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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

May 31, 2014



LUCKNOW, India — Police arrest a third suspect and hunt for two others in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in northern India, in a case that has prompted national outrage. By Biswajeet Banerjee. SENT: 800 words.


BANGKOK — Thailand’s army seized power in a May 22 coup, the Southeast Asian nation’s second in eight years. Four Associated Press correspondents who have been covering the crisis and the political turmoil leading up to it offer their insights into recent events. They address several key issues, including why there is so much political turmoil in a country known as the Land of Smiles, and how dozens of restrictions and edicts issued by the junta have affected human rights in the country. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.


BEIJING — When visiting friends in China’s capital, environmental activist Wu Lihong must slip away from his rural home before sunrise, before the police officers watching his home awaken. He rides a bus to an adjacent province and jumps aboard a train just minutes before departure to avoid being spotted. A quarter century after the movement’s suppression, China’s communist authorities oversee a raft of measures, both sophisticated and simple, for muzzling dissent and preventing protests. The system has proven hugely successful. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.


BEIJING — China indicts eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea sentences a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labor for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches, the latest in a string of missionaries to run into trouble in the rigidly controlled North. By Jung-Yoon Choi and Foster Klug. SENT: 600 words.


BEIJING — Their hopes raised and dashed, relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane want a new plan to find it after the search was suspended following a new setback. By Aritz Parra and Rod McGuirk. SENT: 600 words, photos.


SINGAPORE — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns an international security conference that the U.S. “will not look the other way” when nations such as China try to restrict navigation or ignore international rules and standards. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 950 words, photos.


BEIJING — Six members of a religious cult are arrested over the beating death of a woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in eastern China. SENT: 300 words.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Thai tanker carrying diesel failed to make its scheduled arrival at an Indonesian port two days ago and contact with the vessel has been severed, in what may have been a hijacking, a maritime watchdog agency says. SENT: 140 words.


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