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Photo of the Day: Forbidden Zone in Turkmenistan

Beautifully smooth tarmac and well-kept buildings line the deserted streets Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on January 16, 2013. (Neil Melville-Kenney/Flickr)
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Beautifully smooth tarmac and well-kept buildings line the deserted streets Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on January 16, 2013. (Neil Melville-Kenney/Flickr)

Video: Sensors Strapped to Kites Search for Clues in Beijing's Dirty Air

A Beijing resident holds up a FLOAT kite fitted with an air quality sensor. (Joshua Frank/ChinaFile)
Multimedia

Two U.S. graduate students design kites with sensors that can easily monitor Beijing's air quality and send data back to the people on the ground.

Coups, Kashmir and Clerics: Is Pakistan Headed for Delayed Elections?

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Faiysal Alikhan says due to tensions roiling the country "it seems unlikely" that Pakistan's historic elections later this year will be held as scheduled.

Photo of the Day: The Season's First Snow in Japan

A view of the snow-covered countryside from a train heading to Tokyo, Japan on January 16, 2013. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)
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A view of the snow-covered countryside from a train heading to Tokyo, Japan on January 16, 2013. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Accuses India of 'Warmongering'

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. (Tahiat Mahboob/Asia Society)
Policy

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told an audience at Asia Society that despite tough talk from India this week, Pakistan remains committed to dialogue with the country to find "peacefully coexist."

Pakistan's Moment is Near — but Will Anyone Care?

Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri gather at a protest rally in Islamabad after the government ignored his ultimatum to disband parliament on January 15, 2013. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas says Pakistan's election slated for later this year is crucial for the country's progress, though many in Pakistan are skeptical.

Photo of the Day: Checking Out A Portrait in India

A little girl looks at her photo on a digital camera screen in Chennai, India on January 15, 2013. (Ravages/Flickr)
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A little girl looks at her photo on a digital camera screen in Chennai, India on January 15, 2013. (Ravages/Flickr)

Photos: Watch Beijing's Air Quality Get Worse and Worse and Worse and ...

Looking south toward Beijing's Bell and Drum Towers from north of the city's second ring road in the afternoon on January 12, 2013. (David Green/China Air Daily)
Lifestyle

As the "airpocalypse" continues in northern China, we check in with Michael Zhao, founder of Asia Society's China Air Daily website project, to see if there are any signs of hope.

Is Xi Jinping a Reformer? It's Much Too Early to Tell (A Response to Nicholas Kristof)

A painting of President Xi Jinping for sale in a Shanghai shop. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Rachel Beitarie reply to Nicholas Kristof's New York Times piece predicting that Xi Jinping will spearhead a resurgence in economic reforms.

Pakistan Needs to Address Own Problems Before it Focuses on Region

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim girl holds placard during a protest against the twin bombings in Quetta, in Karachi, Pakistan on January 13, 2013. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

With violent extremism plunging the country to new lows, Pakistan needs to focus all its energies on a multi-dimensional counter-extremism strategy at home, writes M. Bilal Lakhani.