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Migrants, believed to be from Myanmar and Bangladesh, sit after they were detained by police in the southern Thai province of Songkhla on May 8, 2015. (Photo: AFP)

Thailand unfazed by human trafficking report

Thailand remains in the lowest tier 3 in US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report for a second consecutive year.   

Games officials meet for 2022 vote as Boston withdraws

The International Olympic Committee started a week-long session in Malaysia on Tuesday, where the selection of a host for the 2022 Winter Olympics and checks on new reforms took an early backseat to Boston's withdrawal from the 2024 race.

GM, China's SAIC will develop small vehicles for emerging markets

General Motors Co said on Tuesday it will invest US$5 billion over the next several years to develop with its Chinese partner a new family of Chevrolet vehicles aimed at fast-growing emerging markets, in the process offering investors a fresh rationale for rejecting a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV .


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South Korean medical workers wearing face masks check a visitor at a special clinic where patients with respiratory issues can be treated in an isolated space to prevent possible spread to other patients. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

After 36 deaths and 186 infections following the first diagnosis since May 20, South Korea's Prime Minister has declared the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome over. 





US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa. (AFP PHOTO/ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER)

Obama criticises tone of 2016 US presidential debate

It is rare for a president to address domestic controversy while on a foreign trip, but Obama was asked about the increasingly hysterical tone of the campaign trail discourse while on a visit to Ethiopia.



A man walks past stock market quotation on display at a business lobby of a security company in Huaibei, east China's Anhui Province. The Shanghai share index dived more than eight per cent as Chinese stocks suffered a renewed sell-off. (Xie Zhengyi/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

Chinese regulator vows share support after markets tumble 8.5% in a day

China's securities regulator also said market authorities would deal severely with anyone engaged in the "malicious shorting of stocks", in Beijing's latest attempt to stave off a full-blown market crash.

Malaysia lets ringgit fall below 1998-2005 peg

Malaysian authorities have in the past three weeks allowed the ringgit to trade below levels that in 1998 prompted them to impose a dollar peg and capital controls. Economists expect more downside, with the Federal Reserve set to raise US interest rates.



People cast shadows on a video display before a news conference explaining Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston, Massachusetts, on Jan 21, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Boston ends 2024 Olympic bid, Los Angeles interested

Boston withdrew as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics on Monday, citing a lack of public support as the US Olympic Committee pondered a replacement bid ahead of a looming deadline.





People talk in front of a Baidu's company logo at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Baidu profit weighed down by offline mobile services push

Baidu Inc's quarterly profit missed analysts' estimates as China's biggest Internet search company spent heavily to diversify away from its core search advertising business, which is becoming less profitable and more competitive.



US Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there.