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Chechnya's anti-gay pogrom: Too much even for the Kremlin?

By all accounts, Chechnya is a legal black hole. In theformer rebel Russian republic, human rights monitorsare murdered, women areterrorized for rejecting Islamic dress codes, and Kremlin-backed local strongman Ramzan Kadyrov acts outhis personal fantasiesas if it werehis private stage. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

When hostility to media becomes assault

Lots of politicians aren?t happy to see reporters. Lots of politicians have demeaned reporters for partisan purposes over the years. It?s been almost five decades since Vice President Spiro Agnew roused GOP voters by calling the media ?nattering nabobs of negativism? (words penned, perhaps ironically, by future New York Times columnist William Safire).

Paradise found

It was 6 in the morning, and the only sound I could hear was the rhythmic dip ... dip ... dip of the heart-shaped paddle of our guide, Lasa, into the murky waters of Dal Lake in Kashmir. As a journalist, I was here to learn and write about that conflict.

US patrol sends signal to Beijing's claims in South China Sea ? but how strong?

Fifteen years ago, when China and the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations committed to establishing a code of conduct to govern actions in the South China Sea, the Paracel Islands were little more than a collection of rocks 138 miles off the coast of Vietnam. Last year, Beijing deployed anti-aircraft missiles to the archipelago. China?s militarization of the South China Sea, a vast waterway through which more than $5 trillion in trade passes each year, faced sharp criticism from the Obama administration, which regularly ordered freedom-of-navigation patrols to challenge Beijing?s territorial claims in the area.

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