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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

June 29, 2014

ASIA:

KOREAS-TENSIONS

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired two short-range Scud missiles into its eastern waters, a South Korean official said, in an apparent test just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles. By Jung-Yoon Choi. Sent: 570 words, photos.

INDIA-BUILDING COLLAPSE

NEW DELHI — Police detained two construction company directors as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains in southern India. Police said more than a dozen workers were believed to be trapped in the second two weekend building collapses that killed at least 20 people. By Ashok Sharma. Sent: 400 words, photos.

TAIWAN-GOLDEN MELODY

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin and Malaysia’s Penny Tai have been crowned best Mandarin singers at the Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammys. Sent: 200 words, photos.

U.S. & INTERNATIONAL:

BENGHAZI MILITANT

WASHINGTON — The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks that have become a dramatic issue in U.S. politics appeared briefly for the first time in an American courtroom, pleading not guilty to a terrorism-related charge nearly two weeks after he was captured by special forces. By Pete Yost and Eric Tucker. Sent: 800 words, photos, video.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents, a White House official said. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children, most from Central America, have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October. By Christopher Sherman. Sent: 560 words, photos.

NASA-MARS TEST

LOS ANGELES — A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings made a successful rocket ride over the Pacific, but its massive descent parachute only partially unfurled. By Christopher Weber. Sent: 540 words, photos.

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