Hydraulic fracturing has recently emerged as an alternative source of energy in the United States. Now China, the world's largest energy consumer, is experimenting with it. The Chinese government hopes the controversial technology will help wean the country off dirty coal.
U.S. forces are supposed to be out of combat roles in Afghanistan by 2015. As that date marches ever closer, some Afghans are wondering what the future holds for the country's security, and its economy.
Australia has thousands of refugees clamoring for asylum every year. In a bid to get a handle on the problem, the country has decided to setup refugee processing centers on small, Pacific islands where the refugees will remain until a decision is made on their status.
Since Chinese immigrants first started coming to the United States in the mid 1800s, many have congregated, at least initially, in Chinatowns. But as immigration slows, and China's economy roars, that flow of immigrants is drying up. And that's meant Chinatowns across the country are facing changes.
The United States used millions of gallons of Agent Orange herbicide across Vietnam during the war there, in an effort to destroy the foliage that was giving its enemies cover. But, in the process, it contaminated the soil with dioxin and other chemicals that have persisted and continue to cause birth defects and health problems to this day.
While India's daily life was disrupted with a second day of power outages, life was moving on. Diesel generators were fired up, and some people just shrugged and moved on. But at the government level, politicians were vowing action to keep this from happening again.
Central Asia has long been the focus of tense geopolitical battles between world powers. The latest one started more than a decade ago, when the United States turned the region into a primary staging ground for its war in Afghanistan. A three-way struggle has since emerged between the U.S., China and Russia.
Earlier this year, Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest in China and eventually made it to the United States. In his first national broadcast interview since arriving in New York City, Chen talks with The Takeaway about his campaign to improve disability rights in China.
Mongolia is a traditional country that's rapidly modernizing. But there's one element of its history that's not going away, and that's its traditional games. The Naadam have been held for generations and are stronger than ever.
A law student in Bangalore died recently, and the newspapers have been filled with allegations of murder and honor killings. But upon closer inspection, there's no reason to believe it's not another suicide -- a scourge of Indian society.
After being detained for 80 days by the Chinese Government, artist Ai Weiwei was released on bail. The government cites economic crimes for his detention, such as evading taxes and destroying documents.