Lincoln statue vandal suspect is Chinese national

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Jul 31, 2013

Lincoln statue vandal suspect is Chinese national

Moments before District of Columbia police found Jiamei Tian hiding in a bathroom stall at Washington National Cathedral, a family of tourists had spotted her in a back pew of the Children's Chapel guarding two bags and muttering softly in a foreign language. Tian's unsettling ...

Weiner tallies dalliances online while in Congress

World Jul 26, 2013

Weiner tallies dalliances online while in Congress

Former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner estimates he had illicit online relationships with six to 10 women while in Congress and no more than three after resigning, a revelation that comes as a new poll shows his support dropping. "I don't believe I had ...

Russian activist pays high price for actions

Environment Jul 15, 2013

Russian activist pays high price for actions

After three men in this heavily polluted city west of Yekaterinburg beat Stepan Chernogubov unconscious, fracturing his skull and knocking out three teeth, criminal investigators took him, still bleeding, to a police station where they questioned him for four hours and then threatened to ...

World May 18, 2013

Before tea party scandal, IRS harassed gay groups

by Neil Irwin

Before there was the tea party, there was Big Mama Rag, Inc. It was a radical feminist collective in the 1970s, and it devoted itself to lectures, seminars, a free library and a newspaper, the Big Mama Rag. The group applied for nonprofit status from ...

Top French officials disclose personal wealth

Business Apr 17, 2013

Top French officials disclose personal wealth

The wealthiest member of France's Socialist government, French people learned Monday, is Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who inherited a $7.8 million fortune from his family's trade in art and antiques. But Michele Delaunay, minister for the aged, also disclosed a comfortable stash: $7 million, ...

Hollande seeks to eradicate tax havens

World / Politics Apr 12, 2013

Hollande seeks to eradicate tax havens

With the French government reeling over a minister's tax-dodging scandal, President Francois Hollande proposed a law Wednesday that would force ministers, legislators and other senior officials to declare their assets publicly and submit to auditing by a "totally independent" authority before and after taking ...

Asia Pacific Mar 28, 2013

Myanmar's 'cronies' face spate of criticism

A new English word has entered the colloquial language in Myanmar, a word that could not even be uttered in public until recently. The word is "crony," and it describes the business elite who exploited their closeness to the country's military rulers to amass ...