News Headlines - 18 February 2018

Aseman Airlines plane crash kills 66 in central Iran | Al Jazeera

An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj, according to Iranian news media reports.

Angela Merkel's Germany is a 'free rider' and a 'threat to the West' storms Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki as military leaks reveal the country hasn't got enough tanks to send to NATO

POLAND’S PM last night issued a stinging jibe toward Angela Merkel as he hinted Germany was a “free rider” not pulling its weight in NATO... Mr Morawiecki told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper a country that benefits from the defence of the group but didn’t pay its way was “a free rider which threatens the unity of the West”.

Ethiopia's state of emergency to last six months | Al Jazeera

A state of emergency declared in Ethiopia after the resignation of the country's prime minister will last for six months, the minister of defence has said, as the government seeks to stem political unrest amid long-standing demands for greater freedoms.
The measure, which was first announced by state media after a cabinet meeting on Friday, includes a ban on protests and the dissemination of publications "that could incite and sow discord", Siraj Fegessa told reporters on Saturday.

Portugal police 'find cocaine in traveller's padded pants' - BBC News

Police in Portugal have detained a man at Lisbon's international airport accused of carrying 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine in fake buttocks.

Yuzuru Hanyu makes history with 1,000th gold medal of Winter Olympics | NBC Olympics

Yuzuru Hanyu's latest victory has an extra-special place in Olympics history.
The Japanese figure skater won the 1,000th gold medal since the Winter Games began in 1924, defending his title in the men's individual competition on Saturday. Hanyu was also the first man to win consecutive golds in the event since American Dick Button did it in 1948 and 1952.

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イタリア総選挙:三つどもえ 選挙後の連立交渉も焦点 - 毎日新聞


米フロリダ:銃撃後も見本市盛況 参加者は容認派多く - 毎日新聞


カルテルに国際包囲網 公取委、21カ国・地域と連携  :日本経済新聞


反捕鯨国・英の映画祭、捕鯨問題描いた日本映画が受賞 TBS NEWS




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News Headlines - 17 February 2018

Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too. - The New York Times

“If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,” said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the C.I.A., where he was the chief of Russian operations. The United States “absolutely” has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, “and I hope we keep doing it.”

Turkish army hit village in Syria's Afrin with suspected gas: Kurdish YPG, Observatory

Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said the Turkish military carried out a suspected gas attack that wounded six people in Syria’s Afrin region on Friday.

KUNA : N. Korea poses threat to all allies - NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, "which pose a threat to us all.
"All Allies are now within range of North Korean missiles. Pyongyang is closer to Munich than it is to Washington DC and therefore we must put maximum pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme, by political and diplomatic means and, not least, through effective economic sanctions," he said at the opening session of the Munich Security Conference.

Massive Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un floats feature in carnival parade in Nice, France | Globalnews.ca

Carnival joy filled the French Riviera town of Nice on Saturday night as it welcomed the 134th edition of the King’s Carnival with space as its main theme, honouring French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Why Winnie the Pooh is skater Yuzuru Hanyu's lucky charm - CNN

Hanyu's adoring fan club have taken to tossing Winnie the Pooh bears at their hero after he began carrying a tissue box in the shape of the much loved A.A. Milne character back in 2010.

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米大統領選干渉疑惑 ロシア人13人などを起訴:TXNニュース


コソボ独立宣言10年も描けぬ展望 人口1割脱出、若者のシリア渡航問題化、経済発展進まず失業率30% - 産経ニュース


豪、閣僚と部下の性交渉禁止 副首相と側近の不倫・妊娠問題で:AFPBB News

オーストラリアのマルコム・ターンブル(Malcolm Turnbull)首相は15日、閣僚とその部下らとの性交渉を正式に禁止した。バーナビー・ジョイス(Barnaby Joyce)副首相(50)が不倫関係にあった側近(33)を妊娠させるという「衝撃的な判断ミス」を犯し、政府を揺るがす問題に発展していることを受けての措置だ。……先週、ジョイス副首相とメディア顧問だったビッキー・カンピオン(Vikki Campion)さんの不倫が発覚し、カンピオンさんが同氏の子を妊娠していることが判明して以降、同氏は強い圧力にさらされている。

