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White House Visit for Myanmar's Thein Sein Historic, and Earned

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Myanmar's President Thein Sein (R) after a meeting at the regional parliament building in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In a show of just how far Myanmar has come, President Thein Sein — the unlikeliest of reformers — is in Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

History in the (Re)making as Nawaz Sharif Set to Become Pakistan's Prime Minister

Pakistan's incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks to journalists at his farm house in Raiwind, on the outskirts of Lahore, on May 13, 2013. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Given a choice between Khan’s promise of "change" and Sharif’s presumably safer bet of "experience," writes M. Bilal Lakhani, Pakistani voters have leaned heavily towards experience.

Interview: 'Top Chef' Kristen Kish on Her Korean Fried Chicken Addiction, and More

Kristen Kish. (www.mercurephotography.com)
Lifestyle

The recent Top Chef winner talks about eating her weight in Doritos off camera during the show, and lists her favorite people to follow on Twitter.

Photo of the Day: Red Sails on Aqua Waters in Hong Kong

A boat glides through the rippling waves in Hong Kong on May 12, 2013. (iandolphin24/Flickr)
Multimedia

A boat glides through the rippling waves in Hong Kong on May 12, 2013. (iandolphin24/Flickr)

Interview: Filmmaker Amrit Singh Dishes on His Quest to Find New York's Best Dosa

Punjabi American music maven Amrit Singh is the director of a new short film,
Multimedia

From the many phases of his hair to a tweet that inspired his film Dosa Hunt, the Punjabi American music maven tells us how his heritage has shaped who he is today.

Book Excerpt: Peter Hessler's 'Strange Stones' Tells Stories from East and West

Policy

Peter Hessler's new book is a selection of his thought-provoking reportage on both China and the United States over the past decade. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on Tuesday, May 21.

Photo of the Day: A Petulant Puppy in Japan

A dog looks out the window in Tokyo, Japan on May 13, 2013. (今 ゆっくりと 歩いていこう/Flickr)
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A dog looks out the window in Tokyo, Japan on May 13, 2013. (今 ゆっくりと 歩いていこう/Flickr)

Interview: CNN's Kristie Lu Stout on Haw Flakes, Twitter and Tracking China

Lifestyle

We reached out to the CNN International anchor and self-professed "media junkie," "China nerd" and "geek mom" via email.

Video: Filmmaker Returns Home to Site of Sichuan Earthquake to Tell Town's Tale

Fu Guangjun holds her daughter Jiang Yutong, 2, on the first day of preschool classes in New Beichuan. Film still from 'The Reborn of Beichuan.'
Multimedia

Five years after the Sichuan earthquake, 'The Reborn of Beichuan' follows the journey of two families from a devastated Chinese city as they try to restore normalcy to their lives and struggle to move past the loss of their children.

Interview: 'Zombie Combat' Expert Roger Ma Protects Fellow Citizens From the Undead

As vampires and zombies threaten to overrun American culture, one man stands between ordinary mortals and the blood-sucking, flesh-eating hordes.