A UN plan calls for a war on chronic diseases but lacks tangible targets.
Chinese loan support may ease pressure on Lukashenko.
China is haunted by debt, a property bubble and other woes while the region grapples with capital outflows.
Climate curbs have minimal impact on GDP, report says.
China leads an uphill battle to cope with unprecedented demographic changes in the region.
Experts question missing efficiency reports.
As the U.S. marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, Asia's counter-terrorism campaign faces human rights questions.
The recent landmark talks between democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein may have set the pace for significant reforms but much will depend on the government releasing political prisoners, perhaps in stages.
Russia boosts competition with North Korea pipeline.
A new prime minister in Japan looks set to challenge Chinese assertiveness in the region.