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This image released Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) shows a sketch of an unidentified man who police say was living in the second apartment which was raided by authorities in Min Buri, in Bangkok's outskirts, and where police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose parts can be used for detonation. (National Council for Peace and Order via AP)

Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe

- Associated Press

Thai police issued two new arrest warrants and released images Monday of more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, in the widening investigation into Bangkok’s deadly bombing two weeks ago.

Chinese officials are casting about for scapegoats to blame for the country's mishandling of a recent stock bubble that dented the country's economy. (Associated Press)

China’s leaders on the spot after economic stumbles

- The Washington Times

Chinese officials say they know exactly who is to blame for a wild week that rocked global stock markets, battered the currencies of emerging markets around the globe, sent commodity prices lower and may have shaved a percentage point or two off of global GDP growth next year: anybody but China.

A man is reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Asian stocks fell Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and Japanese factory activity weakened (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

World stocks fall after Fed suggests Sept. rate hike possible

- Associated Press

Global stocks were mostly lower Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and weak Japanese factory activity provided more evidence of a sluggish global economy.

Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to be a thorn in U.S.-Russia talks for peace in the Middle East as the U.S. backs Mr. Assad while Russia supports nearby Iran against him. (Associated Press)

Syrian peace may hinge on Moscow’s game plan

- The Washington Times

Moscow is increasingly emerging as a center of diplomacy on Syria’s four-year-old civil war, with the Obama administration sending a key emissary to the Russian capital to discuss the conflict on Friday, following recent visits by high-level Saudi, Jordanian and Iranian officials — as well as key members of the Syrian political opposition.

Thai policemen take evidence at an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Thai authorities raided an apartment in suburban Bangkok and arrested a foreigner with a fake Turkish passport and bomb-making materials Saturday, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Sakchi Lalit)

Bangkok bomb case: Thai police arrest foreigner, find passports

- Associated Press

Thai authorities arrested a foreign man Saturday they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.

Strong winds and waves batter the coast as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday, August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

Tropical Storm Erika dissipates after killing at least 20 in Caribbean

- Associated Press

Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Saturday, even as its remnants began drenching parts of eastern Cuba. But it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Monday, June 29, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia emerges as key player in new round of Syria diplomacy

- The Washington Times

Moscow is increasingly emerging as a center of diplomacy on Syria’s four-year-old civil war, with the Obama administration sending a key emissary to the Russian capital discuss the conflict on Friday, following recent visits by high-level Saudi, Jordanian and Iranian officials — as well as key members of the Syrian political opposition.

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New hospital in Jordan treats worst of Mideast's war-wounded

- Associated Press

They are among the most tragically wounded from the Middle East's multiple wars. A 14-year-old Syrian girl whose lower legs were torn off by a shell. A 15-year-old Iraqi boy who was severely burned in a car bomb explosion.

Saudi-U.S. ties will be under scrutiny again when 79-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud makes an expected visit to Washington next month, his first since ascending to the throne. (Associated Press)

Saudi royals' grasp on power threatened by sharp drop in oil prices

- The Washington Times

The sharp drop in oil prices is starting to bite for the world's longtime top oil-producing nation, Saudi Arabia, and could threaten the seemingly unshakable social contract that has seen the kingdom's royal family rule for nearly a century with almost no opposition or oversight from the nation's masses.

Suu Kyi: Myanmar rebels should think carefully on peace deal

- Associated Press

Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.

Maine state police create unit to examine drug trends

- Associated Press

Maine's top law enforcement and emergency medical officials announced Wednesday that a special state police unit and three working groups will be created to address the state's drug epidemic.

President Obama said he wanted inspections "anywhere, anytime" of Iran's nuclear facilities to ensure Tehran is adhering to terms of the deal. But the actual agreement? Iran gets 24 days' notice of inspections of suspicious sites. A secret side deal allows Tehran's own inspectors to check a military site where work on nuclear weapons was thought to have been carried out. (Associated Press)

Iran nuke deal erases Obama's red lines

- The Washington Times

From allowing Iran to keep enriching uranium to abandoning "anywhere, anytime" inspections of Tehran's nuclear facilities, the Obama administration has crossed many of its own red lines in the nuclear deal that will lift tough economic sanctions on America's longtime adversary.

FILE - In this Monday, April 26, 2010 file photo, then Vice President Riek Machar, left, and President of South Sudan Salva Kiir, centre, arrive for a press conference in Juba, South Sudan. A South Sudan spokesman said Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 that President Salva Kiir may sign a peace deal with rebels on Wednesday, more than a week after refusing to do so, but added that Kiir will first express "reservations" about the agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar at a summit with regional leaders in the capital, Juba.(AP Photo/Pete Muller, File)

Official: S. Sudan president may sign peace deal Wednesday

- Associated Press

South Sudan President Salva Kiir may sign a peace deal with rebels on Wednesday, more than a week after refusing to do so, a presidential spokesman said Tuesday. The U.N. Security Council threatened to "act immediately" if he doesn't.

UN: China arms firm sold $20M in weapons to South Sudan

- Associated Press

A U.N. panel of experts said that a major Chinese state-owned arms supplier sold more than $20 million of weapons to South Sudan's government last year, several months into the country's deadly internal conflict.

Cotton: Iran agreement could spark second 'nuclear age'

- Associated Press

Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that he thinks an agreement aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear program could instead create a "second nuclear age" that would threaten the United States and its allies.

FILE - In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. Iran has no plan to swap detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian with any Iranian prisoners held in the United States, local news agencies reported Tuesday, the first time any Iranian official has mentioned such a trade for the journalist. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Diplomat: Iran has no plan to swap detained Post reporter

- Associated Press

An Iranian diplomat said Tuesday that Tehran has no plans to swap detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian for prisoners held in the United States, the first time a high-level official has alluded to the possibility of such a trade.