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Lintner: North Korea's King is Dead, But the Military Still Rules

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il waves from a car after the meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Sosnovy Bor Military Garrison, Zaigrayevsky District, Buryatia outside Ulan-Ude on August 24, 2011. (Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The King is dead! Long live the King! The old European cry when a monarch died and a new one took over was meant to prevent any argument over succession and make sure the throne was never empty. And this could just as well apply to North Korea today. Kim Jong Il had already a year before he died anointed his successor, his youngest son Kim Jong Un.

Experts React: North Korea's Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

The flag of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) flies at half-mast in front of the embassy in Berlin December 19, 2011, following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.  (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellows Charles Armstrong and John Delury offer instant analysis on the death of Kim Jong Il and its implications for the region.

Kulma: Kim Jong Il's Death Adds to Regional Uncertainty

A South Korean activist paints on a caricature of Kim Jong Un, the youngest son and heir-apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, during a rally denouncing the communist country's third-generation dynastic succession in Seoul on October 14, 2010. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The news out of North Korea that leader Kim Jong Il has died, while surprising, is not completely unexpected. Faced with serious health concerns over the last few years, the North Korean leader began to put in place a plan for his son to take over the reins of power.

Interview: NPR's Louisa Lim on Her Encounter With China's 'Wolf Dad'

Xiao Baiyou, China's
Lifestyle

A 47-year-old father of four known as "Wolf Dad" is causing a stir in China for parenting practices that that make "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua [photo] look like Mary Poppins.

Photo of the Day: Chinese Opera Performer Backstage, Singapore

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A Chinese street opera performer takes a break in between scenes in Singapore on 12 December, 2011. (Kenneth Tan /Flickr)

Poll: Who is Asia's Person of the Year?

Real-life persons of the year? Rescue workers carry someone believed to be contaminated with radiation to a treatment center in Nihonmatsu city in Japan's Fukushima prefecture on Mar. 13, 2011. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

America's Time magazine has just named "The Protester" as its 2011 Person of the Year. But who would be the most prominent Asian of 2011?

Photo of the Day: Holy Lake in Tibet

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Yamzhog Yumco lake is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet, located 150km south of Lhasa where the Himalayan and Kangdese Ranges meet. Photo taken on August 12, 2010. (National Capital Commission /Flickr)

Muppets Speak a New Language on Sim Sim Hamara, the Sesame Street of Pakistan

Locally developed character Baji in
Education

Elmo comes to Pakistan in Sim Sim Hamara, the Urdu-language version of Sesame Street.

Photo of the Day: The Venice of Hong Kong

Multimedia

Garbage collectors in Tai O, dubbed the "Venice of Hong Kong" on Lantau Island, Hong Kong on December 9. 2011. (James Handlon /Flickr)

Pollution Has Residents Breathless in Beijing

A truck containing used plastic bottles travels along a highway covered in haze in Beijing on December 5, 2011. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Air pollution in Beijing is nothing new. But this week international media has been reporting that the thick smog hanging over China's capital actually appears to be getting worse.