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SOUTH CHINA SEA-CHINESE AIRSTRIPS -- China's campaign of island building in the South China Sea might soon quadruple the number of airstrips available to the People's Liberation Army in the highly contested and strategically vital region. That could be bad news for other regional contenders, especially the U.S., the Philippines and Vietnam. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 850 words, photos.

INDONESIA-DEADLY COLLISION -- Police say a commuter train slammed into a passenger minibus at a railroad crossing in Indonesia's capital, killing at least 14 people and seriously injuring 10 others. SENT: 130 words, photos. Developing.

THAILAND-KING'S BIRTHDAY -- Thailand marks the 88th birthday of its king, the world's longest-reigning monarch, but with their once-vigorous leader in a hospital and unseen in public for three months, the celebrations are the most subdued in memory. SENT: 440 words, photos.

INDIA-MONSOON FLOODS -- Indian officials investigate possible negligence in deaths of 18 hospital patients at the height of massive floods in Tamil Nadu. By Muneeza Naqvi. SENT: 420 words, photos.


OBAMA-TERRORISM -- President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office Sunday in prime time about steps the government is taking to keep people safe after the attack this past week in San Bernardino, California. Speech begins 0100 GMT Monday. SENT: 130 words.

CALIFORNIA-SHOOTINGS -- The change in Tashfeen Malik came two or three years ago. She started dressing more conservatively, wearing a scarf that covered nearly all her face, and became more devout in her Muslim faith, according to some who knew her in Pakistan. By Amanda Lee Myers and Brian Skoloff. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. With: CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS-NEWS GUIDE -- SENT: 1,050 words, photos; CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS-THE LATEST; CALIFORNIA-SHOOTINGS-HUSBAND-AND-WIFE-Q&A; CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS-TERROR FEARS -- San Bernardino attack raises fears outside big metro cities; VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL MEDIA -- Social media, the new megaphone for violent perpetrators; CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS-FIANCE VISA; CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS-VICTIMS (all sent).

TERROR IN SAN BERNARDINO -- Huddled beneath a desk, a bookshelf shoved against a locked office door, Regina Kuruppu held tightly to her co-workers' hands and began to pray aloud, unable to drown out the terrifying cries coming from one story below. When the fire alarm had sounded minutes earlier, she thought it was just a drill -- until she got downstairs and saw two bodies in a pool of blood by the door of the auditorium, the victims' eyes open and unblinking. By Brian Melley and Pauline Arrillaga. SENT: 2,000 words, photos, video. An abridged version of about 1,000 words also moved.

CLIMATE COUNTDOWN -- Negotiators adopt a draft climate agreement that is cluttered with brackets and competing options, leaving ministers with the job of untangling key sticking points in what is envisioned to become a lasting, universal pact to fight global warming. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 650 words, photos. WITH: HACKING THE PLANET -- As global warming worsens, scientists are now openly talking about tech fixes that are essentially hacking the planet, and hoping they don't cause dangerous side effects: purposeful pollution to keep out the heat, mirrors in space to reflect sunlight, artificial trees that suck carbon dioxide. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein. SENT: 780 words, photos, interactive; CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-THE LATEST.

COLOMBIA-SUNKEN GALLEON -- Colombia's president hails the discovery of a Spanish galleon that went down off the South American nation's coast more than 300 years ago with what may be the world's largest sunken treasure. By Pedro Mendoza. SENT: 560 words, photos, locator map. .

VENEZUELA-ELECTIONS -- The socialist system built by Hugo Chavez faces its gravest electoral test Sunday when Venezuelans cast ballots in what seems to have become a tightening race for control of the national legislature. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 560 words, photos. Polls open 1030 GMT and close 2230 GMT. Preliminary national results by party not expected before 0230 GMT. With VENEZUELA-ELECTIONS-GLANCE, VENEZUELA-ELECTIONS-THE LATEST.

AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN -- New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor denies being wounded in a dispute with another commander. SENT: 130 words.

CENTRAL AMERICA-INDICTED EX-PRESIDENTS -- In just three months, three former presidents of Central American countries have been charged with corruption, the latest in the past week as ex-leaders of both Honduras and El Salvador were ordered to stand trial. By Katherine Corcoran. SENT: 680 words, photos.

BOKO HARAM -- A triple suicide bombing at a market on an island in Lake Chad kills at least 27 people and injures 90 others. By Baba Ahmed. SENT: 370 words, map.

AZERBAIJAN-OIL RIG FIRE -- One worker is killed, 30 are missing and 33 have been rescued after a fire swept through a Caspian Sea oil platform owned by Azerbaijan's state oil company SOCAR. The missing workers were in a lifeboat that fell into stormy seas. SENT 300 words, graphic.


SPACE STATION -- Dangerously high winds stall launch of space station supplies again; 4th attempt scheduled for Sunday. SENT: 360 words, photo.


RINGO STARR-AUCTION -- A rare pressing of the Beatles' White Album from Ringo Starr's record collection sells at auction for $790,000. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PEOPLE-KARDASHIAN-WEST -- Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West welcome baby son in Los Angeles. SENT: 200 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-09-18 04:36 GMT+08:00