Japan's pro-casino lawmakers have given up debating a casino legalisation bill this month and now aim to start discussions in early November. -Reuters
North Korea said on Wednesday that "criminal" US detainee Jeffrey Fowle was freed on the orders of leader Kim Jong Un following "repeated requests" from Obama. -AFP
Indonesian air force jets intercepted an Australian light aircraft and forced it to land after the plane entered the country's airspace without permission. -AFP
About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy. -Reuters
The powerful Youth League has opened a poll on possible sanctions against Hong Kong celebrities who support the city's pro-democracy demonstrators. -AFP
Aircraft makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China have launched a joint pilot project to turn used cooking oil into jet fuel. -Reuters
A delegation led by Junichi Ihara, who heads the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, will visit Pyongyang for four days from Monday. -AFP
In an adorable YouTube video, a zookeeper in China tries to feed two pandas their medication with great effort as they crawl and climb all over him. -Stomp
SoftBank Corp will lead a S$127 million investment round in Indonesian ecommerce giant PT Tokopedia. -Reuters

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