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China's Xi Jinping says poverty is 'nothing to fear' after pesticide deaths

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has told villagers in one of the most deprived areas of the country, where four children killed themselves last week by swallowing pesticide, that poverty is nothing to fear.<p>He made the comments in Huamao, a village in the south-western province of Guizhou, according …

I'm Sick of Being Seen as a Sex Toy Just Because I'm Part Asian

"I will see your breasts before the summer is done. I've never seen a busty Asian in real life."<p>I was sixteen years old and working at a fast food restaurant in Northern Virginia when an older coworker said this to me. I was in the US for the summer between moving away from Chennai, India to …

Creeping censorship in Hong Kong: how China controls sale of sensitive books

The shop assistant is abrupt when the question comes.<p>“We are not going to sell that one. Sorry,” he says, when asked for a copy of one of Hong Kong’s most eagerly searched-for books.<p>And how about Zhao Ziyang’s bestselling Prisoner of the State – an explosive account of what happened behind the …

The Vietnam War: After 40 Years

Today, 40 years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing.<p>Traveling through Vietnam during the latter half of April 2015 with a group of erstwhile antiwar activists, I was struck by the transformation of what was once an …

White House hopefuls agree: Iraq war a mistake

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen years later, American politics has reached a rough consensus about the Iraq War: It was a mistake.<p>Politicians hoping to be …