Brintha Sukumaran, a sister of Australian death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran’s screams as she arrives at Wijaya Pura port to visit her brother at Nusakambangan prison ahead of the executions of the Bali Nine. Photograph:  Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images 2:10

Nine drug traffickers have held emotional farewell meetings with their families after the Indonesian government rejected last-ditch pleas from around (...)

Michael Chan, a brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, speaks to journalists at Wijaya Pura port after visiting his brother  at Nusakambangan prison in Indonesia on Monday.  Andrew Chan is among nine convicted drug traffickers facing execution by firing squad in Indonesia this week. Photograph:  Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Kanupriya Kapoor and Jane WardellIndonesia said the execution of nine drug traffickers would go ahead this week, rebuffing last-minute appeals from A(...)

Union and women’s rights activists picketed the Indonesian in the Philippines, to appeal for Jakarta to spare a Filipino mother of two scheduled to be executed by firing squad. The activists vowed to stay outside the embassy until Indonesia stops the execution of Mary Jane Veloso or a second appeal filed by her lawyers is granted. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA 0:37

International condemnation of Indonesia’s plan to execute convicted drug smugglers by firing squad as early as Tuesday is increasing, with Australia (...)

Paying tribute at a Singapore community club yesterday following the death of Lee Kuan Yew. Photograph: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Tributes were paid by world leaders yesterday to Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who led the city state for more than three decades, follo(...)

Handout photo  by Unicef Pacific shows waves and scattered debris along the coast, caused by Cyclone Pam, in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Photograph: Unicef Pacific/AFP/Getty Images 0:59

Many residents in Vanuatu have spent a second night in emergency shelters after a powerful cyclone damaged or blew away their homes, aid workers said.(...)

Local residents look through the remains of a small shelter in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu On Saturday. Winds of up to 340 km/h hit the country as  category 5 cyclone named Pam was unleashed. Photograph: UNICEF Pacific/Handout via Reuters. 0:59

One of the Pacific Ocean’s most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and repor(...)

Sabine Atlaoui, the wife of death-row prisoner Sergei Atlaoui of France, arrives with other relatives at Wijayapura port for a visit to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap. Sergei Atlaoui along with Rodrigo Gularte of Brazil, Australian Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are facing execution by firing squad in Nusakambangan. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA 1:10

Indonesia rejected on Thursday an Australian proposal for a prisoner swap made in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smuggle(...)

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott:   poll ratings have languished since last May’s budget, which was widely criticised as unfair to the lower and middles classes. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is a very fit man, and is regularly filmed on a pre-dawn cycle around Canberra or his constituency in Sydney.(...)

Party critics of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott have launched a dramatic bid to unseat the conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. Photograph: Saeed Khansaeed/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Embattled Australian prime minister Tony Abbott will face a vote on his leadership at a party-room meeting next week after disgruntled government lawm(...)

Billionaire Clive Palmer accused the “communist Chinese government” of trying to steal Australia’s natural resources. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

One of the more lively verbal spats in the region last week was sparked by the Australian legislator and mining magnate, Clive Palmer, who went on tel(...)