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News Wrap: Thailand offers reward for shrine bombing suspect

In our news wrap Wednesday, Thai authorities issued a warrant for a man in a yellow shirt suspected in a deadly bombing at a shrine. He is now believed to have acted as part of a network. Also, two more attacks added to a growing wave of violence in Turkey. In one case, at least eight soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing by Kurdish rebels.

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    Wall Street got the shakes today as developments in the U.S. and abroad sowed doubts. The Federal Reserve gave out mixed signals on raising interest rates next month, Chinese markets were hit by wild swings, and oil prices plunged again, hurting energy stocks.

    In the end, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 162 points to close below 17390. The Nasdaq fell 40 points and the S&P 500 slid 17.


    In Thailand, police expanded their manhunt in Monday's Bangkok bombing and offered a reward worth nearly $30,000.

    Jonathan Miller of Independent Television News reports from Bangkok.


    A police e-fit sketch of the suspected bomber who declared war on Bangkok and who set the whole city on edge. A Thai court's now issued a warrant for the arrest of the man in the yellow T-shirt, who placed his black backpack on a bench on the Erawan Shrine two nights ago.

    The warrant describes him as an unidentified foreigner, wanted for premeditated murder. With few solid leads, and no clear motive to go on, the national police chief offered one million baht for information that could lead to his capture. "He didn't do it alone, he said. "That's for sure. It's a network."

    Watch what happens when yellow T-shirt arrives. A man in red vacates his seat for him, and stands with another man wearing white right in front of him. Then, once the backpack's been placed, both leave the shrine seconds before the prime suspect. Red and white are now wanted, too.

    The open-air shrine on the busy street corner where 22 people died reopened for business at 8:00 this morning. Some Thais, though, preferred to pray from afar. There are ghosts here.

    Over the past 10 years, Thailand has had more than its fair share of trouble. But the country has always proved resilient. And so have the tourists. This time, though, it just feels different. Down here in the Khaosan Road, Bangkok's backpacker central, it's much more subdued than usual and people are genuinely scared.

    The man in the yellow T-shirt is what everybody's talking about. And everybody knows that he's still out there. Thailand is a country in need of reassurance right now. But, tonight, there is none. Amid talk of intelligence failures, it seems no one has any idea yet why what happened here happened, threat level high, anxiety level even higher.


    In Turkey, two more attacks today added to a growing wave of violence. At least eight soldiers were killed when Kurdish rebels set off a roadside bomb in the southeast. Earlier, gunmen threw a grenade and fired shots outside an Ottoman era palace in Istanbul. One officer was slightly wounded. Two people were arrested.


    A vote in Germany's Parliament has cleared the way for a third bailout for Greece. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a package of $95 billion in loans today. The German finance minister said it's in the best interests of Europe.

  • WOLFGANG SCHAEUBLE, German Finance Minister (through interpreter):

    In fact, the Greek government has made positive and fundamental changes in the last weeks and it therefore would be irresponsible to not use this opportunity for a new beginning in Greece. The chance has been given to the Greeks and they alone decide if they use it.


    Under the bailout deal, Greece must undertake a series of economic reforms, including spending cuts and tax increases.


    Back in the U.S., the former spokesman for the Subway chain Jared Fogle will plead guilty to having sex with minors and receiving child pornography. The agreement was announced today in federal court in Indianapolis. Fogle's actual plea will come at a later date. Under the deal, he pays $100,000 to each of 14 victims, and serves up to 12-and-a-half years in prison.


    And former Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes has died in Cleveland of lung and brain cancer. He was the first black member of Congress from Ohio and served 15 terms from 1969 to 1999. Stokes gained national attention chairing the Select Committee on Assassinations in the late 1970s. It investigated the murders of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Louis Stokes was 90 years old.

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