President Joko Widodo's selection for several key ministries highlights his reform-focused approach to governing. But can appointees like Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, a former business woman, deliver?
Government officials agreed to allow the parliament to consider amending the constitutional bar preventing the Nobel laureate from running for president of Myanmar. Her opposition party is widely expected to win the 2015 election if they are free and fair.
With 12 Japanese MLB players having appeared in the World Series – Nori Aoki of the Kansas City Royals is the latest – avid baseball fans across East Asia want the sport restored after two Olympic shutouts.
Over 200,000 women were forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers from the 1920s until defeat in 1945. A newspaper's recent retraction of a purported eye-witness account has reignited far-right debate.
This week's four-day Fourth Plenum in Beijing is one indicator of President Xi's consolidation of power in the party-state. The fate of security czar Zhou Yongkang, who has been detained during an anti-graft probe, is on the agenda.
Philippine authorities want to question five US service personnel over the death of a transexual in a hotel room. The US recently upgraded its military alliance with the Philippines in the face of perceived Chinese maritime aggression.
Thousands of Indonesians poured into the streets of Jakarta on Monday to welcome the new president. Joko Widodo's populist agenda has made him a star among the middle-class and poor, while driving a wedge between him and Indonesia's traditional elite.
Industry minister and pro-nuclear advocate Yuko Obuchi and Justice minister Midori Matsushima were both appointed last month but stepped down today amid allegations of impropriety. They were part of Abe's effort to raise the profile of professional women.
The chief executive's fortunes appear tied to a peaceful resolution of the 'Occupy Central' protests. Leung Chun-ying has remained largely quiet during democracy protests and today cancelled an appearance before Hong Kong's legislature.
The city's youth increasingly identify themselves as 'Hong Kong people' rather than Chinese. An effort to bring the mainland's 'patriotic education' to Hong Kong in 2011 failed – resulting in wide gaps in core values.