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Bangkok bomb 'suspect' living in Turkey, denies involvement

The hunt for a group behind the Bangkok shrine blast narrowed Monday as police revealed they had two new suspects - one of whom told AFP she was innocent and living in Turkey.

Police are now seeking a Thai woman and an unidentified man after bomb-making materials were discovered over the weekend in an apartment in the suburb of Minburi.

Investigators believe it was used as a hideout by the network that carried out the attack.


US weighs China sanctions after cyber hack

The United States is considering economic sanctions against Chinese firms and individuals that profited from cyber attacks on American targets, a senior administration official said Monday.

Following a spate of cyber attacks on US companies and government agencies that have been widely blamed on China, the official said that Washington would respond "in a manner and timeframe of our choosing".

In April, President Barack Obama signed an executive order, paving the way for tougher sanctions against "malicious cyber actors".


United Nations climate talks begin divided, but with hope for Paris accord

Chances that governments will work out a United Ntions accord to combat climate change in December seem brighter than in the run-up to a failed attempt in 2009, experts said as delegates from almost 200 nations met on Monday, hoping to bridge deep divisions.

Memories of a U.N. summit in Copenhagen in December 2009, when world leaders including US President Barack Obama failed to work out a deal intended to avert more heatwaves, floods and rising seas, hang over the talks in Bonn.

"We're closer to an agreement" than at the same time before Copenhagen, Elina Bardram, head of the European Commission delegation, told Reuters. "But there's a lot still to be done."


Austria orders migrants from trains at Hungarian border

 Austrian security forces stopped two trains with several hundred migrants near the border with Hungary on Monday, a police spokesman said, hours after authorities in Budapest let them leave despite many not having EU visas.

The trains were halted near the Hungarian border town of Hegeshalom, where Austrian police proceeded to check their papers.

One of the trains was bound for Munich and carried 300 to 400 migrants, police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said.


Tennis: Kei Nishikori, Ana Ivanovic crash as US Open begins

 Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year's runner-up, crashed out in the opening round of the US Open on Monday while Serena Williams lost another high-ranked rival as Serbian seventh seed Ana Ivanovic was also sent packing.

The year's final Grand Slam tournament began with drama on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts as 41st-ranked Frenchman Benoit Paire ripped Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 and Slovakia's 50th-ranked Dominika Cibulkova ousted seventh-seeded Ivanovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

"To beat Nishikori, for me, it was impossible to imagine this," Paire said. "I'm really happy."