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Photo of the Day: A Steelworker in Bangladesh

Man breaks down sections of scrap steel with a hammer by the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 27, 2013. (Rob Pinney)
Multimedia

A man breaks down sections of scrap steel with a hammer by the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 27, 2013. (Rob Pinney)

Interview: Globe-Trotting Musician Alex Zhang Hungtai on 'Living Life' for His Art

Alex Zhang Hungtai, also known as Dirty Beaches, onstage at Animal Social Club in Rome, Italy on October 19, 2011. (Flavia/Flickr)
Lifestyle

The Taipei-born, Berlin-based Dirty Beaches frontman chats about making music in Beijing, his love of Wong Kar Wai movies and his own forays into filmmaking.

Photo of the Day: A Long Narrow Enchanted Lake Between India and Tibet

A view of Pangong Tso, Tibetan for
Multimedia

A view of Pangong Tso, Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake," also referred to as Pangong Lake, which stretches from India to Tibet, on August 13, 2013. (shankii/Flickr)

Interview: Debut Novelist Weighs In With Towering Portrayal of 19th-Century India

Arts

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi's 984-page blockbuster, which he translated from his own Urdu original, is a definitive fictional recreation of 19th-century New Delhi.

30-Year Throwback: What Fodor's Was Saying About China Three Decades Ago

Two foreign tourists at the Great Wall of China circa 1984. (kattebelletje/Flickr)
Lifestyle

How much has changed in 30 years? "Bargaining is almost never done" and "There is no nightlife in China" are just two of the gems uncovered in a 1984 Fodor's guide to the PRC.

Video: Three Challenges to Doing Business in Myanmar

Dane Chamorro, Southeast Asia managing director for global risk consultancy Control Risks.
Business

"We shouldn't lose sight of the magnitude of what a country with fairly limited trained human resources is trying to attempt," Control Risks' Dane Chamorro said. "They are attempting systematic political and economic reform simultaneously."

Photo of the Day: A Rusted Beauty in Indonesia

Sunset over the rusty hull of a derelict ship beached off the coast of the city of Makassar, Indonesia on August 4, 2013. (Onny Carr/Flickr)
Multimedia

Sunset over the rusty hull of a derelict ship beached off the coast of the city of Makassar, Indonesia on August 4, 2013. (Onny Carr/Flickr)

Abbas: Musharraf Has Much to Answer For, But Murder Charges Are a Stretch

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf saluting as he arrived to unveil his party manifesto for Pakistan's April general election at his residence in Islamabad on April 15, 2013. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The list of Pervez Musharraf's blunders is long, writes Hassan Abbas, but no concrete evidence has yet proven his direct involvement in Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

Photo of the Day: Braving the Pigeons in Nepal

A young girl holds her ground amidst a flock of pigeons in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 10, 2013. (Elliot Scott/Flickr)
Multimedia

A young girl holds her ground amidst a flock of pigeons in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 10, 2013. (Elliot Scott/Flickr)

Multimedia/Interview: 'Two Rivers' Run Through Arresting Portrait of Central Asia

Overhead view of the Syr Darya river in Uzbekistan, with an irrigation canal on the right. From Carolyn Drake's
Arts

"I would have never felt the need to do the work if I already had the answers," says photographer Carolyn Drake, who recently spent six years documenting Central Asia's borders, geography, ethnicities, and tumultuous history.