BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday as European leaders inched toward containing a debt crisis that threatens to derail global economic growth.Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.2 percent to 8,625.40. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was 0.8 percent higher at 4,034.60 and South Korea's Kospi gained 0.3 percent to 1,740.57. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.8 percent to 17,982.25.Wall Street stocks rose broadly Tuesday amid the encouraging signs from Europe.Greece's finance minister said that country would receive the next round of bailout loans in time to avoid a default. Greece was at risk of running out of money by mid-October if it did not receive the funds.Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel also said her country would do whatever it could to help Greece regain investors' confidence.The Dow rose 1.3 percent to close at 11,190.69. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 1.1 percent to 1,175.38. The Nasdaq composite rose 1.2 percent to 2,546.83.European markets also closed sharply higher. Germany's DAX rose 5.3 percent, France's CAC-40 5.7 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 4 percent.