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South Asian Superbug Claims First Life

Warning signs alert staff and visitors to wash their hands at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on March 16, 2010 in Birmingham, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Lifestyle A Belgian man became the first person to die from what is being called the South Asian "superbug," a doctor reported this past Friday, the 13th.

William Dalrymple on 'The Muslims in the Middle'

Historian and journalist William Dalrymple reads from his 2010 book <i>Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India</i>.
Lifestyle

Historian William Dalrymple contributes an opinion piece, "The Muslims in the Middle," to the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, detailing the rise of Sufism, a deeply rooted resistance movement against violent Islamic radicalism.

Five Ways to Get Replenished in Ramadan

(Photo by ulterior epicure/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

By Rafaya Sufi

Fasting this Ramadan? Or have friends who are? Follow these few key guidelines to eating well and staying healthy during Ramadan.

Since its foundation, Ramadan is celebrated with vigor amongst Muslim communities. A typical day of fasting consists of consuming an overnight breakfast at dawn, restricting any food and drink till sunset. Muslims may continue to eat and drink after the sun has set till the next morning's fajr prayer at dawn.

Photo of the Day: China's Stock Index

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Chinese investors monitor screens showing stock indexes at a trading house in Shanghai on August 13, 2010.

Death Toll Rises in China: More Rain and Mudslides Expected

A worker passes buildings destroyed by mudflows at the memorial site of Zhazidong Prison on July 19, 2007 in Chongqing Municipality, China. (China Photos/Getty Images)
Policy The devastating mudslides in China have killed thousands, left tens of thousands trapped, and hundreds missing, with no immediate relief in sight.

Simon Tay on ASEAN

A Chinese bank worker counts stacks of 100 yuan (14.75 USD) notes at a bank in Huaibei, in eastern China's Anhui province on August 4, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy China's invasion of the ASEAN markets is causing turmoil, says Asia Society Associate Fellow Simon Tay, author of the new book: Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America.

US-Vietnam Naval Exercises: A Message to China

Two Vietnamese border-guard officers walk past a banner welcoming the port call by the US destroyer USS John S. McCain at Tien Sa port in the central costal city of Danang on August 10, 2010. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Chinese claims to South China Sea have been met with fierce resistance by a US-Vietnam alliance.

Burma/Myanmar Sets Election Date

Myanmar's junta chief Than Shwe reviews an honor guard from his car on Armed Forces Day in the administrative capital of Naypyidaw on March 27, 2009. (Hla Hla Htay/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Burma/Myanmar's ruling junta sets election date for November 7.

Are Malaysian Youth Suffering From Lack of Sex Ed?

A young Malaysian woman watches contestants perform in Malaysia's reality TV competiton <i>Young Imam</i> in Kuala Lumpur on July 30, 2010. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle The issues of teenage pregnancy and baby dumping aren't unique to any one country. But solutions to these problems are especially difficult to come by in countries like Malaysia, where strict religious values conflict with sex education.

The Unlikely Journey of 'Mao's Last Dancer'

Former Houston Ballet star Li Cunxin discusses his journey from an impoverished childhood in China to the pinnacle of his artistic profession in Houston on Aug. 1, 2010. Li was in his former hometown to promote a new movie based on his bestselling memoir Mao’s Last Dancer. (Jeff Fantich Photography)
Arts

A new autobiography by Li Cunxin details his journey from a peasant family in China to the principle dancer with the Houston Ballet.