Beijing is against sanctions as a matter of principle – and because of recent multi-billion dollar energy deals with Iran.
As the US prepared to dispatch emergency relief to American Samoa, Australia and New Zealand focused their aid efforts on Samoa.
Thousands are expected at a government-led rally in Lhasa as Chinese soldiers with tear gas patrol the streets in a bid to prevent a riot similar to the one in March.
The new government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has vowed to boost financial support for parents in an effort to increase its birthrate, one of the lowest in the world.
At UN, China's Hu Jintao commits to measurable limits on carbon emissions for the first time. Chinese environmental activists hail the shift toward low-carbon technology.
Last weekend 6,000 protestors demonstrated on the third anniversary of the military coup. US concern about democracy is reflected in USAID's return to boost the nation's once-vibrant civil society.
Antigovernment activists plan to defy a tough security law to rally Saturday on the third anniversary of a military coup.
Experts say Noordin's death Thursday gives Indonesia a window to recalibrate its battle to confront other militants.
A Chinese delegation visited Kim Jong-il this week to press for reengagement on the North's nuclear program. The US, which has said it's open to talks, must deal with a deeply suspicious S. Korean leadership.
Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic stadium, is recovering from brain surgery in Europe after being assaulted by an officer who broke into his hotel room in August. Mr. Ai has been a critic of China's handling of its 2008 earthquake.
Japanese Foreign Minister Okada said that Japan should focus on assistance to both Afghanistan and Pakistan. The government has not been clear on whether it will continue its refueling mission.
Hatoyama is thinking big on climate change and upending the bureaucracy, but offering little bold direction for ending Japan's extended economic slump. The new PM takes office Wednesday.
Dismissed and harassed by local officials, a group of parents seeking redress for what they say are their children's vaccine-related disabilities traveled to the capital in a centuries-old tradition.
In response to US tariffs imposed last Friday, Beijing threatened to investigate alleged US dumping of auto and chicken parts. But both categories would only allow limited retaliation.
Teachers, citizens barred from political organizing.
Partnerships with West have given it needed technology; now it's the world's biggest car market, having passed the US this year.
The former president will likely appeal the decision in what local media have dubbed the trial of the century.
President has been battered by poor handling of typhoon Morakot. His government's focus on good relations with China is unlikely to change.
Many see Pyongyang's recent friendly gestures as a tactical move. The US moved Tuesday to freeze the assets of two North Korean entities, while South Korea accused the North of unleashing a deadly flash flood.
A program sends students from top Chinese universities into impoverished areas to coach poorly educated students, hoping to give them a stake in China's future.