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CHINA-PORT EXPLOSION -- Authorities pull more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 as teams scramble to clear dangerous chemical contamination. By Paul Traynor. SENT: 700 words, photos. With CHINA-DEADLIEST WORK DISASTERS-GLANCE. UPCOMING: 350 words by 0800 GMT, photos.

MALAYSIA-NEW STRONGMAN -- Malaysia's prime minister has a problem: He can't explain away a $700 million bank account to a skeptical public. His response? A crackdown on critics and the press that has kept him in power but doesn't address a deep reservoir of dissatisfaction with his leadership. By Eileen Ng. SENT: 1,145 words, photos. With MALAYSIA-LEADER PROBE-TIMELINE. SENT: 500 words, photo.

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH -- Latest developments on South China Sea: China rejects freeze on island building; ASEAN divided. UPCOMING: 600 words by 0600 GMT, photos.

THAILAND-BIKE FOR MOM -- Thailand's Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn leads a 43-kilometer (26-mile) bike ride through the streets of the capital in tribute to his mother, Queen Sirikit, to mark her 83rd birthday -- also an exercise in palace public relations at a time of concern about the royal succession. UPCOMING: 350 words by 0900 GMT, photos.

U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:

ITALY-MIGRANTS - At least 40 migrants died Saturday in the hold of an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, apparently killed by fuel fumes, and some 320 others aboard were saved by the Italian navy, the rescue ship's commander said. By Frances D'Emilio and Mike Corder. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CUBA-YEARNING FOR DEMOCRACY - The stirring sight of the Stars and Stripes fluttering over a new U.S. Embassy in Havana and Secretary of State John Kerry's call for "genuine democracy" in Cuba have emboldened many islanders to speak openly about political change for the first time, wading into a topic that has been taboo in a country ruled by Fidel and Raul Castro for decades. By Anne-Marie Garcia and Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

TUNISIA-TOURISM BLUES -- The jet skis roar by the shore and the water is full of splashing children along the Tunisian Riviera, where despite the deadly June attack that killed 38 tourists, the beaches are still full. Europeans have abandoned this North African country, leaving just local Tunisian beach-goers and visiting Algerians -- but they will be gone by month's end, and then the real pain for the all-important tourism industry will begin. By Paul Schemm. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1000 GMT, photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-IOWA -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walked among the booths selling funnel cakes and corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair, trailed by a massive pack of media and onlookers. Republican Donald Trump's helicopter circled the fairgrounds in the air above. By Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 555 words, photos.

FLIGHT CONTROL DELAYS - Technical problems at an air traffic control center in Leesburg, Va. cause commercial flight delays and cancellations across a large swatch of the Northeast, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. SENT: 630 words, photos.

AIR SHOW-CHICAGO - Two parachutists suffer serious injuries during the Chicago Air & Water Show, including one who witnesses say clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building and fell to the ground in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood. SENT: 405 words, photo.

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Updated : 2021-09-23 18:01 GMT+08:00