China's Foreign Ministry has said that visiting US Vice President Joe Biden was told that Beijing's decision to set up an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea accorded with international law.
Satellite images released by the rights group, Amnesty International, show on-going developments at North Korea's main political prison camps - camp 15 and 16.
Thailand's anti-government protesters and security forces have observed a temporary truce as the nation prepares to mark the birthday of the revered king, after police stepped back in a dramatic move to calm violent clashes.
US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in a climate fraught with tension after China's declaration of a new air defence zone above disputed islands in the East China Sea has pitted the US and China against each other.
Asian countries have topped the rnakings in a global education report which evaluates the knowledge and skills of 15 and 16-year-olds around the world.
US Vice President Joe Biden has urged Japan and China to lower tensions that have spiked since Beijing announced an air defence zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea, while repeating that Washington was worried by the move.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister's office without resistance from the police.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, considered the power behind the throne, is believed to have been dismissed from his posts, a South Korean lawmaker has said, suggesting a huge upheaval in one of the world's most secretive states.
China has punished almost 20,000 officials in the last year for breaching rules to cut down on bureaucracy as well as pomp and ceremony, according to the government.
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