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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

THAILAND-POLITICS — Thailand's military ruler said authorities are searching for Yingluck Shinawatra — the prime minister he ousted three years ago — after she failed to appear for the verdict in a criminal case that could send her to prison for up to 10 years. By Kaweewit Kaewjinda and Todd Pitman. Sent 830 words, photos. With THAILAND-POLITICS-THE LATEST.

MYANMAR-ATTACKS — Muslim militants armed with guns and machetes attacked Myanmar security forces at several police and border outposts overnight in a troubled western state, with 25 deaths confirmed in the clashes so far, police said. By Esther Htusan. Sent 460 words, photo. With MYANMAR-ATTACKS-THE LATEST.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG SCANDAL — A South Korean court has sentenced the billionaire Samsung heir to five years in prison for bribery and other crimes that fed public anger leading to the ouster of the country's president. By Youkyung Lee. Sent 330 words, photos. With SKOREA-SAMSUNG SCANDAL-THE LATEST.

INDIA-SPIRITUAL GURU TRIAL — Army and paramilitary soldiers were deployed across a north Indian town where masses supporting a flamboyant guru have gathered for the verdict in a court case accusing him of raping two of his followers. By Shonal Ganguly and Nirmala George. Sent 570 words, photos.

SINGAPORE-US NAVY SHIP COLLISION — A second victim of the collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore was identified by the Navy. Eight are still missing and divers are continuing to search inside the damaged McCain. Sent 200 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-STUDENTS ATTACKED — A student was detained after assaulting his teacher and three of his fellow students with a baseball bat in a classroom at the Australian National University, police said. They were hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries. By Rod McGuirk. Sent 600 words, photos.

CHINA-TIBETAN BUDDHISM — China has appointed Communist Party and government officials to manage one of the world's largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning, raising concerns over strengthened ideological control over religion that critics say is draining such institutions of their vitality. Sent 330 words.

TONGA-GOVERNMENT — The king of Tonga has dissolved the nation's parliament and ordered an election to be held by Nov. 16. Sent 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-DRUNK-LAWMAKER — Australia's prime minister confirmed his predecessor Tony Abbott had once been too drunk to vote in Parliament, an incident that's been a poorly kept secret in political circles for eight years. Sent 430 words, photo.

NEW ZEALAND-AFGHANISTAN DEPLOYMENT — New Zealand announced it will increase its tiny military force in Afghanistan from 10 people to 13 following a request from NATO. Sent 160 words.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stocks were mostly higher as market players watched for comments at a central banks' annual meeting later in the global day. By Yuri Kageyama. Sent 360 words, photos.

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Updated : 2021-03-04 15:23 GMT+08:00