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Don't be fooled by China ending its one-child policy

<b>(CNN) —</b> China's decision to prevent most couples from having more than one baby, imposed more than 35 years ago, has always stood as a symbol of just how far the state was prepared to intrude into the lives of its citizens. It was a classic ends-justifies-the-means policy. Not surprisingly, the …

Human Rights

Road to Nowhere? Peace Efforts in the Southern Philippines

The plight of the southern Philippines is a lesson in how <i>not</i> to undertake a peace process. It especially illuminates the pitfalls of negotiating …

Filmmaker goes wild with costars in 'Wolf Totem'

Director Jean-Jacques Annaud had a fine bromance with a Mongolian wolf named Cloudy during the production of his latest film, "Wolf Totem," which opens Friday.<p>"It was very strange," recalled the French filmmaker, who worked with bears in his 1989 film "The Bear" and tigers in his 2004 drama "Two …

Angelina Jolie Speaks Out About the Shocking Extent of ISIS Sexual Atrocities

"It's a violent, brutal, terrorizing weapon."<p>Speaking at the UK House of Lords as part of a committee on sexual violence in war,Angelina Jolie described the shocking ways that ISIS is using sexual violence as a "dehumanizing weapon," specifically detailing the horrific atrocities against girls as …

‘She’s just so stinking impressive’

But that will be the last mention of athletics in this story. Because the most impressive story in college sports isn’t really a sports story at …

'Everyone wants to leave': death of hope drives young Syrians to Europe

In a country where beheadings and barrel-bombs are part of everyday life, few see realistic prospects for change<p>Suheil, a softly spoken 23-year-old, sees no hope for the future in Syria. The video engineer is scraping together around $2,500 (£1,600) to finance a perilous journey to seek a new life …

The 27 most 'miserable' countries in the world

It's hard to get by when you don't have a job and the cost of living keeps rising.<p>This is the maxim behind economist Arthur Okun's "Misery Index," which adds together a country's unemployment and inflation rates. The higher the number, the more "miserable" your country.<p>There has been criticism of …

Consumer Price Index

The World's 18 Strangest Hotels

For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room is just plain boring. Here are the world's 18 strangest hotels.<p>The first thing every hotel developer considers before construction is "who is the guest, and why are they …

Fall Movie Preview 2015: Biopics, Bond and ‘The Force Awakens’

‘Black Mass’ (September 8th)<p>Johnny Depp kicks off the fall season on a high with a scary tour de force as Whitey Bulger, the Boston gangster …

Inside Colombia and Venezuela's Border and Refugee Crisis

This Colombian frontier outpost normally hums with shoppers, money-changers and lines of vehicles snaking across the international bridge to …

Convert or die: ISIS chief's former slave says he beat her, raped U.S. hostage

<b>(CNN) —</b> When ISIS came for Zeinat and her family, they ran, terrified, for the safety of the mountains. They had heard the horror stories and knew only too well what might happen to them if they stayed in their home.<p>But they were too late; stranded at the foot of Iraq's Mount Sinjar by the huge …

Peshmerga

North Korean defector: Kim Jong Un's days are numbered

<b>(CNN) —</b> He's a fairly young man, wearing an ill-fitting suit. His thin neck is pronounced, giving way to an equally thin face and frame. We're meeting over a meal of sushi, something he specifically requested because it's rare for those trapped in North Korea.<p>For his safety, I'll limit descriptions …

7 Inspiring Vacation Journal Writing Prompts

Summer vacation is a wonderful time to relax and reflect. In addition to packing up your beach towel and summer reading, consider also packing a journal. Journaling is an excellent habit to incorporate into daily life, and vacation gives you ample time to dive deep into your thoughts and emotions, …

Militant attack kills 9 Afghans working for Czech charity

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants attacked a remote guesthouse and killed nine Afghans working for a Czech charity on Tuesday, as a new report by a …

Tiananmen Mothers urge China to bear responsibility for "crimes"

BEIJING (Reuters) - A group of families demanding justice for victims of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown declared that the government must bear responsibility for “historical crimes” in the same way it has called on Japan to do so for its wartime past.<p>A man wears a T-shirt, supporting the …