For the first time China's Communist party has discussed the rule of law at its annual assembly. There are improvements, but they are unlikely to change the mood among the Chinese people, says DW's Frank Sieren.
The WHO says it has detected new polio cases in Pakistan. The statement comes as the international community marks World Polio Day. Experts say that extremism in Pakistan is hampering the fight against the disease.
After four years of strained diplomatic relations, Beijing and Tokyo appear to be making efforts to heal the rift. Analysts warn, however, that the relationship will remain fractious for years to come.
The launch of a China-dominated Asian infrastructure bank has received the backing of 21 nations in the region. But it has also drawn criticism from the West, where it's seen as a threat to the World Bank and others.
The UN committee that vets nations on human rights has called on China to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong. The panel has left unchanged its rating for the zone, where student-led protests continue.