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  • A man sells surveillance cameras at the main electronics market in Tienhe district, Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province, on Aug. 8.
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    10:44am Jan 30, 2013
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    In China, The Government Isn't The Only Spy Game In Town

    Increasingly, China's surveillance state has extended to include Chinese individuals spying on one another. Former journalist Qi Hong has helped ordinary citizens and government officials alike detect bugs and hidden cameras planted by others. In one year, his bug hunt turned up more than 300 devices for a hundred friends.
  • The use of security cameras such as these, looking out over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, is on the rise in China. Critics say the government is using them to discourage dissidents.
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    8:16pm Jan 29, 2013
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    In China, Beware: A Camera May Be Watching You

    There are an estimated 20 million to 30 million surveillance cameras in China — or about one for every 43 people. Officials say the cameras help fight crime and maintain "social stability." But critics say the government uses them to monitor and intimidate dissidents.
  • 1:19pm Jan 24, 2013
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    Report Blasts India's Treatment Of Women

    A panel reviewing sexual offenses in India has submitted its report to the government almost a month after the rape and murder of a female student in New Delhi. The report says India systemically discriminates against women, and does little to respond to violence against them.
  • 1:19pm Jan 24, 2013

    Ramen Bowl Offers Built-In iPhone Dock

    Eating the popular noodle dish normally requires two hands — one for chopsticks, the other for a spoon. Designers at a Taiwanese company noticed a guy trying to do that while juggling his cell phone. So they came up with a way to slurp it up while watching videos or reading emails.
  • Du Xin, the "Chinese Gunther," owns Central Perk in Beijing. That's not all he has in common with Gunther on the show. "I love Rachel," he sighs.
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    8:53pm Jan 23, 2013
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    'Friends' Will Be There For You At Beijing's Central Perk

    A Chinese man in Beijing has set up a cafe identical to the New York hangout on the hit TV show. For owner Du Xin, Friends is "like a religion" — and he's not the only one. He's opened a second Central Perk in Shanghai, capitalizing on the Chinese fondness for the six friends and their laid-back, freewheeling lives.
  • 1:15am Jan 22, 2013
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    In Myanmar, A Hunt For Fabled Cache Of Buried WWII Spitfires

    A team of researchers hopes to verify a fantastic tale that British troops leaving Burma in 1945 buried dozens of Spitfire fighter planes around the country. For 16 years, an English farmer has hunted the aircraft. Now, he believes he is close to unearthing them — and, he hopes, restoring them to flying condition.
  • 10:01am Jan 21, 2013
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    During 2nd Term, Obama To Pivot To Asia

    Both India and the U.S. seem disappointed with each other after the high expectations raised by President Obama's election in 2007. India is concerned about the uncertainty in U.S. policy toward China and Afghanistan.
  • 6:04am Jan 16, 2013
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    Japan Grounds All Boeing Dreamliners

    The move came just hours after an All Nippon Airlines 787 was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot detected an apparent problem with the planes electrical system.
  • 3:33pm Jan 11, 2013
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    Amid Newspaper Standoff, China Keeps Tight Grip On Media

    After China's new leadership came in, some thought Communist Party control might be relaxed. But fallout from a newspaper's weeklong standoff over censorship and the resulting widespread protests seem to signal the opposite.