The surprise election of opposition politician Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lanka’s new president may open the door for "genuine and long-term reconciliation," a Sri Lankan analyst argues.
A bicycle is parked in front of a textured, wooden facade on the street in Shiga, Japan on January 5, 2015. (VisualAge/Flickr)
Matt Friedman explains how people across the world are forced into slavery, and how the fight against it is being lost.
A row of brightly painted boats are moored at Kasimedu harbor in Chennai, India on January 3, 2015. (Ramesh SA/Flickr)
The three-month detention of a Chinese researcher for the German newspaper Die Zeit in Beijing prompts her peers to reflect on the risks they face.
A woman cleans the floor of an arched corridor with a handmade broom in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 4, 2015. (Rakib Hasan Sumon/Flickr)
Up-and-coming Chinese composers Sam Wu, Qin Yi, and Zulan made their U.S. debuts on Asia Society's stage with three eclectic works in "Shanghai/New York: Future Histories."
A street performer painstakingly paints his face in vibrant colors in Chennai, India on January 12, 2015. (Ramesh SA/Flickr)