Asia News Agenda

Duty Editor: Jennifer O'Mahony

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ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON THURSDAY

+ Obama-Abe talks in pivotal Asia visit

+ Protests a year on from Bangladesh factory collapse

JAPAN

-- US President Barack Obama to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the morning after an imperial reception, with a joint press conference scheduled shortly after 0300 GMT. (US-JAPAN-DIPLOMACY)

BANGLADESH

-- The country marks one year since the most deadly accident in the garment sector ever which left 1,138 dead, with retailers facing pressure to keep promises to the victims (BANGLADESH-DISASTER-TEXTILE-LABOUR)

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AFGHANISTAN

-- Third batch of partial presidential election results due, with former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah currently in the lead. 1130 GMT (AFGHANISTAN-ELECTION-UNREST)

INDIA

-- Volatile Kashmir and the important southern state of Tamil Nadu go to the polls in the latest stage of India's five-week election which ends with results on May 16 (INDIA-ELECTION)

-- Election frontrunner and opposition leader Narendra Modi files his nomination papers to stand for a parliamentary seat in the holy Hindu town of Varanasi. From 0330 GMT. (INDIA-ELECTION-MODI)

INDONESIA

-- Golf. Asian Tour. Indonesian Masters (GOLF-ASIA-INA)

MALAYSIA

-- Coverage of Malaysia's investigation into missing flight MH370 as authorities seek to determine whether material washed ashore in Australia is from the plane (MALAYSIA-CHINA-AUSTRALIA-AVIATION)

NEPAL

-- A government delegation is expected to fly to Everest base camp to try to negotiate with sherpa guides who have threatened to boycott this year's climbing season after the death of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche last week. (NEPAL-EVEREST-MOUNTAINEERING-AVALANCHE)

TAIWAN

-- Monitoring as 72-year-old activist Lin Yi-hsiung's indefinite hunger strike against a nearly completed nuclear power plant moves into a third day (TAIWAN-ENERGY-NUCLEAR-ENVIRONMENT)

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