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  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 01/12

    Detail of the right eye of Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece the 'Mona Lisa' painting: Italian researcher Silvano Vinceti, president of the Italian National Committee for Historical, Cultural and Environment Heritage, claims he has found the letter 'S' in the woman's left eye, the letter 'L' in her right eye, and the number '72' under the arched bridge in the backdrop of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting.

  • Do we need a code of conduct for space?

    Do we need a code of conduct for space?

    Some experts are calling for an international code of conduct for spacefaring nations. But defining misconduct isn't easy.

  • Japan and South Korea as allies someday?

    Editorial Board Blog Japan and South Korea as allies someday?

    The US is pushing the militaries of South Korea and Japan to cooperate in the face of aggression by North Korea and China's military buildup. The two are allies of the US. Why not each other?

  • Decoding Obama's comments on war in Afghanistan: What did he really mean?

    Decoding Obama's comments on war in Afghanistan: What did he really mean?

    Obama’s citing of ‘fragile but reversible progress’ in his review of the war in Afghanistan is a signal to all the parties involved, including Americans, that the US withdrawal may go slowly.

  • Richard Holbrooke often struggled to be heard on Pakistan and Afghanistan

    Richard Holbrooke often struggled to be heard on Pakistan and Afghanistan

    Richard Holbrooke's struggle to be heard amid competing US voices in the region has some suggesting that the office of special envoy should be shut down.

  • WikiLeaks fallout reveals more cracks in Afghan war strategy

    WikiLeaks fallout reveals more cracks in Afghan war strategy

    The continued political survival of US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry suggests the doubts he expressed about the war strategy have deepened in American government circles.

  • In a Pakistan beset by conflict, the arts see nascent revival

    In a Pakistan beset by conflict, the arts see nascent revival

    Pakistan's music, letters, and visual arts blossom in a nation reeling from floods, conflict, and uncertainty.

  • Why India offers tepid response to Burma's release of Suu Kyi

    Why India offers tepid response to Burma's release of Suu Kyi

    In its relationship with Burma (Myanmar), India is caught between its commitment to principles of democracy and its desire to counter China's rising power in the region.

  • World Toilet Day: Top 10 nations lacking toilets

    World Toilet Day: Top 10 nations lacking toilets

    See a lot of people squatting in the open today? Don't be offended. The so-called "big squat" was held worldwide to coincide with the 10th annual World Toilet Day, an initiative to bring awareness to the need for adequate sanitary facilities. Every day, some 1.1 billion people go to the bathroom without any type of toilet, according to the World Health Organization. And even with a toilet, facilities are not necessarily sanitary. WaterAid America estimates that roughly 2.5 billion people – nearly 40 percent of the global population – do their business unsafely, often in public spaces. World Toilet Day is organized by the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization, which has 235 member organizations in 58 countries "working toward eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation." Here's a list of the world's worst nations in terms of people lacking access to sanitary facilities.

  • Why 300 million more people are suddenly poor

    Why 300 million more people are suddenly poor

    A United Nations index takes a multidimensional look at poverty and finds spikes from 'rising tiger' India to Hungary.