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Will Cabinet follow Tillerson’s lead in media access?

NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has famously declared himself “not a big media press access person,” isn’t alone in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. But it’s too early to call him a trendsetter, either. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Cho, both with extensive …

Trump adopting same behavior he criticized Clinton for

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent the past two years attacking rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak. But some of those attacks seem to have already slipped into the history books. From installing Wall Street executives in his Cabinet to avoiding news conferences, the president-elect is adopting some …

Citing differences, Philippine vice president quits Cabinet

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — There was no immediate reaction Monday from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the country’s vice president saying she will resign her Cabinet post, citing “major differences in principles and values” with Duterte and an unspecified plot to remove her from the vice presidency. Leni Robredo, a …

Thai gov’t to sue ex-PM for losses from rice subsidy scheme

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s military government announced Monday that it intends to sue a former prime minister for billions of dollars in losses it alleges were incurred by her administration’s rice subsidy program. The Cabinet official in charge of the prime minister’s office, Panadda Diskul, said a specially appointed committee …

Myanmar president to include Aung San Suu Kyi in his Cabinet

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s president-elect on Tuesday proposed an 18-member Cabinet that will include party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the former dissident who for decades had campaigned for a democratically elected government to replace the country’s military junta. President-elect Htin Kyaw submitted the names to the parliament for …

Indonesian president reshuffles Cabinet to boost economy

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president announced a Cabinet reshuffle Wednesday, replacing key economic ministers with the aim of speeding up infrastructure spending to revive sputtering growth and stabilize the sliding rupiah. The Cabinet shake-up comes amid increasing public dissatisfaction with the lagging performance of Indonesia’s economy since Jokowi took …

Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country’s attorney general confirmed …