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  • Thai police hunt more suspects after Bangkok bomb arrest

    Thai police stand guard at Erawan Shrine, the site of the recent bomb blast, in BangkokBy Pairat Temphairojana and Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing widened their search for more suspects on Sunday after a foreigner was arrested and stacks of fake passports and bomb-making materials found during a raid on a Bangkok apartment block. Authorities said police were monitoring about 1,000 mobile phone numbers and checking photographs used in some 200 seized passports to track down members of an unspecified group they believe orchestrated the Aug. 17 attack on a Hindu shrine in Bangkok. The bombing killed 20 people and stunned Thailand.

  • Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians: residents
    An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said. The corpses of 36 workers, many of them burnt or in pieces, were pulled out after an air strike hit the plant this morning," resident Issa Ahmed told Reuters by phone from the site. The alliance intervened in Yemen's war in March and has waged an air campaign that has rolled back some of the territorial gains of Iranian-allied Houthi forces with the goal of restoring exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

  • Afghan forces regain control of a symbolic district in south

    Afghan National Police armored vehicle patrols on a street in Lashkar Gah capital of HelmandAfghan government forces, backed by NATO air strikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents, provincial officials said on Sunday. The fall of Musa Qala in Helmand to the Taliban on Wednesday put government forces under more pressure than at any time since most NATO combat troops withdrew at the end of last year, with no sign of violence abating. Helmand province in the south has seen some of the fiercest battles over the course of the war that began almost 14 years ago.

  • Egypt summons UK ambassador over criticism of AlJazeera trial

    British Ambassador to Egypt Casson attends Coptic mass prayers for Egyptians beheaded in Libya, at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in CairoCAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's foreign ministry summoned the British ambassador over comments he made on an Egyptian court's decision to hand down prison sentences for three Al Jazeera journalists, state television reported on Sunday. After the court on Saturday sentenced the journalists to three years imprisonment for operating without a license, British Ambassador John Casson suggested that Egypt's stability should be built on freedom of the press and freedom of expression. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

  • Malaysia's ruling party promises huge rally to trump anti-government protests

    A supporter of pro-democracy group "Bersih" (Clean) leads a group of native people known as "orang asli", as they march to Dataran Merdeka in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala LumpurBy Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A leader of Malaysia's ruling party said on Sunday a million government supporters would stage a rally in October that would trump protests over the past two days demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi warned organizers they could face legal action, a sign that Najib's government is losing patience with the anti-government protests by tens of thousands that began in central Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. The Bernama national news agency said 12 people in the southwestern city of Malacca were arrested for wearing the signature yellow T-shirts of the protests, which the government had banned before the rally.

  • Dutch plan tougher asylum policy as migrants flock to Europe

    Somali asylum seeker Rahima speaks during an interview in Amsterdam, the NetherlandsBy Yoruk Bahceli AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - As Europe grapples with its biggest wave of migration since World War Two, the Netherlands is about to toughen its asylum policy by cutting off food and shelter for people who fail to qualify as refugees. Failed asylum seekers would be limited to "a few weeks'" shelter after being turned down, if they do not agree to return home. From November, the center-right coalition of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, which competes for votes with the popular, anti-immigration party of Geert Wilders, wants to close 30 regional "bed, bath and bread" shelters where asylum seekers have been able till now to get help on the basis of need.

  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT
    TOKYO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered outside Japan's parliament to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest rallies ahead of its anticipated passage next month. They chanted, "No to war legislation!" ''Scrap the bills now!" and "Abe, quit!" during Sunday's rally.

  • Nepal's sexual minorities parade to demand rights
    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country's new constitution that is being finalized.

  • Schools to open on time in Chinese city shaken by blasts
    BEIJING (AP) — The more than 300 grade schools in the Chinese neighborhood shaken by this month's deadly blasts will start the fall semester on time.

  • Berlin, Paris, London seek urgent EU meeting on migrant crisis

    A boy looks out from a bus as migrants arrived aboard a Greek government-chartered Eleftherios Venizelos ferry in the port of Piraeus on August 29, 2015Berlin (AFP) - Germany, France and Britain made a joint call Sunday for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to find concrete measures to cope with an escalating migration crisis.

  • US businessman arrested in Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' case
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A legal aid organization says Spanish authorities have arrested a businessman with dual American-Belgian citizenship who is accused of enslavement and pillaging "blood diamonds" during Sierra Leone's civil war.

