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Photo of the Day: Winging it Over the Strait of Malacca

Ships can be seen gliding on the water from an airplane window flying over the Strait of Malacca on January 21, 2013. (leogaggl/Flickr)
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Ships can be seen gliding on the water from an airplane window flying over the Strait of Malacca on January 21, 2013. (leogaggl/Flickr)

Book Excerpt: 'The Great Convergence' by Kishore Mahbubani

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In an excerpt from his latest book, former diplomat and expert Kishore Mahbubani assesses the rise of the middle class in Asia. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on February 6, 2013.

Photo of the Day: Splashes of Color at the Night Market in Singapore

Colorful knickknacks line the stall of a night market in Singapore on January 18, 2013. (kodomut/Flickr)
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Colorful knickknacks line the stall of a night market in Singapore on January 18, 2013. (kodomut/Flickr)

Videos: Will Xi Jinping Differ From His Predecessors?

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, left, walks past then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, right, after the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party in November 2012. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
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Political scientist Andrew Nathan discusses newly installed Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s relationship to his predecessors Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, the likelihood of political reform under Xi.

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)
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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)
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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)
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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.