Seoul (AFP) - The man who staged a shock attack on the US ambassador to South Korea is a convicted, maverick political activist whose blog writings display a profound anger towards "foreign powers" like the US and Japan.
Cilacap (Indonesia) (AFP) - Indonesia on Thursday rejected the offer of a prisoner swap proposed by Canberra in an 11th-hour bid to save two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, saying it is determined to put to death those "who have poisoned our nation".
Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in a notoriously dangerous mine just a few kilometres from the frontline, where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian separatists.
Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's junta chief spoke out Thursday against a proposal from one of his own military-appointed panels that he and other key coup figures should be temporarily banned from politics once civilian rule is returned.
Beijing (AFP) - China unveiled a fresh double-digit spending boost for its military -- the world's largest -- on Thursday with a 10.1 percent increase in 2015, as it pursues a series of territorial disputes with its neighbours.
Seoul (AFP) - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media.
Berlin (AFP) - German prosecutors on Wednesday sought 10 and a half years' jail for a former police officer accused of killing a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea on Thursday described the knife attack on US Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul as "just punishment" for the US decision to push ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea.
A human rights activist visiting another prisoner on Nusakambangan says Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are housed in cells next to each other.
Singapore (AFP) - Singapore's High Court on Thursday fined a prominent dissident blogger Sg$8,000 ($5,800) for "scandalising" the city-state's judiciary in an online commentary.
Women are still significantly disadvantaged in the pension stakes but new research indicates the gap with men is shrinking.