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UKRAINE-MH17 ANNIVERSARY -- In a solemn procession, residents of the Ukrainian village where a Malaysian airliner was shot down with 298 people aboard a year ago march to the crash site. Half a world away, Australia's prime minister remembered the "savagery" of the attack as he unveiled a plaque in Canberra set in soil from the field where the wreckage fell. The two ceremonies come amid a sharp dispute over who was responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine. By Mstyslav Chernov. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

TOKYO2020-STADIUM -- Plans for the stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be redone from scratch because of spiraling costs, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in a major reversal. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 620 words, photos.

SOUTH CHINA SEA -- The new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet assures allies that American forces are well equipped and ready to respond to any contingency in the South China Sea, where long-seething territorial disputes have set off widespread uncertainties. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 640 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN -- In a message to the nation on a major Muslim holiday, the Afghan president says negotiations with the Taliban are the only way to "end the bloodshed" and bring peace to the country. But even as Ashraf Ghani spoke, a bomb ripped through a mosque compound in northern Balkh province after prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. By Amir Shah. SENT: 300 words, photos.

ASIA-STORM -- Two people are killed preparing for a strong tropical storm that sweeps across western Japan, leaving more than 30 injured. SENT: 220 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-COAL MINE DEATHS -- A wall in a vast coal pit collapses in the central Philippines, killing five workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago. SENT: 300 words.

AUSTRALIA-KANGAROO IN SNOW -- Just a kangaroo feeding in the snow as southeast Australia gets hit by winter storm. SENTL: 200 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-RAMADAN-PHOTO GALLERY -- Minhaj Uddin Syed washes his feet in a restroom sink as he performs "wudu," the Islamic ritual cleansing of the body before prayer. By Rob Griffith. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-SUCCESSION -- Shareholders approve a highly contested deal that strengthens the Samsung family's grip on the world's largest smartphone maker, sparking criticism that South Korea lacks sufficient protections for foreign investors and small shareholders. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CHINA-HANERGY -- Troubled Chinese solar panel maker Hanergy says Hong Kong's securities watchdog is demanding documents it's unable to hand over and vows to challenge a suspension order that prevents its shares from trading. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 290 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

CHATTANOOGA SHOOTING - The man who killed four Marines in an attack on a military recruiting center and another U.S. military site was a 24-year-old, Kuwaiti-born engineer who an official said had not been on the radar of federal authorities until the bloodshed. Beyond that, little is known about as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tennessee, or what motivated his rampage. By Lucas L. Johnson and Kathleen Foody. SENT: 610 words, photos, video, audio.

COLORADO SHOOTING -- It took jurors less than 13 hours to reject the idea that James Holmes was legally insane when he opened fire in a packed Colorado theater nearly three years ago -- providing a measure of relief, if not closure, to survivors. Now, that same jury begins deciding next week whether Holmes should spend the rest of his life in prison or be put on Colorado's death row, a place where few prisoners are actually executed. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON -- As she ramps up her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning this weekend to a state that's part of her home territory -- a place she's so well known her name adorns landmarks including the national airport and a children's library. By Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 540 words, photos.

BRAZIL-RACIAL AWAKENING -- Brazil had more slaves than any other nation in the Americas, yet many experts say the nation has never truly acknowledged what 4 million Africans suffered. Now there is an effort to force a look at an often ignored chapter of history. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

HITCHHIKING ROBOT - A hitchhiking humanoid robot that can't move on its own embarks on coast-to-coast tour of US to study how humans, machines interact. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 590 words, photos.

GOOGLE-SELF-DRIVING CARS - Google self-driving car involved in 1st injury accident; minor whiplash for 3 people on board. SENT: 510 words, photo.

GREECE-BAILOUT - Chancellor Angela Merkel urges German lawmakers to vote in favor of a third bailout package for Greece, arguing that the cash-strapped country faces chaos without a deal. By Geir Moulson and Elena Becatoros. SENT: 840 words, photos.

EGYPT - Five people die as police clash with Islamist protesters in Cairo. By Brian Rohan. SENT: 310 words, photo.

EUROPE'S NUCLEAR DIVIDE -- A quarter-century after the collapse of communism, Central Europe faces a new divide: irreconcilable visions of nuclear power that pit nations once on the opposite sides of the Iron Curtain against one another. Germany and Austria, stalwarts of the rich West, have long decided to go strictly nuclear free, while new EU members of the East -- hungry for energy to fuel economic growth -- are avidly increasingly reliance on nuclear power. By Karel Janicek. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-09-18 14:17 GMT+08:00