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‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over

‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over

‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over ‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over KABUL, Afghanistan — In Kabul’s uncertain present, fear and dread intertwine in a vise. Fear has become a way of life. “When you’re in the car you feel fear, when you are walking you feel fear, and when …

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How China’s Economy Bounced Back From Covid-19

How China's Economy Bounced Back From Covid-19

How China’s Economy Bounced Back From Covid-19 How China’s Economy Bounced Back From Covid-19 CHANGMINGZHEN, China — The smell, salty and pungent, wafts through the freshly paved streets near the gleaming new factory. The factory is owned by a company called Laoganma, which makes a piquant chili-and-soybean sauce famous across China for its power to set mouths watering. In a …

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Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too

Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too

Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too PHOTHARAM, Thailand — The bat caves reeked of bat. In the murk of the grottoes, in a cave complex west of Bangkok, Thais in headlamps and with flashlights went about their business. Pilgrims to the temple that owns …

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Philippines Helicopter Crash Leaves 7 Soldiers Dead

Philippines Helicopter Crash Leaves 7 Soldiers Dead

Philippines Helicopter Crash Leaves 7 Soldiers Dead Philippines Helicopter Crash Leaves 7 Soldiers Dead MANILA — Seven Philippine soldiers, including an air force colonel, died when the helicopter they were flying in crashed in the southern Philippines during a hunt for communist rebels over the weekend. The military said the helicopter, a refurbished UH-1H Vietnam-era craft commonly known as a …

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Why Did the Taliban Free an Imprisoned Afghan Police Officer?

She Killed an American in 2012. Why Was She Freed in the Taliban Deal?

Why Did the Taliban Free an Imprisoned Afghan Police Officer? Why Did the Taliban Free an Imprisoned Afghan Police Officer? Under Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. peace envoy, the American government has been willing to take dramatic steps, even in the face of opposition from the military and law enforcement, to extricate the United States from its longest war and bring …

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Hong Kong Elvis Impersonator Dies at 68

Hong Kong Elvis Impersonator Dies at 68

Hong Kong Elvis Impersonator Dies at 68 Hong Kong Elvis Impersonator Dies at 68 “I cried a long time,” he told The Times, recalling the first time he saw the film, “Elvis: That’s the Way It Is.” Mr. Kwok won a pair of Elvis-impersonation contests in the early 1980s, The South China Morning Post reported, but local Chinese fans often …

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In Hong Kong, a New Party Calls for Stability (and Raises Suspicions)

In Hong Kong, a New Party Calls for Stability (and Raises Suspicions)

In Hong Kong, a New Party Calls for Stability (and Raises Suspicions) In Hong Kong, a New Party Calls for Stability (and Raises Suspicions) BEIJING — They are businessmen, born in mainland China, who serve on top advisory committees to Beijing and profess patriotism for the motherland. One recently traveled to an obscure village in southeastern China to study Xi …

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Hong Kong Protesters to Seek Asylum in U.S.

Hong Kong Protesters to Seek Asylum in U.S.

Hong Kong Protesters to Seek Asylum in U.S. Hong Kong Protesters to Seek Asylum in U.S. Last July, five young men boarded a recreational boat in a remote harbor in Hong Kong. They passed through waters patrolled by the Chinese authorities and headed east, across the South China Sea. When they neared Taiwan, they cut off their motor, hoping to …

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India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Drive Begins

India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Drive Begins

India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Drive Begins India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Drive Begins PUNE, India — India on Friday was preparing to launch one of the most ambitious and complex nationwide campaigns in its history: the rollout of coronavirus vaccines to 1.3 billion people, an undertaking that will stretch from the perilous reaches of the Himalayas to the dense jungles of the country’s …

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Kim Tschang-Yeul, 91, Dies; Painted Water Drops Swollen With Meaning

Kim Tschang-Yeul, 91, Dies; Painted Water Drops Swollen With Meaning

Kim Tschang-Yeul, 91, Dies; Painted Water Drops Swollen With Meaning Kim Tschang-Yeul, 91, Dies; Painted Water Drops Swollen With Meaning SEOUL — Kim Tschang-Yeul, who devoted a half century to creating luminous paintings of water drops that are informed by the trauma of war and Eastern philosophy, died on Jan. 5 in Seoul, South Korea. He was 91. Gallery Hyundai, …

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