BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS
THAILAND-FISHING-PIRATES AND SLAVES
SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand — Urine pools under a bed where an emaciated Burmese man lies wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. Enslaved on a Thai fishing boat in the far reaches of Indonesia, he was rescued from a tiny island, but weeks later he still could not walk or even remember his own name. He is one of countless hidden casualties of severe overfishing in Thailand, which an environmental group says has exhausted nearby fish stocks while encouraging illegal fishing and the widespread use of slave labor. By Margie Mason and Robin McDowell. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 0900 GMT, photos.
SOUTH KOREA-SHOOTING DEATH
SEOUL, South Korea — A gunman shoots and kills three people in a Sejong City convenience store that he then sets on fire before fleeing, South Korean police say. The suspect is later found dead with a gunshot wound in his head in an apparent suicide. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 250 words, photos.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The family of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim seeks a royal pardon in a last-ditch effort to try free him from a sodomy conviction. SENT: 330 words, photos.
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia imposes financial sanctions on the Egypt-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. SENT: 120 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
HONG KONG — China’s manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world’s No. 2 economy, according to a private survey. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 300 words, photos.
HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s finance chief unveils $37 million in measures aimed at giving relief to some business owners and restoring confidence in the Asian financial hub following pro-democracy protests last year that choked traffic for 11 weeks. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 300 words.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
BRUSSELS — Greece clears a major hurdle in its ongoing battle to remain solvent after its European creditors approve a 4-month extension to its financial bailout — but the cash-strapped country still has a lot to do to convince its partners that it deserves more help beyond the summer. By Lorne Cook and Raf Casert. SENT: 870 words, photos.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A former Marine is convicted in the deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors reject defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis. By John L. Mone and Jamie Stengle. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.
HIV PREVENTION PILLS
SEATTLE — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 650 words, photo.
BERLIN — An 18-month-old boy dies of measles in Berlin, the first known fatality in an outbreak of the disease that has seen more than 570 cases in the city since October. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 850 words, photo.
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