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The papal conclave

Didja ever wonder why the pope isn't selected by God? Yeah, us too.... Read more»


How do you solve a problem like (North) Korea?

Five questions with MIT professor Jim Walsh on what North Korea's nuclear detonation means for China, the US and global security.... Read more»


Global power will shift by 2030

A new U.S. intelligence report forecasts an end to U.S. predominance.... Read more»1


North Korea: Axis of ridiculous

There's a new Kim in town, but can we expect the bad boy regime in Pyongyang to change?... Read more»


Viral spiral: 2012's most egregious and asked-about online claims

We've long warned our readers to make good use of the delete key when emails spreading sketchy claims pop up in their inboxes. But we've found that old viral emails, unfortunately, never die — and new ones spread like a highly contagious disease.... Read more»

Christmas, Inc: Inside a Thai Christmas tree factory

Your “Made in Thailand” Christmas tree was boxed here, in a concrete warehouse ringed with palm trees.... Read more»

Global carbon emissions hit record levels in 2011

The world is producing too much carbon dioxide to limit global warming to a few degrees, reports the AP.... Read more»

Factcheck: Veep debate violations

The Biden-Ryan debate was marked by some spirited claims that didn’t always match the facts. The participants in the vice-presidential debate roughed up the facts in their one and only meeting. (with full video)... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Hey Mitt, I’ll see your China debt and raise you an F-35 program

The path to paying down our national debt runs through the Pentagon: In the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney said he’d judge every government program by whether it was “so critical it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it.”... Read more»3

Rogue Theatre

Last chance to 'Journey to the West'

Rogue Theatre's sprawling epic will please those with a taste for the exotic and for spectacle.... Read more»

1948 Olympic athletes reunite after 64 years

Aging Olympians reunited 64 years after China and Britain played a basketball game at the 1948 London Games. I reached the peak of my own life at the Olympics. I realized my dream at the 1948 games,” one said.... Read more»1

Comic: Olympics

Taking a dive

Think it's easy being plucked from the bosom of your family at age six and trained to be a gold-medal winning Olympic diver? Think again.... Read more»

Investigating leading GOP money man Sheldon Adelson

In just a few years, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands created a gambling empire in Macau, China, that made him one of the world's richest men. Now, top Republican donor's business methods are under scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators.... Read more»

China threatens Ai Weiwei with bigamy, pornography charges

Ai Weiwei has been threatened with bigamy and pornography charges by Chinese officials, who have barred him from travel despite the expiration of his one-year bail condition.... Read more»

Asian immigrant wave surpasses Hispanics

Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest wave of new arrivals to the United States, according to Pew Research.... Read more»

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