NEW YORK (AFP) - Asia and the United States (US) must be ready for "challenges and difficulties", Ms Josette Sheeran, the new head of the prestigious Asia Society, said on Tuesday, as she was named to the post.
GENEVA (REUTERS) - The H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China has caused economic losses of more than US$6.5 billion (S$8.1 billion)so far, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's chief veterinary officer said on Tuesday.
MUMBAI (AFP) - China's premier paid tribute to an Indian doctor who died treating Chinese troops more than 70 years ago, becoming a rare symbol of friendship between the two nations.
SEOUL (AP) - South Korea's Supreme Court has upheld a ruling sentencing a man to 11/2 years in prison for exchanging e-mail messages with an alleged North Korean spy and praising Pyongyang on his website.
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong on Tuesday joyfully welcomed the return of a giant inflatable rubber duck, which drew tens of thousands of visitors before it was abruptly deflated for maintenance for almost a week.