| Feb 15, 2013
| 5:12 PM
There’s no other destination on the planet quite like the islands off the coast of eastern Asia — where a vast natural landscape and pristine marine life offer ideal year-round outdoor activities like hiking, biking and diving. Taiwan and...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 9:03 PM
This has been a tough year for emerging-markets investors.
Fueled by unrest in Brazil and a sluggish economy in China, the broad MSCI emerging-markets index is down 14% this year. The drop has been led by stock market sell-offs in Brazil (-26% in...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 1:12 PM
Three years after the United Nations grabbed headlines with the stunning announcement that more than 1 billion people could be going hungry across the globe, it now says hunger has actually dropped. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says hunger...
| Aug 24, 2013
In a hardscrabble district of South El Monte, near a decommissioned missile site, tucked away behind a warehouse filled with Chinese sunglasses, lies a secret orchard bearing a rare and mysterious Asian fruit. It's the work of a wealthy Taiwanese man,...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 4:53 AM
Laos plans to start building a dam on the Mekong River this week over the objections of Cambodia and Vietnam downstream, a step that neighboring countries fear could imperil fish and cripple rice fields. The Xayaburi dam is expected to reap profits for...
| Dec 23, 2012
My soldier son called last month to wish his mother and me a happy Thanksgiving. My iPhone buzzed and there he was, sitting in a gun tower, his smiling face bathed in gauzy infrared light, an M249 machine gun propped at the ready behind him. For...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 1:24 PM
I had been teaching since Christ was a corporal. That’s a long time. In retrospect, one of the most appealing aspects of teaching was mentoring kids according to the parameters of the animated character Buzz Lightyear: “To infinity and beyond!...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 12:45 PM
The NSA's claim about how surveillance programs have thwarted terrorists ("Programs disrupted 50 plots, NSA says," June 19) warrants further scrutiny as does the claim by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger that the leaker did "tremendous damage."
On the matter of...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 3:11 PM
A former USC professor was named Monday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list after he was indicted for sex crimes against children abroad, FBI officials said.
Walter Lee Williams became the 500th person to make the FBI's top list, officials said....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 3:06 PM
USC is "fully cooperating" with federal authorities investigating an ex-professor accused of child sex crimes who was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list, university officials said.
In a statement issued Tuesday, USC confirmed that Walter Lee Williams,...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Absent from the discussion about whether former Senator Chuck Hagel would make a good secretary of defense is any focus on lessons learned from personal factors like combat in war, as well as loyalty to the president.
As I was grousing about this, my...