SKOREA-JAPAN-REPORTER -- A Seoul court acquits a Japanese reporter of defaming South Korea's president by reporting that she was spending time with a man during a deadly ferry disaster last year. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 520 words, photos.
CHINA-US-TAIWAN -- China threatens sanctions against companies involved in the U.S. government's $1.83 billion sale of navy frigates and other military equipment to Taiwan. SENT: 130 words. With UNITED STATES-TAIWAN.
SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES-PORTRAITS-NOWHERE TO GO -- Portrait of slavery: Teenager separated from parents in Thailand faces life alone in Myanmar. SENT: 250 words, photos.
KASHMIR-SHRINKING WETLANDS -- Bird migration to Kashmir's wetlands threatened by climate change, haphazard development. By Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 910 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-LAOS -- The United States calls for Laos to immediately resolve the case of prominent activist whose abduction three years ago sent a "chilling message" to civil society. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 415 words.
AFGHANISTAN -- An Afghan official says one of the country's few women in public office has been removed from her post as a provincial governor after months of pressure and threats. SENT: 130 words.
INDIA-AIRPORT DEATH -- Authorities investigate the death of a technician who was sucked into an aircraft engine at an airport after a pilot misinterpreted a signal and switched on the engine. SENT: 120 words.
JAPAN-US AMBASSADOR -- U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy defends a controversial proposal to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa as the best of many options considered. SENT: 250 words, photos.
JAPAN-GENDER EQUALITY -- A Supreme Court decision underscores the persistent challenges for working women in Japan. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 510 words, photos.
INDONESIA-SHIP COLLISION -- Six crewmen are missing after their cargo ship collided with a chemical tanker and sank in the Singapore Strait. SENT: 130 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
ASIA-FED RATE HIKE -- The Federal Reserve's rate hike is welcomed in Asia as a sign of strength in the U.S., one of the region's biggest export markets. But it could complicate Chinese efforts to avoid a sharper economic slowdown and keep the yuan steady. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 840 words, photos.
JAPAN-TRADE -- Japan's trade balance slipped back into a deficit in November but was nearly 60 percent lower than a year earlier as a drop in imports outpaced a 3 percent decline in its exports. SENT: 170 words, photos.
CHINA-BOEING -- China's biggest airline says it is buying more than a hundred Boeing 737 jets in a deal worth about $10 billion that comes just months after the U.S. plane maker announced plans to build a Chinese finishing plant for the aircraft type. SENT: 280 words.
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