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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Endo Mitsunaga is only the 13th monk since World War II to complete a grueling training regimen of walking around Japan's Mt. Hiei for a thousand days. Mitsunaga, who has earned the honorific daiajari as a result, is shown here in his living quarters at the Enryaku-ji temple complex atop Mt. Hiei, near Kyoto. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Chinese J-10 fighter jets pass an air force officer on the tarmac at the Yangcun airbase of the People's Liberation Army Air Force in Tianjin, southeast of Beijing, April 13, 2010. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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