JAPAN-EMPEROR-SUCCESSOR -- Japanese Emperor Akihito's video message this week, though subtle, suggested that he wishes to abdicate, and the attention now goes to his elder son, the first in line to Japan's Chrysanthemum throne. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 600 words, photos.
CHINA-US-MILITARY RELATIONS -- The visit of the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Benfold to the northern Chinese port of Qingdao this week this week is the latest development in a long-term effort to build trust between the two countries' militaries amid tensions and a rivalry for dominance in Asia. SENT: 610 words.
PAKISTAN __ Pakistani militants struck at the heart of the country's legal profession, killing a prominent attorney and then bombing the hospital where dozens of other lawyers had gathered to mourn. The twin attacks killed at least 70 people, most of them lawyers, authorities said. By Abdul Sattar. SENT: 640 words, photos.
AFGHANISTAN -- Five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms have abducted an American and an Australian in Kabul, a security official said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction. By Rahim Faiez and Lynne O'Donnell. SENT:700 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE-REBELS -- Communist guerrillas reject a warning by the Philippine president against use of land mines that have killed troops and vow instead to intensify their use of such explosives at the risk of scuttling planned peace talks. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 500 words, photos.
JAPAN-CHINA-DISPUTE ISLAND -- Japanese foreign minister has summoned China's ambassador to lodge a protest over the increased number of Chinese vessels in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 250 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
INDONESIA-NEW AIRPORT -- The Indonesian capital's airport opened a new terminal Tuesday after years of operating at far above its passenger capacity. By Niniek Karmini. SENT: 240 words, photos.
FINANCIAL-MARKETS -- Asian stock markets were little changed Tuesday after Wall Street closed nearly flat amid little market-moving news. Prices of oil retreated slightly after reports of a new OPEC meeting sparked a rally. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 475 words, photos.
DEATH OF THE MEKONG --Dismissing its neighbors' pleas, impoverished Laos is rapidly building a Mekong River dam that threatens fisheries crucial to millions. The secretive authoritarian leaders of Southeast Asia's poorest state wield huge, unaccountable power over the 3,000-mile-long river. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. An abridged version has also moved.
ASIA-DELTA-OUTAGE -- More than 1,000 people spent the night at Narita airport outside Tokyo because of the computer shutdown that halted Delta Air Lines flights worldwide. SENT: 220.
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