Sri Lanka asks IMF to revive $1.5bn bailout frozen in 2018

Country plunged into a political crisis after the president sacked the prime minister who was later reinstated after weeks of unrest

Singapore urged to reform law on hiring domestic workers

Forced labour a problem due to a lack of legal protections and the isolated nature of their work, say charities

Singapore vows to cane Briton despite protest

Yuen Ye Ming was sentenced by a Singapore court last year to 20 years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane after he was convicted on drug-related charges,

Huawei founder denies in rare interview he spied for China

There is no close connection between his support of Communist Party and the businesses, Ren says

Tokyo court denies former Nissan chief Ghosn’s bail request

The Japanese judiciary will not back down on Carlos Ghosn’s detention, despite his trial not expected to start for six months

‘Poland is a US accomplice’, China says after Huawei worker’s arrest

Poland recently arrested an employee of Chinese telecom giant Huawei for alleged espionage

Carlos Ghosn’s wife complains of his harsh treatment in jail

She claims the ousted Nissan chief has lost 7kg, is being denied his medication and has to endure hours of interrogation a day without his lawyer present

Indonesia recovers second black box from Lion Air crash

The bright orange voice recorder was discovered early on Monday about 10m from a flight data recorder that was pinpointed in November

More weakness in store for China in 2019

Dismal December trade readings suggest China's economy may have cooled faster than expected late in 2018

Hindus gather in India for world’s largest religious festival

Uttar Pradesh officials expect 12-million devotees to attend the Kumbh Mela religious pilgrimage in Allahabad

Iran says it is on brink of making own reactor fuel

Country's atomic energy head says it on verge of designing own uranium fuel

Journalists jailed over Rohingya investigation lose appeal

Options are dwindling for the seven Reuters journalists, with a presidential pardon being a possible, but not probable, way out

In Beijing, US seeks details on Chinese goods purchases and trade promises

Washington has a long list of demands, including changes to China’s policies on intellectual property protection and technology transfers

India to approve jobs quota for less well-off not covered by affirmative action

India's parliament is set to approve a bill allowing 10% of state posts to be taken up by economically weak recipients in a move called a pre-election ...

China pledges to buy ‘substantial amount’ of US goods

Officials from the world’s two largest economies held face-to-face meetings aimed at easing trade tensions 

Japan demands talks with South Korea over Nippon Steel court decision

Tokyo simmers at court decision to award compensation for forced labour during World War 2

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