BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS
May. 30, 2014
BEIJING — Some went missing. Some lost their freedom. Some can't escape the images inside their head, or the guilt they feel for surviving. Twenty-five years China's deadly attack on protesters in Tiananmen Square, those whose lives were changed that day call for the government to stop hiding what happened, and some cling to their democratic ideals. One exiled protest leader says, "I will try my best to remember the guilt and try to realize the dreams of those who died that night." By Louise Watt and Isolda Morillo. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by 0700 GMT.
BEIJING — Chinese authorities detain another activist amid increasingly intense efforts to suppress commemorations of next week's 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. By Didi Tang. SENT: 360 words.
SYDNEY — With the origin of the underwater pings now in doubt and the search stalled, what do the officials heading up the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have to say? Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, answers some of the most pressing questions. By Kristen Gelineau. UPCOMING: 700 words by 0700 GMT.
BEIJING — China's president promises to raise incomes and education spending in the country's restive Muslim northwest in an effort to cool rising ethnic tensions, while calling for tougher security following a terror attack in the region's capital last week that killed 43 people. By Didi Tang. SENT: 400 words.
INDIA-DEADLY GANG RAPE
LUCKNOW, India — Two teenage sisters in rural India are raped and killed by attackers who then hang their bodies from a mango tree, which became the scene of a silent protest by villagers angry about alleged police inaction in the case. Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers. By Biswajeet Banerjee. SENT: 470 words, photo.
LAHORE, Pakistan — The husband of a woman stoned to death in Pakistan killed his first wife four years ago, police and relatives say, a shocking twist both showing how complicated justice can be and how dangerous life is for women in the country. By Zaheer Babar and Munir Ahmed. SENT: 630 words, photos.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, days after the U.S. and China traded new accusations of cyberspying, says he will press the same issues in a face-to-face meeting with a top military officer from Beijing this weekend. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 550 words, photo.
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses his vision for Asian security in a speech to Asia-Pacific defense leaders tonight in Singapore. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Will also be updated after speech at 1200 GMT.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Cambodian court convicts almost two dozen factory workers and rights activists for instigating violence during protests that rocked the government earlier this year, but in a surprise move gives them suspended sentences and granted them freedom. By Sopheng Cheang. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BEIJING — A moderately strong earthquake strikes an area along China's southwestern border with Myanmar, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. SENT: 110 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
TOKYO — Japan's consumer prices rose 3.2 percent from a year earlier in April to the highest level since 1991, the government says, largely due to a sales tax increase that is expected to dent growth this quarter. Other April data for the world's third-largest economy are largely in line with forecasts. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 600 words, photos.
CHINA-LENS MAKERS FINED
BEIJING — China has fined Johnson & Johnson, Nikon Corp. and five other makers of eyeglasses and contact lenses on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to use anti-monopoly law to control consumer prices. Manufacturers were fined a total of 19 million yuan ($3.1 million) for setting minimum prices for retailers and limiting their ability to offer discounts, the Cabinet's planning agency says. SENT: 250 words.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — In another devastating blow to Ukraine's armed forces, rebels shoot down a troop helicopter, killing at least 12 soldiers, including a general who had served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training. The loss underscores the challenge Ukrainian forces face in fighting a guerrilla-style insurgency that has proven to be an agile foe. By Peter Leonard and Alexander Zemlianichenko. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.
SAN JOSE, California — Google has had more trouble diversifying its workforce than its computer scientists have had writing programs that respond to search requests in the blink of an eye or designing cars that can navigate traffic without a human behind the wheel. That seemed to be the conclusion when the Silicon Valley giant this week issued a gender and ethnic breakdown of its workforce that showed that of its 26,600 U.S. employees, 61 percent are white, 30 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic and 2 percent black. Thirty percent of its employees are women. By Martha Mendoza and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 570 words, photo, audio.
WASHINGTON — Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world on the verge of a sixth great extinction, a new study says. The work, published Thursday by the journal Science, was hailed as a landmark study by outside experts. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 550 words, photos.
EGYPT-YOUNG vs OLD
CAIRO — "El-Sissi will leave no one wanting!" the 50-year-old shopkeeper in a Cairo slum barked when a younger man criticized the winner of Egypt's presidential election, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Their heated argument shows the limits of el-Sissi's victory amid a generational divide. Many older voters embrace him. But among the young, ambitions for change have been unleashed, and even those who voted for el-Sissi have low expectations. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
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