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Jimmy Carter Travels to North Korea to Free American Prisoner

Former President Jimmy Carter smiles at the crowd during his 28th annual town hall meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on September 16, 2009.
Policy Former President Jimmy Carter will leave today for North Korea in hopes of freeing an American man imprisoned in a North Korean jail.

Nara's Open Studio Starts Today

Yoshitomo Nara (born 1959, Japan). <em>Hyper Enough (to the City)</em>, 1997. Acrylic on canvas. H. 49 x W. 59 in. (125 x 150 cm). Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Arts Japanese artist extraordinaire Yoshitomo Nara opens his studio for the public to witness.

China Plans to Invest Billions in Electric and Hybrid Cars

Cars drive through thick smog in Beijing on Sept. 21, 2008, the first day of no traffic restrictions that had limited motorists during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Beijing plans to invest billions of dollars over the next few years in developing electric and hybrid vehicles.

Photo of the Day: Acrobatics for Diplomacy

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A Chinese acrobatic troupe is performing in the Nepali capital to mark the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China.

Kashmir's Desperate Housewives

Kashmiri Muslim women shout slogans during the funeral procession of 19-year old Syed Farrukh Bukhari in Kreeri, north of Srinagar, on August 11, 2010. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Women in Indian-administered Kashmir are risking their lives by protesting police, shouting slogans of freedom from India.

Australian Election Cliffhanger

A combination photo shows Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (L) and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. (Getty Images)
Policy In a few hours the voters of Australia will decide their next government and leader. And, according to opinion polls, it could be a cliffhanger.

Photo of the Day: Filipino 'Avatars' Promote Motor Show

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Performers dressed as characters of Hollywood award-winning director James Cameron's film 'Avatar' walk past a visitor prior to a performance during the opening of the 3rd Philippine International Motor Show in Manila on August 19, 2010.

A Mobile Appeal for Pakistan's Flood Victims

L to R: USAID's Dr. Rajiv Shah, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke. (Else Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy Foreign dignitaries, philanthropists, and political figures alike appealed for aid for Pakistan's devastating floods.

North Korea Lashes Out on YouTube and Twitter

Policy North Korea decides to use youtube and twitter as platforms for propaganda.

Photo of the Day: Youth Olympics 2010

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Competitors jump the water during the Girls 2000m Steeplechase on day four of the Youth Olympics at Bishan Stadium on August 18, 2010 in Singapore.