日本の新幹線のチケット代は、やっぱり高すぎだった | 現代ビジネス


スポーツ中継の“黒船”DAZNが日本市場を制覇するのか - ITmedia ビジネスオンライン

「日本市場参入から1年半。序章は終わり、さらに1段階進む時が来た」――英Perform Groupで、スポーツの動画配信サービス「DAZN(ダ・ゾーン)」事業のCEO(最高経営責任者)を務めるジェームズ・ラシュトン氏は、2月16日開いた会見でこう話した。……16年8月に突如として日本市場に参入し、Jリーグの放映権を競合の「スカパー!」から奪ったことから“黒船”とも称されるDAZNだが、新たに「スポナビライブ」からプロ野球の放映権までも獲得。2つのキラーコンテンツを手中に納め、国内市場の“制覇”にさらに近づいた形だ。

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News Headlines - 16 February 2018

Oxfam government funding cut off after Haiti scandal | The Guardian

Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for government funding until the Department for International Development is satisfied that it can meet the “high standards” expected.

Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine up to $125 mln

A Belgian court threatened Facebook with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third party websites.
In a case brought by Belgium’s privacy watchdog, the court also ruled on Friday that Facebook had to delete all data it had gathered illegally on Belgian citizens, including people who were not Facebook users themselves.

Steve Bannon met with Mueller multiple times over the past week - NBC News

Steve Bannon, who served as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller over multiple days this week, NBC News has learned from two sources familiar with the proceedings.
Bannon spent a total of some 20 hours in conversations with the team led by Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia as well as other issues that have arisen around the probe.

FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing anger

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting... A person described as someone close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, called an FBI tip line on Jan. 5, weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to report concerns about him, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

A previously unknown language has just been discovered in Southeast Asia

A village in the northern Malay Peninsula has been known to anthropologists for some time, but linguists have just figured out that these settled hunter-gatherers use their very own, previously undocumented language.
Comprising just 280 people, the villagers speak an Aslian language newly named Jedek by linguists at Lund University in Sweden.

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Googleの画像検索結果から「画像を表示」ボタンが消滅 - ITmedia NEWS

米Googleは2月15日(現地時間)、Googe画像検索のユーザーインタフェースを修正したと発表した。検索結果のプレビューにあった「画像を表示」ボタンがなくなった。……Getty Imagesは2016年4月、Googleの画像検索の結果から簡単に画像を保存できることが売り上げに影響しているとしてGoogleを提訴していた。両社は2月9日、この件で和解し、向う数年間にわたるパートナーシップを結んだと発表した。

ルノー、ゴーンCEO続投を正式発表 :日本経済新聞


オランダのルベルス元首相が死去 在任期間最長:AFPBB News

 ルベルス氏は現実主義者として、また同国の経済成長を指導したことで知られるほか、欧州連合(EU)創設を定めたマーストリヒト条約(Maastricht Treaty、1991年)の成立で中心的な役割を果たしたとされる。





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News Headlines - 15 February 2018

China’s former internet chief Lu Wei charged with taking bribes | The Times

China’s former chief internet regulator, who was once thought of as a potential president, has become the latest senior figure caught in Xi Jingping’s corruption crackdown, charged with taking bribes and abusing his influence to get sex.
Lu Wei, who was director of China’s Cyberspace Administration until 2016, was accused this morning of being “extremely disloyal”. The People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official newspaper, portrayed Mr Lu as a brazen abuser of power who lived the high life through corruption.

Uber faces tough new regulations in London

London’s transport authority plans to overhaul regulations for taxis in a move designed to increase oversight of ride-hailing companies such as Uber.
The plans to introduce tougher requirements comes as Transport for London clamps down on companies using technology to disrupt the taxi sector. Uber has appealed a decision by the regulator last year to block the renewal of its its licence to operate in the capital.

