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Made in China, made with poison?

 Top News: China’s dismal mine safety is making headlines again. Forty-eight officials and ten journalists have been charged with taking bribes to cover up a 2008 mine disaster in Hebei province that left 34 miners dead. The mine owners were allowed to relocate bodies and paid journalists $381,000 to keep the disaster out of the news for 85 days.  

Women in the world

HONG KONG — As newly minted Beijing bureau chiefs for The New York Times, Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof covered the Tiananmen Square massacre, earning a Pulitzer Prize for their work. Though they were horrified by the killings, they soon realized the press and the public were willfully ignoring a bigger story — the deaths of unwanted baby girls, at a rate of 39,000 a day.

Animated gore: It bleeds. And yes, it leads.

SINGAPORE — In Taipei and Hong Kong, horrid crimes are no longer left for tabloid readers to imagine. Crimes are now re-enacted by animators, who render the latest real-life carjackings and knifings into video game-quality digital cartoons.

On Location: Ta Rae — The Dog Meat Mafia

The Dog Meat Mafia: Conscience

[Editor's note: The Dog Meat Mafia is a four-part special report on Southeast Asia's booming dog meat trade — a crime-ridden, multi-million dollar industry that stretches from upcountry Thailand, through Laos and into Vietnam.

The Dog Meat Mafia: Corruption

[Editor's note: The Dog Meat Mafia is a four-part special report on Southeast Asia's booming dog meat trade — a crime-ridden, multi-million dollar industry that stretches from upcountry Thailand, through Laos and into Vietnam.

What China expects from the Copenhagen climate talks

BERN, Switzerland — The upcoming Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change will be the most important meeting on global warming since Kyoto. China and the United States, which are the two largest energy producers and consumers in the world, will both play key roles in reaching an ultimate solution. With an eye toward Copenhagen, GlobalPost sat down for an hour with China’s ambassador to Switzerland, Dong Jinyi, to discuss China’s expectations for the conference. Here are excerpts from that interview:

The ethical dilemma in your holiday stocking

[Editor’s note: Silicon Sweatshops is a five-part investigation of the supply chains that produce many of the world’s most popular technology products, from Apple iPhones, to Nokia cell phones, Dell keyboards and more.

Why white skin is all the rage in Asia

HSINCHU, Taiwan — Walking along a rushing stream in Hsinchu, Hilda Chu balanced an umbrella in one hand and textbooks in the other. Her skin was ghostly white. “I try hard to make my skin white,” said Chu, 18, a student at National Tsing Hua University. “If my skin is lighter, I will be happier because I think I look good. It makes my emotion better, yes.” She's hardly alone. Asians spend an estimated $18 billion a year to appear pale.

Obama mania hits China

Top News: President Obama’s trip to China has dominated Chinese news recently.
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