According to the English-language Twitter account of China's People's Daily, 10,000 pigeons will go through an "anal security check for suspicious objects" ahead of Wednesday's National Day celebrations. Consider this one lost in translation, but give it up for Beijing's propagandists, who got it really wrong in a really great way.
In just three years, eight months, and 21 days, from April 1975 to January 1979, the Khmer Rouge managed to kill more than a million Cambodians. From 1992 to 1995, about 100,000 people died during the Bosnian War. In the mere 100 days of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, at least 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed.
On Saturday, a group of North Korean athletes convened for a peculiar meeting. While participating in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, they gathered for "evening longing for respected Marshal Kim Jong Un." During the gathering, according to the North Korean state news agency KCNA, "the minds of all members of the delegation and players are running to him whom they long to see, awake or asleep."
This story was updated on 9/30/2014 at 11:17 a.m.
When Burundian fishermen first discovered bodies in Lake Wreru on the border of Rwanda this July, the Rwandan government quickly denied involvement in the apparent murders.
The United States has invested billions of dollars in Afghanistan over the past 13 years in an attempt to rebuild the country fractured by war and poverty. Now, as U.S. forces withdraw and Kabul is expected to assume security duties, Washington is trying to improve Afghanistan's beleaguered economy by reviving one of history's oldest trading routes -- the Silk Road.