Once considered sacred, the ancient tradition of Taiwanese sword-making is dying out. But one man is trying to keep the craft going. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English traveled to the town of Cheding to meet Taiwan's last professional sword-maker, who at 65, hopes to pass the tradition on.
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Following a failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a flight into Detroit on Christmas morning, the Transportation Security Administration imposed tougher screening rules for passengers originating in 14 mostly Muslim nations. See more about the countries selected.
The world's tallest building opened for business Monday. Next to Dubai's business district stands the Burj Khalifa, whose 2,717 ft. spire reaches over 1,000 ft. higher than its closest competitor, Taipei 101. Read what bloggers around the world say about the $1.5 billion invested in the Burj Khalifa -- which opens at a time of deep economic and ecological uncertainty.
Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there were global implications of al-Qaeda's efforts to use Yemen as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the Middle East. This warning came as Yemeni officials said security forces killed two al-Qaeda fighters in a gun battle. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Juan Carlos Zarate, and Omar Al Saleh reports for Al Jazeera English.
Large-scale political violence has returned to the streets of Tehran, but foreign media have been banned by the Iranian government from covering the protests. Post-election protests are now in their sixth month, and demonstrators are now frequently attacking Basiji security forces. For more on the situation in Iran, Martin Savidge interviews Ervand Abrahamian.
Although almost all scientists agree that the world is getting warmer, not all agree exactly what the effects will be. But in Bangladesh, there is no such certainty. Step Vaessen of Al Jazeera English recently traveled to the island of Bhola in southern Bangladesh, where more than a million people have had to flee to higher ground.
To help developing nations deal with global warming, Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would join other countries in raising $100 billion per year. But the economic impact of cleaning up the environment is preventing many nations from committing to a regulatory blueprint. Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera English reports from Shanxi province in the coal belt of northern China.
As President Obama prepares to send 30,000 more Americans to war in Afghanistan, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway. Obama said, "The belief in peace is desirable rarely enough to achieve it" and called the escalating conflict in Afghanistan necessary. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English reports on how Afghans are reacting.
If the leaked "Danish Text" proposal is authentic, the plan would place more bargaining power with richer nations, take negotiating responsibilities away from the UN and abandon the Kyoto Protocol. Representatives of developing nations are irate, saying they will not agree to an inequitable framework that would limit their economic growth. Alan Fisher of Al Jazeera English reports.
The families in the Juma sustainable development reserve in Brazil receive a small stipend from the government in exchange for their commitment not to cut down the forest. But will the international community help the Brazilian government pay for this program? Al Jazeera English's Gabriel Elizondo reports from the Amazon.