CHINESE PRESIDENT-US VISIT -- Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and other top American and Chinese business leaders, vowing that his country will work to remove barriers to foreign investment and improve intellectual property protections. SENT: 690 words, video, audio, photos.
CHINA-UN-WOMEN -- Chinese leader Xi Jinping will preside this weekend over a U.N. conference on gender equality, which some activists say is galling given China's recent detentions of women's rights activists and its history of stopping people from attending U.N. meetings to discuss such issues. By Louise Watt. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS -- Relatives of Chinese dissidents meet with Secretary of State John Kerry as the Obama administration seeks to demonstrate it won't gloss over human rights during this week's state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. But the message was in danger of backfiring after the wife of one prominent dissident -- Gao Zhisheng, who says he was tortured with an electric baton when he was held in detention and endured years of solitary confinement -- refused the invitation. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 900 words, photos, video. With CHINA-GAO ZHISHENG.
STATE DINNER-CHINA REDO -- China will get its second state dinner with President Barack Obama when its leader, Xi Jinping, arrives at the White House on Friday. The question is, how will the United States make this shindig different from the last one. A state dinner is the glitzy finale to a state visit, a high honor usually reserved for long-standing and close U.S. allies. That makes the double honor especially unique for China, as the two nations continue to differ sharply on issues such as human rights and cybersecurity. By Stacy A. Anderson. SENT: 640 words, photos.
CHINA-US-FUGITIVE RETURNED -- A Chinese woman who served a U.S. prison term for money laundering is returned to China, just ahead of a meeting between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. SENT: 420 words.
PHILIPPINES-KIDNAPPING -- The recent abductions of three Westerners and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine resort are the latest reminder of long-running security problems that have hounded a region with bountiful resources and promises, but is hamstrung by stark poverty and an array of insurgents and outlaws. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 890 words, photos.
NEPAL-CONSTITUTION PROTEST -- Nepal's top political parties reach out to protesters angry about the country's new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India blocked more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal. SENT: 880 words.
THAILAND-FREE SPEECH -- The European Union urges Thailand's military government to respect freedom of speech and assembly as it prepares to draft a new constitution. SENT: 130 words.
PAKISTAN -- Police say gunmen on a motorcycle killed the deputy chief of a jail and his brother as they received guests for the Eid al-Adha holiday in northwest Pakistan. SENT: 120 words.
SINGAPORE-HAZE -- A thickening, smoky haze casts a shadow over festivities in Singapore as Muslims head to mosques to celebrate the culmination of the annual hajj pilgrimage and Chinese ready for a traditional harvest festival. By Annabelle Liang. SENT: 490 words, photos.
VIETNAMESE-SYRIANS -- When Jonathan Huynh heard the haunting story of two young Syrian boys and their mother fleeing their country and drowning when their small rubber boat capsized on its way to Greece, he saw himself. The 37-year-old California chiropractor was a toddler when his family took to the seas to flee Communist Vietnam. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 630 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-FLAG -- Move over Fern Leaf. You have competition from Red Peak. New Zealanders have been given a fifth design to choose from for their new flag. By Nick Perry. SENT: 380 words, photos.
THAILAND-OSCAR CONTENDER -- Thailand's motion picture association selects a gay-themed, coming-of-age drama, "How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)," as an entry for the foreign-language category at the Academy Awards. SENT: 300 words.
AUSTRALIA-CHRIS BROWN -- A government minister signals that troubled R&B singer Chris Brown won't be allowed to tour Australia in December because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 250 words, photos.
FILM-JOLIE PITT -- Angelina Jolie Pitt has been in scouting locations in Cambodia for her next film, "First They Killed My Father," which she is casting entirely with local talent. SENT: 190 words.
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JAPAN-ECONOMY -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh from a bruising battle over unpopular military legislation, announced an updated plan for reviving the world's third-largest economy, setting a GDP target of 600 trillion yen ($5 trillion). By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 590 words, photos.
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