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April 14, 2015


SKOREA-SHIP SINKS-THE DEAD — The mother of a teenage ferry victim uses rituals — visiting his empty desk at school and gardening — to cope with her grief and rage over his death. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.

— SKOREA-SHIP SINKS-THE MISSING — Their daughter still among the missing, a family is lost a year after the ferry sinking. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

— SKOREA-SHIP SINKS-THE SCHOOL — Surrounded by the buzz of regular school life, a few classrooms at Danwon High School have become part shrine, part refuge, part confessional after the ferry disaster. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CHINA-ACTIVISTS FREED — Chinese authorities release five women’s rights campaigners whose detentions for more than a month sparked an international outcry and underscored the government’s tight restrictions on independent social activism. By Christopher Bodeen and Isolda Morillo. SENT: 830 words, photos.

SKOREA-JAPAN-REPORTER — South Korea lifts an overseas travel ban on a Japanese journalist charged with defaming the South Korean president. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 280 words, photos.

KASHMIR-PROTEST — Violent protests erupt in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir after a civilian and a militant were killed in an encounter with the army. SENT: 300 words.

JAPAN-NUCLEAR — A court issues an injunction ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators’ safety approval for the facility ahead of their planned restart later this year. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 460 words, photos.

CHINA-JAPAN — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets with a Japanese delegation led by ex-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, amid halting efforts to reduce lingering tensions between the countries before this year’s 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II. SENT: 300 words, photos.

MYANMAR-ETHNIC REBELS — Myanmar government troops have occupied more than 20 strategic positions held by ethnic Kokang rebels in two months of fierce fighting near the border with China, state media say, but a spokesman for the insurgents denies the claim. SENT: 410 words.

AUSTRALIA-VACCINATE — The Australian government ramps up pressure on parents who oppose vaccination by threatening to withhold child care and other payments from families that fail to immunize their children. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 620 words.

AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND-IRAQ — Australia’s government says it has completed preparations to send about 300 additional troops to Iraq. By Nick Perry. SENT: 360 words.

AUSTRALIA-CROCODILE ATTACK — A golfer who was bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort says he was partly at fault for hitting his ball in the water and disturbing the aggressive reptile while it sunbathed. SENT: 370 words.

CHINA-BEIJING FILM FESTIVAL — The veteran European festival chief that Beijing hopes will raise the profile of its annual film event says his passion for movies stems from trips to China that started during the Cultural Revolution. Marco Mueller’s latest of more than 100 trips to China is as general adviser to the fifth Beijing International Film Festival that opens Thursday. By Louise Watt. SENT: 760 words.


CHINA-INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY — China is considering raising its notoriously low limits on damages for intellectual property violations and strengthening litigation on trade secret theft, a Shanghai city official says. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 300 words.


PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON — Fresh from a two-day road trip, Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her 2016 campaign debut in Iowa at a small-town gathering reminiscent of her Senate “listening tour.” By Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer. SENT: 680 words, photo. With DEM 2016-CLINTON’S DECISION-5 THINGS.

CONGRESS-IRAN NUCLEAR — In a direct challenge to the White House, a Senate committee is to vote Tuesday on a bill giving Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 760 words. With RUSSIA-IRAN — Iran expects delivery of Russian missiles by end of the year.

UNITED STATES-IRAQ — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is making an in-person appeal to President Barack Obama for more help in defeating the Islamic State militants. By Nedra Pickler. SENT: 660 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-IRAQ-GLANCE.

NIGERIA-CHIBOK GIRLS — The new slogan “Never to be forgotten” is a sad concession that many believe few of the girls kidnapped one year ago by Islamic extremists from a boarding school in Chibok will ever find their way home. The old slogan was “Bring Back Our Girls — Now and Alive!” By Michelle Faul. SENT: 470 words, photos.

BLACKWATER TRIAL — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ALASKA AIRLINES-WORKER TRAPPED — A napping worker trapped in cargo hold bangs for help as a Seattle flight departs, quickly returns. SENT: 410 words, photo.

UKRAINE — Fighting rages on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite an agreement reached by the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers. By Inna Varenytsia. SENT: 360 words, photo.

ISLAMIC STATE-IRAQ VETS RETURN — A small but growing number of U.S. veterans of the Iraq war are returning to the Middle East to battle the Islamic State group, and to wrestle with the demons of their past. By Vivian Salama and Bram Janssen. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-SEXUAL VIOLENCE — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says 2014 was marked by harrowing accounts of rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage being used by extremists including the Islamic State group and Boko Haram. By Edith M. Lederer. SENT: 590 words, photo.

SPAIN-POLITICAL UPSTARTS — Spain’s two upstart parties are mounting an unprecedented challenge to the governing Popular Party and the main opposition Socialist Party — which for four decades have dominated Spanish politics. By Barry Hatton and Alan Clendenning. SENT: 780 words, photos.


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