New York News: Governor Cuomo Letter to AG, investigate sexual conduct concerns

ALBANY, NY – Last week, Governor Cuomo provided a formal referral to the Office of the Attorney General to investigate recent sexual assault investigations conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and NYPD’s Special Victim’s Unit. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will soon appoint a special deputy attorney general to lead the investigation. New York … Continue reading New York News: Governor Cuomo Letter to AG, investigate sexual conduct concerns

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Watchdog: Global military spending up by 1.1 percent

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Global military spending rose to $1.739 trillion last year, a 1.1 percent increase on 2016, a Swedish arms watchdog said Wednesday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said China continued its upward trend that has lasted for more than two decades, Russian expenditure fell for the first time since 1998, … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Watchdog: Global military spending up by 1.1 percent

BANGKOK  | Global shares mixed as investors look ahead to Fed meeting

BANGKOK — Shares were higher in Europe on Wednesday after a day of losses in most Asian markets. Investors are looking ahead to Federal Reserve meeting and to China-U.S. trade talks later in the week. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX added 1.2 percent to 12,756.54 and the CAC 40 of France gained 0.2 percent to 5,533.29. … Continue reading BANGKOK  | Global shares mixed as investors look ahead to Fed meeting

SYDNEY  | Faux pas: France’s Macron says Aussie PM’s wife ‘delicious’

SYDNEY  — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump’s infamous comments about Macron’s wife? Whatever the case, Macron raised eyebrows in Sydney on Wednesday by calling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s … Continue reading SYDNEY  | Faux pas: France’s Macron says Aussie PM’s wife ‘delicious’

YEREVAN, Armenia  | Opposition protesters block Armenia’s main airport

YEREVAN, Armenia — Opposition protesters are blocking the road leading from Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, to its airport, as well as several subway stations and government ministries after their leader called for a national strike. The actions Wednesday follow the parliament’s rejection of a bid by opposition leader Nikol Pashinian to become prime minister, and intensify … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia  | Opposition protesters block Armenia’s main airport

SEOUL, South Korea | China’s foreign minister in N. Korea seeks role for Beijing

SEOUL, South Korea — China’s foreign minister arrived in North Korea’s capital on Wednesday and could meet with leader Kim Jong Un while trying to ensure a larger role for Beijing in the new round of nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang that had been driven by Seoul and Washington. Wang Yi’s visit came days after Kim … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | China’s foreign minister in N. Korea seeks role for Beijing

SYDNEY  | Macron says Aussie PM’s wife ‘delicious,’ sparking reaction

SYDNEY  — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump’s infamous comments about Macron’s wife? Whatever the case, Macron raised eyebrows in Sydney on Wednesday by calling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s … Continue reading SYDNEY  | Macron says Aussie PM’s wife ‘delicious,’ sparking reaction

TOKYO  | Japan’s pop band Tokio member resigns over sexual misconduct

TOKYO  — Tatsuya Yamaguchi of Japan’s star pop group Tokio, who acknowledged last week he had sexually harassed a teenage girl, says he’s quitting the band. The other four members appeared in a news conference Wednesday that was broadcast live on national television, making the Tokio scandal one of the most high-profile #MeToo cases riveting … Continue reading TOKYO  | Japan’s pop band Tokio member resigns over sexual misconduct