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Photo of the Day: Colorful Traditions in Singapore

Traditional henna adorns a woman's hand in Singapore on September 2, 2013. (Edelman APACMEA/Flickr)
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Traditional henna adorns a woman's hand in Singapore on September 2, 2013. (Edelman APACMEA/Flickr)

Are the US and China Finally Getting Serious About Climate Change?

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in California on June 7, 2013. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

While recent developments have raised hopes the so-called “Group of Two” is making strides, the countries are "not even close" on some key targets, writes Asia Society Senior Advisor Junjie Zhang.

Photo of the Day: Morning Serenity in Indonesia

The sun rises over the calm waters of Bali, Indonesia on August 31, 2013. (Pandu Adnyana/Flickr)
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The sun rises over the calm waters of Bali, Indonesia on August 31, 2013. (Pandu Adnyana/Flickr)

Could Beijing's Air Today Really Be Worse Than Ground Zero's After 9/11?

Commuters cross a Beijing street in heavy air pollution, January 30, 2013. On this day, when PM2.5 readings reached a high of 315, according to measurements taken by the U.S. Department of State, Beijing officials urged people to stay indoors. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

As we pause to reflect on this somber anniversary, Emily Brill over at ChinaFile poses a rather unusual question: "Beijing’s Air in 2013 or Ground Zero’s After 9/11: Which Was Worse?" Her findings may surprise you.

Photo of the Day: Rolling Greens in Taiwan

Sunlight breaks through the clouds over the hills of Hualian, Taiwan on August 25, 2013. (kes s/Flickr)
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Sunlight breaks through the clouds over the hills of Hualian, Taiwan on August 25, 2013. (kes s/Flickr)

Video: An Introduction to the Iranian Modern Art Show Everyone's Talking About

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Asia Society Museum's latest exhibition, Iran Modern, explores art in pre-revolution Iran, focusing on the innovative, cosmopolitan era of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Watch: Classic Iran Air TV Commercial From the 1970s

Lifestyle "Iran Air: We Take You There, We Take You Back."

Photo of the Day: Shining Crossroads in China

Paths cross at a glitzy intersection in Shanghai, China on August 20, 2013. (SimonQ/Flickr)
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Paths cross at a glitzy intersection in Shanghai, China on August 20, 2013. (SimonQ/Flickr)

NYT on Iran Modern: 'Invaluable,' 'Stimulating,' 'Terrifically Good-Looking'

Siah Armajani. Ledge (1), 1970. Felt pen on graph paper. Unframed: 17 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. Collection of Beam Contemporary Art, New York and London, courtesy of the artist.
Arts

New Asia Society Museum exhibition of Iranian art receives rave review from the New York Times' Holland Cotter.

Photo of the Day: Taking in the View in Vietnam

Two colorfully dressed women take in the view of Lao Chai Province, Vietnam on August 31, 2013. (Mattia Boero/Flickr)
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Two colorfully dressed women take in the view of Lao Chai Province, Vietnam on August 31, 2013. (Mattia Boero/Flickr)