PHILIPPINES-FERRY CAPSIZES -- Rescue workers end the search for survivors and bodies from a ferry that capsized minutes after departing from a central Philippine port, leaving 45 people dead. SENT: 320 words, photos.
NKOREA-DROUGHT -- North Koreans pump underground water into parched fields as farmers and officials tell AP that almost no rain has fallen in one of the country's main rice-growing regions. An AP Exclusive. SENT: 670 words, photos.
MALAYSIA MISSING PLANE -- Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-NAJIB -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak denies reports that nearly $700 million was funneled from an indebted state investment fund into his personal accounts. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 340 words, photos.
SOLAR PLANE -- An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii on Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan. The flight is the longest and riskiest leg of an around-the-world voyage planned by two Swiss pilots who have been taking turns flying the single-seat airplane. By Audrey McAvoy. SENT: 420 words, photos.
CHINA-XINJIANG QUAKE -- A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shakes China's far western region of Xinjiang, killing six people and damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities say. SENT: 150 words.
THAILAND-MERS VIRUS -- A 75-year-old Omani man who was Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus is declared free of the illness. SENT: 300 words.
INDIA-RURAL POVERTY -- India releases new data showing that more than 70 percent of its people live in villages, with the majority extremely poor and dependent on manual labor. SENT: 330 words.
MYANMAR-HOTEL BLAST -- A court orders a man linked to a 2013 bombing at one of the country's most prestigious hotels to serve life in prison plus five years of hard labor. SENT: 330 words.
CHINA-EMERGENCY LANDING -- A Bangkok-bound flight operated by a Chinese airline makes an emergency landing after an engine fire warning lit up. Crew members found no fire, and no major injuries were reported. SENT: 120 words.
CHINA-AIR POLLUTION -- Beijing's municipal government says air pollution in the capital improved during the first six months of 2015 but remains above limits set by WHO. SENT: 150 words.
CHINA-EU-MILITARY PARADE -- Top officials from the European Union probably won't attend a Chinese military parade marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, an official says, amid uneasiness about such displays of armed might in the tense region. SENT: 360 words.
PAKISTAN -- Pakistan's Foreign Ministry summons the Afghan envoy to Islamabad to convey its concern over the detention of a Pakistani official in the Afghan city of Kandahar. SENT: 110 words.
BRITAIN-HONG KONG -- A former British diplomat says a bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was a joke between government officials. David Snoxell says he's shocked that anyone took his exchange of letters with fellow diplomat George Fergusson seriously. SENT: 130 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
CHINA-STOCK MARKETS-IPO REDUCTION -- China sharply cuts the number of initial stock offerings it will allow this month following a plunge in share prices. SENT: 390 words.
CHINA-LIAR'S POKER -- A complete bootlegged copy of Michael Lewis' bestselling book about Wall Street, "Liar's Poker," was hosted on the official website of the Chinese Commerce Ministry, the agency responsible for intellectual property protection in China, The Associated Press has found. An AP Exclusive. By Erika Kinetz and Raphael Satter. SENT: 670 words, photos.
CHINA-US-IVORY TRADE -- The United States and China want to increase cooperation in fighting wildlife trafficking and are working to end commercial ivory trading, a U.S. Cabinet secretary says. SENT: 270 words, photos.
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