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Explainer: The Political Crisis in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (C) surrounded by security personnel and lawyers acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the Supreme Court after adjourning the contempt hearing in Islamabad on Jan. 19, 2012. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Last week, Pakistan's Supreme Court initiated proceedings to hold Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt of court in connection with the government’s refusal to pursue a Swiss money-laundering investigation against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Photo (and Video) of the Day: Australia Day Showdown and India Republic Day Stunt

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Australia Day ended up in a showdown between the prime minister and Aboriginal protestors. In India, Republic Day was celebrated with a show of its military might and cultural diversity.

Schell: Obama's China 'Drive-By'

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) listens as President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to the Republican "red meat faction," but kept his China commentary discreet enough not to disrupt U.S.-China relations, writes Orville Schell.

Photo of the Day: Twilight in Titiwangsa

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The sun sets over Titiwangsa, located in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 24, 2012. (Syibli /Flickr)

Obama's State of the Union: Much More Than Trying to 'Contain China'

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

The reality is much broader and deeper, writes Suzanne DiMaggio, who says Obama's Asia "pivot" signals his recognition of an unprecedented shift of economic, political and strategic power to Asia.

Stephen W. Bosworth: It's Not Just North Korea That Makes U.S. Engagement Difficult

Former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Stephen W. Bosworth at Asia Society New York on January 23, 2012.
Policy

The former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy explains how domestic politics is one of many factors complicating diplomatic outreach to North Korea.

Interview: Playwright Zayd Dohrn on Being an 'Outside Person' [Photos]

Arts

Dohrn discusses how his new off-Broadway play 'Outside People' bridges the gap between Chinese and American culture.

Photo of the Day: Smiling Man in Gujarat

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A smiling man stands smoking on the streets of Gujarat, India on January 19, 2012. (Peter Barwick /Flickr)

Lunar New Year Celebrations Around World Usher in Year of the Dragon [Photos]

Multimedia

We collected our favorite images from across the globe. Happy New Year!

Video: APEC Leaders Reflect on 2011 Summit Successes

Former White House Coordinator for APEC Matthew Goodman (L) and Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO William Weldon (R) at Asia Society New York on January 18, 2011.
Business

Johnson & Johnson CEO William Weldon and other APEC leaders discuss the strengths of the 2011 summit and speculate on the future of the region.