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Conflict & Justice

Young Mr. Kim will not follow orders. How Beijing got used to Pyongyang’s provocations.

This weekend, North Koreans were alerted to the news that their country had completed another technological triumph: the launch of a satellite. "The fascinating vapor of Juche [self-reliance] satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February" was how North Korean TV described the launch. But the official response from Beijing, North Korea’s only ally, was muted.

Science, Tech & Environment

The US Navy agrees to limit the use of sonar and explosives in key whale habitat

The history of whales and humans has not been a happy one, at least for whales — hunted nearly to extinction, maimed and killed by huge cargo ships, tangled in fishing nets and, in recent years, deafened by incessant and increasing ocean noise. But the US Navy is now stepping up and setting an example of how to do things better.