CHINA-NEW SILK ROAD-XI'S SPOTLIGHT — China will seek to burnish President Xi Jinping's stature as a world-class statesman at an international gathering centered on his signature foreign policy effort envisioning a future world order in which all roads lead to Beijing. By Christopher Bodeen and Gillian Wong. Sent 1,000 words, photos. With PAKISTAN-CHINA-NEW SILK ROAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif plans to attend. Sent 120 words.
GUAM-MILITARY EXERCISES — Military drills on Guam in which four countries were to practice amphibious landings and moving their troops have been postponed indefinitely after a French landing craft ran aground. By Haven Daley and Audrey McAvoy. Sent 550 words, photos, video.
NKOREA-US CONGRESS — A North Korean parliamentary committee sent a rare letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives over its new package of tougher sanctions. By Eric Talmadge. Sent 560 words.
NEPAL-LOCAL ELECTIONS — Much has changed since Nepal last held local elections 20 years ago — the monarchy was abolished, federal democracy was introduced and political wrangling took center stage. Earthquakes. A Maoist insurgency. And widespread poverty. Through it all, only government-appointed bureaucrats were available to help. Many voters are excited to choose local representatives for the first time since 1997. By Binaj Gurubacharya. Sent 750 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-PREDATOR FREE — New Zealand has set itself an environmental goal so ambitious it's been compared to putting a man on the moon: ridding the entire nation of every last rat, opossum and stoat. The idea is to give a second chance to the distinctive birds that once ruled this South Pacific nation. By Nick Perry. Sent 1,000 words, photos.
PHILIPPINES-WEBCAM CHILD ABUSE — Authorities in the Philippines have rescued four girls and arrested a mother and two other women for allegedly livestreaming sexually exploitative videos of children to men paying by the minute to watch from the United States. By Martha Mendoza and Jim Gomez. Sent 780 words, photos.
SKOREA-MOON-TEXTBOOK — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has scrapped a plan to introduce state-issued history textbooks at schools, erasing a key policy of his ousted conservative predecessor. Sent 130 words.
INDONESIA-BLASPHEMY — The imprisonment of a Christian politician for blaspheming Islam has triggered an outpouring of anger and support around Indonesia. Sent 280 words, photo.
THAILAND-PLOWING CEREMONY — To the sound of Brahmin horns and amid colorful pageantry, Thailand's king presided over ceremony to open rice-planting season. Sent 250 words, photos.
NEW ZEALAND-EMINEM COPYRIGHT CASE — It's a rap: Trial of Eminem lawsuit against New Zealand's ruling political party ends; judge to rule within months. By Nick Perry.
TRUMP-FBI — White House explanations of FBI Director James Comey's firing continue to evolve, with President Donald Trump declaring he had planned to do it all along. By Julie Pace, Eileen Sullivan and Jake Pearson. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.
KUSHNER SISTER-CHINESE INVESTORS — The sister of White House adviser Jared Kushner won't be attending any investor conferences in China this weekend after criticism of previous visit. By Bernard Condon. Sent 450 words.
ARCTIC COUNCIL — Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not rush to make a decision on its policies. SENT: 750 words, photos, video.
ARGENTINA-TRANSGENDER POLICE — Analia Pasantino served in Argentina's federal police as a man for 20 years, then she came out as transgender and was forced to resign. She was welcomed back to the police force this week. By Luis Andres Henao. SENT: 650 words, photos.
SKOREA-MOON-ECONOMIC AGENDA — South Korea's new president is taking on a challenge that has defied all of his predecessors: reforming the big family-controlled conglomerates that dominate the economy. By Youkyung Lee.
TRADE-CHINA —China will finally open its borders to U.S. beef while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to hitting the American market as part of a U.S.-China trade agreement. By Martin Crutsinger and Jill Colvin. SENT: 850 words, photos.
GLOBAL ECONOMY — Finance officials from the Group of 7 economies have gathered to hear more about U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies. By David McHugh and Martin Crutsinger. Sent 650 words.
FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian shares mostly lower amid U.S. political uncertainty and ahead of G-7 finance chiefs' meeting. By Kelvin Chan. Sent 570 words, photos.
HOW TO REACH US:
The editor in charge at the AP Asia-Pacific Desk in Bangkok will be David Thurber. Questions and story requests are welcome. The news desk can be reached at (66) 2632-6911 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Asia Photo Desk can be reached at (81-3) 6215-8941. Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact email@example.com or call (1) 877-836-9477.