The world may be turning from democracy — but the alternatives possess serious flaws.
Vietnam's first ever gold medalist, Uzbekistan's seven-time Olympian gymnast, and many others are making history in Rio de Janeiro.
The structure in Astana, Kazakhstan's newish capital, is one of the world's largest government buildings.
"I would have never felt the need to do the work if I already had the answers," says photographer Carolyn Drake, who spent six years documenting Central Asia's borders, geography, ethnicities, and tumultuous history.
This year's list includes eight newly minted cultural and natural heritage sites across seven Asian countries.
In the future, competition for energy reserves in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be between Russia and China, with time being on Beijing's side.
A Russian security guard is seen walking along the train tracks with the Soyuz rocket in the background at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 26, 2013. (nasa hq photo/Flickr)