Australia is sending 1,000 army personnel to Victoria amid a surge in virus cases in the south-eastern state.
Indonesian officials have shut the international airport in Bali for a second day, as Mount Agung spews volcanic ash into the atmosphere.
Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) above the summit of the rumbling volcano, which began erupting last week.
Officials raised the alert to the highest level on Monday, fearing an imminent major eruption.
A boat carrying eight men claiming to be North Korean fishermen has washed ashore the coast in Japan.
Japanese police said the men were found at Yurihonjo city's marina late on Thursday, and taken into custody.
The men had told authorities that their boat experienced difficulties and they ended up drifting into Japanese waters.
South Korea has delayed its nationwide college entrance exam for the first time ever, after the country was struck by an earthquake on Wednesday.
Students and parents usually spend months preparing for the crucial exam.
The 5.4 magnitude tremor hit the south-eastern port city of Pohang in the afternoon, and dozens of aftershocks have occurred since.
Journalists, media groups and users of social media in Afghanistan have accused the government of censorship after it moved to block the WhatsApp and Telegram messaging services.
The editor of one of the country's biggest newspapers said the move was a retrograde step and would be resisted.
Four men have been arrested for allegedly gang raping a teenager in the central Indian city of Bhopal.
The 19-year-old was returning from a study centre on Thursday evening when two men attacked her under a bridge.
After raping her for hours, they tied her up and called two other men who also took turns to assault her.
Big crowds are gathering for a five-day funeral ceremony for Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October aged 88.
The monarch will be cremated in Bangkok on Thursday, in a royal pyre representing heaven.
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.
The Supreme Court convicted her of mishandling a rice subsidy scheme which allegedly cost Thailand at least $8bn.
Ousted in 2014, weeks before a military coup, and later impeached, Ms Yingluck denies all charges and fled before the verdict, reportedly to Dubai.
People are voting in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq - a move which has been criticised by foreign powers.
Polls are open in the three northern provinces that make up the region, as well as disputed areas claimed by the Kurds and the government in Baghdad.
Iraq's prime minister has denounced the referendum as "unconstitutional".
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai says the "global community" needs to intervene to protect Myanmar's Muslim minority.
She urged Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi to speak up for the Rohingya.
"We can't be silent right now. The number of people who have been displaced is hundreds of thousands," Malala told the BBC.
A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say.
Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found lying in a pool of blood at her doorstep in the city of Bangalore.
She was shot in the head and chest by gunmen who arrived by motorcycle. The motive for the crime was not clear.
Pakistani police say armed men opened fire on a group of transgender people, killing one, in an affluent neighbourhood in Pakistan's city of Karachi.
Aurangzeb Khattak, a police officer, said the shooting occurred overnight on Wednesday. He said passengers in a 4WD vehicle first harassed the group by throwing rotten eggs at them and then opened fire, resulting in the death of Chanda Sharmeeli.
India's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women's rights activists.
In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice "un-Islamic".
India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.
Philippine police have killed 32 people in drug raids, thought to be the highest death toll in a single day in the country's war on drugs.
The raids took place over 24 hours on Tuesday in Bulacan province, north of the capital Manila.
Police said that those killed were suspected drug offenders who were armed and resisted officers.
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