Thai economy tsar with a year to deliver

Junta-appointed finance minister faces a tricky 12 months

SoftBank in $100m Indonesia start-up deal

Tokopedia stake is country’s biggest start-up investment

Big nations snub Beijing bank launch

Only 20 countries sign up for new institution after US lobbying

The myopic western view of China’s rise

The reforms that count tend to conform to the western model, writes Martin Jacques

India’s Congress party stares into the abyss

Crushing political defeats have forced Congress politicians to consider the party’s future

State funding disrupts S Korea start-up scene

Investment matching provides incentives but also distorts market

Talks to end HK protests make little progress

Government offers few concrete concessions to protesters

Prime minister who transformed Australia

Whitlam credited with laying foundations for an era of Labor rule

Leung warns protesters not to test China

HK chief ready to listen to suggestions for ending demonstrations

Beijing puts rule of law on agenda

Plenary unlikely to make changes that would curb party power

A bittersweet rebirth for India’s Jews

Mumbai’s Jewish community is small but resilient thanks to industry and tourism

Kim’s ‘discomfort’ is ours as well

Through his temporary disappearance, North Korea’s leader has enticed others to engage with him, says Kurt Campbell

Seoul rejects rebuke over labour laws

Amnesty report says ‘shameful system’ encourages abuse of migrant workers

Japan ministers resign over scandals

Analysts warn blow to PM could damage his strong public support

Widodo sworn in as Indonesian president

Reform-minded leader says key to success will be ‘work, work, work’

Widodo sworn in as Indonesia’s president

Former furniture maker rises to become leader of the world’s fourth-most populous nation

Chinese doctors tackle Ebola on frontline

Sierra Leone’s Friendship Hospital treats up to eight new patients every day

Australia eyes A$5.5bn Medibank IPO

Health insurer listing part of A$100bn public asset sale

Unrest in China leaves 22 dead

Uighur assailants attack Han Chinese merchants in Xinjiang

Hong Kong agrees date for protest talks

Government and students to meet over rising tensions