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China's President Braves Smog, Takes Stroll in Old Quarter

Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised Beijing residents by visiting traditional courtyard homes and chatting near a shopping street on Tuesday, drawing praise from social media for mixing in public during a bad bout of smog.   Unscripted interactions between politicians and the public are uncommon in a country where even leaders' birthdays and family backgrounds are often closely held secrets.   A shaky video of Xi's visit posted online showed people applauding him as...

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