BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

NKOREA-SHOOT 'EM DOWN? — With North Korea threatening to send a salvo of missiles close to a U.S. military hub in the Pacific, pressure could grow for Washington to put its multibillion-dollar defenses into use and shoot them out of the sky. But should it? Could it? By Eric Talmadge. Sent 870 words, photos.

NORTH KOREA-NUCLEAR — Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un's government to "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested he had been too mild when he vowed to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea. By Eric Talmadge and Jonathan Lemire. Sent 900 words, photos, video, graphics. With NORTH KOREA-GUAM-NEWS GUIDE — Snapshot of Guam before US-North Korea conflict and now. SENT: 830 words, photos.

INDIA-PAKISTAN-PARTITION-TIMELINE — Key dates since Partition that help define India and Pakistan. Sent 640 words, photos.

RETURNING THE FLAG — A U.S. Marine who served in the Pacific during World War II is heading to Japan to return a flag he took from the body of a dead soldier 73 years ago. Marvin Strombo, now 93, says returning the flag to the soldier's siblings will help him heal. By Gillian Flaccus. UPCOMING: 800 words by 0800 GMT, photos, video, graphic.

MALAYSIA-MISSING-PLANE — U.S. seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity has offered to take the financial risk of a renewed search for the missing Malaysian airliner, as victims' families urged the Malaysian government to agree to a private-sector hunt for Flight 370's wreckage. By Rod McGuirk.

SOUTH CHINA SEA — China expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" with the U.S. over the Navy's latest freedom of navigation operation in which a warship sailed past one of China's man-made islands in the strategic South China Sea. By Christopher Bodeen. Sent 440 words, photo.

CHINA-EXPRESSWAY CRASH — A long-distance passenger bus crashed into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China's northwest, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13 others. Sent 260 words, photo.

PHILIPPINES-EARTHQUAKE — A strong but deep earthquake shook the northern Philippines and was felt in the capital, but no damage has been reported. Sent 150 words, photos.

THAILAND-ELDERLY STUDENT — A 91-year old woman in Thailand has earned a college degree.


FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stock markets slumped following overnight losses on Wall Street as U.S. President Donald Trump's bellicose remarks prompted investors to unload shares in companies that have been on the rise in recent months. By Youkyung Lee.



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