Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders sat down on Tuesday for talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed the city's streets, on the same day the city's leader ruled out democratic reforms.
Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.
Hong Kong officials and student leaders will hold talks on Tuesday to try to end pro-democracy protests that have gripped the southern Chinese city for more than three weeks, though chances of success are slim given the vast differences between the two sides.
Hong Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying has said open elections would result in the city's many poor dominating politics, as he ruled out democratic reforms before crucial talks aimed at ending three weeks of protest rallies.
At least four Afghanistan soldiers were killed, and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded after a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghanistan capital on Tuesday, officials said.