Nepal quake could have been much worse: Here's why

Asia Pacific May 2, 2015

Nepal quake could have been much worse: Here's why

The structural engineer strides through Kathmandu's old city, past buildings reduced to rubble, buildings whose facades are cracked in dozens of places, like the fractured shell of a hardboiled egg. But it's the many buildings that made it unscathed through the earthquake that amaze ...

North Korea is a mystic draw for some Americans

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Sep 18, 2014

North Korea is a mystic draw for some Americans

One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even ...

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

Asia Pacific Apr 23, 2014

Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured on video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one of the first rescue boats. Lee had more ...