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.
July 26, 2012 Singapore has welcomed roughly 2 million immigrants in the past two decades in a bid to address an aging society and dearth of workers. But Singaporeans are growing concerned about competition for jobs, housing and transportation, and voters are questioning the ruling party's immigration policies.
July 3, 2012 After her star treatment in Europe, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces a much tougher time at home, where the country faces a range of difficult issues, including violence between Muslims and Buddhists in the western part of the country.
June 29, 2012 Since the country's Saffron Revolution in 2007, Myanmar monks have refused alms from senior military leaders, a huge blow in a country that is 90 percent Buddhist. Now, prospects for lifting the spiritual boycott may be improving because of reforms by President Thein Sein's nominally civilian government.
June 20, 2012 The Burmese pro-democracy leader returned to her alma mater to receive the honorary degree she was unable to collect for more than a decade. Aung San Suu Kyi was a student, wife and mother in the city. A family friend says her time there gave Suu Kyi a tool kit of intellectual and analytical skills.
June 16, 2012 Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the Nobel Peace Prize she won while under house arrest 21 years ago helped to shatter her sense of isolation and ensured that the world would demand democracy in her military-controlled homeland.