In fear of the state: Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches

In fear of the state: Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches

FILE PHOTO: Journalists hold banners and placards as they protest against the newly passed Digital Security Act in front of the Press Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/File Photo December 13, 2018 By Ruma Paul, Serajul Quadir and Zeba Siddiqui DHAKA (Reuters) – With less than a month to go to a general election, many journalists in Bangladesh say they are living in fear of ever-tightening media laws and engaging in…

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Japan rules out asking private firms to avoid telecoms gear that could be malicious

Japan rules out asking private firms to avoid telecoms gear that could be malicious

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai December 13, 2018 TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government has no plan to ask private companies to avoid buying telecommunications equipment that could have malicious functions, such as information leakage, its top spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday. The comment suggests Japan does not intend, for the moment, to…

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Trump intervention comment may be gift to Huawei CFO

Trump intervention comment may be gift to Huawei CFO

U.S. President Donald Trump walks out from the White House in Washington before his departure for the annual Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia, U.S., December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo December 13, 2018 By Julie Gordon, Sijia Jiang and Anna Mehler Paperny VANCOUVER/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, released on bail on Tuesday to await a ruling on U.S. extradition at one of her luxury Vancouver homes, may have received welcome ammunition…

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U.S. oil prices inch up amid stockpile drop, signs of easing trade tensions

U.S. oil prices inch up amid stockpile drop, signs of easing trade tensions

Pumpjacks are seen against the setting sun at the Daqing oil field in Heilongjiang province, China December 7, 2018. Picture taken December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer December 13, 2018 By Koustav Samanta SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. oil prices edged up on Thursday, buoyed by a drawdown in inventories and by signs of easing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. Oil prices have also been supported by OPEC-led supply curbs announced last week, although gains have been…

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Ingram on verge of breaking McAllister’s TD mark

Ingram on verge of breaking McAllister’s TD mark

Dec 9, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports December 13, 2018 Atlanta Falcons: It was their fifth straight loss, but the Falcons were encouraged while scoring just 20 points and losing by two touchdowns to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Atlanta coaches said the…

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Nationals trade RH Roark to Reds

Nationals trade RH Roark to Reds

FILE PHOTO: Sep 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (57) in action on the mound against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports – 11261911 December 13, 2018 The Washington Nationals traded starting pitcher Tanner Roark on Wednesday and acquired pitcher Tanner Rainey in return, both teams announced. Right-hander Roark, 32, had a 64-54 record and 3.59 ERA over six seasons…

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ECB worries multiply even as money-printing presses stop

ECB worries multiply even as money-printing presses stop

The skyline with its financial district and the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) are photographed in the early evening in Frankfurt, Germany, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach December 12, 2018 By Balazs Koranyi and Francesco Canepa FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The European Central Bank is all but certain to formally end its lavish bond purchase scheme on Thursday but will take an increasingly dim view on growth, raising the odds that its next step…

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United Airlines CEO doubles down on growth strategy as stock rides tailwind

United Airlines CEO doubles down on growth strategy as stock rides tailwind

FILE PHOTO – Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines, discusses his vision for the company, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski December 12, 2018 By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) – With many rival airlines scaling back plans to add travel routes and seats in a bid to protect margins, Oscar Munoz is taking United Airlines in a different direction. The No. 3 U.S. air carrier is forging ahead with a strategy to…

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China’s Zhoushan to go after Singapore marine hub’s top billing

China’s Zhoushan to go after Singapore marine hub’s top billing

A Sinopec oil tanker approaches cargo vessel Dongtai Baoze (L) berthed at an anchorage off Zhoushan port to supply it with bunker fuel, in Zhejiang province, China August 14, 2018. Picture taken August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer December 12, 2018 By Chen Aizhu and Roslan Khasawneh ZHOUSHAN, China/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – China’s port city of Zhoushan is planning to challenge Singapore’s dominance of the multi-billion dollar shipping fuel industry, relying on proximity to some of the world’s…

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