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Trump's controversial ZTE order came days after the Chinese government provided millions to a Trump Organization-tied project

Within three days of the Chinese government agreeing to provide $500 million in loans to an Indonesian theme park that the Trump Organization has a deal to license President Donald Trump's name to, the president stunningly ordered sanctions be rescinded against a major Chinese telecom company.<p>As …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump and the Case of the $107,000,000

Donald Trump spent far less on his presidential campaign than Hillary Clinton did, but the eye-popping money surrounding his inauguration weekend …

Donald Trump

A woman is challenging Japan’s resistance to immigrants by helping foreigners find work

They stack shelves in Japan’s ubiquitous convenience stores, work on construction sites, even clean up radioactive debris at Fukushima—but officially, the blue-collar workers doing this work do not exist.<p>The Japanese government does not officially allow work visas for people to do low-skilled, …

Japan

Why are we taking Donald Trump’s Korea diplomacy seriously?

All he does is lie and break promises. This will be no different.<p>Donald Trump is a liar. More than that, he’s a fraud. Not just a person who makes factual misstatements but a person who has gotten ahead in life through extensive use of bullshit, leaving in his wake a trail of broken promises.<p>From …

Donald Trump

10 things to do in Hanoi

The first thing you’ll notice about Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the traffic – horns blare as the locals zip past on a seemingly endless fleet …

Vietnam

An Anti-Aging Pundit Solves a Decades-Old Math Problem

In 1950 Edward Nelson, then a student at the University of Chicago, asked the kind of deceptively simple question that can give mathematicians fits …

Mathematics

NRA Admits to Taking Money From Russian Contributors

The National Rifle Association acknowledged to Congress in writing last week that it has accepted contributions from 23 Russians—or Americans living …

The Best Pastries in Paris, According to Top Chefs

It’s been the world’s favorite destination for luscious baked goods since forever. Now the French capital is outperforming even itself.<p>By Kate …

30 Weird Products On Amazon That Are Mind-Blowingly Useful

Plenty of products exist on Amazon to simplify your life and make chores easier to stomach. But then there's the other stuff — the weird and utterly …

12 reasons why Amsterdam is (always) a good idea

For some, the very thought of Amsterdam evokes notions of a seedy red-light district and weed-infused coffee shops. The real Amsterdam, however, …

Back Alley Cuisine Shines in Taipei’s Debut Michelin Guide

Tucked away in a nondescript alley not far from Taipei’s hostess bar district, Ming Fu isn’t the most likely place to find internationally acclaimed …

Hong Kong

One of the most sought after jobs for rural Chinese women is to become a mistress

Shanshan’s $550 shoes came from her lover, but the soles of her feet, as hard as leather, came from her childhood. “We used to play barefoot in the village,” she told me. “All the girls in the karaoke bar had feet like this.”<p>At 26, Shanshan has come a long way from rural Sichuan, one of China’s …

China

Confused About the Trump-Russia Probe? Read This Memo

If you feel lost amid the various smokescreens and conspiracy theories surrounding Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, his advisers and his family, then the memo the House Intelligence Committee minority released late Saturday afternoon may help …

How to Take Great City Photos at Night

Intimidated by nighttime photography? Here’s an inspiring 11-minute video from photographer Peter McKinnon on how you can take better photos of …

Photography

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

How Rich Chinese Use Visa Fixers to Move to the U.S.

One summer Saturday in 2013, Vivian Ding took the stage in the grand ballroom of Shanghai’s Shangri-La Hotel to hold forth on a subject in which she …

Immigration

The history and people behind Seattle’s oldest sushi restaurant

<i>This story was originally published on KCTS9.</i>Perched atop a barstool, feet dangling off the ground, Fusae Yokoyama recalls memories of Maneki …

Japan

How Models Ended Up Having Actual Sex in Eckhaus Latta's Spring 2017 Campaign

Though Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta have come to be known for their inventive casting since founding their label Eckhaus Latta, the designers gave themselves their most ambitious assignment yet recently: They were looking for people willing to not only be photographed in their spring 2017 collection, …

Vietnam’s Bikini Airlines Set To Create Country’s First Female Billionaire

• Send<br>• Comment<p>To cap of Women’s Month, we are publishing a story on how Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is about to be the very first Vietnamese …

Social Media

Unlock the Hidden Power of Lightroom with These Quick Tips from Anthony Morganti (VIDEO)

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful and widely used tool, but like other comprehensive editing applications it has some hidden features that are unfamiliar …

Tutorials

Meet Frédéric Sanchez, Prada’s Music Man—And Hear His Fantastical Playlist for Vogue

When I saw Frédéric Sanchez’s working files for the music for a Prada show, I understood the beauty and complexity of his craft: endless sound pieces, masterfully layered, finding harmony in chaos.<p>You might be familiar with his work. In addition to sound installations, music production, and …

Contraceptive injection for men could end need for vasectomy

The end of the vasectomy is on the horizon after scientists announced human trials for a new contraceptive injection for men.<p>The simple process, which takes just a few seconds, involves injecting a harmless gel into the tube which transports the sperm to create a blockage.<p>It is the same tube which …

University of Sheffield

Photographer Ren Hang Sets the Nude Body Askew

The Chinese artist's obsession with the human form is magnified in a new retrospective of his work.<p>"My shoots are never planned out," photographer Ren Hang told VICE in 2013. "I get ideas on the spot, as we're shooting. My inspirations are derived from my life experiences up to that point... I use …

Vanadium Dioxide, A Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Scientists have discovered “exotic electrical and thermal properties” in a material known as vanadium dioxide which may be applied to develop more …

Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Will Give China a Big Edge Over America

The world turned upside-down last week when, within just seven days, the United States and China each reversed a posture they held for the past 70 …

Harvard Has a Free Online 12-Module Digital Photo Course

Want to learn photography from Harvard? (Yes, that <i>Harvard</i>.) It turns out you can easily do so, even without being a student. The oldest institution …

Things to do in Vancouver with Kids - Family Travel Blog

40 Things to do in Vancouver with Kids<p>Vancouver and the surrounding Metro Vancouver area has hundreds of things to do for families. Situated in …

Western Canada

See the photos that got Ren Hang arrested

Admittedly, Ren Hang’s photography doesn’t have any particular purpose. He regularly denies being consciously controversial or political – in an interview with Tashen’s Sexy Books editor, Dian Hanson, for his new photo book, <i>Ren Hang</i>, he says, “I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t …

How to Use Composition Templates to Improve Your Photography

When doing photography in general, and in my case travel photography, the use of a <i>photography template</i> can be very beneficial and help improve the …

Japanese company replaces office workers with artificial intelligence

Insurance firm Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is making 34 employees redundant and replacing them with IBM’s Watson Explorer AI<p>A future in which human workers are replaced by machines is about to become a reality at an insurance firm in Japan, where more than 30 employees are being laid off and …

Artificial Intelligence