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Photo of the Day: Rainy Night in Patong, Thailand

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A bright rainy night in Patong, Thailand, November 13, 2011. (samparadise /Flickr)

Book Excerpt: 'The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World'

Picture released on Dec. 19, 1977 of Phan Hien (C, back), Vietnamese Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs facing Richard Holbrooke (R, front) U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, during U.S.-Vietnamese talks on normalizing relations between the countries, at the Vietnamese Embassy in Saigon. (Michel Clement/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

On Monday, November 28, Asia Society New York will host a book event for the publication of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World, a collection of writing by the friends and colleagues who knew the late diplomat and Asia Society Chairman best, as well as excerpts from Holbrooke's own writing.

Video: Kyrgyzstan President on Central Asian Neighbors, Future Plans

Policy

Kyrgyzstan President Roza Otunbayeva discusses her relationship with neighboring Central Asian countries and her plans after ceding power in December.

Challenges for Pakistan's New Ambassador to the US

Then-Pakistani Information Minister Sherry Rehman briefs media representatives in Islamabad in 2008. Rehman was named Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2011. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Pakistan has appointed former Minister for Information Sherry Rehman as its new ambassador to the United States, following a controversy surrounding a mysterious memo that forced the country's previous representative, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, to resign. Asia Society's experts believe that the new ambassador will be facing tough challenges in Washington.

Photo of the Day: Traveling Tent Cinema, India

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Amit Madhesiya explores the 60-year-old tradition of itinerant cinema in rural India. Often accompanying religious festivals, the traveling cinema showcases a mix of regional and Bollywood films and sometimes dubbed Hollywood movies. (luccadigitalphotofest /Flickr)

Former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo Barred from Leaving Country

Former Philippines President and congresswoman Gloria Arroyo (C) arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on Nov. 15, 2011. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The November 15 photograph of former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a wheelchair and neck brace at the Manila International Airport became something of a media sensation last week as Arroyo is now appealing the government's decision to not let her fly out of the country for medical reasons.

The case, the latest in a long series of Philippines dynastic political battles, pits Arroyo against the government of President Benigno Aquino III.

Memogate: Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Resigns, Twitter Reacts

Former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S Husain Haqqani. (Pakistan Embassy, Washington, DC)
Policy

Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani announced from his Twitter account (@husainhaqqani) this morning that he asked Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gillani to accept his resignation. The resignation has been accepted.

Photo of the Day: Bows and Purses, Mongolia

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"Gender relations start early," comments Jeremy Weate on his photo of two young children playing in Mongolia on November 6, 2011. (Jeremy Weate /Flickr)

Photo: Obama, in Bali, Reconsiders Position on Colorful Shirts Issue

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (C) wearing Indonesian traditional clothes attend the gala dinner during the East Asia Summit in Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Nov. 18, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Veteran observers of the Asia Pacific scene were heartened no end this past weekend when U.S. President Barack Obama appeared at the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia looking resplendent in an embroidered Indonesian dress shirt.

Obama wore the shirt, a stylish dark green number with orange accents, to an official state dinner in Nusa Dua on Friday, November 18. He was joined by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and other Asia Pacific leaders, all clad in traditional Indonesian dress shirts.

Upcoming Asia Society Sarah Sze Exhibition Previewed in New York Times

Sarah Sze, <i>Checks and Balances</i>, 2011. Stone, string, and ink on archival paper. Private collection.
Arts

Asia Society Museum's forthcoming Sarah Sze: Infinite Line, the first exhibition to focus specifically both on the artist’s work on paper and on her process, was singled out for advance mention in the New York Times "Arts Beat" section this past Friday.<