  • 2 dead, dozens hurt in fire at Saudi oil giant housing complex

    Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company in terms of crude production and exports, released a statement confirming a fire at a residential complex, adding that the incident was being investigatedAt least two people were killed and 105 injured in Saudi Arabia Sunday when a fire broke out at a residential complex housing employees of oil giant Saudi Aramco, authorities said. Photographs published on the civil defence website showed plumes of black smoke rising from the windows of one of the buildings. Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company in terms of crude production and exports, released a statement confirming the fire at the residential complex, adding that the incident was being investigated.

  • Hungary police make new arrest over Austrian migrant tragedy

    A refrigerated truck, in which bodies of 71 migrants have been found on the A4 Austrian highway, is parked in a facility which used to be a veterinary station at the border in Nickelsdorf, Austria on August 28, 2015Budapest (AFP) - Hungarian police said Sunday that they have made a fifth arrest over the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria last week.

  • Germany, France, Britain press for EU action on migrants

    British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, left, and Home Secretary Theresa May, attend an emergency meeting on train security in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. European security and transport chiefs are holding an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris to reconsider train security after passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist gun attack aboard trip from Amsterdam to Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)BERLIN (AP) — The top security officials of Germany, France and Britain are pressing for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe.

  • Tens of thousands protest defense bills outside Japan's Diet

    Protesters hold anti-war placards in front of the National Diet building during a rally in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Thousands of Japanese protested outside the parliament a set of security bills designed to expand the role the country's military. The bills - a cornerstone of Prime Minister's Shinzo Abe's move to shore up Japan's defenses in the face of growing threats in the region - are expected to pass next month despite criticism they undermine Japan’s post-war pacifism. A placard at bottom center reads "No War, No Nuke." (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered outside Japan's parliament to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest rallies ahead of its anticipated passage next month.

  • Stance of some E. Europe nations on migration 'scandalous'-France

    French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius has lambasted the attitude of some East European countries towards the migrant crisisParis (AFP) - The attitude of a number of eastern European countries towards the migrant crisis facing the EU was "scandalous", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday, pointing in particular to an anti-migrant barrier in Hungary.

  • Vedad Ibisevic signs for Hertha Berlin
    BERLIN (AP) — Striker Vedad Ibisevic is leaving Stuttgart to join Bundesliga rival Hertha Berlin.

  • S. Sudan rebels accuse army of violating ceasefire

    Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), South Sudan government soldiers, from the 2nd Battalion pose at the SPLA headquarters in Nyang, in the county of Yirol East, South Sudan, on February 15, 2014South Sudan rebels on Sunday accused the army of violating a ceasefire, just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river. Whenever they see our positions on the banks, they shell," said rebel spokesman Dickson Gatluak. "The cessation of hostilities started at midnight on Saturday but the government has broken it.

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT
    BEIJING (AP) — By administrative order, dramas about resisting the Japanese wartime enemy will fill Chinese TV channels this week as China celebrates — including with a massive military parade — the victory over Japan 70 years ago. Combined with pervasive patriotic education that goes to great lengths in detailing Japanese atrocities, the order on programming from Sept. 1-5 ensures that the Chinese public — generation after generation — always remembers the country's past humiliation as well as the bitter but valiant efforts to resist the Japanese.

  • India's Modi accepts defeat on contentious land decree, will change law

    Indian PM Modi speaks during the inauguration of the 46th session of Indian Labour Conference in New DelhiIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will let an executive order making it easier for businesses to buy land lapse on Monday after failing to win support from opposition parties in a major blow to his economic reform agenda. Modi said on Sunday the government was ready to amend the proposed law and criticized the spreading of false rumors that made farmers afraid of the changes. "I have always said that, in the dispute related to the land acquisition law, the government is open minded," Modi said in his monthly radio address.

  • Belief powers Nishikori bid for Open final return

    Kei Nishikori will start his bid at the US Open to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam singles title against Benoit Paire, having beaten the Frenchman in both prior meetingsJapanese 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 beaten the Frenchman in both prior meetings, most recently in the third round at the 2013 French Open. "I believe in myself," Nishikori said.

  • Fire at Saudi oil company residential complex kills 2

    In this image released by the Saudi Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Civil Defense, smoke billows from a fire at a residential complex used by state oil giant Saudi Aramco in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Authorities say one person has been killed and dozens were injured in the fire. (Saudi Interior Ministry General Directorate of Civil Defense via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, killing at least two people and wounding 70, civil defense officials in the kingdom said.

