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Asia
1:57 am
Tue June 5, 2012

What China's Thinkers Need Most Is Also Most Elusive

Yang Weidong interviews a subject for his documentary project "Signal," which finds that the vast majority of China's intellectuals yearn most for freedom. He plans to interview 500 of China's top thinkers for the project.
Courtesy Yang Weidong

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 9:35 am

A deceptively simple question has become an obsession for Chinese artist Yang Weidong: "What do you need?"

For the past four years, Yang has posed the question to more than 300 Chinese intellectuals, and the results illustrate a startling level of discontent among China's thinkers.

As for the answer, one word pops up time and time again.

"I need freedom," says writer Chang Ping.

"I need freedom of speech," says economist Mao Yushi.

"I need freedom of expression," says poet Ye Kuangzheng.

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Religion
1:56 am
Tue June 5, 2012

N. Dakota 'Religious Liberty' Measure Sparks Debate

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 4:29 am

Next week, North Dakota voters will decide whether to add an amendment to the state's constitution that supporters say will guarantee religious freedom. But the ballot measure has prompted debate over precisely what it safeguards; opponents argue that it's a solution in search of a problem and worry about its consequences.

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Around the Nation
6:16 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Would-Be Bank Robber Gets Stuck In Air Duct

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

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Around the Nation
6:10 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Fifth-Grader Skips School To See President Obama

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:27 pm

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Europe
4:54 am
Mon June 4, 2012

River Pageant Pays Tribute To Queen's Jubilee

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:12 am

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Bad economic headlines have not stopped the celebration in Britain. Britons are in the midst of a four-day holiday celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. And yesterday the queen herself led a flotilla of a thousand boats on the Thames. It was described as the largest such river pageant in more than 300 years, and Vicki Barker was there.

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