Thousands of students in Hong Kong have converged on a university campus to begin a week-long boycott of classes protesting against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory. Beijing has rejected open nominations for the city's leadership poll, dashing hopes of those seeking full democracy. The issue of how Hong Kong can choose its leader gripped the city in recent months, sparking protests from both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps. The boycott is being organised by groups such as the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism. Student activists are also organising a series of rallies and public lectures in a park near government offices later in the week.
Islamic State (IS) called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and to continue beheadings. Egyptian officials, including the foreign minister, have acknowledged coordination between the two groups but have said there are no IS fighters in the country. The IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani said in a statement released online praised Egyptian militants for carrying out "blessed operations against the guards of the Jews, the soldiers of Sisi, the new Pharaoh of Egypt". Egypt has faced an Islamist insurgency since the army ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year.
Talks between Iran and the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China on Iran's disputed nuclear programme are due to resume in New York. But officials say that a breakthrough in the negotiations is unlikely. US and Iranian diplomats have met ahead of the talks and Iran's foreign minister and the EU foreign policy chief will meet on Thursday .World powers suspect Iran is seeking a weapon but it insists that it is enriching uranium for peaceful reasons adding that the enriched uranium will be used in nuclear power stations and for medical purposes. Diplomats from the six countries will begin informal discussions on Thursday before they gather with the Iranian delegation on Friday. The negotiations - on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly - are expected to last until at least 26 September.
Afghanistan's election commission has declared former finance minister and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani president-elect, hours after he signed a power-sharing deal with runner up Abdullah Abdullah. However, the commissioner withheld final election numbers after a U.N.-monitory audit. The announcement followed Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah signing a power-sharing agreement to form a national unity government, ending weeks of political bickering following a June 14 runoff presidential election.
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says Nigeria's police and military routinely torture women, men and children, some as young as 12. It adds that torture has become "institutionalised", with police stations having an informal "officer in charge of torture. The organization which interviewed hundreds of victims and gathered evidence over 10 years says detainees are tortured as punishment, to extort money or to extract "confessions" as a shortcut to "solving" cases. The Torture techniques include shootings, beatings, nail or tooth extractions, choking, electric shocks, rape and sexual violence. The Nigerian Government has refused to properly investigate torture allegations because - although Nigeria's constitution prohibits torture - it is not a criminal offence.