• The Latest: Thai sought in Bangkok bomb believed in Turkey

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local): ___ 7:00 p.m. Police in Thailand say relatives of a woman whose arrest they are seeking in connection with the deadly Aug. 17 bombing at a central Bangkok landmark have told them they believe she is in Turkey. Police on Monday issued an arrest warrant for the woman, identified as Wanna Suansun., who was listed as having rented an apartment where bomb-making materials were found by authorities. Police raided the woman's registered residence in the southern province of Phang Nga, but did not find her. Police Maj.

  • Thai police award themselves $84K for arrest of bomb suspect

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — With much fanfare, Thai police had offered an $84,000 reward for tips leading to arrests in the Bangkok bombing. On Monday, they handed out the cash — to themselves. They arrested a suspect Saturday, though the man has not been charged, let alone convicted. He may not even be the prime suspect in the Aug. 17 bombing at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine, which killed 20 people and injured more than 120. That was enough for national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung: He said he was taking the unusual step of redirecting 3 million baht reward to highlight that Thailand's police are good at their jobs. Somyot made the announcement at a news conference Monday, saying he had "good news.

  • Influential Christian sect ends protests in Philippines

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists. Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago of the Iglesia ni Cristo church said without elaborating that his group had ended their protests peacefully in Manila after holding talks with government officials. "The Iglesia and the government have talked and explained their sides," Santiago said. "Everybody is now calm.

  • Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months. The Health Ministry said the ban was lifted on April 1, "given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore residents living with HIV and the availability of effective treatment for the disease." The three-month restriction is apparently aimed at preventing long-term residence by foreigners, such as those looking to work in the island-nation or looking to accompany a child studying here.

  • Afghan airfields built for war seen as economic hubs

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    KANDAHAR AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — It is a striking vision for a country torn to pieces by war and jihadi insurrection: a series of airports, built by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the Afghan government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel not only regional trade but even tourism. The eight airfields, worth an estimated $2 billion, are scattered around a landlocked and mountainous land whose lack of rail transport or decent roads makes almost every intercity journey a perilous adventure — even without factoring in attacks from Taliban militants.

  • Najib vows not to quit as Malaysia marks National Day

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister vowed he would not quit over a $700-million financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing "poor national spirit" by holding a massive rally to demand his resignation on the eve of the country's National Day on Monday. After a weekend of demonstrations, the government took back the streets of Kuala Lumpur, with Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Cabinet ministers attending a gala parade involving 13,000 people. They watched jets whizz by above the landmark Independence Square, which over the weekend was surrounded by tens of thousands of protesters. In his National Day speech late Sunday, Najib slammed protesters for showing a "shallow mind and poor national spir

  • Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Monday they discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital, as authorities widened their search for suspects behind Bangkok's deadly bombing. National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said that police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose parts can be used for detonation, among other items, during a raid over the weekend at an apartment in Bangkok's Min Buri district. "These are bomb-making materials," Prawuth said. "Nobody would keep urea fertilizer and gunpowder unless they wanted to make a bomb.

  • The Latest: Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment

    Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the investigation in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local): __ 10:30 a.m. Thai police probing Bangkok's deadly bombing say they have discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital. National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said Monday that police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose parts can be used for detonation, among other items, during a raid over the weekend at an apartment in Bangkok's Min Buri district. Prawuth said "these are bomb-making materials" and added that police are looking to issue three or four arrest warrants but declined to give more details.

  • Denmark's Thomas Sorensen joins Melbourne City

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Aston Villa and Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has signed a two-year deal to play for Melbourne City in Australian football's A-League. The 39-year-old Sorensen played for Sunderland from 1998 to 2003, Aston Villa from 2003 to 2008 and for Stoke City from 2008 until earlier this year. He played 101 matches for Denmark between 199 and 2012 as the immediate successor to Peter Schmeichel. Sorensen said he was attracted to Melbourne by City's ambition to reach the top of Australian football. He said "we obviously want to win a championship and a cup and that's one of the reasons why I wanted to come. Hopefully I can use my experience to get the club where it wants to go.

