BC-AS--Asia News Digest, AS
BC-AS--Asia News Digest, AS
Sep. 14, 2014
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea holds a trial for American Matthew Miller, who was detained in April for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. Details were not immediately available. The specific charges or punishment he could face were not announced before the trial. Sent: 180 words, photo.
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is preparing to contribute up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. Sent: 150 words.
MANILA, Philippines — Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said. By Jim Gomez. Sent: 390 words.
BEIJING — Residents in a southern Chinese town protested for a second day against a proposed garbage incinerator, according to witnesses, as police said ringleaders of the earlier demonstrations involving thousands that saw clashes with police should surrender. By Louise Watt. Sent: 630 words.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysia Airlines flight to India returned to Kuala Lumpur due to an autopilot defect shortly after takeoff. The captain turned back as a precaution and the defect didn't affect the safety of the aircraft or passengers, the airline said. Sent: 157 words, photo.
TOKYO — Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan's dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the U.S. and one of biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, Yamaguchi died of heart failure Sept. 7, according to Japan's public NHK television. Sent: 130 words, photo.
U.S. & INTERNATIONAL:
BEIRUT — A video has been posted online purporting to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of British aid worker David Haines, who went missing in Syria last year. The video emerged hours after the family of Haines issued a public plea urging his captors to contact them. Islamic State militants have beheaded two American journalists and posted video evidence online. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photo by 7:30 p.m.
LONDON — How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It's complicated, and there is a deadline. If Scots vote yes to separation on Thursday, a clock starts ticking down to March 24, 2016 — the independence day declared by the Scottish government. The British and Scottish administrations have agreed that they will recognize the outcome of the referendum and appoint negotiators to work out the details of separation "in the best interests of the people of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom." A look at key issues. By Jill Lawless: UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1400 GMT. with AP Photos.
JOHANNESBURG — Conservationists are describing the arrests of six suspected poachers on a vast wildlife reserve in Mozambique as rare good news in a country that has long been seen as lacking the will and resources to stem the slaughter of elephants and other species under threat. The Sept. 7 detentions followed nearly a year of investigative work, illustrating the challenges of policing against the poaching ring operating in the Niassa National Reserve, which is twice the size of South Africa's flagship Kruger National Park. By Christopher Torchia. UPCOMING: 620 words, photos.
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