For more than a century, mainland China's desire to bring Hong Kong and Taiwan fully into its fold has been thwarted by various events: opium wars, conflict with Japan, civil war.
As we celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year on Feb. 8, it's in with the Year of the Monkey and out with the Year of the Sheep. But before the lunar year past fully recedes into memory, we take our annual look back at the people and events that made headlines across Asia, for good and for bad.
Around 80 percent of the world's men and boys will become fathers during their lifetime, and virtually all men have at least some connection to children in caregiving relationships. Despite this, the practice of engaging men in caregiving is virtually invisible in public policies and discourses.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping's pledge to beef up the country's rule of law is in serious doubt with the "extreme" practice of airing televised confessions before a court conviction, say analysts.
America is changing. It is becoming more diverse, more socially tolerant. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, whites will cease to be a majority by 2041.
The vote has reaffirmed the public mood, and in the manner of Greece, the new left-wing government that is scheduled to assume power in Spain mirrors the angst against anti-austerity measures and cuts in public spending.
"The attackers were like us -- they were very young," said one of the eyewitnesses after the attack on Bacha Khan University. Reportedly between 18 and 25 years old, the students and attackers both belonged to the same age group.
The attack on the air force base in Pathankot, India, came at a critical juncture in the relationship between India and Pakistan.
The abrupt change of temperature has caused a stir among Bangkokians. Sweaters usually preserved for trips to the north are now being pulled out of closets as the mercury drops below 20 degrees Celsius.
Jan. 16 was a momentous day for Iran. On that day, the (IAEA) reported to the U.N. Security Council that Iran had completed necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).