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KOREAS-TENSION -- South Korean workers began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, a move that will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch. It was unclear how long the shutdown at the industrial complex in the border city of Kaesong would last, or even how long it would take South Korean companies to close down. By Ahn Young-Joon. SENT: 850 words.

CONGRESS-NORTH KOREA-SANCTIONS -- Senate Democrats and Republicans unite behind tougher sanctions on North Korea for violating international law. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NKOREA-MILITARY CHIEF EXECUTED -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean military's general staff, would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 360 words.

HONG KONG-US-TEEN BROTHERS KILLED -- A Chinese man agreed in a Hong Kong court Thursday to be sent back to the U.S., where he is wanted by authorities in connection with the slayings of his teenage nephews. Shi Deyun signed a document in a magistrates' court giving consent for his extradition. SENT:

WWII VET-SWEETHEART REUNION -- A 93-year-old World War II veteran from the United States embraced his wartime girlfriend in Australia in their reunion Wednesday after more than 70 years apart. Norwood Thomas and 88-year-old Joyce Morris laughed as they wrapped their arms around each other after Thomas flew from Virginia to the southern Australian city of Adelaide to reconnect with his long-lost love. SENT: 260 words.

AUSTRALIA-POLITICS -- Australia's deputy prime minister announced his retirement Thursday, with the prime minister likely to announce a cabinet reshuffle before elections due this year. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who is minister for regional development and infrastructure, told Parliament he will retire at the next election. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 300 words.

AUSTRALIA-SEX-ATTACK -- Two female backpackers from Europe were savagely attacked on a remote Australian beach by a traveling companion they had met hours earlier, police said on Wednesday. A 59-year-old Australian man was charged Wednesday with a string of offenses including attempted murder and unlawful sexual intercourse following the attack that left both women, aged in their 20s, in hospital. SENT: 340 words.

US & INTERNATIONAL

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN -- Republican businessman Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders forge ahead after decisive wins in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, and the Republican field dwindled by two with announcements that Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie would drop out of the race. SENT: 710 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-SYRIA POLICY -- Russia proposes a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, but the U.S. demands the fighting stop immediately, believing Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. By Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper. SENT: 800 words, photo.

BOKO HARAM SUICIDE BOMBINGS -- Two female suicide bombers blow themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, officials say. SENT: 300 words, photos.

NATO -- NATO defense ministers approve new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general says. SENT: 780 words, photos.

IRAN-US -- An Iranian drone that flew over the USS Harry S. Truman last month was the first to conduct an overflight of a U.S. aircraft carrier since 2014. SENT: 980 words, photos, video.

MEXICO-POPE-VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE -- She gazes down from lampposts, taxi rearview mirrors and restaurant walls: The Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico. Millions of pilgrims come annually to her shrine in Mexico City, and Pope Francis is also paying a visit. SENT: 620 words, photos.

ZIKA VIRUS -- New details about the possible effects of Zika on the fetal brain emerge as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect pregnant women until they can develop a vaccine. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 520 words, photo.

RFK KILLER-PAROLE -- For the 15th time, officials deny parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing from another person who was shot that night and called for the release of Sirhan. SENT: 670 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

FEDERAL RESERVE-YELLEN -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the U.S. economy faces a number of global threats that could hamper growth and compel the Fed to slow the pace of future interest rate hikes. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 660 words. With FINANCIAL MARKETS -- Early rally in stocks mostly gone by closing bell. SENT: 890 words, photo.

TWEAKING TWITTER --Twitter set out to build a virtual town square bustling with billions of people, but it's starting to look more like a novelty stand as the masses flock to more engaging services that strike a more personal chord. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 640 words, photo. With TWITTER-TIMELINE CHANGE -- Twitter tweaks its timeline in pursuit of more users. SENT: 530 words, photo; TWITTER-TIMELINE CHANGE-KEY THINGS (sent).

KENYA-DOPING -- Two Kenyan athletes serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships say the chief executive of Athletics Kenya, the country's governing body for track and field, asked them each for a $24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. By John Leicester. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

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Updated : 2021-10-25 06:27 GMT+08:00