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By Danny Zhang

May 1, 2013


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Bangladesh is a country prone to natural disasters. Due to its location on a low-lying delta, Bangladesh sees more than its share of hurricanes and floods. However, last Wednesday, April 24, the country saw one of its worst man-made disasters. The collapse of an eight-story shoddy garment factory in...

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By Danny Zhang

April 24, 2013


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On Sunday, April 14, Venezuelans went to the polls to elect a successor to long-time President Huge Chavez, who died on March 5 of this year after a long battle with cancer. Chavez’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who had been serving as acting president since Chavez’s death, narrowly won the election...

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By Danny Zhang

April 17, 2013


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Last week, both France and Uruguay moved one step closer to legalizing marriage equality. The two countries will become the  12th and 13th in the world to grant the right  for two people to marry regardless of gender. The French Senate passed a bill last Friday to legalize same-sex marriage. The...

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By Danny Zhang

April 10, 2013


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Over the past few weeks, tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen to levels not seen in years, perhaps decades. The latest escalation in militaristic rhetoric and conflict preparation began soon after North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Feb. 12. That underground test, North Korea’s third in...

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By Danny Zhang

March 20, 2013


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At 2:07 p.m. EST last Wednesday, March 13, white smoke billowed out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, signaling to the thousands of Catholics gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to the world that the College of Cardinals had elected the 266th Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. The...

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By Danny Zhang

March 13, 2013


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Last Tuesday, March 5, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, who was infamous for his fervent anti-Americanism and socialist leadership, died of respiratory failure due to lung cancer at the age of 58. His vice president, Nicolas Maduro, had primed the nation on television in the hours leading up to...

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By Danny Zhang

March 6, 2013


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In late February, a high-profile report from cyber security company Mandiant documented in detail what appears to be a coordinated hacking campaign from the Chinese military, which has long targeted not only U.S. government networks but those of large corporations and media outlets. The New York Ti...

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By Danny Zhang

February 27, 2013


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Pope Benedict XVI, formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, officially leaves his post as the Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church at 2 p.m. EST today, beginning a tumultuous transition in the Vatican during a period of scandal, factionalism and religious decline in...

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By Danny Zhang

February 20, 2013


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It’s the stuff you read about in sci fi novels and watch in thriller alien movies, but for the million residents in the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia last Friday, it was all too real. Just after sunrise on Feb. 15, the peace of the Ural Mountains was shattered by a once-in-a-century meteor explosion...

Overseas Briefing

By Guest Contributor

February 20, 2013


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“Guiri” is a colloquial term used in Spain to describe what is considered to be the stereotypical tourist or foreigner, and it is associated primarily with people from Northern Europe, the U.K. or the U.S. While I’ve heard it used in an endearing or light-hearted manner — “Of course you tw...

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By Danny Zhang

February 13, 2013


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“A health minister doesn’t need to be a medical doctor, but if he is one, then he can’t have committed malpractice. An education minister doesn’t need to have a Ph.D., but if he does, then his dissertation cannot be plagiarized,” Dr. Volker Rieble, professor of law at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian...

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By Danny Zhang

January 23, 2013


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As France embroiled itself in battles against Islamist extremist rebels in Mali last week, a hostage crisis broke out in nearby Algeria. Last Wednesday, the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group Brigade of the Masked Ones seized a natural gas facility near In Amenas, located 30 miles west of the Libyan border....

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