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Photo of the Day: Spinning Happily in China

A woman makes thread at a hand operated spindle in Yunnan, China on March 25, 2013. (V-A-K/Flickr)
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A woman makes thread at a hand operated spindle in Yunnan, China on March 25, 2013. (V-A-K/Flickr)

Turkish Soap Operas and the Pakistani Mothers Who Watch Them

Engin Akyürek in action during an episode of the Turkish soap opera Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne?. (YouTube)
Lifestyle

I was clueless why my mother, from her home in Karachi via Skype, suddenly started calling my two-year-old son “Engin.” His name is Elias. She revealed that this was a tribute to her current favorite actor, Engin Akyurek of Turkey.

Photo of the Day: Verdant Striped Fields in Myanmar

Fluffy clouds float over lush green fields in Kalaw, Myanmar on March 27, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)
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Fluffy clouds float over lush green fields in Kalaw, Myanmar on March 27, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)

Video: Stephen Roach's 5 Keys to Maintaining China's Economy

Yale professor Stephen Roach talks at Asia Society in New York on March 27, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Business

In a lively discussion with China bear Jim Chanos, economist (and China bull) Stephen Roach notes the key areas of reform he thinks China will implement to continue on a succesful path for growth.

Are Drone Strikes Killing Terrorists or Creating Them?

Pakistani demonstrators shout anti-US slogans during a protest in Multan on January 8, 2013, against the drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. (S.S Mirza/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

After the publication of an interactive website visualizing drone strikes in Pakistan, Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas analyzes the difficulty of assessing whether drone strikes are actually an effective terror-fighting tool.

Photos: Pomp and Circumstance Greet China's Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan in Africa

China's First Lady, Peng Liyuan (L), and her Tanzanian counterpart Salma Kikwete (R) on a joint visit to the Wanawake na Maendeleo Foundation (WAMA) offices in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 25, 2013. (John Lukuwi/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

In pictures: how China's President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan got the red-carpet treatment on their three-country tour of Africa.

Photo of the Day: Waiting to Launch a Rocket in Kazakhstan

A Russian security guard is seen walking along the train tracks with the Soyuz rocket in the background at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, 2013. (nasa hq photo/Flickr)
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A Russian security guard is seen walking along the train tracks with the Soyuz rocket in the background at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, 2013. (nasa hq photo/Flickr))

Video: Watch Chef Simpson Wong Cook His Famous Lobster Egg Foo Young

Chef Simpson Wong's Lobster Egg Foo Young, named one of the top eight dishes by The New York Times in 2012. (Tahiat Mahboob/Asia Society)
Food & RecipesMultimedia

Step into the kitchen with New York-based Malaysian chef Simpson Wong and learn the inspiration behind his "Asian locavore" restaurant Wong.

Photos: 'Peace Rickshaws' Promote Colorful Message of Tolerance in Pakistan

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Lifestyle

The Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA) is on a mission to use a very visible form of street art to counter the intolerance, and worse, being spread by right-wing groups in Pakistan.

Photos of the Day: Celebrating the Festival of Colors with a Splash

People celebrate Holi with colored powders at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India on March 26, 2013. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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Dusted with shocking pink, vibrant green, opulent purple and every other color under the sun, people in Asia take to the streets to celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors in March 2013.