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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

August 12, 2013



MANILA, Philippines — A powerful typhoon batters the northern Philippines, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rain across mountains, cities and food-growing plains. The storm kills at least one man in a landslide and leaves 45 fishermen missing. Typhoon Utor is described as the strongest globally so far this year. Moved. By Teresa Cerojano. AP Photos.


ISLAMABAD — Pakistan accuses Indian troops of shelling its territory along the disputed Kashmir border and killing a civilian, the latest in a series of allegations by both sides over the past week. The resumption of violence along the border threatens to sabotage recent overtures by the two countries aimed at resuming peace talks. Moved. By Sebastian Abbot. AP Photos.


MANILA, Philippines — A proposed increase in the U.S. military presence in the Philippines, including the pre-positioning of equipment, will help the country defend its territorial waters amid a conflict with China in the South China Sea, officials say. The countries are to start talks Wednesday on an agreement that will allow more American troops to rotate through Philippine military bases. Moved. By Jim Gomez. AP Photos.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Final but unratified Cambodian election results reaffirm a victory by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, angering the opposition, which says they should have been delayed until there is an impartial probe of alleged electoral irregularities. Moved. By Sopheng Cheang. AP Photos.


MAUMERE, Indonesia — A volcano spews more hot ash and lava on a tiny Indonesian island after causing six deaths over the weekend. Moved. By Jacob Herin. AP Photos.


NEW DELHI — India launches its first home-built aircraft carrier, marking another milestone in its efforts to bolster its maritime presence. Moved.


SEATTLE — An American man detained in North Korea for the past nine months has been hospitalized after losing more than 50 pounds (22 kilograms), and the need to bring him home is becoming more urgent, his sister says. Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested in November and accused of subversive activities against the authoritarian government. Moved. By Gene Johnson. AP Photos.


CANBERRA, Australia — In a gaffe that is attracting plenty of media attention in the heat of Australia’s election campaign, opposition leader Tony Abbott tells a gathering of conservative party faithful that no one is “the suppository of all wisdom.” Moved. By Rod McGuirk.


DHAKA, Bangladesh — A U.S.-based human rights group denounces the arrest of a Bangladeshi activist and demands his immediate release. Moved.


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The United States asks Sri Lanka to prosecute attackers who threw rocks at a mosque in the capital and to work to end religious-based violence. Moved.



TOKYO — Japan’s economy grew a slower-than-expected 2.6 percent last quarter as companies wary over the prospects for a sustained recovery kept a tight rein on investment. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, the world’s third-largest economy grew 0.6 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, the Cabinet Office says. Moved. By Elaine Kurtenbach. AP Photos.



SEOUL, South Korea — Standing by a French chateau’s window, the young bride-to-be glows in the afternoon sun as she gazes into her fiancé’s eyes. This Chinese couple’s fairytale moment, however, isn’t unfolding at a Bordeaux estate. The 20-something Beijing lawyers and fans of South Korean pop idol Rain are part of a small but growing number of affluent Chinese for whom the craze for all things South Korean means flying to Seoul for the weekend to have wedding pictures taken. Moved. By Elizabeth Shim. AP Photos.


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