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Hong Kong protesters reject calls to stop
The number of protesters in Hong Kong has swelled ahead of a national holiday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.

Indonesia lobbying on Montara spill grows
Another leading Indonesian official will join the chorus of voices urging Australia to co-operate on a study into the 2009 Montara oil spill.

Obama cheers 'historic' Afghan deal
US President Barack Obama says the signing of a security partnership with Afghanistan represents an invitation to strengthen the countries' relationship.

Fire burns Mongolian 5-star hotel site
A blaze has tore through the site of Mongolia's first five-star hotel, scheduled for completion later this year.

Afghan and US officials sign troops deal
Afghanistan has signed a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States, and a status of forces agreement with NATO.

Indonesian leader 'to restore local votes'
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says he wants to overturn a law that abolishes direct elections for governors, district chiefs and mayors.

Asia shares mostly lower, China PMI weighs
Asian shares have closed mostly lower.

Aussie behind 'crush' animal videos: court
A Filipino man jailed for making fetish videos where animals were harmed and killed alleges an Australian man was his customer and mastermind.

HK leader says Beijing won't back down
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.

India keeps interest rates on hold
India's central bank has kept interest rates on hold at 8.0 per cent.

Thai man gets death penalty for train rape
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.

S. Korea ferry runs aground, all 109 safe
A South Korean ferry has run aground, in echoes of the Sewol disaster, but all 109 passengers and crew have been rescued.

Aust to discuss Montara oil aftermath
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it will look into Indonesia's latest appeal for assistance with claims over the 2009 Montara oil spill.

China's Huawei looks to invest in France
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has told French media he intends to invest 1.5 billion euros to develop smartphones in France over three years.

Afghanistan to sign US troop deal
The new Afghan government is set to sign a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the US.

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