Japan is set to head to the polls for parliamentary elections on August 30, and polling suggests Prime Minister Taro Aso's conservative party will lose power after ruling for most of the past 54 years. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about changes ahead for the Japanese political landscape.
In a nationwide referendum, nearly 88 percent of New Zealanders voted "NO" when asked: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offense?" Do you think governments should make laws about how to punish children, or it is a private matter? Tell us what you think.
In Asia, frantic rescue efforts are underway following a devastating typhoon that struck both China and Taiwan. Hundreds are missing after the worst flooding in half a century.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Jonas Parello-Plesner, a senior advisor with the Danish government on Asian affairs, discusses the rise of "KIA" -- a new acronym for Asia’s middle powers: (K)orea, (I)ndonesia, and (A)ustralia.
In Asia, Typhoon Morakot has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before it caused widespread destruction in several countries, from China to the Philippines. Meanwhile, Japan has been hit with a series of powerful earthquakes.
Nikhil Deogun of The Wall Street Journal and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss the week's top stories: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tour of Africa and her husband's mission to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists.
American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are finally back on American soil, freed after a surprise visit to North Korea by former President Bill Clinton. Charles Armstrong of Columbia University discusses North Korea's motives in releasing the two Americans.
Two American journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, have been pardoned by North Korea after former President Bill Clinton made an unannounced visit to the country and held a series of high-level talks. Thomas Whalen of Boston University discusses Clinton's mission.