September 24, 2012 Singapore's government can still detain citizens indefinitely, without charges or trial, thanks to colonial-era security laws. But in a sign of changing times in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-state, many of those who've been held are now speaking out and challenging the laws after decades of silence.
September 18, 2012 The opposition leader in Myanmar arrives in the U.S., where she is being feted as if she were a head of state. She will receive honors that include the Congressional Gold Medal.
September 17, 2012 Lower taxes weren't the only thing that attracted Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin when he made his new home in Singapore in May. The World Bank lists Singapore as the easiest place to do business. Increasingly, money and talent are drawn to the city-state's tech sector.
August 22, 2012 A wave of kidnappings and an alleged bombing plot — both linked to the uprising in neighboring Syria — are shaking Lebanon's precarious sectarian balance. But the foreign patrons of Lebanon's political factions are preoccupied with Syria and appear unwilling to bankroll a proxy war in Lebanon, at least for now.
August 16, 2012 Ra'ed was 19 when he was drafted into Syria's elite Republican Guard unit two years ago. The Sunni Muslim conscript says his commanders, who were Alawites, never trusted him. He was asked to pose as a defector, and ultimately he joined their cause. Now in Lebanon, he fears being returned home, where he believes he would be killed.
August 10, 2012 Little-known Sunni Sheik Ahmad Assir has gained prominence recently with his public protests against Hezbollah in Lebanon. Assir says Iran is using the militant Shiite group to expand its influence, and he is calling for the group to surrender its weapons, as the crisis in Syria — another Hezbollah backer — unfolds.
August 4, 2012 For the second weekend in a row, observers are predicting a major government offensive against rebels in Syria's largest city, Aleppo. As the fighting intensifies, both sides of the battle have been hit with harsh words from the outside world.
July 30, 2012 Government troops are battling rebels for control of Syria's largest city, Aleppo. The government launched a major offensive over the weekend to retake neighborhoods held by the Free Syrian Army. Both sides appear to be preparing for a battle that could prove crucial to the outcome of the 17-month-old uprising.
July 29, 2012 Until recently, few people in Myanmar had cars because only the ruling elite could afford imported vehicles. But a new policy that lets ordinary Burmese buy imported cars, too, has rusting jalopies slowly disappearing from city streets. The car policy is emblematic of the country's rapid and chaotic reforms.