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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

December 7, 2014

ASIA:

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON

LEGAZPI, Philippines — Typhoon Hagupit knocks out power in entire coastal provinces, mows down trees and sends more than 650,000 people into shelters before it weakens, sparing the central Philippines a repetition of unprecedented devastation by last year’s storm. By Teresa Cerojano. SENT: 575 words, photos, video, audio, graphics.

CHINA-POLITICS

BEIJING — The criminal case against China’s ex-security chief not only plays to public demands to curb corruption but spells the downfall of one of President Xi Jinping’s biggest rivals, puts other challengers on their toes and leaves Xi more solidly in control than ever. By Didi Tang and Ian Mader. SENT: 970 words, photos.

— CHINA-POLITICS-NEWS GUIDE — News Guide: The rise and fall of China’s former security czar Zhou Yongkang. SENT: 810 words, photo.

SOUTH CHINA SEA

BEIJING — China has again rejected an attempt by the Philippines to challenge its vast territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, a week before a deadline for Beijing to respond to the case. By Louise Watt. SENT: 380 words, photos.

VIETNAM-BLOGGER DETAINED

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese police have detained a second blogger in a week in the latest crackdown on dissent in the Communist country. SENT: 215 words.

NKOREA-SONY HACK

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea releases a statement denying responsibility for but clearly relishing a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader. By Foster Klug. SENT: 380 words, photo.

CHINA-QUAKE

BEIJING — An earthquake has struck southwest China, collapsing a wall of a house and killing a 9-year-old boy sleeping inside, state media report. SENT: 90 words.

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