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CHINA-RIGHTS LAWYERS -- China's state media is slamming a group of detained lawyers as rabble-rousers while the authoritarian government wages an unprecedented crackdown on human rights attorneys by detaining dozens of them and accusing them of illegal activism. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 340 words.

CHINA-UIGHURS KILLED -- Police in northeastern China say they fatally shot three minority Muslim Uighurs, calling them terrorists who were using knives to resist arrest. By Louise Watt. SENT: 350 words.

SKOREA-PROFESSOR-HUMAN FECES -- South Korean police detain a university design professor for allegedly forcing a former student to eat human feces and subjecting him to other cruel acts. SENT: 240 words.

INDIA-FESTIVAL STAMPEDE -- A government official says at least four people have been killed and 10 others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

NKOREA-DETAINED STUDENT -- A South Korean student from New York University who is being detained in North Korea says he hopes to be released soon and has told his family not to worry too much about him. SENT: 300 words, photo.

KOREAS-TENSION -- South Korea says it has sent back two North Korean fishermen who were rescued earlier this month from South Korean waters. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 200 words.

THAILAND-NAVY VS PRESS -- Testimony starts in a criminal defamation lawsuit the Thai navy has filed against a small news website over a report it posted alleging naval forces accepted money to abet or turn a blind eye to the seaborne trafficking of refugees from Myanmar. By Thanyarat Doksone. SENT: 760 words, photos.


JAPAN-NINTENDO-TRIBUTES -- Nintendo Co. President Satoru Iwata's death from an illness at 55 is being mourned by game fans around the world. They're sharing Iwata Mii avatars, creating pictures with farewell messages on the Nintendo drawing game Splatoon and sending Tweets with "ThankYouIwata" hashtags. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 330 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS -- Asian stock markets are mostly higher after Greece and its European creditors agree on a bailout and Chinese shares rise for a fourth day following a massive government intervention. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 570 words, photos.


IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS -- A landmark Iran nuclear agreement is taking shape after clearing final obstacles, and a senior diplomat says it included a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties. By George Jahn and Matthew Lee. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GREECE-BAILOUT -- With members of his own party openly denouncing a preliminary rescue deal struck with Greece's European creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras must fight to cling to his government's majority after he was forced to shred election promises and introduce punishing austerity measures in exchange for the bailout. By John-Thor Dahlburg and Pan Pylas. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

MEXICO DRUG LORD ESCAPES -- Mexico's most notorious drug trafficker began plotting to break out of prison almost immediately after his recapture at a seaside resort in February 2014. Internal Drug Enforcement Administration documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal that drug agents first got information in March 2014 that various family members and drug-world associates of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were considering "potential operations to free Guzman." By Alicia A. Caldwell and Katherine Corcoran. SENT: 800 words, photos, video, audio. With MEXICO-DRUG LORD ESCAPES-TUNNEL -- Experts marvel at the level of sophistication displayed in the escape tunnel. SENT: 900 words, photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-WALKER -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vows to fight for America's interests abroad and for his conservative policies in Washington, launching a 2016 presidential bid by highlighting his clashes with labor unions as he enters the already crowded Republican field. By Todd Richmond and Steve Peoples. SENT: 630 words, photos, video, audio.

PLUTO -- On the eve of NASA's historic flyby of Pluto, scientists announce that the New Horizons spacecraft has nailed the size of the faraway icy world. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 730 words, photo, graphic.


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Updated : 2021-09-21 03:31 GMT+08:00