PHILIPPINES-CHRISTMAS STORM — A powerful typhoon is on its way to slam into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day as officials struggle to divert people's attention from family celebrations and travel. A provincial governor offered roasted pigs to entice villagers to move to emergency shelters. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 620 words, photo. Typhoon forecast to make landfall around 1200 GMT
CHINA-AIRCRAFT CARRIER — China's first aircraft carrier has set off for the Western Pacific for an open-sea training exercise, the Defense Ministry says. By Louise Watt. SENT: 480 words, photo
SRI LANKA-TALLEST CHRISTMAS TREE — Sri Lanka unveils a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record despite constructions delays and a shorter-than-planned finished product. By Bharatha Mallawarachi. SENT: 350 words, photos
SINGAPORE-US-TEEN ASYLUM SEEKER — A teenage blogger from Singapore whose supporters say is seeking asylum is in custody after being detained last week at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, U.S. immigration officials say. SENT: 430 words, photo
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