BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

KOREAS-TENSIONS — South Korea offered to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s. By Hyung-Jin Kim. Sent 360 words, photos.

INDIA-HERITAGE MANSION — Age sits lightly on a sprawling, 4-centuries-old mansion that dates to Indian coastal state's days as a Portuguese colony. By Vineeta Deepak. Sent 950 words, photos, video.

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH — Indonesia has named waters in its exclusive economic zone that overlap with China's expansive claim to the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea, an assertion of sovereignty that has angered Beijing. Upcoming 900 words, photos by 800 GMT.

IRAN — Iran imprisoned a Chinese-American man for 10 years after accusing him of "infiltrating" the country, authorities said Sunday. By Amir Vahdat and Adam Schreck. Sent 960 words, photo.

CHINA-WALMART ATTACK — Two people were hacked to death and another nine injured by a man wielding a meat cleaver inside a Walmart store in China's southern manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, police said. Sent 220 words, photo.

INDIA-PRESIDENT'S ELECTION — Lawmakers were voting to choose India's next president in an election likely to be won by a little-known member of a Hindu political group that is closely allied to India's ruling party. Sent 280 words.

PAKISTAN-BOMB — A suicide bomber hit a vehicle carrying Pakistani paramilitary force members, killing an officer and another soldier and wounding seven, a police official said. By Riaz Khan. Sent 200 words, photos.

GHOST TOWN-CHURCH — A long-abandoned village in Connecticut is the second American "ghost town" to be repurposed by a fast-growing Filipino religious group, the Iglesia Ni Cristo. By Michael Melia. Sent 600 words, photos.

THE WEEK THAT WAS IN ASIA-PHOTO GALLERY — Editor selections from the past week in Asia. Sent 250 words, photos.


CHINA-ECONOMY — China's economic growth held steady in the latest quarter, boosted by unexpectedly strong trade and consumer spending, despite fears tighter lending controls aimed at cooling a surge in debt are weighing on commercial activity. By Joe McDonald. Sent 740 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Most Asian stock markets rose after major Wall Street indexes hit new highs and China reported unexpectedly strong economic growth. By Joe McDonald. Sent 490 words.



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