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Photo of the Day: The Navam Perahera (The Parade of February) in Sri Lanka

Four young drummers march in the Navam Perahera (The Parade of February) in Sri Lanka on February 6, 2012. (Alexis Gravel/Flickr)
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Four young drummers march in the Navam Perahera (The Parade of February) in Sri Lanka on February 6, 2012. (Alexis Gravel/Flickr)

Interview: Author Blaine Harden on North Korea's Gulags

Blaine Harden and his new book 'Escape From Camp 14.' (Blaine Harden photo by Blake Chambliss)
Policy

Author Blaine Harden discusses his new book, Escape from Camp 14, and the future of North Korea's notorious labor camps.

Meet the Women Who Scammed 27 Chinese Athletes and Celebrities Out of Millions

Chinese gymnast Zou Kai, recent victim of a real estate scam, celebrates after a performance at the World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on October 16, 2011. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Two con women defrauded 27 Chinese athletes and celebrities in a massive real estate scam.

Expert: PM Noda's Tax Hike Gamble Leading to Ill-Timed Political Turmoil in Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Tokyo on April 17, 2012. (World Travel & Tourism Council/Flickr)
Policy

Associate Fellow Ayako Doi says Prime Minister Noda's push for a sales tax hike threatens to pitch the country into a period of political instability that couldn't come at a worse time.

Top Tweets About Singapore's Mega Church Scandal

Singapore pop star Sun in her 2007
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The founder of Singapore mega church City Harvest embezzles SG$50 million for his wife's music career, and many locals vent their disgust via Twitter.

Photo of the Day: A Young Boy's First Bike Ride

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A grandfather pushing his grandson along on a bike in Hong Kong on April 12, 2012. (Ding Yuin Shan/Flickr)

Expert: Myanmar's Parliament Taking on 'Expansive Role' in Reform

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) meets with Burmese President Thein Sein at the Office of the President in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, on Dec. 1, 2011. (Flickr/U.S. Department of State)
Policy

Asia Society’s Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio discusses who is leading Myanmar’s reform process, the role of U.S. sanctions, and the challenges ahead.

As Hong Kong's 'Occupy' Awaits Court Verdict, a Look at Its Asian Counterparts

Protesters receiving free massages at the site of Occupy Central, Hong Kong, photographed on October 23, 2011. (dawvon/Flickr)
Policy

The fate of Hong Kong's "Occupy Central" hangs in the balance as HSBC applies to the city's high court for the right to evict it. How are Asia's other Occupy movements faring?

Photo of the Day: A Cobbler at His Craft

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A Cobbler looks up from his work in Islamabad, Pakistan on April 3, 2012. (masroor saleem/Flickr)

Japan's Fugitive Penguin to be Given Name by Public Competition

A Humboldt penguin in Tokyo Sea Life Park, Japan, photographed on January 29, 2011. (minoir/Flickr)
Lifestyle

A runaway penguin, recaptured after escaping its zoo for 82 days and known only as "Number 337," will be given a name chosen from public submissions.