BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS
Jul. 29, 2013
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia's opposition leader rejects the results of a weekend election showing a win for the long-time ruling party, raising fears of post-poll instability and setting the stage for a new showdown with Prime Minister Hun Sen. The challenge by opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who returned from exile last week to campaign for his Cambodia National Rescue Party, comes despite his party's relative success in Sunday's polling, in which the opposition made its biggest gains in years. Moved By Sopheng Cheang. AP Photos.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand disputes a newspaper report saying its military conspired with U.S. spy agencies to monitor a freelance journalist in Afghanistan, a report that has provoked concerns over how surveillance programs revealed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden might be used to spy on reporters. Moved. By Nick Perry. AP Photos.
MANDALAY, Myanmar — It's been two years since Myanmar's new government promised its people a more open way of life, but still they come, plainclothes state intelligence officers asking where former student activist Mya Aye is and when he'll be back. Politicians, journalists, writers, diplomats, too, find themselves being watched: Men on motorcycles tailing closely. The occasional phone call. The same, familiar faces at crowded street cafes. Moved. By Todd Pitman. AP Photos.
BEIJING — The deputy head of China's industry regulator is the latest high-level official to be publicly accused of wrongdoing by a journalist as more individuals test the new leadership's resolve to fight graft at the highest levels. Since the Communist Party's new leader Xi Jinping took power in November, he's vowed to fight the widespread graft that pervades Chinese officialdom at every level and promised to target both low- and high-level officials. Moved.
HONG KONG-SNOWDEN FILM
HONG KONG — It was shot in single takes with amateur actors, hobbyist directors and about $650 — mainly to pay for a room in the same Hong Kong hotel that briefly housed Edward Snowden. But the short YouTube film some bill as the first movie about the National Security Agency leaker is a source of pride for the friends who made it, even as they acknowledge its limitations. Moved. By Stephanie Ip. AP Photos.
NEW DELHI — A court has awarded the daughters of an Indian maharaja his $4 billion estate after ruling that a will putting the fortune into a trust run by his former servants is a forgery. The ruling is the culmination of a decades-long fight with all the makings of a best-selling thriller. Moved.
KABUL, Afghanistan —Afghan authorities say a late night bombing and an early morning explosion have killed 14 people in the country's south. Moved. AP Photos.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan names a civilian to head a defense ministry that is struggling to attract recruits and facing protests over the heat-stroke death of a soldier while he was confined in a military brig. Moved. AP Photos.
BANGKOK — Black waves of crude oil wash up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. Moved. AP Photos.
NEW ZEALAND-THE HOBBIT
SYDNEY — Peter Jackson has wrapped up filming "The Hobbit" trilogy and shared pictures of his last day on the set with his Facebook fans. The New Zealand filmmaker provided a steady stream of updates and photos from the set of the final film, "The Hobbit: There And Back Again," on Friday. The second film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," will be released in December, and the finale appears in 2014. Moved. AP Photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
BEIJING — China's Cabinet has ordered an urgent nationwide audit of debts owed by local governments, reflecting unease about potential financial threats from unreported multibillion-dollar borrowing. Moved.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A small group of Taiwanese protesters scuffles with police ahead of a legislative debate on Taiwan's latest trade agreement with China. The pact, signed between the sides on June 21, allows each to invest in the other's service sectors, including banking. Its approval by Taiwan's legislature is considered to be a foregone conclusion because it is dominated by President Ma Ying-jeou's ruling Nationalist Party. Moved. AP Photos.
BEIJING — China has switched on a pipeline bringing natural gas from Myanmar, a state company says, in a project that has raised concerns in Myanmar's nascent civil society about whether its giant neighbor's resource grabs will benefit local people. The 793-kilometer (493-mile) pipeline connects the Bay of Bengal with southwest China's Yunnan province and is expected to transfer 12 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China annually. Moved. By Louise Watt.
Boeing Co. has expanded inspections of emergency locator beacons made by Honeywell International to include five more aircraft types after problems were discovered with the transmitters on 787 jets. Moved.
TOKYO — Camera and medical equipment maker Olympus is facing another legal battle over its treatment of a whistleblower employee a year after Japan's Supreme Court ruled it should reinstate the man in his regular job. Masaharu Hamada has been assigned by Olympus to quality training, in which he has no experience. He sees the assignment as harassment. Moved.
BEIJING — A labor rights group accuses a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch says it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company. Moved.
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