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The Organization of American States (OAS) will not hold a meeting to discuss a crisis on the Colombia-Venezuela border, after Colombia failed to garner enough votes in favor of its proposal, the Colombian government said on Monday. Colombia said it would push for a meeting after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro closed several border crossings and deported nearly 1,100 Colombians in what he has characterized as a crackdown on crime. The call for a meeting needed the support of 18 of 34 OAS members - it came in one short, with 17 votes in favor.

By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Low-yielding yen and euro held firm on Tuesday as nervous investors look to upcoming data from China and the United States to gauge whether they need to further wind back carry trades, bets in risk assets funded by these currencies. Falls in equity prices overnight curbed risk appetite after Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer did not rule out the possibility of a rate hike in September, even though global financial markets have been through turmoil in recent weeks. Speculators often use low-yielding currencies to fund positions in higher-yielding currencies and equities, so a worsening outlook for equity markets tends to boost currencies such as euro and yen.


Austrian security forces stopped a Munich-bound train with several hundreds migrants on board near the border with Hungary on Monday, a police spokesman said, just hours after authorities in Budapest let them leave despite many not having the right visas to travel in the EU. "There are roughly 300 to 400 migrants on board.


Record numbers of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea are trying to reach Europe this year, despite the risks of perilous sea crossings and little humanitarian assistance. Here are the latest developments Monday:
By Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a second weekend raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials. Police were looking for a 26-year-old Thai woman and a foreign man in his 40s after expanding their search to a property in the city's Min Buri district.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amid the chimes of gongs, Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa teaches a group of women and children the mystical moves of a centuries-old dance form she has struggled to save from oblivion in the Philippines' restive south.


Myanmar, which will hold its first democratic national poll in more than two decades on Nov. 8, has seen a flowering of anti-Muslim hate speech since the military gave up full power and opened up politics and the economy in 2011. President Thein Sein signed the Monogamy Bill after it was passed by parliament on August 21, Zaw Htay, a senior official at the president's office, told Reuters. The president also signed two other laws, which restrict religious conversion and interfaith marriage, on August 26, Zaw Htay said.


China will open a high-speed rail line to the North Korean border on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries. The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 km (127 miles) from Shenyang to the border city of Dandong, which faces North Korea across the Yalu River, and will shorten the train journey from 3 1/2 hours to just over one hour, Xinhua said. The new link will "raise the region's economic competitiveness", the report cited an unnamed railway official saying.

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were mostly lower Monday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official suggested a September interest rate hike still was possible and weak Japanese factory activity provided more evidence of a sluggish global economy.


By Michael Taylor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is looking to increase its current pledges on cutting emissions growth, a senior government adviser said on Monday, with a final decision likely by mid-September. Home to the world's third-largest tropical forests, and the biggest palm oil producer, Indonesia will have a key role at the United Nation's Paris climate conference late this year, which is designed to reach a plan to reduce global warming. "We intend to increase the contribution and we will do so," Rachmat Witoelar, President Joko Widodo's special envoy for climate change, told Reuters.

It was a week of market turmoil, athletic championships and an important Hindu festival.


The hunt for those behind the Bangkok shrine blast narrowed Monday as police revealed they have two new suspects after more bomb-making paraphernalia was found in a suburban apartment. The bomb that hit the Erawan shrine on August 17 was Thailand's worst single mass-casualty attack. Suspicion has alternated between Thailand's bitter political rivals, organised criminal gangs, Islamist militants, rebels in the kingdom's strife-torn south and sympathisers of refugees from China's Uighur minority.


By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Defense is seeking a fourth straight annual military budget hike to help fortify the country's far-flung island chain in the East China Sea, close to ocean territory claimed by Beijing. If approved, the new defense budget would be Japan's biggest in 14 years. China's military budget for this year rose 10.1 percent to 886.9 billion yuan ($138.37 billion), the second largest in the world after the United States.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says it has picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations over the weekend, part of a relentless flow of people heading for the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


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