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TOKYO -- The Tokyo Motor Show, opening to the public Oct. 30 at Tokyo Big Sight convention hall, will be packed with futuristic eye-catching vehicles that drive themselves, offer online information in dazzling ways and are so green they are zero-emissions. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 780 words.


TOKYO -- A new study argues thyroid cancer among children in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, is linked to the low-dose radiation that spewed from the nuclear disaster four and half years ago -- countering the government position that the 137 cases were found only because of stringent monitoring. By Yuri Kageyama. UPCOMING by 0800GMT: 900 words, photos.


MANDALAY, Myanmar -- During Myanmar's darkest days of dictatorship, they gained notoriety because of their brazen, sarcastic stabs at the military leaders. But now, with crucial elections right around the corner, the feisty comedic duo has suddenly stopped joking around. It's time to get serious, the Moustache Brothers say. The country's future is at stake. By Min Kyi Thein. UPCOMING by 0800GMT: 600 words, photos, video.


KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal issues a notice seeking suppliers to bring in fuel by air or by any other means to ease a shortage ahead of the biggest festival celebrated in the Himalayan nation. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 390 words.


BEIJING -- Tourism officials have closed a newly opened glass walkway in a central China tourism spot after cracks appeared in the structure at the height of the weeklong National Day holiday. SENT: 280 words.


BEIJING -- The governor of China's economically vital eastern province of Fujian has been placed under investigation amid President Xi Jinping's ongoing attack on corruption at all levels of government. SENT: 250 words, photos.


MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine forces mount land and at sea searches for a former Italian Catholic missionary a day after he was abducted by gunmen in the south, where he has lived for years despite a history of attacks against fellow Italian priests. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 360 words.


HONG KONG -- China's foreign exchange reserves shrank again last month in a sign the country's central bank continues to support the currency's exchange rate after a surprise devaluation. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 120 words.


OBAMA-DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS - President Barack Obama apologizes to Doctors Without Borders, offers condolences over US attack in Afghanistan. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 820 words, photos, video. With HOSPITAL STRIKE-WHAT WENT WRONG - Investigators of the deadly U.S. air attack on a hospital in Afghanistan are looking at whether the decision to open fire broke the military's own rules. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 930 words, photo.

NUCLEAR SMUGGLERS - In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs with suspected Russian connections that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press has learnedBy Desmond Butler and Vadim Ghirda. SENT: 3,000 words with AP Photos and Video. An abridged version is available.

SYRIA - Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fire cruise missiles as Syrian government troops launch a ground offensive in central Syria, the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. By Albert Aji and Nataliya Vasiyeva. SENT: 1,370 words, photos, video.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-CLINTON-OBAMA - Hillary Rodham Clinton declares her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, her most significant break with President Barack Obama since launching her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. By Lisa Lerer and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 840 words, photos.

NOBEL-LITERATURE-WHAT TO LOOK FOR - Nobel Prize in literature: Who's hot and what to look out for when this year's winner is announced on Thursday. By Malin Rising. SENT: 660 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Palestinian assailants carry out a series of stabbings across Israel, jolting an anxious country unnerved by weeks of violence, as violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators spread across the West Bank. By Aron Heller. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BRAZIL-LUXURY BIRTHS -- Cesarean births become de rigueur among Brazil's wealthy, with new mothers enjoying beauty treatments after the operation in a culture that regards births as glamorous social events. By Jenny Barchfield. SENT: 950 words, photos.

SPIKE LEE-DIVERSITY - Spike Lee says he hasn't had time to plan what he'll say when he finally gets his Oscar -- an honorary one, and about 25 years too late, according to his many fans. But he promises his speech in November will be a positive one, though he still thinks Hollywood has a long way to go to achieve real diversity. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 660 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-09-25 06:08 GMT+08:00