South Korea's central bank on Thursday kept its policy rate on hold at an all-time low of 1.5 percent after lowering it by a quarter percentage point the prior month to counter flagging domestic demand caused by the outbreak of MERS.
Holding the first-ever face-on-face talks between a delegation of Afghan government peace body the High Peace Council (HPC) and Taliban representatives in Pakistan has been widely welcomed at home and abroad.
The DPRK warned Seoul that the Pyongyang visit of Lee Hee-ho, widow of South Korean ex-President Kim Dae-jung, "has not been fully confirmed" and that Seoul should stop making provocations if it expects the visit to come true.
Kyushu Electric Power Co started loading uranium fuel rods into a reactor on Tuesday, marking the first attempt to reboot Japan's nuclear industry in nearly two years after the sector was shutdown following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is considering legal action Wednesday against The Wall Street Journal over reports saying some 700 million US dollars from the controversial state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB, has been transferred to his personal account.
China criticized the Philippines on Tuesday for "betraying bilateral consensus" on resolving its South China Sea concerns through negotiations, as an international tribunal at The Hague took up Manila's request for arbitration over the issue.
India and Pakistan are on their way to joining the six-nation, trans-Eurasia Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, according to a senior Chinese diplomat who confirmed that moves to admit the countries will begin soon.