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KOREAS-DIVIDED FAMILIES-FIVE QUESTIONS -- A Q&A look at the brief, desperately emotional reunions between North and South Korean relatives, ahead of the latest round beginning Tuesday. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 1,060 words, photos, video.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON -- Army, police and civilian volunteers rush to rescue hundreds of villagers trapped in their flooded homes and on rooftops in a northern Philippine province battered by slow-moving Typhoon Koppu as the death toll rises to 11. By Bullit Marquez. SENT: 620 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CAPSIZED BOAT -- A passenger motorboat with 41 people on board capsizes in the central Philippines in bad weather, leaving seven dead and two others missing. SENT: 160 words.

AFGHANISTAN -- Afghanistan's acting defense minister says the Doctors Without Borders hospital that was bombed by U.S. forces was being used by insurgents who were fighting government forces. SENT: 380 words, photos.

INDIA-DENGUE -- At dusk, the foggers spray their sticky-sweet clouds of diesel smoke and insecticide across the Indian capital. Mothers scold their children for wearing short sleeves. Posters glued to signposts warn about the perils of neighborhood puddles. Such efforts to stop mosquitoes from spreading dengue fever in New Delhi have failed to keep the city from its biggest outbreak in almost two decades. Experts blame health officials for being slow on both prevention work and medical response. By Katy Daigle and Rishabh R. Jain. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

KASHMIR-BEEF DISPUTE -- A general strike and curfew shut Indian-controlled Kashmir following the death of a Muslim teenager attacked by a Hindu mob over rumors of cows being slaughtered. Hindus consider cows to be sacred, and slaughtering the animals is banned in most Indian states. By Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 370 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-RAPED REFUGEE -- A lawyer for a pregnant Somalia refugee rape victim says he wanted to seek a court order keeping her in Australia before the government suddenly flew her to Nauru without providing the abortion she had requested. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 490 words.

NEPAL-FUEL SHORTAGE -- The deputy prime minister of fuel-starved Nepal says Indian officials have assured him of increased supplies. SENT: 320 words.

INDONESIA-HIKERS DEATH -- Seven hikers die after being caught in a forest fire on Indonesia's main Java island. Two others were severely injured. SENT: 140 words, photos.

THAILAND-AUSTRALIA-BANK ROBBERY -- A masked Australian man robbed a bank in Bangkok in 12 seconds, using a fake gun before being caught nearby, police say. SENT: 190 words.

INDIA-TOURISTS HARASSED -- An Australian couple has said they were harassed at a restaurant in southern India by people who objected to a tattoo of a Hindu goddess on the man's leg. SENT: 270 words.

THE WEEK THAT WAS IN ASIA-PHOTO GALLERY -- Images from around Asia last week. SENT: 200 words, photos.


CHINA-ECONOMY -- China's economy decelerated in the latest quarter but stronger spending by consumers who are emerging as an important pillar of growth helped to avert a deeper downturn. The world's second-largest economy grew by 6.9 percent in the three months ended in September, the slowest since early 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, data show. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CHINESE HACKING-US COMPANIES -- Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a cybersecurity company with close ties to the U.S. government. By Ken Dilanian. SENT: 630 words.


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Updated : 2021-09-16 23:05 GMT+08:00