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Thai junta leader appointed PM by hand-picked parliament

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics.

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Dollar surges on hawkish-sounding Fed, Aussie hit by China PMI

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar traded at 11-month highs against a basket of major currencies early on Thursday, having been given a second wind after minutes of the Federal Reserve's July meeting sounded slightly hawkish.

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Grande’s VMA ‘insanity’

Ariana Grande thinks it is “insane” she’s opening the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend.

The 21-year-old singer will be the first to perform at the annual star-studded ceremony this Sunday, only a year after taking the stage for the first time at the event.

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Rockies 5, Royals 2

Rockies 5, Royals 2: Matt McBride belted his first career grand slam and Jorge De La Rosa cruised through eight innings as host Colorado stunned Kansas City.

Technology

Silicon Valley startup accelerators on the hunt for health-tech talent

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - What do Dropbox, Stripe, Airbnb and Reddit have in common? These technology firms all received mentorship and money from Silicon Valley's so-called startup machine, Y Combinator.

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