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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

September 26, 2013


DALBADI, Pakistan — Survivors built makeshift shelters with sticks and bedsheets after their mud houses were flattened in an earthquake that killed 348 people in southwestern Pakistan and pushed a new island up out of the Arabian Sea. While waiting for help to reach remote villages, hungry people dug through the rubble to find food. And the country’s poorest province struggled with a dearth of medical supplies, hospitals and other aid. By Arshad Butt and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 850 words, photos, video, audio.


KARACHI, Pakistan — Alongside the carnage of Pakistan’s massive earthquake came a new creation: a small island of mud, stone and bubbling gas pushed forth from the seabed. By Adil Jawad and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.


HIROSHIMA, Japan — “No more Hiroshimas!” ″No more Fukushimas!” Those slogans are chanted together at rallies by Japanese who want both an end to nuclear power in the island nation and an end to nuclear weapons around the world. But many in this city, where the world’s first atomic-bomb attack killed tens of thousands, are distressed by efforts to connect their suffering to the tsunami-triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


SRINAGAR, India — Suspected separatist rebels stormed into a police station in the Indian portion of Kashmir and shot and killed at least four police officers and two civilians before attacking a nearby army camp, police said. By Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 380 words, update moving shortly of 460 words.


BEIJING — The teenage son of two celebrity singers for the Chinese military was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison, in a case the public closely watched for signs of leniency because of his family ties. By Didi Tang. SENT: 550 words, photos.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Two Cambodian men wrongly convicted for the 2004 murder of a prominent opposition activist walked free a day after the country’s Supreme Court ordered their release. By Sopheng Cheang. SENT: 500 words, photos.


KATMANDU, Nepal — Police say a helicopter crashed while attempting to land near Mount Everest, injuring all four people on board. Police official Badri Bikram Thapa said the helicopter was attempting to land at Lukla airport when it got caught in a wire fence. SENT: 160 words.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealanders have begun to question whether their team’s loss in the America’s Cup marks the end of the country’s 26-year involvement in competing for sailing’s oldest trophy. Team USA’s 44-second win in San Francisco capped a historic come-from-behind victory which saw Team New Zealand give up an 8-1 lead to lose 9-8. By Steve McMorran. SENT: 800 words, photos.



YANGON, Myanmar — The World Bank is lending Myanmar $140 million to upgrade an aging power plant in southeastern Mon state in a small step toward overcoming the country’s chronic power shortages. Myanmar, which exports natural gas to neighboring Thailand under contracts signed by its former military government, has suffered an energy deficit for years. By Aye Aye Win. SENT: 260 words, photos.


BANGKOK — Worries about the U.S. economy and a looming budget battle in Washington kept Asian stock markets in check. By Pamela Sampson. SENT: 490 words, update around 1000 GMT with European market activity, photos.


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