January 7, 2013 Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, has landed in North Korea. His trip there is a bit of a mystery. North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un, recently set out a series of policy goals that included expanding science and technology as a way to improve the North Korean economy in 2013.
January 7, 2013 A sushi chain owner paid about $3,600 per pound for a Pacific bluefin tuna on Saturday, during the first auction of the year at Toyko's Tsukiji fish market. Alas, the headline-grabbing species is in danger of being overfished, scientists say.
January 7, 2013 China has indicated that it will stop handing down sentences to its "re-education through labor" camps, which allow detention without trial for up to four years. Many questions remain about what will happen to those currently detained and what might become of these labor camps.
January 7, 2013 After a chaotic scene that saw lawyers hurling insults at attorneys who offered to represent the defendants, the magistrate cleared the court. Five men and a juvenile are accused in the rape of a young woman on a bus. She later died. The crime shocked India and captured attention around the world.
January 6, 2013 Humaira Bachal's father thought it was a waste of time for her to go to middle school. For years, she had to sneak out of the house to attend. When he found out, he was furious. Now, at 25, she runs a school serving more than 1,000 kids in a Karachi slum.
January 4, 2013 South Korea now appears to be the fastest-aging country in the world. The government has launched a series of creative programs, including a network of community centers for dementia patients and training for young people that simulates the physical and mental effects of old age.
January 4, 2013 The "ghost gum" trees painted by Albert Namatjira became symbols of Australian identity and were soon to be put on the nation's historic register.
January 4, 2013 Three months after being shot in the head because she had been speaking out against efforts to bar girls from going to school, the Pakistani girl is well enough to leave the U.K. hospital where she's been treated. She still faces more surgery, however.