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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS


AFGHANISTAN — The attack on an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military killed at least 36 Islamic State group fighters, according to Afghan officials. By Amir Shah.

KOREAS-TENSION — North Korea's vice foreign minister blamed President Donald Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the U.S. was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership. By Eric Talmadge. With KOREAS-TENSION-THE LATEST, KOREAS-TENSION-QUOTES.

PENCE-ASIA — Vice President Mike Pence is opening his trip to the Asia-Pacific region amid increasing tensions in North Korea over the regime's nuclear and missile programs. By Ken Thomas.

JAPAN-VIETNAM-GIRL MURDER — Police arrested a Japanese man in connection with the death of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl near Tokyo, weeks after her naked body was found near a trench.

THAILAND-STREET FOOD — Efforts by authorities in military-ruled Thailand to impose order on the chaotic capital city have a fresh target: cheap and tasty pad thai. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda.

CHINA-BEIJING FILM FESTIVAL — The lack of South Korean films at this year's Beijing film festival has nothing to do with politics, an organizer says. By Louise Watt.


UNITED NATIONS-PEACEKEEPERS — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warns countries they would lose funding if they fail to hold their peacekeepers accountable for sexual abuse and exploitation. She cited an AP investigation into a child sex ring in Haiti involving Sri Lankan peacekeepers. By Paisley Dodds and Edith Lederer.

SERBIA-FATIMA'S STORY — A car crammed with migrants crashes in Serbia, highlighting the dangers faced by people relying on smugglers to take them through the Balkans to western Europe.

AFGHAN FAMILY DETAINED — An Afghan family that traveled to the U.S. on special visas and was detained at the Los Angeles airport in March received status as permanent residents, their attorneys said.

UNITED-PASSENGER REMOVED — A lawyer for a man who suffered a concussion and lost two teeth when he was dragged off a United Express flight says he hopes the man becomes "a poster child" for the mistreatment airline passengers suffer. By Don Babwin and Sarah Burnett.


FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Asian stocks were lower as investors in the region had many reasons to worry about rising geopolitical tensions and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. By Youkyung Lee.



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Updated : 2021-04-19 18:31 GMT+08:00