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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

May 11, 2014



NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Concerns over China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea are a key topic in the first regional summit hosted by Myanmar, which is hoping to demonstrate the progress it’s made since emerging from a half-century of brutal military rule. By Esther Htusan. SENT: 560 words, photos.


HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam has allowed several hundred demonstrators to stage a noisy rally outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi against Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in the contested South China Sea that has triggered a tense standoff and raised fears of confrontation. By Chris Brummitt. SENT: 550 words, photos.


BEIJING — A protest in eastern China over a plan to build a waste incinerator has turned violent with state media reporting at least 10 demonstrators and 29 police injured in clashes. By Jack Chang. SENT: 290 words.

— CHINA-WALL COLLAPSE — A wall collapse triggered by heavy rains at a recycling plant has killed 18 people and injured three others in the eastern city of Qingdao, state media report.



YOLA, Nigeria — Islamic extremists blow up a bridge, kill an unknown number of people and abduct the wife and two children of a retired police officer in northeast Nigeria, residents say amid mounting condemnation by Muslims of the Nigerian terrorist network that abducted more than 300 schoolgirls nearly a month ago. By Michelle Faul and Obrahim Abdulaziz. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.


EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. - Gay marriage has arrived in the Bible Belt in the U.S. South on Saturday, beginning with two women who had traveled overnight to ensure they’d be first in line. But whether the marriages could continue on Monday and beyond was not clear, and the state’s top lawyer said he’d appeal Friday’s ruling that overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. By Christina Huynh. SENT: 750 words, photos.


HOMS, Syria — Thousands of Syrians stream into war-battered parts of the central city of Homs for the first time in nearly two years, many making plans to move back just days after rebels surrendered their strongholds to pro-government forces. Hundreds of rebels surrendered their stronghold in Homs to government forces in exchange for their safe passage to the nearby northern countryside as part of a deal that began Wednesday. By Albert Aji and Diaa Hadid. SENT: 600 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — As Hillary Rodham Clinton mulls a 2016 presidential run, reminders of the tumultuous periods of the career of the former secretary of state and first lady have re-emerged in recent weeks. There’s her husband’s affair in the White House with intern Monica Lewinsky, her ill-fated attempt to overhaul the health care system and the deadly 2012 attack at a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 800 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Michael Sam was picked by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft on Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. Sam had to wait, and wait, being picked at 249 out of 256, and though he cried tears of joy once news came through of his selection, he felt he warranted being chosen earlier. The defensive end played college football at Missouri, and came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 820 words, photos.



KIEV, Ukraine — When new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk invited anti-corruption activists to his apartment in Kiev last month, the first thing he showed off was his toilet. “See for yourself,” Yatsenyuk joked. “It’s not gold.” It was a jab at ousted president Viktor Yanukovych — who along with his government cronies had a notorious penchant for gaudy luxury. Ukraine’s somewhat nerdy interim leader flies economy, lets whistleblowers into his home and readily admits to mistakes. Those qualities have helped him grow in stature and win support for his administration — even as Ukraine struggles to avoid a possible breakup. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

— UKRAINE — Pro-Russian insurgents in two of the most tense regions in eastern Ukraine are prepared to conduct a vote on declaring sovereignty, while the country’s acting president warns that it represented “a step into the abyss.” SENT: 500 words.



LOS ANGELES — Films about transitioning to adulthood have been a Hollywood staple for years. Some of today’s biggest stars got their start as 20-somethings in mostly carefree coming-of-age movies. But what about the often more complicated progression from our 20s to 30s? There have generally been fewer of those treatments on the big screen — that is, until now. This summer, charming indies and raunchy comedies — including this weekend’s “Neighbors” — explore what could be one of life’s most challenging decades, but always with humor and also some surprising box office potential for studios. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. SENT: 750 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. But the publisher said it was too late to change the game. Nintendo came under fire from fans and gay rights organizations this past week after refusing to add same-sex relationship options to the game “Tomodachi Life.” By Enbtertainment Writer Derrik Lang. SENT: 500 words, photos.





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