AFP Asia news agenda

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+ N.Korea to hold meeting of top party leaders

+ Australia approves Qantas, Emirates alliance

+ Mosque torched as rioting in Myanmar goes on


-- North Korea said it would soon hold an annual meeting of top party leaders to decide an unspecified "important" issue, as it steps up military threats towards the South and the US, while border tensions increase as a South soldier throws a grenade (NKOREA-POLITICS-PARTY)


-- Australia's competition watchdog gives final approval for Qantas and Emirates to launch a "game-changing" global alliance, saying the tie-up will benefit the public (AUSTRALIA-QANTAS-EMIRATES-AVIATION)


-- Violence flares for a seventh night in Myanmar, where 40 people have been killed in communal riots, as mobs ignore a curfew to torch a mosque and other buildings (MYANMAR-UNREST-RELIGION)



-- In a world first, acoustic technology has been used to successfully find, track and study the biggest creature on Earth, the Antarctic blue whale (AUSTRALIA-ENVIRONMENT-ANIMAL-WHALE)


-- A Chinese border province has announced plans to build a new railway to North Korea, despite Beijing's promises to implement tough new sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear test and rocket launch (CHINA-NKOREA-ECONOMY-NUCLEAR-TRADE)

-- Beijing Fashion Week continues (CHINA-FASHION)


-- Moving a FOCUS on the incentives being offered to Indian car buyers from an industry struggling to boost demand in a sagging economy (INDIA-AUTO-COMPANY-SALES)


-- Football. Japan says it will lodge a formal complaint with FIFA after two players had lasers shone directly in their faces during the team's 2-1 shock World Cup qualifier defeat to Jordan in Amman (FBL-WC2014-ASIA-JPN-JOR)

-- Shares in troubled Sharp drop more than four percent in Tokyo trading after apparent differences between the electronics giant and its Taiwanese partner Hon Hai over a crucial capital injection (JAPAN-TAIWAN-ELECTRONICS-COMPANY-SHARP-HONHAI)

-- Stars of Japan's kabuki theatre world parade through Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district ahead of the re-opening next week of one of the country's most important theatres. Ongoing. (ENTERTAINMENT-JAPAN-THEATRE-KABUKI)

-- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in Tokyo. At 0440 GMT (JAPAN-INDIA-DIPLOMACY)

-- Japanese advertising giant Dentsu says it has completed a 3.16 billion pound ($4.8 billion) takeover of British media group Aegis after winning final regulatory approval for the deal (JAPAN-BRITAIN-CHINA-COMPANY-TAKEOVER-DENTSU-AEGIS)

-- Game software maker Square Enix is to replace its president, reports say, after forecasting a record net loss on slumping sales of major games titles in Europe and the US (JAPAN-IT-VIDEOGAMES-COMPANY-SQUAREENIX)

-- A Japanese company aiming to create an electric car that can travel at 400 kilometres (250 miles) an hour unveils a new vehicle as a different firm shows off its battery-powered tuk-tuk (JAPAN-AUTO-TECHNOLOGY-ENVIRONMENT)

-- Competitors from 54 countries begin their challenge for the title of World's Best Sommelier at an event in Tokyo (JAPAN-CULTURE-WINE)


-- Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends Myanmar's Armed Forces Day for the first time (MYANMAR-MILITARY-SUUKYI)


-- Former Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez makes his debut in a game that has drawn keen interest of local fans, with his team saying 15,000 tickets, or 75 percent of the stadium's capacity, have been sold. Game starting at 1030 GMT (BASEBALL-USA-TPE-Ramirez)

-- Following after Sharp said its one-year agreement to hammer out capital injection from Taiwan's Hon Hai has elapsed without any deal (JAPAN-TAIWAN-ELECTRONICS-COMPANY-SHARP-HONHAI)


-- Moving an ADVANCER on forthcoming landmark peace talks between the Thai government and a key rebel group operating in the insurgency-wracked south, where more than 5,500 people have been killed (THAILAND-SOUTH-UNREST)


-- Moving a FOCUS on how bitter political rivals in Pakistan are united through a fear of violence, in a country awash with guns, Islamic militants and political and ethnic rivalries.


-- Moving a FEATURE on efforts in the Philippines to turn its growing refuse problems into a clean-energy windfall (PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT-POLLUTION-BIOMASS-WARNING)