They are forging economic ties with the Muslim world at a time when interest in Islam is also growing.
The leader, who missed Tuesday's celebration of his country's 60th anniversary, has periodically been reported ill. But the speculation this time assumes greater urgency.
Prime Minister Samak was forced to quit Tuesday, after a court ruled he'd broken the law by hosting two TV cooking shows while in office.
China's government only recently began addressing the needs of its 83 million disabled citizens.
More students are marching to unseat Prime Minister Samak, adding to an ideologically mixed coalition of businesspeople, royalists, and academics.
To avert a famine, more aid is needed. Half of all families eat only two meals a day, says new WFP assessment.
After Fukuda, Japan is looking for a leader who can fix a flagging economy and political stagnation.
One villager's fight against corruption results in abuse and arrests.
Yasuo Fukuda's term was beset with political gridlock and economic problems.
Activists have disrupted air and rail travel, and refuse to leave government grounds.
Anwar Ibrahim retook his parliament seat Tuesday. His goal: topple the government.
The 2012 host faces numerous challenges, including tight budgets, security concerns, and a dearth of homegrown Olympic champions in many sports.
Gloomy forecasts of smog, terrorism, and rude hosts all but evaporated during the 17-day sports extravaganza, though concern remained about human rights.
The success of the Olympics is expected to help China’s leaders and people trust the rest of the world more readily, and tone down an often aggrieved nationalism.
Many Olympic events get little notice worldwide but have huge national followings. For Finland, the javelin throw is a national obsession.