Japan's comeback kid stormed to a convincing victory in last Sunday's general election. Abe, whose previous stint as prime minister ended just after a year in 2007, saw his Liberal Democratic Party secure a resounding majority in the lower-house election. But Abe faces some daunting challenges - not least of which is a territorial dispute with China.
The Cathay Pacific CEO got the Christmas present he was looking for when the airline's flight attendants' union called off plans for a work-to-rule campaign during the festive period following a pay-rise dispute. The union settled on the original 2 per cent salary increase and other benefits after marathon talks.
Could the fourth generation of the world's only hereditary communist dictatorship be on its way? The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared to be boasting a baby bump when she appeared at her husband's side at a memorial for Kim's late father, Kim Jong-il. Pregnancy rumours have circulated since she disappeared from public view in September.