The head of the newly opened Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said the China-led group is aiming to approve its first loans before the end of the year, part of Beijing's efforts to weave together regional trade partners and solidify its global status.
Japan on Sunday marked the 21st anniversary of a devastating earthquake in the western city of Kobe that killed more than 6,400 people, as bereaved families looked to keep memories of the victims alive.
The Maldives government said Saturday that it has given permission to an imprisoned ex-president to travel to Britain for surgery.
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people "wasting time" on computer games and social networking.
Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull made an unannounced visit to Baghdad Saturday and held talks with his Iraqi counterpart on the fight against the Islamic State group, the premier's office said.
Japan, South Korea and the United States on Saturday ratcheted up pressure on China to support the "strongest possible" punishment against North Korea, following Pyongyang's nuclear test earlier this month.
Rebel negotiators applauded talks with Myanmar authorities Saturday at the end of five days of discussions, but said the real business of crafting peace rests with Aung San Suu Kyi's government-in-waiting.
One of the eight men killed in an audacious attack by Muslim militants in the heart of Indonesia's capital was a civilian and not one of the bombers as first thought, police said Sunday.
Sri Lanka's prime minister Sunday announced officials would use social media to seek public opinion on a proposed new constitution aimed at preventing a return to ethnic war.
Indonesian police said Saturday they have arrested 12 people suspected of links to the Jakarta bombings.
A Japanese bus operator whose vehicle plunged off a mountain road, killing 14 people and injuring dozens more, is suspected by officials of violating safety regulations, local media reported Saturday.
Self-harm by asylum seekers being held at Australia's offshore detention centers takes place on average once every two days, a report said Saturday, with some prospective refugees swallowing poison, cutting themselves and attempting suicide.
A video game allowing players to kill Australian Aboriginals has been removed from mobile stores after more than 50,000 people signed an online petition against the "racist" app.
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will boost investment in the region while contributing to "fairer" global economic governance, mainland leader Xi Jinping said Saturday at the formal opening ceremony in Beijing.