The number of protesters in Hong Kong has swelled ahead of a national holiday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.
US President Barack Obama says the signing of a security partnership with Afghanistan represents an invitation to strengthen the countries' relationship.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says he wants to overturn a law that abolishes direct elections for governors, district chiefs and mayors.
A Filipino man jailed for making fetish videos where animals were harmed and killed alleges an Australian man was his customer and mastermind.
A Thai court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to death after convicting him of raping and then killing a 13-year-old girl on an overnight train.
Japanese authorities have suspended the search for bodies on Mount Ontake after fresh rumbles sparked fears of another eruption from the volcano.

Dateline: 'Turned back to torture'

Serious claims of abduction and abuse at the hands of Sri Lankan authorities are emerging from asylum seekers returned from Australia.
Afghanistan has signed a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States, and a status of forces agreement with NATO.
A statement from the Occupy Central movement says it has set an October 1 deadline for Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying to step down.
Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani is a Pashtun, the ethnic group that has historically provided most of the country's leaders.

Australia helps Afghan 'bomb CSI'

Australia is playing a key role in collecting evidence from improvised explosive devices to help prosecute insurgents in Afghanistan.
Representatives from North Korea and Japan have met in a Chinese city for talks on the abduction of Japanese citizens.
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou says both Hong Kong and the mainland would benefit from allowing free elections in the city.
West Australia's government cannot put a figure on the saving from closing its Jakarta trade office, a decision that has stunned the business sector.
Ashraf Ghani has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai.
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