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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

September 8, 2014

ASIA:

CHINA-XINJIANG-POLICE SHOOTINGS

BEIJING — When attackers from China’s minority Uighurs killed 37 people in a July rampage in far western Xinjiang, police responded by gunning down at least 59 of them. When three Uighurs allegedly killed a top state-appointed Muslim cleric, police found them and shot dead two of them. When security forces led a raid on 10 suspected Uighur terrorists, they fatally shot all but one of them. The pattern is raising concerns that Chinese police are excessively using deadly force to quell Uighur unrest in which attackers typically are armed with knives and sometimes with homemade explosives. By Gillian Wong. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

CHINA-US

BEIJING — The White House’s top national security adviser began talks with top Chinese military and diplomatic officials on bilateral challenges such as a recent close encounter between their air force planes over the South China Sea. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 460 words, photos.

KASHMIR-FLOODING

SRINAGAR, India — Army and air force troops worked to rescue thousands of people stranded in Indian-controlled Kashmir and northern and eastern Pakistan, where flooding and landslides have caused more than 320 deaths. Sent: 520 words, photos.

CHINA-MALAYSIA-PLANE

BEIJING — Chinese relatives of passengers from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 prayed at a Beijing temple to mark six months since the plane went missing despite attempts from police to persuade them to leave. Sent: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-REEF DREDGING

BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Sent: 430 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-ISRAEL

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Israel has rejected New Zealand’s new ambassador because he is also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority. By Nick Perry. SENT: 400 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-MUSLIM REBELS

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south. SENT: 130 words.

PHILIPPINES-CHINA-FISHERMEN

MANILA, Philippines — A court hearing for nine Chinese fishermen charged with poaching 555 endangered giant sea turtles at a disputed shoal was postponed again due to the lack of an interpreter, Philippine court and diplomatic officials said. SENT: 320 words.

WEEK THAT WAS IN ASIA-PHOTO GALLERY

A selection of 12 of our favorite images from Asia last week. SENT: 370 words, photos.

BUSINESS:

JAPAN-ECONOMY

TOKYO — Japan’s economy contracted at an annualized rate of 7.1 percent in the April-June quarter after companies and households slashed spending following a tax hike. The revised data released Monday show business investment fell more than twice as much as estimated before, or 5.1 percent, while private residential spending sank 10.4 percent in annual terms. The earlier estimate showed the economy contracting 6.8 percent. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-TRADE

HONG KONG — China’s exports grew more than forecast in August while imports shrank unexpectedly for the second month in a row, a reminder of the fragile recovery in the world’s No. 2 economy, customs data showed. Exports rose 9.4 percent last month, down from a 14.5 percent expansion in July but higher than many economists had been forecasting. SENT:

US & INTERNATIONAL

OBAMA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria. He’ll outline his evolving tactics when he meets with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday and then delivers a speech Wednesday on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. By Tom Raum. SENT: 730 words, photos, interactive.

— IRAQ — Iraqi officials: Suicide bomber hits anti-militant tribal gathering north of Baghdad, kills 16. SENT: 140 words.

EBOLA-THE RESURGENCE

CONAKRY, Guinea — The Guinean village of Macenta was one of the first places hit by the Ebola outbreak but after no new cases emerged for weeks, Doctors Without Borders shut its treatment center there. Three months later, Ebola is back in the village after infected Guineans living in neighboring Liberia came home. The resurgence shows that as long as people in affected areas can travel freely, so can the deadly virus, making it very difficult if not impossible to contain. By Boubacar Diallo and Saraf DiLorenzo. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, interactive.

NETHERLANDS-GRIEVING FAMILIES

ROTTERDAM, Amsterdam — Seven weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky above Ukraine, Bryce Fredriksz and Daisy Oehlers’ bedroom is still a mess. The room, with its mural of palm trees, unmade bed and a table cluttered with clothes and books, is a constant reminder to Bryce’s parents Silene and Rob Fredriksz of the unbearable loss of their 23-year-old son and his 20-year-old girlfriend. The room, Rob says, still “breathes” Bryce and Daisy — whose remains have not been found. More than 100 grieving families face the further agony of not having any remains to bury — a limbo that prevents any possibility of closure. By Mike Corder and Toby Sterling. UPCOMING: 880 words by 1300 GMT, photos.

BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY

LONDON — The Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, is expecting her second child and being treated for severe morning sickness, royal officials said. The couple’s Clarence House office says they and their families were “delighted” with the baby news. SENT: 150 words, photo, video.

SPORTS

US OPEN-MEN’S FINAL

NEW YORK — It is among the most unexpected championship matchups in Grand Slam tennis history: Kei Nishikori against Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open final. Neither is ranked in the top 10. Neither has previously played in a major final, let alone won one. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 600 words, photos.

US OPEN-JAPAN-NISHIKORI MANIA

TOKYO — His red Uniqlo shirt has sold out. And his Wilson tennis racket. People are rushing to sign up for the satellite channel that is showing the U.S. Open in Japan. Stock prices of his sponsors are surging. First-time Grand Slam finalist Kei Nishikori is all the rage in his home country. By Mari Yamaguchi. Upcoming: 700 words by 1230 GMT.

US OPEN

NEW YORK — A couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title, she sat down with her coach to decipher why the season had been such a struggle. By Howard Fendrich. SENT, photos.

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