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Surprise, Surprise ... Obama Says He'll Finally Visit Indonesia

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Policy Barack Obama has reportedly stunned Indonesian diplomats by announcing he'll visit the world's most populous Muslim nation soon as part of a wider Asian tour.

To Achieve Friendship, US-China Must Collaborate

Asia Society's Jamie Metzl (L) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) at Waldorf-Astoria on September 22, 2010. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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A VIP reception co-hosted by Asia Society at the Waldorf-Astoria was held in honor of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

US-Trained Pakistani Neuroscientist Jailed for 86 Years

This September 23, 2010 courtroom drawing shows Pakistani scientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (C) with Judge Richard Berman (L), US Assistant Attorney Christopher LaVigne (2ndL) and Attorney Linda Moreno (R) in New York. A US federal court Thursday sentenced Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison for attempted murder of US officers in Afghanistan. (Shirley Shepard/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy US-trained Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui has been sentenced to 86 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of attempted murder by the federal court in New York today

India in a Sticky Situation

A view of the Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on September 15, 2010. The Indian capital is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games October 3-14, the biggest sporting event in the city since the 1982 Asian Games. (Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images)
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After facing an outbreak of dengue fever in the capital, fatal riots in Kashmir, and the shooting of two tourists earlier this week, India is today's hot topic in the global media.

Metzl: Asia Leads in UN Millennium Goals

The United Nations General Assembly in session. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Asia's top leaders are in New York for the 65th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

On Tuesday, Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl spoke to Bloomberg Radio about Asia's progress in fulfilling the UN's Millennium Development Goals.

China and Japan on Shaky Ground at the UN

A policeman tries to disperse the crowd as anti-Japanese protesters shout slogans while marching through the embassy district in Beijing on September 18, 2010. More than a 100 anti-Japan protesters rallied in Beijing, furious over Tokyo's arrest of a Chinese fishing boat captain, a move which has sparked a major diplomatic row. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
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Recent islands rows between China and Japan have become increasingly problematic for the two countries, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao showed diplomatic displeasure in meeting his Japanese counterpart at the UN General Assembly in New York this week.

Discuss: Averting a Food Crisis in Asia

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Policy As world leaders gather at the UN this week to discuss what needs to be done to meet the ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Asia Society is releasing an action plan for reducing hunger and poverty in Asia and beyond.

Corruption in Afghan Elections Continues

Workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission warehouse September 20, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Voter turnout was light in many parts of the country with at least 12 people killed, some polling stations attacked and some never opened. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has canceled a trip to the UN General Assembly in New York in order to monitor the outcome of parliamentary polls at home.

Tough Questions for Sri Lanka During UNGA

A Sri Lankan vendor displays daily newspapers in Colombo on September 9, 2010. President Mahinda Rajapakse, 64, secured the required two-thirds majority with 161 votes in the 225-member parliament, state television announced. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
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With the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York, Sri Lanka's President Mahinada Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris are likely to face tough questions about the country's political reconciliation after decades of brutal civil war.

Bhutan Allows Increase in Tourism

A Bhutanese monk stands in front of a large Thangkha painting at the Dratshang Kuenra Tashichho Dzong on November 6, 2008 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy Yesterday, Bhutan announced that it is looking to triple its annual number of visitors from 30,000 since it first opened its doors in the 1970s to 100,000 by 2012.