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Alvin Cheng was at home in Brisbane when he saw the news that student protesters in his native Hong Kong had been arrested. Two days later, he was there.
Now emerging as a force to be reckoned with, the Islamic State is capable of maintaining discipline and demonstrating a sophisticated military strategy.
Turkey is sticking to its demands for wider action in Syria even as the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane struggles to withstand the onslaught of Islamic State.
Amal Alamuddin, who recently married US actor George Clooney, is taking up Greece's campaign for Britain to return the Elgin Marbles, which were removed from the Parthenon in Athens in the early 19th century.
Thailand is about to join dozens of countries without an American ambassador at a pivotal time for the south-east Asian nation
Beijing's handling of protests in Hong Kong has reinforced Taiwanese reluctance to be part of China, a Taipei pro-democracy advocate says.
Leung Chun-ying – ubiquitously known as ''CY'' – launched his campaign on November 27, 2011, with a message of change.
The US-led military coalition intensified its air strikes on Islamic State positions in Kobane overnight, but locals fear it may be too late to save the besieged town.
As Japan recovers from Typhoon Phanfone, in comes Super Typhoon Vongfong - the most intense storm on earth this year.