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MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE-RUSH JOBS -- Malaysia was intensely criticized early in the Flight 370 mystery for failing to quickly disclose that its military radar had picked up an unidentified aircraft the night the Boeing 777 disappeared. Now its reticence has given way to what looks like haste -- compared to other countries involved, at least -- and that has left relatives of the missing as exasperated as ever. By Eileen Ng and Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 1,600 words, photos.

MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE -- A French search plane lifts off for a birds-eye view of Reunion Island, seeking any more potential debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. France announces it would bolster efforts to search for more debris from the plane missing for 16 months, after the discovery of a wing fragment that officials are all but certain broke off the Boeing 777. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 460 words, photos.

ASIA-KERRY-VIETNAM -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrates the 20th anniversary of normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam but says ties would not reach their full potential without improvements in the communist nation's human rights record. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 930 words, photos.

JAPAN-A-BOMB-SURVIVORS' HOME -- Ayako Ishii was 19 and in love for the first time: She was studying the art of flower arranging in Kyoto and fell for her teacher. It was not to be, for the same reason her many subsequent attempts to find love were not to be. When the man's family found out that Ishii was from Hiroshima, they banned their relationship from developing further. By Kaori Hitomi. SENT: 950 words, photos.

JAPAN-US-HIROSHIMA -- A U.S. diplomat who attended the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima says nuclear weapons should never be used again. SENT: 120 words.

NKOREA-NEW TIME ZONE -- North Korea has no time for Japan. Not anymore, at least. The country will establish its own time zone next week by pulling back by 30 minutes its current standard time, a legacy of the Japanese colonial rule. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 510 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-BLOGGER KILLED -- Assailants believed to be Islamist militants enter an apartment building posing as potential tenants and kill a secular blogger in Bangladesh's capital, in the fourth such deadly attack this year. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 180 words.

CHINA-RIGHTS LAWYERS -- A Chinese lawyer who spoke up on behalf of rights lawyers persecuted by authorities was himself taken away by police in handcuffs, his wife says. SENT: 330 words, photos.

THAILAND-MONARCHY -- Thailand's military courts issue the harshest sentences in recent decades for two people convicted of insulting the monarchy on Facebook. SENT: 130 words.

THAILAND-SURROGACY -- Thailand, once a top choice for would-be parents around the world who were seeking a surrogate, narrows the choices for people looking to hire a woman to carry a fetus in her womb. By Penny Yi Wang. SENT: 520 words.

UNITED STATES-MALAYSIA-TRAFFICKING -- Senators angered by the decision to upgrade Malaysia in the State Department's human trafficking report threaten a subpoena unless they receive all communications related to the annual U.S. ranking of countries' efforts to combat modern-day slavery. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 700 words.

PAKISTAN-DRONE STRIKE -- Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed four militants in a troubled tribal region near the Afghan border. By Munir Ahmed. SENT: 130 words.

KASHMIR-VIOLENCE -- Government forces fire tear gas and bullets at anti-India protesters who broke from a funeral procession of a suspected insurgent killed in the Indian portion of Kashmir. By Aijaz Hussain. SENTL: 350 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemns a suicide truck bombing in a residential area of the capital. By Amir Shah. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PAKISTAN -- Police say the death toll from an army helicopter crash has risen to 12 and that rescuers have transported the bodies of all the victims to hospitals. SENT: 130 words.

INDIA-WALL COLLAPSE -- Police say 10 people were killed when a building wall collapsed while under construction in northern India. SENT: 80 words.

PHILIPPINES-BLAST -- A homemade bomb believed to have been set off by Abu Sayyaf militants kills two soldiers in a restive southern province. SENT: 170 words.

NEPAL-EARTHQUAKE -- Four sections of the trekking route to Mount Everest were damaged by the devastating earthquake in April, an assessment commissioned by Nepal's government has found. SENT: 240 words.

SWITZERLAND-JAPAN-MISSING CLIMBERS -- Swiss police say they have identified the remains of two Japanese climbers who went missing 45 years ago, months after their bones were found on a glacier under the Matterhorn mountain. SENT: 210 words.

TSUNAMI DEBRIS -- A barge carrying hundreds of tons of marine debris collected on shorelines in Alaska and British Columbia, possibly from Japan's tsunami, has arrived in Seattle for sorting and recycling. By Becky Bohrer. SENT: 120 words.


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Updated : 2021-09-29 10:58 GMT+08:00