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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

April 1, 2015

ASIA:

THAILAND-MARTIAL LAW MAKEOVER

BANGKOK — Thailand is about to lift martial law. But make no mistake — 10 months after staging a coup, a military junta is still ruling the country, essentially with absolute power, and has made clear this week it’s not easing up yet. By Jocelyn Gecker. UPCOMING: 860 words by 1300 GMT, photos.

SKOREA-AMBASSADOR HURT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors indict a man who slashed the U.S. ambassador in Seoul last month on charges of attempted murder. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 270 words.

NEPAL-DOCTORS STRIKE

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Thousands of doctors in Nepal stay away from work at clinics and hospitals to support a colleague who has been on a hunger strike for 10 days demanding reforms in medical education and services. SENT: 280 words.

MICRONESIA-TYPHOON

HAGATNA, Guam — A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to weaken before reaching the Philippines this weekend. By Grace Garces Bordallo. SENT: 380 words.

NEPAL-EVEREST

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Climbers are returning to Mount Everest as the mountaineering industry recovers from last year’s deadly disaster on the world’s highest peak, an official says. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 330 words.

JAPAN-WORLD’S OLDEST PERSON

TOKYO — The world’s oldest person, a Japanese woman, dies a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. SENT: 300 words, photos.

ADOPTION CITIZENSHIP-DEPORTATION — A South Korean man who with his sister more than 30 years ago became the adopted children of American citizens now faces deportation. Unlike his sister, his adoptive family never sought a green card or citizenship for him. By Gosia Wozniacka. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

ASIA-ECONOMY

BEIJING — China and Japan report gloomy industrial data, adding to pressure on leaders of the world’s second- and third-largest economies to launch new stimulus. By Joe McDonald and Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING

BEIJING — China’s manufacturing was lackluster in February and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys show, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world’s second-largest economy. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 460 words.

JAPAN-ECONOMY

TOKYO — Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world’s No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 390 words, photos.

VIETNAM-SHOE FACTORY STRIKE

HANOI, Vietnam — Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory strike for a sixth day over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy. By Tran Van Minh. SENT: 380 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS — Extended negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Switzerland but were almost immediately beset by competing claims. And as the latest round hit the week mark, three of the six foreign ministers involved left the talks with prospects for agreement remaining uncertain. By Matthew Lee and George Jahn. SENT: 880 words, photos. With ISRAEL-IRAN — Israeli leader says world needs “better deal” with Iran.

GETTY DEATH — The death of Andrew Getty, one of the heirs to the fortune of one of the wealthiest and best-known American families, was most likely from natural causes or an accident, authorities and family say. SENT: 460 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE — Iraqi security forces battle the last remaining pockets of Islamic State militants in Tikrit on Wednesday and are expected to gain full control of the city “within the coming hours,” the country’s interior minister says. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sameer N. Yacoub. SENT: 620 words, photos.

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH — Lufthansa’s chief executive says it will take “a long, long time” to understand what led to a deadly crash in the Alps last week — but refused to say what the airline knew about the mental health of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately destroying the plane. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PALESTINIANS-CONFRONTING ISRAEL — A look at how formally joining the International Criminal Court is a part of the Palestinians’ broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state. By Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With INTERNATIONAL COURT-PALESTINIANS.

PALESTINIANS-BANKSY — A 33-year-old Gaza man says he has been duped into selling a valuable work by British graffiti artist Banksy for less than $200 to a local artist. By Fares Akram. SENT: 460 words, photos.

YEMEN — Saudi-led warplanes bomb Shiite rebel positions in both north and south Yemen on Wednesday, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in a western port city and 35 workers died there, according to witnesses and officials. By Ahmed Al-Haj. SENT: 400 words, photo.

NIGERIA-ELECTION — Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari says it is time “to heal wounds,” a day after Nigeria’s president conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election. By Michelle Faul. SENT: 560 words, photos, graphic, video. With UNITED-NATIONS-BOKO-HARAM — U.N. rights chief: Extremists murdered captive women.

RUSSIA-YEAR OF SANCTIONS — There have been winners and losers in Russia in the year since the West imposed sanctions over Ukraine. A look at how the punishment has affected Russia’s people, economy and politics. By James Ellingsworth. SENT: 900 words, photos.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-LARIMAR MINING — For years, poor wildcat miners have gone deep into dangerous makeshift tunnels to dig out larimar, a semi-precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic. Now the government is trying to improve safety. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CUBAN ISLE-AMERICAN GHOSTS — On the wind-swept Isla de la Juventud, where an American expatriate community thrived before the Castro revolution, many Cubans live in expropriated U.S.-owned properties. “I don’t feel like an intruder living here, because the state gave it to me, and before I had nothing,” says one resident, while others say they hope Americans will return as visitors. By Milexsy Duran. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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