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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

July 16, 2014

ASIA:

ASIA-STORM

MANILA, Philippines — A typhoon left at least 12 people dead, knocked out power in many areas, damaged a parked plane but spared the Philippine capital when its fierce wind shifted. Still, Typhoon Rammasun’s winds of 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour and blinding 185-kph (115-mph) gusts brought down trees, electric posts and ripped off roofs across the capital of 12 million people. By Jim Gomez and Oliver Teves. Sent: 530 words, photos, video.

KASHMIR-PROTESTS

SRINAGAR, India — An army truck collided with a taxi in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing seven people, including a pregnant woman, and triggering violent protests. By Aijaz Hussain. Sent: 400 words, photos.

VIETNAM-CHINA-RIG

HANOI, Vietnam — China moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi after two months of drilling that triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam. Withdrawing the rig reduces the immediate risk of a naval standoff but will do little to mend relations. Beijing made it clear it was shifting the rig because it had completed its work, not because of criticism. By Chris Brummitt. Sent: 590 words, photos.

CHINA-TUNNEL COLLAPSE

BEIJING — A local government in southwest China said 14 workers trapped when part of a railway tunnel collapsed two days earlier were alive and safe in the wreckage. Sent: 100 words.

CHINA-GOVERNMENT PERKS

BEIJING — China is telling thousands of civil servants to give up their Audis and get on the bus. The Chinese government will force most officials to help it sell their official vehicles in return for up to $210 a month in public transportation aid, state media said. The officials will also have to help their drivers find other jobs. Sent: 140 words.

CHINA-BUS FIRE

BEIJING — Police in the southern city of Guangzhou said they had arrested a suspect who had confessed to arson in relation to a bus explosion that killed two people and injured 32 others. Sent: 230 words.

THAILAND-NEPAL-TROUBLED PRINCE

BANGKOK — Nepal’s former crown price has been arrested for marijuana possession in Thailand for a second time in two years, police said. Sent: 220 words.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CHINA-ECONOMY

BEIJING — China’s economic growth edged up in the latest quarter and more than 7 million new jobs were created in the first half of the year, easing pressure on communist leaders as they try to prevent a precipitous slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 745 words.

With: ASIA-ECONOMY-VITAL SIGNS: Improvement in China’s growth reassuring but no game changer for the Asia-Pacific region. Sent: 1,200 words.

SKOREA-NAVER-LINE IPO

SEOUL, South Korea — Naver Corp. says its subsidiary Line Corp. that operates a popular mobile messaging app is considering listing its shares in Tokyo or New York. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 345 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel intensifies air attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort, targeting the homes of four senior leaders of the Islamic militant movement and telling tens of thousands of residents to leave border areas. By Ibrahim Barzak and Peter Enav. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ALZHEIMER’S-NEW BIOMARKER

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer’s disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks. The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 600 words.

MEXICO-POROUS BORDER

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Mexico is promising to stem the flow of Central American migrants to the United States by tightening control at its notoriously porous Guatemalan border. By E. Eduardo Castillo And Mark Stevenson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MIDEAST-FOOD ENTREPRENEURS

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The super-sized malls that dot Dubai and other Gulf Arab cities are stuffed with foreign restaurants, from Burger King and Subway to suburban sit-down staples like IHOP and Red Lobster. Mideast entrepreneurs are now turning the tables, spreading chain franchises for Arab dishes such as falafel overseas and proving that the globalization of food isn’t a one-way drive-thru lane. By Adam Schreck. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SYRIA

DAMASCUS, Syria — Proclaiming the Syrian people winners in a “dirty war” waged by outsiders, President Bashar Assad is sworn in to start his third seven-year term in office amid a bloody civil war that has ravaged the Arab country. By Albert Aji. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.

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