A chilly reception for the Arab Spring in the Persian Gulf shows the strength of the U.S.-Saudi "special relationship."
The first to recognize literature's power are the tyrants themselves.
Al-Mutanabbi Street was once the center of literary life in Baghdad. A new project brings the street back to life.
A poet reaches out to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
With several pipeline projects under way, Central Asia is readying itself for a new "Great Game."
India and China, two leading emerging economies in the world, are competing with each other, as well as Africa's traditional western trading partners, to build a stronger relationship with Africa.
Increasingly worried that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is taking advantage of the growing political chaos in Yemen, the administration of President Barack Obama has tasked the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to use drone missiles to strike at suspected AQAP militants.
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.