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PHILIPPINES-ABU SAYYAF -- Two Philippine soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in bomb attacks by Abu Sayyaf militants in a southern province. The bombings came a week after a pipe bomb killed a soldier and wounded eight others on Basilan, one of the southern island provinces where the militants operate. SENT: 250 words.

AUSTRALIA-IRAQ -- Australia's prime minister says he felt for the five children of an Australian convicted terrorist in the Islamic State movement who became notorious last year for posing for photographs while clutching the severed heads of Syrian victims. SENT: 700 words.

JAPAN-WWII-SECRET NAVY HEADQUARTERS. YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Just 30 meters (100 feet) beneath a Japanese university campus lies a network of underground tunnels that Japan's Imperial Navy once used as secret headquarters, deploying Kamikaze fighters and commanding the famed battleship Yamato to their final and deadly battles in the World War II. By Mari Yamaguchi. UPCOMING by 0900GMT: 700 words, photos.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-GOVERNANCE -- Thousands of South Korean investors are backing an American hedge fund's bid to thwart a business combination between Samsung companies that they argue will only enrich the conglomerate's wealthy founding family. At stake: billions of dollars for the Lee family that founded Samsung and South Korea's image as a fair place for investors, big and small. By Youkyung Lee. UPCOMING: 800 words by 0700 GMT, photos.

UNITED STATES-CHINA - World depends on U.S. and China to work together amid tensions, Vice President Joe Biden tells annual meeting. SENT: 670 words, photos, video.

CHINA-DRUGS -- China says Southeast Asia's lawless 'Golden Triangle' region remains the overwhelming source of the heroin and methamphetamine used in the country. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-ASIAN BANK -- Australia says it will become a founding member of a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and its sixth largest shareholder. SENT: 120 words.

US & INTERNATIONAL

CHARLESTON SHOOTING - South Carolina lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to consider removing the Confederate flag from their Statehouse grounds and other politicians took aim at Civil War-era symbols across the South, saying change is imperative after police said nine black churchgoers were slain in a hate crime. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FRANCE-WIKILEAKS - WikiLeaks releases documents it says shows NSA eavesdropped on the last 3 French presidents. By Angela Charlton and Raphael Satter. SENT: 520 words.

HOSTAGES-RANSOM - Softening longstanding hostage policy, the Obama administration decides that families of Americans held by terror groups can communicate with captors and even pay ransom without fear of prosecution. By Julie Pace and Eric Tucker. SENT: 840 words, photos.

ISLAMIC STATE - Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Syrian Kurdish fighters drive Islamic State militants from a town about 30 miles from their de facto capital. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

WIKILEAKS-SAUDI CABLES-MEDIA - Saudi diplomatic correspondence published by WikiLeaks backs long-held suspicions the kingdom is using its oil wealth to buy influence with media and research centers across the Arab world. By Hamza Hendawi and Bassem Mroue. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

ISRAEL-DRUZE - An unprecedented attack by a mob of Israeli Druze on an Israeli ambulance that was carrying Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights reflects the spiraling anger among the community, which has been pushing for the Israeli government to do more to help the Syrian Druze. By Alon Bernstein. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CONGRESS-TRADE - The Republican-led Senate pushes President Barack Obama's trade package to the brink of becoming law just weeks after it was largely left for dead. By Charles Babington and David Espo. SENT: 900 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA - U.S. will put military equipment in 6 European countries to reassure allies, counter any Russian threat. SENT: 640 words, photo.

TAKATA AIR BAGS-CONGRESS - The Senate takes its turn in questioning U.S. regulators and Takata Corp. executives about the expanding recall of the Japanese company's air bags. SENT: 730 words, photos. With TAKATA AIR BAGS-CONGRESS-THE LATEST.

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Updated : 2021-08-05 18:21 GMT+08:00