BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS
Jul. 10, 2014
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A day after Indonesia's presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, Jakarta's police chief promised to prevent violence by cracking down on anyone celebrating prematurely. With both candidates continuing to claim victory, the next leader of the world's third-largest democracy could be decided in court. By Margie Mason. SENT: 880 words, photos.
— INDONESIA-ELECTION-WHAT NOW? — With both sides claiming election victory, a look at what might happen now in Indonesia. SENT: 480 words.
— AP PHOTO JAK103 — Supporters display a banner bearing a portrait of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate during a rally in Jakarta.
BEIJING — Nearly three decades after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping famously instructed his diplomats to "be good at maintaining a low pro?le and never claim leadership," a new generation of rulers has made it clear that they're ready to shed the humility and show off their country's rising military and political power. President Xi Jinping describes China as a "peaceful, amiable and civilized lion," but its moves have so far only set off alarms across the region and pushed other Asian countries to seek backup from Washington. By Jack Chang. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
— CHINA-DISPUTES-GLANCE — A look at China's territorial claims. SENT: 920 words.
WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. SENT: 570 words.
— CHINA-MALAYSIA-KIDNAPPING — A Chinese citizen kidnapped in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah a month ago has been freed, the official Xinhua News Agency and a Malaysian newspaper report. SENT: 155 words.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has chided a ruling party lawmaker for tweeting a salute to Adolf Hitler while praising Germany for making it to the World Cup final. SENT: 175 words, photo.
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine police arrest 44 foreigners who allegedly ran an online blackmail syndicate that defrauded victims in China and Taiwan by duping them into believing that their bank accounts have been used by money launderers or terrorists. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 480 words.
— PHILIPPINES-FRIENDLY FIRE — A Philippine military investigation has concluded that six elite army soldiers were killed last month by an artillery round mistakenly fired by the marines and not Muslim militants as reported earlier. SENT: 130 words.
MANILA, Philippines — A World Health Organization official is urging millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome. SENT: 380 words.
YANGON, Myanmar — Four reporters and the chief executive officer of a magazine in Myanmar have been sentenced to 10 years at hard labor in prison on a national security charge for investigative stories about a weapons factory. SENT: 130 words.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia is building a memorial at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to remember at least 12,000 people tortured and killed there during the radical Khmer Rouge regime. SENT: 180 words.
TOKYO — Tokyo is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood's Godzilla remake although the nation that gave birth to the fire-breathing monster is seeing the latest movie after it opened everywhere else. "Godzilla" opened in the U.S. on May 16 and has grossed more than $488 million globally. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 515 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Shows from broadcast, cable and the Internet are vying for honors in the 66th Emmy Awards nominations. Leading contenders include dramas "True Detective" and "Breaking Bad" and four-time best comedy winner "Modern Family." By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates beginning at 1340 GMT.
— BC-US--Emmy Nominations-Snubs & Surprises by Television Writer David Bauder. A look at this year's Emmy nomination oddities. UPCOMING: 500 words by about 1800 GMT.
— BC-US--Emmy Nominations-Quotes, offering reaction blurbs from nominees. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT, with updates through the night, photos.
— BC-US--Emmy Nominations-Short List, covering nominees in the top 20 categories. UPCOMING: 300 words by about 1500 GMT., photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
JAPAN-LOSING NUCLEAR WORKERS
TOKYO — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why nearly 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better paying jobs in the solar energy industry. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's central bank says economic growth will be slower than expected this year because consumer spending has waned following a deadly ferry sinking. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 300 words, photos.
SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 380 words.
SEOUL, South Korea — Global markets are mixed with a slight pickup in China's exports failing to give a lift to European stocks after most Asian indexes closed up. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 500 words, photo.
MUMBAI, India — India's new government has introduced a reform-minded budget, vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by promoting manufacturing and infrastructure and overhauling populist subsidies. The budget for the fiscal year ending March 2015 is being closely watched as an indicator of whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will act quickly to will deliver on promises to revive stalled economic growth. By Kay Johnson. SENT: 385 words, photos.
