Trial of Uyghurs Resumes in 2015 Thailand Shrine Bombing Case

Two Uyghur men accused of carrying out a bombing that killed 20 people at a Hindu shrine in Bangkok in 2015 pleaded not guilty Monday, a defense lawyer said, as their trial resumed for the first time since 2017.Adem Karadag (alias Bilal Mohammed) and Yusufu Mieraili were arrested a few weeks after a bomb blast ripped through the Erawan Shrine, which is also considered sacred by Buddhists and is a major tourist attraction.The two defendants, who identified themselves as Uyghurs from Urumqi in the Xinjiang region of China, had earlier pled not guilty to charges under a military tribunal, but authorities referred their case to a civilian court late last year.“They came to the court, pleaded not guilty, and vowed to fight the case,” Chuchart Gunpai, the defense attorney for Karadag, told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, by phone Monday.The case was transferred to the South Bangkok Court after the Thai parliament elected junta leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha as prime minister, completing his transition from coup leader to head of a civilian government following an election in March 2019 that critics claim was engineered to keep him in power.Also on Monday, officials schedu...

The 4th of July means a lot of things to different people—fireworks, barbecues with patriotic desserts,

The 4th of July means a lot of things to different people—fireworks, barbecues with patriotic desserts, lots of traffic to beach destinations, and if you crave a good deal, tons of sales. We sifted through the 4th of July sales filling the internet and found the best ones for travel-minded shoppers; whether you’re looking for a new pair of headphones for an upcoming plane journey, sneakers for your next steps-heavy vacation, or a backpack that doubles as a duffel, we found it all. Below, the best 4th of July sales to shop this holiday weekend. All products featured in this story are independently selected by our editors. However, if you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. Given that Amazon Prime Day is coming up on July 15, there aren’t too many 4th of July sales at Amazon right now. However, we did spot Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones, our pick for the best noise-cancelling headphones, for $298 (originally $350). Select items are up to 40 percent off at the outdoor gear site—that includes the Patagonia Black Hole backpack-duffel ($97, originally $129), Osprey hiking backpacks ($75, originally $100), and the Sportiva Trango hiking boots ($1...