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Ex-U.S. ambassadors to Mexico push Trump to 'delink' trade, migration

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico representing both Republican and Democratic presidents have banded together to urge President Donald Trump to treat trade and migration as separate issues, the diplomats wrote in an article. The article is signed by all six living ex-U.S. ambassadors to Mexico who spanned the presidencies of George H.W. Bush in the late 1980s to Barack Obama, and comes as Mexican officials are negotiating a potential deal in Washington this we
By Earl Anthony Wayne
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'Empire' actor Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about Chicago...

CHICAGO (Reuters) - “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in a Chicago court on Thursday to new charges that he falsely reported to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault on a city street. Wearing a navy suit and dress coat, Smollett, 36, appeared serious and quiet standing next to his attorneys as Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to his case. “Yes, sir,” Smollett said in a soft voice as the judge instructed him that he would nex
By Kim Bellware
Reuters

An electronic tattoo may cure what ails you

A team of medical researchers in the U.S. and Portugal say they've created an electronic device that is applied to skin or organs similar to a temporary tattoo. They hope it may be used to operate prosthetic limbs and treat conditions including Parkinson's disease. Matthew Larotonda reports.
By Anu Shukla
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British cafe provides a lifeline for LGBT+ dementia sufferers

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imagine living through the gay rights revolution that has transformed the lives of LGBT+ people in many parts of the world - and then, in old age, forgetting it. That is one of the many challenges facing gay people with dementia, who can find themselves plunged into a more hostile past, or be left struggling to remember who knows about their sexual orientation.
By Finbarr Toesland
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ANALYSIS: Steel capacity set to expand just as demand growth ebbs

By Maytaal Angel and Yuka Obayashi LONDON/TOKYO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Spurred by a steel-price rally, firms are pouring money into new plants that are set to start producing just as growth in demand for the construction material shrinks, industry executives say, challenging the market’s prevailing bull narrative.
By Maytaal Angel
Reuters

Steam pipe blasts show dangers lurking under New York streets

Under the crowded streets of New York City, a network of pipes, cables and tunnels contains hidden dangers that burst to the surface this week, spraying the Flatiron district with debris containing asbestos, a toxic chemical that can lead to respiratory illnesses, including cancer. While incidents as large as Thursday’s steam pipe explosion are rare, experts say asbestos is relatively common in major urban centers.
By Diana Kruzman
Reuters

Rooftop vineyard brings local wine to New Yorkers

When Devin Shomaker thinks about growing grapes, he doesn’t imagine the rolling hills of California’s Napa Valley or the greenery of New York’s Finger Lakes region. Instead, the 34-year-old entrepreneur sees a rooftop in New York City’s post-industrial Brooklyn Navy Yard as the perfect place for a vineyard.
By Diana Kruzman
Reuters

Thailand charges nine in anti-government protests dating to 2013

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Wednesday charged nine leaders of anti-government protests in 2013 and 2014 with inciting insurrection and sedition in an attempt to oust Yingluck Shinawatra, who was prime minister at the time. The People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and its supporters took to the streets for seven months, aiming to rid Thailand of the influence of Yingluck, and her billionaire brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who had massive support among the rural poo
By Suphanida Thakral
Reuters

Thailand welcomed a record 35.38 million tourists in 2017: ministry

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand welcomed a record 35.38 million foreign tourists in 2017, up 8.8 percent from the previous year, the tourism ministry said on Tuesday Thailand’s December tourist arrivals were seen at 3.5 million, the ministry said in a press release, up 15.1 percent from a year earlier. The ministry attributed growth in 2017 to increase numbers of tourists from China and East Asia.
By Suphanida Thakral
Reuters

India rice rates gain as Bangladesh keeps up purchases; Vietnam ends f

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Rice prices gained this week in India as Bangladesh continued to lap up the staple grain from its neighbour, while prospects of deals with the Philippines saw rates climb for the first time in three weeks in a relatively quiet Vietnamese market. Top exporter India’s 5 percent broken parboiled rice prices rose by about $2 per tonne this week to $423-$427. Traders from Bangladesh are aggressively buying new-season crop since prices in Bangladesh are still elevated, said an
By Suphanida Thakral
Reuters

Tattoos lead Thai police to Japanese gang murder suspect

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A 74-year-old Japanese man accused of a gang murder in Japan 15 years ago has been arrested in Thailand after pictures of his tattoos went viral on social media, Thai police said on Thursday. Shigeharu Shirai was arrested on Wednesday evening in Lopburi province, 150 km (95 miles) north of the capital, Bangkok. Police said he had confessed to being part of the Yamaguchi-gumi gang within Japan’s Yakuza, but not to murder. Shirai is accused of being one of eight gangsters inv
By Suphanida Thakral
Reuters