Zhou Yongkang received his life term after being tried May 22 on charges of receiving bribes, abuse of power and leaking state secrets. The trial was held behind closed doors because of the final charge.
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.
In Zhejiang Province authorities have knocked down more than 450 crosses from official Protestant churches in an anti-Christian campaign. On June 8 they demolished a large edifice in Yanxie near Wenling. But many parishioners are not accepting the change.
26 years ago, pro-democracy protesters filled Tiananmen Square for weeks before government troops brutally dispersed them. Student leaders who fled into exile did not dream then that they would never be allowed to return.
Hundreds of mostly elderly passengers and crew are still missing, with some possibly trapped inside the hull, after a Chinese cruise ship capsized on the Yangtze River, en route to the Three Gorges Dam.
Since early May, more than 4,600 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been brought ashore from Southeast Asian waters. Some are Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which has denied them basic rights.
Japan wants 23 locales to be designated as UNESCO sites for their role in the founding of modern Japan. But Korea says seven of them used forced labor during World War II, and should be dropped from the bid.