomed no successor.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:22:00 GMTAbdus Salam, a theoretical physicist, was honored by having a department of physics at one of the nation’s leading public universities renamed after him.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:25:04 GMTDuring the 10-day Hindu festival Mayana Kollai, the troubles of transgender women are distant as they transform into the deities they worship and are revered by villagers.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:32:25 GMTPresident Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan speaking with President-elect Donald J. Trump from her office in Taipei on Friday.In Taipei, the capital, residents said they were pleased about the call between President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan and President-elect Donald J. Trump.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:04:32 GMTA sick Rohingya man waited in 2014 for a pharmacy to open at an camp near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar.A report by Harvard researchers in The Lancet found that health care indicators were consistently worse for the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:38:57 GMTVoters in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, casting their ballots in the presidential election on Sunday.After a campaign criticized for deep flaws, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the prime minister, was chosen as the country’s second permanent president since independence.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:42:38 GMTA prominent journalist has been accused of libel for sharing a Facebook post that alleged corrupt dealings among the elite in the Asian country.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:24:37 GMTMr. Abe’s trip this month to the site his country attacked 75 years ago will in effect be reciprocating a visit by President Obama to Hiroshima this year.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:19:44 GMTLi Ka-shing, one of Asia’s richest men, in Hong Kong in 2015. The offer for the Duet Group, an electricity and pipeline company, is Mr. Li’s second attempt this year to buy Australian infrastructure assets.Duet, a pipeline and electricity company, said it was evaluating the $5.4 billion offer from a company controlled by Mr. Li, a Hong Kong billionaire.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:49:27 GMTEarth Parade 2015 in Tokyo, which was held to call attention to the fight against climate change.Because the country has to import most of its energy, an apparent drop in concern by Japanese young people alarms many government officials.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:04:25 GMTPresident Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan speaking on the telephone with Donald J. Trump, the president-elect, last week.Taoyuan’s mayor said a Trump Organization representative discussed investment opportunities, a possible overture that could complicate U.S.-China relations.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:51:17 GMTMasayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, is seeking to turn his company into the future’s most important technology business.With two ambitious projects, Masayoshi Son, who created the parent company of Sprint, bets big on having a say in an increasingly mobile world.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:18:41 GMTA scene from Makoto Shinkai’s anime feature “Your Name,” about a teenage boy and girl who switch bodies and fall in love.Makoto Shinkai, the director of “Your Name,” the top-grossing movie of the year in Japan, specializes in dissecting the forces that keep people apart.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:44:06 GMTDonald J. Trump and his family in October during the opening ceremony for the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The hotel is in the federal government’s Old Post Office Building.The president-elect’s three eldest children have always interwoven family and business ties. Can their empire ever be separate from the White House?
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:42:11 GMTA woman says a group of men assaulted her in April at a five-star hotel where she was staying as part of a package tour.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:11:34 GMTPresident Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, center, speaking with President-elect Donald J. Trump from her office in Taipei on Friday.No American president or president-elect is believed to have spoken with a Taiwanese president in decades — until a fateful telephone call on Friday.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:52:56 GMTThe arrest was apparently the first under the country’s tough law against insulting the monarchy since King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun succeeded his father on Thursday.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:12:02 GMTPresident Xi Jinping of China, who considers Taiwan an integral part of his country.“This is a wake-up call for Beijing,” one Chinese analyst said of a precedent-breaking conversation with the president of Taiwan.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:21:23 GMTNuns and monks in Larung Gar on their way to a prayer hall.The effort to destroy enclaves like Larung Gar is further evidence of China’s insecurity and need for control.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:15:25 GMTA worker at a brewery in the city of Rawalpindi in 2012.Consuming alcohol and denying it is the oldest cocktail in the country.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMTShanette Smith and her daughter Madison.Excluded from the Affordable Care Act because of politics, thousands of poor Americans grapple with the toll — physical and psychological — of being uninsured.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMTThose on the path to mass destruction can be incited by ideology, conspiracy theories and the words of political leaders — including presidents.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:00:02 GMTMichael LewisIn “The Undoing Project,” Michael Lewis tells the story of the friendship and work of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, and how they changed our understanding of human rationality.