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  • Bangkok bomb suspect 'unlikely' international terrorist

    Thailand's top police officer Saturday said a man arrested in connection with last week's deadly Bangkok bomb attack was "unlikely" to be an international terrorist and was motivated by a "personal feud". "He is a foreigner, but it's unlikely that he is an international terrorist, it's a personal…

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  • Thai police arrest foreign man over Bangkok bombing

    By Pairat Temphairojana and Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police hunting the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing arrested on Saturday a foreigner they said matched the description of a man who left a bag at the crowded site of a blast in Bangkok nearly two weeks ago. Police…

  • Obama to wage climate fight at Alaskan frontline

    Alaska is often just a fuel stop for US presidents headed for Asia, but Barack Obama will spend three days in The Last Frontier next week and become the first sitting US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, the setting of the most spectacular impacts of climate change. After landing in Achorage…

  • The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths

    GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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  • Global stocks mixed after torrid week

    Global stock markets finished mixed on Friday at the end of a turbulent week driven by worries over China's slowing growth with some relief coming from data showing the strength of the US economy. Global equities were hammered on Black Monday as risk-averse investors dumped shares on spreading…

  • Things to know about the FIFA presidential election

    MONACO (AP) — FIFA presidential contender Michel Platini would not talk about it Friday, but he is the front-runner in an election that is still six months off.

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  • As the need for power surges, are small - or big - dams the answer?

    By Stella Paul STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the world needs more hydropower dams, energy experts say. This is a disastrous plan and not true development,” charged Rajendra Singh, an Indian water…

  • New Asian 'boat people' crisis feared when rains end: UNHCR

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A fresh surge of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh is expected to set out in smugglers' rickety boats for southeast Asia when the monsoon season ends in about a month, the United Nations said on Friday. Boatloads of minority Rohingya Muslims…

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  • Forget goals, get back to nature to save planet, says Indian conservationist

    By Magdalena Mis STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The way to achieve sustainable development is to reconnect with nature, not by setting international targets that are difficult to understand, according to a renowned Indian conservationist. A new set of development objectives - known as…

  • Popular fears aside, businesses often eager for migrant workers

    By William Schomberg and Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. Two years after moving from Damascus to Huddersfield in northern England, the 19…

  • Rare grey pearls to fetch up to $7 million in Hong Kong

    A rare grey pearl necklace that once belonged to a British aristocrat is expected to fetch up to $7 million when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong, Sotheby's said Friday. The string of pearls was part of the collection of Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson -- a renowned collector in the late…

  • US OPEN 2015: Capsules on top men's players

    Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

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  • China's Xi, Obama aide hint at underlying tensions before summit

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama's key national security aide hinted at tensions that divide their countries on Friday ahead of a state visit to Washington by Xi. Meeting in Beijing with US national security adviser Susan Rice, Xi said that he looks forward to continuing…

  • U.S. asks Uzbekistan to join anti-Islamic State coalition

    The United States said on Thursday it had asked Uzbekistan to join the multinational coalition it leads against Islamic State, saying Central Asia's most populous state was free to choose a way of contributing to the fight against the militant group. "We have asked Uzbekistan ... to join the…

  • Stench of death as Austria finds truck loaded with migrant bodies

    When Austrian police opened the back of an abandoned lorry parked on the side of a motorway on Thursday morning, their eyes took in "an atrocious sight". There were "at least 20, but there could be as many as 40 or 50", said police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil. After police cordoned off part of…

  • Latvia, Greece win opt-out from Monsanto GM crop

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Monsanto said it would abide by Latvia's and Greece's requests under a new EU opt-out law to be excluded from its application to grow a genetically modified (GM) crop across the European Union, but accused them of ignoring science. Under a law signed in…

  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi

    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people have died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on…

  • U.S. says regional trade pacts to curb poaching in Africa

    Measures to counter the trafficking of wildlife in a proposed Pacific trade pact should help to discourage animal poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Speaking at a conference in Gabon on a U.S.-Africa trade pact, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the proposed…