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ASIA AT 0300 GMT, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2008

ASIA AT 0300 GMT, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2008

The following news stories from the Asia-Pacific region are being pursued by The Associated Press. Please see the Asian News Digest at 0700 GMT and the Asian News Digest Update at 1200 GMT.
TOP STORIES:
KOREAS-NUCLEAR
SEOUL, South Korea _ North Korea says it refuses to give up its nuclear weapons until after the U.S. alters its "hostile policy" toward the North's government and proves it does not pose an atomic threat to the wartime rival. Moved. By Jean H. Lee. AP Photos.
CHINA-TAINTED PRODUCTS
BEIJING _ Hundreds of affected parents have banded together to reject a government compensation plan they say was drawn up without their input and doesn't cover enough victims. Moved. By Gillian Wong. AP Photos.
CHINA-QUAKE
BEIJING _ Nine Chinese parents whose children died when their classrooms crumbled in the Sichuan earthquake last year say they will keep pursuing the government until they know the outcome of a probe into why their school gave way. By 0400 GMT. By Gillian Wong.
CHINA-CHEMICAL PLANT
SHANGHAI, China _ China's environmental protection agency says a chemical plant project that provoked protests among residents worried over potential health hazards will be moved to another city, vowing to ensure it meets safety standards. By 0330 GMT.
CHINA-COUNTERFEIT CASH
SHANGHAI, China _ A Shanghai man gets a 10-month jail sentence as the government says it is making headway in battling a flood of fake Chinese currency good enough to trick some anti-counterfeiting machines. By 0400 GMT.
INDONESIA-FERRY SINKS
MAJENE, Indonesia _ Rescue teams return empty-handed from intense search missions in choppy central Indonesian seas, where more than 230 people are missing after a ferry capsized in a cyclone over the weekend. Moved. By Irwan Firdaus. AP Photos. AP Graphic.
FIJI-FLOODING
SUVA, Fiji _ Heavy rain and strong winds lash flood-devastated Fiji, where the death toll from the worst storms in a generation rises to nine and thousands of residents huddle in emergency shelters. Moved. By Pita Ligaiula.
ASIA-RICE
MANILA, Philippines _ An international team of scientists is developing a new rice plant that would use less fertilizer, less water but could boost yields by up to 50 percent for small scale farmers in Asia and Africa. By 0400 GMT. By Teresa Cerojano.
AUSTRALIA-ABORIGINES
CANBERRA, Australia _ Aborigines in Australia's harsh Outback will be among the hardest hit by climate change because of their poor health and impoverished living conditions, a team of experts predicts. By 0700 GMT. By Rod McGuirk.
AUSTRALIA-SHARK HYSTERIA
SYDNEY, Australia _ A spate of shark attacks across Australia in recent weeks has rattled swimmers' nerves, but experts say never fear _ it's safe to go back in the water. By 0700 GMT. By Kristen Gelineau.
AUSTRALIA-WORLD'S BEST JOB
SYDNEY, Australia _ Position: Island caretaker. Duties: Lazing around Australia's Great Barrier Reef for six months. Salary: $100,000. It sounds too good to be true, but it's for real. Lead moved.
JAPAN-BLAST
TOKYO _ A Japanese town is shaken by a powerful blast when a construction crew accidentally sets off what appears to be a World War II era land mine, shattering nearby windows. By 0330 GMT.
INDIA-SLUMDOG'S HOME
MUMBAI, India _ In a city that worships the movies, people are proudly embracing "Slumdog Millionaire" as the newest addition to the cinematic pantheon _ never mind that it hasn't hit the screens here yet. Moved. By Ramola Talwar Badam. AP Photos.
US-JAPANESE BUSINESSMAN
LOS ANGELES _ A Japanese businessman who hanged himself in his jail cell while facing trial in his wife's death killed another woman 30 years ago before withdrawing thousands of dollars from her bank account, police say. Moved.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WORLD MARKETS
HONG KONG _ Asian markets rose modestly as exporters like Sony rebounded from the previous day's sell-off after U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke gave a guarded welcome to the big stimulus package planned by the incoming Obama administration.
CHINA-ECONOMY
BEIJING _ The government revises up China's official 2007 economic growth from an already-high 11.9 percent to an eye-popping 13 percent, suggesting its recent downturn due to global economic turmoil might be even sharper than expected. Moved.
CHINA-INTERNET BOOM
BEIJING _ China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said. Moved.
FOR NEWS ON CURRENT AND UPCOMING FEATURES, please see the AP World Features Digest.
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