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Will China’s hit period drama ‘Yanxi Palace’ face censorship?

Beijing (CNN)China's hugely successful period dramas could be facing increased scrutiny from the Communist Party and its ever-widening dragnet of cultural censorship. In the spotlight is "Story of Yanxi Palace," an epic 70-episode series about a maid's rise to power...

Saudi women’s rights activist is being tortured in ‘palace of terror,’ brother says

(CNN)The brother of jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul has detailed in a CNN opinion piece the abuse his sister has allegedly endured in prison. In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told...

South Korea’s glass ceiling: the women struggling to get hired by companies that only...

Seoul (CNN)The interviewer looked at the 23-year-old woman sitting in front of him. He wasn't impressed -- but his reaction had nothing to do with her resumé. "Women aren't fit to work in sales," he told her. "You're a woman,...

Australia is sweltering through record-breaking heat. And the worst is yet to come

(CNN)Farmer Wayne Dunford was already feeling worn down. He'd battled through 18 months of some of the worst drought he'd seen in his half a century on the land. Then the heat struck. Dunford has been feeding livestock by hand on...

When it’s this cold, Chicago sets its train tracks on fire

(CNN)Chicago residents are a hearty bunch. They know how to keep things moving when the weather turns cold. But what about when it's this cold? Like wind-chill-of-50-below-zero cold? Getting around is lot tougher. When that happens, the folks who keep the commuter...

Philippines vows to ‘destroy’ Islamist extremism. Here’s why that won’t be so easy

(CNN)Less than two years after victory was declared over ISIS-aligned militants in Marawi, the threat of extremism has returned to the southern Philippines. Despite moving forward with a historic deal to provide the region's Muslim population with a high degree...

Extreme weather is so bad in some parts of the country, even the US...

(CNN)"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," the saying goes. But whoever said that didn't face weather of the kind predicted for Wednesday. So postal workers...

Ballistic missile can hit moving ships, China says, but experts remain skeptical

Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese state-run media has offered a pointed defense of the capabilities of its so-called "Guam killer" missile, challenging an earlier CNN report that doubted its ability to hit moving ships at sea. A slickly produced short video touting the missiles'...

Cuba opens its first new church since the revolution 60 years ago

Sandino, Cuba (CNN)Parishioners wiped away tears and gave thanks to God as the first Roman Catholic church built since the 1959 Cuban revolution opened its doors on Saturday. "To see this finished is like coming out of the night into the day,"...

Why a military spat between Japan and South Korea could snowball into crisis

(CNN)Japan and South Korea are engaged in a heated military dispute that analysts say could damage the already tenuous geopolitical situation in northeast Asia if the two sides do not reach a resolution. The spat began December 20 after an...

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