Foreign countries slammed China for its harsh sentencing of a top dissident on Christmas Day and its execution of a mentally ill Briton convicted of drug smuggling, but the juggernaut appears impervious to criticism.
The recent recession has exposed the vulnerability of Singapore have-nots. Critics say the city-state should provide a better social safety net.
Health concerns and angry protests have prompted partial bans on US beef imports in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea – most recently by Taipei on Tuesday. The recurring dispute has strained relations.
The Afghan parliament will soon begin a six-week break, then prepare for elections, leaving less-influential acting ministers to govern.
While North Korea's New Year’s reconciliation message may be a sign of its willingness to return to six-party talks, it bears no clue as to whether the North would give up its nuclear program before attaining a number of other goals.
Founder Apabi, which has more than half of China's $44 million e-book market, is trying to change how Chinese read. But pirated online books selling for as little as $.03 a title are already challenging them.
Chinese author Mian Mian – whose works include 'Panda Sex' and 'Acid Lover' – filed the first copyright violation by a Chinese author against Google. She says Google scanned her novel without permission.
Almost six months after China cut off communications in a bid to control race riots in restive Xinjiang Province, it has given residents access to two party-controlled websites. But phone calls and text messages remain restricted.
North Korea said it has detained a US citizen, widely believed to be Robert Park, a Korean-American missionary who crossed the border into North Korea with a message for the regime to close all labor camps. His fate could be tied up in the future of six-party talks.
China executed Briton Akmal Shaikh Tuesday for drug smuggling despite assertions by British officials and the man's family that he was mentally unstable. Shaikh's lawyers said he had been framed.
Thailand deported more than 4,500 ethnic Hmong to their homeland of Laos, saying they were largely economic migrants, not persecuted refugees. But the US government condemned the move.
The Chrismas Day sentencing of literary critic Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison has drawn unusually strong criticism from Western governments, but some experts say that may only result in China taking a harder line.
Fifty-nine people in Aceh, Indonesia, survived the devastating Asian tsunami of 2004 when a fishing boat was hurled onto their rooftop – they climbed in and escaped the devastation, eating coconuts that drifted by.
The second suicide bomber in three days attacked the northwestern town of Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, killing four people and wounding at least 20. Amid continued bombings, commentators have praised police for their sacrifice.
Stores in China have embraced Christmas with music and decorations to celebrate what has become a major shopping holiday.
On the fifth anniversary of the Asian tsunami of 2004, widows in hardest-hit Aceh, Indonesia, have taken on unfamiliar new roles and responsibilities. But they miss other women: three times more women died than men.
Taiwan and China unexpectedly nixed 1 of 4 deals during economic talks this week. The setback comes as Taiwan's China-friendly government is losing support – and has produced a rap video to try to win it back.
Philippines President Gloria Arroyo and two candidates hoping to succeed her next year are visiting refugees ahead of the imminent Mayon volcano eruption, both showing sympathy for the refugees' plight and associating themselves with a smooth evacuation.
The trial of leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo for 'state subversion' lasted just a few hours Wednesday as supporters and diplomats barred from attending thronged the courtroom in near-freezing cold. A verdict is expected Friday.
The Philippines Mayon volcano eruption, expected any day now, could pose lingering danger and keep farmers off their land for months. Many have sneaked back, only to be evacuated again.