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AFGHANISTAN -- A group of militants, including a suicide truck bomber, target a Kabul guesthouse for foreign contractors, killing one policeman and wounding four. The Taliban claim responsibility. By Lynne O'Donnell. SENT: 850 words, photos.

TAIWAN-ABORIGINAL APOLOGY -- Taiwan's president apologizes on behalf of the government to the island's aboriginal peoples for 400 years of conquest and colonization, saying the facing of difficult historical facts was necessary for society to move forward. SENT: 340 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION -- An organization likely run by North Korea's government hacked into the email accounts of dozens of officials, journalists and others in South Korea this year, Seoul officials say, the latest cyberattack that the South blames on its rival. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 410 words, photos.

CHINA-LAWYERS CRACKDOWN -- China releases a prominent human rights lawyer on bail amid protests outside a northern city court, where supporters of other jailed lawyers and activists condemn the secrecy surrounding the government's yearlong campaign against legal activism. By Gerry Shih. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-SECURITY LAW -- A Malaysian security law that gives embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak sweeping emergency powers comes into force, with Amnesty International warning it could be used to trample on human rights. SENT: 590 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE-REBELS --Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his government will pursue peace talks with communist guerrillas despite an initial setback when he withdrew a ceasefire order after the rebels killed a militiaman in an attack. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 510 words.

BANGLADESH-PROTEST -- More than 100,000 students in Bangladesh link their hands to form human chains to protest two attacks last month by suspected Islamist militants. SENT: 310 words, photos.

CAMBODIA-POLITICS --Cambodia's prime minister files a defamation lawsuit against the country's opposition leader and an opposition lawmaker for suggesting the authorities were involved in the killing of a popular political analyst who spoke critically of the government. SENT: 400 words.

INDONESIA-SHIP SINKINGS -- Indonesia will mark its Independence Day later this month by sinking as many as 71 foreign vessels that were seized for fishing illegally in the country's waters. SENT: 180 words.

INDIA-SAUDI ARABIA -- India's government says it plans to evacuate thousands of Indian workers who have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and cannot afford to pay for a flight home. By Nirmala George. SENT: 510 words.

AUSTRALIA-POLITICS -- Australia's razor-close election could end up in court, with the re-elected government holding out hope of extending its single-seat majority. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 380 words.

JAPAN-FALSE QUAKE ALERT -- An erroneous alert that a massive earthquake had hit the Tokyo area sends many in Japan into a brief panic and disrupts some train services. The Japanese Meteorological Agency sent the alert saying a magnitude-9.1 quake had struck. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 170 words.

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH -- A look at recent key developments in the South China Sea. SENT: 930 words, photos.



FINANCIAL MARKETS -- Global shares are mostly higher, as investors shrug off disappointing growth data from the U.S. and lackluster but better-than-expected manufacturing figures for China. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CHINA-UBER -- Uber Technology Ltd. and its main Chinese competitor are combining their ride-hailing operations in China, ending a costly battle to attract riders. The announcement marks the latest foreign technology brand to tie up with a local partner in the face of intense competition in China. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 490 words, photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING -- Chinese manufacturing activity in July was weak but better than some forecasters expected, two surveys show. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 210 words, photos.



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Updated : 2021-07-27 15:00 GMT+08:00