After giving the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama last year, the Norwegian Peace Prize Committee may opt for a more conventional winner this Friday.
Agnostics, atheists, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths.
Obama holds meetings with Asian leaders at UN on economic and security issues. But some analysts say he is doing no better than his predecessors at resolving the region's challenges.
Blocking debate on Vietnam’s rights record represents a break from Thailand’s tolerant tradition. Bangkok has been seen as more open to critical debate on regional affairs than more authoritarian countries like Vietnam.
A boy along with a dog on an inner tube wades through a flooded road on Tuesday in Burma (Myanmar). The Bago River went over its banks on Monday, forcing residents in low lying areas to abandon their homes.
A China blast killing seven people and injuring 14 on Thursday was allegedly carried out by an ethnic Uighur in Xinjiang Province, a site of past unrest.
Tibetan artists in traditional costumes perform during a public function to mark the 75th birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, in Dharmsala, India, on Tuesday.
Senator Robert Byrd (D) of West Virginia, tips his hat for reporters as he arrives at the Capitol in Washington, in this February 26, 2009 file photo. Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress, died early June 28. Byrd, a Democrat, held his seat for more than 50 years, including six years as Senate majority leader. At the time of his death, he was third in line to the presidency.
TIBET: Tibet: Under Chinese rule, Tibetans lack the right to determine their political future or freely elect their own leaders. The authorities regularly suppress religious activities and possession of Dalai Lama–related materials can lead to official harassment and punishment. Freedoms of assembly and association are severely restricted. Independent trade unions, civic groups, and human rights groups are illegal. Torture remains common in practice. Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, is seen here in July 2009.