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ASIA:

THAILAND-KING — A royal convoy led by a van carrying the remains of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej drives to the Grand Palace in Bangkok's historic center where the body will remain for people to pay respects to the monarch revered by many Thais as their father and a demigod. By Vijay Joshi and Natnicha Chuwiruch. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. With THAILAND-KING-THE LATEST.

THAILAND-BEHIND THE ROYAL MASK — The body language was as stiff as the gilded robes and bemedaled uniforms he wore. The face rarely betrayed even a flicker of emotion. He was the king, wrote one biographer, who never smiled. But my own most vivid recollections of the world's longest reigning monarch, who died Thursday at the age of 88, are rather different. By Denis D. Gray. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

THAILAND-KING'S WEALTH — Thailand's king was reputed to be the world's richest royal and one of the wealthiest people on the planet. It was a status that clashed with the carefully managed image of a monarch intensely concerned for his people's welfare and one that Thai authorities were always anxious to correct. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 660 words, photos.

THAILAND-ROYAL FAMILY — A look at the most prominent members of the Thai royal family. SENT: 940 words, photos.

THAILAND-KING-BLACK AND WHITE — In the wake of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death, Thais are expressing their grief in black and white. SENT: 120 words, photos.

NKOREA-INCENTIVIZING FARMERS — North Korea could be looking at a better harvest than last year despite severe flooding in the country's northeast, thanks to generally good weather and ongoing changes in official policy that allow farmers to keep — and profit from — more of what they produce. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 670 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN — Hundreds of members of Afghanistan's security forces have been killed recently fighting insurgent attacks on the main city in the southern province of Helmand, officials say. By Mirwais Khan. SENT: 340 words.

AFGHANISTAN-UNIVERSITY ATTACK — Breshna Mosazai remembers the day of the deadly attack two months ago on the American University in Kabul. She remembers lying still on the corridor floor and playing dead, pushing the agony of the gunshot wounds out of her mind as heavily armed gunmen stalked around the campus, looking for people to kill. That day changed her life forever and forced the 26-year-old Afghan law student to put her dreams of a future and a career on hold. By Lynne O'Donnell. SENT: 980 words, photos.

CHINA-TIANANMEN PRISONER — China's last-known prisoner held in relation to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests will reportedly be released Saturday, but he'll face freedom a frail and mentally ill man, a rights group and a fellow former inmate say. By Isolda Morillo. SENT: 550 words, photos.

CHINA-TWO CHILD POLICY — The loosening of China's one-child policy to allow all married couples to have two children will bring only a relatively small increase in population growth, a study predicts, while recommending that the country increase its retirement age to address an expected labor shortage. By Louise Watt. SENT: 580 words, photos.

CHINA-TIGER MAULING — A woman who was mauled by a tiger after getting out of her car at a Beijing safari park, reportedly because she felt carsick, is demanding compensation of more than 2 million yuan ($300,000) from the facility. Her mother was killed in the incident after also leaving the vehicle to come to her assistance. SENT: 180 words.

PAKISTAN — A Pakistani official says gunmen riding on motorcycles shot and killed three paramilitary officers in the southwestern city of Quetta before fleeing. SENT: 150 words.

JAPAN-UNESCO — Japan has withheld dues for the U.N. cultural agency, saying it wants to make sure the organization functions properly, a gesture seen by local media as a protest against the registration for world heritage status of China's documents relating to the Nanking massacre. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 350 words.

BANGLADESH-CHINA — Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a visit to Bangladesh during which the two countries are to sign agreements on billions of dollars of Chinese investment in infrastructure and energy. SENT: 270 words.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Thai stocks surge as investors are reassured by signs of a smooth succession following the death of the country's long-reigning king. Other world indexes also rise, buoyed by higher-than-expected Chinese inflation figures that eased worries over the world's No. 2 economy. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 510 words, photos.

INDIA-BRICS SUMMIT-COUNTRY CHALLENGES — At a summit this weekend, the BRICS nations — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — will be looking for ways to boost trade between their developing economies, representing nearly half of the world's population. But while they face similar challenges in lifting large populations of poor and protecting their environments, their economies have been slowing. By Katy Daigle. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-RECALL — Samsung Electronics says the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-06-19 02:29 GMT+08:00