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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

March 22, 2015


SINGAPORE-LEE KUAN YEW — As the health of Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew deteriorated on the weekend, thousands of Singaporeans visitehis hospital and a community center to leave flowers, gifts and emotional messages of support. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 365 words, photos.

CAMBODIA-MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama urged Cambodian students to finish their education and speak up to demand greater freedoms and more equality on a landmark visit to a Southeast Asian country that has been ruled by an authoritarian strongman for decades. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 880 words, photos.

VANUATU-SURVIVOR — Volcanic eruptions, landslides, earthquakes and cyclones: 76-year-old Lik Simelum from Vanuatu has survived them all. By Nick Perry. SENT: 600 words, photos.

JAPAN-GREAT SEA WALL — Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan’s northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly 400-kilometer (250-mile) chain of cement sea walls, at places nearly five stories high. Opponents say it will harm the environment while doing little to protect residents. By Elaine Kurtenbach. UPCOMING: 1,080 words by 0800 GMT, photos.

AUSTRALIA-HOMEGROWN TERROR — For a country of just 24 million that is thousands of miles from Syria and Iraq, Australia has been unusually fertile ground for Islamic State recruiters. A look at some of the possible reasons. By Rod McGuirk. UPCOMING: 1,400 words by 0600 GMT, photos.

PACQUIAO-TEBOW — Manny Pacquiao welcomes Tim Tebow to his training camp. SENT: 125 words, photos.


YEMEN-PRESIDENT’S REFUGE — This port city has become perhaps the last refuge of embattled Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and now his enemies ranging from al-Qaida, Shiite rebels and his predecessor are all bearing down on it. By Hamza Hendawi. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 0800 GMT, photos.

YEMEN — Shiite rebels call for Yemen offensive; US troops evacuate. By Ahmed Al-Haj. SENT: 930 words, photos.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS — US, Iran cite progress in nuke talks, though deal is unclear. By George Jahn and Bradley Klapper. SENT: 785 words, photos, video.

TUNISIA-ATTACK — Day of carnage at Tunisian museum leaves memories, questions. Ny Bouazza Ben Bouzza and Harold Heckle. SENT: 955 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN — Slowing the pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline President Barack Obama’s talks with visiting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, yet America’s exit remains tightly hinged on the capability of Afghan security forces even after more than a decade of training and billions of U.S. dollars. By Deb Riechmann. UPCOMING: 800 words by 0800 GMT.

GERMANY-GREECE-NAZI DEBT — When the Nazis deported Greek Jews to death camps, they forced them to pay their own train fare — amounting to a total bill of $26 million in today’s money. For decades it was a forgotten footnote among all of the greater horrors of the Holocaust, but today it is returning to the fore in the increasingly bitter row between Athens and Berlin over the Greek financial bailout. By Frank Jordans. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1100 GMT, photos.

UNITED STATES-ISRAEL — Obama says he takes Israeli leader ‘at his word’ for rejecting creation of Palestinian state. By Darlese Superville. SENT: 505 words.

CHILE-BISHOP — Chile bishop ordained amid protest over alleged sex cover-up. By Eva Vergara. SENT: 435 words, photos.

HANGING DEATH-MISSISSIPPI — FBI asks for patience in black man’s hanging in Mississippi. By Johhny Clark and Jeff Amy. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.


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