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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

October 15, 2014



HONG KONG — Police battling activists for control of a main road in the dead of night spark public anger after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester in the worst violence since street demonstrations began more than two weeks ago. Officers armed with riot shields and pepper spray dragged away dozens of activists, tore down barricades and removed concrete slabs the protesters used as road blocks around the underpass. Outrage over their aggressive tactics exploded after local TV showed footage of half a dozen officers taking the protester around a dark corner and kicking him on the ground for four minutes. By Kelvin Chan and Sylvia Hui. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: New version by 0730 GMT.


SEOUL, South Korea — Military generals from North and South Korea meet at a border village for talks on how to ease animosities between the rival countries following two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media say. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 350 words.


ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military says Indian forces have fires across the border into the Pakistan-administered portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, wounding four children. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Full story.


BEIJING — Eight people are killed in a clash between construction workers and villagers in China’s southwestern region of Yunnan, as land disputes grow more violent. SENT: 140 words.


BEIJING — Organizers say concern about the spread of the Ebola virus is expected to impact attendance at China’s largest international trade fair, which kicks off Wednesday. SENT: 130 words.


CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister says Australian special forces sent to Iraq haven’t been able to enter the country yet because the Iraqi government has not provided the necessary legal guarantees. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 200 words.


BEIJING — Chinese media say a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in northeastern China, raising concerns that farmers may hunt it down. SENT: 120 words.



FORT WORTH, Texas — The top-disease fighting agency in the U.S. acknowledges that an American nurse might not have been infected with Ebola if a special response team had been sent to Dallas immediately after a Liberian man there was diagnosed with Ebola. The stark admission from the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came as the World Health Organization projected that the pace of infections would accelerate in West Africa — to as many as 10,000 new cases a week within two months. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and military chiefs from more than 20 nations gather in a show of strength against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria. But the alliance faced a fresh test as Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebels inside its borders, defying pleas from the U.S. to instead focus on the IS. By Julie Pace and Suzan Fraser. SENT: 800 words, photos.


SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels who last month overran Yemen’s capital win another stunning victory, capturing a key port city on the Red Sea in a move that underlines their apparent intent to create a “mini-state” in the mostly chaotic and lawless country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Control over the city of Hodeida gives the rebels, known as the Houthis and widely suspected of links to Shiite Iran, a vital sea outlet needed to lend viability to any future entity, but adds considerably to the troubles of Yemen’s U.S.-backed president. By Ahmed al-Haj and Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


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