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ASIA:

ROHINGYA-TOOTHLESS DIPLOMACY -- The Southeast Asian grouping known as ASEAN has made a point of not pressuring member nations over internal issues such as rights abuses, and in the case of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, the policy has come back to haunt it. By Malcolm Foster. SENT: 1,160 words, photos.

WITH: ROHINGYA-BOAT PEOPLE -- Indonesia has "given more than it should" to help hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded on boats by human traffickers, its foreign minister says. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 770 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-MOB KILLING -- An Afghan judge sentences 11 policemen to one year in prison for dereliction of duty during the mob killing of a woman in Kabul who was falsely accused of burning a Quran. SENT: 340 words.

THAILAND-POLITICS -- Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra enters a plea of not guilty at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family. By Thanyarat Doksone. SENT: 510 words, photos.

WITH: THAILAND-CONSTITUTION -- Thailand's military government has approved holding a referendum on the newly drafted constitution, a decision which could delay elections. SENT: 340 words, photos.

NKOREA-DMZ CROSSING -- A group of female peace activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel laureates arrive in North Korea's capital for a march across the Demilitarized Zone that they hope will bring world attention to calls for a resolution to tensions on the Korean Peninsula. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 380 words, photos.

WITH: KOREAS-UN CHIEF -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he will visit a factory park in North Korea that is the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas. SENT: 530 words.

PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN -- The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan agree to share intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations" against militants operating along their porous border, in the latest sign of improved relations following years of mistrust that undermined the fight against the Taliban. SENT: 290 words.

PAKISTAN-DRONE STRIKE -- Pakistani intelligence officials say two missiles fired from a U.S. drone hit a compound in a troubled Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three militants. By Ishtiaq Mahsud. SENT: 180 words.

CHINA-ONE-CHILD POLICY -- A schoolteacher who gained permission to have an additional child in her hometown in one Chinese province has been ordered to have an abortion because the province where she is teaching has different rules. SENT: 360 words.

VIETNAM -SCAFFOLDING COLLAPSE -- Police in central Vietnam detain two South Korean managers for the Samsung Group over a scaffolding collapse in March that killed 13 workers and injured dozens. SENT: 160 words.

MYANMAR-CHINA -- Myanmar's army chief blames ethnic Kokang rebels for shelling attacks in southwestern China that he said aimed to damage relations between China and Myanmar. SENT: 240 words.

CAMBODIA-BUS CRASH -- At least 18 garment workers are killed and nearly two dozen injured when their van is hit by a speeding bus, prompting a plea from Prime Minister Hun Sen for drivers to slow down to make the country's roads safer. By Sopheng Cheang. SENT: 230 words.

NEPAL-DEVASTATED SPORTS -- A revered national sports coach is among the thousands of dead, trapped in his rented house when devastating earthquakes rocked Nepal. The main football stadium was damaged, before becoming a makeshift refuge for displaced survivors of the quakes. The national cricket team's preparations for a major international tournament are in disarray. The Asian weightlifting championships, scheduled for Kathmandu in July, are destined to be held somewhere else. By Prajwal Oli. SENT: 780 words, photos.

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO LAWSUITS -- Boxing fans across the country and their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back, and then some. At least 32 class action lawsuits allege Pacquiao should have disclosed a shoulder injury to boxing fans before the fight, which Mayweather won in a unanimous decision after 12 lackluster rounds that most fans thought didn't live up to the hype. By Kimberly Pierceall. SENT: 760 words.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS -- In the months since the U.S. dollar began rising in value against other currencies, the consequences have reverberated, for better or worse, around the world. Who wins and who loses isn't always obvious. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 910 words, photos.

ALIBABA-COUNTERFEITS -- The founder of Alibaba Group defends its stance against counterfeit goods and expresses regret that the owner of luxury brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent has sued the e-commerce giant. SENT: 370 words, photos.

HONG KONG-CABIN CREW PROTEST -- Several hundred Cathay Pacific flight attendants camp inside Hong Kong's airport after union members voted for industrial action to protest their treatment by the airline. SENT: 170 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

UNITED STATES-ISLAMIC STATE -- The Islamic State group's capture of Ramadi, a key provincial capital in western Iraq, calls into question the Obama administration's strategy in Iraq. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 620 words, photos. With ISLAMIC STATE -- Iraqi troops repel IS attack on Anbar town (sent).

SYRIAN REFUGEES-ELUSIVE SOLUTIONS -- The struggle for survival is getting tougher by the day for millions of Syrian refugees who live in neighboring countries. By Karin Laub. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. With SYRIAN REFUGEES-GLANCE -- A by-the-numbers look at Syrian refugees and the impact of the crisis on neighboring countries (sent).

WACO SHOOTING -- A regional meeting of motorcycle clubs ends in a deadly shootout after two rival gangs faced off at a Waco restaurant, an explosion of what Texas authorities warned earlier in the month was growing animosity between the groups. SENT: 520 words, photos, video.

FRANCE-CHARLIE HEBDO -- Top cartoonist leaving Charlie Hebdo as French weekly suffers divisions after attacks. SENT: 140 words.

IRAN-REPORTER -- Report: Washington Post reporter detained in Iran will stand trial next week. SENT: 580 words.

PALESTINIANS-GAZA PATIENTS -- Israel considers the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip a hostile entity and has fought three wars against the Islamic militant group, but it still allows thousands of Gazans to receive care in Israeli hospitals each year. By Fares Akram. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

RUSSIA-CHECHEN PROBLEM -- A tug-of-war between Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian federal law enforcement is creating a new headache for Vladimir Putin, who has the delicate task of moderating the conflict to avoid destabilizing the region. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 1,330 words, photos.

LITHUANIA-JEWISH TOMBSTONES -- A Lithuanian man makes a chilling discovery: Dozens of blocks in the bunker-like structure in a leafy area outside the center of Vilnius have inscriptions in Hebrew or Yiddish -- they are Jewish gravestones. By Liudas Dapkus. SENT: 630 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-09-29 08:50 GMT+08:00