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Calling the midwife, in Chiapas

In Chiapas, Mexico, midwives may be the only person who can help a woman when she gives birth.

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Attacks push Thailand into globalised era

Since the Aug 17 blast at the Erawan shrine there has been no shortage of misstatements and missteps from the authorities. But the arrest of a key suspect on Saturday afternoon marked real success and a potential breakthrough in the nation’s worst-ever bomb attack.

Mazda plans all-new CX-4 SUV

Sporty crossover to slot in between CX-3 and CX-5 in 2019.

10 controversies of draft constitution & why crisis panel is needed

Restoration of national peace purpose of 2014 coup. Political rivals protested non-stop to oust each other from power since 2006. Five-year period needed for reform & reconciliation or else political conflict will return, politicians have not changed.

Fight against coastal erosion: bamboo vs. concrete

Rows of bamboo poles have proved to be a more effective defence against coastal erosion than concrete barriers in muddy areas, but sandy areas pose a different, possibly insurmountable, problem.

Construction begins on second Thai-Myanmar bridge

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sunday for the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge that will play a key role in the East-West Economic Corridor traversing continental Southeast Asia.

What's new in business news: August 31, 2015

PM Prayut & Philippine President Aquino discuss trade, labour & defense ahead of Asean Economic Community, China-Japan rivalry in Indonesian rail project heats up & 2nd Thai-Myanmar bridge construction begins.

Dead, but not forgotten

It has been nearly four years since Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in an American drone strike, but online, his influence is as strong and pervasive as ever. Did killing Awlaki strengthen his message?

Foreign man arrested over Bangkok bombing

Police investigating Bangkok’s deadliest bombing arrested a foreigner they said matched the description of a man who left a bag at the crowded site of a blast in Bangkok nearly two weeks ago.

The big chill

Blame it on the sunshine. Blame it on the oppressive tropical heat. Blame it on the boogie if you have to — there’s no doubt Bangkok has an affinity with keeping cool.

Bomb suspect arrested

Police arrested a suspect in the Bangkok bombing at an apartment on Aug 29, 2015.

Police arrest possible bomb suspect

Police say they have arrested a Turkish passport holder who looks like the Ratchaprasong bombing suspect in Nong Chok district in Bangkok.

Police hunt Uighur escapees

Police are hunting three Uighur escapees who slipped out of an immigration detention centre in Sa Kaeo province in April to find out whether they are linked to the Erawan shrine and Sathon pier bombings.

Miss muscles

Physical fitness trainer Nontanutda Ammart hasn’t let fame get the better of her.

Thirachai rises to top army post

Assistant army chief Thirachai Nakwanich has been confirmed as the new head of the army in a military reshuffle list endorsed by His Majesty the King.

3 arrested, 71 'Syrians' dead in Austria truck tragedy

VIENNA — Austrian police said Friday three people have been arrested over the gruesome discovery of 71 bodies in an abandoned lorry, with the victims believed to be Syrians.

Bolt wins easily, then loses to cameraman

Usain Bolt’s celebrations after completing a world championship sprint double came to a painful halt on Thursday after he was knocked over by a cameraman on an electric scooter.

Shrine saga throws up bluster, but few facts

The fog of Thai crisis management can be thick and heavy. Almost a fortnight after a powerful bomb explosion rocked the landmark Erawan shrine area in central Bangkok and claimed 20 lives with scores of injuries, Thai authorities have made just about zero progress.

US economy grew 3.7% in Q2

WASHINGTON – The US economy grew much stronger than first estimated in the second quarter, at an annual rate of 3.7%, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Somkid paints rosy picture despite shrinking July exports

Thai exports shrank by 3.56% for the seventh consecutive month in July but Thailand’s new economic leader has confirmed the economy is merely weak but not mired in a crisis.