COVER

Iraq: No Easy Options (Cover Story)

An eruption of Iraqi insurgency tests U.S. resolve and plays havoc with plans to hand over control. How will President Bush respond? Here are three scenarios

Muqtada Al-Sadr (Cover Story)

A young militant cleric calls upon his followers to "terrorize your enemy"

ASIA

Should Asia Quit Iraq? (Cover)

A hostage crisis has underscored the dangers of supporting the U.S. in Iraq. Should Asian nations pull out?

Is The KMT All Washed Up?

Embroiled in an unseemly feud over its election defeat, short on cash and out of touch with voters, the island's once dominant Kuomintang party is unraveling

BUSINESS

Uncommon Brilliance

Buying a diamond ring? Chances are it was cut and polished in the Indian city of Surat, which has emerged as a dominant, low-cost player in the global diamond trade

BRIEFING

A Kingdom In Crisis (Notebook)

Street demonstrations and fighting in the countryside could spell disaster for Nepal's embattled king

Tiger Hunt (Notebook)

Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels are at war with one of their own

Verbatim (Notebook)

Quotes of the Week

Letters (Notebook)

A Strike at Europe's Heart

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Rule of Lau

Acting used to be a grind for Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, but he's hitting a new high in director Zhang Yimou’s latest film

SPORTS

From Zero to Hero (Sport)

Manny Pacquiao rose from the mean streets of Mindanao to be a champion fighter

GLOBAL ADVISER

Ten Years from Now (TIME Global Adviser | Dossier)

Where will Asian travel be in 2014? Our crystal ball provides the answers

Dubai's Oasis (TIME Global Adviser | Time Traveler)

It's the fun city of the gulf, and a rapidly developing vacation paradise

Turn for the Better (TIME Global Adviser | Style Watch)

New lines from top designers offer stylish looks at much lower costs

Korea: An Insular Possession (TIME Global Adviser | Next Time You're In...)

Once a place of political exile, Korea's Jeju is now a hot resort island

High-tech Heaven (TIME Global Adviser | Check In)

Get switched on at Hong Kong's Le Meridien Cyberport