January 10, 2013 Back-to-back bomb blasts at a snooker club in the city killed at least 80 people. A Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack on the predominantly Shiite area. Earlier in the day, a blast at a city market killed 11. A separatist group said it was behind the explosion.
January 9, 2013 In China, the animal welfare group Animal Asia took custody of six bears today, after the Sichuan Forestry Department removed the animals from bear bile farms. The two agencies teamed up to rescue the bears, which are kept in strict captivity in order to harvest their bile, an ingredient used in traditional medicine.
January 9, 2013 Along the de facto border in contested Kashmir, a Pakistani soldier was killed Sunday. On Tuesday, two Indian soldiers were killed and there are reports that one was beheaded.
January 9, 2013 Tales of Machiavellian office politics are all the rage in China, where "bureaucracy lit" is flying off bookstore shelves. The books are read as both entertainment and as how-to guides for aspiring civil servants. Pioneers of the genre offer a path to success in China's corridors of power.
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.