| Apr 28, 2011
In 40 A.D., the fabled Trung sisters rode elephants into battle to free Vietnam from its Chinese invaders. Nearly 2,000 years later, Ngo Dinh Nhu fancied herself a modern-day Trung, defending her country against communist rebels and American imperialists....
| Feb 4, 2011
Look at your child, and think of college.
If he or she is going to college this fall, you probably are feeling sick at the sight of the sticker price. After all, very few people can figure out how to come up with $20,000 to $60,000 a year on a moment's...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 1:09 PM
About a dozen state lawmakers are headed for Cuba next week for a trip they hope will boost Illinois exports.
The six-day tour is being led by Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, and Rep. Dan Burke, D-Chicago. They said no taxpayer dollars will be spent on...
| Oct 31, 2011
Former U.S. Rep. Howard Wolpe, a Michigan Democrat who played a key role in the 1986 passage of the federal anti-apartheid act that imposed economic sanctions on South Africa, has died. He was 71.
Wolpe, who had been ill with a heart condition, died...
| Jun 12, 2011
The door to Cuba has been slammed shut so long, it's hard to recognize that it is opening.
But it is.
American tour companies this summer should be able to legally offer "people-to-people" cultural trips to Cuba to anyone.
Because of a slight easing in...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 7:39 PM
In the modern pantheon of the world's dictators, Moammar Kadafi stood apart. Far apart.
Erratic and mercurial, he fancied himself a political philosopher, practiced an unorthodox and deadly diplomacy, and cut a sometimes cartoonish figure in flowing...
| Aug 28, 2011
On the edge of the Nebraska sand hills is Lake McConaughy, a 22-mile-long reservoir that in summer becomes a magnet for Winnebagos, fishermen and kite sailors. But officials here in Keith County, population 8,370, imagined this scene: an Al Qaeda...
| Feb 22, 2011
| 8:14 AM
April 1999: The UConn men's basketball team wins the national title for the first time, defeating Duke in the championship game. Josh Nochimson, whom coach Jim Calhoun would later thank in his book "Dare To Dream," is on the bench as a student manager....
| Jul 17, 2011
How do you deal with a genocidal dictator who says he wants to reform?
For more than a decade, Sudan has been the quintessential pariah state. Its armed forces carried out a campaign of genocide in Darfur, killing more than 300,000; its president, Omar...
| Oct 21, 2010
| 2:30 PM
Fatima Bhutto wrote her book because she wanted to remember her father.
She wanted to remember his silly nicknames, his joke about putting a disco ball in her redecorated bedroom, and how he told her she was too young for lipstick. She wanted the 14...
| Jun 14, 2011
Among the most painful chapters in modern Chinese history is Japan's 1937 invasion of Nanjing. Hundreds of thousands were killed, countless women were raped, and soldiers and civilians alike suffered unspeakable brutalities. So when Chinese writer-...