North Korea's hard-line army general, who is believed to have been responsible for attacks on South Korea in 2010 that killed 50 people, has been replaced by a relative unknown.
The move has analysts reading the tea leaves. The consensus is that the reshuffle at the top of the People's Armed Forces is part of a larger effort by leader Kim Jong Un to consolidate power over the military.
A Vietnamese rhino horn user displays her horn, which was a gift from her well-to-do sister. Last year, rhino horn sold for up to $1,400 an ounce in Vietnam, about the price of gold these days.
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The rise of Vietnam's economy — captured in the reflection of Hanoi's famed opera house in this Gucci boutique — threatens the survival of rhinos thousands of miles away in South Africa.
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Alleged Vietnamese smuggler Pham Quang Loc, 56, sits behind rhino horns seized at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok on Jan. 6. Rhino horn is seen as a miracle cure-all in Vietnam — an expensive, medically unproved and illegal product that experts say is devastating the global rhino population.
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Nguyen Huong Giang, 24, grinds rhino horn with water at her apartment in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2012. She ingests the liquid concoction after drinking too much alcohol or when suffering from allergies.
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A young boy walks out of a traditional medicine shop in downtown Hanoi that sells grinding plates for rhino horns.
The wife of Li Yiqian, Yang Liming, sits in their house, which is plastered with pictures of China's leaders, an attempt to help prevent local authorities from demolishing it. Her husband has been sentenced to three years in prison for organizing a crowd to create a disturbance; she believes it's for his work in helping dispossessed villagers petition.
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Built less than three years ago, the walls of Mrs. Zhou's apartment — in the new settlement of Beichuan — are already riven by cracks.
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The new town of Beichuan town in China's Sichuan province is located about 15 miles from the old town destroyed by the 2008 earthquake. About 21,000 people died there, many of them crushed beneath shoddily constructed buildings. The new Beichuan is full of sturdy brick tourist shops. But locals say 70 percent of businesses are losing money, owing to a lack of visitors.
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Activist Huang Qi spent three years in prison after the Wenchuan earthquake for illegally possessing state secrets. He's now in poor health, in part because of his treatment in jail, but he still runs an independent human rights website in Chengdu, the provincial capital, highlighting these problems.
Five years after the massive Wenchuan quake in China's Sichuan province left about 90,000 dead and missing, allegations are surfacing that corruption and official wrongdoing have plagued the five-year-long quake reconstruction effort.
The official press is full of praise for how "all Chinese have a reason to be proud of what the concerted efforts of the entire nation achieved in creating a new life for the survivors."
In our wired and rapidly shrinking world, there is no distant war, no isolated economic crisis and no social trend that observes national borders.
When a building collapses in Bangladesh, photos of the dead and grieving appear instantly. When a battle takes place in Syria, YouTube videos surface in real time. You can even get tweets from North Korea.
Robben Ford makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Host Larry Groce is effusive in his praise: "If you see a list of the greatest guitar players of the last 50 years that doesn't include Robben Ford on it," he says, "be suspicious."
There's something endearing, old-timey and almost vaudevillian about Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale — even the way they bill themselves as "Buddy and Jim." Both veteran musicians are in love with country music in all its many forms and influences; their music incorporates the blues and bluegrass, rock 'n' roll and a good deal of craft.
For the past 37 years, Robert Caro has devoted his life to writing the definitive biography of Lyndon Johnson. So far, The Years of Lyndon Johnson has four acclaimed volumes and has shown readers just how complex the 36th president was, as both a politician and a man.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of civil rights-era leader Malcolm X who died Thursday in Mexico City. The suspects, who work at a bar Shabazz visited, could face charges of homicide and robbery, the BBC reports.