BEIJING -- China's former security chief is sentenced to life in prison on corruption charges, in a victory for President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign seen as further cementing his authority by removing a potential challenger. By Didi Tang. SENT: 560 words, photos.
VIETNAM-WAR PHOTO HOMECOMING
HANOI, Vietnam -- They were the images that communicated the horrors of war in ways words could not. They were so much more than just photographs, Vietnam's president says, recalling black-and-white images he says he will never forget from the war. "Vietnam: The Real War," a collection of 58 photographs taken by the AP, opens to the public Friday, marking a homecoming that officials say is historic and an emblem of changing times. Forty years after the war ended, it is the first time that the images are being exhibited in Vietnam. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 750 words, photos.
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buries at least 21 people and leaves dozens missing as they were sleeping at night in six villages in Nepal's mountainous northeast. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 300 words.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Six police are killed in two separate attacks, including a suicide bombing that wounded a senior police commander, officials say. By Riaz Khan. SENT: 280 words.
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea reports a 10th death from the MERS virus, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked. SENT: 330 words.
BEIJING -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing aimed at building ties with her country's powerful neighbor. SENT: 390 words.
YANGON, Myanmar -- Ethnic Kokang rebels fighting against government troops in northeastern Myanmar declare a unilateral ceasefire. SENT: 250 words.
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's Foreign Ministry says it is "very concerned" by claims that Australian officials paid the crew of a boat carrying 65 migrants, including children and a pregnant woman, to return to Indonesian waters. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 410 words.
BANGKOK -- A royal household official attached to the Thai crown prince's ex-wife turns himself in over multiple charges, including defamation of the country's monarchy. SENT: 160 words, photos.
BEIJING -- Chinese border guards kill a person who was trying to cross from North Korea, authorities say. SENT: 180 words.
BEIJING -- Chinese police investigate the apparent suicides of four young siblings aged five to 13 who had been abandoned by their parents in one of the country's poorest regions. SENT: 270 words.
BEIJING -- Under rotating ceiling fans in hot, crowded bars, an edgier form of entertainment is emerging in China that reflects greater cultural freedom: stand-up comedy. By Louise Watt. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's central bank lowers its key interest rate to a historic low, responding to a slump in exports and the prospect the economy will be hurt by the outbreak of the deadly MERS virus. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 520 words, photos.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
ESCAPED PRISONERS -- Authorities searching for two escaped killers who have been on the loose for the better part of a week acknowledged being in the dark about their whereabouts or doings, even as the hunt for the men expanded past state borders into Vermont. By Michael Hill and Michael Virtanen. SENT: 510 words, photos, interactive.
UNITED STATES-IRAQ -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses President Barack Obama's orders to deploy up to 450 more American troops to Iraq in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 130 words.
VATICAN-POPE-ENVIRONMENT -- Anxiety grips American conservatives over Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment. Environmental issues are particularly vexing for the Catholic Church, especially in the United States, where they carry implications for Big Business, often with ties to wealthy Catholics. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. With VATICAN-ENVIRONMENT-QUOTES.
MICHELLE OBAMA -- Michelle Obama adds a new title to her list: She's the "guest editor" of More magazine's July-August issue. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 420 words, photo.
EINSTEIN'S LETTERS -- The Einstein Letters, musings such as his belief in God, his son's geometry studies, even a toy an uncle gave him when he was a boy, are being auctioned Thursday at Profiles in History. By John Rogers. SENT: 430 words, photos.
IRAN-WOMAN MOTORCYCLIST-PHOTO GALLERY -- For Iranian motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei, she only set out to fly over the dirt hills of race tracks, but instead found herself jumping over the cultural and legal barriers woman face in the Islamic Republic. SENT: 340 words. With 13 photos by Vahid Salemi.
PERU-ANTI-MINE FARMERS-PHOTO GALLERY -- After martial law quashes violent anti-mine protest, farmers return to their fields. By Franklin Briceno. SENT: 380 words. With 21 photos by Rodrigo Abd.
TEXAS OFFICER-POOL INCIDENT -- A white Texas police officer was not targeting minorities when he wrestled a black teenage girl to the ground and brandished his gun outside a pool party, his lawyer says, but rather was fraught with emotion after responding earlier to two suicide calls. By David Warren. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.
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