An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed 47 people and injured more than 600, state media said on Friday, the latest casualties in a series of industrial accidents that has angered the public.
The U.S. ambassador for religious freedom on Monday again urged China to give its people religious freedom, a move he said could help gain trust from self-ruled Taiwan.
India's general election will take place in seven phases between April and May, the Election Commission says.
New satellite images of North Korea suggest it is restoring a rocket launch site it had pledged to dismantle, say analysts.
Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian Air Force jets and captured their pilots in a major escalation of the Kashmir conflict.
A fast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials say.
Prime Minister Modi said the terror attack at Pulwama proved that the time for talks had passed.