A man holds a portrait of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally for a candidate of her National League for Democracy party on Friday. The country is holding elections for some parliamentary seats on Sunday. Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Myanmar Hurriedly Prepares For An Election

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Myanmar opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to supporters on Saturday. Voting in parliamentary elections this Sunday is considered a test of the political reforms that Myanmar's rulers have introduced over the past year. Khin Maung Win/AP hide caption

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Myanmar's Election Seen As A Test Of Reforms

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Fukumoto in one of the numerous period costume dramas he has acted in for the Toei Company's film studios since he began work there in 1959. Toei Kyoto Studio Park hide caption

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In Japan, 'Sliced-Up Actors' Are A Dying Breed

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Demolished ships lie strewn about near the fishing port of Minamisanriku town, in Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, Feb. 23, 2012. The local fisherman's union says last year's tsunami wiped out 90 percent of local fishing boats. Yuriko Makao/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Rethinking, Not Just Rebuilding, Japan's Northeast

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Japanese Village Marks Disasters' Anniversary

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Members of the media, wearing protective suits and masks, visit the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power station during a press tour, in northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture, Feb. 28. Japan is marking the first anniversary of the March 11 tsunami and earthquake, which triggered the worst nuclear accident in the country's history. Kimimasa Mayama/AP hide caption

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A Year On, Japan Is Still Looking For The Road Ahead

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Supporters greet Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, atop her vehicle, as she arrives at an election campaign rally in Thongwa village, Myanmar, on Sunday. The country's new government is holding legislative elections on April 1. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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How Far Will The Changes In Myanmar Go?

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Thailand Squeezed In Iran-Israel Shadow War

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Ethnic Karen women welcome opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to War Thein Kha village. The area is in Kawhmu Township, which Suu Kyi is campaigning to represent in Myanmar's parliament. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Opposition Leader Bets On Myanmar Reforms

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'Obedient Wives Club' Irks Some Muslims In Malaysia

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Student activist Adam Adli addresses protesters outside Malaysia's high court in Kuala Lumpur on Jan. 9. The crowd was awaiting a verdict in the trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was acquitted on charges of sodomy shortly afterward. Adam is leading the fight to abolish a decades-old law that bans college students from joining or speaking in support of political parties. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In Malaysia, Student Challenges Limits On Politics

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Motorists inch their way in heavy traffic in Palembang, Sumatra, in Indonesia. The nation's rapid growth is overwhelming its weak public infrastructure. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Indonesian Economy Booms, Its Infrastructure Groans

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This photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows Kim Jong Un, center, with his hand on the limousine bearing his father Kim Jong Il's body during the funeral procession in Pyongyang. Korean Central News Agency hide caption

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In North Korea, A Dramatic Farewell To Kim Jong Il

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North Korea's Economy Is In Need Of An Overhaul

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Hundreds of North Koreans queue up to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il in front of a portrait of him in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Wednesday. With preparations for next week's state funeral still under way, attention is turning to Kim's son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un. AP hide caption

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North Korea Awaits Kim Jong Un's Opening Moves

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