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Photo of the Day: A Budding Beach Artist in China

A young boy draws in the sand at the beach in Xiamen, China on February 4, 2013. (marco bono/Flickr)
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A young boy draws in the sand at the beach in Xiamen, China on February 4, 2013. (marco bono/Flickr)

The 'Bleak' State of Rule of Law in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake (C) walks from the Supreme Court in Colombo on December 4, 2012. (Vikalpa/Groundviews/CPA/flickr)
Policy

Asia Society Young Leader Bhavani Fonseka says recent events, including the impeachment of the country's first female chief justice, could "have a chilling effect on hopes for a functioning democracy and sustainable peace in Sri Lanka."

Interview: Former 'Southern Weekend' Editor Discusses China's Censorship Battles

A protester whose banner reads “Freedom of the Press Reflects the Public’s Opinion” outside the Southern Media Group headquarters in Guangzhou on January 9, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Former Southern Weekend editor Chang Ping tells ChinaFile that conflicts between journalists and censors at the newspaper go way back.

Photo of the Day: A Worn Stretch of Road in Iran

Dried patches of grass and leafless trees dot a long and empty road in Iran on February 4, 2013. (Amélie lai/Flickr)
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Dried patches of grass and leafless trees dot a long and empty road in Iran on February 4, 2013. (Amélie lai/Flickr)

Photos: Asia Prepares to Celebrate the Year of the Snake

Ahead of the Year of the Snake, a model poses with a snake to promote responsible breeding and pet ownership in Hong Kong on January 10, 2013. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

It's travel season for the Lunar New Year again, and those leaving Beijing to celebrate will get a respite from their smog-ridden city.

Interview: 'You Do Not Have to Be in China to Be Hacked'

(Simon Lesley/Flickr)
Business

Dane Chamorro, Asia-Pacific director for global risk analysis at the independent consultancy Control Risks, explains why businesses need to "do their homework" — and why some cyberattacks are inevitable.

Photo of the Day: Looking Lost in India

A dog pauses on a lonely path to pose for the camera in Goa, India on January 31, 2013. (katya_alagic/Flickr)
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A dog pauses on a lonely path to pose for the camera in Goa, India on January 31, 2013. (katya_alagic/Flickr)

From Jaipur to Kolkata to Tamil Nadu, Freedom of Expression Issues Roil India

Indian public intellectual Ashis Nandy speaking at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival on January 26, 2013. (DSC Jaipur Literature Festival)
Arts

Indian public intellectual Ashis Nandy faced a police inquiry into his remarks about caste and corruption at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival — but his isn't an isolated case.

Photo of the Day: Vibrant Strands of Spun Thread in Pakistan

An Afghan refugee smoothes down a row of spun thread in Pakistan on January 31, 2013. (U.S. Embassy Pakistan/Flickr)
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An Afghan refugee smoothes down a row of spun thread in Pakistan on January 31, 2013. (U.S. Embassy Pakistan/Flickr)

Slideshow: Japan's 'Blue Pond' Photographer Captures a Color for Every Season

Kent Shiraishi's
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Meet the photographer behind one of Apple's most stunning backgrounds.