Thai exiles in fear after murders and disappearances

Thai exiles in fear after murders and disappearances

FILE PHOTO: Former communist and political prisoner Surachai Danwattananusorn gestures during an interview at his home in Bangkok, Thailand August 25, 2010. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subpransom/File Photo May 24, 2019 By Panu Wongcha-um and Patpicha Tanakasempipat BANGKOK (Reuters) – When members of the exiled Thai protest band Faiyen learned that the concrete-stuffed bodies of two Thai activists who had disappeared from Laos had been found in the Mekong River, they grew worried about their own fates. A…

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Japan PM Abe considering visit to Iran as early as mid-June: NHK

Japan PM Abe considering visit to Iran as early as mid-June: NHK

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shake hands at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo Thursday, May 16, 2019. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS May 24, 2019 TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Iran as early as mid-June, NHK national television said on Friday. The news comes during a tense standoff between Iran and the United States and follows a visit to…

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Japan PM Abe says ‘basically’ not thinking of snap election if sales tax hike delayed: Kyodo

Japan PM Abe says ‘basically’ not thinking of snap election if sales tax hike delayed: Kyodo

FILE PHOTO : Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to media after phone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) after second North Korea-U.S. summit, at Abe’s residence in Tokyo, Japan February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo May 24, 2019 TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he was “basically” not considering seeking voter consent with a snap election if the government were to delay a planned sales tax hike, Kyodo…

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SpaceX launches first satellites for Musk’s Starlink internet service

SpaceX launches first satellites for Musk’s Starlink internet service

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft sits on launch pad 39A prior to the uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake May 24, 2019 By Joey Roulette CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Thursday on a mission to carry the first…

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Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative compensation deal: WSJ

Harvey Weinstein and accusers reach tentative compensation deal: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: Film producer Harvey Weinstein departs from a court hearing in New York, New York, U.S., April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo May 24, 2019 (Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein, women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio’s board members and the New York attorney general’s office have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits and compensate alleged victims of the Hollywood producer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday,…

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Serena remains America’s best hope at French Open

Serena remains America’s best hope at French Open

FILE PHOTO: Mar 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden (not pictured) in the second round of the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo May 24, 2019 By Rory Carroll LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Serena Williams represents the United States’ best chance to hoist the French Open trophy this year but questions loom about…

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Japan’s key inflation gauge hits three-year high, offers little respite for BOJ

Japan’s key inflation gauge hits three-year high, offers little respite for BOJ

FILE PHOTO: A clerk arranges shoes at a shop in Tokyo, Japan, January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo May 24, 2019 By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) – An inflation gauge closely watched by the Bank of Japan accelerated at its fastest pace in almost three years as some retailers passed on rising costs to households, a positive sign for the central bank as it seeks to stoke consumer prices. But the big part of the…

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Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins

Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins

FILE PHOTO – U.S. Attroney General William Barr passes President Donald Trump as he heads to the podium to speak during the presentation of Public Safety Medals of Valor to officers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria May 24, 2019 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s review of the events that…

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Oil prices stabilize after sharp falls earlier in week

Oil prices stabilize after sharp falls earlier in week

FILE PHOTO: An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Todd Korol/File Photo May 24, 2019 By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil markets stabilized on Friday amid OPEC supply cuts and tensions in the Middle East, after posting their steepest falls since the start of the year earlier in the week on the back of a global economic slowdown and swelling fuel inventories. Brent crude futures,…

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The kids aren’t alright: Japan struggles to protect its most vulnerable children

The kids aren’t alright: Japan struggles to protect its most vulnerable children

Miwa Moriya cries while she speaks during an interview with Reuters at her house in Yokohama, Japan, April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon May 23, 2019 By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) – Miwa Moriya was 6 when social workers told her she was going to a Christmas party, but instead moved her into a group home for about 60 children in a small city in western Japan. The “party” turned into more than eight years of…

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