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.
China must break its government monopoly on distribution rights for Hollywood movies, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled Monday. The result could be more money for Hollywood, and eventually, a lifting of the 20-foreign-films-per-year limit.
Around 20,000 Filipinos were evacuated from the slopes of the Mayon Volcanoe on the Philippines' main island of Luzon Tuesday. The volcano, which has erupted and left fatalities in the past, is a reminder of dangers of living on the Pacific "ring of fire."
Japan's Imperial Household initally balked at a 'last minute' request by China's visiting vice president to meet with the Emperor Akihito. The request was made 19 days ahead, instead of 30. But the meeting will take place Tuesday in Tokyo.
Thailand today brought the crew of an impounded cargo plane carrying North Korea weapons before a criminal court. The circumstances of the seizure – like why a plane with illicit arms stopped in US ally territory for refueling – is raising questions.
The central government in India announced Wednesday it would move to create a new state, Telangana, within the state Andhra Pradesh. Telangana is likely to serve as a precedent for other statehood movements.
North Korea rights advocates in South Korea turned to international courts for aid in challenging abuses. They are trying to keep the issue in the public eye as a tough winter and a drastic currency revaluation raise the prospect of more crackdowns.
A budding historical preservation movement takes off in Hong Kong, where many residents are recent immigrants and half the population lives in subsidized public housing.
US envoy Bosworth says North Korea talks in Pyongyang were 'useful.' But the North has not committed to returning to six-party talks on its nuclear program.
Police have presented a subversion case against prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, raising the likelihood that he will face trial and then prison. The move furthers China's crackdown on democracy activists.
Defying government censors, activists in Indonesia screened a film last week about the controversial 1975 killings of foreign journalists known as the Balibo Five. Organizers of an annual film festival are contesting the ban.
Japan unveiled a fresh $81 billion stimulus package Tuesday, as a rising yen hurts exports and domestic demand remains low.
US envoy Stephen Bosworth arrived in North Korea Tuesday for high-level talks to try to persuade it to return to six-party talks.
One day after Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo imposed martial law in Maguindanao Province, where her allies are linked to a recent massacre, critics have raised questions about her political motives and the potential for abuses.
China, the largest greenhouse-gas emitter, will not take on emissions caps but has announced its first numerical target. The US and EU are likely to push for more at Copenhagen climate summit.
Reports of protest, violence emerged from North Korea after a drastic currency reform that sets an exchange rate of 1,000 old to 1 new . A North Korean paper in Japan confirmed the reform.
Last week, the police announced they had arrested 16 players, coaches, and minor officials accused of match-fixing and betting scams.