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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

October 13, 2014



HONG KONG — An angry crowd tries to charge barricades used by pro-democracy protesters to occupy part of downtown Hong Kong as a standoff with authorities drags into a third week. DEVELOPING STORY. SENT: 100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Full update.


NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Hats — often colorful, sometimes elaborate — hold meaning in Myanmar’s two houses of Parliament, epitomizing both the accomplishments and the limitations of the Southeast Asian country’s recent steps toward democracy. Lawmakers wear everything from horned helmets to ninja scarves to silk head wraps, choices that reflect Myanmar’s diverse and often divided ethnicities. By law, they have to wear something on their heads, except for the 25 percent appointed by the military. By Gabrielle Paluch. UPCOMING: 650 words by 0700 GMT, photos.


—MYANMAR-HATS-PORTRAITS: Profiles of seven lawmakers, photographed in their headgear. UPCOMING: 1,650 words by 0700 GMT, photos by Gemunu Amarasinghe.


SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea says the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War are being neglected and “carried away en masse,” in an apparent effort to pressure Washington to resume recovery efforts that could also lead to much-needed money for the impoverished country. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 450 words.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodian police detain three men believed to be linked to the shooting death of a local journalist who was investigating illegal logging in the country’s east. SENT: 120 words.


KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says a suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy in Kabul has killed one civilian and wounded three others. SENT: 120 words.


BEIJING — China’s trade grew more strongly than expected in September, easing fears of a deeper slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 500 words, photo.



DALLAS — Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear. Tests confirmed the first known case of Ebola transmitted in the nation, raising questions about assurances by health officials here that the disease will be contained and any American hospital should be able to treat it. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.


SURUC, Turkey — The shells were already roaring down on the Kurdish fighters from the hill above Kobani when more than 30 Islamic State militants backed by snipers and pickups mounted with heavy machine guns began their assault across the dusty fields, eventually forcing the town’s defenders to retreat. The Kurdish men and women of the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, have been battered by tanks shells and mortars, and picked off by snipers using American-made rifles. They have no answer for the heavy weapons that Islamic State fighters have looted from Iraqi and Syrian army bases. And while they are slowly yielding ground, they so far have prevented the town from being overrun, defending it zealously with little more than light weapons, booby-traps and a fervent belief in their cause. By Ryan Lucas. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


CAIRO — Donors at an international conference promise $2.7 billion to rebuild the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, but all of the key participants said their efforts would be futile without a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. U.S.-mediated talks broke down this summer before the 50-day war between Hamas and Israel began — the third since 2008 — and it remains unclear how peace can come about. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, audio.


SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s 2011 Arab Spring revolt began with a nucleus of young men and women, launching a protest movement seeking to end autocratic rule and transform the poorest Arab nation into a democratic society. Nearly four years later, Yemen is in chaos. Shiite rebels have overrun the capital. Al-Qaida’s branch in the country is carrying out deadly attacks in Sanaa. Attempts at real reform are in disarray. The activists behind the initial uprising look back at what went wrong. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.





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