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Mission Improbable

Thanks to Israeli and Palestinian intransigence, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell headed home Wednesday with almost nothing tangible to show for his 10-day exercise in Middle Eastern diplomacy.

Mission Improbable II

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell had not even left the region before his Mideast peace mission was being labeled a failure.

Alpha Women and Lazy Men

Three decades after feminism blossomed in a giddy wave of bra-burning, birth-control pills and unisex clothes, the female ideal of having it all is a risible cliche.

Following Trail of Tears to the Embassy's Door

Because of their inaction, some embassies are as guilty as the firms perpetrating visa scams on Russians.

UN Envoy 'Horrified' at Conditions in Jenin

Chiseling away at Israel's attempt to isolate Yasser Arafat, the Jordanian foreign minister met with the Palestinian president on Thursday, while the UN envoy to the Middle East said after a tour of the Jenin refugee camp that conditions there were ""horrifying beyond belief.""

Japan, N. Korea Look to Red Cross to Solve Rift

Red Cross officials from Japan and North Korea are set to hold their first talks for more than two years this month to discuss the vexed issue of Japanese nationals that Tokyo believes were kidnapped by North Korea.

Monkey Business Plagues Hong Kong

Countless nature lovers and hikers say they've been menaced on Monkey Mountain, the turf of most of Hong Kong's 1,250 monkeys.

China Struggles With Piracy

With four floors of merchandise and 200 vendors, the cavernous Chengde Shopping City has it all. There's Snoopy bedding straight from Peanuts -- ""the Woreld-Famous Comic Strip."" There are Swoosh-festooned duffels straight from the ""Nikey"" factory.

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