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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

April 7, 2015

ASIA:

MALAYSIA-SECURITY LAW — Malaysia revived detention without trial when lawmakers approved an anti-terror law that the government said was needed to fight Islamic militants. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CHINA-TOURIST REGULATIONS. China to keep track of its tourists’ unruly behavior abroad, seek to improve their manners. Sent: 300 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-INTERNET PIRACY. Australian judge orders names and addresses of 4,700 alleged Internet pirates be disclosed. By Rod McGuirk. Sent: 480 words.

INDIA-SMUGGLING. Police killed 20 suspected sandalwood smugglers during a gunbattle in southern Indian forests where such smuggling is considered rampant. Sent: 120 words.

INDIA-PRISONERS KILLED. Authorities in southern India said they killed five prisoners, including one accused of terrorism, when they tried to escape from a police van. By Omar Farooq. Sent: 250 words.

PHILIPPINES-ABDUCTED MAYOR — Armed men abducted a Philippine mayor from her house and fled with her on motorboats.

AUSTRALIA-BOY RESCUED — An 11-year-old autistic boy who had spent four nights alone and lost in a dense Australian forest was rescued. SENT: 150 words.

JAPAN-SUSTAINABLE 2020. As clock ticks, Tokyo turns focus to delivering ‘sustainable’ 2020 Olympic Games. By Elaine Kurtenbach. Sent: 660 words.

SKOREA-EARNS-SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS — Samsung’s quarterly operating earnings fell 31 percent from a year earlier but the drop wasn’t as big as expected. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 300 words, photos.

INTERNATIONAL:

IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS-OBAMA — Defending an emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama says Iran would be kept a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for more than a decade, but concedes that the buffer period could shrink. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 550 words, photos. With IRAN-NUCLEAR — Iranian hard-liners stage protest against nuclear deal (sent).

ISLAMIC STATE — Iraqi forensic teams in the newly liberated city of Tikrit start exhuming bodies from mass graves believed to contain some of the hundreds of soldiers killed by Islamic State militants last year. By Sinan Salaheddin. SENT: 630 words, photos.

KENYA-UNIVERSITY ATTACK — Hundreds of Kenyan students are marching to honor those who died in an attack by Islamic militants on a college and to press the government for better security. SENT: 200 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

JORDAN-PREGNANCY IN TENTS-PHOTO ESSAY — A photo essay by Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen offers a glimpse of the challenges facing pregnant Syrian refugee women living in makeshift camps in Jordan. SENT: 350 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING — Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 250 words, photos. With video US MA TSARNAEV.

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