ASIA:

JAPAN-NUCLEAR TUNNEL

HORONOBE, Japan — Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling figure-8 tunnel deep below this sleep dairy town that, despite government reassurances, some of Horonobe's 2,500 residents fear could turn their home into a nuclear waste storage site. Japanese utilities have more than 17,000 tons of "spent" fuel rods that have finished their useful life but will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years. By Mari Yamaguchi. Sent: 1,300 words, photos.

WITH: JAPAN-NUCLEAR TUNNEL-GLANCE: A look at how other countries handle nuclear waste. Upcoming: 540 words by 1230 GMT.

KOREAS-TENSIONS

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired artillery shells into waters near its sea border with South Korea, continuing a pattern of frequent testing that signals a defiant change the country's new young leader Kim Jong Un is making from his late father's period. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 560 words, photos.

CHINA-INVESTIGATORS INDICTED

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have indicted British and American investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported, as the Briton blamed the pharmaceutical company for misleading and using him. By Gillian Wong. SENT: 560 words.

CAMBODIA-HELICOPTER CRASH

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia's air force were killed in a crash, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a fifth person on the chopper was seriously injured. By Sopheng Cheang. SENT: 360 words.

SINGAPORE-AD BACKFIRES

SINGAPORE — An ad campaign warning of the perils of gambling that began as just another bland public service announcement by Singapore's government has turned into fodder for international mockery, and left authorities scrambling after Germany's World Cup victory. By Satish Cheney. Sent: 440 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-SAMSUNG CHILD LABOR

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. says it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. SENT: 130 words.

ASIA-STORM

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines was bracing for possible floods and landslides as a tropical storm continued to strengthen as it moved closer to the country's eastern seaboard. Sent: 200 words.

INDIA-ECONOMY

MUMBAI — India benchmark inflation rate eased to 5.4 percent in June, the lowest level in four months, the government said. Sent: 140 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

JAILED AND MENTALLY ILL

CHICAGO — From big cities to rural counties, jails have seen the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses climb, most arrested for non-violent crimes. Unlike prisons — where inmates served extended sentences — jails hold those trying to make bail while awaiting trial, or serving shorter terms. The revolving door greatly complicates the task of screening for mental illness, managing medications, providing care and ensuring inmate safety. By National Writer Adam Geller. SENT: 3,200 words, photos, video. An abridged version also moved.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says it downed a drone in the country's first encounter with an unmanned aircraft since the campaign against Gaza Strip militants began last week. The use of drones with an offensive capacity could inflict significant casualties — something the rockets from Gaza have failed to do, largely because the military's air defense system has succeeded in shooting them down. By Peter Enav. SENT: 580 words, photo.

WCUP-FINAL

RIO DE JANEIRO —United they stand, right at the top of the football world. And right on South American soil. Germany won its fourth World Cup title, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II was finally glued back together. By Chris Lehourites. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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