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Myanmar: Authorities to release arrested Japanese journalist

Mr Kitazumi was working as a freelance journalist in Myanmar
A Japanese journalist who was arrested in Myanmar last month and later charged with spreading fake news will be released, state media said Thursday.
Yuki Kitazumi was the first foreign journalist known to be charged since the military took power in February.
Myanmar authorities maintain he violated the law but will be released because Japan had requested it.
Almost 800 people have been killed and thousands

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Thais keep fighting for reform of the monarchy. Will Germany help?

the German government issued a remarkable warning to the king of Thailand. “If there are things that we consider to be illegal, then that will have immediate consequences,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. He was responding to a journalist’s question about King Vajiralongkorn. Since 2007, the Thai monarch has been spending large amounts of time in Bavaria — to the point that he is rarely seen in his home country

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France and Germany thrust into lockdown as second COVID-19 wave sweeps Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter.World stock markets went into a dive in response to the news that Europe’s biggest economies were imposing nationwide restrictions almost as severe as the ones that drove the global economy this year….