The former president succeeded in securing the release of two American journalists partly because he brought Pyongyang the prestige it craves.
In a working-class area of Paris, a multiethnic crowd gathers along a canal to kayak, practice tai chi, and enjoy the summertime.
Prime Minister Aso's long-ruling party is under fire as polls indicate strong support for the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. The vote is Aug. 30.
China takes a page from its "stop the Lama" playbook as it tries to prevent lobbying by Uighur nationalist.
The Aug. 30 vote could end its nearly uninterrupted half century in power.
South Korea said Friday it had identified and blocked five IP addresses used to distribute computer viruses that caused a wave of Web site outages in the U.S. and South Korea.
Amid recession woes, some politicians see an opening in a system long tipped toward political families.
Media fragmentation – and a public that's seen it all – makes it harder for today's artists to achieve global superstardom.