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Thai police link Uighur deportations to deadly Bangkok bombing

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Thailand's deportation of ethnic Uighurs to China was a motive behind the terrorist bombing that left 20 dead and scores injured in Bangkok last month, police said Tuesday.The deportation of 109 members of the Muslim minority in July…

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Unusual suspense for Fed meeting amid "considerable uncertainty"

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The Federal Reserve has been hinting since last year at higher interest rates, but even recent meetings held little suspense. Wall Street's clear expectation was for monetary policy to be tightened in September or October, until last month…

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Rohingya refugee braves sea to pursue Australian citizenship

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Refugees and other migrants from south Asia undertake dangerous ocean voyages, often in rickety, unseaworthy vessels, hoping to reach a better life. They are being intercepted by Australian authorities and held in Pacific island…

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupts again

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A volcano in Indonesia's North Sumatra province erupted Tuesday, sending hot gas and ash three kilometres into the sky, an official said. Mount Sinabung has erupted intermittently since late 2013 and thousands of people are still in…

Seoul warns North Korea over possible rocket launch

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A rocket launch by North Korea would be a "serious provocation," South Korea said Tuesday, one day after Pyongyang announced plans to send a satellite into space, reports said.South Korea's Defence Ministry described the possible launch as…

Japan to keep aggressive monetary easing

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Tokyo (dpa) – The Bank of Japan said Tuesday it would maintain its aggressive monetary easing steps to stimulate the world's third-largest economy.“Japan’s economy has continued to recover moderately, although exports and production...

Schools close in Malaysian capital as haze threat rises

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Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Schools were closed in the Malaysian capital and outlying areas Tuesday amid worsening haze caused by forest and plantation fires in neighbouring Indonesia, officials said.Malaysian Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid…

China stocks fall again despite government assurances

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Chinese shares fell for the second day Tuesday despite government efforts to address concerns about the slowing economy.The benchmark Shanghai Composite opened down 2.28 per cent. The Shenzhen Component Index cpened 2.50 per cent lower…

Beijing seen building third airstrip in South China Sea

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China appears to be building an airstrip on Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, a news report said Tuesday.It would be the third such airstrip built by China in disputed territory, the South China Morning Post reported.A rectangular area…

Abbott out after briefest Australian premiership in 43 years

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Tony Abbott departs as the briefest-serving Australian prime minister in 43 years Tuesday, and faces an uncertain future in politics.Despite Abbott’s strong backing from the hard right wing of his party and success in stopping refugee…

Mexico demands probe amid dispute over blame for Egypt tourist deaths

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Mexico Monday demanded a swift investigation into the mistaken killing by security forces of a number of its citizens in Egypt's Western Desert, while Egyptian officials and tourism workers traded blame over the incident.Mexican Foreign…

Monday, Sep 14

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Cuba temporarily detains scores of dissidents ahead of pope's visit

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Scores of members of the Ladies in White and other dissidents groups have been detained in Cuba after a protest, dissident sources said Monday, less than a week before Pope Francis' arrival on the island.Elizardo Sanchez, the leader of the…

VWÂ chairman says company to reinvent itself for digital revolution

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Volkswagen chairman Martin Winterkorn tells dpa that the company is in a better position in China than any other carmaker - despite the economic slowdown - with millions still waiting to buy their first car.While acknowledging the…

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Turkey lifts curfew in Cizre, imposes limits on other Kurdish towns

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Turkey on Monday lifted a curfew on the embattled Kurdish town of Cizre, the local governor's office said, and imposed tight restrictions on other towns in the south-east of the country.In Diyarbakir, a key Kurdish province, a curfew was…

Airbus opens first US assembly plant, in jab at Boeing market

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France-based Airbus opened its first aircraft assembly plant in the United States on Monday, a move aimed at attracting customers from Boeing and solidifying its international market power."Airbus is now the first truly globally positioned…

Egypt says tourists killed by accident "strayed from route"

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Egyptian authorities have said a party of Mexican tourists and Egyptians - 12 of whom were killed in error by security forces - had gone off a main road into a restricted area while military operations against suspected terrorists were…

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Austria and Slovakia follow Germany in imposing border checks

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Austria deployed army troops to the border with Hungary as it moved on Monday to tighten border controls in the face of Europe's worst refugee crisis in 70 years.It said it was following Germany's lead in taking a similar decision the…

Frankfurt car show: digital revolution offers chances and hazards

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The opportunities presented and the hazards posed by the digital revolution in motoring loom large at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) opening this week.The show, which opens to the press on Tuesday, the trade on Thursday and the general…

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Australian premier Abbott ousted in party leadership vote

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Monday ousted as party leader by his Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a move that will see him replaced as premier.Turnbull, now premier-designate, won by 54 votes to 44, after…

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Germany expects 1 million refugees as migrants stream into Hungary

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Germany expects to take in 1 million refugees this year, the vice chancellor said Monday, as thousands of migrants rushed to reach EU-member state Hungary before a new law there effectively closes its borders.Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel…

EUÂ ministers to seek agreement on contested refugee relocation plan

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EU interior ministers were later Monday to hold emergency talks on the thousands of migrants streaming into Europe, but capitals remained divided over plans to redistribute 120,000 people, following a weekend of intense diplomacy.The…

Mexico condemns accidental killing of tourists by Egypt army

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Mexico on Monday condemned the killing of two of its citizens in a mistaken attack by security forces in Egypt's troubled Western Desert, while the Egyptian Tourism Ministry said the company that organized their trip would be "severely…

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Indonesian police name 107 suspects over forest fires

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At least 107 people have been named suspects in connection with forest fires that have produced thick smog blanketing parts of Sumatra and Borneo islands, police said Monday. They were accused of starting 68 fires that in different...

China stocks fall despite government assurances

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Chinese shares fell Monday despite government efforts to address concerns about the slowing economy.The benchmark Shanghai Composite closed down 2.67 per cent to end at 3,114.80 points. The Shenzhen Component Index closed down 6.55 per…

Australian premier Abbott faces leadership challenge

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will face a challenge for leadership of the ruling Liberal Party after a surprise move Monday by one of his cabinet ministers.Just hours after Abbott dismissed speculation of a challenge as gossip,…

Britain's Cameron visits Syrian refugee camp in eastern Lebanon

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday visited a Syrian refugee camp in eastern Lebanon and spoke to residents."I wanted to come here to see for myself and hear for myself the stories of refugees and what they need," he told British…

Clashes at religious site in Jerusalem carry into second day

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Clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police at a divisive holy site in Jerusalem's Old City carried into a second day on Monday, with several stone throwers arrested near the al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel Radio reported.The clashes at…

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Malaysia to prop up sagging stock market with 4.6-billion-dollar fund

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Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – The Malaysian government will infuse 20 billion ringgit (4.66 billion dollars) into the country’s sagging stock market, among new measures to boost the economy.Prime Minister Najib Razak said it would put the funds…

Taliban jailbreak frees 355 prisoners in Afghanistan

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Taliban fighters stormed a prison in south-eastern Afghanistan early Monday, killing police guards and releasing 355 prisoners, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.Of those, 148 were convicted of security-related related crimes, it…

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Iranian president congratulates Jews on New Year

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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani congratulated Jews Monday on the occasion of the Jewish New Year, known as Rosh hashana."L'Shanah Tovah" Rowhani wrote on his Twitter feed, meaning "Happy New Year" in Hebrew."May our shared Abrahamic roots…