  • Hardship and no politics in Myanmar’s ‘jail cell’ MP housing

    Phyo Min Thein, a Lower House MP with the National League for Democracy, sits in the government lodgings provided for him and his family in Naypyidaw on August 24, 2015Surveying the tiny concrete cube where he must live with four relatives, Myanmar opposition MP Ohn Kyaing is once again reminded of his time as a political prisoner. "I was in jail for 17 years... This is just like a cell, except now my family are with me," said the 72-year-old from Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) at his lodgings in the junta-built capital Naypyidaw. All MPs who travel to the capital from across the country are assigned housing during sessions of the parliament, which took root in 2011 under a quasi-civilian government.

  • Wonder cure puts Naholo in All Blacks World Cup squad

    Waisake Naholo (R), the top try scorer in Super rugby this year, suffered a leg fracture in his Test debut against Argentina in JulyWellington (AFP) - Waisake Naholo completed a stunning comeback from a broken leg Sunday when he was named in the New Zealand World Cup squad, while stalwarts Israel Dagg and Cory Jane missed out.

  • Sri Lanka 47-5 at lunch day 3 of 3rd test vs. India
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Indian seamers Ishant Sharma and Stuart Binny ran through Sri Lanka's top order to leave the hosts struggling on 47-5 at lunch on the third day of the third test in reply to India's first innings total of 312 on Sunday.

  • Miracle cure sees Naholo named in NZ World Cup squad
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Injured winger Waisake Naholo was named Sunday in New Zealand's squad to defend the Rugby World Cup as the selectors trusted a Fijian folk healer to repair Naholo's broken leg in time for the tournament's pool rounds.

  • Gunmen attack southwest Pakistan airport, kill 1, abduct 1
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities say gunmen have attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan, killing one official there and kidnapping another.

  • Huge Malaysia rally for Najib's resignation enters 2nd day

    Activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) gather on a main road in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during a rally Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully.

  • Afghan official says forces retake district from Taliban
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says government forces have regained control of a strategic district in southern Helmand province that the Taliban had seized.

  • China investigates former chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel
    By Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) - China's anti-corruption agency has said it has opened an investigation into the former chairman of major Chinese steelmaker Wuhan Iron and Steel. Deng Qilin, chairman of the company until June 2015, is alleged to have committed serious violations of discipline, the ruling Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on its website late on Saturday. There was no immediate comment from Wuhan Iron and Steel or from Deng, or any indication that he had legal representation.

  • India out for 312 in 1st innings of 3rd test vs. Sri Lanka

    India's Cheteshwar Pujara, bats on the second day of their third test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Opener Cheteshwar Pujara ran out of partners to post an unbeaten on 145 as India was dismissed for 312 in its first innings on the third day of the third test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

  • Brazil defeats US men 3-1 in the USA Volleyball Cup
    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Ricardo Lucarelli's ace for match point gave top-ranked Brazil a 3-1 victory over the United States on Saturday night in the final match of the USA Volleyball Cup.

  • 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Bart Cummings dies

    FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo, trainer Bart Cummings, left, holds a Melbourne Cup winner's trophy after jockey Blake Shinn, right, riding "Viewed" won the race at Flemmington race coarse in Melbourne, Australia. Cummings, one of Australia's top racehorse trainers who won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at the age of 87, his family said. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill, File)SYDNEY (AP) — Bart Cummings, one of Australia's most successful racehorse trainers who won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, has died at the age of 87.

  • Brazilian weekly says Lula lobbied for Odebrecht in Cuba

    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a Workers' Party meeting regarding the National Act for Education, in BrasiliaA Brazilian news magazine has accused former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of acting as lobbyist in Cuba for Brazil's largest engineering firm Odebrecht, which built the container terminal at the Cuban port of Mariel. In this week's edition headlined "Our man in Havana," Epoca magazine cited Brazilian diplomatic cables about visits to Cuba by Lula after he had left office. One cable from 2014 reported on a meeting in Havana at which Lula discussed with Odebrecht executives how to secure Cuban guarantees for loans from Brazilian state development bank BNDES to finance new projects sought by Odebrecht in Cuba.

  • Leo Santa Cruz beats Abner Mares by majority decision

    Abner Mares, left, exchanges punches with Leo Santa Cruz, right, during the first round of the WBC diamond featherweight and WBA featherweight championship boxing bout, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)LOS ANGELES (AP) — With his hometown crowd going crazy and Abner Mares charging right at him from the opening bell, Leo Santa Cruz really wanted to brawl.

  • China approves prisoner amnesty to mark WWII anniversary
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a prisoner amnesty as part of commemorations of World War II's end that could see thousands of inmates, including war veterans and juveniles, released.

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