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NEPAL-EARTHQUAKE -- Nepal's government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction in the coming weeks, in the wake of the devastating April earthquake, a top official says. Nepal is one of the world's poorest nations, and its economy, largely based on tourism, has been crippled by the earthquake. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 560 words, photos.

NEPAL-EARTHQUAKE-EVEREST -- Sherpas in Nepal refuse to rebuild a climbing route on Mount Everest that was destroyed by an earthquake-triggered avalanche more than one week ago, a decision which will likely end this year's climbing season. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 330 words, photos.


AFGHANISTAN -- Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade express a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues, an apparent shift that could eventually lead to peace talks. By Lynne O'Donnell and Rahim Faiez. SENT: 320 words, photos.

NKOREA-RUSSIA -- North Korea announces that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader Kim Jong Un would use the event to make his international debut. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 350 words, photos.

THAILAND-BODIES DISCOVERED -- Thai police arrest three local officials and a Myanmar national they allege were involved in trafficking and holding Rohingya Muslims for ransom at a jungle camp where 26 bodies were dug up from shallow graves. By Thanyarat Doksone. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-TAIWAN -- The head of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party calls for more chances for the island to participate in international organizations following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose government views the territory as a renegade province. Eric Chu also affirmed his party's support for eventual unification with the Chinese mainland, a stance China holds sacred but which is increasingly unpopular among young Taiwanese. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 470 words, photos.

HONG KONG-POLICE CHIEF -- Hong Kong's outgoing police chief takes a parting shot at pro-democracy protesters who occupied busy streets in parts of the southern Chinese financial center for nearly three months last year. SENT: 350 words.

PHILIPPINES-KILLED MILITANT -- The Philippine military chief confirms the death of wanted Filipino bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman, who has links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and is a suspect in deadly bomb attacks in the south. SENT: 220 words.

PHILIPPINES-ABDUCTIONS -- Gunmen clad in military uniform abduct two Philippine coast guard personnel and a village chief on a southern island and then sped away in two motorboats, police say. SENT: 150 words.

PAKISTAN -- Police say the death toll from an accident in which a minibus struck a power line and burst into flames has climbed to 13 after five people died at hospitals overnight. SENT: 120 words.

AUSTRALIA-MIGRANTS -- Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya are seeking information about Australia's controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the prime minister says. SENT: 460 words.

NEW ZEALAND-EARTHQUAKE -- A magnitude-5.6 earthquake jolts the South Island of New Zealand, but there are no initial reports of major damage or injuries. SENT: 180 words.



CHINA-MANUFACTURING -- Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April, raising pressure on Beijing to roll out new stimulus to keep growth in the world's No. 2 economy from slipping below the official target. SENT: 300 words.


PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST-SHOOTING -- Two gunmen are killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad in Texas and a bomb squad is called in to search their vehicle as a precaution. By Nomaan Merchant and Jamie Stengle. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IRAQ-FEAR OF RETURN -- Iraqi forces drive the Islamic State group out of Abu Mustafa's hometown of Tikrit, but he has yet to return, fearing the Shiite militias that now patrol its bombed and battered streets. By Sameer N. Yacoub and Paul Schemm. SENT: 800 words, photos.

KENTUCKY DERBY -- After Kentucky Derby victory, Triple Crown talk begins for American Pharoah. SENT: 670 words, photos.

OBIT-GRACE LEE WHITNEY -- Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, dies aged 85. SENT: 190 words, photo.

ISRAEL-ETHIOPIAN PROTEST -- Israel's ceremonial president says that an outbreak of violent protests by Ethiopian Jews has "exposed an open, bleeding wound in the heart of Israeli society" and that the country must respond to their grievances. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

EGYPT DOORMAN'S HOLIDAY PHOTO ESSAY -- Cairo doorman Salama Osman returns to his village to relax with his family during a rare week off. By Hiro Komae. SENT: 480 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-09-22 02:03 GMT+08:00