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6:29 am
Wed August 21, 2013

What China's Rich Want: Gold-Plated Cars And Tiger Bits

Models pose with a gold-plated Infiniti luxury sports car on display at a jewelry store in Nanjing, in east China's Jiangsu province, in 2011.
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Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:12 am

Every new generation of nouveaux riches has its vices.

Nineteenth-century American industrialists were fond of marrying European royalty. In the 1980s, Japanese millionaires got their kicks from buying Rockefeller Center. In recent decades, Emirati princes have shown a predilection for building vast indoor snow machines.

Now it's China's turn.

The country's newly minted millionaires are second to none in their unusual tastes. Here's a guide to some of the strangest vices preferred by China's new super-rich.

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The Two-Way
5:41 am
Wed August 21, 2013

New Reports Of Chemical Weapons In Syria; Many May Be Dead

Free Syrian Army fighters man an anti-aircraft gun on the back of a truck in Deir al-Zor on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:14 am

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"Two Syrian pro-opposition groups are claiming that dozens of people were killed Wednesday in a poisonous gas attack near Damascus," NPR's Jean Cochran reported earlier this morning on our Newscast. The groups are blaming the attack on government forces, she said.

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Business
4:47 am
Wed August 21, 2013

U.S. Retailers Vow To Upgrade Bangladesh's Safety Standards

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:03 am

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Some of America's biggest retailers announced new steps yesterday aimed at improving safety standards in Bangladesh's troubled garment industry. Wal-Mart and the Gap were among the companies that formed a group called the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety after the deadliest accident ever in the garment industry.

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Middle East
4:43 am
Wed August 21, 2013

U.S. Discusses What To Do With Aid To Egypt

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:03 am

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The political crisis in Egypt could be on the verge of yet another dramatic turn: A judge in Cairo just ordered that former dictator Hosni Mubarak be released from jail.

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Middle East
4:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Egypt's Political Crisis Is Creating Economic Trouble

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:03 am

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The crisis in Egypt has been devastating for that country's economy, and especially for businesses in Cairo. Shops that usually stay open late into the night are closing early because of a curfew imposed by the military. Many foreign companies have stopped operations altogether. For the time being, economists say that Egypt can avoid collapse with the help of a multi-billion dollar aid package from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries.

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Middle East
4:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Since Crackdown In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood's Support Wanes

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:03 am

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Asia
4:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Allegations Of Human Rights Abuses In North Korea Probed

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:03 am

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In South Korea this week survivors of North Korean prison camps have been telling their stories of torture and starvation. They're speaking at a United Nations hearing that's delving into human rights abuses in North Korean labor camps, where up to 200,000 political prisoners, including spouses and children, are being held.

For more, we turn to Alastair Gale who is the Korea bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. Good morning.

ALASTAIR GALE: Good morning, David.

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National Security
4:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Britain Tried To Stop NSA Material From Being Published

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:03 am

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Africa
4:22 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Checkpoints And Curfews Complicate Life For Egyptians

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 8:22 pm

During the 2011 uprising in Egypt, police disappeared from the streets and were replaced by neighborhood watch committees. The groups have re-emerged during the violent stand-off between Egypt's military rulers and Islamist supporters of deposed President Morsi and people are reporting incidents of theft and harassment at checkpoints.

Media
4:22 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

'Guardian' Destroyed Hard Drives With Snowden Documents

Audie Cornish talks to Guardian editor in chief Alan Rusbridger. Rusbridger says he agreed to destroy hard drives containing information provided by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to be able to continue to report on the materials rather than surrender them to the courts. He says the newspaper has digital copies outside of the UK.

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