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Sinosphere: Q. and A.: Zha Jianying on Remembering the Cultural Revolution

Photo With placards hanging around their necks, two men denounced as counterrevolutionary elements were driven through the streets of Beijing on Jan. 8, 1967, during the early months of the Cultural Revolution. Credit Associated Press BEIJING — Nearly 20 years after the appearance in China of one of the most shocking first-person narratives of the Cultural Revolution, “The Cowshed: Memories ...

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The End of the Merkel Era

BERLIN — THE next few weeks will most likely determine the future of Germany’s approach to the refugee crisis — and perhaps the future of the country itself. There are two important dates coming up: a European Union summit meeting on Feb. 18 and 19, which represents Chancellor Angela Merkel’s last chance to win over the rest of Europe to ...

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Tampere Journal: A Three-Ring Circus in Finland: Soldiers, ‘Loldiers’ and Asylum Seekers

Photo Members of the Loldiers of Odin last month in Tampere, Finland. The troupe of clowns is dedicated to mocking the Soldiers of Odin and other nationalists in the country. Credit Ilvy Njiokiktjien for The New York Times TAMPERE, Finland — A surreal political circus is wheeling its way through the frosty streets of Finland’s third-largest city. In one ring ...

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ISIS, in a First, Says It’s Behind Attack in Capital of Syria

Photo A car bombing struck an area of Damascus that had been quiet for about two years under a local agreement between the Syrian government and insurgents. Credit Louai Beshara/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images GAZIANTEP, Turkey — A car bomb tore up a vegetable market and a police officers’ club in Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Tuesday, according to a ...

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Neighbors Had Doubts About Complex That Collapsed in Taiwan Quake

Photo The 17-story Wei-Guan Golden Dragon apartment complex on Monday, two days after it collapsed in an earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan. Credit Tyrone Siu/Reuters TAINAN, Taiwan — Long before a 17-story condominium complex was ever built across the street from his family home in the early 1990s, Yang Yumin used to play on the site as a boy. It ...

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