BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS
Aug. 23, 2013
JINAN, China — A court releases videotaped testimony by the wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai to bolster bribery allegations against him, in the first public sighting of her since she was convicted of murder in China's messiest political scandal. Bo has launched an unexpectedly spirited defense, questioning his wife's credibility and even her mental health while fiercely denying that he took $3.5 million in bribes from two businessmen. He appears to be making a last-ditch effort to repair his carefully cultivated reputation as a man of the people. Developing. By Gillian Wong. AP Photos.
TOKYO — Deep beneath Fukushima's crippled nuclear power station, a vast underground reservoir of highly contaminated water spilling from the plant's reactors wrecked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has been creeping slowly eastward, toward the sea. Now, two-and-a-half years later, experts fear it is about to reach the Pacific and greatly worsen what has already become a new crisis at Fukushima: the inability to contain vast quantities of radioactive water that has been leaking from the turbine basements, large underground storage pools and maintenance tunnels. By Mari Yamaguchi.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysian appeals court ordered two police officers freed after overturning their murder convictions in the killing of a Mongolian woman who had an affair with the prime minister's friend. AP Photos.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A U.S. military jury decides whether an American soldier should go to jail for life or have a chance at parole after admitting to killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan. Many in Afghanistan are livid that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales escaped the death penalty with a guilty plea. By Gene Johnson. Developing from hearing that starts at 1500 GMT.
NEW DELHI — Police say a 23-year-old photojournalist was gang raped by five men she encountered while on an assignment to take pictures of an abandoned textile factory in Mumbai. Developing.
CANBERRA, Australia — U.S. and Australian agents seized 750 kilograms (1,650 pounds) of cocaine from a yacht in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, part of ongoing efforts to investigate organized crime syndicates' use of yachts to smuggle cocaine from South America to Australia. AP Photos.
MANILA, Philippines — The stars of the cable reality show "Pawn Stars" have left their Las Vegas pawn shop to meet fans in Southeast Asia. And one of them says he never thought they would be so popular. Richard and Corey Harrison run the pawn shop with the family patriarch. They offered tips to fans in Manila about bargaining and putting value on things.
BANGKOK — Asian stock markets rebounded after encouraging economic data from China and Europe raised hopes that a global economic recovery was underway. A survey released by HSBC Corp. indicated that manufacturing in China had expanded in August, the latest evidence that the world's second-largest economy may be over its recent weakness. By Pamela Sampson. AP Photos.
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