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Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee gets 5-year jail term for bribery

SEOUL – The billionaire head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, is jailed for five years for bribery in a watershed for the country’s decades-long economic order dominated by powerful, family-run conglomerates. (SAMSUNG-LEE/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Joyce Lee and Yuna Park, 1,001 words)

+ See also:

– SAMSUNG-LEE/CHOI (UPDATE 1, PIX), by Joyce Lee and Hyunjoo Jin, 759 words

– SAMSUNG-LEE/PROTESTERS (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), by Yuna Park and Jane Chung, 558 words

North Korea signals a more powerful ICBM in the works

SEOUL – With photographs obliquely showing a new rocket design, North Korea has sent a message that it is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile more powerful than any it has previously tested, weapons experts say. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ICBM (UPDATE 1, PIX, GRAPHICS), moved, by Jack Kim and Heekyong Yang, 645 words)

+ See also:

– NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/USA-SANCTIONS (TV), moved, by Yeganeh Torbati and David Brunnstrom, 999 words

– RUSSIA-SOUTHKOREA/BOMBERS (UPDATE 2), by Andrew Osborn, 600 words

– NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/JAPAN (UPDATE 1), moved, 329 words

Thai junta seeks Yingluck’s arrest as ex-PM skips court verdict

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Supreme Court accuses ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra of fleeing or going into hiding after she fails to show up for the verdict in a negligence trial brought by the junta. (THAILAND-POLITICS/YINGLUCK (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Panarat Thepgumpanat, 569 words)

Hurricane Harvey threatens U.S. with worst storm in 12 years

GALVESTON, Texas – Hurricane Harvey intensifies into potentially the biggest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in more than a decade, as authorities warn locals to shelter from what could be life-threatening winds and floods. (STORM-HARVEY/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV, GRAPHICS), moved, 631 words)

EUROPE

France’s Macron says Poland isolating itself in Europe

VARNA, Bulgaria – French President Emmanuel Macron says Poland is isolating itself in Europe and that Polish citizens “deserve better” than their government’s refusal to seek compromise on European rules on the employment of labour from low-pay nations. (FRANCE-CENTRALEUROPE (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), expect by 1100 GMT/7 AM ET, 250 words)

NATO says Russia should be transparent about military drills

WARSAW – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance will closely watch Russian military exercises in western Russia and Belarus next month, urging Moscow to be transparent about the drills. (POLAND-NATO/STOLTENBERG (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), by Lidia Kelly and Agnieszka Barteczko, 247 words)

Divisions bubble up as Brexit talks resume

BRUSSELS – Divisions between Britain and the EU over mapping out their divorce will be laid bare in Brussels next week when the two sides meet for another round of negotiations whose timetable already looks tight. (BRITAIN-EU/TALKS, moved, by Gabriela Baczynska, 695 words)

Has ‘ambitious’ British PM aimed too high with EU demands?

LONDON – Prime Minister Theresa May always said she would be “ambitious” in negotiating Britain’s exit from European Union, and government documents show scale of that ambition – wanting closest of ties without costs. (BRITAIN-EU/ (PIX), moved, by Elizabeth Piper, 825 words)

Russian hackers feel heat as Trump seeks warmer Moscow ties

MOSCOW/SAN FRANCISCO – When Alexander Vinnik was arrested on money-laundering charges at a Greek hotel in late July, the status of his Jabber secure online messaging account was set to “away”. (RUSSIA-CYBER/ (PIX, FACTBOX), moved, by Jack Stubbs and Joseph Menn, 894 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Warplanes hit Yemen capital, casualties include children

DUBAI – An air strike on Yemen’s capital Sanaa kills 12 people including six children, rescuers say. People at the scene blame the attack on the Saudi-led Arab coalition waging a 2-1/2-year-old campaign against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement for control of the country. (YEMEN-SECURITY/STRIKE (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, 185 words)

