COVER

Small Wonders (Society)

Can you create child prodigies, or are they simply miracles of nature? Hanging out with superkids and scientists in search of some answers

ASIA

Spoiling for a Fight?

The diplomatic impasse gets dicier as North Korea restarts a nuclear reactor and threatens "total war"

Murder at the Mine

The murder of two Americans near an Indonesian gold mine reignites controversy about the nation's military

Misplaced Priorities (Viewpoint)

The U.S. could be courting disaster by targeting Iraq before North Korea

BRIEFING

Suicidal Terror (Notebook)

New evidence points to suicide bombers in October's deadly Bali attacks

Laos' Unlucky 13 (Notebook)

The government points to Hmong rebels for the deaths of 12 people in Laosóbut do little to catch the killers

Milestones (Notebook)

For the Week of Feburary 17, 2003

Verbatim (Notebook)

Quotes of the week

BUSINESS

War of Words

A used-book dealer is outflanking Japan's publishing cartel to become a national best seller

The High Cost of Living (Letter from China)

Shanghai's real estate boom means that finding a dream house is a nightmare

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Bombay's Sept. 11

Black Friday offers a richly detailed account of a historic terrorist attack

TRAVEL

Hot Spots

Despite the curfew, Bangkok is still full of cool places to see and be seen