Regions / Asia & Pacific
In towns and cities all over Japan farewell gatherings were being held, as "returnees" to North Korea packed their bags and boarded trains that would take them to the port of Niigata where, after various formalities including a "confirmation of free will" by the International Committee of the Red Cross, they would board Russian ships for the voyage to Cheongjin in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
The South Korean government is on the verge of bringing much-needed reform to what has been the world's largest child-export industry.
Beijing's recent crackdown on human rights has revealed the importance of a new group of activists.
Some in India would like to see it emulate the SEAL attack on bin Laden.
Money has been pouring into Timor-Leste, but it has not translated into meaningful development.
In Mun Dok-su's epic poem, a postman travels through the history of war to deliver an important message to humanity.
Japan is still digging its way out of the earthquake and tsunami that hit in March. Here's a way to help.
At nearly 200 meters high and 2.3 kilometers wide, the hydroelectric dam in Hubei, China, is creating a reservoir that will eventually stretch 600km (370 miles) to the west.
Across Africa, China has become known as the agent of mass construction, wisely bartering infrastructural development - chiefly mining-specific - for long-term access to strategic resources.
For the student of contemporary Japan, these are sad times...because of the growing sense that Japan lacks a truly responsible democratic government to address these issues, and because its people deserve better.