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Charges dropped against Thai Red Bull heir in fatal crash

Charges dropped against Thai Red Bull heir in fatal crash

BANGKOK — Prosecutors in Thailand have dropped all charges against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who was accused of killing a Bangkok police officer in a 2012 car crash, officials said Friday. Police Lt. Col.

Critic of Chinese leader expelled from party on graft charge

BEIJING — The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will be prosecuted on corruption charges, the
Malaysia affirms social media users exempt from license rule

Malaysia affirms social media users exempt from license rule

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia made an embarrassing U-turn on Friday after a minister sparked a furor over his announcement that all video production, including those on social media, must be licensed amid a row with news broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

Journalist held for 6 years gains New Zealand refugee status

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A journalist who fled Iran and then exposed Australia's degrading treatment of asylum-seekers while being held against his will for six years has been granted refugee status in New Zealand.
Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention

Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention

WASHINGTON — Bowing to the coronavirus threat, President Donald Trump on Thursday scrapped plans for a four-night Republican National Convention celebration in Florida that had been set to draw more than 10,000 people to a pandemic hot spot to mark h
Jobless claims rise as cutoff of extra $600 benefit nears

Jobless claims rise as cutoff of extra $600 benefit nears

WASHINGTON — The nation got another dose of bad economic news Thursday as the number of laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose for the first time since late March, intensifying concerns the resurgent coronavirus is stalling or even reversing

Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released from prison

NEW YORK — A judge on Thursday ordered the release of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer from prison, saying the government retaliated against him for planning to release a book critical of Trump before November's election.
Watchdogs to review conduct of US agents in Portland, DC

Watchdogs to review conduct of US agents in Portland, DC

WASHINGTON — Two government watchdogs said Thursday that they had opened investigations into the conduct of federal agents responding to unrest in Portland, Oregon, following abuse of power allegations by members of Congress, local officials and the
Amber Heard says she 'did not want to expose' Johnny Depp

Amber Heard says she 'did not want to expose' Johnny Depp

LONDON — Amber Heard insisted Thursday that she never wanted the world to know the details of her years of alleged abuse by Johnny Depp, as she concluded her evidence in her ex-husband's libel case against a British tabloid.
Movie theatres implore studios: Release the blockbusters

Movie theatres implore studios: Release the blockbusters

NEW YORK — A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, “Jaws” set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in.