THAILAND-TRAFFICKING -- Thai police say they're considering filing a defamation suit against an officer who led the country's anti-human trafficking operation but recently fled to Australia, saying he feared for his life after implicating influential figures in Thai society. National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said the accusations hurt the image of Thailand and the country's police. By Ying Panyapon. SENT: 460 words.
KOREAS-TENSION -- North and South Korea hold high-level talks at a North Korean border town, a small step meant to improve ties battered by a military standoff in August and decades of acrimony and bloodshed. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 460 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-FLAG -- New Zealanders know what their new potential national flag will look like, except that they're not quite set on the color. In a postal ballot, New Zealanders chose from among five designs, and both their favorites feature the country's iconic silver fern next to the stars that make up the Southern Cross constellation. The only difference is, one flag is black and the other is red. By Nick Perry. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINA-TYCOON MISSING -- One of China's top entrepreneurs, the chairman of the conglomerate that owns Club Med and other businesses in Europe and the United States, is reportedly missing, a possible sign that an anti-corruption campaign is widening beyond state companies. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PAKISTAN-MISSILE TEST -- Pakistan's military says it has test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile -- one that can carry a nuclear warhead and reach all corners of India, as well as the Middle East and other places. SENT: 140 words.
THAILAND-BIKE FOR DAD -- Thailand's crown prince leads tens of thousands of cyclists on a 29-kilometer (18-mile) ride through Bangkok to honor his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose declining health is a matter of national concern. SENT: 320 words, photos.
INDIA-JAPAN -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes a visit this weekend by Shinzo Abe will be a major step in transforming India into an economic powerhouse with Japan's help in building bullet trains, "smart cities" and accessing nuclear technology. By Nirmala George. SENT: 700 words, photos.
JAPAN-US-VETERAN RETURNS -- Scott Downing, 96, was back in the Japanese farmland where he was taken prisoner of war 70 years ago, shaking hands with the people of the tiny town where his plane crashed near the end of World War II. "It's great," he said about being back. "There is nothing to forgive." By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 450 words, photos.
CHINA-WRONG PLANE -- When crew members of a passenger plane reported sparks coming from an engine while taxiing at an airport in southern China, eight fire trucks responded within minutes. Then they covered the wrong plane with white foam. SENT: 200 words.
CAMBODIA-DEADLY FEAST -- Cambodian health officials are sent to a northeastern district where 10 people died and more than 100 were sickened in two separate incidents linked to the consumption of dog meat and rice wine. SENT: 240 words.
MALAYSIA-ABANDONED PLANES -- A new Malaysian air cargo company says it is the owner of three jumbo jets parked for more than a year at the country's main airport and that it was shocked by authorities' claim that the owner could not be traced. SENT: 320 words, photos.
PAKISTAN-FIRE -- A Pakistani police officer says a mother and her seven children were killed overnight by a fire the family had lit to keep warm in their hut in the country's south. SENT: 130 words.
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SKOREA-SAMSUNG-SICK WORKERS -- Samsung's hopes of ending years of acrimony over whether its computer chip factories caused cancer have hit a hitch: some sickened workers and their families say they'll never accept its highly conditional offer of financial assistance. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.
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