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China’s Pop Idols Are Too Soft for the Party

Stars like Kris Wu are huge with fans, but sit uncomfortably with macho ambitions.


The Diplomatic Dust-Up Between France and Bolivia — Over a Video Game

Bolivia's not happy with its portrayal in a new action-packed video game.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Has America Become a Reality Show?

Donald Trump seems to be more concerned with his “ratings” than U.S. foreign policy and managing the government. Welcome to the new America.


At This Rate, Kid Rock Will Be President Soon. What Are His Foreign-Policy Views?

Kid Rock is a true “American Bad Ass” who will never back down from a fight. Maybe that's why some Republicans think he should run for Senate.

This photo taken on June 16, 1990 shows musician Prince performing onstage during his concert at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

Pop icon Prince -- whose pioneering brand of danceable funk made him one of music's most influential figures -- died on April 21, 2016 at his compound in Minnesota. He was 57. The announcement came just a week after the Grammy and Oscar winner was taken to hospital with a bad bout of influenza, although he made light of his health problems after the scare.

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That Time Prince Said Islamic Countries Are ‘Fun’ and Other Highlights of the Pop Star’s International Dabblings

Beloved pop icon Prince refused to participate in the "We Are the World" charity recording and called for better relations with Moscow.

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - JUNE 24:  A snake butcher, Muhammad Nur, holds a cobra as they are harvested to make into burgers on June 24, 2010 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The snakes are caught and processed into burgers which are served at a local restaurant in various guises.  (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Indonesian Pop Singer Dies on Stage After Cobra Bite

Indonesian performers often use dramatic props on stage. This concert ended in tragedy.

HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24:  Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones wave as they exit their plane after landing at the Jose Marti International Airport on March 24, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The Rolling Stones are in Havana to play a free concert for the first time, after the music was once banned by the Cuban government.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But Cuba Gets a Free Rolling Stones Show

After being banned by the Cuban government, the Rolling Stones will perform their first-ever concert on the island Friday night.


College Republicans Crib N.W.A. to Take a Shot at Hillary Clinton

College Republicans crib the name of one of N.W.A.'s most iconic albums in new advertisement targeting Hillary Clinton.

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