A protester sits next to a defaced cut-out of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying while blocking a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Hong Kong protesters prepare for long haul

HONG KONG - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades.  Full Article 

Asia stocks unsettled by HK, sluggish China factories 12:31am EDT

SYDNEY - Asian markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the U.S. dollar was on track to post its biggest monthly gain in well over a year.

The White House is seen through layers of fencing in Washington, September 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Intruder ran through White House main floor

WASHINGTON - The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said.  Full Article 

An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

U.S. may keep secret prisoners in custody

KABUL - The fate of a group of prisoners held in near-total secrecy by U.S. forces at a prison in Afghanistan is hanging in limbo as Washington gropes for options after its legal right to hold them expires in December.  Full Article 

The application icons of Facebook, Twitter and Google are displayed on an iPhone next to an earphone set in this illustration photo taken in Berlin, June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

NSA surveillance hinges on executive order

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.  Full Article 

People react after a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by pro-Ukraine supporters in the center of the eastern Ukrainian town of Kharkiv September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Ukraine ceasefire strained after soldiers killed

KIEV - Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed when separatist shelling hit their armored vehicle near Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine, putting a fragile ceasefire under further strain.  Full Article | Video 

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York, during a visit to the United States, September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Can Modi deliver more than a great show?

“They used to think of us as snake charmers!” boomed Narendra Modi, shortly after receiving an electrifying welcome in New York City. “Now they know we play with mice, not snakes,” he said, in a well-received reference to India’s booming IT industry.  Commentary 

HK protesters fear new police push

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters prepare for another day of demonstrations amid fears of a renewed police crackdown. Paul Chapman reports