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Chinese passengers start riot in airport over delayed flights

As millions of Chinese attempt to return home after New Year celebrations, irate travellers are seen smashing computers and chairs at one airport<p>A “riot” broke out at a major Chinese airport on Thursday night after more than 2,000 passengers were left stranded because of heavy snow.<p>Furious, …

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Sochi 2014: World watches Winter Olympics that are 'Putin's Games'

22nd Winter Olympics: Opening ceremony<p><b>It is not lazy shorthand to call Sochi 2014 "Putin's Games".</b><p>The Russian president has been the driving force ever since the International Olympic Committee was persuaded that his vision for the Black Sea city could be made real.<p>Now - after so many years of …

Let the Games Begin! Sochi Sets Stage for Power and Glory

SOCHI, Russia — The Winter Olympics about to start in this coastal resort city are unlike any in recent memory — promising the glow of international harmony and fierce competition but opening in the shadow of terrorism, politics and uncertainty.<p>Almost 3,000 athletes from a record 88 countries will …

How to Use a Sound Trigger to Photograph Kids

Photographers know that the two hardest living things to capture good pictures of are children and animals. Because they’re constantly active and …

Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter

For most of the past half century, China has avoided a full accounting for one of the darkest chapters of its recent history: the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.<p>During that time, Chairman Mao Zedong's shock troops — Communist youth known as Red Guards — persecuted, tortured or even killed …

Obamacare Enrollment Target Drops to 6 Million

About 6 mil­lion people will prob­ably en­roll in private in­sur­ance cov­er­age through Obama­care this year, the Con­gres­sion­al Budget Of­fice …

'Time Is Short' On Debt Ceiling, Treasury Secretary Says

Warning that "simply delaying action on the debt limit can cause harm to our economy," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew repeated Monday that he believes Congress should act soon to raise that limit so the federal government avoids even looking like it might default on its debts.<p>"Time is short," Lew …

Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations.<p>At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 years …

China and Russia help global defence spending rise for first time in five years

New forecasts show China's defence spending will outstrip Britain, Germany and France combined by 2015<p>Soaring defence budgets in China and Russia mean global military spending is growing for the first time in five years, according to new forecasts.<p>Spending across Asia and the Middle East is surging …

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NASA Celebrates Super Bowl With Super Nova Sunday · Guardian Liberty Voice

It is one thing to celebrate the Super Bowl with fireworks and beer, but leave it to NASA to celebrate in a truly explosive manner by tweeting out a …

China's Huangshan Mountain Has The Craziest Steps Ever

It's true: We've seen some pretty ridiculously nauseating climbs in our time here in travel land. But we stopped dead in our tracks when we saw the amazing steps at Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in China.<p>The steps, of which there are roughly 60,000, are made of granite, and then swerve and dip and …

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NASA announces funding for space station physics research

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- NASA says it will fund seven proposals for physics research using its new microgravity laboratory, set to launch …

Sochi officials order stray dogs killed ahead of Olympics

Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.<p>But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don't bother Sochi's new …

North Korea ready to talk on family reunions

Family reunions back on the agenda as two Koreas decide to talk<p>North and South Korea will hold talks on Wednesday morning about reunions of families separated since the end of the Korean War in 1953.<p>North Korea finally responded to a request put forward by Seoul in late January by offering …

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North Korea agrees talks with South over reunion for families split by war

North Korea agreed on Monday to hold talks with South Korea on organising a rare reunion event for families separated by the 1950s war between the two countries, Seoul's unification ministry said.<p>After days of silence following an initial proposal from Seoul last week, Pyongyang said it would be …

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North Korean defector plans to return home

There has been high-profile incidents of North Korean defectors leaving the South and returning to the country they escaped from.<p>Pyongyang is accused of luring defectors for its own propaganda purposes.<p>Al Jazeera met one North Korean defector who wants to go back - simply to make a political …

Why Mahatma Gandhi is becoming popular in China

<b>For the first time, Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi's own story of his life is to be available in China.</b><p>The Story of My Experiments With Truth, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in India alone and has been translated in to some 35 languages, will now be translated in Mandarin to cater …

Sochi Workers Faced Rampant Abuses Building Olympic Sites

The Sochi Olympics are the most expensive in history with an estimated $50 billion price tag, as cost overruns and corruption have driven the cost to …

Panama to release crew of North Korean arms smuggling ship

Panama's judicial authorities have ordered the release of 32 of the 35 crew members from a North Korean ship detained in July 2013 for carrying hidden arms from Cuba.<p>The cargo ship Chong Chon Gang was found to be carrying Cuban fighter jets and missiles. The owners agreed to pay a $670,000 fine …

China’s factories are shut for Lunar New Year—so why has air pollution gotten even worse?

This week marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, and offices and businesses are mostly closed. But if you thought that closing down the coal-fired factories that are largely to blame for country’s choking air pollution, you would be wrong.<p>Here’s a snapshot of the air quality map on …

In China, smog woes eroding new year fireworks tradition

BEIJING — Flowers to mark the new year? How about electronic gizmos that flash and go bang?<p>Fireworks are as integral to Chinese New Year as evergreens are to Christmas. Tradition holds that noisy pops and colorful flares ward off evil spirits and bring good luck for the coming year.<p>But the …

Behind the scenes at China's New Year Gala

<b>The New Year Gala show, broadcast on state media on the eve of Chinese New Year on Thursday, is one of the most watched television programmes in the world.</b><p>Hundreds of millions of people in China tune in to watch the show, which features patriotic songs, comedy sketches and dance routines.<p>So how …

Sochi Whistleblower Flees Russia Amid Death Threats

A Russian whistleblower says he received chilling death threats after he accused public officials of siphoning money from Sochi construction projects.<p>…