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BP and Bhopal Verdict: 'A Perfect Storm of Public Outrage'

(Deshakalyan Chowdhury/AFP/Getty Images)
Business In her passionate op-ed on the similarities between the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bhopal verdict in India, Mira Kamdar articulates a sentiment that is growing increasingly popular in both countries.

Photo of the Day: Attacks on Shiite Pilgrims Continue in Iraq

Shiite Muslim pilgrims self-flagellate as they gather at Imam Musa al-Kadhim Mosque in Northern Baghdad July 7th.
Lifestyle

Shiite Muslim pilgrims self-flagellate as they gather at Imam Musa al-Kadhim Mosque in Northern Baghdad July 7th.

North Korea on the Brink?

North Korean schoolchildren as depicted in an official government video.
Policy Barbara Demick's latest dispatch from North Korea describes life after the disastrous 2009 currency devaluation.

Museum Diplomacy for Taiwan and Mainland China

Tourists walk in front of the National Palace Museum in Taipei on January 6, 2009. The museum and its counterpart in Beijing plan to hold a joint exhibition of artifacts and arrange exchange of visits by their officials, in yet another sign of fast improving ties between Taiwan and rival China (SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images).
Arts

The Palace Museum of Beijing and the National Palace Museum in Taiwan are cooperating on a project to retrace the route of China's imperial treasures.

Boats, Asylum Seekers and Aussies

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks during a press conference at Parliament House on June 24, 2010 in Canberra, Australia, not long after becoming Australia's first woman Prime Minister. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Policy Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard comes up with a surprise plan on asylum seekers ... put them in East Timor

Jay Chou Makes Hollywood Debut in 'The Green Hornet'

(Sony Pictures)
Arts Jay Chou, Chinese superstar, makes his Hollywood debut as 'Kato' in 'The Green Hornet.'

The Gobi March: Seven-Day Footrace Through the Gobi Desert

Gobi March 2010/Racing the Planet
Lifestyle More than 150 racers compete in the Gobi March, the number-one footrace in the world.

Flournoy: US-India Relationship is Mature

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy (DoD Photo/Cherie Cullen)
Policy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, spoke on India-U.S. relations at an Asia Society program at the Army/Navy Club in Washington, DC., July 1, 2010.

Remembering Wu Guanzhong, 1919-2010

Wu Guanzhong, <em>Camels in the Desert</em>, 1981. Ink & color on paper, 69 x 99 cm. © Take a Step Back Collection
Arts

Asia Society notes the passing of Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong, a major artistic figure of the twentieth century, who made an enormous contribution to our understanding of art and visual culture. He was 90 years old.

John Woo, Hometown Hero

John Woo at Asia Society New York on Oct. 12, 2009.
Arts John Woo, the director of such legendary action movies as The Killer (1989) and Hard-Boiled (1992), is to receive one of Hong Kong's top official honors, the Silver Bauhinia Star, in recognition of his contributions to Hong Kong cinema.