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.
Homelessness has doubled over the past year, say some, as once-vaunted community and company support has frayed. Many people sleep in parks or 24-hour Internet cafes.
Yutaro Gomikawa used his small-time fame on the national homeless soccer team to get government aid usually unavailable to young people.
Upstart airlines were once a symbol of India's rising consumer class. They're now facing major losses as overcapacity and high fuel taxes catch up.
Yukio Hatoyama comes from four generations of politicians from the ruling LDP, which his DPJ party just ousted from power.
Exit polls on Sunday gave the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) more than 300 seats in Japan's 480-seat Diet (parliament), ending more than 54 years of nearly unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party of Japan has promoted women and younger candidates who have not risen through traditional routes to power.
Long a ruling-party stronghold, small towns and farming communities are disillusioned by their waning political influence – and are willing to try new leaders.
After its launch on a Russian-made rocket, the satellite missed its required trajectory. S. Korea has taken an aggressive stand in staying technologically in step with its neighbors.
As tens of thousands gather in Seoul to mourn the death of the former president, his 'Sunshine policy' is breathing life into fresh North-South talks.
Japan’s Aug. 30 elections confront Prime Minister Taro Aso’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party with the worst crisis in its history.
Critics say Typhoon Morakot is Ma Ying-jeou's Hurricane Katrina. He has been faulted for weak leadership in dealing with a devastating storm that killed at least 127, with hundreds still missing.
The one-time democracy advocate and then president of South Korea, he focused on trying to improve relations with the North.
The reclusive regime in Burma (Myanmar) is touting its newfound openness, but skeptics wonder whether Webb's rare visit will bring any democratic reform.
Bank loans and state-led investment have reenergized the economy, and people feel more secure about their jobs. But the government has boosted spending so fast that economists are warning of stock and real-estate bubbles.