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U.S. Troubleshooter Meets North Korea Diplomats on Detained American

Photo Otto F. Warmbier, an American college student arrested in North Korea in January, bowing during a televised apology on Feb. 29. Credit Kyodo, via Reuters Former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a veteran diplomat and North Korea troubleshooter, met with two North Korean diplomats from the United Nations on Tuesday to press for the release of an American ...

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North Korea Threatens Nuclear Test, Defying U.N.

Photo North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, center, at a rocket launch drill, in a photo released March 11. Credit Korean Central News Agency, via Reuters SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said his country would soon conduct another nuclear test and also flight-test ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the country’s state-run news media reported ...

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Sinosphere: Xi Jinping Brought Down a Notch by an Unlikely Agent: A Typo

Photo President Xi Jinping at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing. Credit Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images HONG KONG — The story from Xinhua, China’s state news agency, meant to call Xi Jinping “China’s highest leader,” but the change of one character resulted in the Chinese president being called instead “China’s last leader.” ...

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Culture Gap Impedes U.S. Business Efforts for Trade With Cuba

Photo The seafront outside the American Embassy in Havana. Cuba has made it clear that it will not alter the way it does business to suit American needs. Credit Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters MEXICO CITY — They have gone to Cuba with plans to build houses. To assemble tractors. To buy apps from young programmers. Even to import charcoal made from the ...

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World’s Oldest Man, a Confectioner From Poland, Survived Auschwitz

Photo Israel Kristal, center, the world’s oldest man, with Marco Frigatti, right, head of records for Guinness World Records, in Haifa, Israel. Credit Dvir Rosen/Guinness World Records, via Associated Press Israel Kristal lived through the tumult of two world wars, lost his family in the Holocaust and escaped death in the Auschwitz concentration camp. He then built a new life ...

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Sinosphere: China’s Law on Nongovernmental Organizations Remains Work in Progress

Photo Volunteers for Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth program, planting tree saplings at a farm in Inner Mongolia in 2011 to help fight desertification. Credit How Hwee Young/European Pressphoto Agency BEIJING — It has been more than two years since the Chinese government proposed tighter controls on foreign nongovernmental organizations, prompting fears for the future of a ...

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Spanish Castle Is Spared From Collapse, but Not Criticism

Photo The Matrera Castle in southern Spain after its restoration. Images of the castle before and after the restoration have recently fueled bemusement and ridicule on social media. Credit Museum of Villamartin When the residents of Villamartín heard that the landmark castle near their small town in southern Spain was up for restoration, they probably envisaged a thoughtful restoration of ...

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Enduring Curse of Caste

Photo Dalits, or untouchables, traditionally sweep trash and clean overflowing sewage from roadsides in India. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times NEW DELHI — Of the many protests to convulse public universities across India in recent weeks, the one held on Feb. 23, in which thousands of students, faculty and activists marched through central Delhi demanding “Justice for ...

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