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Desire For Stability Keeps China, N. Korea Allies

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died last month, few were sorry to see him go, except in neighboring China, where the state-run press ran a smiling photo of Kim and mourned the loss of a "friend." So why did China back one of the world's most loathed dictators and is now supporting his youngest son?

Japanese Smoking Culture Proves Hard To Snuff Out

Japan has long been a friendly place for smokers. Despite tens of billions of dollars in cigarette-related health costs and damages, anti-smoking initiatives have always had trouble gaining traction.

Egypt, Tunisia Try To Turn Elections Into Democracy

The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia took place in a matter of days, filling those countries with hope of a brighter future. Both countries have held elections, but creating a democracy will take time.

Timeline: The Major Events Of The Arab Spring

The Arab world has undergone more upheaval in the past year than in the past several decades. Here is a look at the most important events in the region, which remains in a state of transition.

Iran's Navy Tests Surface-To-Surface Missile

Iran's navy drill, which could bring its ships into proximity with U.S. Navy vessels that operate in the same area, is Iran's latest show of strength in the face of mounting international criticism over its nuclear program.

Iran Test-Fires Missile, Claims To Have Made Nuclear Fuel Rod

As often happens with issues related to Iran's relations with the rest of the world, there's a mix of saber-rattling and diplomacy in the news today.