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MYANMAR-CONSTITUTION -- Myanmar's parliament votes against several constitutional amendments, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. By Aye Aye Win. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CHINA-ANGRY VETERANS -- Disgruntled Chinese military veterans converge on Beijing in a protest over what they say is the government's failure to make good on promised pensions, medical insurance and other benefits. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 540 words.

NORTH KOREA-HATE AMERICA MONTH -- North Koreans swarm to war museums and mobilize for gatherings -- all to denounce the evils of the United States during a monthlong commemoration of the Korean War, which is something like "Hate America Month" in North Korea. The whipping up of anti-U.S. fervor will culminate in a rally Thursday. By Eric Talmadge. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1300 GMT, photos, video.

NKOREA-INSTAGRAM -- Instagram appears to be back to normal in North Korea after a week of warnings on user accounts saying the popular photo-sharing app had been blacklisted for harmful content. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 320 words.

NEPAL-EARTHQUAKE -- Foreign donors and agencies announce billions of dollars in aid for Nepal, but it falls short by half of what the Himalayan nation wants to rebuild from the devastating earthquakes that killed more than 8,800 people and made millions homeless. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 320 words, photos.

CHINA-AFRICAN ELEPHANTS -- Conservationists hail it as a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants: an unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CHINA-DEADLY FIRE -- An early morning fire kills 13 people and injures others in an apartment building in central China. SENT: 140 words, photos.

INDONESIA-FRANCE-EXECUTION -- Indonesia's Foreign Ministry says a French citizen sentenced to death for drug offenses has exhausted all options in his legal fight to avoid execution. SENT: 240 words.

VIETNAM-STORM -- A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province. SENT: 130 words.

THAILAND-MYANMAR-SEA GYPSIES -- The governments of Thailand and Myanmar must end discrimination and other abuses against a nomadic seafaring tribe whose livelihood in their waters has been upended by development, a human rights group says. SENT: 430 words.

NEW ZEALAND-PARLIAMENT PROTEST -- Four environmental protesters breach security at New Zealand's parliamentary complex by scaling the roof and perching themselves on a ledge above the main entrance. SENT: 300 words.

AUSTRALIAN BOY-HOSPITAL REUNION -- James O'Leary weighed barely over a pound when he was born by surprise, a world away from his home in Australia. His mother was nearly six months pregnant when she went into labor on a vacation that became an anxious four-month sojourn, with James in intensive care at Bellevue Hospital, his survival at stake. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 560 words, photos.

TOKYO 2020-MINISTER -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appoints veteran lawmaker Toshiaki Endo as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. SENT: 280 words, photos.


JAPAN-TAKATA -- The CEO of Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker at the center of a defect scandal that has resulted in recalls of more than 33.8 million vehicles, appears at a news conference for the first time since the problems emerged but sheds little light on the underlying cause of the problems. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SKOREA-ECONOMY -- South Korea's finance ministry says economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 260 words, photos.

VIETNAM-AIRPORT -- Vietnam's rubberstamp National Assembly approves the construction of a new international airport by 2025 to accommodate growing tourism. SENT: 260 words.

CHINA-LABOR DISPUTE -- More than 300 Chinese workers at a garment factory that supplies international brands such as Uniqlo have been protesting for about two weeks what they say is a unilateral decision by the management to close down. By Didi Tang. SENT: 420 words.

HONG KONG-JETSTAR -- Hong Kong regulators reject an application for a budget airline joint venture involving Australia's Qantas and China Eastern Airlines after local carriers objected. SENT: 280 words.


CHARLESTON SHOOTING -- Emanuel African Methodist Church, the site of an unspeakable crime a week ago, is being reclaimed by parishioners who are pledging to remember the loved ones they lost in a shooting massacre while carrying on the work of the beloved pastor who was slain beside them. By Jesse Holland. SENT: 590 words, photos, video.

ESCAPED PRISONERS -- A maximum-security prison guard who delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped will be arraigned on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses. By Bonny Ghosh. SENT: 360 words, photos, video. With ESCAPED-PRISONERS-THE-LATEST.

ISLAMIC STATE -- Islamic State militants in Syria storm government-held neighborhoods in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern city of Hassakeh early Thursday, capturing several areas of the city, officials and state media say. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 870 words, photos. With SYRIA -- Syrian rebels launch attack to take southern city of Daraa; IRAN-ISLAMIC STATE -- Iran holds funerals for eight men killed fighting IS in Syria.

GREECE-BAILOUT -- Greece and its creditors launch a new round of talks in Brussels in a fresh bid to unlock billions of euros in loans and save the country from bankruptcy. By Derek Gatopoulos and Lorne Cook. SENT: 520 words, photos. With GREECE-BAILOUT-THE LATEST.

COLORADO SHOOTING -- Attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begin presenting their case by trying to show he was legally insane when he opened fire on a packed movie premiere, killing 12 people and wounding 70. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 280 words, photos; Developing from 10:40 a.m. court session.

CONGRESS-TRADE -- Congress is wrapping up President Barack Obama's trade agenda, one day after handing him the big prize of "fast track" negotiating authority. By Charles Babington. SENT: 340 words.

PALESTINIANS-GAZA RECONSTRUCTION -- A U.N. official tells The Associated Press that rebuilding Gaza could take decades at current "snail's pace" of reconstruction. An AP Interview. By Karin Laub and Fares Akram. SENT: 730 words, photo.

EGYPT-JOURNALISTS -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says journalists face unprecedented threats in President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi's Egypt, with the highest number behind bars since it began keeping records in 1990. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 810 words, photos.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING -- Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev breaks his silence on the death and devastation he caused two years ago with words that were not a political tirade or a justification: he apologized. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 650 words, photos, video, interactive.


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Updated : 2021-05-16 06:52 GMT+08:00