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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.

General Kayani Stays

Pakistani army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani takes his seat for the official oath-taking ceremony of new prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gillani, at the Presidency on March 25, 2008, in Islamabad, Pakistan. This month, Kayani has been granted a three-year extension as Army Chief by Gillani. (Photo Warrick Page/Getty Images)
Policy In a timely though perhaps surprising move, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani announced on July 23 the extension of army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's term for another three years.

Power of Language

Lifestyle

The New York Times carried two interesting articles on language in Asia over the past few days.

Why We're Jealous of Everyone Going to Fuji Rock Festival

(hitthatswitch/Flickr)
Lifestyle The Fuji Rock Festival has a reputation for being the biggest, craziest, and generally most awesome three days of music in Japan.

Photo of the Day: On the Runway in Delhi

Models present creations by Indian designer Manav Gangwani
Lifestyle Models present creations by Indian designer Manav Gangwani during the Pearls Infrastructure Delhi Couture Week 2010 in New Delhi on July 22, 2010.

'Countdown to Zero' Will Make You Care About Nuclear Weapons

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Countdown to Zero is sure to scare anyone who watches it out of their "ignorance is bliss" attitude towards nuclear weaponry. The film, which premieres today, is directed by Lucy Walker and produced by Participant Media, the same organization that brought us An Inconvenient Truth.

U.S. Helps Indonesia's Kopassus Despite Human Rights Record

Kopassus is coming in from the cold and the debate is heating up.

Asian Pacific Americans Hit the 'Bamboo Ceiling'

Participants at the 2010 Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum.
Lifestyle

Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group, represent the most educated employees (as a group) and their purchasing power continues to rise. So why then, were there only seven APAs serving as chair, vice chair, president, or CEO of a Fortune 500 company last year?

Ken Watanabe Infiltrates Dreams in Summer Blockbuster 'Inception'

A scene from 'Inception' (Warner Brothers)
Lifestyle Everyone is talking about Christopher Nolan's mind-bending summer blockbuster, Inception. And while Leonardo Dicaprio is technically the star of the film, fans of Ken Watanabe won't be disappointed by his excellent performance in the role of "Saito."