The Chinese New Year is a time for travel and celebration. For many in China, it is the only time of year that they can be together with their families.
In his first news conference with foreign media since defecting in August, former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong Ho described the country as being 'on a slippery slope.'
The Israeli government says that a majority of the housing units will be built in settlement blocs, areas where most settlers live and that Israel wants to keep under its control in the event of any future peace deal with the Palestinians.
On Tuesday, China said it had 'irrefutable' sovereignty over the disputed islands, after the White House vowed to defend 'international territories' in the strategic waterway.
A government panel looking into the prospect of Emperor Akihito's abdication suggests that one-time legislation could permit the current emperor to step down from his duties, avoiding any permanent change to the system.
With only 22 allied states worldwide, Taiwan faces increasing isolation as China pulls economic levers in Africa and elsewhere.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is trying to expand access to contraceptives as part of his anti-poverty plans.
China released a Asia-Pacific security report underscoring its dedication to peace. But Taiwan-China relations have started 2017 on rocky footing.
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly requested a special intelligence briefing on North Korea. The nation might pose his first major foreign-policy challenge.
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.