NEW ZEALAND-ANTARCTIC RESERVE — The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reach an historic agreement to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past. By Nick Perry. SENT: 610 words, photos. With NEW ZEALAND-ANTARCTIC RESERVE-Q&A.
UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — If North Korea has been a foreign policy headache for Barack Obama's presidency, it threatens to be a migraine for his successor. The next president will likely contend with an adversary able to strike the continental U.S. with a nuclear weapon. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 880 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-DRUG VIOLENCE — Two months ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly read out the names of a town mayor and more than 150 other officials he accused of involvement in drug trafficking. On Friday, the mayor and nine of his men were killed in a clash with police, in the deadliest operation in Duterte's anti-drug crackdown. SENT: 600 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-DUTERTE'S CURSES — The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a "son of a bitch" and told Barack Obama to "go to hell," says he has promised to God he won't spew expletives again. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 510 words, photos.
CHINA-POLITICS — China's nearly 4-year-old campaign against corruption is not politically biased and only seeks to defend the interests of the country's 1.3 billion people, a leading Communist Party anti-graft official says. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 460 words.
PAKISTAN-FAMED AFGHAN WOMAN — A Pakistani prosecutor says National Geographic's famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl' has made her first appearance before a court, insisting she did not fraudulently obtain Pakistani nationality. SENT: 130 words.
KASHMIR-CURFEW SCHOOLS — When Kashmir erupted in anti-India protests almost four months ago, 14-year-old Shazia Batool was sequestered at home — forbidden from venturing out as stone-throwing protesters faced off in street clashes with government forces and demanded an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region. Batool's school was shuttered as businesses went on strike. Now Batool and other children have found refuge and resumed lessons in a makeshift school set up by volunteers in a Srinagar mosque. By Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 670 words, photos.
KASHMIR-INDIA-PAKISTAN — An Indian paramilitary officer says a civilian and a soldier have been killed in firing by Pakistani troops along the volatile frontier in Indian-controlled Kashmir. SENT: 130 words.
AFGHANISTAN-DEBT SLAVES — Every day that Dil Agha works at his backbreaking job at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital Kabul, from before sunrise to well after sunset, he digs himself deeper into debt. He knows he will never be able to pay back what he owes to the kiln owner who lent him a few thousand dollars for a family emergency, and that when he dies, his children will inherit the burden that will ensure his family remains enslaved for generations. He is one of hundreds of people that the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission calls the "slaves of the 21st century." By Rahim Faiez and Lynne O'Donnell. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
THAILAND-INSURGENCY — A teacher is fatally shot as she arrives at school in Thailand's deep south, the latest of thousands of people who have died in the region during an insurgency that flared over a decade ago. SENT: 160 words.
MISSING CHINESE MARINER — The racing team of a Chinese professional sailor who went missing on a mission to set a solo trans-Pacific world record is imploring the U.S. Coast Guard to resume its ocean search for him. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher. SENT: 730 words, photos.
AUSTRALIA-RAPIST PARENTS — An Australian husband and wife are sentenced to lengthy prison terms for sexually abusing, torturing and confining their daughter over 15 years. SENT: 250 words.
AUSTRALIA-THEME PARK ACCIDENT — The families of some of the people killed at a theme park when their ride malfunctioned plead for answers into their loved ones' deaths, as the park's managers defend themselves from criticism over their handling of the tragedy. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 550 words, photos.
JAPAN-MUSIC-PPAP — The Japanese comedian behind the viral hit "PPAP" is astonished by the global success of his "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song. By Ken Moritsugu. SENT: 430 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
FINANCIAL MARKETS — Global shares are mostly lower and the dollar makes further gains ahead of a report on U.S. growth in July-September. A weaker yen pushes Japan's Nikkei 225 index higher, as shares in exporters advance. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 490 words, photos.
CHINA-TAKEOVER PUSHBACK — Corporate China's global shopping binge barreled on this week with more multibillion-dollar deals, but Beijing is starting to discover that there are limits to what its money can buy. In recent days German and European Union officials have moved to tighten up scrutiny or even block high-profile acquisitions in the latest sign of growing opposition to Chinese purchases of companies in key industries due to national security or competition concerns. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 760 words, photos.
HONG KONG-UBS INVESTIGATION — Swiss bank UBS says Hong Kong regulators are investigating its work on some initial public offerings on the southern Chinese financial center's stock market. SENT: 250 words.
AUSTRALIA-LAND SALE — An all-Australian consortium has withdrawn its bid to buy Australia's largest cattle empire after the country's richest woman announced she is prepared to buy it outright without a Chinese partner. SENT: 350 words.
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