Kashmir Solidarity Day, celebrated annually in Pakistan, allows jihadist groups to air their anger over the disputed region. Just last month, the prime minister announced a 'zero tolerance' policy for militancy.
Under Taliban rule, almost no Afghan girls went to school. Last year, some 3 million of 8 million students were female. With international forces now leaving the country, consolidating these gains may prove a challenge.
Before 2002, Afghanistan had 50 miles of paved roads. Departing international forces are leaving more than 8,000 miles. Still, the World Bank estimates that a majority of roads aren't suitable for cars because of poor maintenance.
At a time when members of the current Hindu nationalist government are talking about 'converting' religious minorities to Hindu beliefs, Obama's words on free exercise and equality left a ringing sound.
Climate change and defense issues remain ahead for Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the state visit. Tomorrow, Obama will be the first US leader to be guest of honor at India's Republic Day military parade.
Obama will be the first US presidential guest of honor at India's grand parade on Republic Day, Monday. While Obama has called the US-India relationship pivotal in the 21st century, divides on trade, energy, geopolitics are deeper than advertised.
Thailand's attorney general said Friday that criminal charges would be brought against former prime minister Yingluck Shinwatra over a failed rice subsidy program. A military-appointed assembly separately impeached her.