National System of Youth and Children┬┐s Orchestras of Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Amid tumbledown cinder-block homes, the Don Bosco community center rings with music. A chorus of pint-size students sings traditional Christmas songs; 20 budding teenage musicians take gratingly painful stabs at playing violins and cellos; and tiny harpists dwarfed by their...
 
Venezuela Takes Bach to the Barrio
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Venezuela is known for its pulsating salsa and down-home folkloric ballads. But for 31 years, a state program aimed at instilling a love of classical music in children has drawn the admiration of conductors worldwide.
 
Yasujirou Yamaguchi,
KYOTO, Japan His fingers muscled from almost a century of weaving, Yasujiro Yamaguchi worked the humming loom in his private workshop. Patiently lacing golden threads through a warp of auburn silk, he fashioned a bolt of kimono fabric blooming with an autumn garden in shades of tea green, ginger and...
 
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For 1,200 years, the Kyoto district Nishijin has been the heart and soul of Japan's ancient weaving tradition. But globalization and rapidly changing demographics have made the kimono more museum piece than couture item.
 
Anthony Shadid
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Washington Post staff writer Anthony Shadid, who is based in Beirut, discusses the latest developments in Lebanon, where Hezbollah has been mounting an increasing challenge to the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
 
Population in Europe and Africa
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Whether a nation's population is growing or shrinking depends to a large degree on the fertility rate -- how many children each woman bears. That rate influences a country's future. Here is how countries in Africa and Europe compare.
 
A.B. Yehoshua, 70, Is Among Israel's Foremost Novelists
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A.B. Yehoshua, 70, is one of Israel's most prominent and influential novelists. Of the fifth generation of a Sephardic Jerusalem family, he came of age as an author in the era after Israel's founding in May 1948. His narratives, exploring Israeli identity and Jewish history, often span generations,...
 
Traffic Congestion is Seen in Downtown Kabul, Afghanistan
Traffic is universal, to a point. You can run into it in Paris or Jakarta, Bogota or Tokyo. But in some parts of the world, traffic means dodging donkey carts, or trailing Humvees. The Post's foreign correspondents detail what traffic jams are like in their respective regions.
 
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Dec. 12 -- An Ethiopian dictator known as "the butcher of Addis Ababa" was convicted of genocide Tuesday in a rare case of an African strongman being held to account by his own country.
 
MOSCOW, Dec. 12 -- At a closed hospital run by the Federal Medical-Biological Agency, two Russian men, friends since they were 12-year-olds, lie removed from the world and at the center of an international poisoning drama.
 
SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec. 12 -- Family and friends eulogized Gen. Augusto Pinochet on Tuesday as a hero of the Cold War who has been mislabeled as a murderous despot, and they appealed to history to judge kindly the man whose 17-year rule left behind a long trail of murder and abuse.
 
JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 -- Israel's high court ruled Tuesday that Palestinians have the right to sue the Israeli military for damages caused by some of its operations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, overturning parts of a law that had given the security forces broad immunity to such claims.
 
BAGHDAD, Dec 12 -- They arrived Tuesday morning at a place where sudden death intersects with life. They were mostly young men from Basra, Nasiriyah, Amarah and other towns across Shiite-dominated southern Iraq. At a time when men their age were joining Shiite militias or criminal gangs, they sought...
 
The White House sharply criticized a conference yesterday sponsored by the Iranian government that questioned the reality of the Nazi Holocaust, calling the gathering "an affront to the entire civilized world" and to "traditional Iranian values of tolerance and mutual respect."
 
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber blew himself up at the governor's compound in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, killing six policemen and two civilians, officials said. A purported spokesman for the Taliban Islamic militia, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, asserted responsibility for the blast in a...
 

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