China's President Xi Jinping has launched a number of crackdowns since coming to power, like suppressing Internet speech. But his anti-corruption drive has made him widely popular among ordinary Chinese. Jorge Silva/Reuters/Landov hide caption

itoggle caption Jorge Silva/Reuters/Landov

This handout photo provided by the Office of the Defense Secretary (OSD), taken Aug. 19, 2014, shows a Chinese fighter jet that the White House said Friday conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. Uncredited/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Uncredited/AP

This fishing boat draped with sick animals is the signature piece of The Ninth Wave, an exhibit by artist Cai Guo-Qiang that opened at Shanghai's Power Station of Art this month. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Frank Langfitt/NPR

Surrogate babies that Thai police suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who has fled from Thailand are shown on a screen Aug. 12 during a news conference at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/Reuters /Landov hide caption

itoggle caption ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/Reuters /Landov

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft takes off from Perth International Airport during the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370. The same general type of aircraft was involved in a "dangerous intercept" by a Chinese fighter jet earlier this week off Hainan island. Reuters/Landov hide caption

itoggle caption Reuters/Landov

Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures in a traditional greeting during his visit to a unit of the Queen's Guard outside Bangkok on Thursday. Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters/Landov hide caption

itoggle caption Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters/Landov

Elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores. The fermentation happening in their gut as they break down cellulose helps remove the bitterness in the coffee beans. Here, an elephant receives medical treatment from the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Michael Sullivan/NPR

Deputy Chief of Mission (Jakarta, Indonesia) Kristen Bauer (top left), Capt. Richard Stacpoole (top right), and Marine Lt. Col. Miguel Avila pass a wreath to sailors assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One, during a wreath-laying ceremony for the sunken Navy vessel USS Houston. Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Christian Senyk/U.S. Navy hide caption

itoggle caption Mass Communication Spc. 3rd Class Christian Senyk/U.S. Navy

Mohandas Gandhi poses with Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, in 1944, in what was then Bombay. The two countries have been rivals for decades, and students from the two countries have jointly published an online project comparing the different narratives. AP hide caption

itoggle caption AP

Sayur manis at a restaurant in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo. The greens were sautéed with onions, red pepper, dry-fried shallots and egg white. Konstantin Kakaes for NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Konstantin Kakaes for NPR

Members of the Pakistani navy march at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate Independence Day in Karachi. Security was heavy in the capital Islamabad as the government braced for protests in addition to the ceremonies and celebrations. Fareed Khan/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Fareed Khan/AP

Pope Francis shakes hands with upon his Thursdayarrival in Seoul. The Pontiff arrived in South Korea on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century. During his five-day visit, Francis plans to beatify 124 Korean martyrs and encourage a vibrant and growing local church seen as a model for the future of Catholicism. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Gregorio Borgia/AP

In South Korea, final preparations are being made for Pope Francis' upcoming visit. To reach Seoul, the pontiff will fly through Chinese airspace and send a message to China's leaders. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Ahn Young-joon/AP