After its handling of SARS and swine flu in 2002 and 2012, China appears to have learned lessons on how to manage public health crises. In South Korea, the number of confirmed MERS cases has reached 95.
Pu Zhiqiang, who was arrested last year, faces charges of inciting hatred and provoking trouble that carry a lengthy prison sentence. He's among nearly 2,000 political activists detained since President Xi took power in 2012.
President Xi Jinping is the only major head of state attending Saturday's WWII anniversary celebration in Moscow. And Russia and China increasingly share commercial interests and perspectives. Yet is Xi bringing what Putin wants?
The five women, all veteran activists, were arrested in Beijing last month for planning a public campaign against sexual harassment. China has previously resisted criticism from abroad towards its detention policies.
Intense focus on the number of children per family is giving way to concern about preparing them to thrive in adulthood. In the countryside, that means teaching parents and grandparents long focused on providing food and clothing how to read to and play with their offspring.
The prime minister has seized on the murder of two Japanese hostages to reenergize his bid to revise the pacifist Constitution. But polls indicate that even modest moves that fall short of that alarm many Japanese.