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Asian News Digest, AS

ASIA:

THAILAND-EXPLOSION -- Thai authorities arrest a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announces. He says the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb. By Grant Peck and Nattasuda Anusonadisai. SENT: 880 words, photos.

THAILAND-NAVY VS PRESS -- An Australian journalist and his Thai colleague are acquitted in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand's navy over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar. Human Rights Groups welcome the acquittal but say the case should never have been brought in the first place. By Papitchaya Boonngok. SENT: 460 words, photos.

CHINA-CHEMICAL FACTORY BLAST -- A chemical factory explodes in eastern China, killing one person, about three weeks after massive chemical warehouse explosions in the country exposed lax enforcement of safety regulations. SENT: 250 words.

CHINA PARADE-GUEST LIST -- Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

SINGAPORE-ELECTIONS -- Singapore's political parties officially start campaigning for general elections in which, for the first time in the island-nation's history, the ruling People's Action Party faces contests in all available seats. By Annabelle Liang. SENT: 640 words, photos.

INDIA-NORTHEAST VIOLENCE -- Rioters rampage in the northeast Indian state of Manipur, setting fire to the homes of seven lawmakers to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the state. One person died while trapped in a burning house and two died when police fired to disperse the arsonists. By Wasbir Hussain. SENT: 240 words.

INDIA-FLOODS -- Monsoon floods inundate hundreds of villages across the northeast Indian state of Assam, killing at least 21 people in the last four days and forcing some 800,000 people to leave their homes. SENT: 310 words.

INDIA-TIBET -- The exiled Tibetan government says there is no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and insists instead it marks a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan nation. SENT: 330 words.

PAKISTAN -- A Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber blows himself up near a vehicle carrying an area commander of the tribal police in northwest Pakistan, killing four people and wounding at least 52. SENT: 170 words.

AFGHANISTAN -- Afghanistan's president calls for a "holy war" against corruption, one of the major problems facing his war-torn country as he tries to improve its economy and create jobs. SENT: 210 words.

NEPAL-PROTEST -- Officials say police in southern Nepal opened fire on members of an ethnic group demanding a new state in a draft constitution, killing five people in two separate towns. SENT: 120 words.

SRI LANKA-POLITICS -- Sri Lanka's president asks the country's newly elected lawmakers to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation and economic development in the post-war era. SENT: 130 words.

PHILIPPINES-SLAIN JOURNALISTS -- The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to act to stop attacks against the press in the country after three journalists were killed recently. By Oliver Teves. SENT: 430 words.

JAPAN-DOLPHIN ACTIVIST ARREST -- Former "Flipper" trainer Ric O'Barry is arrested for not carrying his passport while in Japan to protest a dolphin hunt due to begin this week. SENT: 270 words, photos.

TAIWAN-PORN STAR -- A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sells out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition. By Ralph Jennings. SENT: 400 words, photos.

TOKYO 2020-LOGO -- Tokyo Olympic organizers decide to scrap the logo for the 2020 Games following another allegation its Japanese designer might have used copied materials. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 510 words, photos. With TOKYO 2020-LOGO-ALLEGATION LIST.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

NKOREA-KIOSK ECONOMY -- Street stalls that offer North Koreans a place to spend -- or make -- money on everything from snow cones to DVDs are flourishing in Pyongyang and other North Korean cities, modest but growing forms of private commerce in a country where capitalism is officially anathema. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING -- Chinese manufacturing showed further signs of weakness in August, adding to evidence of an inexorable slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy despite recent government efforts to support growth. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 490 words, photos.

CHINA-MARKETS-JOURNALIST BLAMED -- The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Chinese authorities to release a reporter accused of spreading false information on the country's stock market meltdown, calling it the latest act of media intimidation by President Xi Jinping's administration. SENT: 300 words, photos.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

EUROPE-MIGRANTS -- Hungary suspends all rail traffic from its main terminal in Budapest and clears the train station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany -- the hoped-for end destinations in their flight from turmoil in the Mideast and Asia. By Pablo Gorondi. SENT: 500 words, photos. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE LATEST.

OBAMA -- President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic if climate change isn't dealt with fast, and he'll hike a melting Alaska glacier to drive the point home. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 830 words, photos, video.

ISLAMIC STATE -- A satellite image shows that the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been destroyed, a United Nations agency says. By Albert Aji and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 680 words, photos.

CLINTON EMAILS -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and her aides at the State Department were aware of the need to protect sensitive information when discussing international affairs over email and other forms of unsecure electronic communication, according to the latest batch of messages released by the agency from Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. SENT: 970 words, photos.

2024 OLYMPICS-LOS ANGELES -- With Boston out, Los Angeles poised to vote on 2024 Olympic Games bid. SENT: 400 words, photo.

UKRAINE-PROTEST -- The Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebels say a much-anticipated cease-fire is holding. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-09-17 21:12 GMT+08:00