While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Aug 30 edition

Thai police charge foreign man over Bangkok bombing

Thai police on Saturday charged a foreign man over last week’s deadly Bangkok bombing, the first arrest connected to an attack that has rattled the junta-run kingdom and damaged its tourist-haven reputation.

The man was arrested after a morning raid on an apartment in Nong Chok district on the eastern outskirts of the capital by security forces who allegedly found him with bomb-making equipment linked to the Aug 17 blast, which killed 20 people and wounded scores more.

A senior military official told AFP he believed the suspect was a “Turkish national” but Thai police have not yet confirmed his nationality.


Austria death truck suspects held, second vehicle found

Four suspects in Austria’s migrant truck tragedy were remanded in custody in Hungary on Saturday, as Austrian police rescued three “severely dehydrated” refugee children packed into another vehicle.

Hungary, where the death truck with 71 corpses originated, said meanwhile that it has completed a razor-wire barrier along its 175km frontier with Serbia in an effort to prevent thousands of migrants entering the EU country.

The young children in the newest Austrian case were hospitalised after a van with 26 Syrians, Bangladeshis and Afghans was pulled over by police early Friday after a short chase near the German border.


38 girls die in crash on way to Swaziland beauty pageant

A road accident in Swaziland killed 38 girls and seriously injured 20 others who had been on their way to a traditional ceremony where King Mswati III can choose a new wife.

The accident happened Friday night when their open truck smashed into a car on the road between the tiny kingdom's two main cities en route to the traditional Reed Dance.

The Reed Dance, due to be held Monday, is a beauty pageant that attracts tens of thousands of young virgins who dance before the polygamist king, who can select one of them as a new wife.


Football: Hammers hand Liverpool first defeat of season with 3-0 win

West Ham handed Liverpool their first defeat of the new Premier League season with a 3-0 win on Saturday that ended the east London club's 52-year wait for success at Anfield.

Goals from Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble put Slaven Bilic's side firmly in control of a fixture in which they had not tasted victory since a 2-1 triumph in September 1963, before Diafra Sakho's late effort completed the rout.

The dismissal of Liverpool's midfielder Philippe Coutinho early in the second half left the home side with a mountain to climb, although Noble's own sending off evened the teams up for the final 11 minutes.


Tennis: Nadal feeling 'very close' to Slam-winning form

Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, struggling through what the Spaniard called his worst campaign in 11 years, said Saturday his form is very close to returning to top level.

Nadal has won titles this season at Hamburg, Stuttgart and Buenos Aires, but his record is 42-14 and he has slipped to the the eighth seed for the US Open, the final major championship of the year that begins Monday in New York.

"It's a challenge for me to find the feel that I arrived at so many times in my career," Nadal said. "The level of tennis is very close to being back there."