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Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage at Risk - Again

Members of a French archaeological team walk on top of a giant 4th century Buddhist stupa cut into a mountain in Samangan province, Afghanistan, in 2006. A similar historic site to the south and east in Mes Aynak is now at risk from a copper mine. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Policy A planned copper mine evokes the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas.

Beijing Air 'Crazy Bad'

From L to R: Beijing air on June 19, 2009 and on June 22, 2009. (Asia Society Center on US-China Relations)
Policy the air quality index in Beijing sometimes goes above 500

Photo of the Day: Prayers in Cambodia

Cambodian Buddhist monks gather to pray for victims of the stampede in front of the bridge in Phnom Penh on November 23, 2010.
Lifestyle Cambodian Buddhist monks gather to pray for victims of the stampede in front of the bridge in Phnom Penh on November 23, 2010.

North Korean Attack a 'Shocking Escalation'

Photo taken by a South Korean tourist shows plumes of smoke rising from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells, Nov 23, 2010., killing two people. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy An attack by North Korea on Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea, killed two South Korean soldiers and wounded at least 14 others.

Photo of the Day: High-speed Grilling

Motorists pass by thousands of residents grilling fish along a highway in Buluan town, Maguindanao province
Lifestyle

Motorists pass by thousands of residents grilling fish along a highway in Buluan town, Maguindanao province

Photo of the Day: Bird Flu Strikes Hong Kong

Bird cages hang above a man in his stall at a bird market in Hong Kong on November 18, 2010.
Lifestyle

Hong Kong scrambled to contain any outbreak of bird flu but vied to reassure the public after the teeming city recorded its first human case of the illness since 2003.

New US Blueprint for Afghanistan

Newly arrived US Marines get a tour of outposts in their area of operation above Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge on October 6, 2010 in Kajaki, Afghanistan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Policy If media reports (or leaks) are to be believed, then the Obama administration is all set to tweak its policy towards Afghanistan and unveil a plan to end U.S. combat operations by 2014.

In Houston, A Building Rises, Along with Expectations

Yoshio Taniguchi, architect of the Asia Society Texas Center's new home, at the Center grounbreaking in Houston in May 2008. (Richard J. Carson/Asia Society Texas Center)
Lifestyle

Asia Society Texas Center's new home, currently under construction in Houston's Museum District, received a major publicity boost last week with the appearance of a long preview article in the Houston Chronicle.

Photo of the Day: Dancers in Turkmenistan

Dancers kick off the annual oil and gas conference in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat
Lifestyle Turkmen dancers, wearing traditional costumes, perform to mark the opening of the annual oil and gas conference, bringing together Western energy executives and the Turkmen leadership, in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat on November 17, 2010.