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CHINA-OFFICE ATTACKED -- Masked men attack a government office in western China, smashing vehicles and equipment and leaving 13 people injured in a regional dispute over farmland. SENT: 300 words.

CHINA-THE UNREGISTERED -- Though China's one-child policy is over, millions of second children before it ended remain unregistered because their parents have been unable to afford the heavy fines they owe. By Louise Watt. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 1400GMT, photos.

AUSTRALIA-KURDS -- An Australian who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic State militants in Syria has returned to Australia where he was questioned by police after being deported from Germany. SENT: 110 words.

CHINA-MARKET INVESTIGATION -- One of China's biggest securities companies said it can't contact its top two investment bankers after media reports said the pair might be under investigation. Citic Securities Co. said in a statement Sunday evening that it hasn't been able to get in touch with Chen Jun and Yan Jianlin. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 280 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN -- An Afghan official says a suicide car bombing in the country's east has wounded nine people, including six policemen. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-INNOVATION -- Australia's government announced new economic policies aimed at attracting entrepreneurs from abroad and promoting innovation in an economy that has slowed after a mining boom. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 320 words.

US & INTERNATIONAL

OBAMA-TERRORISM -- In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vows the United States would overcome a new phase of the terror threat that seeks to "poison the minds" of people here and around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California. By Julie Pace. SENT: 850 words.

CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS -- Memorials are held to remember the victims of the San Bernardino shooting, while investigators try to determine more on what pushed an American-born man and his Pakistani wife to carry out the attack. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 660 words, photos, video.

With CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS-GUN LAWS - Deadly shooting happened in a state with some of the nation's toughest gun laws. SENT: 800 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS-FEMALE TERRORISTS -- Islamic State propaganda is resonating with a growing and loyal following of young women and teenagers, complicating U.S. counterterrorism efforts to identify and monitor supporters such as the 29-year-old mother suspected in the California shootings along with her husband. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 720 words, photo.

MUSLIM RESPONSE -- By now, the tableau has become tragically familiar: American Muslim leaders standing before a bank of cameras condemning an attack with even a hint of a tie to Islamic extremism. Yet, within the American Muslim community, there is a debate over whether responses like these take the right approach. By Religion Writer Rachel Zoll. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-PEER PRESSURE -- It's clear at this point that even if the international climate accord being negotiated in suburban Paris becomes legally binding, it won't include punitive measures like trade sanctions or embargoes on straggler countries that fail to meet their commitments. SENT: 880 words.

CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-GOD FACTOR -- The cold hard numbers of science haven't spurred the world to curb runaway global warming. So as climate negotiators struggle in Paris, some scientists who appealed to the rational brain are enlisting what many would consider a higher power: the majesty of faith. SENT: 940 words, photos. WITH: CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-THE RELIGIOUS. SENT: 810 words, photo.

VENEZUELA-ELECTIONS -- The socialist system built by Hugo Chavez faces its gravest electoral test as Venezuelans vote in what seems to have become a tightening race for control of the national legislature. By Hannah Dreier. SENT: 820 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from results.

ISRAEL-ONE STATE -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry causes an uproar in Israel by warning that Israel, through its continued West Bank occupation, is headed toward becoming a "binational state." By Dan Perry and Josef Federman. SENT: 990 words, photos, video.

JIMMY CARTER-CANCER -- Former President Jimmy Carter says his most recent brain scan showed no sign of cancer. By Kathleen Foody. SENT: 570 words, photo.

PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL -- The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy plan to hold a joint memorial service Monday to mark the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. SENT: 180 words.

BRITAIN STABBING -- Counter-terrorism police investigate a stabbing at a London Underground station in which a man brandishing a knife injured two people and reportedly said, "This is for Syria." By Sylvia Hui. SENT: 420 words, photo, video.

MORGAN FREEMAN-PLANE -- Actor Morgan Freeman and pilot unhurt in forced plane landing. SENT: 470 words, photo.

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Updated : 2021-09-20 10:54 GMT+08:00