• An aerial view shows a flooded intersection from heavy rains brought by Typhoon Tembin in Pingtung county, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. The typhoon crossed over southern Taiwan on Friday morning, causing flooding and wind damage but largely sparing the island's heavily populated areas.

    A typhoon crossed over southern Taiwan on Friday morning but largely spared the island's heavily populated areas, while another, larger storm was threatening to hit the southern Japanese island of Okinawa early Sunday.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 05, 2012, 11:00 AM EST
  • Customers buy local weekly journals at a roadside shop in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Myanmar's government said Monday it was abolishing the harsh practice of directly censoring the country's media, the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication as they for almost half a century.

    It is the most dramatic move toward allowing freedom of expression.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 2:26 AM EDT