Thai junta hits royal critics with record jail time

BANGKOK - A recent 60-year sentence, the harshest of its kind in Thailand's history, is part of a dramatic rise in arrests for offending the dignity of the monarch. The crackdown has been enabled by sweeping powers the military granted itself after a May 2014 coup.

Asian shares fall as U.S. jobs jitters outweigh ECB support 1:47am EDT

SINGAPORE/TOKYO - Asian shares extended losses on Friday as caution over a U.S. jobs report overshadowed signals from the European Central Bank that it is willing to take further steps to shore up the European economy.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis is shown in this booking photo provided by the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky September 3, 2015.   REUTERS/Carter County Detention Center/Handout via Reuters

Clerk jailed for gay union defiance

ASHLAND, Ky. - A Kentucky county clerk was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.  Full Article 

Abdullah Kurdi, father of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, cries as he leaves a morgue in Mugla, Turkey, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

From a watery death, back home to Syria

MUGLA, Turkey - A Syrian refugee child drowns at sea, leaving behind a distraught father and a searing image. His story is emblematic of a crisis that has spiraled out of control.  Full Article | Related Story 

Aug 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up prior to a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brady takes the air out of the NFL's sails

Tom Brady triumphed over the National Football League when a federal judge threw out his "Deflategate" suspension, clearing the way for the New England Patriots star quarterback to play in next week's season opener.  Full Article | Video 

Figure models called First Order's Stormtrooper from the film "Star Wars" are displayed at Loft Variety Store in Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

'Star Wars' fans abuzz with 'Force Friday' toys

A hamster-sized BB-8 droid and an updated Millennium Falcon spacecraft were as some of the most talked-about new "Star Wars" toys as stores opened for first sales of merchandise for the upcoming movie "The Force Awakens."  Full Article 

China trims troops

Chinese soldiers march during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Beijing Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping plans to cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two.  Full Article | Video 

Robot mother builds and improves its own children

Scientists from the University of Cambridge build a robotic 'mother' that designs and builds its own 'children', assessing them to improve the performance of the next generation. Matthew Stock reports.

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