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ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON FRIDAY

+ Kerry in South Korea for talks on North

+ Psy releases follow-up to 'Gangnam Style'

SOUTH KOREA

-- US Secretary of State John Kerry and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen meet South Korean officials for discussion on North Korea and its expected missile launch. Kerry news conference expected after 0900 GMT and Rasmussen's at 0700 GMT (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-MILITARY)

SOUTH KOREA

-- "Gangnam Style" star Psy unveils "Gentleman", the highly-anticipated follow-up to his global hit which boasts another catchy tune and is infused with his signature self-mocking humour (ENTERTAINMENT-SKOREA-MUSIC-PSY)

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AFGHANISTAN

-- Moved a FOCUS on how Dutch soldiers drafted in to train police officers in Afghanistan are preparing to end their mission and go home a year ahead of a NATO troop withdrawal planned for 2014 (AFGHANISTAN-UNREST-NETHERLANDS-POLICE)

AUSTRALIA

-- Athletics. Australian championships (ATHLETICS-AUS)

-- Football. A-League (FBL-ASIA-AUS)

-- Rugby League. National Rugby League (RUGBYL-AUS)

CHINA

-- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius meets President Xi Jinping and other top officials in Beijing (CHINA-FRANCE-DIPLOMACY)

-- A Chinese court hears the lawsuit of a mother sentenced to hard labour for protesting over her daughter's forced prostitution, sparking public outrage. No time given (CHINA-RIGHTS-JUSTICE)

-- Monitoring China's H7N9 bird flu outbreak, which has so far infected 38 people, killing 10 of them (HEALTH-FLU-CHINA)

-- Moving a FEATURE on the silencing of an environmental activist who campaigned against the destruction of tropical forest in Hainan to make way for hotels and golf courses (CHINA-ENVIRONMENT-RIGHTS-LAW)

-- Moving a FOCUS on the networks of baby formula traffickers who are stripping shelves of milk powder in Europe and Australia and shipping it to Chinese parents who fear local products are unsafe (CHINA-GERMANY-BRITAIN-AUSTRALIA-TRADE-LIFESTYLE)

-- Formula One. Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Free practice at 0200-0330 GMT and 0600-0730 GMT (AUTO-PRIX-CHN)

INDIA

-- India releases industrial production figures for February that are expected to highlight the weak state of Asia's third-largest economy. From 0630 GMT (INDIA-ECONOMY-OUTPUT)

-- India's second largest IT outsourcer Infosys to announce its fourth quarter earnings. Data expected around 0330 GMT (INDIA-ECONOMY-IT-COMPANY-INFOSYS-EARNINGS)

-- Moving a FOCUS on a stand-off between the government and an 81-year-old archery administrator that is threatening to pierce India's hopes of a swift return to the ranks of the International Olympic Committee (IOC-OLY-IND)

INDONESIA

-- Moving a FOCUS on how a Myanmar Buddhist fisherman held at a detention centre in Sumatra is living in fear after Muslim Rohingya killed eight Buddhists in a brutal attack (INDONESIA-MYANMAR-UNREST-RELIGION)

-- Boxing. World Boxing Association featherweight super-champion Chris John of Indonesia holds news conference at 0700 GMT ahead of his fight in Jakarta on Sunday against Japan's Satoshi Hosono (BOX-WBA-INA-MEX)

JAPAN

-- Salarymen, housewives and students swarm bookshops in Japan to get their hands on the latest Haruki Murakami novel, which hit stores at midnight and is expected to prove an instant smash hit (LITERATURE-JAPAN-MURAKAMI)

-- Tokyo District Court to rule on the case of two Somali teenagers charged with piracy after attempting to hijack a Japanese tanker in 2011. Ruling expected around 0600 GMT. (SOMALIA-PIRACY-SHIPPING-COURT-OMAN-JAPAN)

-- Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda to deliver a speech at a private seminar around 0300. (JAPAN-BANK-ECONOMY)

-- The Japanese government announces emergency powers to control any outbreak of flu as the nation nervously watches the spread of deadly H7N9 bird flu in China. (HEALTH-FLU-CHINA-JAPAN-LAW)

-- Swimming. Japan's national championships at Niigata (until April 14) (SWIM-JPN)

-- Figure skating. ISU World Team Trophy at Tokyo. Second day. At 0700 GMT (until April 14) (FSKATE-WORLD-TEAM)

NEW ZEALAND

-- Rugby Union. Super 15. Highlanders (NZL) v Brumbies (AUS), in Dunedin (RUGBYU-SUPER15-OTA-ACT)

SINGAPORE

-- Singapore economy shrinks 1.4 percent in first quarter on weak global demand for its exports (SINGAPORE-ECONOMY)

TAIWAN

-- Monitoring as opposition party pushes for a motion in parliament to stop construction of a controversial new nuclear power plant (TAIWAN-POLITICS-NUCLEAR)

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