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Monday, September 25, 2017

Vietnam Rejects Lawsuit by Fishermen Over Fish Deaths

HANOI, Vietnam — A court in central Vietnam rejected lawsuits from hundreds of fishermen seeking compensation from a Taiwanese steel company for losses caused by its release of toxic chemicals that killed a large number of fish and caused one of the country's worst environmental disasters.

Thailand Death Sentences Increase, China Tops List, Report Says

BANGKOK — China topped the world list in 2016 for the highest number of state executions carried out, with the figures standing at more than 1,000 according to the latest report by Amnesty International.

Lauded Rocker Chris Cornell Killed Himself by Hanging

DETROIT — Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself Wednesday in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city's medical examiner. He was 52.

A Look at the African Dictator Who Refuses to Step Down

JOHANNESBURG — The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency, and parliament has voted to extend his term by three months. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community. Here's a look at the crisis.

Japan’s Emperor in Thailand to Pay Respects to Late King

BANGKOK — Japanese Emperor Akihito arrived in Bangkok on Sunday to pay his respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, following a weeklong trip to Vietnam aimed at winning support against Chinese expansionism.

Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of German Reunification, 87

BERLIN — Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen. He was 87.

US Strike on Syrian Air Base Has Limited Impact on Assad

BEIRUT — The U.S. missile attack caused heavy damage to one of Syria's biggest and most strategic air bases, used to launch warplanes to strike opposition-held areas throughout Syria.

Mexican Governor Makes Waves by Touting Legal Opium Poppies

MEXICO CITY — The governor of one of Mexico's most violent states is making waves by proposing that impoverished farmers be allowed to grow opium poppies for legal medical use.

Islamic State Hacker Arrested in Malaysia, Police Say

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A 20-year-old foreign student who allegedly hacked into U.S. servers and passed information to Islamic State militants has been arrested in Malaysia, police said Friday.

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