COVER

Act Two (Cover Story)

Hurricane Rita brings a second cruel assault on the Gulf Coast. How well did we apply Katrina's lessons?

ASIA

How to Keep Talking

The inside story of how a veteran U.S. diplomat and his chain-smoking Chinese counterpart hammered out a deal on North Korea's nukes

Eating Disorder

China's appetite for exotic wildlife has spawned a thriving black market in Asia's endangered species. Will pangolin be eaten into extinction?

BRIEFING

A London Bomber's Asia Tour (Notebook)

A TIME investigation finds a connection between the alleged 7/7 ringleader and Southeast Asian terror groups

Jakarta's Flu Scare (Notebook)

Is Indonesia's goverment prepared for a possible bird flu outbreak?

Verbatim (Notebook)

Quotes of the Week

Letters (Notebook)

An American Tragedy

WORLD

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Big B

With a return to TV and a series of acclaimed cinema roles, Amitabh Bachchan proves there can be second acts in Bollywood

SPECIAL REPORT

GLOBAL ADVISER

Combat Chic (TIME Global Adviser)

Beirut's nightclubs make the Lebanese civil war seem like a good-time era

A Race with a View (TIME Global Adviser)

The America's Cup qualifiers head to Sicily later this month

Tunnel Visions (TIME Global Adviser)

Take a trip back to the Cold War era in Scotland's Secret Bunker

A Saucy Joint (TIME Global Adviser)

Brave the crowds and rude servers for some of London's best—and cheapest—South Asian cuisine

Family Reunion (TIME Global Adviser)

For the first time in nearly 600 years, the Limbourg brothers' exquisite manuscript illuminations come together in Nijmegen

Island Shopping (TIME Global Adviser)

Mauritius' best kept secret isn't a beach—it's the bargain designer duds