BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS
CHINA-BOY’S EYES REMOVED
BEIJING — Chinese authorities say they suspect that the woman who gouged out a 6-year-old boy’s eyes was his aunt who later killed herself. Moved. By Gillian Wong. AP Photos.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s National Assembly paves the way for the possible arrest of a left-wing lawmaker who is facing the unusual accusation that he plotted to topple the country’s democratically elected government if war broke out with North Korea. Moved. By Hyung-jin Kim. AP Photos.
TOKYO — New revelations of contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have raised alarm, coming just weeks after Japanese officials acknowledged that radioactive water has been seeping into the Pacific from the plant for more than two years. The government announced this week that it would contribute 47 billion yen ($470 million) to build an underground “ice wall” around the reactor and turbine buildings and develop an advanced water treatment system. A look at the problem, and the potential risks to fish and the humans who eat them. Moved. By Mari Yamaguchi. AP Photos.
STOCKHOLM — The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week in Russia. The two leaders plan to meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg. Moved. By Josh Lederman. AP Photos.
BEIJING — Authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country. Moved. By Louise Watt. AP Photos.
BEIJING — Two provincial officials have been kicked out of China’s ruling Communist Party and sent for prosecution amid a spreading crackdown on corruption, the party’s watchdog body says. Moved.
KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai issues a legislative decree that gives minority Hindus and Sikhs a seat in the country’s next parliamentarian election. Moved.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The U.N. chief urges the Maldives to ensure that its upcoming presidential election — the first national election since a contentious power transfer last year — is conducted in a credible and peaceful manner. Moved. By Bharatha Mallawarachi.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s main ethnic Tamil political party says it will lobby for increased powers based on federalism, and an international investigation into alleged war crimes in the country’s civil war if it wins power in upcoming provincial elections. Moved.
WITH: SRI LANKA-HUMAN RIGHTS
TOKYO — The Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” isn’t a mere cross-cultural adaptation but more a tribute to the universal spirit of great filmmaking for its star, Ken Watanabe. Moved. By Yuri Kageyama. AP Photos.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea rejects Pyongyang’s suggestion that a North Korean ski resort could be used for events at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Moved.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
KABUL, Afghanistan — Officials say a young woman employee managed to steal $1.1 million from a major Afghan bank by transferring the money to relatives’ accounts. The alleged theft highlights deep corruption in Afghanistan’s banking sector, which already saw one leading institution unravel after revelations of massive fraud. Moved.
SYDNEY — Australia’s economy grew in the second quarter but not strongly enough to prevent unemployment rising as a mining boom fades. Moved.
TOKYO — Toyota is recalling 200,000 vehicles worldwide for a hybrid system problem and another 169,000 vehicles for an engine bolt defect. Moved.
CHINA-BANK OF AMERICA-CCB
HONG KONG — Bank of America sells a $1.47 billion stake in China Construction Bank, the latest foreign institution to shed its investment in a Chinese lender after initial optimism about the potentially lucrative market wore off. Moved. By Kelvin Chan.
INDIA-BATTLE FOR STATES
NEW DELHI — India, a nation of 1.2 billion people, has 28 states. Some would rank among the world’s most populous countries. So when India’s ruling coalition endorsed a 29th state last month, millions of people who have felt ignored and marginalized living far from their state capitals had the same reaction: Why not us? Moved. By Nirmala George. AP Photos.
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