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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

July 21, 2014



HRABOVE, Ukraine — The chaotic Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 recovery effort stumbles again, with more bodies found at the sprawling crash site and a worrisome power outage in the refrigerated train holding over 200 of the dead. The shambolic attempts to investigate by the pro-Russia separatists who control the verdant farmland where pieces of the plane fell have fanned widespread outrage, especially from the nations whose citizens were on the doomed plane. By Dmitry Lovetsky. SENT: 930 words, photos, video, audio.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Relatives of Dutch victims killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are meeting with their king, queen and prime minister amid growing anger at the treatment of their loved ones’ bodies by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine. Before the meeting, Prime Minister Mark Rutte briefed lawmakers about his government’s response to the disaster. By Mike Corder. SENT: 510 words, video.


CANBERRA, Australia — The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it. By Rod McGuirk and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 640 words, photos. DEVELOPING: Vote expected at 1900 GMT.


MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-eight people, including prominent activists and a retired Catholic bishop, file an impeachment complaint against Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for his implementation of a major economic stimulus program that the Supreme Court has declared partly unconstitutional. By Teresa Cerojano. SENT: 680 words, photo.


HANOI, Vietnam — A typhoon that barreled into northern Vietnam killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media say, while in China the death toll from the strongest storm to strike the country’s south in four decades rises to 26. SENT: 200 words, photos.


BEIJING — A man with a kitchen knife killed a 1-year-old boy and injured two other children in the southern Chinese city of Zhongshan near Hong Kong, police say. SENT: 150 words.


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s ruling and opposition parties say their leaders will hold a fresh round of talks this week to end the yearlong political deadlock after last year’s contentious election. SENT: 270 words.


LUCKNOW, India — Armed bandits are threatening villagers with death unless they deliver 35 buckets of water each day in northern India, where water is scarce thanks to an ongoing drought and a poor supply. So far, 28 villages have been obeying the order, taking turns to deliver what the bandits are calling a daily “water tax,” police say. By Biswajeet Banerjee. SENT: 400 words.


KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber targets a police convoy in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, killing a policeman and a civilian. SENT: 200 words.



BEIJING — McDonald’s and KFC in China face a new food safety scare after a Shanghai television station reports a supplier sold the companies expired beef and chicken. The companies say they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier. The Shanghai office of China’s food and drug agency says it’s investigating and has told customers to suspend use of the supplier’s products. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 630 words, photos.



GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reaches at least 510 as the two sides count their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. The U.N. Security Council expresses “serious concern” about Gaza’s rising civilian death toll and demands an immediate end to the fighting as the U.N. chief presses ahead in the Mideast with efforts to broker a truce. By Ibrahim Barzak and Peter Enav. SENT: 730 words, photos. UPCOMING: Video. Will be updated throughout the day.


DUBAI — It is the longest and hottest Ramadan in years. That first sip of water after a grueling fast is by far the most anticipated moment of the day. In some corners of the world, Muslims are fasting for more than 20 hours a day, depending on when the sun rises and sets in their city. After a long day of self-restraint the moment of pay-off finally comes — it’s time for “iftar”, the evening meal that breaks the fast. Here is a collection of photos of iftar from around the world. SENT: 300 words, photos.


JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers. By Christopher Torchia. Sent: 580 words.


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