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March 23, 2015

ASIA:

SINGAPORE-OBIT-LEE KUAN YEW — Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore who was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired worldwide for turning the city-state into one of the world’s richest nations while in power for 31 years, died Monday. He was 91. The country’s first and longest-serving prime minister, Lee guided Singapore through a traumatic split with Malaysia in 1965 and led the transformation of what was then a sleepy port city into a global trade and finance center. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 1,140 words, photos.

SINGAPORE-LEE KUAN YEW-REACTION — Singapore mourns longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew with raw emotion and a blanket of relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted state television, mythologizing a man who was as respected as he was feared. The government announced that Lee, 91, “passed away peacefully” several hours before dawn at Singapore General Hospital. By Stephen Wright and Jeanette Tan. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CHINA-LEE KUAN YEW — Chinese leaders admired modern Singapore’s founder Lee Kuan Yew for his toughness, economic pragmatism and insistence on respect for authority. In many ways, Lee’s model of “Asian values,” combining authoritarianism and economic planning, became China’s own blueprint for modernity. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 850 words, photos.

WITH: SINGAPORE-LEE KUAN YEW-TIMELINE

VANUATU-CYCLONE PAM — The roof from what was once the home of principal Melizabeth Uhi and her staff is now folded over branches high in the trees that border her school. She’s now living with two other staff members in the only classroom that’s still habitable. And she’s running low on the rice she had before Cyclone Pam tore through Vanuatu a week ago, upending her life. But Uhi is moving forward. She’s helped organize a community cleanup of the Manua Centre School grounds on the main island of Efate on Monday, and is determined that her 314 students will return to school as soon as possible. By Nick Perry. SENT: 760 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ANTARCTIC RESCUE — A seriously ill man has begun a two-week ocean voyage on an icebreaker from an Australian Antarctic base to a hospital in Australia. The man was flown by helicopter on Sunday night in cold and snowy conditions from Davis Station on the coast of Princess Elizabeth Land to the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis. SENT: 200 words.

CHINA-CHEMCHINA-PIRELLI — China’s biggest state-owned chemical company announced plans Monday to acquire Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe. ChemChina said it has agreed to buy a 26.2 percent stake in Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. from its biggest shareholder, Camfin S.p.A., which is controlled by the family of Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera. The company said it would offer to buy the remaining outstanding shares. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 240 words.

INTERNATIONAL:

REPUBLICANS-PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CRUZ — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the Republican Party’s most conservative members, announces he is running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, making him the first among what is expected to be a crowded field of White House hopefuls to officially enter the race. By Steven R. Hurst. SENT: 650 words, photos.

SYRIA-KURDS-US — Syria’s Kurds are among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but are not fully embraced by the U.S.-led coalition because of their historically fraught relations with Turkey and suspicions that they haven’t fully broken with President Bashar Assad’s government. By Ryan Lucas. SENT: 950 words, photos.

CUBA-THE RUSH — In the weeks since Washington said it would renew ties with Havana, tour businesses have a rush of travelers eager to see Cuba now — before, as many predict, McDonald’s claims a spot in Old Havana and Starbucks moves in on Cubita, the island’s premium coffee. By Andrea Rodriguez and Peter Orsi. SENT: 980 words, photos.

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