INDONESIA-AIRASIA CRASH -- A rudder control system problem that had occurred 23 times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots' response led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators say. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 410 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-US-KILLING -- A Philippine court convicts a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman in a hotel while he was on a break after participating in joint military exercises in the country. By Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano. SENT: 880 words, photos.
CHINA-POLLUTION -- Schools in the Chinese capital keep students indoors and parents take their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments as Beijing grapples with extremely severe air pollution for the fifth straight day. By Didi Tang. SENT: 720 words, photos. With CHINA-CLEANING UP THE AIR.
AFGHANISTAN -- An Afghan police official says an explosion has struck a group of children who were playing on the outskirts of a provincial capital in the country's north, killing three boys and wounding 12 children, four of them critically. SENT: 140 words.
NEPAL-CHILDREN AT RISK -- A shortage of medicine, fuel and other supplies has put millions of Nepalese children in danger of illness, malnourishment and even death, child rights groups warn. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 310 words, photos.
JAPAN-MYSTERY BOATS -- Japanese authorities are investigating nearly a dozen wooden boats carrying decomposing bodies found drifting off the northwestern coast over the past month. Coast Guard officials found fishing equipment on board and signs written in Korean, suggesting they came from North Korea. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 440 words.
CHINA-FILM-POINT BREAK -- Hollywood actor Luke Bracey says the remake of action crime thriller "Point Break" is bigger and better because it's got extreme sports that weren't even invented when the original 1991 hit came out. By Louise Watt. SENT: 610 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
CHINA-IMF-CURRENCY-NEWS GUIDE -- The addition of China's yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund is a sign that the yuan may one day become as recognizable as the dollar or euro. Adding the yuan alongside the dollar, euro, pound and yen reflects the rising importance of the world's second-largest economy and is an endorsement of gradual Chinese moves toward making the currency freely traded. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 750 words.
CHINA-MANUFACTURING -- Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November despite stimulus measures to bolster the world's No. 2 economy, according to an official survey. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 360 words.
SKOREA-SAMSUNG -- The Samsung conglomerate appoints a new mobile president at its flagship Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years after growth stalled at the world's largest smartphone maker. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 320 words.
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