Kathy Jialian Zheng

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Romanian jailer gets 20 years for crimes against humanity

Alexandru Visinescu, 89, who ran notorious Ramnicu Sarat prison is first senior official from Romania’s communist regime to face justice for crimes<p>An 89-year-old Romanian who once ran a feared communist prison has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity.<p>The conviction and …

Europe
Literature

Finding Humanity in Gone With the Wind

The classic novel shows that individual lives cannot be reduced to competing sets of political convictions.<p>When Americans think about the Confederacy, they often think about Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic, <i>Gone With the Wind</i>. Inspired by recent debates over the Confederate flag, I decided to give …

Literature
Movies

Here’s why Chinese workers are wearing ‘no-face’ masks

Like Casual Fridays? Try “No Face” day.<p>On Tuesday, a handful of service companies in Handan, a city in China’s Hebei province, encouraged workers to …

China

Best holiday reads 2015

From a portrait of modern-day Britain at work to New York in the 1940s, taking in the secret world of Fifa and tales of female friendships, authors, critics and other bookworms tell us which books they will be reading on the beach<p>To save up to 30% on all books in the summer reading list, go to …

Books

Want to know what Greeks really think about the crisis? Check out the graffiti - Telegraph

35 Hidden Podcasts You Really Should Be Listening To

Because the second series of Serial still hasn't bloody arrived yet.<p>1. <i>Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids</i> (suggested by teaganfe)<p>The title sums it up. As teaganfe says: "'Grown ups' read short fiction, diary entries, letters, and more that they wrote as young children or teens <b>to a live …

Harry Potter

Walter Scott's family visits place where he was shot and killed by police

As South Carolina prepared for a historic day with Gov. Nikki Haley signing a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds, …

Putin Propagandists: Russia’s Economy Is Just Fine

The figures, however, tell a different story.<p>When the European Union extended economic sanctions on Russia until January 31, 2016, it caused little …

Paul Rudd is the most unlikely hero of the summer movie season in 'Ant-Man'

It's a formula that has worked out well, particularly this summer where it seems no box office record is safe.<p>But with the release of "Ant-Man"on July 17, we are in store for something different.<p>Don't worry, if you like large things blowing up and insane action sequences, there's plenty of that. …

Marvel Universe

A senator just blasted Microsoft over layoffs

The company announced on Wednesday that it was cutting 7,800 jobs in addition to 18,000 it cut in its last fiscal year.<p>His beef? As Microsoft has snipped a huge number of workers from its payroll, its been pushing Congress to revamp the H1-B visa program to allow it, and other US companies, to hire …

Bill Gates
Mobile

Michael Douglas says American actors are too ‘social media image conscious’

In an interview with The Independent, Douglas said that actors in Britain and Australia are "taking many of the best American roles from them."<p>"In Britain they take their training seriously while in the States we're going through a sort of social media image conscious thing rather than formal …

Wall Street

4 Key Parenting Lessons I Learned From My Unusual Childhood

I had an unusual childhood.<p>I was raised mostly by my father -- my mother was rarely home. She worked full-time and got a PhD and law degree while my sister and I were growing up. My father, as a college professor, had a more flexible schedule, so he did the day-to-day tasks of parenting. In and of …

Parenting

Iraq sentences 24 militants to death over Isis massacre of soldiers

Hundreds of troops killed by Islamic State gunmen when they overran military base in Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit last summer<p>An Iraqi court has sentenced to death 24 militants for their role in killing hundreds of soldiers. Four others were acquitted for lack of evidence.<p>Islamic State …

Extremism

There's a new movie about the Stanford Prison Experiment, and it's incredibly unsettling

The experiment didn't just focus on what it was like to be a prison inmate; half of the participants were randomly assigned to be guards, while the rest were their prisoners.<p>The experiment was supposed to last two weeks.<p>Things went so horribly wrong that the plug was pulled after only six days. Now …

Horror