Australia has been accused of a "surreal form of hypocrisy" in criticising the execution of the Bali Nine while "slowly disposing" of asylum seekers through "inhumane detention centres".
Asher Keddie, Germaine Greer and Alan Jones are among those who have thrown their support behind two Australians facing the death penalty in Indonesia, in a powerful star-filled video calling for mercy.
The head of the Northern Territory branch of the Labor party has reportedly flown overseas to fight in Syria against terror group Islamic State.
Families of the two Australians facing imminent execution in Indonesia have urged the country's president to visit Kerobokan prison, saying no-one could allow their killing if they saw the remarkable work the duo have done inside the penitentiary.
Thai parliament impeaches democratically elected former leader, who faces a jail sentence after being charged with neglience.
The fate of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants remained in limbo on Saturday, after a deadline for Japan's government to pay a $US200 million ransom lapsed with no reports of progress in efforts to release the pair.
Bangkok: Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has declared that democracy is dead in her country after a military-stacked parliament voted to ban her from politics and prosecutors announced criminal charges that could see her jailed.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has a fervent desire to rid Indonesia of drug abuse but there is also a strong strand of politically motivated populism, and ignorance, behind the strategy.
Child marriage and rape are harsh realities for girls caught in refugee crises, Matt Wade reports from Kenya.
"He could have easily thought of himself and nobody would blame him but that is the Andrew we know."
Two men have been charged after allegedly breaking into a home on the Far South Coast on Saturday ...