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Monday, December 18, 2017

Disney-Fox Deal May Create a New Nerdy Nirvana

MENLO PARK, California — The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism.

With Obesity on Rise, Paris Reflects on Mirrored ‘Fatphobia’

PARIS — France gave the world butter croissants and foie gras, yet it has often been a place where being overweight was seen as almost sinful.

US Envoy Urges North Korea to Accept ‘Unconditional Talks’

BANGKOK — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic offer of unconditional talks, although the overture has already been contradicted by the White House.

Admin of Toddler Line Sex Group Arrested

RATCHABURI — Police have arrested the admin of a Line group who allegedly paid parents to sexually abuse their toddlers and were looking Friday for the woman’s supposed employer.

9 Films Now Vying for Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

LOS ANGELES — Nine films are now vying for an Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category.

Of Marias and Marios: Media Fetish or New Faces of Thainess?

In the broader domain of popular Thai culture, young mixed-race actors and models of Thai-Western unions, or leuk khrung (Thai-Western, or literally “half-blood”), appear in most contemporary Thai films and television dramas.

California Issues 1st Licenses for Its Legal Pot Market

LOS ANGELES — California on Thursday issued its first batch of business licenses for the state's upcoming legal marijuana market, setting the stage for sales to begin in January.

What Stays, What Goes: Disney and Murdoch After the Sale

NEW YORK — Disney is buying a large part of Fox, but Fox News Channel and other U.S. television businesses are staying with the Murdoch family.

Primetime Soap Reignites Debate Over Executing Rapists

BANGKOK — A primetime soap with sexual assault as a central plot point has inflamed social debate over the death penalty and rape culture.

‘UberTaxi’ Rolls Out in Bangkok

BANGKOK — If good taxi drivers and Grab promo codes are in short supply, Bangkok commuters can now take a swipe at something new.

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