MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA - North Korea said Tuesday it was banning Malaysians from leaving the country as its bitter diplomatic battle with Malaysia escalated dramatically over the poisoning death of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's estranged half brother. SENT: 640 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-NORTH KOREA THE LATEST
KOREAS-TENSION-THAAD — U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. By Kim Tong-hyung. SENT: 500 words.
AUSTRALIA-BRITISH BACKPACKER ATTACK — A British backpacker was sexually assaulted and held captive for weeks in the Australian Outback before being rescued by police who pulled over the car she was driving during a routine traffic stop, officials said Tuesday. SENT: 280 words.
ASIA-CORRUPTION - A survey by the anti-graft group Transparency International shows that bribery and other forms of corruption are hindering poverty alleviation and hurting public health in Asia by channeling resources away from those who need them. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 400 words, photos.
INDIA-AIR AMBULANCE — India's external affairs minister says an Indian hospital air ambulance plane with five people on board caught fire and crash landed near Bangkok. The pilot was killed. SENT: 120 words.
CHINA-XINJIANG-MORE POLICE — Authorities in China's western region of Xinjiang are offering high salaries and other benefits to recruit police in the restive area, which has seen bloody attacks blamed on separatists. SENT: 130 words.
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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday with little major news to drive trading. Japan's benchmark edged lower, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose as China's finance minister expressed confidence over the government's ability to handle rising levels of debt. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 450 words, photos.
CHINA-TECH AMBITIONS — China is violating its free-trade pledges by pressing foreign makers of electric cars and other goods to share technology under an industry development plan that is likely to shrink access to its markets, a business group said Tuesday. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 560 words, photos.
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