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  • Bangkok bomb suspect 'unlikely' international terrorist 29 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am

    A handout photo from the Royal Thai police released on August 29, 2015 showing Turkish national Adem Karadag detained in BangkokThailand'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 feud," national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung told reporters at the Royal Thai Police headquarters as broadcast live on Thai PBS. The bomb on Monday 17 August was Thailand's worst single mass-casualty attack, killing 20 people, the majority of whom were ethnic Chinese tourists from across Asia.

  • Thai police arrest foreign man over Bangkok bombing 29 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am

    An arrested suspect of the recent Bangkok blast is shown in this Thai Royal Police handoutBy 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 raided a four-floor budget apartment in a suburb of the capital and found fake passports and bomb-making materials possibly used in the Aug. 17 attack at a Hindu shrine that killed 20 people and shook Bangkok's bustling commercial heart. The suspect was a 28-year-old foreigner who had been in Thailand since January last year and was being held at a military facility on initial charges of possessing illegal explosives, police said.

  • Obama to wage climate fight at Alaskan frontline 29 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am

    US President Barack Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, the setting of the most spectacular impacts of climate changeAlaska 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 on Monday, Obama's visit to the largest and most sparsely populated US state will include a meeting with fishermen in the town of Dillingham, a tour of the Northwest Arctic city of Kotzebue, a visit to glaciers and the GLACIER international conference on the Arctic in Anchorage.

  • Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests 28 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro pumps his right fist during a rally in support of closing the Colombian border, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Maduro announced Friday that he would extend the week-old partial closure of the border with Colombia to four more cities and send an additional 3,000 troops to the area, doubling down on a policy has drawn rebuke by Colombian leaders. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)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.

  • The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths 28 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm

    Syrian refugees wait to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, in the border town of Idomeni , northern Greece, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Greece has been overwhelmed by more than 160,000 refugees and migrants so far this year. The vast majority arrive in Lesbos. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

  • Global stocks mixed after torrid week 28 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm

    Concerns in the recent stock market panic focused on the fact that in recent years China has been the main driver of global growth, with Europe in the doldrums and the US struggling to maintain a recoveryGlobal 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 panic that the flagging Chinese economy -- the world's second largest -- could spark a new worldwide recession. "After a hectic rollercoaster of a week across financial markets... the moves by the PBoC and the better-than-expected US GDP have revived risk-taking to a degree," said London Capital Group analyst Brenda Kelly.

  • Things to know about the FIFA presidential election 28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm

    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.

  • As the need for power surges, are small - or big - dams the answer? 28 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am

    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 activist and winner of this year’s Stockholm Water Prize for his efforts in protecting rivers and boosting rainwater harvesting. Singh, speaking at World Water Week in Stockholm, said building small-scale dams – rather than huge ones – may be a more effective way to protect poor people while increasing access to clean power.

  • New Asian 'boat people' crisis feared when rains end: UNHCR 28 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am

    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 fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis escaping poverty at home were turned away or towed further from the shores of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia earlier this year, triggering a humanitarian crisis. "UNHCR is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal," spokeswoman Melissa Fleming of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a news briefing.

  • Forget goals, get back to nature to save planet, says Indian conservationist 28 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am

    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 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - is due to be adopted at a U.N. summit in September. "The SDGs are not the real way you can reach anything," Rajendra Singh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a global water conference in the Swedish capital.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
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