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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

November 5, 2013



NEW DELHI — India launches its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. By Katy Daigle. SENT: 660 words, photos.


DHAKA, Bangladesh — A Bangladesh court sentences 152 people to death for a 2009 mutiny by disgruntled border guards who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day uprising. The sentences follow a mass trial involving 846 defendants — a process criticized by a human rights group who said it was not credible and that at least 47 suspects died in custody. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 370 words, photos.


BEIJING — China’s top nuclear envoy is in North Korea to discuss stalled six-nation talks aimed at ending that country’s nuclear program, the Chinese foreign ministry says. Wu Dawei arrived in North Korea on Monday for a “work discussion” and the two sides will have in-depth discussions about the six-party talks and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says. SENT: 160 words.


BEIJING — The brother of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng says he’ll fly to the U.S. on Wednesday with his mother for a family reunion. SENT: 270 words.


DHAKA, Bangladesh — New clashes erupt during a strike by Bangladesh’s political opposition, confining residents to their homes and leaving them increasingly frustrated with the chaos in the streets. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 580 words, photos.


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine defense chief says disagreements in negotiations between U.S. and Filipino officials may prevent an early conclusion of an accord allowing an increase in American military presence in the country. SENT: 350 words.


HONG KONG — Hong Kong threatens the Philippines with sanctions if there’s no progress in talks over an apology for families of tourists killed while vacationing in Manila three years ago. SENT: 290 words.


BEIJING — Volunteers are rushing to rescue hundreds of cats confiscated from a dealer and released into a mountainous area in eastern China, an animal welfare activist says. SENT: 160 words.


BEIJING — Beijing and the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou launch a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. SENT: 300 words, photos.



BEIJING — Chinese leaders have ordered local officials to stop expanding industries such as steel and cement in which supply outstrips demand, a Cabinet statement says in a sign previous orders to cut overcapacity were ignored. Beijing has been trying since 2009 to cut excess production capacity, which has triggered price-cutting wars that threaten the financial health of some industries. But lower-level leaders whose promotions depend on economic development have continued to support local industries. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 440 words, photos.


BEIJING — A court upholds the death sentence of a Chinese businesswoman convicted of cheating investors of $200 million in the second case of its kind this year. SENT: 300 words.


TOKYO — The Renault-Nissan alliance and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. say they will expand cooperation in developing new vehicles, including small cars and full-size sedans. The announcement follows a reshuffle of Nissan leadership last week that Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of the Renault-Nissan alliance, said was needed to shape up the automaker’s sagging performance. SENT: 280 words.



TRI NGUYEN ISLAND, Vietnam — Nguyen Thi Yen rolls up the sleeves of her white lab coat and delicately slips her arms into a box covered by a sheath of mesh netting. Immediately, the feeding frenzy begins. Hundreds of mosquitoes light on her thin forearms and swarm her manicured fingers. They spit, bite and suck until becoming drunk with blood, their bulging bellies glowing red. Yen laughs in delight while her so-called “pets” enjoy their lunch and prepare to mate. All her mosquitoes have been intentionally infected with bacteria called Wolbachia, which essentially blocks them from getting dengue fever. And if they can’t get it, they can’t spread it to people. By Margie Mason. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.



NEW YORK — In Maine, a congressman running for governor comes out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers gird for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. In the U.S. Senate, seven Republicans join the Democrats in a landmark vote opposing anti-gay workplace discrimination. The developments underscore what a historic year 2013 has been — “the gayest year in gay history,” according to one activist. Yet they also reveal ways in which the gay-rights debate remains complex and challenging for many Americans. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 990 words, photo.

— GAY RIGHTS-SENATE — The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans’ shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic. By Donna Cassata. SENT: 800 words, photos, audio.


WASHINGTON — A month into the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and no end to problems, the senior administration official closest to the law’s implementation will answer questions Tuesday from a Senate panel that wrote much of it. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 750 words.


WASHINGTON — Big judgments about the direction of the country will have to wait on this Election Day as voters around the country express opinions on a couple of gubernatorial races, several mayoral races and a host of local issues. SENT: 750 words, photos.


PARAMUS, N.J. —A 20-year-old man suspected of firing multiple shots and causing a lockdown at New Jersey’s largest shopping mall has been found dead of a self-inflicted wound, authorities say. By Samantha Henry. SENT: 570 words, photos, video, audio, graphic.


SAN DIEGO — The Border Patrol’s parent agency decided to continue allowing agents to use deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles, despite recommendations of a government commissioned review to end the practice. The recommendations by the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit group that advises law enforcement agencies, were part of a broader internal examination of use-of-force policies and practices by the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 680 words, photos.


RABAT, MOROCCO — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading into a Saharan standoff when he visits Morocco and Algeria this week. A nasty spat over the disputed region of Western Sahara is boiling over anew, as Morocco recalled its ambassador, angry protesters tore down an Algerian flag, and a Moroccan newspaper called for land grabs. The two neighbors are jockeying for position with the United States in a rivalry that leaves little space for the security cooperation against al-Qaida in North Africa that the U.S. and its allies want. By Paul Schemm. SENT: 650 words, photos.


BERLIN — Prosecutors reveal details of a cache of paintings and prints reported to span 1,500 works and discovered in a Munich apartment two years ago. Experts say many of the works are likely to have been seized by the Nazis because they were considered “degenerate art.” SENT: 600 words, photos.


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