Christina Goldbaum
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Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who is currently imprisoned, speaks with foreign journalists at his residence in Islamabad on April 9, 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 12, 2024
The rise, and fall, and rise again of Imran Khan
When Pakistan’s government censored the media, former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party posted campaign videos on TikTok. When the police barred his supporters from holding rallies, they hosted virtual gatherings online.
Sher Aqa, left, grieves over the body of his 12-year-old daughter, Roqia, during a funeral in the earthquake-ravaged village of Siaab, in Herat Province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday.
Oct 12, 2023
‘The wrath of God’: Afghans mourn unimaginable loss from quake
Wails echoed across what was left of the village when the ambulance arrived. Inside was the body of a 12-year-old girl, Roqia. She had died in a nearby hospital Tuesday morning, days after a devastating earthquake hit this stretch of northwestern Afghanistan and sent her mud-brick home crashing down on top of her.
Japan Times
Dec 17, 2022
Ancient sport of falconry gets some upgrades in Qatar
Long before soccer fever swept Qatar, peaking with its hosting of the World Cup this year, the sport of falconry was a point of national pride.
Japan Times
Oct 28, 2021
Taliban allow girls to return to some high schools, but with big caveats
Officials insist that things will be different for girls and women from the last time the militants were in power.
Japan Times
Oct 13, 2021
‘I never believed that would happen’: After 20 years of war, an abrupt end
Five Afghans speak about the sudden end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, and the uncertainty that lies ahead.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2021
A week into Taliban rule, one city’s glimpse of what the future may hold
In Kunduz, the new insurgent leaders said they had no quarrel with the people, but residents say they soon began instilling fear.
Sep 14, 2008
Nepali 'democracy' unlikely to push peace
ATLANTA — Nepal's special assembly has chosen Maoist chief Prachanda as prime minister over Sher Bahadur Deuba, a three-time former prime minister from the Nepali Congress party.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on