The Secret Wife of Kim Jong Il (Cover Story)

For two decades, Sung Hae Rang lived behind closed doors with North Korea's Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. Her exclusive tale


State of Fear

In Bihar, where poverty is rampant, the career of choice is kidnapping for ransom

Licensed to Kill (Viewpoint)

While Burma's junta is justly reviled, Laos' brutal leaders get away with murder



Searching for the Zone (Books)

In his headlong quest for self-realization, British novelist Geoff Dyer finds failure is its own reward


Poisonous Minds (Notebook)

As Asian governments crack down, terrorists may be adopting frightening new tactics

The Real Deal (Notebook)

What does Real Madrid get for its $41 million? Beckham's legions of Asian fans

Stealing Beauty (Notebook)

Officials uncover the largest-ever theft of Chinese cultural artifacts, while countless others remain missing

Milestones (Notebook)

J.K. Rowling, publisher file suit

Verbatim (Notebook)

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