In May, a large piece of the General Motors Building in Manhattan was purchased by a Chinese real estate developer. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Children mobilized for the annual mass games in Pyongyang act as pixels, portraying a happy patriot in uniform. David Guttenfelder /National Geographic hide caption

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Pakistani rescue workers, police officers and civilians look for people who were wounded and killed at the site of a car bomb explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday. Mohammad Sajjad/AP hide caption

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A Pakistani youth stands in the doorway of a damaged house in the devastated district of Awaran Wednesday. A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the same region Saturday. Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese authorities go to great lengths to censor the Internet and control social media. A 16-year-old was recently arrested under a new law that bars "rumormongering" online. Here, customers use computers at an Internet cafe in Hefei, China, in 2012. Jianan Yu/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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New York University in Shanghai is the first Sino-U.S. joint university. Here, a student speaks with an NYU staffer on Aug. 11. Liu Xiaojing/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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A bartender pours Haywards 5000 strong beer into a glass at a restaurant in Mumbai. Strong beer, with alcohol content of 5 to 8 percent, accounted for 83 percent of all beer sold in India last year, according to research firm Mintel. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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It rose from the sea: The small island that appeared off the coast of Pakistan on Tuesday after an earthquake shook the region. Government of Pakistan/EPA/Landov hide caption

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An Airbus A320 on display during Airshow China 2012 at China International Aviation Exhibition Center in Zhuhai on Nov. 13, 2012. Increasing prosperity and urbanization in China and elsewhere in Asia will drive the global demand for aircraft, Airbus said Tuesday. Marina Lystseva /ITAR-TASS/Landov hide caption

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