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AFGHANISTAN -- Afghanistan's acting defense minister says reinforcements have been rushed to a besieged southern district threatened for days with takeover by Taliban fighters. SENT: 130 words, photos.

INDONESIA-TERRORISM -- Despite foiling an alleged plot by Islamic militants to assassinate public figures, Indonesian officials believe a credible threat of terrorist attacks remains in the year-end?holiday season in the predominantly Muslim nation, especially against minority Christians. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CHINA-BUILDING COLLAPSE -- Squeezed into a narrow room under piles of debris for 67 hours, a young man is saved by a door that trapped his foot but gave him space to survive. Rescuers on Wednesday pulled him from the massive mudslide that hit part of a major manufacturing city in southern China. By Louise Watt. SENT: 450 words, photos.

THAILAND-POPULAR JUNTA -- It's the kind of poll result you'd see in a North Korean election or Saddam Hussein's Iraq: Thailand's military-ruled government says 99 percent of the country's people are happy with its performance since it took power in a coup last year. The junta has relentlessly pursued critics, yet says the poll shows an astonishing majority of Thais are satisfied with its performance. By Nattasuda Anusonadisai. SENT: 560 words, photos.

THAILAND-FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION -- Thailand's Supreme Court upholds the 2012 conviction of a webmaster for not acting quickly enough to delete online comments deemed insulting to the country's monarchy. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-TERRORISM -- A French national carrying extremist material was detained at an Australian airport and subsequently deported two days after the deadly attacks in Paris, Australia's immigration minister says. SENT: 270 words.

SKOREA-JAPAN-WWII-ERA TREATY -- A South Korean court refuses to review a complaint over a 1965 treaty between Japan and South Korea that Tokyo uses to deny compensation for South Korean victims of World War II-era slavery, a boost to recent efforts by the neighbors to improve bad ties. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 420 words, photos.

SKOREA-MERS VIRUS -- South Korea declares a formal end to an outbreak of the MERS virus that killed 38 people and sickened dozens of others since May. SENT: 190 words.

SKOREA-JAPAN-REPORTER -- Seoul prosecutors say they won't appeal the recent acquittal of a Japanese journalist they'd earlier charged with defaming South Korea's president. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 250 words.

AUSTRALIA-AKUBRA HATS-PHOTO GALLERY -- The image is seared into Australian lore: Under a hot desert sun, a mounted soldier pours the last of his water into his slouch hat to share with his best friend, his horse. For countless Australians over the past 130 years, Akubra hats have not just been a fashion statement, but an integral part of life. By Rob Griffith. SENT: 530 words, photos.

PERU-CHINESE NAVAL HOSPITAL -- A Chinese naval hospital ship is making a first-ever call at a South American port in a sign of the Asian economic giant's growing influence in the resource-rich region. By Martin Mejia. SENT: 330 words, photos.


NEW ZEALAND-DOTCOM -- A New Zealand judge rules that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom's lawyers say they filed an appeal against the decision. By Nick Perry. SENT: 540 words, photos.

HONG KONG-EXECUTIVE REAPPEARS -- The Hong Kong arm of one of China's biggest securities companies says its chairman has returned to work after disappearing a month ago. SENT: 180 words.

MALAYSIA-ISLAMIC AIRLINE -- Malaysia's Rayani Air takes to the skies with a clear bailiwick. It is the country's first Islamic airline, offering flights that adhere to Islamic rules, including prayers, no serving of alcohol or meals with pork, and a strict dress code for Muslim female flight attendants. By Eileen Ng and Syawalludin Zain. SENT: 550 words, photos.

HONG KONG-HELLO KITTY-DATA LEAK -- The Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty brand says it has fixed a security leak in an online fan site for the character that compromised the personal information of 3.3 million users. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 340 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-05-16 20:00 GMT+08:00