TOKYO (AFP) - South Korean soldiers were guilty of abusing women in wartime, Osaka's mayor said in comments reported on Tuesday, days after provoking a storm by labelling sex slaves a military necessity.
BEIJING (AFP) - North Korea has released 16 Chinese fishermen and their boat, Chinese state-run media said on Tuesday, after reports that armed assailants had taken the sailors hostage and demanded a ransom.
BEIJING (AFP) - No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's presumptive prime minister has called for peace talks with Taleban militants at war with the government.
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong on Monday launched a ten-year plan to reduce waste by 40 per cent per person as part of efforts to catch up with other leading Asian cities and avert a looming environmental crisis.