Bidders battle for Australia subs contract

Sink or swim: competition is hotting up in the battle to replace Australia's Collins class submarines

Odds have swung from Japanese pitch to French and Germans amid new climate after Tony Abbott’s exit

Japan central bank weighs easing options

Weak economic data may push Haruhiko Kuroda to act, say analysts

US and 11 nations seal Pacific trade deal

TPP is largest pact in two decades and big win for Obama and Abe

India’s female students claim the streets

University argues that curfews on women are necessary to ensure safety, writes Amy Kazmin

Theft jeopardises casino model in Macau

Promoter’s loss adds to pressure from China downturn and graft purge

HK’s ex-leader ‘dragged into a whirlpool’

Prosecution seen by some as blow to cosy ties between politicians and tycoons

MSF denies Taliban was at Kunduz hospital

Medical aid group disputes Afghan officials’ claims over bombing

Former HK leader charged with misconduct

Donald Tsang faces up to 7 years in prison if found guilty

Voters celebrate Kyrgyzstan’s democratic experiment

Central Asian republic has handed more power to parliament

Guizhou, China - April 10, 2010: Countryside southwestern China, teen girl 10 years old, herding cattle on the rice terraces in the highlands, April 10, 2010. Basha Village, Congjiang County.

Landmass of GB needed for Chinese meat

Additional 15-20m hectares of agricultural land needed

Thai economic tsar hopes for hit sequel

Junta drafts in former finance minister of arch-enemy Thaksin

Park youth jobs fund stokes S Korean angst

Fund derided as “typical example of a policy initiative just to show off”

US investigates Afghan hospital attack

At least 19 dead in bombing of Médecins Sans Frontières hospital

India bends to call for climate action

New Delhi finally sets out plans for UN summit on global warming

Nepalis claim India is blockading fuel

New Delhi accused of trying to force rewrite of constitution

Kunduz battle raises Afghanistan fears

Taliban resurgence highlights concerns about west’s withdrawal

Poor pensioners lay bare Japan’s strains

Elderly suffer as rising costs add to consumption and debt woes

Afghan forces hail recapture of Kunduz

Kabul claims victory but Taliban denies it has been ousted from strategic city

Jakarta under pressure to combat pollution

Smog in Singapore and Malaysia reaches ‘hazardous’ levels

Scandal-hit Malaysia fund delays files

1MDB blames delay on lack of access to documents amid probes