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    Taiwan holds drills aimed at halting China invasion

    Taiwan holds drills aimed at halting China invasion


    Taiwan's military held large-scale drills on its west coast Thursday amid growing tensions between the self-governed island and an increasingly belligerent...

    Taiwan's military held large-scale drills on its west coast Thursday amid growing tensions between the self-governed island and an increasingly belligerent Beijing.
    Mahathir Mohamad on Islam, politics and the love of his life

    Mahathir Mohamad on Islam, politics and the love of his life


    At 93, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the oldest leader in the world. In May, he made a stunning return to political power, he says in a bid to save his corruption-plagued country before it's too...

    At 93, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the oldest leader in the world. In May, he made a stunning return to political power, he says in a bid to save his corruption-plagued country before it's too late.
    Jessica Alba on the fight for female equality

    Jessica Alba on the fight for female equality


    As a movie star, mother and founder of a successful startup, Jessica Alba has been a vocal campaigner for female...

    As a movie star, mother and founder of a successful startup, Jessica Alba has been a vocal campaigner for female equality.
    All aboard the Maharajas' Express, India's most luxurious train

    All aboard the Maharajas' Express, India's most luxurious train


    From Jaipur to Jodhpur, India's northerly Rajasthan region is famous for its ancient forts, opulent palaces and gleaming marble...

    From Jaipur to Jodhpur, India's northerly Rajasthan region is famous for its ancient forts, opulent palaces and gleaming marble monuments.
    Why India is the next big thing in surfing

    Why India is the next big thing in surfing


    Forget Hawaii, California and Bali. India could be the next big thing in the surfing...

    Forget Hawaii, California and Bali. India could be the next big thing in the surfing world.
    Japan's samurai swordsmiths cling to a centuries-old craft

    Japan's samurai swordsmiths cling to a centuries-old craft


    At Fusahiro Shimojima's workshop, in the industrial city of Saitama, fires rage in small pits and an earthen floor absorbs the din of hammering. The 44-year-old Japanese swordsmith pounds the nascent blade of his newest creation, sending molten sparks...

    At Fusahiro Shimojima's workshop, in the industrial city of Saitama, fires rage in small pits and an earthen floor absorbs the din of hammering. The 44-year-old Japanese swordsmith pounds the nascent blade of his newest creation, sending molten sparks flying majestically into air.
    Classic paintings with tiny manga characters

    Classic paintings with tiny manga characters


    Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is one of the world's most reproduced and reinterpreted paintings -- but no one has done it quite like Japanese artist Keita...

    Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is one of the world's most reproduced and reinterpreted paintings -- but no one has done it quite like Japanese artist Keita Sagaki.
    Hidden emotions of Japanese Noh masks

    Hidden emotions of Japanese Noh masks


    Their almond-shaped eyes stare blankly into space. The ambivalent corners of their mouths leave their moods utterly...

    Their almond-shaped eyes stare blankly into space. The ambivalent corners of their mouths leave their moods utterly indiscernible.
    World's largest underwater restaurant nears completion

    World's largest underwater restaurant nears completion


    Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe's first underwater restaurant is nearing completion. The 110-foot long structure, an oblique concrete slab that looks like a sunken periscope, was submerged in...

    Five meters below the surface of the North Sea, near the southernmost tip of Norway, Europe's first underwater restaurant is nearing completion. The 110-foot long structure, an oblique concrete slab that looks like a sunken periscope, was submerged in July 2018 and work is now underway to complete the interiors, in anticipation of the public opening in spring 2019.
    Matsushima: Japan's most scenic views

    Matsushima: Japan's most scenic views


    It's a chilly Saturday afternoon in February and temperatures are creeping just above the freezing mark -- a time of year when most seaside destinations are devoid of leisure...

    It's a chilly Saturday afternoon in February and temperatures are creeping just above the freezing mark -- a time of year when most seaside destinations are devoid of leisure travelers.
    The 'spiritual leader' of the group behind the 2002 Bali bombings will be freed

    The 'spiritual leader' of the group behind the 2002 Bali bombings will be freed


    Abu Bakar Bashir, a radical Islamic cleric and the alleged mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings, has been granted early release from jail on humanitarian...

    Abu Bakar Bashir, a radical Islamic cleric and the alleged mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings, has been granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds.
    51 women entered Indian temple in January despite protests

    51 women entered Indian temple in January despite protests


    More than 50 women have entered the revered Sabarimala temple in India's southern Kerala state in recent weeks, defying protests from orthodox...

    More than 50 women have entered the revered Sabarimala temple in India's southern Kerala state in recent weeks, defying protests from orthodox Hindus.
    Controversial Indian spiritual guru sentenced to life in prison for murder

    Controversial Indian spiritual guru sentenced to life in prison for murder


    A controversial Indian spiritual guru has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2002 murder of a journalist who helped expose the sexual abuse of women within his...

    A controversial Indian spiritual guru has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2002 murder of a journalist who helped expose the sexual abuse of women within his sect.
    Why is China blurring men's ears?

    Why is China blurring men's ears?


    Chinese TV personality Jing Boran has something on his ear that authorities don't want you to...

    Chinese TV personality Jing Boran has something on his ear that authorities don't want you to see.
    Belarusian model who offered to trade info on US election detained in Moscow

    Belarusian model who offered to trade info on US election detained in Moscow


    Anastasia Vashukevich, who claimed to have insider knowledge of Moscow's attempts to meddle in the US elections, was detained in Russia, state media...

    Anastasia Vashukevich, who claimed to have insider knowledge of Moscow's attempts to meddle in the US elections, was detained in Russia, state media reported.
    Australian Open Fast Facts

    Australian Open Fast Facts


    Read CNN's Fast Facts about the Australian Open, one of four competitions that make up the "Grand Slam" in professional...

    Read CNN's Fast Facts about the Australian Open, one of four competitions that make up the "Grand Slam" in professional tennis.
    China's first plant to grow on the moon is dead

    China's first plant to grow on the moon is dead


    The first plant to be grown on the moon by humans is likely dead already, Chinese scientists said...

    The first plant to be grown on the moon by humans is likely dead already, Chinese scientists said Thursday.
    Head of South Korean dog charity 'secretly euthanized hundreds of animals'

    Head of South Korean dog charity 'secretly euthanized hundreds of animals'


    One of South Korea's most prominent animal shelters has been rocked by a euthanasia scandal, amid accusations it secretly put hundreds of dogs to death despite its "no kill"...

    One of South Korea's most prominent animal shelters has been rocked by a euthanasia scandal, amid accusations it secretly put hundreds of dogs to death despite its "no kill" ethos.