Abe sworn in on renewed economic mandate

Japan PM to name new cabinet following easy election victory

Modi forces through insurance reform

Emergency decree raises cap on foreign investment in sector

Pakistan PM calls for new anti-terror force

Sharif proposes bigger army role following Peshawar attack

Tribal militants kill 48 in India’s Assam

Separatists launch attacks in retaliation for offensive against them

Our destiny is to move beyond Earth

Space exploration, robotic and manned, deserves public funding

James Franco and Seth Rogen in a still from ‘The Interview’, the comedy North Korea does not find funny

North Korea knows the power of film

Pyongyang’s propaganda machine takes the big screen seriously

Xi graft purge snares predecessor’s aide

Probe launched into Ling Jihua, top adviser to former president

BJP poised for gains in India state polls

Party set to win in Jharkhand and come second in Jammu and Kashmir

HK property tycoon jailed for 5 years

Thomas Kwok found guilty after fraud trial

North Korea hit by internet shutdown

Outage seen as retaliation for cyber attack on Sony

China’s GM crops fail to bear fruit

Bureaucratic stalemate stalls approvals of newly developed products

Russia’s ills spread around the region

Strain shows politically and economically in former Soviet Union

China has gifts but no guilt at Christmas

Far more Chinese celebrate the tradition than believe in it

Pakistan court halts militants’ executions

Lawyer says his client was not provided full details of planned hanging

North Korea threatens attacks on US

Pyongyang warns of strikes in response to hack allegations

Sri Lankan leader plays down election fears

Rajapaksa pledges peaceful handover should he lose

South Korea cuts growth forecasts

Weaker than expected domestic consumption adds to fall in exports

US struggles to respond to hack of Sony

Obama tones down the rhetoric against North Korea

Pakistan mourns victims as militants hang

Sharif seeks to show he is getting tough on terror

Abbott reshuffles cabinet to ‘refocus’

Australian PM vows action on economy as popularity wanes