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The 2.6 billion ringgit allegedly deposited into the personal account of Prime Minister Najib Razak is not from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) funds but from donors, The Star writes. Thailand's elections may be delayed until 2017 depending on the approval of a new charter, The Nation reports. China's premier formulates a series of amendments to his blueprint for the economy as he attempts to boost growth and strengthen domestic demand, according to China Daily. Three Chinese coast guard ships enter Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, a report in The Yomiuri Shimbun states. Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin meets with group founder and general chairman Shin Kyuk-ho at Lotte Hotel in Seoul, fuelling speculation that the “rebellious second son” is determined to mend ties with the infuriated father, The Korea Herald says.

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British photographer captures life inside North Korea

Nick Danziger presents photos from his three-week stay in 2013

Renowned springwater enhances coffee

The secret ingredient in Shodoshima cafe's food and drinks is Yubune no Mizu, springwater that flows from a mountain with terraced paddies

Writers to grow old with, from Murakami to Ishiguro

Haruki Murakami has been a companion to a writer from singlehood to motherhood

Bereaved families publish notes on ’85 JAL crash

Bereaved families publish notes on ’85 JAL crash
Book has two parts: personal notes of bereaved families, and questions about the cause of the crash, comments on the progress of investigations, and related explanations

It may become harder to see horseshoe crabs in Sabah soon

It may become harder to see horseshoe crabs in Sabah soon
Horseshoe crabs have become increasingly uncommon due to fishing practices and loss of habitat

Living up to family name

Living up to family name
The grandson of Philippines' fifth president throws his hat in the for the next presidential race

Independent Grace Poe follows in father's footsteps

Independent Grace Poe follows in father's footsteps
The daughter of a former presidential hopeful has the charisma, but lacks the machinery for the race next year

Wedding bells for former Bond girl...soon

Wedding bells for former Bond girl...soon
Michelle Yeoh confirms she is ready to tie the knot

First-generation Hallyu star gets married

First-generation Hallyu star gets married
Bae Yong-joon, star of Winter Sonata who captured Japanese housewives' hearts in the early 2000s, marries lesser-known actress




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