• Pakistan's Shiite minority is feeling under siege as Sunni militants who view them as heretics step up a campaign of sectarian attacks.

    In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 photo, Shiite Muslims visit their graveyard in Pakistan's violent Baluchistan capital of Quetta, Pakistan, where radical Sunni Muslim rivals have terrorized and murdered minority Shiites in a wave of suicide bombings and target killings.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 07, 2012, 12:00 AM EST
  • A vendor pushes a cart selling fried buns at a Hutong alley in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.

    The Chinese president warned growth could slow further, prompting expectations of possible new stimulus spending.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 8:00 PM EST
  • In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo city officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background.

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Japan will buy the three uninhabited islands in the East China Sea from a Japanese family it recognizes as the owner.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 7:00 PM EST
  • Claudia Mo Man-ching, center, of the pro-democracy Civic Party celebrates with her supporters after winning at a seat on the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. Hong Kong voters cast ballots in legislative elections Sunday that will help determine the eventual shape of full democracy that Beijing has promised the former British colony.

    Hong Kong's legislature is split between those aligned with Beijing and those who favor further democratic reforms.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 6:30 PM EST
  • The three-day visit by S.M. Krishna is not expected to produce breakthroughs on the major conflicts between the two neighbors, including the disputed territory of Kashmir.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 3:30 PM EST
  • John Shum, filmmaker and veteran pro-democracy activist who helped Chinese students during the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, stages a hunger strike outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

    The Hong Kong government calls it national education. But parents, teachers and pupils fear it's a ploy to indoctrinate the city's young.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 3:00 PM EST
  • All nine judges on Myanmar's Constitution Tribunal have resigned after the lower house of parliament voted to impeach them in a standoff within Myanmar's government.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 1:00 PM EST
  • In this Aug. 10, 2012 file photo South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, center, looks at a national flag upon his arrival at islands called Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

    In recent weeks, these long-simmering tensions have returned to a boil, with violent protests in Chinese cities, and an island junket by South Korea's president.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 12:00 PM EST