First in a three-part series.China was probably the world's earliest technological superpower, inventing the plow, the compass, gunpowder and block printing. Then, science in the Middle Kingdom languished for centuries.Until 1893, the Chinese didn't even have a word for "science."
Is al-Qaida planning an attack to coincide with the tenth anniversary of September 11?"Of course they'd like to," says national security analyst Peter Bergen. "And some of the materials recovered in the [Osama] bin Laden compound indicate a desire to do something.
In recent years, Japan's leaders haven't seemed able to hang onto power for more than a year, and the current prime minister, Naoto Kan, is poised to be the latest casualty.For months, critics have been hurling insults at the country's much-unloved leader and calling for his resignation.The frailty
As the U.S. teeters closer to the brink of debt default, the political stalemate is being watched closely by its biggest foreign creditor, China. At last count, Beijing owned almost $1.2 trillion of U.S.
The death toll from storms that have lashed South Korea and the Philippines rose Wednesday as torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding.South Korean officials said at least 32 people, including 10 college students, were killed when mudslides barreled through the capital city of Seoul and t
Pakistan's army is deploying alternative methods to deal with the menace of militants.The same Pakistani army that crushed the Taliban extremists two years ago in the Swat Valley is trying to deradicalize some 200 young militants from that conflict.