Hu Yaobang, whose death 25 years ago triggered the Tiananmen Square protests, served China in an era of unprecedented openness.
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As the country's currency weakens, so do its armed forces.
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Golden rings are more accessible than ever for the average Chinese couple.
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Women have high hopes for the deep pockets of visiting gringos, but advocacy groups caution that their expectations might be dashed.
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In many parts of the world, women are having more Cesarean sections than medically necessary. Recent abuses of pregnant women in Brazil have sparked a small, vocal movement of activists who want mothers to have more say in the delivery room.
How war created civilization over the past 10,000 years—and threatens to destroy it in the next 40.
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The country has lost billions to tax evasion, but it's gained thousands of paintings and sculptures.
Historians, engineers, and linguists have pored over a three-inch piece of papyrus that makes mention of Jesus's wife. What does this discovery actually mean?
Officials hope less time at the office will make workers healthier and more productive.
The new curriculum, sponsored by Putin's party, aims to rouse patriotism among young people.
The country's election was full of surprises. Will the euphoria last?
Eastern Ukraine is home to nine-tenths of the country's coal and one of Europe's largest shale-gas deposits. Will the region soon be Moscow's?
Under Obamacare, the U.S. healthcare system is starting to look more like Germany's. Here's what Germans do right—and how Americans could do even better.
How a welfare program designed to slash poverty ended up improving women's rights.