2013-10-17 02:01 PM
PAKSE -- Rescue teams in fishing boats pulled eight bodies from the muddy waters of the Mekong River as hopes fade of finding survivors from a state-owned Lao Airways plane that crashed a day earlier carrying 49 people from 11 countries. The Australian government also said it was told no survivors were expected. By Jerry Harmer. SENT: 43o words, photos. Upcoming 550 words by 0600gmt
CALAPE, Philippines -- Eileen Rose Carabana and her mother were in their mountain village house when the 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippine island of Bohol. Moments later, she felt an unmistakable intense pain in her abdomen -- Carabana was about to go into labor. There was no other way to get a doctor but to hike several kilometers down a mountain to the hospital in Calape, a coastal town devastated by Tuesday's quake that killed at least 158 people and destroyed centuries-old churches. By Kiko Rosario and Oliver Teves. SENT: 730 words, photos. Upcoming: 800 words by 0600gmt.
BEIJING -- The mayor of the major eastern China city of Nanjing is being investigated for suspected corruption, the ruling Communist Party said Thursday, making him one of the highest-level targets in a continuing anti-graft campaign under leader Xi Jinping. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 360 words.
HANOI, Vietnam -- Rescuers have recovered more bodies after a typhoon flooded thousands of homes in Vietnam, raising the toll to 11 dead and five missing, officials said Thursday. Floods inundated more than 34,000 homes in three central provinces after Tyhoon Nari, which already had destroyed or damaged about 13,000 homes in seven provinces, the national floods and storms control department said. SENT: 300 words, photos.
TOKYO -- Rescue workers were combing through piles of debris from mudslides that buried people and destroyed dozens of homes on a Japanese island, as officials acknowledged Thursday that an evacuation could have saved lives. At least 18 deaths were confirmed from Typhoon Wipha and 45 people are missing, the government said. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 325 words, photos.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A long-awaited deal to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica appears to have survived a last-second obstacle -- the U.S. government shutdown -- and could be approved next week. By Nick Perry. SENT: 570 words, photo.
BEIJING -- Jittery Asian stock markets rebounded after U.S. leaders agreed to end a 16-day government shutdown and the International Monetary Fund appealed to Washington for more stable fiscal management to protect the global recover. By Joe McDonald. Upcoming by 0700 gmt.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
VIETNAM- NUCLEAR PLANS
HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam is pressing ahead with Southeast Asia's most ambitious civilian nuclear energy program despite safety fears over the technology followingthe 2011 Fukushima disaster. Foreign companies and governments are competing to get a toehold in an industry that could be worth $50 billion by 2030, according to estimates by U.S. officials. By Mike Ives. UPCOMING: 900 words by 0700 GMT.
U.S. & INTERNATIONAL:
WASHINGTON -- Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.
The Senate voted first, a bipartisan 81-18 at midevening. That cleared the way for a final 285-144 vote in the Republican-controlled House
GENEVA -- Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers end on an upbeat note, with top Western and Iranian negotiators announcing a follow-up round early next month while speaking of significant progress in efforts to reduce fears that Tehran may be seeking atomic arms. Despite abandoning the pessimistic tone of previous meetings, however, negotiators refuse to reveal details on what -- if any -- concessions Iran offered. By George Jahn and John Heilprin. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
BEIRUT -- A rebel commander announces that dozens of factions fighting in southern Syria no longer recognize the largely exile-based political opposition. The declaration is a new blow to Western efforts to unify moderates in the face of increasingly powerful Islamic radicals within the rebellion against Bashar Assad. By Karin Laub. SENT: 880 words, photos.
CAIRO -- A hammering 6-1 loss to Ghana is more than just a blow to Egypt's faltering hopes for a spot in next year's World Cup finals. The humiliation immediately becomes entangled in Egypt's bitterly divisive politics. Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president crow that the debacle is payback for the military coup that removed Mohammed Morsi. By Hamza Hendawi. SENT: 700 words, photos.
JERUSALEM -- As the world's leading maker of generic drugs, Teva has been a glowing source of pride for Israel. After an announcement of massive layoffs and revelations of the sweeping tax exemptions it enjoys, this homegrown jewel of the Israeli economy is fighting to save its reputation. By Aron Heller. SENT: 930 words, photos.
KIROV, Russia -- Sending opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison could have sparked major protests and made a martyr of the charismatic 37-year-old politician. In what appears to be an effort to defuse an explosive situation, a court suspends his sentence but upholds his conviction for theft, preventing him from running in future elections. By Laura Mills and Alexander Roslyakov. SENT: 690 words, photos.
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. SENT: 480 words, photos.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-SIGNUP TARGETS
WASHINGTON -- In the first month alone, the Obama administration was hoping to sign up nearly a half million people for the new health insurance markets, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press. How close to that goal the government has come -- and to what degree a cascade of computer problems has thwarted consumers -- isn't yet clear. The administration has refused to release enrollment numbers. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WASHINGTON -- Ever suspect you do more housework than your spouse? That certain tasks increase your blood pressure? Turns out, there's an app or gadget for that. Advancements in wearable body sensors, mobile applications and other gadgets mean that nearly everything we do can be captured, logged and analyzed. By Anne Flaherty. SENT: 970 words, photos.
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