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ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY

+ Delhi gang-rape suspect autopsy report due

+ Suu Kyi to visit controversial Myanmar mine

+ S. Korea on alert after threats from North

INDIA

-- A post-mortem examination report on a Delhi gang-rape suspect who was found dead in his jail cell is to be presented in court and is expected to show he died by hanging (INDIA-RAPE-WOMEN-COURT)

MYANMAR

-- Aung San Suu Kyi due to visit a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine a day after a parliamentary probe said police used phosphorus against mine protesters last year -- but also concluded the facility should remain open. No time given (MYANMAR-CHINA-MINING-PROTEST)

SOUTH KOREA

-- Monitoring after North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un threatened to "wipe out" a South Korean island as military tensions on the peninsula rise to their highest level in years (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-MILITARY)

--- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS ---

CHINA

-- China's annual National People's Congress parliament meeting in Beijing continues (CHINA-POLITICS-CONGRESS-NPC)

-- Moving a FOCUS on how promises made by China leaders to tackle pollution are held in little faith by its people who endure the grey skies daily (CHINA-POLITICS-CONGRESS-ENVIRONMENT-POLLUTION)

HONG KONG

-- Cathay Pacific releases its 2012 financial results. At 0400 GMT (HONGKONG-AIRLINE-COMPANY-EARNINGS-CATHAY)

-- Standard Chartered group chief executive Peter Sands speaks at a press conference. At 0215 GMT (BRITAIN-HONGKONG-BANKING-COMPANY-STANDARDCHARTERED)

INDIA

-- World Bank president Jim Yong Kim holds a news conference at 0630 GMT (INDIA-WORLDBANK)

-- IAEA director general Yukiya Amano meets the Indian foreign secretary on the second day of a five-day trip. At 0700 GMT (INDIA-NUCLEAR-ENERGY-IAEA)

JAPAN

-- Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations hold a meeting of high-level defence officials as the region seeks to forge stronger ties at a time of heightened tensions with China. Ongoing (JAPAN-ASEAN-MILITARY)

-- Japan Tobacco wraps up a three-day sale of government shares in the former state monopoly in an effort to raise money for the reconstruction of areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami (JAPAN-COMPANY-JT)

-- Seeking reaction from Japanese airlines after US safety authorities gave the green light to a battery fix Boeing has proposed for its grounded Dreamliner, allowing the plane maker to test the aircraft in flight (US-JAPAN-AVIATION-INCIDENT-PROBE-COMPANY-BOEING)

MALAYSIA

-- Reporting on crisis in Sabah state as Malaysian security forces pursue armed followers of a self-proclaimed Filipino sultan who landed last month to press a territorial claim (MALAYSIA-PHILIPPINES-CRIME-SECURITY)

NEPAL

-- Moving a FEATURE on one woman's efforts to save Nepalese children from a system that incarcerates them if their mothers are jailed (NEPAL-CHILDREN-RIGHTS-PRISON)

PHILIPPINES

-- The Philippines prepares to unveil the first of four billion-dollar mega-casinos on Manila Bay as it hopes to become one of the world's biggest gaming destinations (PHILIPPINES-GAMING-CASINO-BUSINESS)

-- Asian Development Bank holds press forum on the release of its report on security of Asia's water resources at about 0200 GMT. (ADB-ASIA-WATER)

-- January labour force data. (PHILIPPINES-ECONOMY-UNEMPLOYMENT)

SINGAPORE

-- Press conference on Trans-Pacific Partnership following talks in Singapore. From 0400 GMT (ASIA-TRADE-TPP)

TAIWAN

-- The defence ministry releases 2013 quadrennial defence review aimed at examining Taiwan's defence capabilities against the growing perceived threat from former bitter rival China despite eased tensions. 0700 GMT (TAIWAN-CHINA-POLITICS-MILITARY)

THAILAND

-- Member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to debate trade protection for endangered species at a wildlife conference. From 0200 GMT (ENVIRONMENT-WILDLIFE-CITES)

-- Moving a FOCUS on how demand for exotic pets is pushing some species close to extinction (ENVIRONMENT-WILDLIFE-SPECIES-PETS-CITES)

VARIOUS DATELINES

-- AFC Champions League group matches (FBL-C1-ASIA)

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