UN official says Rohingya crisis has ‘hallmarks of genocide’

SEOUL, South Korea  /February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the Myanmar military’s violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear “the hallmarks of a genocide.” Yanghee Lee told reporters in Seoul, where she is based, that she couldn’t make a definitive declaration about genocide until a … Continue reading UN official says Rohingya crisis has ‘hallmarks of genocide’

Paris court hears Facebook ‘censorship’ case over nude art

PARIS  /February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A French teacher is suing Facebook for alleged censorship because his account got suspended in 2011 after he posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting. After years of legal battle by Facebook to escape a trial in France, a Paris civil court is set to hear the … Continue reading Paris court hears Facebook ‘censorship’ case over nude art

Putting on the Ritz: Paris hotel auctions luxury furniture

PARIS /February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Paris’s glitzy Ritz hotel is putting some 10,000 pieces of furniture and decorative objects on auction, from a bathtub to beds and minibars. Founded in 1898, the Ritz reopened two years ago after four years of renovation. The objects going on sale don’t fit anymore in the new set-up, … Continue reading Putting on the Ritz: Paris hotel auctions luxury furniture

Global markets mixed after Fed keeps rate unchanged

SEOUL, South Korea /February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Global markets were mixed on Thursday. European stocks were higher while Chinese markets finished with loses after the U.S. Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 added 0.1 percent to 7,539.81 while France’s CAC 40 gained 0.6 percent to 5,514.52. Germany’s … Continue reading Global markets mixed after Fed keeps rate unchanged

AP Interview: New Zealand urges North Korea ‘de-escalation’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand/February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed support Thursday for economic sanctions against North Korea while also urging a “de-escalation” on the Korean Peninsula, and said her country should maintain a close relationship with the United States even if they don’t always agree. Arden, 37, who this week … Continue reading AP Interview: New Zealand urges North Korea ‘de-escalation’

Myanmar court refuses bail for reporters in secrets case

YANGON, Myanmar/February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —   A Myanmar court on Thursday denied bail for two Reuters journalists charged with illegally handling government secrets, their lawyer said. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the country’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act for acquiring “important secret papers” from two … Continue reading Myanmar court refuses bail for reporters in secrets case

The Latest: Swedish coach says Russian decision ‘messy’

MOSCOW/February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Latest on Russian doping (all times local): ___ 2:15 p.m. The head coach of the Swedish ski team says the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the disqualifications of 28 Russians who competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was “very messy.” Rikard Grip told Sweden’s … Continue reading The Latest: Swedish coach says Russian decision ‘messy’

Profitable Daimler expects heavy spending on new tech

FRANKFURT, Germany/February 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  German automaker Daimler made lots of money last year. That’s a good thing, because the company says it will need to spend heavily this year to keep up with the technological change expected to disrupt the car industry. The maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars said Thursday that its earnings … Continue reading Profitable Daimler expects heavy spending on new tech