Last held in Seoul in 2015, the three-way summit has regularly brought together the East Asian neighbours, but this week's gathering comes amid an unusual period of calm for relations often beset by territorial and historical disputes.
The US secretary of state's visit to the North Korean capital comes as rumours suggest three US citizens being held by Pyongyang may have been moved in preparation for a release.
An Australian court orders an 11th dual-national lawmaker to leave parliament as it implements a law that bans dual nationals from federal parliament, prompting four other MPs to resign.
Malaysia's incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to win the country's general elections on May 9. But he's expected to face a tough challenge from former premier and mentor Mahathir Mohamad.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un met in China for the second time in six weeks on Tuesday, signalling their warming ties ahead of the North Korean leader's expected summit with US President Donald Trump.
The US trade deficit narrowed in March for the first time in seven months as exports reached the highest level on record. The drop in the trade gap could point to higher growth in the first quarter than previously expected.
In Wednesday's vote, Prime Minister Najib Razak goes up against his former mentor turned critic Mahathir Mohamad, once a long-serving prime minister who now leads the opposition.
Sun Zhengcai was convicted of taking more than $26 million in bribes, making him one of the biggest names to fall in President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption and disloyalty.
Thirty-six people, 30 of whom were children were killed in the attack in which rockets and heavy machine gun fire was used on the madrasa in Kunduz, according to the UN investigation.
Trial of eight men accused of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl would be held in Pathankot in the neighbouring state of Punjab, says India's Supreme Court in its order.
This is the second such case to shake India in days after a 16-year-old was raped and burnt to death in the same Indian state of Jharkhand.
The ever-increasing financial pressures on families in China are making them think twice before deciding to go for a child, leading to a declining birth rate even after a two-child policy announced in 2015.
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