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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

March 10, 2015



TOKYO — Japan mourns for the 105,400 people killed in a single night 70 years ago, when U.S. B-29 bombers obliterated much of Tokyo in the deadliest conventional bomb attack ever. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowed in a somber ceremony held in a downtown temple. By Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

WITH: — JAPAN-WWII-MEMORIES-FIREFIGHTER. WWII memory: Firefighter who survived 1945 Tokyo bombing sorry for lives he could not save. SENT: 240 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A rape documentary banned from airing in India received its U.S. premiere at a star-studded event that included actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto. The screening of “India’s Daughter” at Baruch College began Monday with a vigil as Oscar-winner Streep lit about a dozen candles honoring the Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in 2012. Organizers said about 650 people attended the event. By Michael Balsamo. SENT, photos.


RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan — The recovery of a ninth-generation family soy sauce producer devastated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami is a testament to human survival, the power of tradition and modern-day crowd-funding. By Yuri Kageyama. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 0800 GMT.


SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert is set to be released Tuesday after five days in a South Korean hospital for treatment of injuries caused by a knife attack. Lippert has been hospitalized at Seoul’s Severance Hospital since Thursday when a knife-wielding man slashed him on the face and left arm during a breakfast forum in Seoul. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 350 words, photos.


BEIJING — China’s inflation rebounded to above 1 percent in February, driven by a faster rise in food costs. SENT: 130 words.


BOKO HARAM — Soldiers from Chad and Niger cross into Nigeria, marking the start of the largest international push to defeat Boko Haram, a Nigerian Islamic extremist group. Detonations are heard after the troops cross over in hundreds of vehicles. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

WOMEN’S EQUALITY FIGHT — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is challenging all governments to reach the goal of equality for women by the year 2030, saying the key is getting men to change their “mindsets.” By Edith M. Lederer. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

SAUDI-EGYPT — Under its new monarch, Saudi Arabia is moving to improve relations with Turkey and Qatar and perhaps soften its stance against the Muslim Brotherhood, all with the aim of weakening Iran. But the shift could open rifts with its ally Egypt. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

DEMOCRATS-PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton may soon address her email practices at the State Department following a week of scrutiny and few signs that it will go away. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate ignored the issue at a forum Monday while fellow Democrats urged her to speak out — and predicted she would — about her decision to conduct business while secretary of state in a private email account. Republicans are ramping up their attention on the issue. By Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas. SENT, photos.


WASHINGTON — Aircraft makers are urging a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, calling the threat of fires “an unacceptable risk,” according to an industry position paper obtained by The Associated Press. By Joan Lowy. SENT: 420 words.

CONGRESS-IRAN — Republicans take their case directly to Iran in expanding their effort to undermine the administration’s nuclear diplomacy, warning Tehran that any deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House denounces the GOP’s latest effort to undercut the international negotiations as a “rush to war.” By Bradley Klapper and Deb Riechmann. SENT: 800 words, photos.

AMTRAK-TRUCK CRASH — Transportation officials say 40 passengers sustain injuries when an Amtrak train collides with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks in North Carolina. By Emery P. Dalesio and Martha Waggoner. By Emery P. Dalesio and Martha Waggoner. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. With NC_TRAIN video.

POLL-GUN OWNERSHIP — The number of people who own guns in the U.S. is falling, due primarily to a decline in interest in hunting as a sport, according to a survey of demographics and attitudes. By Emily Swanson. SENT: 800 words.

SILICON VALLEY-SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION — The woman behind a sexual discrimination lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms takes the stand for the first time in the case. SENT: 690 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from ongoing testimony.

APPLE-WATCH — Apple releases its smartwatch, including a high-end luxury edition. By Nick Jesdanun and Brandon Bailey. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New approach by 6:30 p.m.

SELMA-50TH — Marchers will retrace the steps of the fateful 1965 march from Selma, walking about 10 miles each day before reaching the state capital in Montgomery on Friday. By Kim Chandler. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

EUROPE-STIMULUS-FIVE THINGS — The European Central Bank hits the launch button on its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program by starting to buy government bonds. Here are five things to know about the program and its effects. By David McHugh. SENT: 760 words.

TV-CANCER FILM-JEONG — Actor Ken Jeong says that much of the inspiration for his memorably angry Mr. Chow character in “The Hangover” movie was a reaction to his wife’s fight against breast cancer at the time. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 370 words, photos.

OBIT-SAM SIMON — ‘Simpsons’ co-creator, philanthropist Sam Simon dies at 59 after long bout with cancer. SENT: 400 words, photos.


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