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  • In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, center, attends an activity to mark this year's National Science Popularization Day at China Agricultural University in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2012.

    State media said Xi toured a university in Beijing, but offered no explanation of why he had dropped from sight.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 10:00 AM EST
  • TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Great Satan still sells in Iran.

    Even after decades of diplomatic estrangement and tightening economic sanctions, American products manage to find their way into the Iranian marketplace. The routes are varied: back channel exporters, licensing workarounds and straightforward trade for goods not covered by the U.S. embargoes over Iran's nuclear program.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 9:30 AM EST
  • While a team of Microsoft researchers in China investigating were investigating the sale of counterfeit software, they became introduced to  a malware called Nitol.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 5:30 AM EST
  • In this Oct. 13, 1988 file phto, Chinese senior leader Deng Xiaoping is seen in Beijing.

    The extended absence of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, just weeks before he is expected to be named China's top leader, is nothing new in the Communist Party's opaque, secretive political culture.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 5:00 AM EST