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Trump is set to declare that China and Russia are competitors seeking to challenge U.S. power, bitcoin futures receive a lukewarm reception at its launch on the CME exchange and Hershey is to buy SkinnyPop popcorn maker Amplify Snack Brands.

Thai tour guide arrested for inappropriate behavior at Buddhist temple

BANGKOK Thai authorities have arrested a local tour guide for indecent behavior at a temple after she posted a photograph online that showed her standing on a pagoda, police said on Saturday.

World, Dec 16 2017

Kosovo prosecutor drops extradition case over alleged Turkey coup links

PRISTINA A Kosovo prosecutor withdrew his bid on Thursday to extradite a Turkish citizen accused by Turkey of being part of a group linked to a failed coup there in 2016, saying Ankara had not provided enough evidence to back the case.

World, Turkey, Africa Dec 14 2017

Thai PM says no trade with North Korea, ahead of U.S. envoy's visit

BANGKOK No trade takes place between Thailand and North Korea, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, ahead of an expected visit by a U.S. envoy seeking to step up pressure on North Korea over its weapons programs.

EU to resume political contact 'at all levels' with Thailand: statement

BANGKOK The European Union will resume political contact "at all levels" with Thailand, its foreign affairs council said on Monday, after putting relations on hold following a 2014 coup by the Thai military.

World, Dec 11 2017

U.S. envoy for North Korean affairs travels to Japan, Thailand

WASHINGTON The U.S. envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

World, Japan, North Korea, Dec 08 2017