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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

December 3, 2014

ASIA:

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST

HONG KONG — Three founders of a civil disobedience campaign that helped spark Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests surrender to police, saying they want to take responsibility for their actions and that time has come to end the increasingly violent street demonstrations. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 430 words, photos.

INDIA-BHOPAL TRAGEDY

BHOPAL, India — Three decades after the world’s worst industrial disaster, the tragedy that occurred in the central Indian city of Bhopal remains an open wound. Hundreds of survivors of the gas leak that claimed thousands of lives took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, chanting slogans and carrying placards demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims. By Rishi Lekhi. SENT: 425 words, photos, video.

— AP PHOTO DEL103 — Two men carry to a hospital children blinded by the Union Carbide chemical pesticide leak in Bhopal.

— INDIA-WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES — Women, girls are at risk in India’s mental institutions, Human Rights Watch says. SENT: 400 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-CONSULAR EXPECTATIONS

CANBERRA, Australia — No, you can’t get a loan to pay for a prostitute in Thailand. And seeking assistance to evict a polecat above a ceiling in the U.S. is going to be futile. Australia is taking steps to curb such absurd requests that its traveling citizens have lodged with Australian embassies and consulates around the world. By Rod Mcguirk. SENT: 460 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-HUGHES FUNERAL

MACKSVILLE, Australia — The funeral for cricketer Phillip Hughes turned into a celebration of his life on Wednesday despite the grief and sorrow still evident from his death. By Rob Griffith. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TAIWAN-POLITICS

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou resigns as chairman of the Beijing-friendly ruling Nationalists after surprisingly harsh local election losses, a signal the party plans to regroup for a tough 2016 presidential race and may shelve dialogue with China. By Ralph Jennings. SENT: 475 words, photos.

SKOREA-FISHING SHIP SINKS

SEOUL, South Korea — Fishermen recover 11 more bodies from the western Bering Sea near where a South Korean fishing ship sank earlier this week. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 310 words, photos.

JAPAN-SPACE EXPLORATION

TOKYO — A Japanese space explorer takes off on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of Earth. SENT: 305 words, photos.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

FINANCIAL MARKETS

HONG KONG — Global stock markets drift higher after Chinese business surveys offered some optimism about the world’s No. 2 economy. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 440 words, photos.

AIR BAG RECALLS

DETROIT — Japan’s Takata Corp. refused to comply with a U.S. government demand for an expanded recall of its air bags that can explode and shoot out shrapnel, and instead passed along the crucial decision to automakers. By Tom Krisher and Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 730 words, photos.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

SYRIA-INSIDE KOBANI

KOBANI, Syria — An exclusive AP report shot by a videojournalist inside this northern Syrian border town visits a makeshift clinic where a skeleton crew of doctors and nurses, working in primitive conditions, treat fighters injured in combat against the Islamic State group. Fourth installment of a five-part series on the conditions inside the besieged town of Kobani. SENT: 590 words, photos, video.

— AP TOP VIDEO — A small team of doctors and nurses provides the only remaining medical services in Kobani.

ISLAMIC STATE-RESPONSE

BRUSSELS — A global fight against Islamic State militants will likely take years to fully succeed, but nations are prepared to engage “for as long as it takes” to defeat the insurgency, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says. Nearly a year after the extremists overran key cities in Iraq, diplomats from more than 60 counties and international organizations gather in Brussels to plot a way forward. By Lara Jakes and John-Thor Dahlburg. SENT: 520 words, photos.

ISRAEL-POLITICS

JERUSALEM — Israeli lawmakers overwhelmingly approve a motion to dissolve Knesset in a preliminary vote, paving the way for early elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to iron out differences with key coalition partners. By Tia Goldenberg. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT., photos.

BILL COSBY-LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES — A woman files a lawsuit claiming Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old. Judy Huth accuses Cosby of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974. By Anthony McCartney. SENT: 520 words, photo.

KENYA-SECURITY WOES

KENYA — Al-Shabab’s series of mass murders in Kenya increases pressure on the government to improve security across a long, porous border and explain to the nation why Kenya’s Christian troops should remain deployed inside its Islamic neighbor. By Jason Straziuso. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

— SOMALIA-VIOLENCE — A suicide bomber rams his vehicle into a U.N. convoy near Mogadishu’s airport, killing three people. SENT: 190 words, photos.

YEMEN

SANAA, Yemen — A massive car bomb explodes in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, apparently targeting the home of the Iranian ambassador. At least two people are killed, both security guards at the ambassador’s residence. By Ahmed Al-Haj. SENT: 250 words, photos.

IRAQ-DISPLACED BY WAR

BAGHDAD — At a camp near Baghdad housing Shiite families who fled the Islamic State group, the mobile homes are stocked with heaters and get more electricity than residents of the capital. Some donated food is refused. It’s a vast difference from other camps, particularly those housing Sunnis. By Sameer N. Yacoub. SENT: 770 words, photos.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

IGUALA, Mexico — Emboldened by international attention on 43 disappeared college students, dozens of parents come out to hunt for their own children who have been missing for months or even years, digging as they’d never dared before, and as authorities never bothered to do. By Christopher Sherman. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

BOSNIA-STEAM TRAINS-PHOTO ESSAY

BANOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Every day, steam engines more than 60 years old defy their age and pull wagons of coal from Banovici’s coal mine — and tourists are invited for the ride. By Amer Cohadzic and Eldar Emric. SENT: 300 words, photos.

TECHNOLOGY

DIGITAL LIFE-GIFT GUIDE-BEYOND TV’S SET-TOP BOX

For the avid television viewer, the standard digital-video recorder that comes with your cable TV set-top box isn’t enough. TiVo and SlingTV can be thought of as set-top enhancers. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

— UKRAINE — Ukraine’s energy minister says a technical fault at a nuclear power plant in the south of country has cut power production but insists it poses no danger. SENT: 140 words.

— OBAMA-BUSINESS — Obama joining prominent CEOs to discuss economic ideas for last 2 years in office. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1800 GMT.

— PLANES-BATTERY FIRES — Tests raise worry that battery shipments on passenger planes could catch fire. SENT: 1,000 words.

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