AFGHANISTAN -- Gunmen in eastern Afghanistan kill at least 13 people during a midnight assault on a highway as a suspected U.S. drone strike near Pakistan kills at least nine militants, authorities say. By Amir Shah and Ishtiaq Mahsud. SENT: 360 words.
AFGHANISTAN-MOB KILLING -- Thousands march through the Afghan capital demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Quran. SENT: 270 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN -- President Barack Obama welcomes Afghanistan's new president to the White House with a fraught question staring them in the face: Will the U.S. slow its departure from Afghanistan -- and for how long? By Josh Lederman. SENT: 620 words.
INDIA-INTERNET FREE SPEECH -- India's top court affirms people's right to free speech in cyberspace by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send "offensive" messages by computer or cellphone. By Katy Daigle. SENT: 550 words, photos.
CHINA-TRAIN STATION ATTACK -- Authorities in southwestern China execute three men convicted of masterminding a knife attack a year ago that killed 31 people outside a railway station in the city of Kunming. SENT: 290 words.
CHINA-CHRISTIANITY -- A Christian pastor who questioned authorities in eastern China over the forced removal of rooftop crosses goes on trial. SENT: 210 words.
CHINA-MUMMY STATUE -- Chinese authorities gather evidence that a statue that was displayed at a mummy exhibit in Hungary belongs to a village in southeastern China, ahead of possible diplomatic talks to retrieve the treasure. SENT: 240 words, photos.
MYANMAR-MONKS LAWSUIT -- Police reject a lawsuit filed by two Buddhist monks against Myanmar's home minister and police chief, saying they are protected by law. SENT: 270 words, photos.
JAPAN-NUCLEAR-FLAWED CLEANUP -- Japanese government auditors say the operator of the destroyed Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the $1.6 billion in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 410 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN-NULCEAR -- Pakistan needs short-range "tactical" nuclear weapons to deter arch-rival India, a top adviser to its government says, dismissing concerns it could increase the risk of a nuclear war. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 550 words.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL-AWARD -- Amnesty International awards its top honor to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country's restrictive political atmosphere, and to U.S. folk singer Joan Baez for her civil rights activism. By Isolda Morillo and Jack Chang. SENT: 370 words.
BEIJING 2022 -- IOC evaluators begin a five-day inspection tour of Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, in a key test of the city's status as a front-runner in the competition for hosting rights. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 550 words.
INDIA-CINEMA AWARD -- Shashi Kapoor, a scion of a legendary Bollywood family who started acting as a child and became a box-office star and successful film producer, is to receive the highest honor in Indian cinema. SENT: 230 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
JAPAN-PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLE -- Japan's future prosperity will depend on improving its lagging productivity, says a report by McKinsey Global Institute that urges companies to boost their competitiveness by better use of their workers. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 620 words, photos.
CHINA-ADB-ASIAN BANK -- The president of the Asian Development Bank says a proposed Chinese-led regional bank is a potential partner rather than a rival and the ADB is talking with Beijing to share its experience. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 480 words.
CHINA-MANUFACTURING -- China's manufacturing fell to the lowest level in nearly a year as new orders shrank, according to a report that underscored the weakening outlook for the world's second biggest economy. SENT: 310 words.
AUSTRALIA-QANTAS-CHINA EASTERN -- Australia's competition watchdog says it is leaning toward blocking a tie up between Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines because it could increase fares on the popular Sydney-Shanghai route. SENT: 230 words.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
FRANCE-PLANE CRASH --French President Francois Hollande says no survivors are likely in the Alpine crash of a passenger jet carrying 148 people. SENT: 300 words, photos. Developing.
UNITED STATES-YEMEN-- Once hailed by President Barack Obama as a model for fighting extremism, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen all but collapses as the country descends into chaos. By Julie Pace and Ken Dilanian. SENT: 770 words, photos. With YEMEN -- Shiite rebels backed by the ousted leader take over the governor's office in a southern Yemeni city (sent).
SYRIA-NUSRA FRONT -- The Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, is quietly consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria as the Islamic State group gets most of the world's attention. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.
FRATERNITY-ROLLING STONE -- A police investigation that produced no evidence of a horrific gang rape at the University of Virginia is far from the final word on how the school responds to sexual-assault allegations. By Larry O'Dell. SENT: 630 words, photos, video.
UTAH-FIRING SQUAD -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gives his stamp of approval to a law that brings the firing squad back to the only state that has used the execution method in the past 40 years. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 480 words, photos.
PEOPLE-ANGELINA JOLIE -- Angelina Jolie reveals that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer. SENT: 480 words, photo.
VENEZUELA-MASTECTOMIES -- Doctors say that the economic crisis plaguing Venezuela revived a medical practice rarely seen in developed countries since the 1970s: the radical mastectomy. With radiotherapy machines in short supply, doctors are turning to the disfiguring surgery to save breast cancer patients' lives. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 820 words, photo.
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