Indefinite rule for China’s Xi snuffs out activists’ reform hopes

BEIJING (Reuters) – During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first years in office, rights activists tried to remain buoyant despite shrinking opportunities to organize. FILE PHOTO: A paramilitary officer is reflected in a souvenir plate bearing the image of China’s President Xi Jinping at a shop nearby the Great Hall of the People where the National People’s Congress will be held, ...

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Japan’s Kobe Steel names Yamaguchi as president after data fraud

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Kobe Steel Ltd (5406.T) on Friday appointed the head of its machinery business as its new president and chief executive, looking outside its major steel division for leadership in the wake of a widespread data fraud scandal. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Kobe Steel (Kobelco) is seen at the company headquarters in Kobe, western Japan October ...

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Attack on Chinese billionaire exposes growing racial divide in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A volley of insults hurled by ruling party officials in Malaysia at 94-year-old ethnic-Chinese tycoon, Robert Kuok, has exposed a racial and religious divide ahead of elections due by August. Leaders from UMNO targeted Hong Kong-based Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok in the last two weeks, accusing him of funding a majority-Chinese opposition party to overthrow Najib’s ...

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Serena Williams beats Zarina Dyas in first round at Indian Wells

Williams had not played a singles match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 Former world number one Serena Williams won her first singles match on the WTA Tour for nearly 14 months as she returned after the birth of her child. Williams, 36, reached the second round at Indian Wells with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan’s Zarina ...

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Asia’s biggest exporters bristle over U.S. tariffs, fanning trade war fears

TOKYO (Reuters) – Major Asian nations reacted sharply on Friday to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, warning of damage to relations amid industry calls for retaliation. FILE PHOTO: Workers check steel bars at a factory of Dongbei Special Steel Group Co., Ltd. in Dalian, Liaoning province, China November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo ...

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