BC-Asian News Digest

BC-Asian News Digest

APEC — Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries announce an agreement on pushing ahead with a free-trade deal whose destiny was uncertain after President Donald Trump dropped it. By Tran Van Minh and Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 830 words, photos. With APEC-THE LATEST.

TRUMP — President Donald Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring "America first" message, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just a day after he had heaped praise on President Xi Jinping in Beijing. By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 720 words, photos, video. With TRUMP-THE LATEST.

SOUTHEAST ASIA-SECURITY WORRIES — Look at major issues at weekend ASEAN summit in the Philippines. By Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano. SENT: 850 words, photos.

SRI LANKA-TORTURE — Sri Lanka's government is facing increasing pressure to answer for alleged human rights violations following a recent war crimes lawsuit and an Associated Press investigation in which more than 50 men reported being raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year by the government. By James Keaten and Paisley Dodds. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

INDIA-AIR POLLUTION — Thick smog has constricted India's capital this week, smudging landmarks from view and leaving residents frustrated at the lack of meaningful action by authorities. By Nick Perry. SENT: 700 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION — The United States and South Korea start joint naval exercises that will involve three U.S. aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 410 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA-UNLAWFUL LAWMAKERS — Another Australian lawmaker announces his resignation over a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament, triggering a second by-election that could cost the government its fragile grip on power. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 600 words, photo.

PAKISTAN-INDIAN SPY — Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says Islamabad on "humanitarian grounds" has allowed the wife of an Indian naval officer who faces death penalty for espionage and sabotage to meet with him. SENT: 130 words.



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Updated : 2021-02-26 13:20 GMT+08:00