— INDIA-BUDGET-EXPENSIVE STATUE — In a country grappling with poverty, sluggish growth and a daunting deficit, India's new budget has set aside 2 billion rupees ($33 million) for a colossal iron-and-bronze statue almost twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. SENT: 122 words.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
JERUSALEM — Israel dramatically escalates its aerial assault in Gaza hitting hundreds of Hamas targets, and the Palestinians say a family of eight was killed in a strike that destroyed their home. Israel's missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's heartland. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said Israel struck more than 320 Hamas targets overnight, focusing on underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites. That brought the total number of targets hit to 750 in three days of the massive offensive. At least 75 Palestinians have been killed. By Aron Heller. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.
APNEWSBREAK: BENGHAZI-TWO ATTACKS
WASHINGTON — Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night, according to newly revealed testimony from top military commanders. By Donna Cassata and Bradley Klapper. SENT: 1,820 words, photos. A 990-word abridged version is also available.
— AP VIDEO LIBYA_BENGHAZI — The perpetrators of an attack on a CIA complex in Libya were probably different from those who penetrated the US diplomatic mission the evening before.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A chemical engineer is facing more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced for a rare economic-espionage conviction, charges related to the sale of stolen technology to China. By Paul Elias. SENT: 660 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words after 1800 GMT hearing.
CAIRO — Squeezed in between auto parts shops and cafes off the crowded avenues of downtown Cairo, no blaring marquee announces this cinema. Instead look for a small blue doorway, marked by a discrete neon calligraphy sign and sometimes an old Peugeot parked across the street playing films projected onto its windshield. The cinema is a project to bring alternative art cinema to an audience that rarely sees it in Egypt where one of the world's oldest movie industries has fallen into decline. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.
ARMY INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM
WASHINGTON — When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system. This week, after an inquiry by The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged that Campbell misspoke about his son's unit, omitting some key facts as he sought to defend a $4 billion system that critics say has not worked as promised. By Intelligence Writer Ken Dilanian. SENT: 1,110 words, photo. UPCOMING: Updates from hearing starting at 1430 GMT.
PHILADELPHIA — When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years. "It's hard to predict what will happen in 2050, but we are on the right path," says a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who's co-founder of the RoboCup tournament, happening a week after the world cup title game, involving teams from 45 countries and about 1,200 miles away in the Brazilian town of Joao Pessoa. By Kathy Matheson. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.
NEW YORK — Jazz is drawing a crowd at, of all places, a cemetery in the Bronx, where people buy burial plots to be near the graves of famous jazz musicians including Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. The cemetery is developing land near its Jazz Corner so that more people can be buried close to music legends. When the expansion is finished, there will be 2,275 more plots available. By Rachelle Blidner. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.
THE WORLD CUP
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Renata de Mouro Moitinho sambas so fast her feet blur, but her partner moves with the bumbling tentativeness of a toddler. The strapping man, an Italian visiting Brazil for the World Cup, is taking his first samba steps. The two met at the Fan Fest in Rio, where 22-year-old Moitinho and friends have been going throughout the month-long tournament to, as she puts it, "hunt foreigners." By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 800 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — When Lionel Messi's Argentina takes on Germany in Sunday's World Cup final, it looks at first glance like a meeting between brilliant individual scoring talent and the tight discipline of a collective unit. But this game will be about much more than that. Argentina has shown that it can play eke out narrow victories, while Germany has put on two of the most explosive displays of the tournament — beating Portugal 4-0 in its opening game and then demolishing host Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— WCUP-TWO POPES — The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final. SENT: 140 words.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION
— BRITAIN-SURVEILLANCE — Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron pledges to rush through fresh measures to give police and spy agencies the power to scoop up mobile phone and internet data. SENT: 310 words, photo.
— IRAQ — Iraq's Kurdish political bloc says it is suspending its participation in the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. SENT: 140 words, photo.
— NEW ORLEANS CORRUPTION-NAGIN — A 10-year sentence closes the Ray Nagin chapter of New Orleans corruption. SENT: 960 words, photos, video.
— WORLD'S TALLEST WATERSLIDE — Heart pounds, eyes close as a 50-year-old ex-smoker tests the tallest waterslide at up to 70 mph. SENT: 610 words, photos, video.
— EUROPE-APPLE — The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark. SENT: 140 words.
— YACHT OVERDOSE KILLING — Police arrest an upscale prostitute who allegedly left a Google executive dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.
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