Blinken calls on China, ASEAN countries to hold Myanmar accountable

Blinken calls on China, ASEAN countries to hold Myanmar accountable

BANGKOK, July 10 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday urged China and members of the Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN to put pressure on Myanmar’s rulers to return to democracy and to hold it accountable to a peace deal agreed with the group. “It is incumbent on China and in China’s interest … Read more

Philippines begins new era of Marcos rule, decades after overthrow

Philippines begins new era of Marcos rule, decades after overthrow

“I will get it done,” Marcos says Marcos praises father’s controversial rule Promises economic reforms, to heal divisions MANILA, June 30 (Reuters) – The son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was sworn in as president of the Philippines on Thursday, completing a stunning comeback for one of Asia’s most famous political dynasties, 36 … Read more

Emergency ECB meeting lifts Europe, Fed ready to go big

Emergency ECB meeting lifts Europe, Fed ready to go big

News of emergency ECB meeting sends Italian markets soaring Market almost fully priced for Fed to hike 75 bps Euro rally knocks dollar off 20-yr peak, US yields off decade top China economic data slightly beat forecasts, still weak LONDON/SYDNEY, June 15 (Reuters) – European markets rallied on Wednesday on news the European Central Bank … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Disney/Pixar’s ‘Lightyear,’ with same-sex couple, will not play in 14 countries; China in question

EXCLUSIVE Disney/Pixar's 'Lightyear,' with same-sex couple, will not play in 14 countries;  China in question

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) has been unable to obtain permission to show its new Pixar movie “Lightyear” in 14 Middle Eastern and Asian countries, a source said on Monday, and the animated film appeared unlikely to open in China, the world’s largest movie market. A “Lightyear” producer told Reuters … Read more

Thailand legalizes growing, consumption of marijuana

Thailand legalizes growing, consumption of marijuana

BANGKOK, June 9 (Reuters) – Thailand legalized the growing of marijuana and its consumption in food and drinks on Thursday, the first Asian country to do so, with the aim of boosting its agriculture and tourism sectors but smoking pot is still against the law . Shoppers queued up at outlets selling cannabis-infused drinks, sweets … Read more

Exclusive: Biden to waive tariffs for 24 months on solar panels hit by probe

Exclusive: Biden to waive tariffs for 24 months on solar panels hit by probe

US President Joe Biden walks across the South Lawn after disembarking from Marine One as he returns from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with the first lady at the White House in Washington, US, June 5, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will … Read more

Putting stamp on future, pope names cardinals with tilt towards Asia

Putting stamp on future, pope names cardinals with tilt towards Asia

Pope Francis attends the inauguration of the ‘Laudato Si’ School in Rome, Italy, May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sixteen of 21 new cardinals can vote in conclave on next pope Two thirds of cardinal electors now appointed by Francis New choices increase tilt towards Asia for … Read more

Explainer: Why Indonesia’s palm oil export ban has not cooled cooking oil prices

Explainer: Why Indonesia's palm oil export ban has not cooled cooking oil prices

May 17 (Reuters) – Indonesia, the world’s biggest palm oil exporter, has since April 28 halted shipments of the edible oil in a bid to flood the domestic market with supplies to control the soaring prices of cooking oil. Despite these tough policies that have rattled edible oil markets and cost hundreds of millions of … Read more