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Pakistan Bristles at US Call to 'Do More'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with him at the Pakistani Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on July 19, 2010. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Secretary Clinton's recent visit to Pakistan was less hostile and generally more promising than her last. Still, relations between the two nations remain complicated and not everyone is pleased with the outcome of Clinton's visit.

Heated Immigration Debate Continues in Australia

Policy

The issue of how to deal with refugees coming in to Australia from places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka is a tough one. Prime Minister Julia Gillard hopes to resolve the divisive matter by sending refugees to East Timor, but not everyone is on board with the new plan.

CNN recently reported on how the immigration debate is taking center stage in national polls scheduled to take place on August 21.

Photo of the Day: Koreans Get Muddy

Koreans celebrate 13th Boryeong Mud Festival.
Lifestyle Koreans celebrate 13th Boryeong Mud Festival.

Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya

(David Breashears)
Arts David Breashears' photo exhibit, Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya, displays how our world's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

Photo of the Day: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in NYC

Lifestyle The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra wows the crowd in Central Park.

Pakistan's Favorite Pastime Coming to a Location Near You

Abida Parveen (© Jack Vartoogian)
The latest prime-time hit on Pakistani television isn't a sentimental soap opera or a reality-TV show on the hunt for the nation's next singing sensation. It's Coke Studio.

Photo of the Day: Bonalu Festival in India

Indian devotees at the Boanlu Festival in Hyderabad.
Lifestyle Indian Hindu devotees dance to the beat of drums as they carry 'ghatam' pots filled with cooked rice during the Bonalu Festival—a ritual offering to the goddess Kali—at Mahan Kali Temple at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on July 15, 2010.

Japanese Festival Makes Art an Adventure

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Arts

Japan's newest art festival eschews the traditional museum setting in favor of showcasing its works of art across the ocean.

Puppets in China and Pakistan Tackle Big Issues

Pakistani puppet participates in literacy event. (Farooq Naeem/Getty Images)
Lifestyle Master puppeteer Farooq Quaisar, also known as the "Jim Henson of Pakistan," is behind a weekly political satire television show with a mission to bring awareness to the people. Most recently, his puppets did a sketch about Pakistani parliamentarians with fake university degrees- a topic that traditional media has been banned from reporting.

Uncertainty in Japan -- What It Means

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan answers questions during a press conference in Tokyo on June 4, 2010. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy “Just a month after former grassroots political activist Naoto Kan took the helm of Japan’s government with approval ratings running over 60 percent, voters have handed him the worst imaginable outcome," said Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayako Doi.