  • Scott Dixon snatches IndyCar championship away from Montoya

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — A heartbreaking week. A jaw-dropping final few laps. A tiebreaking finale. A familiar face hoisting the championship trophy. Scott Dixon captured his fourth IndyCar championship Sunday by winning the season finale to snatch the title from Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya led the standings from the season-opener until the final lap of the year. But in a race worth double points, Dixon dominated and overcame a 47-point deficit to tie Montoya in the standings. The title went to the New Zealander based on number of wins: Sunday was Dixon's third of the season, while Montoya had two. "There was still a chance, and that's what we were hoping for," Dixon said. "I still can't believe i

  • Day wins in a blowout at Barclays

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at The Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn't this easy. He's just making it look that way. Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, the 27-year-old Australian powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field, capping off an explosive weekend at Plainfield with an 8-under 62 for a six-shot victory over Henrik Stenson. It was his third victory in his last four starts dating to another close call at the British Open, where he left a 30-foot birdie putt short on the final hole at St. Andrews and missed out on a playoff by one shot. In his mind, that's where it all changed. "Ever since then, I just

  • Juli Inkster wins The Legends Championship

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster won The Legends Championship on Sunday, finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Trish Johnson The Hall of Famer had a 5-under 139 total after opening with a 71 on French Lick Resort's Pete Dye Course. She earned $37,500 for her first Legends Tour victory. Johnson bogeyed the final hole for a 70. Pat Hurst and Lorie Kane tied for third. Hurst had a 69, and Kane shot 70. Jan Stephenson won the Super Legends competition for players 63 and older. The 63-year-old Australian shot a 71 for an eight-shot victory over Judy Dickinson. Stephenson finished at even-par 144.

  • Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting "false news." The ministry said in a statement that John Casson's comments were "unacceptable interference" in the country's judiciary, and "incompatible with diplomatic norms and practices." In a post on Twitter, spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt "rejects any foreign criticism of judicial verdicts." The court sentenced the Canadian Mohammed Fahmy, Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohammed on Saturday, reigniting international criticism over the long-running case and highlighting authorities' crac

  • BC-HI--Hawaii News Coverage Advisory, HI

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Hawaii. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Honolulu bureau at 808-536-5510 or aphonolulu@ap.org. Correspondent Caleb Jones can be reached at 808-536-5510 or cjones@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. Hawaii at 9:20 a.m.

  • US envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts on Pakistan visit

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Pakistani leaders during a visit to the country on Sunday to discuss efforts to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban which were suspended after the announcement of the death of longtime Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Pakistan had hosted a previous round of direct talks in July and is believed to have influence over the insurgents. "Ambassador Rice commended Pakistan's support for recent talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, underscored the U.S.

  • Suu Kyi tells voters to ignore intimidation in Nov. election

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told voters Sunday to ignore intimidation and to cast their ballots without fear in the upcoming general election. The leader of the National League for Democracy toured a number of villages near the capital Naypyitaw despite a warning from the Union Election Committee — the body that will oversee the poll — that the official campaigning period for the Nov. 8 elections hasn't yet begun. But Suu Kyi said this wasn't campaigning; it was a voter education exercise. "Do not be scared to vote on election day, no matter if they threaten you." she said. "No one knows which box one you choose. And one thing: the more they threaten you, the more you sho

  • Gunmen attack a southwestern Pakistani airport, killing 2

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing two officials, authorities said. The attackers stormed Baluchistan province's Jewni airport and destroyed navigational equipment there after killing an official on duty and wounding his supervisor, said Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Pervez George. The 10 to 12 assailants abducted a third engineer, whose body was later found nearby, said local police official Abdul Qadeer. He said authorities have launched a manhunt in nearby areas. The airport was not in service, but provided navigational aid to aircraft in the area, said George. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Nepal's sexual minorities parade to demand rights

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital Sunday to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country's new constitution that is being finalized. The colorful rally in downtown Kathmandu — an annual affair — drew about 500 participants. "Our main demand is that the rights of the sexual minorities should be guaranteed in the new constitution," said Pinky Gurung of the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal. They are also demanding same-sex marriage be guaranteed in the new constitution, permitting gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt, buy joint property, open joint bank accounts and inherit from one another.

  • Huge Malaysia rally for Najib's resignation enters 2nd day

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first day of the massive rally passed peacefully. The protesters camped overnight wearing yellow shirts of the Bersih movement — the coalition for clean and fair elections — even after authorities blocked the organizer's website and banned yellow attire and the group's logo in a bid to deter the rallies, which were also held in other Malaysian cities.

  • Afghan official says forces retake district from Taliban

    Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says government forces have regained control of a strategic district in southern Helmand province that the Taliban had seized. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said Sunday that Afghan forces launched an operation on Friday to retake the district of Musa Qala. Zwak says the fighting killed six soldiers and wounded 14. Taliban insurgents overran Musa Qala on Wednesday after a week of attacks targeting security forces there. NATO said it conducted at least 13 airstrikes on Taliban positions in the district last week to aid Afghan forces.




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