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BC-AS--Asian News Digest,1st Ld-Writethru, AS

January 19, 2014

ASIA:

THAILAND-POLITICS

BANGKOK — Two explosions shake an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand’s capital, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation’s increasingly bloody political crisis drags on. By Thanyarat Doksone and Todd Pitman. SENT: 855 words, photos.

PAKISTAN

BANNU, Pakistan — A bomb planted by the Taliban rips through a vehicle carrying security forces inside a Pakistani army compound in the country’s volatile northwestern region, killing 20 troops, officials and the militants say. By Ijaz Mohammed and Rebecca Santana. SENT: 860 words.

JAPAN-OKINAWA ELECTION

TOKYO — A Japanese mayor who opposes moving a U.S. military base to his city in Okinawa has won a hard-fought re-election battle, dealing a potential blow to hopes in Washington and Tokyo that the long-delayed plan would move forward. By Yuriko Nagano. SENT: 415 words, photos.

INDONESIA-PLANE CRASH

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A light aircraft has crashed in bad weather in eastern Indonesia and burst into flames, killing four people on board, a government official says. SENT: 200 words.

INDIA-POLITICS

NEW DELHI — India’s main opposition party has outlined its strategy for the upcoming general elections with a vow to wrest control from the scandal-plagued Congress Party. SENT: 350 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-WILDFIRES

CANBERRA, Australia — More than 90 wildfires are burning over Australia’s New South Wales state, but the danger has ebbed in neighboring Victoria and South Australia states. SENT: 165 words.

CHINA-FAKE IDS

BEIJING — Police in China have discovered 790,000 fake ID records in their system, which can be used to gain benefits, hide assets and circumvent property ownership restrictions. SENT: 205 words.

ENTERTAINMENT:

CHINA-SHERLOCK MANIA

SHANGHAI — Zhou Yeling dragged herself out of bed at 5 a.m. for a long-awaited date with her favorite Englishman — Sherlock Holmes. Zhou, 19, watched the third season premiere of the BBC’s “Sherlock” on Jan. 2 on the British broadcaster’s website. Two hours later, the episode started showing with Chinese subtitles on Youku.com, a video website. Youku says it was viewed more than 5 million times in the first 24 hours, becoming the site’s most popular program to date. “Sherlock” has become a global phenomenon, but nowhere more than in China, which was one of the first countries where the new season was shown. By Fu Ting. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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