The number of rhinos killed by poachers in South Africa continued to climb this year, with demand for rhino horn in Asia pushing the slaughter ever higher, the government said Sunday. As of August 27, the number of rhinos lost to poachers was 749 for the whole country, said Environment Minister Edna Molewa. "Of these, 544 were poached in the Kruger National Park.
Germany and a handful of other European Union states cannot go on absorbing a disproportionate share of refugees arriving in the bloc and other members must do more, a government spokesman said on Sunday. Germany expects the number of asylum seekers it receives to quadruple to about 800,000 this year. "Germany and a few other countries are by far ... those that receive the most refugees," government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.
There has been no word of his nationality, affiliation or whether the evidence seized in a shabby Bangkok apartment block amounts to a smoking gun for the attack on a crowded downtown shrine that killed 20 people two weeks ago. Police have been tight-lipped - at times cryptic - about the man they indicate is the chief suspect caught on camera leaving a bag at the site of a bombing that shook Bangkok's bustling commercial heart.
Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year's US Open runner-up, makes another bid to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam singles title starting Monday. The 25-year-old winner of 10 ATP titles will begin his run Monday morning at Louis Armstrong Stadium against Benoit Paire, having beaten the Frenchman in both prior meetings, most recently in the third round at the 2013 French Open. "I believe in myself," Nishikori said.
By Pairat Temphairojana and Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing widened their search for more suspects on Sunday after a foreigner was arrested and stacks of fake passports and bomb-making materials found during a raid on a Bangkok apartment block. Authorities said police were monitoring about 1,000 mobile phone numbers and checking photographs used in some 200 seized passports to track down members of an unspecified group they believe orchestrated the Aug. 17 attack on a Hindu shrine in Bangkok. The bombing killed 20 people and stunned Thailand.
Thailand's army chief on Sunday told AFP the man arrested in connection with last week's deadly Bangkok bomb blast was not cooperating, as police announced he was part of a people-smuggling gang. The unnamed foreigner, who is being held in military custody at an undisclosed location, was seized during a Saturday morning raid on a flat on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok. "The interrogation is not making progress because the suspect is not really giving useful information," Thai army chief General Udomdej Sitabutr told AFP.
A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said. "A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine ministry said in a statement. Greek port police and officials from the EU border agency Frontex managed to halt and board the boat.