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Interview: New Documentary's Faces of Pakistan, from Imran Khan to Ex-Taliban

Abdullah, a truck driver who has traveled the length and breadth of Pakistan, is one of  six subjects profiled in the documentary
Arts

A new documentary gets unusual access to a cross-section of Pakistanis, including Imran Khan, a former Taliban soldier and a Sufi singer.

Photo of the Day: A Curious Girl in Nepal

A child leans out from behind a barrier to watch a competition on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal on August 23, 2013. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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A child leans out from behind a barrier to watch a competition on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal on August 23, 2013. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

Interview: 'Five Star' Novelist Tash Aw Explores Human Side of New Asian Dream

Arts

"People of my generation saw hope in the West; young Asians these days see opportunity in China. It seems to me that the American Dream is meeting its first serious challenger," says the acclaimed author of Five Star Billionaire.

Interview: Pakistani Transgender Activist Looks to 'New Dawn' of Rights, Dignity

Bindiya Rana, president of Pakistan's Gender Interactive Alliance. (Courtesy Bindiya Rana)
Policy

In the face of discrimination and death threats, recent candidate for public office Bindiya Rana believes this year's legislative victories mean "a new dawn is near" for her community.

Photo of the Day: Poised in Synchrony in Thailand

Thai dancers perform during an opening ceremony for the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand on August 28, 2013. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Thai dancers perform during an opening ceremony for the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand on August 28, 2013. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Interview: Filmmaker Focuses on Water and Warming in Northern Pakistan

Niccolo Piazza's new documentary looks at climate change and water management in northern Pakistan's Karakoram Range. Above: Attabad Lake, Hunza Valley. (Niccolo Piazza)
Sustainability

His new project may sound like a Robert Ludlum thriller, but documentarian Niccolo Piazza is focused on the mountain communities of Gilgit–Baltistan and their "symbiotic relationship" with their environment.

Photos of the Day: Krishna's Birthday Gives 'Feeling Blue' Festive New Spin in India

Indian artist Suresh paints an idol of the Hindu Lord Krishna at a roadside stall on the outskirts of Amritsar on August 25, 2013. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

Krishna Janmashtami, sometimes known merely as Janmashtami, is an annual commemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna. This year the festival takes place on August 28, 2013.

Photo of the Day: A Steelworker in Bangladesh

Man breaks down sections of scrap steel with a hammer by the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 27, 2013. (Rob Pinney)
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A man breaks down sections of scrap steel with a hammer by the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 27, 2013. (Rob Pinney)

Interview: Globe-Trotting Musician Alex Zhang Hungtai on 'Living Life' for His Art

Alex Zhang Hungtai, also known as Dirty Beaches, onstage at Animal Social Club in Rome, Italy on October 19, 2011. (Flavia/Flickr)
Lifestyle

The Taipei-born, Berlin-based Dirty Beaches frontman chats about making music in Beijing, his love of Wong Kar Wai movies and his own forays into filmmaking.

Photo of the Day: A Long Narrow Enchanted Lake Between India and Tibet

A view of Pangong Tso, Tibetan for
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A view of Pangong Tso, Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake," also referred to as Pangong Lake, which stretches from India to Tibet, on August 13, 2013. (shankii/Flickr)