Ms Gunewardene has funded the sterilisation of about 10,000 dogs and the vaccination of more than 25,000 strays. -TNP
Vice-Premier pledges openness amid divisions over rival free trade pacts. -ST
Police in Vietnam have detained one of the country's biggest tycoons on suspicion of financial irregularities, banking sources and state media said on Friday. -Reuters
According to a general manager at Ngurah Rai, MH135 landed safely at the airport at around 2.10pm, after it requested a diversion from its original route. -The Jakarta Post/ANN
Japan's cabinet approved changes to a 66-year-old law that bans late-night dancing in clubs, a decision that will help the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. -Reuters
China and 20 other countries moved forward on Friday towards setting up an Asian infrastructure lender seen as a counterweight to Western-backed international development banks. -AFP
A 24-year-old British woman has died during cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Bangkok, prompting Thai police to arrest her surgeon for criminal negligence. -AFP
Hong Kong's democracy activists are planning a street vote to gauge protesters' views on conciliatory offers from the government, as the city's former leader called on them to clear...
Japan will see mostly average or warmer-than-average weather from November to January. -Reuters
The double resignations marked the first significant blow to the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. -AFP