Asian News Digest, AS
Associated Press
2014-07-13 02:22 PM



KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's two rival candidates reach a breakthrough agreement to a complete audit of their contested presidential election and, whoever the victor, a national unity government. The deal, brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, offers a path out of what threatened to be a debilitating political crisis for Afghanistan, with both candidates claiming victory and talking of setting up competing governments. By Bradley Klapper. SENT: 970 words, photos, video, audio.


SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea launches two ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea says, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills. By Jung-Yoon Choi. SENT: 480 words, photos.


ALOFI, Niue -- While much of the world worries about how it will accommodate a rapidly growing population, some islands in the Pacific face a far different dilemma: how to stop everybody from leaving. The population decline on Niue, a lush coral atoll about the size of Baltimore, has been steady and relentless. In the 1960s, there were more than 5,000 people; today, there only about 1,400. A language and a culture that dates back more than 1,000 years are at risk of vanishing entirely. By Nick Perry. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Armed gunmen fatally shoot a Malaysian policeman and kidnap another during a shootout at a resort on Borneo island, a security official says. It's the latest in a spate of kidnappings in Sabah, highlighting persistent security threats in the state. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 340 words.



GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Ignoring international appeals for a cease-fire, Israel widens its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time to raid a rocket launching site in the Palestinian territory. More than 156 Palestinians have been killed. By Khalid Khazziha and Mohammed Daraghmeh. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos.


WASHINGTON -- One by one, behind closed doors, military officers explained what they did and didn't do the night the Benghazi diplomatic post burned. Together their 30 hours of testimony to congressional investigators gives the fullest account yet of the military's response to the surprise attacks in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans the night of Sept. 11, 2012, and early the next morning. What the officers told Congress and some questions that linger. By Connie Cass. SENT: 1,900 words, photos, video, interactive.


BAGHDAD -- The U.N. urges Iraq's leaders Saturday to overcome their deep divisions and move quickly to form a new government that can unite the country and confront a surging militant threat, warning that failure to do so "risks plunging the country into chaos." Later Saturday in Baghdad, gunmen in four-wheel drive vehicles raided two buildings in a housing complex in the Zayounah neighborhood, killing at least 33 people, including 29 women, police say, adding that there are suspicions that the buildings were being used as a brothel. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra. SENT: 900 words, photos.


SAN JOSE DE LAS FLORES, Guatemala -- A 15-year-old Guatemalan migrant is buried in his hometown, nearly a month after he became a symbol of the perils facing unaccompanied children who have been flooding illegally into the U.S. By Sonia Perez D. SENT: 360 words, photos.


LONDON -- A lot is at stake in the Farnborough International Airshow, the aviation industry's biggest annual event. The trade show opening Monday is expected to see the first presentation of the world's most advanced fighter jet, the F-35, new commercial aircraft from Airbus as well as a host of new technological advances -- particularly drones -- that promise to give a glimpse of the future of flying. Here's a look at what are expected to be the highlights. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 650 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES -- Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. For years, children from Central America traveling alone and immigrants who prove they have a credible fear of returning home have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. That means there could be a considerable rise in the number of cases in the already cramped immigration courts, creating even longer waits or leading judges to rush through hearings, advocates said. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- This is a town where people are so rich that a $2 million home is a handyman's special. A town where the thrift shop gets donations of designer dresses and handbags. But Southampton, with its privet hedges and pristine beaches, also is where 40 percent of children get free or reduced school lunches, where a food pantry serves up to 400 clients monthly, and where some physicians and nurses share homes owned by the local hospital because they can't afford to buy or rent there. Studies show the wealth gap separating the ultra-rich from the working poor has been ever-widening in recent years and few places in the country provide that evidence as starkly as Long Island's Hamptons -- America's summer playground for the haves and have mores. By Frank Eltman. SENT: 900 words, photos.



RIO DE JANEIRO -- It's the day of the last World Cup final in Brazil. Pele is 9 years old. Back then, he's just Edson Arantes do Nascimento. Edson has been playing outside. He rushes into his house and notices his father is crying. Brazil has just lost to Uruguay at its sacred Maracana Stadium in Rio. The nation has been thrown into mourning. "Eight years later in the World Cup in Sweden I saw my father cry again but with happiness because we won the World Cup," Pele said on Saturday, the eve of the final's return after 64 years to the Maracana. He adds: "I have luck." An AP Interview. By Sports Writer Gerald Imray. SENT: 800 words, photos.

-- BRAZIL WATCHES -- Thousands of Argentines and Germans gather on the city's famous Copacabana beach ahead of Sunday's final. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

-- UKRAINE -- Presidents of Ukraine and Russia -- Germany, too -- to be at World Cup title game in Brazil. SENT: 560 words, photos.


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