Kabul has a problem with pollution. Not only is it making life unpleasant, and obscuring the city's famous views of the mountains, it's actually killing people. In fact, last year, the number of people killed from dirty air was nearly as high as the number killed by war violence.
An anonymous soldier sent The Los Angeles Times a series of 18 graphic photographers of United States military personnel posing with Afghan corpses. On Wednesday, the newspaper published a selection of those photos. The Pentagon has condemned the images and has launched a criminal investigation.
In Pakistan, almost one-third of both girls and boys suffer some sort of sexual abuse. Often it comes at the hands of their own family members -- and they seem to have nowhere to turn for help. So they suffer in silence, in the shadows, often for years.
Monday brought an end to 18 hours of deadly violence in Kabul, Afghanistan, part of a coordinated attack around the country by insurgents pointing to how fragile the political situation there is.
Pakistan has pushed the United States for years to share its Predator drone technology. The United States has resisted so Pakistan is turning to China to help it build its own drone fleet. Though Pakistan is relatively tight-lipped about what it wants, a retired Pakistani general said they'll likely be armed.
China is at a crossroads. The economic engine that has allowed its political leaders unprecedented peace and prosperity in the Communist nation, is slowing and the leaders there recognize that changes will be need to continue growing. But that's proving difficult, and coming at the same time the nation attempts a power transition and deals with a political scandal.
Researchers in South Korea are field-testing what is believed to be the first robotic, autonomous prison guard. Built in South Korea, the creation will monitor, analyze and report behavior that could be dangerous to the health, welfare and safety of prisoners and prisons themselves.
Never before has such a dramatic power transfer in China unfolded in the Internet era. Making this even more dramatic is controversial news this week that a one-time popular party leader has been suspended from his posts and his wife has been arrested and charged with murder. All this is unfolding on the Internet in China.
Some 37 years after the United States pulled the last of its forces from Vietnam, ending the Vietnam War, the people of Vietnam are clamoring for closer ties to American culture. To do that, though, they need to know English. So in Vietnam, English is king.
Gu Kailai, the wife of powerful Chinese political leader Bo Xilai, was charged in connection with the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, who was believed to have died in his hotel room in Chongqing. Bo was an up-and-coming political leader in China who has fallen from grace in the wake of a scandal amidst a leadership transition in the country.