Turkey purges hundreds of civil servants in latest decrees

ISTANBUL – Turkey dismisses hundreds civil servants and boosts President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers over the MIT national intelligence agency under two new decrees, the latest under emergency rule imposed after last year’s attempted coup. (TURKEY-SECURITY/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 300 words

Kushner stresses Trump’s Mideast peace optimism; few details

JERUSALEM – U.S. President Donald Trump remains committed and optimistic about achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace, his son-in-law and senior adviser tells the sides during his first visit to the region since last month’s surge of violence. (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ (UPDATE 2, TV), moved, by Jeffrey Heller, 563 words)

Trump calls Egypt’s Sisi, says keen to overcome obstacles

CAIRO – U.S. President Donald Trump calls Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and says he is keen to overcome any obstacles in the way of cooperation, just days after the U.S. said it would withhold some financial. (USA-EGYPT/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 357 words)

AFRICA

Angola’s opposition rejects ruling party’s big vote lead

LUANDA – Angola’s main opposition rejects provisional election results that gave the ruling party a significant lead in a parliamentary election, saying the numbers were not gathered transparently and did not tally with their own data. (ANGOLA-ELECTION/ (PIX), expect by 1100 GMT/7 AM ET, by Stephen Eisenhammer, 400 words)

ASIA

At least 32 killed in Myanmar as Rohingya insurgents stage major attack

YANGON/DHAKA – At least 21 insurgents and 11 members of the security forces are killed in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state when militants stage a major coordinated attack on 24 police posts and an army base, the military says. (MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Wa Lone and Shoon Naing, 789 words)

In China, the party’s push for influence inside foreign firms stirs fears

BEIJING – Late last month, executives from more than a dozen top European companies in China met in Beijing to discuss their concerns about the growing role of the ruling Communist Party in the local operations of foreign firms, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. (CHINA-CONGRESS/COMPANIES (EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Michael Martina, 963 words)

Australia PM: Changing statues, rewriting history is “Stalinist”

SYDNEY – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that calls to replace or modify statues of English colonialists, including explorer Captain James Cook, are tantamount to a “Stalinist” rewrite of history. Pressure has grown in the wake of the furore over Confederate monuments in the United States to reconsider statues in Australia that some deem offensive to the country’s indigenous people. (AUSTRALIA-STATUE/ (TV, PIX), moved, by Alison Bevege, 381 words)

Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

STONEHENGE – Stonehenge is dry and has been for too long – seven years too long. You can taste the dust well before you cross the cattle grids that cut the only road into town. More than 1,700 km northwest of Sydney, Australia’s Stonehenge could not be more different from its famous namesake, the World Heritage prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England. (AUSTRALIA-STONEHENGE/ (PIX), moved, by David B Gray, 798 words)

UNITED STATES

Trump blames fellow Republican leaders for debt ceiling ‘mess’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump picks a new fight with his fellow Republicans, saying congressional leaders could have avoided a “mess” over raising U.S. debt ceiling if they had taken his advice. (USA-TRUMP/BUDGET (UPDATE 5, TV, PIX), moved, by David Alexander and Makini Brice, 906 words)

U.S. state election officials still in dark on Russian hacking

ANAHEIM, California – The federal government has not notified U.S. state election officials if their voting systems were targeted by suspected Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the information will likely never be made public, a top state election chief tells Reuters. (USA-CYBER/ELECTION, moved, by Dustin Volz, 698 words)

SPECIAL REPORT

How Taser inserts itself into probes involving its weapons

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Taser International defends the safety of its stun guns by spending millions on studies and forging close ties with police, medical examiners and consultants. When someone dies after an altercation involving Taser, the manufacturer is quick to offer guidance to investigators, Reuters finds. (USA-TASER/EXPERTS (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX, TV), moved, by Jason Szep, Tim Reid and Peter Eisler, 3,888 words)

+ See also:

– USA-TASER/STRIKEBACK, moved, by Tim Reid and Paula Seligson, 606 words

– USA-TASER/CASES, moved, by M.B. Pell, 814 words

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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