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Asian News Digest, AS

Asian News Digest, AS

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OBAMA -- Wrapping up a historic visit to Vietnam, U.S. President Barack Obama praises the next generation of leaders for being more conscious about the effects of climate change than previous generations and urged them to "do something about it." By Nancy Benac. SENT: 640 words, photos.

OBAMA-BURYING THE HATCHET - In his final stretch as president, Barack Obama is driving the United States toward friendlier relations with historical adversaries like Vietnam, Cuba, Iran and Myanmar. Friday's visit to Hiroshima is the latest reconciliation gesture. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 940 words, photos.

G7-THE ROAD AHEAD -- Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations will undoubtedly voice unity over fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion at their summit in Japan this week. Finding a consensus on how to breathe life into their sluggish economies is proving more elusive. By Elaine Kurtenbach and Paul Wiseman. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

HIROSHIMA-VOICES-NAGASAKI SURVIVOR -- The debate over whether President Barack Obama should apologize to Japanese survivors of America's atomic bombings in World War II made Terumi Tanaka think: What about his own government? SENT: 320 words, photos.

CHINA-WANDA VERSUS DISNEY -- Mickey Mouse has a new and deep-pocketed challenger: China's shopping mall king. The developer that bought Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment is preparing to fight Disney to lead China's -- and possibly the world's -- theme park industry. By Louise Watt. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-TALIBAN LEADER -- The Afghan Taliban confirms that their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor. By Lynne O'Donnell. SENT: 440 words.

PAKISTAN -- A senior police officer says gunmen riding on motorcycles have ambushed a vehicle carrying paramilitary forces in northwest Pakistan, killing three of them before fleeing. SENT: 120 words.

AUSTRALIA-DEPP'S DOGS -- Australia's deputy prime minister boasts that he had got into Johnny Depp's head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter after the Hollywood actor quipped that the ruddy-faced lawmaker appeared to be "inbred with a tomato." SENT, photos.

CHINA-HUAWEI-SAMSUNG -- Chinese tech giant Huawei says it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against South Korean mobile phone rival Samsung in the United States and China, in a case that highlights the rise of Asian competitors as technology creators. SENT:

US & INTERNATIONAL

GOP 2016-TRUMP-MONEY - After months of declaring himself free of donor ties, Donald Trump is holding his first presidential fundraiser. In an interview with The Associated Press, he insists he's changing only because the Republican National Committee wants him to. By Jill Colvin and Julie Bykowicz. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BILL COSBY - Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances. By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EGYPT-PLANE - Egyptian forensic experts are examining human remains retrieved from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 for any traces of explosives. One member of the team says the state of the remains suggests an explosion, a claim authorities call speculation. By Sam Magdy and Maggie Michael. SENT: 800 words, photos.

GREECE-MIGRANTS - After refusing to move for months, refugees camped out at the Greek border are bused to shelters in a police operation. More than 2,000 people are moved, while the government promises to clear the camp at Idomeni in a week. SENT: 790 words, photos, video.

FRANCE-GOOGLE - Police raid Google's French headquarters looking for evidence of "aggravated tax fraud," marking one of Europe's most conspicuous attempts yet to cast a U.S. technology leader as a manipulative scofflaw. SENT: 670 words, photos.

CUBA-ECONOMY - Cuba announces that it will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses, a move that could significantly expand the space allowed for private enterprise in one of the world's last communist countries. SENT: 760 words, photos.

CHARLESTON SHOOTING - The Justice Department says it intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. By Eric Tucker and Meg Kinnard. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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Updated : 2021-03-09 08:46 GMT+08:00