Tony and Julia are off to war with their ears pinned back. But Barack remains the reluctant warrior, to the point of refusing even to concede that he is at war.
Weather fails to dampen spirits as tens of thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators opened their umbrellas to ward off downpours.
The man charged with tackling the Ebola outbreak says it scares him more than anything he has seen in a lifetime spent leading international responses to disasters and epidemics.
A skinny, bespectacled 17-year-old is at the forefront of a surging protest movement in Hong Kong.
One of the more startling of the government's budget measures was the idiosyncratic decision by Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews to make young people under 30 "wait" six months before they can receive unemployment benefits.
The UN has no plans to boost its presence in Cambodia despite the Abbott government's claim it is working "closely" with the agency in a controversial plan to resettle refugees there.
Fears are growing in Indonesia that the coalition of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto intends to mess further with the country's democracy.
The viral nature of the internet and globalised news ensure that new demonstrations often produce a set of iconic images that turn to memes. In no time, those images act as a shorthand for the movement itself.
Pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong continued to sweep up momentum as new supporters joined existing protesters in defying government calls to abandon street blockades across the city, while riot police pulled back in an apparent change of tact.
A charity handling $240,000 raised for baby Gammy plans to buy a three-bedroom house for the family of the boy who has Down Syndrome and was left with his Thai surrogate mother by a West Australian couple.