Dozens of countries are contributing to the relief effort in Haiti. China's mission is using life detectors and snake-eye cameras to find survivors. According to China Central TV, the Chinese team has found 15 bodies in 23 collapsed buildings.
High-speed train travel is set to take over in China. New lines linking major cities are providing faster and faster routes. China has committed almost $300 billion over the next decade to build the planet's most expansive high-speed network. The world's fastest train covers the 664-mile Guangzhou-Wuhan trip in just three hours -- an average speed of 217 mph.
In the immediate aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, Twitter and other social media sites provided the means for some of the first information about the situation on the ground. Professor Sree Sreenivasan of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and contributing editor at dnainfo.com discusses the impact of new media with Daljit Dhaliwal.
An assassination in Tehran has raised questions about who was responsible. The victim was nuclear physics professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi. An Iranian prosecutor claimed the C.I.A. and Mossad probably had a hand in the killing. For more about covert efforts to undermine Iran's nuclear program, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Flynt Leverett.
In 2009, the U.S. launched at least 50 missile strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives in northwest Pakistan. While drone attacks are more frequent than ever before, there is wide disagreement about civilian deaths. View our interactive map of Pakistan drone attack locations since 2004.
In Afghanistan, 16 militants were killed in two separate attacks by unmanned drones. While drones have been used widely across the border in Pakistan, they have been mainly for surveillance purposes in Afghanistan. Analysts suggest that a tactical change has occurred. Should the U.S. broaden its use of unmanned drones against militants, even if innocent civilians die?
It's been 20 years since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing disabled Americans protection under the law. That is not always the case in other countries. During a trip to Greece last summer, producer Megan Thompson met a young woman who showed her how challenging Athens life is in a wheelchair.
This week, Worldfocus is airing two Signature stories about handicapped issues in Greece. Tonight, we look at the challenges of being wheelchair-bound in Athens. And tomorrow night, we'll look at a new high-tech device being tested in Greece that helps visually disabled people be more mobile. Do you think enough is being done to help the disabled?
More than 200,000 Prius cars were sold in Japan, three times the number from 2008. Hybrids account for 10% of auto sales in Japan, compared to 3% percent in the U.S. In 2009, China surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. American auto sales dipped 21% to about 10.5 million. Will the United States ever regain its stature as an auto industry powerhouse?
Once considered sacred, the ancient tradition of Taiwanese sword-making is dying out. But one man is trying to keep the craft going. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English traveled to the town of Cheding to meet Taiwan's last professional sword-maker, who at 65, hopes to pass the tradition on.