U.S. officials in Afghanistan are on the defensive on a number of fronts. They have a U.S. soldier accused of massacring 16 civillians, a controversy over the burning of Korans and now the Taliban has suspended peace talks with the U.S. — an effort that's been years in the making.
During his visit to Afghanistan Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was confronted with a potentially volatile situation. An Afghan civilian employee on a military base breached the security barriers in what some are describing as an attack on Panetta.
In small cities in Japan's tsunami zone, the rebuilding process is going slowly. Though some cities are trying to use the destruction as a chance to build better communities, they're running into problems of finding funding.
China's flexing its diplomatic muscle, softly, as it tries to end the violence in Syria. A Chinese envoy was headed to Syria bringing a demand that both sides end the violence and negotiate a peaceful end to the violence that has killed 7,000 people.
Malay is the national language in Malaysia, but English used to be widely used as well in the former British colony. Now, as use of English diminishes, some parents are worried their sons and daughters won't be as competitive in a global work force. So they're left to find schools that will still teach them in English.
As Japan approaches the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that rattled the island nation and very nearly caused a complete and total meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, work continue on defueling, decommissioning and dismantling the damaged power station.
About a year ago, the only Christian in the Pakistani government was assassinated — a symbol of the discrimination he fought hard to change. As Christians mark the one-year anniversary of that event, they're trying to move forward.
While Aung San Suu Kyi is out of prison and free to run in the upcoming elections in the country formerly known as Burma, there are still signs that there is more work to do. But many in Myanmar are just thrilled with the progress they've had so far.
The United States announced recently that it had inadvertently burned a number of Korans that had been confiscated from Afghan prisoners, thinking they were subversive material. In response, thousands of Afghans have taken to the streets in protest.
In Hong Kong, for the first time, more people identify themselves as Hong Kongers, rather than Chinese. It's a feeling that's at the center of growing discontent between Hong Kong residents and native Chinese.