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Sting back to rock and striving to stay optimistic

NEW YORK – As Sting took up the refugee crisis for his latest album, he met in Berlin with musicians who fled Syria. The rock legend asked for their permission to record his song.

4.78m more subsidy coupons offered for digital TV

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is planning to distribute 4.78 million new subsidy coupons for digital TV equipment by late November.

Old prison to be remembered

People take selfies at paintings on the walls of the women’s prison in Chiang Mai before it is turned to be a public park. — Jetjaras Na Ranong

New Audi Q5 bows in Paris

Second-generation compact SUV from Ingolstadt gets bigger yet lighter body in a bid to upstage the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

More than 100 injured in New Jersey train crash

A New Jersey Transit spokeswoman says more than 100 people are injured and multiple passengers trapped after a train derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken. — Reuters

US sharply upgrades Q2 growth to 1.4%

WASHINGTON – The US economy grew faster than originally thought in the second quarter of this year, with Commerce Department figures released Thursday showing a 1.4% annual rate.

Cracking down on migrant workers

Police and soldiers raided a fresh market in Bangkok on Sept 21, 2016 and arrested 14 people, most of them from Myanmar. — Reuters

Carabao seek growth from Chelsea sponsorship

Carabao Group Pcl, currently ranked as the world’s best-performing energy drink stock, has signed to sponsor Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League to fight Red Bull and go global.

Malaysia's Proton shortlists 5 bids for equity sale

KUALA LUMPUR – The owner of Malaysian national carmaker Proton said Wednesday it has shortlisted five potential foreign partners for a tie-up that includes an equity sale aimed at reviving the loss-making company.

Prayut wishes balance in politician-people's need

Thailand will advance with a balance between politicians’ greed and people’s needs, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the Bangkok Post Forum 2016 on “Moving Thailand Forward” on Wednesday.

Major revamp of Bangkok bus services underway

The cabinet has approved a major overhaul of Bangkok city bus services that will end the BMTA’s monopoly and allow competition from licensed private operators.

Santa Cruz brush fire threatens homes

A fast-moving fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains is burning for a second day and has forced the evacuation of several hundred homes. – REUTERS

Sansern appointed new PRD chief

Government spokesman Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, who became a television celebrity during the political violence of 2010, has been appointed acting director-general of the Public Relations Department (PRD).

Anupong confident flood situation manageable

The flood situation in the North and Central regions is manageable with a joint effort by the Interior, Agriculture and Cooperatives, and Natural Resources and Environment ministries, according to a confident Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda.

Clinton takes the fight to Trump in first debate

HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK – Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of racism, sexism and tax avoidance on Monday, putting him on the defensive during a debate that a snap poll said boosted her White House chances.

Call for S44 powers on elephant DNA

The Environment Ministry will ask the prime minister to invoke the power of Section 44 of the interim charter to force elephant camps around the country to submit samples of elephant DNA to keep track of the population and curb the illegal wildlife trade.

Integrating Rohingya migrants through soccer in Malaysia

A soccer league in Malaysia hopes to integrate Rohingya migrants into society by organising matches with the locals. — Reuters

Philippine stocks lead regional decline

Philippine shares edged down on Monday as the country’s central bank governor warned that a slump in peso reflects investor caution ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s next policy decision.

Mercedes-Benz GLC250d Coupe: Thai pricing and specs

Sportier sibling to the regular GLC aims for the BMW X4 and Range Rover Evoque with a similar diesel-turbo engine.

Becoming an ‘outward mindset’ leader

As a leader of your company, it’s your responsibility to not only drive your business toward the designated destination, but also to make sure the day-to-day operations can run smoothly without interruption from any conflicts or disputes — be they small or big.