Former political detainees, Michael Fernandez (left), 72, and Tan Jing Quee (second from right), 66, participate in a forum in Singapore. A notebook used by Fernandez to scribble notes while he was jailed is projected behind them at the event held in 2006. Fernandez and Tan are among the hundreds of Singaporeans detained by the government without trial for, they say, political reasons. Wong Maye-e/AP hide caption

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In Singapore, The Voices Of Dissent Grow Louder

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Myanmar's Member of Parliament and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is making her first visit to the U.S. in twenty years. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A reflection of the Marina Bay Esplanade in Singapore. The nation is increasingly seen as a corporate logistics hub and gateway to the region's emerging markets. Vorrarit Anantsorrrarak/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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Singapore's Rising Tech Industry Draws Expat Innovators And Investors

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Lebanese masked gunmen from the al-Mokdad clan gather for a news conference in Beirut's southern suburbs on Aug. 15. The Mokdads, a large Lebanese Shiite Muslim clan, said they kidnapped at least 20 Syrians to try to secure the release of a family member abducted by Syrian rebels near Damascus this week. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian Conflict Stokes Unease In Lebanon

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A Syrian soldier casts a shadow as he stands in the northwest city of Idlib in May. Growing numbers of Syrian soldiers are defecting and joining the rebels. Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Asked To Spy On Rebels, Syrian Soldier Becomes One

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Syrian Jets Fire On Hospital, As Fighting Rages

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Sheik Ahmad Assir speaks to supporters at a tent encampment set up in protest against Hezbollah in Sidon, Lebanon. He accuses the Islamist militant group of using resistance against Israel as a smokescreen for another aim: advancing Iranian regional hegemony. Mohamad al-Baba/NPR hide caption

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Sunni Cleric Rises To Challenge Hezbollah In Lebanon

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Defection of Syrian Prime Minister A Blow To Assad

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Syrian Prime Minister Defects To Jordan

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Myanmar's Workers Exercise Rights To Organize

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Syria Fighting Continues

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A picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network purportedly shows Syrian rebels celebrating after taking over a police station in the Ansari district of Aleppo on Friday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rebels Defensive, In Syria And On World Stage

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In Syria, Building Up For An Extended Battle

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Battle For Syria's Largest City Draws Closer

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