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How 1,000 Volvos Ended Up In North Korea — And Made A Diplomatic Difference

Twenty-eight years ago, U.S. journalist Urban Lehner was riding in the back seat of a speeding Volvo 144 sedan. He was on assignment for <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> in North Korea. The road out of Pyongyang was empty.<p>"The 1973 Volvo screeches around tight curves, slaloming across all five lanes of the …

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Exploding binary stars will light up the sky in 2022

Stellar collisions are an amazingly rare thing. According to our best estimates, such events only occur in our galaxy (within globular clusters) once …

The placebo effect has an evil twin that makes you feel pain

A fascinating new study finds patients report worse side effects from placebo when they think it costs more money.<p>The placebo effect is one of the most mystifying phenomena in medicine. When we expect a pill to make us feel better, it does. If we see others get better while using a medicine, we …

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Russia held a big military exercise this week. Here’s why the U.S. is paying attention.

VILNIUS, Lithuania — The vast Russian military exercises that ended last week showed off a muscular fighting force practicing state-on-state warfare, NATO's deputy military commander said, in one of the first assessments of a large-scale operation that put Russia's neighbors on nervous alert.<p>The …

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GoPro: Man and Grizzly Bear - Rewriting History

Steve Bannon Says U.S. in Economic War With China

The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump's chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices.<p>In an wide-ranging interview with prospect.org published Wednesday, Steve Bannon …

In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

KIEV, Ukraine — The hacker, known only by his online alias “Profexer,” kept a low profile. He wrote computer code alone in an apartment and quietly sold his handiwork on the anonymous portion of the internet known as the dark web. Last winter, he suddenly went dark entirely.<p>Profexer’s posts, …

Russia

The Latest: Guam starts new school year despite NK threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the North Korea crisis (all times local):<p>Noon<p>Students in Guam are returning to school after summer break in …

The shape of booms to come: The physics behind NASA’s “quiet” supersonic jet design

Given the current state of commercial air travel, any effort to get the flight over with more quickly could be considered noble.<p>Supersonic flight is the obvious answer. That technology isn’t even new. The Concorde’s maiden flight was in 1969, and service ended in 2003.<p>Getting a plane to fly faster …

China is United States' biggest creditor once again

Just as US President Donald Trump seeks to target Beijing over what he thinks are "unfair trade practices," the Treasury Department has confirmed …

The painful search for China’s missing children slowly gains momentum

It was around noon one October day 12 years ago, and 5-year-old Cheng Ying was waiting for her mother to collect her from primary school and take her home for lunch.<p>But her mom was a few minutes late, so Ying decided to start walking home herself. After all, it wasn’t far, just the distance of one …

China and India are dangerously close to military conflict in the Himalayas

NEW DELHI — As nuclear posturing between North Korea and the United States rivets the world, a quieter conflict between India and China is playing out on a remote Himalayan ridge — with stakes just as high.<p>For the past two months, Indian and Chinese troops have faced off on a plateau in the …

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Saudi Arabia's missing princes

<b>In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government - and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them.</b><p>Early in the morning on 12 June 2003, a Saudi prince …

Russia Seizes 2 U.S. Properties and Orders Embassy to Cut Staff

MOSCOW — Russia took its first steps on Friday to retaliate against proposed American sanctions for Moscow’s suspected meddling in the 2016 election, seizing two American diplomatic properties in Russia and ordering the United States Embassy to reduce staff by September.<p>The moves, which had been …

"Everyone thinks he was whacked"

The US government ruled Mikhail Lesin’s death an accident, but multiple intelligence and law enforcement officials suspect it was a Russian hit. The government is withholding information so today BuzzFeed News has filed a lawsuit to pry the records loose.<p><b>Vladimir Putin’s former</b> media czar was …

Businessman Paints Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin's Russia

William Browder knows Vladimir Putin's Russia all too well.<p>Browder made a fortune in Russia, in the process uncovering, he says, incredible amounts of fraud and corruption. When he tried to report it to authorities, the government kicked him out of the country and, he alleges, tortured and killed …

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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Did Trump Work With Russia? Top 5 Aides Of President Accused Of Having Links With Moscow

As the investigations into alleged links between President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election are being conducted in …

On North Korea, Trump signals break with US-China policy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump, eager to stop rapid advances in North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, is signaling a break with decades of US policy as he looks to coax China into ramping up the pressure on North Korea.<p>Trump's sweetening the pot, offering China better …

North Korea's military parade: What we didn't see

<b>(CNN) —</b> If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hoped the successful launch of a missile Sunday would be a powerful footnote to Saturday's military parade, he would have been sorely disappointed.<p>The missile blew up almost immediately, providing observers with few clues as to what the regime was …

FBI documents detail how the Russians try to recruit spies

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> It is a scene ripped from Hollywood spy thrillers: Russian agents living and working among everyday, American citizens as cover for their true mission of stealing state secrets.<p>In the real world, it is highly unlikely that your neighbor, coworker or mailman is actually a …

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The referendum that just brought Turkey closer to one-man rule, explained

Turkish voters just gave their president frightening amounts of new powers.<p>ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly feuded with the US, likened the German government to Nazis, jailed more journalists than any other leader in the world, and arrested tens of thousands of his own …

Why China is banning beards and veils in Xinjiang

<b>(CNN) —</b> No long beards. No veils in public places. No home-schooling.<p>China is intensifying its crackdown against what it deems religious extremism in the far-west province of Xinjiang, which is home to 10 million Muslims.<p>The latest measures -- outlined in a sweeping new anti-extremism legislation …

Six persecuted writers describe the mental and physical toll of living in the country that jails more journalists than any other<p><b>Age</b> 46<p>You feel deaf although you can hear everything, blind although you can see everything<p><b>Age</b> 70<p>I was arrested that ​same ​day. The moment you say you’re in solidarity, …

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Dwarf Planet Ceres' Water-Ice Deposits Tied to Its Changing Tilt

The location of newfound water-ice deposits on Ceres is linked to wild swings in the dwarf planet's tilt over the eons, a new study suggests.<p>Ice on …

Chinese Dairy Mogul's Fortune Curdles As Stock Plunges By 85%

The chairman of China’s leading dairy company, Yang Kai, may need an extra glass of milk for his sleep tonight. His fortune dropped by $2.5 billion as Huishan Dairy stock plunged by 85% in Hong Kong before trading was suspended Friday. With an adjusted net worth Forbes estimates at less than $500 …

China’s New Limits on Money Outflows Hit a Would-Be Paradise

HONG KONG — China’s intensifying efforts to keep money from leaving the country have cast doubt over big Hollywood deals and other marquee investments.<p>Now, they are blocking Kitty Zhu from buying her dream home.<p>The 39-year-old Ms. Zhu, who runs a cosmetic center in the southern Chinese city of …

What Exactly Did Paul Manafort Do Wrong?

If the lobbyist’s work did indeed “greatly benefit the Putin Government,” the contract wouldn’t be especially out of the ordinary for an American lobbyist—or for Russia.<p>MOSCOW—The reports that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had had a contract for tens of millions of dollars to “greatly …

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Here's what we know about the Russian billionaire at the center of a U.S. political scandal

He is an aluminum tycoon, one of Russia's wealthiest businessmen, and is tight with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska finds himself at the center of a heated American political scandal.<p>Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that Paul Manafort, …