BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS


NKOREA-GETTING WHAT IT WANTS — North Korea has been penalized verbally and financially countless times for its nuclear ambitions, but it has still got food, fuel and other aid shipments from its neighbors and adversaries that have helped keep the poor country alive. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 900 words, photos.

NKOREA-MISSILE — North Korea after decades of effort has a missile potentially capable of reaching the continental United States, but analysts say Pyongyang has yet to show the ICBM can inflict serious damage once it gets there. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CHINA-MILITARY — Chinese President Xi Jinping issues a tough line on national sovereignty amid multiple territorial disputes with his country's neighbors, saying China will never permit the loss of "any piece" of its land to outsiders. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

INDIA-FARMER SUICIDES — As drought ravages farmlands in southern India, hundreds of farmers protest in the capital of New Delhi to demand more government support. They face even more risk in years to come as climate change pushes temperatures up and brings more extreme weather events such as strong storms or drought. By Katy Daigle. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-POLITICS — Pakistani lawmakers are to elect the successor to three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who resigned last week after being disqualified from office by the country's Supreme Court over concealing assets. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Full story.

THAILAND-POLITICS — Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra declares her innocence and asks for "kindness" from a court during her final statement in a criminal negligence trial that could land her in prison for 10 years if she is convicted. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda. SENT: 380 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN-SECURITY RESTRICTIONS — The U.S. watchdog tasked with overseeing the spending of billions of U.S. dollars in aid to Afghanistan says unprecedented restrictions on the movement of American government employees is sending a dangerous message to Afghan people and hinder the U.S. work in the country. By Kathy Gannon. SENT: 900 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-POLITICS — New Zealand opposition leader Andrew Little quits and is replaced by his 37-year-old deputy seven weeks before the general election, as the liberal Labour Party tries to find a way to overcome recent dismal polling. By Nick Perry. SENT: 220 words, photos.

ASIA-STORM — A typhoon that briefly strengthened into the Northern Hemisphere's strongest storm of the year has lost much of its punch but could still hit Japan by this weekend. SENT: 200 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT — A survey of more than 30,000 Australian university students has found that half the respondents had been sexually harassed and almost one in 50 had been sexually assaulted on campuses, but few made formal complaints. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 300 words.



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Updated : 2021-02-26 09:55 GMT+08:00