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Connection or control? On the new Silk Road, two tales of China compete
News ImageThe Pakistani businessman braved the rugged Karakoram Highway, crossed the freezing Khunjerab Pass, and spent an hour undergoing security at Chinas border to reach the city of Kashgar, in the frontier region of Xinjiang. Instead, he ran up against Chinas paramilitary surveillance state and its anti-Muslim policies. Mohammad soon learned that, as a Muslim and foreigner, he would be met with intense suspicion and harassment by authorities in Xinjiang.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:57:02 -0500
She went toe to toe with Schwarzenegger. Now Karen Bass is ready to take on Trump
News ImageAs Democrats prepare to take over the House, the spotlight has been on Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi of California. One of them is Rep. Karen Bass, from Los Angeles. Back in 2008, as California was facing the Great Recession and a state budget crisis, she became the first female African-American speaker of the California Assembly or any state legislature.Two years later, she was elected to Congress.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:44:02 -0500
Climate change action goes home
Climate change action goes homeHigh hopes preceded a two-week gathering of some 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries that concluded Dec. 15 in Katowice, Poland. The conference, known as COP24, was expected to reignite worldwide efforts to curb climate change. The conference chair, Polands Micha Kurtyka, was so pleased at the conclusion he leapt off the podium to congratulate delegates.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:15:35 -0500
As no-deal Brexit risk rises, so do odds of monster traffic jams
News ImageFrom the concrete overpass, Mike Taylor watches the traffic that trundles through the bucolic countryside, bypassing villages like his own. Nearly all the trucks on this four-lane highway, the M26, are headed to and from the southeastern ports that are Britains gateways to Europe and beyond. Just out of sight are the gates recently installed in the roads central barrier so that thousands of trucks can be diverted and held back.
Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:33:19 -0500
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