China’s communist party: Light on ideology, heavy on control.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping urged fellow members of the ruling Communist party to end the tradition of giving long-winded speeches – though his address failed to follow his own advice.
The Dust Bowl. During the 1930s, a period of severe dust storms engulfed the American and Canadian prairie lands. The cause: a severe drought coupled with decades of land misuse that left topsoil susceptible to the wind. The so called "black blizzards" forced hundreds of thousands of people in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Minnesota to abandon their farms, exacerbating the dire economic conditions of the Great Depression. This image shows a dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, on April 18, 1935.
Hu Jintao’s rise to power in China and style of politics suggests he’s not a liberal or conservative but a pragmatist.
China is often depicted in extremes. But in figuring out how much China has changed or how much it has stayed the same, the trick may be simply to refuse to choose between those two options.
A blogger on a tour jumped to some wrong conclusions about the contents of the White House library.
A tourist visits an ice sculpture for the upcoming 26th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on Jan. 3. The festival features palaces, pagodas, an Egyptian Sphynyx, slides, and various statues, all made out of ice. The festival is said to be the oldest of its kind and will continue for two months.