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Governments and big corporations can read the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but not you. Here are 6 ways it could change the world. Read more»

The National Christmas Tree Association insists fakes are potentially toxic, a threat to US farming jobs and descend from toilet brushes.

Your “Made in Thailand” Christmas tree was boxed here, in a concrete warehouse ringed with palm trees. Read more»

Sen. John McCain

In a speech at Washington, D.C.'s Center for Strategic and International Studies, Sen. John McCain advocated suspending — not permanently removing — almost all American sanctions against Myanmar. Read more»

"Let the Christians believe that their religion is the absolute truth and let Muslims believe that Islam is the absolute truth." So says the leader of Indonesia's Defenders Front, which is is offering to help protect the sanctity of upcoming Christmas celebrations in the Muslim-majority nation. Read more»

Vietnamese sell fruit along a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Many children born to American soldiers during the war have sought U.S. visas as American citizens, but have found there is little hope of obtaining them.

An obscure U.S. visa for Vietnamese nationals fathered by GIs, a clunky State Department term for mixed-race children of the war, appears to be fizzling at last. Read more»

Two newborn ligers, the spawn of a male lion and a female tiger, are nursing on dog milk. Their tiger mom has ditched her cubs for reasons officials at the XiXiakou Wildlife Zoo in eastern China can't quite explain. Read more»

As a young man, Myo Myint belonged to a Burmese military unit that—among other atrocities— enslaved, raped and killed a female villager in the span of 24 hours. In the process of disavowing the army, however, he felt its cruelty full bore. Read more»

A child reads the Quran inside a Kuala Lumpur mosque, September 2010.

How al-Qaeda courted Asians, not Arabs, for 9/11’s would-be sister attack. Read more»

Japan's biggest quake in modern times ravaged the nation's northeast coast Friday with 30-foot high waves and violent tremors. Waves moving at an estimated 500 miles per hour surged onto the coast of Sendai, a city of roughly 1 million. Read more»

Protesters in front of the Houses of Parliament in London show their solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday.

Analysis: Why it isn't necessarily good news that Burma's most famous dissident may be released. Read more»

Fires burn throughout Bangkok.

Wild battles and torched malls now light up Bangkok, currently suffering one of its most unruly chapters ever. Here's how to untangle and understand Thailand's trauma. Read more»

A wild tiger in Ranthambhore, India.

Asia's most venerated beast, the tiger, is being wiped out by those most obsessed with its folky mystique. Conservationists fear that 2010, the Year of the Tiger, will stir even more interest in the black market for tiger parts. Read more»

The Dalai Lama, 2008.

In the age of growing Chinese influence, there's a simple measure of a country's willingness to test China's wrath. Will they stamp the Dalai Lama's passport? Read more»