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Asian News Digest, AS

ASIA:

NEPAL-EARTHQUAKE -- Rescuers dig through thousands of tons of earth from a quake-triggered mudslide in Nepal that wiped out an entire village along a popular Himalayan trekking route and killed at least 60 people. Nine of the victims recovered in the Langtang Valley since the April 25 earthquake and mudslide were foreign trekkers. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 400 words, photos.

NEPAL-EARTHQUAKE-EVEREST -- Climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp are packing their gear and leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 300 words, photos.

THAILAND-HUMAN TRAFFICKING -- Police find two more camps believed to have held human trafficking victims in southern Thailand -- one recently abandoned and the other containing a buried skeleton -- days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location exposed a thriving human smuggling network in the country. By Thanyarat Doksone. SENT: 720 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-POPPY HARVEST -- This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds that is said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin, makes the plants grow bigger and faster while using less water and gives up to twice as much opium. By Mirwais Khan and Lynne O'Donnell. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

THAILAND-KING -- Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej makes a rare public appearance to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 310 words, photos.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA-EARTHQUAKE -- A powerful earthquake rattles Papua New Guinea, generating a small tsunami, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 290 words.

CHINA-HOLDING PARASOL FOR TEACHER -- Chinese education officials admonish a grade school teacher for letting a pupil hold a parasol for her. SENT: 210 words.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CHINA-SHANGHAI-BUSINESS BAN -- Shanghai officials implement China's toughest ban on the business activities of government officials by prohibiting their spouses, children or children's spouses from running private businesses in the city. SENT: 200 words.

CHINA-DRUG PRICES -- Chinese regulators will lift price controls on most pharmaceutical drugs starting June 1 in hopes that the market-driven pricing system will keep medical costs in check. SENT: 280 words.

AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY -- Australia's central bank cuts its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 620 words, photos.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST-SHOOTING -- The FBI spends years investigating one of the suspected gunmen in a shooting outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. But that search for terror ties led to just three years of probation for one minor charge, and authorities had no indication Elton Simpson was plotting an attack. By Eileen Sullivan, Eric Tucker and Ryan Van Velzer. SENT: 830 words, photos. With ISLAMIC STATE-TEXAS SHOOTING -- The Islamic State group claims responsibility for the Texas attack (sent).

UNITED STATES-SOMALIA -- Secretary of State John Kerry makes an unannounced trip to Somalia in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia. By Bradley Klapper and Andrew Harnik. SENT: 860 words, photo.

ITALY-MIGRANTS -- The Save the Children aid group reports another migrant tragedy, with survivors saying "dozens" of their fellow passengers fell out of their rubber boat and likely drowned in the Mediterranean as a rescue vessel neared. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 420 words, photos.

BALTIMORE POLICE DEATH-REFORM -- Now that six Baltimore police officers are charged with murder in Freddie Gray's death, critics wonder whether city leaders can implement the change the city needs without the direct, intensive oversight that comes with a full-fledged civil rights investigation. By Ben Nuckols and Michael Biesecker. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-REPUBLICANS-- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's is preparing another bid for the Republican presidential nomination. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 630 words, photo.

OBAMA-LETTERMAN -- Obama jokes about a quieter future playing dominoes with retiring 'Late Show' host Letterman. SENT: 440 words, photo.

PEOPLE-MARIAH CAREY -- For the 1st time since 1998, Mariah Carey to perform on Billboard Music Awards stage. SENT: 120 words.

GOLDBERG-TECH EXECUTIVE DEATH - David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's husband, dies of severe head trauma in an exercise accident. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FASHION-MET GALA-FIVE THINGS -- A look at the highs and lows in fashion from the China-inspired gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. SENT: 510 words, photos.

JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN-DUNFORD -- President Barack Obama chooses a combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 540 words, photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on immigration reform, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 690 words, photo.

IRAQ -- Reinforcements are being rushed to the key Beiji refinery in northern Iraq amid heavy fighting with Islamic State militants who have been trying to capture the facility for months. By Sinan Salaheddin. SENT: 470 words.

SYRIA -- Syrian government forces and insurgents have both committed abuses in the contested northern city of Aleppo, but some of the government's actions amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights group says. SENT: 350 words.

BRITAIN-ELECTION-MILIBAND -- Labour leader Ed Miliband is nerdy, awkward and shy. But those traits may not stop him from becoming Britain's next prime minister. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. With BRITAIN-ELECTION -- Start your engines: UK election hopefuls burn rubber (sent).

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Updated : 2021-09-25 03:34 GMT+08:00