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BANGKOK -- Police investigating last month's Bangkok bombing say the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at the Thai-Cambodia border match those found on a bottle of bomb-making material, and that they are seeking to arrest a Turkish man linked to the blast. By Nattasuda Anusonadisai and Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 850 words, photos. With THAILAND-EXPLOSION-THE LATEST.


BANGKOK -- One Bangkok resident says he can't shake the horrid sight of what he saw, or the smell of death. Another says the initial shock is gone and he's returned to his old routine -- work, happy hour and taking selfies. Two weeks have now passed since the bombing at a central Bangkok shrine, giving residents of the Thai capital time to digest what authorities call the deadliest attack the country has ever experienced. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 710 words, photos.


SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea says its recent expression of "regret" over a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers was not an apology, as Seoul claims, raising doubts about tentative moves toward detente between the rivals. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 670 words, photos.


PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's airline has earned a singular distinction: It's been ranked the world's worst airline for four straight years. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 830 words, photos.


HONG KONG -- Hong Kong teenage student leader Joshua Wong is set to face trial on charges relating to his role in storming government headquarters nearly a year ago in a protest that sparked monthslong pro-democracy street occupations. SENT: 320 words, photos.


BEIJING -- When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With CHINA PARADE-MONKEY PATROL.


BEIJING -- The death toll from an explosion at a chemical factory in eastern China rises to five and the cause of the blast is still under investigation, state media report. SENT: 150 words.


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike targeting a militant hideout killed six men in a northwestern tribal region along Afghan border. By Asif Shahzad. SENT: 120 words.


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Transparency International says Malaysia's fight against corruption can't be credible unless the truth is revealed about the $700 million found in Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts. SENT: 370 words.


BALI, Indonesia -- A former Austin, Texas, police officer sought in the murder of his pregnant girlfriend is extradited from Indonesia to the United States. SENT: 230 words.



CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's economy grew a slower-than-expected 0.2 percent in the three months through June, dragged down by waning Chinese demand for resources including iron ore and coal, government figures show. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 410 words.


EUROPE-MIGRANTS -- Hundreds of migrants chant defiant slogans outside Budapest's main international railway station as Hungarian police block them for a second day from seeking asylum in Germany and other European Union countries to the west. SENT: 350 words, photos. With FRANCE-BRITAIN-TUNNEL BLOCKED; IRAN-AFGHAN MIGRANTS.

OBAMA -- Obama's historic visit to the Alaska Arctic will shed a rare spotlight on the plight of Alaska Natives and others who live in more than 200 far-flung villages under conditions unimaginable in most of the United States. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 600 words, photos.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BIDEN -- Vice President Joe Biden heads to Florida, where he's sure to get a glimpse of his presidential prospects as he considers a late entry into the 2016 Democratic primaries. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 640 words, photo.

2024 OLYMPICS-LOS ANGELES -- Back from the dead in race to host Olympics, key moves give Los Angeles new hopes for 2024. SENT: 710 words, photos.

FILM-CONCUSSION -- 'Concussion' director defends film, says no compromises were made for NFL. SENT: 490 words, photos.

IRAQ -- Masked men in military uniforms kidnap 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqi and Turkish officials say. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Suzan Fraser. SENT: 550 words, photos.

FRANCE-FIRE -- Eight people die in an apartment fire at the foot of Paris' famed Montmartre hill, and police are investigating whether the fire was started intentionally, officials say. By Oleg Cetinic and Greg Keller. SENT: 390 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-AMERICAN HUNTERS -- The "trophy" hunting industry comes under greater scrutiny since an American dentist shot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 720 words, photos.

UGANDA-GOLD FEVER -- The gold rush is on in a big way in this central Ugandan district of Mubende, turning it into a Deadwood in Africa. By Rodney Muhumuza. SENT: 750 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-09-29 00:01 GMT+08:00