| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:52 AM
After a superheated rise, China’s economy is starting to slow. Luckily, according to the World Bank, the Asian superpower is headed for a “soft landing” instead of a crash that could overwhelm the multitude of countries with which...
| Jan 30, 2011
The Art of Not Sitting Pretty
St. Martin's Press: 479 pp., $35
Here comes that old question, the one that pops up when a new biography of a prominent artist or writer is published: Do we judge an artist by the life or the work?...
| Nov 21, 2010
The Dangerous Otto Katz
The Many Lives of a Soviet Spy
Bloomsbury: 366 pp., $26
He had at least 21 aliases. He insisted that he was briefly Marlene Dietrich's husband in 1920s Berlin, which was probably not so, though he was possibly...
| Apr 8, 2012
Fang Lizhi, one of China'sbest-known dissidents whose speeches inspired student protesters throughout the 1980s, has died in the United States, where he fled after China's 1989 military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. He was 76.
His wife, Li...
| May 3, 2011
Respected Israeli jurist Moshe Landau, who fled Nazi Germany as a young man and later presided over the historic trial of captured war criminal Adolf Eichmann, died Sunday in Jerusalem after a heart attack. He was 99.
The former Israeli Supreme Court...
| Jun 28, 2012
In 1950s Hollywood, screenwriter Joan Scott seemed so adept at turning out tough-guy scripts that she became known as "the girl who writes like a man."
What the studios didn't know was she wasn't the writer. Her husband was.
She was married to Adrian...
| Aug 19, 2010
Spiraling drug-war violence in Mexico's wealthiest region has claimed the life of a prominent mayor — kidnapped Sunday and found dead Wednesday — and prompted demands from panicked residents for army protection.
Edelmiro Cavazos was mayor...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 4:41 PM
Whether a cosmic joke or coincidence -- or as some wags suggested, an act of God -- the Shanghai stock market index fell 64.89 points on Monday, which happened to be June 4, the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators at...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 4:39 PM
In a tragic coda to the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, a veteran activist was found hanged to death in a hospital room on Wednesday morning. Li Wangyang, 62, was a labor activist from Hunan province who led workers in sympathy protests...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 4:40 PM
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cuba on Monday, days after criticizing the island’s Marxism as an obsolete model in need of change, and immediately called for a future of “justice, peace, freedom and reconciliation.”...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 4:40 PM
A scandal surrounding a tape has dropped into Mexico's presidential race, and the campaign hasn't even officially started yet....