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Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges to clear up two kinds of pollution -- political and environmental -- that have caused the most public concern, China Daily writes. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha warns disgruntled monks against going ahead with any plan to protest, according to The Nation. Prosecution expands its investigation into a knife attack on US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert with top officials billing it an act of terrorism by pro-North Korean forces, The Korea Herald reports. Cheng Chieh, the college student charged with killing 4 and injuring 22 at an MRT station in Taipei on May 21 of last year, is given four death sentences by the New Taipei City District Court, The China Post says. Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao remains ferocious but is no longer a careless fighteras he gears up for his May 2 match with Floyd Mayweather, says Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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Birdman to screen in Beijing festival

Under Chinese policy, only 34 foreign films can be screened in cinemas every year, so the battle for the market is tough

Tongin Market reinvents itself with old-fashioned street food

The market is still small in scale but features quick-bite food stalls and shops selling knick-knacks

More senior Chinese head for Hainan in winter

Many of them have been heading to the south for warmer weather

4 elements needed to make Tokyo 2020 brilliant

4 elements needed to make Tokyo 2020 brilliant
The former CEO of the London Olympics organising committee says the bottomline is all about emotions

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Security staff, traffic controls pose challenge

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Security staff, traffic controls pose challenge
Organisers face problems that could endanger the smooth implementation of the Games five years from now

More than just Obama's friend

More than just Obama's friend
The US ambassador to South Korea, who was attacked by a knife-wielding man, has endeared himself to Koreans

Google doodles on noodles

Google doodles on noodles
March 5 is the birthday of instant noodle creator Momofuku Ando

K-pop idols increasingly going solo

K-pop idols increasingly going solo
Some have made stronger impression with critics as solo acts

Aishwarya debuts edgy new look in Indian Vogue

Aishwarya debuts edgy new look in Indian Vogue
Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan debuts an edgy new look on the cover of this month's Indian Vogue




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