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  • LONDON— British prosecutors are considering corporate charges against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. over phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported that former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, who quit News Corp. four years ago amid the phone hacking scandal, would return to head Murdoch's...

  • SUSPECT ARRESTED OVER THAI BOMBING IS A FOREIGN NATIONAL- POLICE SPOKESMAN.

  • BANGKOK, Aug 29- Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing arrested a suspect on Saturday they said fitted the description of a man seen on security cameras leaving a rucksack at the site of the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. Police raided an apartment in a northern suburb of the capital on Saturday afternoon and discovered possible...

  • BEIJING— Workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill's waste pool and seven of them died, authorities said Saturday, in China's latest deadly accident involving dangerous chemicals. The pair of incidents follows China's worst industrial accident in recent years, a massive explosion at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals in the port of Tianjin that...

  • PARIS— With more and more refugees appearing in Europe daily this summer, cities and towns are grappling with a basic but crucial problem: Where can they all sleep? Portable shipping containers are being converted into refugee apartments in Germany, which saw nearly half of Europe's overall 400,000 asylum applications in the first half of the year.

  • BEIJING, Aug 29- Legislators have approved amendments to China's 15- year-old air pollution law that grant the state new powers to punish offenders and create a legal framework to cap coal consumption, the Asian giant's biggest source of smog. The draft amendments were passed by 154 votes to 4, with five abstentions, Zhong Xuequan, spokesman for the National...

  • AMSTERDAM, Aug 29- The Dutch public employees' pension fund, the world's third largest, has sold all its shares in pharmaceuticals maker Mylan after it emerged that one of the company's products is in stock at a U.S. prison where death sentences are carried out. The move by ABP, which had $416 billion in assets in 2014 according to consultancy Towers Watson, is thought...

  • PARIS— European security and transport chiefs are urgently reconsidering train security after American passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist attack on a high-speed trip from Amsterdam to Paris. Baggage scans, identity checks and more armed guards are among measures being considered at an emergency meeting Saturday in Paris of interior ministers and...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is banking on his popularity to win a national election next month and strengthen his grip on power after purging his radical left Syriza party of dissenters. Tsipras called the election last week to rid his party of rebels who had refused to back the bailout deal he agreed upon with Greece's...

  • BEIJING, Aug 29- China on Saturday defended the recent revamp of its foreign exchange regime that led to a sharp devaluation of the yuan, calling it a "normal adjustment". On Aug. 11, in a move that stunned markets, China devalued the yuan by nearly 2 percent. China allows the yuan to rise or fall a maximum of 2 percent from a day's midpoint.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.— If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it. It's rhetoric that doesn't always square with the realities of the relationship between the world's two largest economies, said experts on America's ties with China, even if it does make for nifty campaign sound bites. "When you're in the early...

  • BEIJING— Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gasses at a paper mill in central China, authorities said Saturday, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country involving dangerous chemicals. It follows China's worst industrial accident in recent history, a massive explosion at a warehouse storing toxic...

  • VICTORIA, British Columbia— British Columbia's Ministry of Environment says a barge has tipped in Victoria's harbor, dumping as many as 20 vehicles into the water. The ministry says the barge was being loaded by metal recycling company Schnitzer Steel in an area of the harbor just north of the city's downtown core. Seaspan is the barge owner, and the ministry says...

  • NEW YORK— A former executive who was in charge of Subway's advertising says he wasn't aware of pitchman Jared Fogle's criminal sexual conduct with minors. Jeff Moody, who was CEO of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, said in a statement Friday that he was "shocked" to learn of the "deplorable criminal sexual behavior with minors" to which Fogle has agreed...

  • ZURICH- Swiss National Bank head Thomas Jordan addresses a business gathering- 1600 GMT. REYKJAVIK- Launch of Economic Survey of Iceland 2015. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks on the economic outlook before the Forecasters Club of New York- 1710 GMT. TOKYO- Japan Economics Minister Akira Amari speaks at a seminar at...

  • On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law. Unions see the decision as a breakthrough not just in efforts to help employees organizes at...

  • Aug 28- FedEx Corp pilot union's executive council has voted in favor of a tentative contract that seeks better employment terms including higher hourly pay rates and retirement plan enhancement, the Air Line Pilots Association said. The FedEx master executive council voted late on Thursday to approve the collective bargaining agreement reached on Aug. 19...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.— If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it: Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation. It's rhetoric that doesn't always square with the realities of the relationship between the world's two largest economies, said experts on America's...

  • Aug 28, Brussels-- The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German...

  • CARACAS, Aug 28- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he will visit China and Vietnam to sign economic and financing deals, as the OPEC nation struggles to make ends meet at a time of low oil prices. "I leave tomorrow for Vietnam and China to seal agreements for the economic and financial security of Venezuela, and to seek support in these difficult...