CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 111.54 yen from 111.58 yen.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.9 percent to reach heights not visited since late 2007.
ANALYST TAKE: "Details on balance sheet reduction will be of interest, but crucially the committee will extend its rate outlook in 2020, and this could give us a good sense of the end-point for the interest rate in this current tightening cycle", said Chris Beauchamp, chief market analyst at IG.
ANALYST TAKE: "While we're not expecting any surprises out of the meeting, in terms of another rate hike for example, we should learn a lot about how the Fed plans to tighten monetary policy going forward and that will determine how USA yields and the dollar respond", said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA. The market is pricing in an approximately even chance of a hike in December.
By contrast, Nitori Holdings plunged 4.17 percent on news that the interior goods retailer is likely to post a lower than expected operating profit for March-August, brokers said.
Japan's Nikkei stock index () surged 1.2 percent in early trade, catching up to global equities gains and responding to a weaker yen as Tokyo markets reopened after a public holiday on Monday.
On Thursday, the Bank of Japan will deliver its own policy verdict, and is widely expected to maintain the status quo as inflation remains tepid despite the modestly recovering economy.
Meanwhile, Chihiro Ota, general manager for investment research and investor services at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., said expectations of an early Lower House election had a limited impact on the market because the political event "is unlikely to create major changes" in terms of economic policy management.
"There has been concern among foreign investors, about the future of Abenomics and the Abe administration, with clear declines in Abe's approval ratings earlier this year", said Stefan Worrall, director of Japan equity sales at Credit Suisse in Tokyo.
NKorea 'may test hydrogen bomb in Pacific'
After the latest sanctions, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un has vowed that Trump's " deranged threats " would only toughen his resolve. U.S. bombers and fighter jets have flown along the coast of North Korea in a show of force.
The Nikkei has gained almost 30 percent since Abe attained political power in late 2012.
South Korea's Kospi was down 0.1 per cent while Australia shed 0.6 per cent.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.13%, with the heavily-weighted financials sub-index climbing 0.37%.
The euro barely moved at $1.1943 and on track to end the week 0.8 percent lower.
The dollar added 0.2 against its Japanese counterpart to 111.81, its highest since late July.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 24 cents to $50.15 a barrel.
Crude oil prices were unsteady, but stayed near last week's multimonth highs.
Crude oil prices were mixed, not far from last week's multimonth highs but seen lacking momentum as traders braced for a potential stockpile build-up expected later this week. Brent crude, used to price global oils, gained 55 cents to $55.69 per barrel in London.
The Senate Health Committee had been working on a bipartisan bill to stabilize the markets and was close to a deal. With Collins recently indicating she was leaning towards voting "No", it leaves the legislation all but dead.
Maria remains forecast to track north to a few hundred miles east of the Outer Banks of North Carolina by the end of the weekend. All tropical storm and hurricane warnings have been dropped of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands as of Saturday morning.
In two July flight tests , those missiles showed potential capability to reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected. But they're also not ruling it out, given the North's increasing number of nuclear and missile tests .
The new $6 billion allotment for buybacks adds to $4.6 billion previously authorized and still avail be to the company, TI said. Currently, 994 million total shares are owned by the public and among those 988.8 million shares have been available to trade.
Granted, Kim's comments were filtered through the North's state media, which serve propaganda efforts meant to lionize him. It would also be seen as extraordinarily provocative by Washington , significantly raising the chances of USA retaliation.
The coach said the 1966 game built the foundation on the rivalry, and ever since, fans have "pointed back" to that game. Even if Nebraska is in a rut, it is a big name team that serves as another good measuring stick for the Knights.
The greenback was little changed at 111.640 yen after touching 111.880 overnight, its highest since late July. The modest bounce in the dollar combined with all the talk of monetary tightening put gold on the defensive.
To refresh on the Nokia 8 specs, the smartphone is fitted with a 5.3-inch 2K display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. In addition, the latest info from the Winfuture consolidate the fact that the launch of 6GB Nokia 8 is imminent.
If rumours are to be believed, these pictures were taken back in July when Ranbir was in NYC, filming for Sanjay Dutt's biopic. The fans were quick to express their displeasure and slut-shamed Mahira Khan for wearing a short dress and smoking .
He referred to the violence in Haryana that broke out after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape. He said that the "Selfie with Daughter" campaign infused a new confidence among girls.
Does North Korean H-bomb threat push US closer to war?
President Donald Trump is meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday about the ongoing North Korea crisis. Ri reportedly added that "We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un ".
Trump condemns Iran deal as country test-fires missile
More recently, Trump has reportedly considered decertifying the deal and allowing Congress to decide whether to withdraw from it. Irans's President Hassan Rouhani is determined to strengthen Iran's missile capabilities, brushing aside criticism from the US.
Collins tunes out health care vote pressure
Collins has cited concerns including the measure's Medicaid cuts and seems a likely no. "It's the biggest employer in town". According to the vice president's schedule, LePage and Pence will talk about health care and tax reform.
Thunder Owe Bulls Thank You Note After Anthony Trade
Otherwise, it seems like the Knicks acquired an expensive, redundant player as the core return to the Melo deal. Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical.
India vs Australia: 3rd One Day International
Can Australia pick up a win in Indore and stay alive in the ODI series or will the home side dominate the visitors once again? Ajinkya Rahane looked well settled with a score of 55 off 63 deliveries and had added over 100 runs with skipper Virat Kohli .
Sushma gives miss to Kashmir in her speech
Sushma Swaraj showed the mirror to Pakistan by highlighting the differences between the approaches of the two nations. The reality is that Pakistan's politicians remember everything, manipulate memory according to convenience.
Rogic stars as champions Celtic sink Rangers
They do continually play above their perceived level, as they displayed in a magnificent 3-1 win at Hibernian last month. That was a massive moment in the game - and when Celtic doubled their lead after 65 minutes it was game over.
North Korea: Tremor detected in north east
In a one-and-only such test in 1962, the US launched a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile from a submerged submarine. President Donald Trump lashed out at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally speech in Alabama .