Police removed barricades in Hong Kong on Tuesday, taking down a section of one of the protest movement's camps after two months of sit-ins. But it was a small step by the city's government, and the Occupy Central movement isn't likely to end any time soon.
Long the home of watery lagers, China is becoming a big, new market for craft brews. But thanks to red tape and government restrictions, it is foreign breweries instead of local beer makers who are filling the demand for China's beer lovers.
There were no smiles or warmth and no lingering chit-chat, but the leaders of China and Japan actually shook hands in front of the cameras. And even that small step is a good sign for a troubled relationship.
The Scotch whisky industry has gotten a wake up call after a single malt from Japan was named the best in the world. Jim Murray, who publishes an annual "Whisky Bible," says there's more choice and more quality from places like Japan and the US than ever before.
The protests in Hong Kong are about democratic reform. But they’re also putting a spotlight on the issue of press freedom in the Chinese territory, where the news media’s reputation for being fiercely independent is now in question.
How do you decide when it's safe to go home after a nuclear accident? Three and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, the government says the clean-up is mostly completed in one nearby town. But only half the residents have returned.
The Man Booker prize for literature in English was awarded to an Aussie author for a novel inspired by his father's experiences as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese, working on the country's World War II era ‘Railroad of Death’ in Thailand and Burma.
For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for the common theme that connects Australia's coastal region "The Great Sandy," North Korea's Mount Myohyang, and Lagunas de Montebello, near the border between Mexico and Guatemala. The answer is....they are all newly deemed 'biosphere reserves.'
Business is actually booming for GM in China. Sales there for the first five months of this year rose by more than a third over the same period last year. Today, GM said its problems in the US will have no impact on its thriving operations in China. The World's China correspondent Mary Kay Magistad says the Chinese aren't too worried about GM's bankruptcy.
The ancient teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius are serving as the modern-day inspiration for England's schools minister, Jim Knight. He wants to import Confucian-style teaching methods to classrooms across the country. The World's Laura Lynch has this report.
The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports from Beijing on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. Many Chinese remember the event vividly, but it's a day the Chinese government would rather forget.
Twenty years ago today, Chinese troops cleared Tiananmen Square. Hundreds, possibly thousands of people were killed in and around the square. Chinese students had been calling for democracy and free speech. The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports from Beijing on an ongoing legal dispute over a documentary about the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown called "The Gate of Heavenly Peace". The case pits the filmmakers against one of the student demonstrators.
In Japan, many singles are taking no chances when it comes to getting married. They're going to "marriage hunting" events, a mix between speed dating and a job interview. Even the government is getting involved. Akiko Fujita reports from Tokyo.