Seoul (AFP) - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm in Seoul on Thursday by a lone, blade-wielding activist opposed to ongoing US-Korean military drills.
Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have won a brief respite with Indonesia's president indicating they won't be executed this week.
Sydney (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday suggested the search for missing Flight MH370 may be scaled back, while expressing hope the jet would be found a year after it vanished.
Wellington (AFP) - New Zealand is conducting mass spying on its South Pacific neighbours then passing the information to a US-led intelligence alliance, media reports citing leaked documents said Thursday.
Beijing (AFP) - China's football season kicks off this week with hopes of a resurgence for the beautiful game after former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and rookie coach Fabio Cannavaro put the league among the world's biggest spenders.
Beijing (AFP) - Britain's Prince William won praise Thursday from Chinese Internet users after he visited an elephant reserve in the country and condemned illegal wildlife trafficking as "a vicious form of criminality".
Sydney (AFP) - An Australian broadcaster on Thursday revealed how it discourages staff from having babies and taking maternity leave -- a big jar of condoms at work.
Sydney (AFP) - Australia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed.
Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city.
Singapore (AFP) - A Singapore court on Thursday sentenced two young German men to nine months in prison and three strokes of the cane for spray-painting a metro train in the city-state last year.
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.