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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

INDONESIA-SONS OF TERROR — A former Islamic militant in Indonesia who says he regrets his past has opened up a school for the children of extremists with the hope of steering them away from the paths of their fathers. Khairul Ghazali has 20 pupils but estimates there are about 2,000 sons and daughters of killed or imprisoned militants in the country. By Niniek Karmini. Sent 1,400 words, photos; abridged version available.

THAILAND-POLITICS — Two former Thai prime ministers were cleared of abuse of power in a case involving the quelling of an anti-government protest in 2008. Sent 350 words, photos.

SOUTH CHINA SEA — Southeast Asia's top diplomats will seek talks "as soon as possible" on a proposed nonaggression pact with China aimed at preventing clashes in the South China Sea and will likely hold back on criticism of China's aggressive acts in the disputed waters in a weekend summit. Sent 480 words.

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA — Tillerson assures North Korea "We are not your enemy." SENT: 130 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-PLANE PLOT — A man arrested over the weekend in Sydney has been released without charge and was shocked to be questioned about a plot to bring down an airliner, his lawyer and police said. By Rod McGuirk. Sent 500 words, photo.

CHINESE CONSULATE-SHOOTING — A man opened fire outside of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life, police said. By Michael Balsamo.


US-CHINA-TRADE — President Donald Trump's administration is considering using rarely invoked U.S. trade laws to fend off China's demands that foreign companies share their technology in return for access to the country's vast market, a person familiar with U.S. discussions said. By Gillian Wong. Sent 560 words, photo.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stock markets were higher following the Dow industrial's record-high finish, as upbeat corporate earnings reports and China factory data boosted investor confidence. By Youkyung Lee.



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Updated : 2021-05-08 15:21 GMT+08:00