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Thailand's junta lifts martial law
Thailand's controversial martial law has been lifted, but it has been replaced by measures giving the junta chief even greater powers.


S Korea indicts US envoy knife attacker
A South Korean man who attacked the US ambassador with a knife in Seoul has been formally charged with attempted murder.


Asian markets mostly slip, Shanghai lifts
Sharmarkets in Asia mostly finished lower but Hong Kong and Shanghai bucked the trend following positive data out of China.


Indonesian inflation picks up in March
Inflation rose in Indonesia in March, to 6.38 per cent, on increases in the price of fuel and rice.


Indian police arrest four over rape of nun
Four Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested in India over the rape of an elderly nun at a convent school in West Bengal.


Malaysia launches GST despite protests
Malaysia hopes its newly-implemented six per cent GST will help it addess a widening deficit problem.


Nepal says climbers returning to Everest
The climbing industry is recovering from the deadly disaster on Mount Everest with four teams already permitted to climb the world's highest peak.


Myanmar jade mine landslide kills nine
Up to 30 people were buried in a jade mine landslide that killed at least nine in a war-torn part of Myanmar.


Royal pardon denied for Malaysia's Anwar
The king of Malaysia has rejected a pardon request for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who has been sentenced to five years' jail for sodomy.


Bali Nine final appeal to wrap up
A court battle to have Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's case for clemency heard in an administrative court will hear closing arguments on Wednesday.


India halts tough cigarette packaging plan
India has halted a plan to follow Austraia's lead and implement bigger health warnings on cigarette packets.


US couple on trial for Bali murder
The US couple on trial in Bali for murdering the woman's mother are facing long sentences after the body was found stuffed into a suitcase.


Kiwi 'suspicious' at Bali customs: trial
The Bali drugs trial of New Zealander Antony de Malmanche has started with prosecution witnesses from the customs office.


Thai junta to replace martial law
Critics are concerned a move to lift martial law will only deepen dictatorship in Thailand as it will be replaced with a new order keeping military power.


India's boards scramble to appoint women
A deadline is looming for Indian companies who have until April 1 to appoint women to their boards of directors.


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