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Malaysian Reality TV Show Updates Islam

Contestants gather on the set of
Arts In Malaysia, a new reality show called "Imam Muda" or "Young Leader" is taking reality television in a much holier direction.

Has President Obama Failed in Burma?

Policy

The Washington Post has printed an op-ed written by Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, who urges President Obama to follow through on his commitment to reengage Burma by making U.S. policy toward the country a "high-level priority."

Manny Pacquiao Goes for Gold in Congressional Speech

Philippine boxing hero and now congressman Manny Pacquiao speaks to members of the media during an orientation seminar at the House of Representatives in Manila on July 8, 2010. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Manny Pacquiao wants to improve the quality of life in the poor southern province of Sarangani. Second, he wants the country to win their first gold medal in the Olympics.

OBL: Bollywood's Newest Phenomenon

<i>Tere Bin Laden</i> (2010) movie poster: http://bit.ly/dhvVHs
Lifestyle Bollywood's newest box office hit doesn't depict star-crossed lovers. It depicts Osama bin Laden.

North Korean World Cup Team Reprimanded for Losses

The North Korea team after defeat and elimination from the tournament during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between North Korea and Ivory Coast on June 25, 2010. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Lifestyle For the North Korean team, losing all three games in South Africa resulted in a formal reprimand from the government.

Cool Down with Asian-Inspired Summer Drinks

Thai Iced Tea (<a href=Alexander Koste/Flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/thaiicedtea.jpg">
Food & Recipes

By Lea McLellan

WikiLeaks and Afghanistan: The Fallout Continues

US soldiers patrol in the Dand district of Kandahar Province on July 26, 2010, a day after leaked documents laid bare the civilian toll of the US-led war. (Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The United States war effort in Afghanistan was roiled over the weekend by the WikiLeaks release of 75,000 official military documents pertaining to the war, which add up to a far more dire portrait than the Obama and Bush administrations had ever made public.

Photo of the Day: Stamp for Sale

A 1897 Chinese red revenue stamp with an estimated value of $1.28 million
Lifestyle A 1897 Chinese red revenue stamp with an estimated value of $1.28 million, in Hong Kong on July 27, 2010.

Who Needs a Mini Fridge Anyway, Right?

The capsules at Green Plaza Shinjuku. (Eric So)
Lifestyle Tokyo takes economy lodging to the ultimate level with "capsule hotels."

Khmer Rouge Sentence Not Enough for Cambodians

Khmer Rouge survivors watch the courtroom proceedings as the verdict is being announced at a screening outside the courthouse July 26, 2010 in Phnom Penh province. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images).
Policy Kang Kek Ieu, better known as Comrade Duch, is the first Khmer Rouge official to be held accountable for his crimes against humanity by a U.N. backed tribunal.