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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

November 16, 2014

ASIA:

OBAMA-ASIA PACIFIC

BRISBANE, Australia — Eyeing Chinese assertiveness, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific. By Julie Pace. SENT: 710 words, photos, video.

G-20

BRISBANE, Australia — World leaders prepare to release details of a plan aimed at injecting life into the listless global economy, with infrastructure investment and the lowering of trade barriers flagged as key components of the initiative. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 755 words, photos.

— G-20 BRIEFING-INEQUALITY — A coalition of rights groups wants G-20 leaders to take action to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society, reduce inequality and address climate change. By Rod Mcguirk. SENT: 290 words.

NEW ZEALAND-AC/DC PHIL RUDD

TAURANGA, New Zealand — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil’s Place. Even the mayor was there. Less than three months later, posters promoting the album plaster the windows of his waterfront home, protecting his privacy, after police raided it earlier this month and filed serious charges against him. The fans who came to support him after the raid, singing AC/DC songs into the night, have left now, and the 60-year-old has become a virtual prisoner in a town that for years had seemed to accept him and his excesses with a knowing wink. By Nick Perry. UPCOMING: 1,265 words by 0700 GMT, photos.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

EBOLA-MALI-SPARED NO MORE

BAMAKO, Mali — It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test results for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Bamako’s elite as well as also wounded U.N. peacekeepers, hospital managers needed to find out which patient had transmitted the virus. Soon they were taking another look at the case of a 70-year-old man brought in at night from Guinea. For many months, Mali had been spared the outbreak despite the fact the country shared a porous border with Guinea. Now there are least three deaths in Mali believed linked to one cluster, and a fourth victim may stem from another chain of infection. By Baba Ahmed. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1700 GMT, photos.

— EBOLA-OMAHA PATIENT — Surgeon sick with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone arrives in US for treatment in Nebraska. SENT: 470 words, photos, video.

— BRITAIN-EBOLA SONG — One Direction, Bono join stars recording new Band Aid single to raise funds against Ebola. SENT: 130 words, photos.

TUNISIA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

TUNIS, Tunisia — Campaign posters and banners for upcoming presidential elections are sprouting on the walls of Tunisia’s cities and towns, covering over the flaking posters from the parliamentary elections two weeks ago. The presidential campaign, featuring 27 competitors, kicked off last weekend. It’s the first time since Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 that they will choose their head of state through universal suffrage. By Bouazza Ben Bouazza. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1200 GMT, photos.

HAGEL-MILITARY INNOVATION

SIMI VALLEY, California — Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking and creative ideas about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and 13 years of war. By Robert Burns. SENT: 425 words, photo.

HILLARY CLINTON

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Bill Clinton always said presidential campaigns must be about the future, but Hillary Rodham Clinton’s potential White House bid is bound to bring up the past. How the former secretary of state navigates her husband’s triumphs and travails during the 1990s could figure prominently in a possible 2016 race for the presidency. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 490 words, photos.

RHINO HUNT-AUCTION

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Africa said it will cancel the hunt if a the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies the winning bidder’s request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. as a trophy. Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 at a January auction that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the endangered species. He applied for the permit to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. last spring, but he’s still waiting to hear back. The agency is applying extra scrutiny to Knowlton’s request because of the black rhino population’s continuing decline. By Emily Schmall. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

CHILE-UNSTEALABLE BIKE

SANTIAGO, Chile — It’s a bicyclist’s dream: a bike that can’t be stolen. The “Yerka,” a prototype designed by three young Chilean engineering students, is the latest entry in a recent trend of bikes that can be locked using some of their own parts. They include Brooklyn-based “Seatylock,” which uses its saddle seat as a lock, and Seattle-based “Denny,” which is locked with its detachable handlebars. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 515 words, photos.

OBIT-GLEN LARSON

LOS ANGELES — Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original “Battlestar Galactica,” ″Knight Rider,” ″Magnum, P.I.” and “Quincy, M.E.,” has died. He was 77. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 360 words.

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