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VIETNAM-PHOTOGRAPHER RETURNS -- He stands in the northbound lane of Vietnam's Highway 1, traffic swirling around him, horns honking. He is pointing. Right there, he says -- that's where it happened. That's where the screaming children appeared. That's where I made the picture that the world couldn't forget. Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut was 21 on that day precisely 43 ago when he stood on the same road and captured one of history's most famous images -- a naked Vietnamese girl screaming and fleeing after South Vietnamese planes looking for Viet Cong insurgents attacked with napalm from the air. By Ted Anthony. SENT: 920 words, photos.

SKOREA-MERS -- South Korea reports its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities bolster measures to stem the spread of the virus that has infected dozens of people. By Tong-hyung Kim. SENT: 440 words, photos.

CHINA-BOAT SINKS -- Relatives weep as they arrive at a morgue for a last look at bodies of loved ones among the more than 430 people killed in the Yangtze River capsizing of the Eastern Star cruise boat. By Paul Traynor. SENT: 320 words, photos.

PAKISTAN -- The Pakistani army says an overnight clash near the Afghan border in the restive North Waziristan tribal area killed 19 militants and seven soldiers. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-EXAM DRONE -- The latest weapon in the fight against cheating on China's all-important college entrance exam is a six-propeller drone. SENT: 300 words.

MALAYSIA-EARTHQUAKE -- The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia's highest peak rises to 16 as rescuers search for two Singaporean climbers still missing. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NEPAL-US-HELICOPTER-CRASH -- The families of five Nepalese civilians killed in a U.S. military helicopter crash on an earthquake relief mission last month demand compensation, saying it took weeks to get confirmation of their relatives' deaths. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 410 words.

THAILAND-ROAD ACCIDENT -- Three Hong Kong tourists are killed and three others are injured in a road accident in western Thailand. SENT: 150 words.

CAMBODIA-OBIT-CHEA SIM -- Chea Sim, a key Cambodian political figure after the fall of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and an ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen, dies at age 82. SENT: 560 words, photos.



JAPAN-ECONOMY -- Japan's economy grew at a faster pace than initially estimated in the January-March quarter on stronger consumer and corporate spending, though economists anticipate slower growth in April-June. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 380 words, photos.

CHINA-TRADE -- Chinese imports and exports shrank again in May, the latest sign of sputtering growth in the world's second biggest economy that adds to pressure on Beijing to avoid a sharp slump. SENT: 210 words.


OBAMA -- President Barack Obama huddles with allies on the sidelines of an international summit to address pressing Mideast problems while trying to convince European leaders to maintain sanctions against Russia in the face of fresh violence in Ukraine. By Nedra Pickler. SENT: 560 words, photos, video. With GERMANY-G7-THE LATEST.

TURKEY-ELECTIONS -- Turkey's ruling party is left with few options for a new government after it was stripped of its parliamentary majority and opposition parties ruled out joining it in a coalition pact. By Suzan Fraser. SENT: 390 words, photos.

ESCAPED PRISONERS -- Two murderers who escaped from a prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the "Shawshank Redemption"-style breakout. SENT: 460 words, photos.

GAZA-JIHADI THREAT -- In the midst of still recovering from a devastating war with Israel last year, Gaza's Hamas rulers now find themselves confronting a new internal threat: Jihadi militants who support the Islamic State group and appear intent on renewing the conflict with Israel. By Fares Akram. SENT: 930 words, photos. With ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-COST OF CONFLICT -- Study: Israelis, Palestinians would gain billions from peace.

FUZZY MATH -- Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they're cracked up to be. As the stock market climbs ever higher, professional investors are warning that companies are presenting misleading versions of their results that ignore a wide variety of normal costs of running a business to make it seem like they're doing better than they really are. By Business Writer Bernard Condon. SENT: 1,560 words, photos, graphic.

TEXAS OFFICER-POOL INCIDENT -- A suburban Dallas police officer is placed on administrative leave after a video showed him pushing a 14-year-old girl in a swimsuit to the ground outside a pool and pointing his gun at other teens. SENT: 270 words.

BRITAIN-MOSS -- Supermodel Kate Moss escorted off a plane after reportedly being disruptive while traveling from Turkey to London. SENT: 140 words, photo.

BORDER AGENT-TOURIST LAWSUIT -- The United States is defending itself against a Chinese tourist's $10 million injury claim with the testimony of a surprising witness -- a border officer the government initially fired and charged in the case. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 560 words.

IRAN-REPORTER -- The detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian was back in a Teheran court Monday for the second closed-door hearing in his espionage trial, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported. By Nasser Karimi. SENT: 380 words, photo.

MEXICO-ELECTIONS -- Mexican voters elect their first independent gubernatorial candidate, seen as a protest against party politics, while giving the ruling party an inadvertent boost in congress, sending mixed messages in midterm elections. By E. Eduardo Castillo and Katherine Corcoran. SENT: 740 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-09-23 17:54 GMT+08:00