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Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading his closest rival Ashraf Ghani in the Afghan presidential election, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Sunday, with the early results indicating a run-off vote is likely.
Abdullah leads Ghani in first partial results of Afghan vote

 

The death toll from flash floods in the Solomon Islands climbed to 23 on Tuesday, officials said, as aid agencies scrambled to distribute supplies to thousands left homeless by the disaster.
 

At least 16 people have died in flooding in the Solomon Islands, while 40 are missing and up to 49,000 homeless, an aid official said Saturday as the full extent of the devastation began to emerge.
 

The leader of one of Fiji's main opposition parties, former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry, was convicted on tax charges Friday, ruling him out of this year's election in the coup-plagued Pacific nation.
 

Tibetans in Nepal face heightened risks of being detained, beaten and even forcibly returned to China, as Katmandu bows to growing diplomatic pressure from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
Rough road for Tibetans in Nepal: report

 

A mining tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial Monday on allegations of running a vast criminal gang in China's Sichuan province that gunned down rivals, maintained fleets of Ferraris and bribed police to avoid prosecution.
 

At least 16 people were killed in rain and hailstorms that triggered flooding and landslides in southern China, officials said Monday. The severe weather, which began last Friday, has affected seven provinces and municipalities, China's ministry of civil affairs said in a statement, leaving 16 people dead and two missing.
At least 16 Chinese killed in violent storms

 

Tens of thousands of census-takers fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday to gather data for a rare snapshot of the former junta-ruled nation that is already stoking sectarian tensions.
Myanmar embarks on first census in 30 years

 

Cambodia's opposition party held a symbolic march Sunday to avoid possible clashes with authorities, after the government banned it from meeting in one of the capital's public parks. Hundreds of security officers, armed with shields and batons, stood by to observe the peaceful rally.
 

Myanmar said Saturday that Muslims would not be allowed to register as “Rohingya” in its first census in three decades despite U.N. assurances, on the eve of a survey that has fanned sectarian tensions.
 
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