BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS


PHILIPPINES-RESILIENT REBELS — Young communist guerrillas in the Philippine wilderness describe their militancy in Marxist terms, but all appear to have been drawn to their path by crushing poverty, despair and the stark inequality that has long plagued Philippine society. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 1,040 words, photos, video.

PHILIPPINES-BOMB FOUND — An improvised bomb found in a trash bin near the U.S. Embassy and detonated by police has the same design as one used by local sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a Sept. 2 bomb attack that killed 15 people in southern Davao city, the Philippine police chief says. SENT: 320 words, photos.

SKOREA-POLITICS — South Korea's embattled president accepts the resignation of her justice minister, the latest in a series of personnel reshuffles she's made amid a political scandal that's threatening her leadership. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 340 words, photos.

ASIA PHOTO SHOWCASE-CANDLELIGHT VIGILS — On each of the past five Saturday evenings, thousands of protesters have transformed a darkened avenue near the South Korean presidential palace into a sea of light, waving candles, glowing smartphones and battery-powered LED sticks, singing and shouting for President Park Geun-hye to step down. SENT: 170 words, photos.

NKOREA-MOURNING CASTRO — North Korea is observing a three-day period of mourning for Fidel Castro, seen by the North as a rare comrade-in-arms against the common enemy of the United States. SENT: 330 words, photos.

INDIA-PAKISTAN BRINKMANSHIP — An uneasy calm has fallen over the de facto border between the Indian and Pakistani-controlled portions of Kashmir after months of deadly firing and signs that the two countries were engaged in a brinkmanship not seen for decades. By Nirmala George and Aijaz Hussain. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-INDIGENOUS VIOLENCE — Aboriginal traditional dancers carrying clap sticks and spears and with faces painted white with clay travel from remote northern Australia to Parliament House to draw attention to rampant domestic violence in Outback indigenous communities. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 300 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-MISSING FISHERMEN — Philippine coast guard officials say they've launched a search for five Filipinos who failed to return after fishing in disputed Scarborough Shoal in bad weather off the country's northwest. SENT: 160 words.

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves. By Hrvoje Hranjski. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CHINA-TOWER COLLAPSE — Nine executives are being held responsible by the Chinese government for a power plant accident in which 74 workers were killed when an under-construction cooling tower collapsed. SENT: 400 words.

CHINA-UN — The United Nations' incoming secretary-general says he wants U.N. peacekeepers to be better trained and more respectful of human rights, amid pressure on the organization to address a series of sexual abuse allegations. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PAKISTAN — Pakistani police say gunmen have shot and killed a senior police officer and a member of the minority Ahmadi community in separate targeted killings. SENT: 120 words.

TURKMENISTAN-AFGHANISTAN — The presidents of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan officially open a new railroad that will link the oil-rich former Soviet republic with Afghanistan. By Alexander Vershinin. SENT: 210 words.

NEPAL-EARTHQUAKE — An avalanche triggered by an earthquake kills a Sherpa mountain guide and injures a British climber who has to be rescued by helicopter. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 310 words.

INDIA-ROBOT OLYMPIAD — Whizzing around a green felt table chasing a soccer ball beaming infrared light, the boxy robot shoots — and scores — and wins its Taiwanese teenage creators first prize at this year's student robot games. By Rishabh R. Jain. SENT: 330 words.

JAPAN-FISH IN ICE — An amusement park in western Japan sparks an uproar after it displayed about 5,000 dead fish in the ice at a skating rink, forcing the park to close the attraction. By Kaori Hitomi. SENT: 230 words.

CHINA-PEOPLE-ZHANG MO — Differing Chinese and Western expectations over marriage provided the inspiration for Zhang Mo's directorial debut, "Suddenly Seventeen," which she says is about encouraging young women to "explore a little further" before they settle down. The daughter of Chinese cinematic great Zhang Yimou, Zhang said returning to China after years of study in the United States felt like "a reverse culture shock." By Louise Watt. SENT: 660 words, photos.

CHINA-FILM STUDIO — China's government announces plans to build a $2 billion film studio as part of a national push to expand its cultural influence. SENT: 220 words.



FINANCIAL MARKETS — Chinese shares rise but most other global markets retreat as oil prices fall further on unease about this week's OPEC meeting to discuss possible output cuts. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 620 words, photos.

INDIA-CURRENCY PROTEST — Thousands of people demonstrate across India to protest the government's sudden decision to withdraw large-denomination currency from circulation, a move that has caused enormous hardship to millions of people in the country's predominantly cash-based economy. SENT: 350 words.



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Updated : 2021-03-05 22:53 GMT+08:00