Asia & Pacific

What Is Happening During Hong Kong’s Occupy Central?

Pro-democracy protesters flood the Central financial district in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Pro-democracy protesters flood the Central financial district in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Since the early morning of Sept. 28 when the organizers of Occupy Central With Love and Peace announced the start of the democracy movement, tens...




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  • Ontake Volcano Eruption

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  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Indian PM Narendra Modi Says Serious About Peace With Pakistan

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  • Dense white plumes rise high in the air as Mt. Ontake erupts in central Japan, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. With a sound likened to thunder, the 3,067-meter (10,062-foot) mountain spewed large white plumes high into the sky, sending people fleeing, covering surrounding areas in ash and trapping more than 250 climbers. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Mt. Ontake Volcano Erupts in Japan; 7 Missing, 40 Injured (+Photos, Videos)

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  • A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 27, 2014. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Update: Vessels Readying Search for Plane in Indian Ocean

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  • Ex-chairman of Indonesia's ruling Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum delivers an address at the party headquarters in Jakarta, February 23, 2013. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ex-Chairman of Indonesia’s Ruling Party Sentenced for Corruption

    JAKARTA, Indonesia—A former top leader of Indonesia’s ruling Democratic Party was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for corruption and money laundering. A five-member... Read more

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    Hong Kong’s Ecochic Design Award The Ecochic Design Award is the first international sustainable fashion design competition bringing together Asian and European fashion designers who share... Read more

  • Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announces at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014, that a group of 157 asylum-seekers in custody on the high seas for weeks will be taken to Australia and held until consular officials confirm their nationalities. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cambodia To Accept Asylum Seekers Rejected by Australia

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodia announced Wednesday that it will sign a deal with Australia this week to resettle people who were denied asylum there. Cambodia’s Foreign... Read more

  • An F-35 Lighting II fighter jet sits on the golf course surrounding the Celtic Manor Hotel during the NATO Summit on September 4, 2014 in Newport, Wales.(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

    South Korea Buying 40 F-35A Fighters From Lockheed-Martin

    SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion in the country’s biggest-ever weapons purchase aimed at... Read more

  • Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials as it erupts as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Nov 18, 2013. Two volcanoes erupted Monday in Indonesia, prompting warnings for flights and evacuation preparations, official said. (AP Photo/Mafa Yuli Ramadani)

    Volcano In Western Indonesia Erupts Again

    JAKARTA, Indonesia— A volcano in western Indonesia has sent a new, powerful burst of hot ash into the air. National disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo... Read more

  • A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 27, 2014. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Update: Author on Book About Missing Plane Hits Back Against Criticism

    Two New Zealand-based authors on a book about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have attempted to counter criticism from the beleaguered airline, which accused them... Read more

  • Pakistani security officials and rescue workers gather at the site of bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. A Pakistani police official says a roadside bomb has targeted a Pakistani army vehicle, killing several and wounded more than a dozen people in a northwestern city. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

    Suicide Bomber Targets Army In Pakistan, Kills 5

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan— A suicide car bomber blew himself up near a convoy of security forces in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding... Read more

  • In this undated handout photo released by Pakistan's rangers, Maj. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, right, walks with Prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan's army on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, named a new chief to head the country's premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, which is also known by its acronym ISI. (AP Photo/Pakistan Rangers)

    Pakistan Names New Intelligence Chief

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