Hwang Woo-suk, a South Korean scientist whose cloning 'breakthroughs' were exposed as frauds, received a suspended two-year jail sentence Monday.
But questions over a US role in any economic grouping and rivalry between China and Japan may thwart a rapid rollout of either plan.
India and China's climate-change pact, signed Wednesday, will boost developing nations' bargaining power at the critical Copenhagen talks in December.
Secretary of Defense Gates reassured jittery South Korea of firm US commitment to deterring North's conventional forces and confronting its nuclear threat.
North Korea, in a sign of a thaw, allowed famliies split by the border to visit each other at a North Korean site in September.
China offered to help India's archrival, Pakistan, develop a territory claimed by India. India invited the Dalai Lama, a top irritant to China, to visit a state claimed by China.
American Christopher Savoie was arrested Sept. 28 in Japan after trying to get his children back from his ex-wife. The case has underscored widely different views in the US and Japan of parental rights and child-rearing.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon presided as some 10,000 couples wed or renewed their vows. His youngest son is preparing to take the helm amid thinning ranks.
Kim Jong-il's regime also delineated 'no-sail zones' off both its east and west coasts in a bid to show toughness ahead of talks on its nuclear program.
With little agreement at the Bangkok UN climate meeting of 180 nations, the agenda for the crucial December Copenhagen conference is still up for heated debate.
Indonesian village Mangopo had no fatalities. Other nearby villages without evacuation training did.
North Korea told China's visiting Prime Minister Wen Jiabao it will return to six-party talks it abandoned in April. But first, it wants bilateral talks with the US.
Villagers on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have received little aid since last week's earthquake. Some residents are stepping in to cook food and collect donations for survivors.
After being forced from their monastery last week, 354 followers of a world-famous monk face new police pressure to leave the temple where they sought refuge.
Rescue teams in Padang worked to pull survivors from collapsed buildings and clear roads blocked by landslides, as the death toll from Wednesday's earthquake topped 1,100.
One group of surfers rode out the massive waves that struck Samoa this week and killed 169 people. A woman whose two-day-old baby survived named her boy "Tsunami."
Four generations of women recall China’s decades-long swerve from revolution and trauma to pragmatism and creature comforts.
A second Indonesian earthquake struck near the city of Padang Thursday as the death toll rose to at least 529. Some residents, fearing aftershocks, sought safety outside despite monsoon rains.
The Samoa tsunami demonstrates a problem for early warning systems - massive waves crashed ashore before researchers could analyze the earthquake and sound the alarm. A second earthquake struck near Samoa Wednesday, where the death toll has topped 150.
Beijing is against sanctions as a matter of principle – and because of recent multi-billion dollar energy deals with Iran.