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APEC -- Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks to reassure regional economic and political leaders that his government will keep the world's No. 2 economy growing. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 600 words, photos. With APEC-THE LATEST.

APEC-TRADE -- The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations is drawing potential new members from Asia and criticism from those excluded, as it heads for a tough ride in the U.S. Congress. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 660 words, photos.

APEC-SOUTH CHINA SEA -- President Barack Obama calls on China to halt land reclamation and construction in the disputed South China Sea in his latest show of support for Southeast Asian nations unnerved by China's assertiveness in the region. SENT: 310 words.

SOUTH CHINA SEA-VIETNAM-CHINA -- Vietnam's prime minister says the Communist country will do its best to develop good relations with China, but at the same time will defend its sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea. SENT: 290 words.

OBAMA-CLIMATE --Aggressive action to fight climate change will be a boon for businesses in Asia and beyond, President Barack Obama asserts as he reaches for a global climate change agreement he hopes will burnish his environmental legacy. By Kathleen Hennessey. SENT: 700 words.

CLIMATE-COAL -- A compromise struck by the United States, Japan and several other major nations will restrict export financing to build coal power plants overseas, but not eliminate it completely. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 280 words, photos.

APEC-MALAYSIA-HOSTAGE -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak asks Philippine authorities to punish kidnappers who reportedly beheaded a Malaysian man in the southern Philippines. SENT: 300 words.

INDIA-SURROGACY BAN -- For thousands of childless couples the world over, India has been the go-to destination to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents, thanks to its well-trained doctors, well-appointed fertility clinics and vast numbers of poor women willing to serve as surrogate mothers. Not anymore. By Nirmala George. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-ATTACK -- Three men fire shots at an Italian priest as he rides his bicycle to church in northern Bangladesh, sending him to a hospital with head injuries amid a surge in militant violence this year. SENT: 290 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-WAR CRIMES -- Bangladesh's Supreme Court upholds death sentences given to two influential opposition leaders who were convicted of war crimes during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan. SENT: 270 words.

AUSTRALIA-WILDFIRES -- Wildfires raging across southwest Australia kill four people as a blistering heat wave sweeps through the country. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 460 words.

AUSTRALIA-JAPAN-WHALING -- An Australian court fines a Japanese whaling company 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) for violating a court order that it stop hunting whales in an area off Antarctica. SENT: 240 words.

AFGHANISTAN -- An Afghan official says the government is investigating links between universities and extremist groups following the arrest of 27 students in connection with a pro-Islamic State demonstration. SENT: 130 words.

SKOREA-SYRIAN REFUGEES -- Seoul's spy service tells lawmakers that about 200 Syrians fleeing war have arrived by airplane in South Korea, but the government has yet to decide whether to grant refugee status to any of them. SENT: 170 words.

THAILAND-FLIGHTS CANCELED -- Two airports in northern Thailand say nearly 150 flights will be canceled or rescheduled during a three-day festival next week when revelers launch lanterns into the sky that can pose danger to airplanes. SENT: 260 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-09-28 00:02 GMT+08:00