Peter Rabbit film producers apologise over allergy scene - BBC News

The makers of the new film Peter Rabbit have apologised after facing a backlash over their depiction of a character's allergy.
A scene in the film shows a character who suffers a blackberry allergy being pelted with them by a gang of bunnies.

South African lions eat 'poacher', leaving just his head - BBC News

A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police say.
The animals left little behind, but some body parts were found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit.

Winter Olympics: Jamaica's women's bobsleigh coach Sandra Kiriasis quits - BBC Sport

The Jamaican women's historic Winter Olympics bobsleigh debut is under threat after their coach quit and threatened to take the team's sled.
German Sandra Kiriasis, an ex-Olympic champion, claims she was forced out when her role was changed, and that she is legally responsible for the sled.

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米高校銃撃、17人死亡 元生徒の19歳少年拘束 フロリダ州 - 産経ニュース


トランプ米大統領、安倍首相が投資拡大に同意と明言:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は14日、日本の対米投資拡大への同意を安倍晋三(Shinzo Abe)首相から取り付けたと明らかにした。
トランプ大統領はホワイトハウス(White House)で記者団と議員らに対し、「今日午前、日本の安倍首相と電話で話し、投資拡大や工場増設を提案した」と説明。「知っての通り、これまでにミシガン(Michigan)などの州にいくつか工場が来ることは発表されているが、もっと来てほしい」とした上で、「彼は、彼ら(日本側)がそうすると言明した」と述べた。

カナダのショートトラック選手に韓国国内から非難殺到、IOCは「敬意」求める:AFPBB News


テレビ出演中に子供乱入の「BBCパパ」が受賞 - BBCニュース


パリ市役所で浦沢直樹展 フランスでは図書館に並ぶ人気:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 14 February 2018

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns - CBS News

South African President Jacob Zuma said he has resigned "with immediate effect." The scandal-tainted leader made the announcement late Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, avoiding his almost certain ouster in a parliamentary vote scheduled for Thursday after years of corruption scandals.

Disgraced top China politician charged with bribery, another to be prosecuted

Chinese prosecutors have charged disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai with bribery, state media said on Tuesday, the latest development in a corruption probe into a man once considered a contender for top leadership... Sun was abruptly removed from his post as the ruling Communist Party’s chief of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing - one of China’s most important cities - in July, and replaced by Chen Miner, who is close to President Xi Jinping.

The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei phones

Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas asked the group to raise their hands if they would recommend private American citizens use products or services made by Apple competitor Huawei or smartphone maker ZTE. None of them did.

Russia Saratov crash: Ice on sensors 'may be cause' - BBC News

A preliminary analysis of the on-board flight recorder indicated the plane had problems two-and-a-half minutes after it took off, at an altitude of around 1,300m (4,265ft).
The instruments began displaying different speed readings, probably because of iced speed sensors while their heating systems were shut off, the committee said.
When the crew detected the issue, they switched off the plane's autopilot. They eventually took the plane into a dive at 30-35 degrees.

Isil leader Baghdadi 'alive in Syria but injured and no longer in control'

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, is still alive but injury and poor health has forced him to relinquish control of the terror group, according to an Iraqi intelligence chief and US officials.

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ドイツ:社民党党首が正式辞任 後任に初の女性選任へ - 毎日新聞




デンマーク女王の夫、ヘンリック殿下が死去 83歳

デンマーク王室は14日、同国女王マルグレーテ2世(Queen Margrethe)の夫、ヘンリック殿下(Prince Consort Henrik)が13日に死去したと明らかにした。83歳だった。……デンマーク王室は昨年9月、ヘンリック殿下が認知症を患っていると明らかにした。2016年1月に公務から引退したが、翌年、女王と対等の待遇を受けてこなかったとして女王と並んだ墓に埋葬してほしくないとの意向を示していた。

イスラエル警察、ネタニヤフ首相の起訴を勧告-汚職などの疑いで - Bloomberg


オバマ氏関連ビルに白い粉 いたずらか - 産経ニュース


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