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Photo: Obama, in Bali, Reconsiders Position on Colorful Shirts Issue

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) wearing Indonesian traditional clothes attend the gala dinner during the East Asia Summit in Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Nov. 18, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
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Veteran observers of the Asia Pacific scene were heartened no end this past weekend when U.S. President Barack Obama appeared at the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia looking resplendent in an embroidered Indonesian dress shirt.

Obama wore the shirt, a stylish dark green number with orange accents, to an official state dinner in Nusa Dua on Friday, November 18. He was joined by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other Asia Pacific leaders, all clad in traditional Indonesian dress shirts.

Mind Your Text Messages, Say Pakistani Officials

A Pakistani mobile seller shows phones to a customer at a Lahore electronics market in 2010. As of late 2011, Pakistan is estimated to have 100 million cell phone users. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) are planning to impose a ban on a list of words considered obscene or offensive.

The Guardian story Butt out! Pakistan Telecom Watchdog drafts rude text message ban mentions words like "strap-in", "beat your meat", "crotch rot". "love pistol", "pocket pool" and "quickie" from the banned list to illustrate some examples. 

Slideshow: Sober Suits, Not Hawaiian Shirts, Define 2011 APEC Summit

L to R, bottom: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, U.S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. L to R, top: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, Mexican Trade Minister Bruno Ferrari and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in the APEC group photo on Nov. 13, 2011 in Honolulu, HI. (Kent Nishimura - Pool/Getty Images)
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Veteran Asia-Pacific watchers were deprived of a beloved tradition in Honolulu this past weekend when U.S. President Barack Obama decreed that attendees at the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit wouldn't be required to wear aloha shirts for the Summit's main photo op.

'Eve-teasing' Murders Spark Public Outrage in India, Social Media

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The deaths of two young boys who were murdered after defending their female friends, has sparked outrage in India and over the Internet. (Photo circulating through Social Media)

The Cricket Verdicts: Pakistan, and the World, React

Former Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt (L), Mohammad Asif (C), and Mohammad Aamer (R) have been found guilty of match-fixing. (Carl Court /AFP/Getty Images)
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It's a scandal that has damaged the reputation of Pakistani cricket and rocked the international sport. In a London courtroom yesterday, former captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were convicted for corruption after being found guilty of plotting to cheat and take bribes to fix a match against England last summer.

Google Reader Redesign Unpopular in China

(Mike Licht/Flickr)
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Earlier this week Google unveiled the newest version of Google Reader, its long-neglected RSS service. Though most of the changes are cosmetic — Google has embraced a gray, minimalist aesthetic of late — the removal of Reader's social functions has led to a fair amount of grumbling among the service's users.

Real-Life 'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins India's Biggest Prize

Sushil Kumar, 27, reacts as he wins the one million USD prize of the Indian 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' TV quiz in Mumbai on Oct. 25, 2011. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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A government clerk from Eastern Bihar in India has become the first person ever to win $1 million on the Indian game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

Non-Resident Indian's Confession Spurs an Online Tempest

Sumedh Mungee's Oct. 22, 2011 post in the 'India Ink' blog.
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A post this past weekend in the New York Times blog India Ink, "Why I Left India (Again)," by an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) — about his personal experience of returning to India after 11 years of living in the U.S. and having to leave the country again, apparently for good — has generated a storm of reactions by readers and critics alike.

Interview: Coomi's Wearable Art

Gold bracelet from Coomi's Antiquity collection.
Lifestyle

Growing up in Mumbai, jewelry designer Coomi would pick up random beads, flowers and whatever else she could find to create her pieces. Years later, a thesis on jewelry for her textile degree was her way of sealing a lifelong bond with her passion.

Digital Devotion: Mobile App Updates Hindu Ritual Karva Chauth

Tanishq launches mobile application for Karva Chauth.
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In the annual north Indian festival of Karva Chauth, married Hindu and Sikh women don’t eat or drink from sunrise to moonrise in the hopes that their husbands will be blessed with longevity. While some local traditions differ, most women look at the moon through a sieve or a cloth before eating or drinking.

Now, though, if one company has its way, they can use their own phones instead of a sieve.