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Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

The Winter Olympics are coming to Asia for only the third time and feature new sports, with the aim of attracting a more diverse global audience. WHERE IS PYEONGCHANG? Pyeongchang is the name of both a city and county in the rugged eastern mountains of the Korean Peninsula, just 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and South Korea.

Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains

A gray, frozen landscape greeted me when I flew into Beijing one wintry November day in 1983. Recommended: How much do you know about China? China?s 800 million peasants toiled on ?people?s communes.? Urban workers had an ?iron rice bowl? of assigned jobs and food rations.

Cutting off communication, no more street protests, improving Parliament, projections for India

?Connections and conversations matter all year round, so it is easy to understand why some people became frustrated after learning that Skype had been blocked in the [United Arab Emirates],? states an editorial. ?The move, made a fortnight ago, is the second time the service has been suspended and follows a period of confusion over the regulations.... In a country where internet usage exceeds 90 per cent of the population, being part of a global conversation means being connected.... Open and smart communication channels will be a vital factor in building smarter cities. ?One ... disruptive technological influence in recent times is social media...,? writes Joseph Rwagatare.

Readers write: An about-face in reaction to sexual harassment, coverage of international news, books that matter, original and fresh story

Regarding the Dec. 7 Monitor Daily article ?Franken resignation shows Democrats? line in the sand?: No woman should have to put up with unwanted sexual advances, either verbal or physical, even though such behavior has been prevalent for decades. Women have had to walk on eggshells, in fear of losing their jobs for reporting sexual harassment. Hurray for women, who have risen to the occasion and come together in efforts to put an end to sexual harassment.

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