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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

June 6, 2014

ASIA:

AFGHANISTAN

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two blasts strike the convoy of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah as it leaves a campaign event at a wedding hall in the capital Kabul, killing four civilians but leaving the candidate himself unharmed. Abdullah is the front runner in the June 14 runoff against former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. SENT: 500 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS

BANGKOK — Thai police warned online critics of the military junta that they will “come get you” for posting political views that could incite divisiveness, the latest reminder about surveillance of social media in post-coup Thailand. By Thanyarat Doksone. Sent: 710 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-AMERICAN DETAINED

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said it has detained an American tourist for committing an unspecified crime, the third U.S. citizen being held there. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 390 words.

FILMMAKER RELEASED

BEIJING — Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who made a 2008 documentary about Tibetan nomads expressing discontent over China’s rule, has been released from a Chinese prison after serving a six-year sentence for separatism, his production company says. SENT: 400 words.

CHINA-TIANANMEN DETENTIONS

BEIJING — The Chinese government said an Australian artist detained in Beijing ahead of the politically sensitive 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown had fraudulently obtained a visa. By Aritz Parra. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CHINA-US-MILITARY

BEIJING — China said that its military is purely for defense and criticized a Pentagon report for saying that big budget increases have boosted the Chinese military’s ability to project military power abroad. Sent: 390 words.

PHILIPPINES-CORRUPTION

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine government prosecutors filed corruption charges against three senators who allegedly received hundreds of millions of pesos (millions of dollars) in kickbacks from funds allocated for projects for the poor. By Oliver Teves. Sent: 600 words.

INDIA-MUSLIM KILLED

NEW DELHI — Seventeen members of a hard-line Hindu group have been arrested after a Muslim man was beaten to death in western India, a top police official said Friday. The men were being questioned in the killing of Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh in Pune late Monday. Sent: 290 words.

HONG KONG-AIRLINE WARNING

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s airlines and airport were on alert after receiving a warning from Taiwan that a woman in mainland China may be planning to board a flight to the Asian financial hub with a bomb. Sent: 160 words.

MYANMAR-SOUTH KOREA

YANGON, Myanmar — South Korea unveils a memorial to the victims of a North Korean commando attack more than 30 years ago in Myanmar. SENT: 150 words, photos.

INDIA-REBEL CLASH

GAUHATI, India — Suspected insurgents ambush and kill two policemen in the rebels’ stronghold in India’s remote northeast. SENT: 120 words.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CHINA-IMF

BEIJING — The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are urging China to focus on controlling risks from rapidly rising debt due to its reliance on credit-fueled growth. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 450 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

D-DAY-COMMEMORATIONS

OUISTREHAM, France — Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Putin and thousands of veterans and other world leaders gather on beaches holding commemorations along Normandy’s coast 70 years since the D-Day landings. They’re honoring the mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity — just as bloodshed in Ukraine is posing new challenges and threatening a new East-West divide. By Greg Keller. SENT: 500 words, photos, videos.

BERGDAHL-DECOMPRESSING-Q&A

WASHINGTON — Once released from captivity, a soldier like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters a series of debriefings and counseling sessions, all carefully orchestrated by the U.S. military, to ease the soldier back into normal life. A look, in question and answer form, at how this process typically plays out. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 720 words, photos, interactive.

VODAFONE-SURVEILLANCE

LONDON — Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network without seeking permission. By Danica Kirka. Sent: 350 words.

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