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  • Cut-price competition from China and Western influences are leading many urban Afghan women to exchange the full-body cloak for a simple headscarf.

    Haji Hussain, 75, who colors clothing for 40 years, takes a freshly colored burqa out for drying outside his small shop in the old town of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 15, 2013. Despite advances in women’s rights, Afghanistan remains a deeply conservative country and most women continue to wear the Burqa. But tradesmen say times are changing in Kabul at least, with demand for burqas declining as young women going to school and taking office jobs refuse to wear the cumbersome garments. (AP Photo/Anja Ni
    LAST UPDATE : Apr 16, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT
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  • FILE - In this March 17, 2013 file photo released by the South Korean Navy via Yonhap on March 18, 2013, South Korea and U.S. warships participate in their joint military drill "Foal Eagle" in South Korea's West Sea. In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday, April 16, 2013, that the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area. (AP Photo/South Korea Navy via Yonhap, File)

    China says that the U.S. is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 16, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT
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  • U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry, left, is greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida prior to their meeting at Foreign Ministry's Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Sunday, April 14, 2013. After meeting with top Chinese leaders in Beijing, Kerry traveled to Tokyo to discuss the continuing North Korea crisis with Japanese officials. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    The U.S. and Japan offered new talks with North Korea to resolve the increasingly dangerous standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but said the reclusive communist government first must lower tensions.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 14, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT
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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens to Chinese Premier Liu Keqiang during their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

    Beijing is communicating its strong desire for some form of direct contact between the U.S. and North Korea as a means of defusing the ongoing crisis.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 14, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT
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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Beijing. The question of how Washington can persuade Beijing to exert real pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's unpredictable regime is front and center as Kerry meets Saturday with Chinese leaders in Beijing. (AP Photo/Paul J. Richards, Pool)

    With North Korea seemingly readying a potential missile test, the U.S. Secretary of State and China's foreign policy chieff, stressed that their countries were committed to a peaceful resolution of the nuclear standoff.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 13, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
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  • Retired North Korean military members stand at attention during an induction ceremony for children into the Korean Children's Union, the first political organization for North Koreans, held at a stadium in Pyongyang on Friday, April 12, 2013.

    Elaborate floral displays featured mini replicas of red-tipped missiles and long-range rockets at an exhibition that opened Friday in Pyongyang, underlining pride in an illicit arsenal that has put the region on edge.

    LAST UPDATE : Apr 12, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT
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