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Asian News Digest, AS


TOKYO -- The tranquil, cherry-tree shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation. But visits by senior Japanese government officials to the shrine, which also houses a museum glorifying Japan's wartime past, routinely anger China and South Korea, highlighting the lingering resentment 68 years after World War II ended. By Elaine Kurtenbach. AP Photos.


KATMANDU, Nepal -- When Nepal's chief justice was named head of an interim government in March, he promised he would only be a caretaker until elections in June that were supposed to usher in political stability. Those elections never happened, and November polls are in doubt as well. Meanwhile, the country remains mired in political deadlock, still looking for a transition from a bloody civil war and repressive monarchy to peace and democracy. By Binaj Gurubacharya. AP Photos.


NEW DELHI -- Indian navy divers have entered a crippled submarine hit by twin explosions but have yet to reach any of the 18 sailors who are feared dead inside the vessel, a naval official said. By Ashok Sharma. AP Photos. AP Video.


BEIJING -- A typhoon that had shut down business in the financial center of Hong Kong and sunk a cargo ship weakened into a tropical storm as it dumped rain in southern China. AP Photos.


SEOUL, South Korea -- The South Korean president proposed that the two Koreas hold a reunion next month for families still separated 60 years after the Korean War. The proposal came a day after the rivals moved toward reopening a jointly run factory park closed since April. By Youkyung Lee. AP Photos.


HANOI, Vietnam -- Market forces are working against college courses on Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, where the Communist government has resorted to offering the classes for free to attract students.



BEIJING -- Lenovo Group says it is evolving quickly into a supplier of wireless computing, driven by booming sales of smartphones and tablets as consumers shift away from desktop computers. By Joe McDonald.


WASHINGTON -- The decades-long era of "cheap rice" when technological advances drove down prices of Asia's staple food may be over, but that could be good news for farm laborers, a British development think tank says. By Matthew Pennington.


BANGKOK -- Asian stock markets stalled, following evidence of an uneven recovery in Europe and lackluster U.S. consumer spending. By Pamela Sampson.


BANGKOK -- The price of oil rose above $107 per barrel after U.S. crude supplies fell in a possible sign of stronger demand. By Pamela Sampson.



NEW YORK -- A little girl growing up today has no shortage of strong female role models -- senators and presidential candidates, CEOs and astronauts, governors and secretaries of state. And now, a female Wiggle. The first woman to join the Australian group starts a U.S. tour on Saturday. By Lisa Tolin. AP Photos.


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Updated : 2021-05-11 16:42 GMT+08:00