Visitors to Bangkok’s Wat Phai Ngern Buddhist temple touch stone statues of infants during a Nov. 27 ceremony for 2,002 fetuses found in the temple's mortuary. The fetuses were found Nov. 16 and believed to be from illegal abortion clinics. Wang Zemin for NPR hide caption

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Red Shirt anti-government protesters shout slogans and sing songs during a demonstration at the Democracy monument in Bangkok, on Dec. 10. The Thai government recently announced it would lift the state of emergency in place since riots in April and May, the country's worst political violence in years. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A computer user in Kuala Lumpur points to local news portals on the Internet. Malaysia's government controls the print media, but news is reportedly free online -- a factor that has altered the balance of political power in the nation. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Newly released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon Friday. Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Recovery teams including Kopassus, the Indonesian special military, look for victims' remains outside Yogyakarta. Lianne Milton for NPR hide caption

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A campaign vehicle with posters of  candidates drives on a street in Yangon ahead of national elections Sunday in Myanmar. The elections will be the country's first in two decades. Khin Maung Win/AP hide caption

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A Baluch man holds a poster of a nationalist leader. The Baluch are deeply divided between seeking outright independence for Baluchistan and seeking autonomy within Pakistan. Wang Zemin hide caption

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A Pakistani Sufi Muslim dances outside the Data Darbar, shrine to the patron saint of Lahore, during a three-day annual religious festival in Lahore, Feb. 4. Gatherings at the shrine have been curtailed since July, when suicide bombers killed more than 40 worshippers there. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Chenzhou city anti-corruption official Zeng Jinchun stands trial in Changsha, the capital of China's Hunan province, in 2008. He was convicted of corruption, sentenced to death, and is now awaiting execution. Similar corruption scandals have occurred across China. hide caption

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Chinese paramilitary officers march in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing during a rehearsal for China's 60th anniversary celebrations last year. A consequence of China's military modernization program is that some veterans have been left behind, which has led them to protest their condition. Once the backbone of the communist revolution, soldiers are now considered among the groups that should be suppressed. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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A man walks through a Beijing building formerly used as a secret detention center in 2009. In these "black jails," Chinese citizens are held, forcibly restrained and sometimes beaten to prevent them from lodging formal complaints with the central government. Elizabeth Dalziel/AP hide caption

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In this December 2007 photo, fishermen watch as a barge carrying the wreck of an 800-year-old sunken merchant ship, dubbed South China Sea No. 1, berths at a dock of the Maritime Silk Road Museum in Yangjiang. China Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters from Amnesty International in Hong Kong demonstrate in March 2009 against the death penalty in China. The human-rights group says China executed more than 1,700 people in 2008, roughly three-quarters of the world total. Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Striking workers wearing masks gather May 26 outside a plant in China's Guangdong province that manufactures auto parts for Honda. Strikes by workers demanding higher wages have halted production at three Honda plants in southern China recently. Imaginechina via AP hide caption

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks during a press conference Monday at a war memorial in Seoul. Lee announced plans to take North Korea to the U.N. Security Council and suspended most trade between the two Koreas. Presidential House via Getty Images hide caption

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