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CHINESE PRESIDENT-US VISIT -- When Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a meeting of some of the top names in Chinese and American business Wednesday, they may be most interested what he says about progress toward a treaty between the nations that would provide a framework for broader investment in each other's economy. All of the American CEOs participating signed a letter to Xi and U.S. President Barack Obama urging them to support an agreement. By Gene Johnson and Phuong Le. SENT: 810 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS -- The United States has warned that the toughest crackdown in years on Chinese activists threatens to cloud the high-profile state visit by President Xi Jinping. Yet the issue of human rights is unlikely to dominate the agenda when Xi is welcomed at the White House on Friday. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 840 words, photos.

CHINA-US-LEADERS' VISITS -- One wore a cowboy hat. Another sang some opera and played guitar. Chinese leaders have set a colorful path for President Xi Jinping to follow on his trip to the U.S. this week, the latest in a string of visits since formal diplomatic relations were established between Washington and Beijing in 1979. SENT: 610 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-THAILAND-BLAST -- Eight people, including four believed to be ethnic Uighurs, are detained in Malaysia for questioning in connection with last month's bombing of a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people. SENT: 450 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN -- NATO says one of its soldiers was killed in an attack near a major air base in eastern Afghanistan. The death brings to seven the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan so far this year. SENT: 130 words.

SKOREA-US MURDER SUSPECT -- An American charged with murder in the stabbing of a Seoul university student in 1997 is extradited to South Korea to face a new trial in a case that has generated widespread interest and a local movie. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 400 words, photos.

INDONESIA-RHINO -- A highly endangered Sumatran rhinoceros is pregnant with her second calf at an Indonesian sanctuary. SENT: 360 words, photos.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CHINA-ECONOMY-REALITY CHECK -- President Xi Jinping is visiting the United States as leader of a China whose image of economic success has taken a beating. Stock market turmoil and a surprise currency devaluation fueled fears of a Chinese slump with global repercussions. But even a weaker China still is on track to turn in some of the world's strongest growth this year. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 910 words, photos.

CHINA-BOEING -- Chinese companies have agreed with Boeing to buy 300 jets and build an aircraft assembly plant in China in deals signed during President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States, the official Xinhua news agency says. SENT: 300 words.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING -- Chinese manufacturing activity fell to its lowest in more than six years in the latest sign of the slowdown in the world's second biggest economy. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CHINA-ROBOTS RISING -- For decades, manufacturers employed waves of young migrant workers from China's countryside to work at countless factories churning out cheap toys, clothing and electronics. Now, factories are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that's encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-WORKPLACE SAFETY -- Bangladesh says it has met the conditions put forward by the United States for better safety and workers' rights in its factories that are essential to regain preferential trade status that the impoverished South Asian nation lost in 2013 after two disasters killed 1,500 garment workers. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 600 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY -- Australian consumer confidence jumps following the ouster of the country's unpopular prime minister last week by a moderate rival. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 340 words.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

POPE -- Pope Francis and President Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office to advance causes dear to them both, eagerly watched by a nation that can't get enough of the humble man who is rejuvenating American Catholicism while giving heartburn to its conservatives. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 760 words, photos, video. With POPE-THE LATEST; POPE-US SAINT; POPE-CUBA-PHOTO GALLERY.

EUROPE-MIGRANTS -- The deeply-divided leaders of the European Union are called to an emergency summit to seek responses to the continent's migrant crisis, a historic challenge that EU President Donald Tusk says the bloc has failed dismally to meet so far. By Mike Corder and Lorne Cook. SENT: 660 words, photos. With EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE LATEST.

VOLKSWAGEN -- Volkswagen's share price swings wildly as the future of CEO Martin Winterkorn hangs in the balance amid the company's growing emissions scandal. By Geir Moulson and Pan Pylas. SENT: 790 words, photos. With VOLKSWAGEN-THE LATEST; VOLKSWAGEN-UNIVERSITY.

BURKINA FASO COUP -- Burkina Faso's interim president says he is back in power 1 week after coup. SENT: 240 words.

OBIT-BERRA -- The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain't ever gonna be over. The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, dies. By Mike Stewart. SENT: 920 words, photos, video. With YOGISMS; YOGI BERRA CAREER STATS.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY-COPYRIGHT -- Judge sings 'Happy Birthday' to public, but deals blow to company who collected on copyright. SENT: 600 words, photos.

SYRIA-SAVING HERITAGE -- The rush is on to find creative and often high-tech ways to protect Syria's millennia-long cultural heritage in the face of eradication at the hands of the Islamic State group. By Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

SPAIN-CATALONIA-FOOTBALL AND POLITICS -- Sports and politics are never far apart in Barcelona's Camp Nou football stadium: Moments after fans emitted a collective sigh last weekend over a narrowly missed Lionel Messi strike, the chants of INDEPENDENCIA! thundered through the stadium as they always do at the 17th minute of a home game. By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-07-31 05:33 GMT+08:00