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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

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NKOREA-MISSILES — In a first, North Korea fires a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean. By Foster Klug and Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

NKOREA-THE DETERRENCE WAR — Conventional knowledge says that if North Korea were ever to use its nuclear weapons, it would be an act of suicide. But brace yourself for what deterrence experts call the "theory of victory." By Eric Talmadge. UPCOMING: Chunky text, 800 words by 0900 GMT.

NKOREA-MISSILES-JAPANESE VOICES — The launch of a North Korean missile over Japanese territory heightened concern in Japan, but Tokyo residents are fatalistic, saying there is little they can do except hope that global leaders resolve the tension peacefully. By Mari Yamaguchi and Sherry Zheng. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 0700 GMT.

MYANMAR-THE LADY UNDER FIRE — Once hailed as "Myanmar's Joan of Arc," Aung San Suu Kyi is coming under withering criticism for failing to espouse human rights which she once so passionately upheld. Defenders say she can't risk alienating a still powerful military which could oust her government. Critics question whether she has forsaken her democratic ideals. By Denis D. Gray. SENT: 1,500 words, photos.

INDIA-TRAIN DERAILS — A passenger train partly derails in western India, the third rail accident in the country in 10 days. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-PHILIPPINES — Australia has offered to help train and advise the Philippine military in its fight against extremists linked to the Islamic State group, Australia's foreign minister says. SENT: 100 words.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

INDONESIA-FREEPORT — Indonesia is allowing Freeport-McMoRan to continue operating a giant gold and copper mine after the U.S. company agreed to relinquish majority ownership of it to the government. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-RENAULT-NISSAN-ELECTRIC CARS — Automakers Renault and Nissan say they will develop electric cars with a Chinese state-owned partner, adding to a series of tie-ups between global auto brands and local partners in the biggest electric vehicle market. SENT: 300 words.

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