CHINA-FAKE INVESTIGATORS-THE FIXER -- Alex Theil lost his innocence the day an envelope landed on his desk. It was filled with money from a counterfeiter of Toyota auto parts he'd busted, mistakenly delivered to him by a lawyer hired to help with the raid. Theil was running the office of the Pinkerton detective agency in Guangzhou, China. With the arrival of the bribe -- meant to ensure against future raids -- his faith in an ordered universe in which investigators fight crime instead of committing it began to unwind. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 1,780 words, photos. A 930-word abridged version has also moved.
CHINA-FAKE INVESTIGATORS-LOSING CAUSE -- The U.S. is not winning the fight against potentially dangerous fakes, as corrupt investigators in China help counterfeiters perfect their art and make it easier for counterfeit goods to enter global supply chains. By Erika Kinetz and Alexandra Olson. SENT: 610 words, photos.
CHINA-FAKE INVESTIGATORS-EVIDENCE BOX -- Western companies are failing to control rampant fraud in China's anti-counterfeiting industry, which makes it easier for potentially dangerous fakes to reach U.S. consumers. By Erika Kinetz. SENT: 300 words.
CHINA-SMOG -- China's capital issues its second smog red alert of the month, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. SENT: 450 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-AFGHANISTAN -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter is in Afghanistan to assess the fragile security situation, amid reports of increased violence and a growing campaign by Islamic State loyalists to gain a foothold in the eastern part of the country. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 470 words.
AFGHANISTAN -- A group of Afghan warlords and lawmakers say they have set up the country's first opposition party in 14 years in a bid to pressure the government to deliver on its economic and security promises. SENT: 130 words.
SEAFOOD FROM SLAVES-PORTRAITS-JAILED FOR COMPLAINING -- Kyaw Naing, a slave stuck on a Thai fishing trawler for three years, decided he'd had enough and told his boss he wasn't going back to sea. Since then, he has been locked up in a fishing company jail cell every time his ship docks. SENT: 500 words, photos.
JAPAN-AUSTRALIA -- Australia's leader says his country is "very disappointed" with Japan's decision to resume whaling in Antarctic waters earlier this month. SENT: 160 words, photos.
JAPAN-DEATH PENALTY -- Japan executes two people by hanging, including one who was convicted in a jury trial for the first time under a new system that began six years ago. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 280 words, photos.
SKOREA-PROTESTS -- Hundreds of South Koreans call for new protests of conservative President Park Geun-hye, whose increasingly harsh treatment of union members and dissidents has led to criticism comparing her with her late dictator father. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 460 words, photos.
CHINA-MINING DEATHS -- As many as 36 coal miners have died in a pair of accidents in northeast China, the latest misfortunes to hit a beleaguered industry suffering from a drop in demand and looming layoffs. SENT: 270 words.
JAPAN-DISASTER TIPS -- How to warm your feet with newspapers, make diapers out of plastic bags and make an AA battery fit into a C-cell slot. A 300-page guide from the city of Tokyo, two years in the making, prepares residents to survive the big earthquake, if and when it comes. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 470 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
JAPAN-ECONOMY -- The Bank of Japan tweaks its lavish stimulus program in a well-timed move that spotlights pressures on companies to do more to support growth by raising wages and investing in factories and equipment. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 620 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-PHILIP MORRIS -- Tobacco giant Philip Morris suffers another setback in its efforts to challenge an Australian law that bans tobacco companies from placing logos on their cigarette packs and forces them instead to feature graphic health warnings. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 390 words.
CHINA-APPLE PAY -- Apple Inc. and China's state-owned credit card processor announces plans to launch the smartphone-based Apple Pay electronic payment system in China. SENT: 140 words.
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