European leaders step up crisis diplomacy
French President Francois Hollande meets European Council President Herman Van Rompuy as European leaders step up shuttle diplomacy to quell the three-year-old sovereign debt crisis. Leaders are back from summer holidays and face what German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls a "very ambitious agenda" this month. Talks have not always gone smoothly, as Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti clashed last week in Berlin. Monti wants flexibility on market intervention, while Merkel seeks budget rigour.
Seoul's nuclear envoy in Beijing talks
South Korea's top nuclear envoy, Lim Sung-nam, visits Beijing to meet his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei . Seoul says Lim "will exchange opinions on the latest situation on the North and its nuclear issues". The last of the long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks on North Korea was in December 2008. In April 2009, Pyongyang announced that it would take no further part.
Obama's speech prompts early kick-off
The National Football League breaks with tradition for its season opening, with American football's top competition putting on a Wednesday night game for the first time in 60 years. The reigning Superbowl champions, the New York Giants, will host the Dallas Cowboys in a game brought forward 24 hours to avoid a clash with US President Barack Obama's speech to the Democratic Convention.
Former Israeli PM Olmert faces sentencing
An Israeli court sentences former prime minister Ehud Olmert, convicted in July for breach of trust. Olmert was cleared of the central charges in the corruption trial that forced him from office three years ago and is unlikely to be jailed. But the sentencing could be key to whether he opts to return to politics.
Phone apps help Hong Kong voters decide
Chinese University political scientist Stan Wong Hok-wui unveils smartphone apps to help voter choices in Sunday's Legislative Council election. The apps are expected to detail the voting record of every incumbent lawmaker in Legco over the past four years, as well as offering a facility through which voters with similar preferences can arrange to split their votes between different lists to ensure the maximum number of their favoured candidates are elected.
Munich remembers Olympic massacre
Germany marks the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics massacre amid fresh questions about how the 11 Israeli victims could have been killed on German soil. A tribute will be held at the Fuerstenfeldbruck air base, west of Munich, site of the tragic climax of the bloody hostage-taking by members of radical Palestinian group "Black September". Seven Israeli survivors as well as about a dozen relatives of the slain Olympic team members will join about 500 political and sports officials.