Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China's most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61, officials say.
The activist was being treated for terminal liver cancer in a hospital in north-eastern China.
He had been transferred from prison last month, where he was serving an 11-year term for "subversion".
A university professor turned rights campaigner, Mr Liu was...
North Korea has installed high-voltage electric fencing at its border with China, posing even more challenges for people seeking to leave the country or smuggle goods in from the outside world.
The fence had already been installed along the Tumen and Yalu rivers, but the barricade was not being supplied with electricity until recently, North Korean reporters collaborating with Japan-based Asia...
One of Japan's leading advertising agencies has been charged over the death of an employee from overwork.
Dentsu is accused of violating labour standards after Matsuri Takahashi, 24, killed herself in 2015.
Her friends said Ms Takahashi - who had been at the firm for less than a year - claimed to be so busy she slept just 10 hours a week.
Death from overwork is relatively common in Japan,...
The death toll from flooding caused by recent heavy rain in southern Japan has risen to at least 15, officials say.
Emergency teams are searching for another 15 people who are missing.
Rivers burst their banks, destroying buildings and roads after more than 50cm (20in) of rain fell on parts of Kyushu, Japan's southernmost island, over a 12-hour period on Wednesday.
Rescuers are working...
The US has said it will use its "considerable military forces" on North Korea "if we must", following Tuesday's long-range missile test.
US ambassador Nikki Haley said a new resolution would also be tabled against Pyongyang at the United Nations.
She described the test as a sharp military escalation and also threatened to use trade restrictions.
Hours after she spoke, the US and South...
Russia and China have urged North Korea to "freeze" its missile and nuclear programmes after it claimed to have successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.
Both countries also called for a simultaneous suspension of US-South Korea large-scale military exercises.
North Korea said its missile could hit anywhere in the world.
But while Pyongyang appears to have made...
A gay man in central China has won an apology and compensation from a mental hospital over forced conversion therapy, reports say.
The man, identified only by his surname Yu, had been admitted by his wife and relatives to the hospital in the town of Zhumadian in Henan province in 2015.
He was forced to take medicine and have injections over 19 days.
But the court found that forcing him...
Narendra Modi will become the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel when he arrives on Tuesday.
Mr Modi, who recently said India and the Jewish state share a "deep and centuries-old" connection, is expected to agree military and cyber security deals.
Observers note he will not travel to Ramallah or meet Palestinian leaders, as visiting dignitaries often do.
The visit is seen by some...
North Korea has fired an intermediate range missile in the direction of Japan, US military officials said.
The land-based missile was fired from near Panghyon airfield, and flew for 37 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan, said the US Pacific Command.
South Korea said the projectile was launched at 09:40 local time (00:40 GMT) and flew about 930km (578 miles).
Pyongyang has increased...
China's President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump "some negative factors" have affected relations during a telephone call after a contentious week.
The leaders' call comes after a tense week between Beijing and Washington, D.C., in which the United States approved a $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on China's Bank of Dandong for...