News of the World | If you build it, they’ll stay; boomers remodel their homes

If you build it, they will stay. The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are expecting robust growth in the next few years, thanks partly

Travelog | Porto: Wine, hills and sunsets in Portugal’s second city

I was lost, looking for port wine caves dug into hills across the bridge from Porto. I trudged up a hill and rounded a blind corner, sidling

News of the World | What’s behind conflict at sprawling Bangkok temple

It’s more than eight times bigger than Vatican City and twice the size of Cambodia’s ancient Angkor Wat, making it quite possibly the world’s

News of the world | Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs

There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean

Travelog | Myanmar’s ex-colonial capital captivates with faded glory

On the stairway rising to Moulmein’s great Buddhist shrine, the visiting British writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to pen one of the most anthologized poems of the English

News of the world | The mysterious life and death of a North Korean exile

The heavy-set man got out of a taxi one night last September and headed for the lobby bar of the swank Wynn Macau — a quiet place, where women

News of the world | Oscars look to ‘La La Land,’ host Kimmel for ratings boost

If the Oscars had doubled down on nominating films with actors named Ryan, the ceremony’s chances for a ratings bounce might be as likely as host Jimmy

News of the world | North Korean and its long history of using women spies

A South Korean passenger plane that exploded off the coast of Southeast Asia. Army officers lured into sexual encounters. A secret agent spirited back to North Korea in a

News of the World | Media fact-checking more aggressive under Trump

These days of alternative facts, phantom terrorist attacks and fake news are changing the way news organizations do their jobs. Media outlets are more aggressively

Travelog | In the wake of Viking explorers, a North Atlantic cruise

Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance. Or that may just be your imagination, teased

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Smog pushes Beijing residents to innovate for the world

This year already, the smog-shrouded capital of China has suffered particularly hazardous bouts of pollution caused mainly by coal burning and vehicle emissions. Like other Chinese cities,

News of the World | For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking people worldwide how they think a robot car should handle such life-or-death decisions. Their goal is not just

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there’s a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck

News of the World | Pyongyang banned from exporting statues after nuclear test

With somewhere around 4,000 artists and staff, the Mansudae Art Studio, a huge complex of nondescript concrete buildings on a sprawling, walled-off campus with armed guards in

2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

Hong Kong’s police department classified the disappearance of the co-owners of a bookstore as a missing-person case. The disappearance of Lee Bo, a major shareholder of Causeway Bay

News of the World | Smog chokes Chinese cities, grounding flights, closing roads

Thick, gray smog fell over Beijing on Tuesday, choking China’s capital in a haze that spurred authorities to cancel flights and close some highways in emergency measures to cut down on

NEWS OF THE WORLD | Miss World contestant challenges China on organ-harvesting

Anastasia Lin was due to compete at Miss World last year when it was hosted by China but was barred from entering the country due to her activism

News of the World | The Oscars: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’ separate from award season pack

In Hollywood’s early but rapidly solidifying awards season, two films — radically different in tone and tune — have separated themselves from the pack: “Moonlight” and “La

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