Travelog | Guide to visiting Rio for the Olympics, from safety to samba

With the Olympics just a few weeks away, Brazil faces a litany of problems: an economy in freefall, the Zika virus and a political crisis with an impeached president. But

In China, ‘Happy Gymnastics’ replaces grind of strict study

In a room full of bright-colored cubes and giant mattresses, giggling children climb bars, try somersaults and walk gingerly on a low balance beam. Some stand on their hands, showing

Travelog | And then, Macau

Asia has always been a fascination of mine. The exotic food, the gentle spirituality, the diversity of cultures keeps drawing me back to the region. I have been lucky enough

Asian actors too busy to fret over Hollywood ‘white-washing’

While hurt, irritated or dumb-founded perhaps about the so-called "white-washing" syndrome, performers in Asia aren't expressing the level of outrage of a Margaret Cho, George Takei or other Americans, The

News Of The World | Work harder, North Korea orders citizens. But does it help?

The bright red slogans hang from buses, government buildings and even some restaurants and gas stations, urging North Koreans to work harder to make the country's 200-day "speed campaign" a

News of The World | Disney opens ‘distinctly Chinese’ Shanghai park

A Chinese vice premier joined Disney CEO Bob Iger in cutting a red ribbon as the park opened, signaling the ruling party's endorsement of the USD5.5 billion investment in promoting

Preview, review & interview | Now you see Macau, Now you don’t

Macau features for a good 45 minutes in the plot of blockbuster Hollywood sequel “Now You See Me 2,” and it takes a central role in the action. As in any

News of the World | Young players get a chance to shine at Euro 2016

Many nations are betting on youth at the European Championship, giving promising youngsters a chance to shine in France. Some of the top nations have included up-and-coming players in their squads

News of the World | In image-conscious Dubai, even police patrol in luxury cars

The high-end squad cars fit into the greater gearhead ethos of Dubai, where fire-engine red Ferraris growl at stoplights and convertible Rolls Royces prowl the boulevard ringing the world's tallest

China’s high-tech future emerges in factory town Shenzhen

Forget Beijing and Shanghai. China's economic future is emerging in Shenzhen. Once a collection of fishing enclaves next door to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, which has become the epicenter of China's manufacturing-driven

Digital Life | Bias complaints on Facebook’s ‘trending’ tool

A former Facebook contractor with self-described conservative leanings said Facebook downplayed news that conservatives are interested in and artificially promoted liberal issues such as the “BlackLivesMatter” hashtag, said the technology blog

‘The Godfather’ studio is hoping for an offer it can’t refuse

Behind the fabled arch off Melrose Avenue, Hollywood history is everywhere. Over here is the stage where “Rear Window” and “The Graduate” were shot. Over there is Lucy Park, a

News of the World | ‘I am here’ – Silenced by autism, young man finds his voice

Though he cannot speak, Benjamin Alexander has much to say, one typed word at a time. Ben was diagnosed with nonverbal autism and epilepsy a few months before his third birthday.

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Beijing auto show showcases China’s SUV love affair

Sales of SUVs, seen as the safest option on China's rough, chaotic roads, soared 52 percent last year. That helped the overall market grow 7.3 percent — a sliver of

NEWS OF THE WORLD | At Disney, running a race is all about the costume

Disney has races to honor classic Disney and Pixar characters (January and September), princesses (February), Tinker Bell (May) and superheroes from Disney’s Marvel comic books (November). There’s also one at

News of the World | Boxing – Pacquiao, Roach fondly recall 15 years at the Wild Card

Manny Pacquiao was all kinds of hungry when he first walked into the Wild Card Boxing Club 15 years ago. An undernourished and largely unknown Filipino fighter wanted to learn,