epa04454768 Pro-democracy protesters gather during a rally of the ongoing Occupy Central movement in Admiralty District of Hong Kong, China, 20 October 2014. Pro-democracy protesters gathered for a third night in Hong Kong's busy Mong Kok area, setting up new barricades, as police and protesters blamed each other for violence.  EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

Hong Kong’s chief executive has blamed “external forces” for the democracy protests that have rocked the territory in recent weeks as both government (...)

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An elderly man was rescued by a group of passersby from under a car which had run into him in Liyang City in China's Jiangsu Province. Video: Reuters

Former Japanese justice minister Midori Matsushima bows during a press conference after she resigned from her post at the Ministry of Justice in Tokyo. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Japan’s conservative government has been dealt a major blow with the resignation of two cabinet members in a single day, just as prime minister’s Shin(...)

A visitor enters an elevator in the lobby at the headquarters of SAP in Walldorf, Germany. The technology company forecast this morning that 2014 underlying operating profit would be €5.6 billion  to €5.8 billion, compared with an earlier projection of as much as €6 billion. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

(...) cent. A 4 percent jump in Japan’s Topix index propelled the MSCI Asia Pacific Index 2.1 per cent higher(...)

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Amateur video shot by a British survivor of the deadly Himalayan blizzard that swept through the higher reaches of Nepal shows near complete loss of v(...)

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A Chinese nature reserve on Sunday released video footage taken by an infrared camera to document the life of a newly born panda cub. Video: Reuters

Japan’s Nikkei share average surged 3.3 per cent on Monday and was on track to post its biggest daily rise in more than a year as investors took heart from upbeat US data and as the weaker yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

(...) volatility spiking. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan surged 1.3 per cent, while(...)

Police officers are reflected on reflective materials held by a pro-democracy protesters on a blocked road at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong.

There were further violent clashes between democracy activists and riot police in Hong Kong at the weekend despite the prospect of talks between the (...)

Tourists visit a park near Karamay, in China’s Xinjiang province. Xinjiang has long been a destination for Chinese travellers, but mounting reports of ethnic riots and terror attacks have severely hurt tourism here. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times

Twenty-two people were killed when four Uighur assailants armed with knives and explosives attacked a market in Xinjiang province last week, as ethnic(...)

 Israeli avalanche victims  prior to their departure for the international airport, at Ciwec clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal, at the weekend. The Israeli government has sent a special flight to bring back their avalanche survivors  from Kathmandu.  Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Hopes faded yesterday for survivors of one of Nepal’s worst mountain disasters as villagers joined an intensive search by troops and government offici(...)