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Abbas: Obama and Sharif Meeting Signals Action Must Follow Words

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Oct. 23, 2013. (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

After a meeting in the Oval Office, U.S.-Pakistan relations are clearly improving, notes Asia Society Senior Adviser Hassan Abbas — but American drone strikes are an increasingly divisive sticking point.

Photo of the Day: Divine Ruins in Thailand

Broken statues and red ruin walls surround a giant Buddha statue in Ayutthaya, Thailand on October 4, 2013. (C. Reid Taylor/Flickr)
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Broken statues and red ruin walls surround a giant Buddha statue in Ayutthaya, Thailand on October 4, 2013. (C. Reid Taylor/Flickr)

Interview: Pink is Powerful as India's 'Gulabi Gang' Offers Hope for Oppressed Women

Sampat Pal, leader of India's
Policy

Dressed in a bright pink sari and armed with a bamboo stick, 55-year old Sampat Pal has become the unlikely leader of a grassroots movement for women's rights in India.

Afghanistan in 2014: Three Young Afghans Look Ahead to a Game-Changing Year

Policy

As Asia Society's Afghanistan 21 Young Leaders prepare to meet in Kabul, Asia Blog spoke with former fellows about the year ahead, which will bring a new president and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Photo of the Day: Endless Plains of Greenery in Mongolia

A group of animals graze on the endless plains of Mongolia on October 6, 2013. (Daniela Hartmann/Flickr)
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A group of animals graze on the endless plains of Mongolia on October 6, 2013. (Daniela Hartmann/Flickr)

Interview: What it Was Like to Travel to Iran With Andy Warhol in 1976

Andy Warhol in Iran in Isfahan, Iran, in 1976. (Bob Colacello)
Lifestyle

"I have to tell you, Andy liked to stay in his hotel room and call New York, order room service," said Bob Colacello.

Photo of the Day: Posing for a Picture in India

A cow stares calmly into the camera in Bangalore, India on October 20, 2013. (Rain-In-The-Face/Flickr)
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A cow stares calmly into the camera in Bangalore, India on October 20, 2013. (Rain-In-The-Face/Flickr)

US Needs More Exchanges to Compete With China Making Inroads Worldwide

People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping (2L) and wife Peng Liyuan (L) pose with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (2R) and his wife Mrs. Ani Yudhoyono in Jakarta on Oct. 2, 2013. President Xi was in Indonesia for two days to discuss bilateral trade with the Indonesian president. (Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Policy

China's economic agreements and aggressive marketing of itself should not be seen as a threat to America, writes a former U.S. State Department official, but a challenge.

Excerpt: 'The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons' by Goli Taraghi

Goli Taraghi, author of
Arts

Iranian author Goli Taraghi seasons universal experiences of love, loss, exile and belonging with a sense of life's absurdity. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on Monday, October 28.

Photo of the Day: Sleeping Serenely in Singapore

An old takes a nap on a bench in the open in Singapore on October 19, 2013. (Eduardo S. Seastres)
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An old takes a nap on a bench in the open in Singapore on October 19, 2013. (Eduardo S. Seastres)