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THAILAND-BATTERED IMAGE -- Thailand, once a poster child for democracy and freedom in turbulent Southeast Asia, has careened over the past two years from one image disaster to the next. First a military coup. Then revelations of slaves in the seafood industry and other human trafficking horrors. In August, a deadly bomb struck central Bangkok. And now, the United States has declared Thailand's aviation industry unsafe, striking at the heart of one of its biggest success stories, tourism. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

THAILAND-ISLAMIC STATE -- Thai police have received a warning from Russia's state security agency that 10 Syrians who may be linked to the Islamic State group could stage attacks in Thailand on targets associated with Russia and others opposed to the militants, officials say. By Nattasuda Anusonadisai. SENT: 380 words, photos.

JAPAN-ANTI-TERRORISM UNIT -- Japan has moved up the launch of an anti-terrorism intelligence unit following the deadly attacks in Paris, the government says. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 390 words, photos.

INDIA-MONSOON FLOODING -- Relentless rains that lashed southern India's Tamil Nadu state for three days ease, but the misery of tens of thousands of people is far from over, with large parts of the main city still underwater along with the region's biggest airport. By Muneeza Naqvi. SENT: 580 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-SECURITY LAW -- Malaysia's Parliament approves a security law that gives sweeping powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward dictatorship. SENT: 410 words.

AFGHANISTAN -- An Afghan official says eight people have been killed and two wounded in fighting between army troops and Taliban militants east of Kabul. SENT: 130 words.

THAILAND-NEW YORK TIMES -- The New York Times decries limits on press freedom in Thailand after its printer for the third time refuses to publish articles about the Southeast Asian country. By Grant Peck. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1300 GMT.

NORTH KOREA-PREPARING FOR WINTER -- North Koreans hunker down for a harsh winter that some fear could be made worse by a poor harvest following summer floods. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-NORTH KOREA -- The United States says nine members of the U.N. Security Council have requested a meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea. SENT: 100 words.

JAPAN-US MILITARY -- The U.S. and Japan say they are hastening the return of some land the American military holds in Okinawa, seeking to soothe local resentment over the issue on the southern Japanese island. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 400 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-MALAYSIAN HOSTAGES -- Philippine security forces arrest a Filipino suspect in the kidnappings of two Malaysian hostages, one of whom was beheaded last month, officials say. SENT: 200 words.

CHINA-ACADEMIC INTEGRITY -- China issues a directive for regulators overseeing academic publishing that explicitly bans dishonest practices. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-CROC-VS-CROC -- Tourist Sandra Bell was poised to photograph a sedate scene of two crocodiles sunning themselves at the edge of an Australian waterhole when one unexpectedly attacked and devoured the other. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 370 words, photos.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

CHINA-STOCK MARKET -- Chinese regulators announce a mechanism to temporarily suspend stock trading in the event of wide price swings in the latest attempt to enforce stability in volatile markets. Trading will be halted for 15 minutes if a broad market index, the CSI 300, rises or falls by 5 percent. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 410 words, photos.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-INVESTIGATION -- South Korea's financial regulator says it is investigating possible insider trading by Samsung executives related to a contentious takeover deal. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 300 words, photos.

CHINA-BOX OFFICE -- China's box office has grown by almost 50 percent so far this year to surpass $6 billion in ticket sales, the country's Film Bureau says. SENT: 160 words.

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Updated : 2021-09-22 20:14 GMT+08:00