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Corruption in Taiwan: The French connection

TAIPEI, Taiwan — His body was found bobbing in the surf off Taiwan's east coast in 1993. To this day, no one is sure exactly how or why Navy Captain Yin Ching-feng died. But many here have long suspected he was murdered because he was about to blow the whistle on massive corruption in a $2.8-billion deal that sold six Lafayette-class French frigates to Taiwan.

Gangster life: Taiwan's real-life Sopranos

Set phasers to "speechless"

If you haven't seen it yet, take some time out of your day to witness a musical milestone. Take Taiwan's answer to Susan Boyle, Lin Yu-chun, whose version of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" recently took the internet by storm.

Beef in Taiwan: Tongues, tails and testicles

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Is the tongue an internal organ? That's the timeless question that gripped Taiwan this week, as the issue of U.S. beef imports once again reared its ugly head. The spark was Taiwan officials' statement Monday that U.S. beef tongues, testicles, tails and other choice bits are not "internal organs" and therefore not included in a ban on some U.S. beef products passed in January. This meant such imports would be allowed, albeit with close inspections.

Opinion: Tibet earthquake highlights tension

BERKELEY, Cali. — In a sign that the Chinese government is threatened by the central role Buddhist monks have played in rescue and recovery efforts in eastern Tibet's Kyegundo, the site of a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on April 14, they have ordered the Tibetan monks out of the disaster zone. Beijing's nervousness in acknowledging the heroism of the monks, and its rejection of request to visit the quake site by the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, have deepened tensions with the region's predominantly-Tibetan population.

StreetLife: Ulan Bator — Genghis Khan returns

Disasters abound

 Top News: A massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Qinghai Province

Down by the river

The fight to keep Nu River flowing

QIUNATONG, China — On a drizzling afternoon in this village in northwest Yunnan province, a Chinese New Year party is underway at He Bao Shang’s earth-walled home. Children chase frightened chickens through the 32-year-old farmer’s kitchen-slash-living room while a group of men consume shots of a potent corn-based liquor at a pace so feverish that, later, they forget to eat dinner. The constant plume of cigarette smoke combines with a single bare light-bulb to give the room a distinct speakeasy vibe.

China quake kills at least 400, injures 10,000; test for free flow of information

With roads reportedly blocked and weather conditions worsening from heavy winds, dust and snow, the situation remains largely unknown at the epicenter of powerful earthquake that struck in western China on Wednesday morning. State media says 400 people are confirmed dead and more 10,000 are injured, while central television has shown footage of broad devastation — scores of flattened buildings, reportedly with people buried inside.
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