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Photo of the Day: An Offering for the Gods in Sri Lanka

A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)
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A child at a temple in Sri Lanka holding three sticks of incense in offering (three sticks being traditionally reserved for gods) on May 5, 2012. (Photosightfaces/Flickr)

Interview: New Website Tracks China's Air Pollution in Pictures

Lifestyle

China Air Daily, a new site from Asia Society's China Green project, allows users to view daily photographs of the skies of China's major cities instead of having to plow through lists of statistical data (but if you like statistical data, it has plenty of that, as well).

Listen: The Official Theme Song for North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Policy

The "Great Successor" now has his very own propaganda hymn, entitled "Onwards Toward the Final Victory." Watch the video for it here, and download the sheet music.

For Lessons in Governance, Could Tidy Singapore Look to New York?

View from Marina Bay in southeastern Singapore. (Freimut/Flickr)
Policy

Singaporeans should be encouraged to get involved, and quickly, in the decisions that affect their everyday lives, argues Andrew Billo.

Photo of the Day: Lighting a Candle for Buddha in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A monk lighting candles in a pond during Visakha Bucha, a day that celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, in Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 4, 2012. (CanvasOfLight/Flickr)
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A monk lighting candles in a pond during Visakha Bucha, a day that celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, in Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 4, 2012. (CanvasOfLight/Flickr)

China's Shark Fin Soup Ban Draws Contrasting Reactions on Weibo, Twitter

Fresh shark fins drying on sidewalk in Hong Kong on September 27, 2011. (cloneofsnake/Flickr)
Food & RecipesLifestyle

Users of Chinese and Western social media speak out on an announced ban on consumption of shark fin soup at Chinese government banquets. 

Interview: Peter Hessler on His Surprising First Trip to China

Peter Hessler in his apartment in Fuling, China, in the fall of 1996 shortly after he arrived. His apartment looked down to the Wu River and then the Yangtze in the distance. The main city of Fuling is visible to the left, at the juncture of the rivers.
Lifestyle

You probably know Peter Hessler from his acclaimed books on China, but you may not be aware that it was "happenstance" that led him to the country in the first place.

Photo of the Day: Colorful Rooftops in Ulaanbaatar

In recent years, more than a million Mongolians have moved into Ulaanbaatar, by far the country's largest city. Photographed on June 22, 2012.
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In recent years, more than a million Mongolians have moved into Ulaanbaatar, by far the country's largest city. Photographed on June 22, 2012. (Al Jazeera English/Flickr)

Watch: China's Bo Xilai Scandal in Less Than 18 Minutes

Screen capture from the Wall Street Journal's new documentary 'Bo Xilai: Inside the Scandal.' (WSJ.com)
Multimedia

The Wall Street Journal takes a look back at the rise and fall of Bo Xilai with a short documentary by Josh Chin. 

Watch: Interviews With Some of Hong Kong's 400,000 July 1 Protesters

Protesters wearing masks of Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying and a Chinese style prisoner shackle take part in a demonstration calling for universal suffrage in Hong Kong on July 1, 2012. (Aaron Tam/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

An estimates 400,000 Hong Kongers took to the streets to protest on the 15th anniversary of the city's handover to China. Hong Kong-based journalist Helene Franchineau talked to several of them.