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China has moved to limit access to news coverage of the Panama Papers

The "Panama Papers" have cast light on the financial arrangements of high profile politicians and public figures and the companies and financial institutions they use for such activities. Among those named in the documents are friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin and relatives of the leaders …

Corruption

16 Cold Noodle Recipes to Eat on Warm Days

Rising temperatures directly correlate to your rising lack of patience in the kitchen. It’s science (maybe)! But before you know it, those long summer months when it’s too hot to even think about stirring up a one-pot vegan sriracha chili will be here — and then what will you eat? Don’t let …

Healthy Eating

America’s former CIA chief: ‘If we don’t handle China well, it will be catastrophic’

General Michael Hayden oversaw the NSA’s bulk surveillance programme and helped turn the CIA into a militarised force carrying out drone attacks. Why does he now think the obsession with counter-terrorism obscures more serious threats?<p>General Michael Hayden – the former chief of the US’s two most …

National Security

How to invest in yourself in a way that will pay real dividends

This post is about how to actually, practically invest in yourself in a way that is going to pay real dividends.<p>How to take the steps today that will enable you to be a better person, a better creative, a better developer, or a better business owner tomorrow. And how to do awesome things with your …

Productivity
Environmentalism

I Love My Long-Distance Marriage

We don't live on the same continent, not even the same house.<p>I live in New York. Mikey lives in Mumbai. We got married seven months ago. Neither one of us moved.<p>Mikey and I met nearly eight years ago in Mumbai and immediately we recognized each other as fellow travelers. We both had the good …

Columbia University

A Google Exec on How to Organize Your Workweek

Your Monday self is just never going to be very happy or productive, argues Jeremiah Dillon, head of product marketing at Google, in a piece at <i>Fast</i> …

5 Secrets to Managing Your Time, Backed by Research

It’s the problem we all face at the office: how to manage your time. You’re so overwhelmed with meetings and email that you always wonder if you’re …

Time Management

This No-Knead, 5-Ingredient Artisanal Bread Is Super Easy to Bake

We’re serious. You can bake fresh, crusty, aromatic, artisanal bread using just FIVE ingredients. It doesn’t involve any kneading and takes less than 10 minutes of prep! We’ve always thought that baking bread was intimidating, but this recipe is a great way to dip your toes in the water. With only …

Baking

Your Guide to the Supreme Court Abortion Case That Could Change Everything

November 18, 2015 by Lauren Nelson<p>It happened quietly, flying under the radar in the face of crisis-driven federal governance and partisan …

Affordable Care Act

China says Tibetan monk kidnapped 20 years ago is 'living a normal life'

The remarks are a rare admission of the fate of Gendun Choekyi Nyima, now 26, who was six years old when he was taken away after exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama named him as the Panchen Lama.<p>This year marks the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of Gendun Choekyi Nyima, whose fate remains …

China

'The All-Knowing Buddha': An Exhibition That Takes Us To The Heart Of Tibetan Meditation

Tibetan Buddhist deity Sarvavid Vairocana, also referred to as the All-knowing Buddha, embodies a visualization practice that is said to lead meditators to enlightenment. Typically taught as an oral tradition by experienced teachers, the visualization practice comes alive this October in an …

Tibetan Buddhism: what is reincarnation?

What does reincarnation - taking rebirth after death - mean under Buddhism?<p>Tibetan Buddhism holds that there are two ways that someone can take rebirth after death. The first is to be reborn involuntarily, under the sway of ‘karma’, drawn back to life by destructive emotions and desires. This is …

Meet the Data Scientist Revealing How Big China's 'Ghost Cities' Really Are

Baidu is revealing the truth about China's emptiest cities.<p>China is changing faster than anyone can can keep up with—or keep track of. The country's bold urbanization plan, an attempt to nudge China's economy from manufacturing to consumption, has prompted untold numbers of government-built …

China

7 countries that desperately want people to have more sex

Demographers suggest that a country needs a fertility rate of just over two children per woman to hit "replacement fertility"— the rate at which new births fill the space left behind by death.<p>But due to certain cultural and economic forces, only about half of the world's 224 countries currently hit …

Vladimir Putin

The 20 habits of eventual millionaires

This is a tacky question. This is sort of a rude question.<p>But this was a question on Quora. Actually, the question was a bit worse. It was "I'm in my 20s - can someone in their 40s tell me what I need to do to become a financial success?"<p>Maybe don't look for shortcuts. Too many shortcuts is "death …

Self-improvement

Mark Zuckerberg’s 20-minute speech in clumsy Mandarin is his latest attempt to woo China

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, is fast becoming the world’s most prominent China nerd. He meets with the Chinese president, reads Chinese science fiction, and of course, is very publicly trying to master Mandarin.<p>Now Zuck has taken it a step further by delivering a 20-minute-long …

China

Panjin coastal paradise of scenes and delicacies[1]

<b>Red wetland and crabs make the city a pearl in Northeast China.</b><p>If you are looking for a holiday to treat both your eyes and taste buds, Panjin, a …

China

48 Hours In Beijing – 15 Tips On What to See And Where to Eat

The capital of China is one of the world’s greatest ancient sites. Filled with many imperial relics dating back to over 3000 years, Beijing is a …

Asia Travel

National Geographic Travel

Shanghai

While diners in Italy eagerly anticipate the harvest of truffles, for residents of Shanghai autumn is marked by another culinary arrival: freshwater …

Zhangjiajie offers a mountain that reaches ‘heaven’s door’

EZEQUIEL Franco is an Spanish native who has been working in Shanghai for more than five years as a wine consultant. He has traveled from “north to …

100 million set to travel by train during Golden Week

A record 100 million travellers will travel by train during China's Golden Week national holiday from October 1 to 7, an increase of 10% from last …

Exposing the beauty and mysteries of Changbai Mountain[1]

The Changbai Mountain reserve, which sits between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has long been a major summer and winter …

China

China’s Surreal Firefly-Themed Park Comes Alive at Night

If your childhood memories are filled with summers spent chasing fireflies, then you’re going to love this new theme park in China. It’s completely …

Nature

Real time heat maps on WeChat can now tell you what crowded places to avoid

Timed brilliantly with the start of China's hellish Golden Week, WeChat has released a new feature that will help users avoid the crowds by looking …

China to transform Xinjiang into tourism hub for Silk Road Economic Belt

TURPAN, China: Hajjah Han and her family used to grow grapes for a living until about a year ago, when she converted her house in Turpan, east of …

The Seven Senses of Self-Development

The most fulfilling path to success and personal fulfillment comes through the pursuit of your own self-development. The radically happy and successful immerse themselves in self-development. They have a deep and vested interest in life and relationships. Through self-exploration they remain openly …

Self-improvement