Defense Secretary Hagel's comments about the North's chemical arsenal come amid new concerns over the sophistication of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
In Congo, Chinese are settling in with businesses and bargains that locals love. At one copper smelting plant, Chinese and locals work together but live apart.
A gang-rape trial that opened in Beijing this week sparked outcry against the privileged children of China's elite.
Beijing vows to end corruption – but on its own terms.
As China endures its hottest summer in more than half a century, the Monitor's correspondent is still biking around Beijing.
Outsized ambition undergirds a Chinese billionaire's project to create a city in a building that most residents would never need to leave.
It may not be a scientifically validated theory, but economic declines have often followed record-breaking buildings around the world.
Tall buildings are a status symbol; more than 250 taller than 650 feet are in the works across China.