Hong Kong’s domestic workers dodge tear gas and clashes | AFP

Indonesian migrant worker Jochel usually spends her sole day off in Hong Kong’s parks, chatting with friends and video-calling loved ones back home. But this summer, her downtime keeps getting disrupted — by protests and tear gas. She is one of more than 370,000 domestic workers, overwhelmingly women from Indonesia and the Philippines, who keep Hong Kong ticking, and often toil for little pay and in cramped conditions.

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Mass prayer marks one year since Indonesia quake-tsunami disaster | AFP

Thousands attend mass prayer in the devastated Indonesian city of Palu, one year after a quake-tsunami swallowed up whole neighbourhoods and killed more than 4,000 people.

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Indonesian student dies in law-change protests: police | AFP

An Indonesian student has died as thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country in a fresh wave of opposition to a major overhaul of the country’s criminal code. The country has seen days of protests in major cities which mostly turned violent clash with the police. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITE

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Indonesian police fire tear gas at sex law protesters | AFP

Clashes between police and protesters erupt in Jakarta as thousands demonstrate nationwide over plans to outlaw pre-marital sex, and weaken the anti-corruption agency. IMAGES

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Toxic haze closes Malaysia schools | AFP

Malaysia closes more than 1,000 schools nationwide as toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires engulfs the region. Air quality deteriorated to “very unhealthy” levels on an official index in many parts of peninsular Malaysia, to the east of Sumatra, with the Kuala Lumpur skyline shrouded by dense smog.

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Indonesian forest fires choke SE Asia | AFP

Forest fires are raging on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, sending a choking fug across the region — including towards neighbours Malaysia and Singapore.

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