In a strategic valley, a glimpse of Afghan troops’ future

(Sudarsan Raghavan/Post)

No longer aided by U.S. forces, an Afghan battalion struggles to hold on to its gains near the capital.

    U.S. asks China to help combat North Korean hacking

    U.S. asks China to help combat North Korean hacking

    Kim Jong Un’s regime denies any role in the Sony hack and demands that the U.S. partner it in an investigation.

    In Japan, Christmas has gone to the dogs (and they love it)

    In Japan, Christmas has gone to the dogs (and they love it)

    Japanese pet owners shower their animals with gifts, cakes and even vacations during the holidays.

    North Korea calls for joint probe with U.S. into Sony hack

    North Korea calls for joint probe with U.S. into Sony hack

    Pyongyang warned of “serious consequences” if the U.S. continued to accuse it of launching the cyberattack on the movie studio. Analysts dismissed North Korea’s plan as typical posturing.

    For North Korea, ‘Interview’ latest episode in perceived plots

    For North Korea, ‘Interview’ latest episode in perceived plots

    The world according to North Korea: Conspiracies abound.

    Will U.S.-Cuba opening mirror engagement with China?

    Will U.S.-Cuba opening mirror engagement with China?

    American relations with China have brought immense benefits to the people of both countries, experts say.

    Photos from around the region

    Inside North Korea

    Westerners have only glimpses of life in the closed-off country.

    Bank attack in Afghanistan

    Five insurgents stormed a bank in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15.

    Landslide causes deaths in Indonesia

    At least 30 dead, dozens missing after heavy rain causes mudslide.

    Dismantling a protest site in Hong Kong

    Authorities cleared barricades from a pro-democracy camp that spread across a busy highway.

    In Philippines, picking up pieces after typhoon

    Hagupit hit the island hard, but the death toll was much lower than a year ago when another storm left more than 6,000 dead.

    Residents return after typhoon Hagupit

    A widespread evacuation plan appeared to minimize fatalities in the Philippines.

    Gunmen attack in Grozny, Russia

    Authorities said that at least nine gunmen and 10 policemen were killed in a battle that destroyed an office and a school.

    Protesters mark 30 years since Bhopal gas tragedy

    On Dec. 3, 1984, toxic gas leaked from a pesticide factory in Bhopal, India, killing and sickening many thousands of people.

    In China, an appeal of last resort

    A petition system has been set up for the millions who flock to cities each year alleging abuse and seeking intervention.

    Hong Kong police move in to clear protesters

    A pro-democracy demonstration site is being dismantled and protest leaders surrender to police.

    Suicide attack in Kabul

    A British national was killed in an attack on an embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital.

    Strong quake rocks central Japan

    A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck in Hakuba town, Nagano prefecture.

    Mobile phone use

    Until recently, few people in once-isolated Burma had mobile telephones. That’s changing.

    World leaders arrive for Group of 20 summit

    Countries representing 90 percent of the world’s gross domestic product will discuss economic growth, trade and public health.

    Refugees with little refuge

    Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Burma have been put in displaced-persons camps amid religious violence.

    Animal views

    Moon bears rescued in Vietnam, baby swamp wallabies, white elephants and more.