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Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water. But as police began wielding pepper spray and batons, the 20-year-old insurance agent has donned a hard hat and home-made body armour -- symbols of a new and dangerous phase.

Eritrean asylum seekers find refuge in famous Swiss monastery

After a harrowing flight from autocratic Eritrea, the last place Nuguse Teklestion expected to call home was the pastoral grounds of a Swiss monastery housing a mysterious black Madonna.

'Little Apple': The hit song all of China is singing

Has China found its own "Gangnam Style"? From Beijing parks to Shanghai skyscrapers and in Guangzhou factories to karaoke rooms in Macau, people are singing "Little Apple" -- a song apparently so catchy it has even won over the army and police.

Analyst: RON97 petrol price shall be lowered

The Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) responded that in view of the unstable international oil prices, the government would not rush to adjust the fuel prices and the subsidy rationalisation roadmap would be closely followed to help the government save considerable subsidy expenses.

Indonesia to inaugurate first president without ties to ex-dictator

Joko Widodo will cap a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum when he is sworn in as Indonesia's president Monday, but takes power amid doubts about his ability to enact much-needed reforms.

Once respected, Hong Kong police now reviled by protesters

Hong Kong's police force have long prided themselves as being "Asia's finest".

All in a flap: Seychelles fears foreign bird invader

It was just a feather: but in the tropical paradise of the Seychelles, the discovery of parakeet plumage has put environmentalists in a flutter, with a foreign invading bird threatening the national parrot.

Longtime love of Cabaret's Isherwood feted in Berlin

Berlin is rolling out the red carpet for the longtime partner of late British-born author Christopher Isherwood, whose writings inspired "Cabaret" about the swinging city on the brink of Nazi terror.

Cash-strapped young Afghans turn to low-cost mass weddings

The crowd bursts into applause as a hundred couples enter the hall, hand in hand, grooms in simple black suits and brides in modest white dresses, red flowers in hand.

'Great wall of Jakarta' plan to combat floods

Jakarta has launched a multi-billion-dollar scheme to build a huge sea wall to combat flooding as the Indonesian capital sinks, but there is scepticism about its chances of success in a country with a history of corruption and failed megaprojects.