Calling Tokyo's proposed US$20 billion budget unacceptable, IOC Vice President John Coates urged Japanese organizers on Friday to find ways to make the 2020 Olympics more affordable.
South Korea's main opposition parties said Friday they will push for a vote next week on President Park Geun-hye's impeachment.
Indonesian police arrested 10 people including prominent citizens for suspected treason and other crimes and said they were planning to use a mass protest in the capital on Friday to cause chaos and overthrow the government.
North Korea says a sweeping new round of U.N. sanctions aimed at choking its nuclear program by cutting off as much of a quarter of its foreign trade revenue is an "abuse of power" and will be met with tough countermeasures.
A Cambodian opposition leader who has spent months holed up in his party headquarters in a bid to avoid arrest was pardoned by the king on Friday, breaking a lengthy political stalemate.
"Bad boy" pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli, who raised the cost of an HIV drug by 5,000 percent, has mocked a group of Sydney school students who recreated the life-saving medicine on the cheap.
Australia has enacted a law that will allow officials to keep convicted terrorists in prison after they have served their sentences, the prime minister said on Friday.
South Korea's three opposition parties said they would file an impeachment motion Friday against beleaguered President Park Geun-Hye, and push for a national assembly vote next week.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be proclaimed the new king of Thailand late Thursday, his office said, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father.
West Papuan protesters faced off with police in the Indonesian capital on Thursday in a demonstration calling for the remote region's independence.