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Former U.S. officials, North Koreans hold Track 2 talks

Sep 25, 2016

Former U.S. officials, North Koreans hold Track 2 talks

Officially, the United States and North Korea barely speak to each other, their communications often limited to public exchanges of insults. The U.S. ambassador in Seoul is “a villain, a crazy person,” a North Korean diplomat says. North Korea is a “wasteland” compared to ...

Death on Everest: Some climbers become monuments

May 29, 2016

Death on Everest: Some climbers become monuments

Everest is speckled with corpses. Nearly 300 people have died on the mountain in the century since climbers began trying to reach its summit. At least 100 are still on its slopes — perhaps 200. Most of the bodies are hidden in deep crevasses ...

Odd couple: Ties warm between India and North Korea

Sep 27, 2015

Odd couple: Ties warm between India and North Korea

It is not the most obvious international friendship. On one side is the world’s largest democracy, with its riotous collection of battling political parties and thousands of newspapers, TV stations and websites. On the other is a deeply isolated nation with no political opposition ...

India, China ignore border dispute for now

Aug 31, 2014

India, China ignore border dispute for now

For more than 50 years, a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria has pitted India against China. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war was fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed ...

Mar 26, 2011

Tsunami survivors face monstrous cleanup task

HIGASHIMATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Pref. — Where do you even start? Do you start by carting away the Chokai Maru, the 45-meter ship that was lifted over a pier and slammed into a house in this port town? Do you start with the thousands of destroyed ...