Seen as China's most powerful leader in decades, President Xi could secure his hold for years to come at the next Party Congress. In the South China Sea, a potential flashpoint, Beijing has already signaled its dominance.
Sao Tome and Principe will reportedly seek to restore diplomatic ties with China after ending its recognition of Taiwan, leaving the island with only 21 diplomatic allies.
The Chinese ship acknowledged radio messages from the US ship, but did not respond to demands for the glider to be returned.
Beijing argues that its operations are defensive, legal, and appropriate, but the international community worries the weapons could be a projection of power and militarization.
Close ties between the US and South Korea could become less so under new governments in both countries. The ouster provides an opening for the center-left South Korean opposition, which has criticized trade and military ties with the US.
Close to 100 people were killed and hundreds others injured by an earthquake that struck Indonesia's Aceh province early Wednesday morning.
After more than eight years in power, John Key said on Monday that it was the 'right time' to leave politics.
President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is drawing ire from China as concerns arise about stability of future Sino-US relations.
The 15-member UN Security Council tightened sanctions Wednesday following North Korea's latest nuclear tests in September.
Following a flare-up of clashes between security forces and the minority Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure to address the violence.
South Korean president Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she was willing to step down – and asked for parliament's guidance. For many, it's an effort to prolong her rule, even as she faces a corruption scandal and record levels of unpopularity.