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Asian News Digest, AS


KOREAS-TENSIONS __ The United States on Tuesday sent two nuclear-capable supersonic bombers streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its recent nuclear test and also to settle rattled nerves in the South. By Lee-jin Kim. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NKOREA-TRADING DESPITE SANCTIONS -- Despite North Korea's deepening isolation, along its border with China and Russia construction of tourist hotels is brisk and mountains of Siberian coal await shipment to Shanghai. A bustling bazaar-style market is overflowing with goods from Mickey Mouse baby shoes to bags of dried kiwi fruit. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

CHINA-VILLAGE PROTESTS __ Chinese police fired rubber bullets at villagers and arrested 13 people Tuesday in an overnight crackdown to suppress demonstrations in a southern fishing village that became internationally known five years ago for protesting land seizures. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 460 words.

CAMBODIA-ROYAL TURTLES-- Conservationists say they have transferred more than 200 of the nearly extinct Royal Turtles to a new purpose-built breeding and conservation center, easing fears the rare species will disappear in Cambodia. SENT: 150 words.

AUSTRALIA-GAY MARRIAGE-- Government plans to hold an opinion poll in February on whether gay marriage should be legalized in Australia suffered a blow on Tuesday when a gay government senator announced that he opposed the plan. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 400 words.

KASHMIR-PROTESTS --Police say fresh clashes have killed one protester and injured five in India's portion of Kashmir, as a security lockdown marred Eid festivities in the troubled region. By Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 412 words.

PAKISTAN -- Pakistani police say they foiled a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan, where an attacker blew himself up as guards stopped him for a search. SENT: 150 words.


FINANCIAL MARKETS __ Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after a Federal Reserve board member said there is no rush to raise interest rates, reassuring investors who were worried that the rate hike could pull share prices lower. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CHINA-ELECTRIC BUS SCANDAL __ China's electric vehicle industry, a flagship for Beijing's technology ambitions, has been rocked by scandal after five companies were caught collecting millions of dollars in subsidies for buses they never made. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 675 words, photos.

MACAU-SANDS-PARISIAN -- The southern Chinese casino gambling powerhouse of Macau is getting a French twist. U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson is set to throw open the doors Tuesday to the French-themed Parisian Macao, the mogul's fifth property in the former Portuguese colony. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 300 words



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