Shiite women take part in a reenactment of the battle of Kerbala during an Ashura procession in Istanbul. Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered in Istanbul's Halkali district to commemorate the Ashura religious festival, the day when Imam Hussein, one of the prophet Mohammad's grandsons, was killed during a battle in AD 680 in Kerbala, a city in modern-day Iraq.
India, China agreed to $16 billion in trade deals this week and set a bilateral trade target of $100 billion. But resolution of longstanding border disputes was kicked down the road.
A young monk holds a traditional parasol as he waits for the arrival of Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Pemayangtse monastery in Pelling in India's Himalayan state of Sikkim. The Dalai Lama is in Sikkim, which borders China, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao begins his three-day visit to New Delhi.
Like Obama on his November trip to India, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is traveling with hundreds of executives and has business deals at the top of his agenda.
A five-day tiger summit aimed at conservation generated a $1 million donation from Leonardo DiCaprio. The world's remaining 3,500 tigers are at risk from poaching and loss of habitat.
President Obama's trip to Asia shows just how much the global power balance has shifted. China and India now hold the key to Western economic recovery. In this climate, the US must learn a new form of international leadership.
Obama may be leaning toward America-first moves at the expense of other nations. He should resist such steps while forging agreements on a new world economic order.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was recently placed under house arrest, called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue of human rights during his trip this week to Beijing.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, literally gets a foot in the door for the press corps trying to cover President Obama's visit to India.