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  • WEA--Global Weather-Asia-Celsius

    NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Celsius, precipitation in centimeters and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day (Aug. 29 except Asia and Australia where data is for Aug. 30) and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 2000 GMT:

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  • Veteran Kris Tamulis nabs first LPGA Tour win

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Kris Tamulis counted down from 29 to 1 during her final-day trek at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

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  • Rolls Royce cooperating with Brazil corruption probe

    Britain's Rolls-Royce is cooperating with investigators in a massive corruption scandal at Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras, a spokesman said on Sunday. The engineering company confirmed it had been contacted by investigators involved in the probe, which has engulfed Brazil's political and…

    AFP
  • Growing numbers of rhinos poached for horns in South Africa: minister

    The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa continued to climb this year, with demand for rhino horn in Asia pushing the slaughter ever higher, the government said Sunday. As of August 27, the number of rhinos lost to poachers was 749 for the whole country, said Environment Minister…

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  • Merkel, facing refugee influx, presses EU peers to take more

    By Paul Carrel and Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on other European Union countries on Sunday to take a greater share of the refugees fleeing to the bloc, as her government struggles to cope with a record number of arrivals. Germany expects the number of…

    Reuters
  • Pope Francis a stranger to the US in many ways

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won't just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country — ever in his life.

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  • Mystery man in Bangkok bomb probe 'never said a word'

    There has been no word of his nationality, affiliation or whether the evidence seized in a shabby Bangkok apartment block amounts to a smoking gun for the attack on a crowded downtown shrine that killed 20 people two weeks ago. Police have been tight-lipped - at times cryptic - about the man they…

    Reuters
  • Thai police hunt more suspects after Bangkok bomb arrest

    By Pairat Temphairojana and Simon Webb BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing raided a second location and widened their search for more suspects on Sunday after a foreigner was arrested and stacks of fake passports and bomb-making materials found at a Bangkok apartment…

    Reuters
  • Belief powers Nishikori bid for Open final return

    Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year's US Open runner-up, makes another bid to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam singles title starting Monday. The 25-year-old winner of 10 ATP titles will begin his run Monday morning at Louis Armstrong Stadium against Benoit Paire, having…

    AFP
  • 17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police

    A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said. "A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine…

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

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

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  • Three refugee children found critically ill in Austria

    By Karin Strohecker VIENNA, Austria (Reuters) - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van in Austria, crammed in with 23 other refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, police said on Saturday. The two girls and one boy aged 5 and 6 had…

    Reuters
  • Thai police arrest foreign man over Bangkok bombing

    By Pairat Temphairojana and Simon Webb BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said they arrested a foreigner on Saturday who matched the description of a man who left a bag at the site of a Bangkok blast that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago. The suspect was a 28-year-old foreign man who had been…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP
  • Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday broadened a crackdown on Colombian migrants and border smugglers that has drawn strong rebuke by Colombian leaders and international organizations.

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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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    Reuters