Fears grow for free speech in South Korea

Critics say government is using increasingly heavy-handed tactics

Malaysia Airlines plays down hack attack

Carrier hit by twin tragedies last year insists customer data secure

Abbott rebuked for knighting Prince Philip

Gaffe-prone Australian PM sparks another controversy

Calm moment in stormy US-India marriage

The influential Indian diaspora in America constantly urges the two to resolve their differences

Abe takes to fairways to pitch pay rises

Prime minister courts corporate leaders at Japan’s country clubs

China tycoon sues local governments

Action over contracts highlights risks to financial system

Shanghai abandons GDP target

City is first big Chinese region to shift focus away from growth

China to forge new markets for its output

Infrastructure investment in poorer countries to create markets

US and India strengthen ties

Obama-Modi embrace marks warm start to US president’s 3-day visit

Obama’s savvy bet on India’s rise

US adjustment to multipolar world will be shaped by whether it gets along with New Delhi

Thailand’s Yingluck charged and impeached

Thailand’s former prime minister faces threat of 10 years in prison and ban from politics

S Korea growth slip hits spending plans

Slowdown underscores’s Seoul’s difficulty in delivering boost to living standards

India cricket chief must drop one role

Landmark ruling cites conflict of interest by N Srinivasan

Australia’s drab packets put off smokers

Data suggest drab brown-green packs and health warnings working

China eyes legalising foreign stakes

Law would legitimise risky loophole used by Alibaba

Laura Ashley divorcee seeks £85,000 a month

Interim maintenance demand on retailer’s chairman

Chinese tycoon calls urbanisation top

‘Woman who built Beijing’ says most cities have been built

Pakistan bows to US with Haqqani ban

Stance hardens against militant groups after Peshawar attack

Indians called to ‘battle of the babies’

Hindu right seeks more births to boost the religion’s ranks

Shanghai to pay stampede victim families

Compensation of $130,000 each follows punishment of officials over tragedy