• In this Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 photo, Pakistani customers from the tribal area of Waziristan buy fertilizer at a shop in Bannu, Pakistan.

    Pakistan's effort to cut off the flow of fertilizer to militants using it to make bombs in this key tribal sanctuary along the Afghan border has outraged local farmers.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 5:30 AM EST
  • Xi was mentioned in official media for the first time since his last appearance on Sept. 1; report failed to explain the extended absence that has sparked the rumors.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 3:30 AM EST
  • In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, North Korean farmers walk along a road through a farm field outside the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, in Kangwon province, North Korea.

    A string of long-doubtful observers have become increasingly convinced that economic change is afoot, akin to China's first flirtations with market reforms 30 years ago.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 1:00 AM EST