News Headlines - 17 August 2017

Over $9tn of bonds trade with negative yields

From less than $1tn in 2007, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has more than quadrupled in size. As the financial crisis spread to Europe and Japan, the European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and Bank of England joined in the expansion. All told, the balance sheets of the four central banks have surpassed $14tn. With the Swiss National Bank and Sweden’s Riksbank, that figure climbs to $15tn and accounts for a fifth of the six countries’ total government debt.

Nothing like this has happened in 323 years

Prior to January 2009, the Bank had never lowered its lending rate below 2 per cent. But it was then lowered to 1.5 per cent, on its way to 0.5 per cent in March 2009 and 0.25 per cent in August 2016. This ultra-easy policy was further buttressed by a huge expansion of the Bank’s balance sheet, which now contains £435bn in UK government “gilt-edged” securities and £10bn in corporate bonds.
Throughout this prolonged recent period of ultra-easy monetary policy, the concern has never been one of runaway inflation, but rather of the opposite. This time really has been different. What does it mean for the future? Nobody knows.

Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas - BBC News

Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas area, Catalan police and local officials say.

What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

We at National Geographic have been working on a story about what science tells us about good and evil. Given last weekend’s events, we’ve decided to publish the story now. A version will also appear in a future issue of the magazine.

Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond again | The Guardian

He once said he would rather take his own life than reprise his role as 007. But Daniel Craig may now be regretting his words, as he has confirmed he will, for one final time, play James Bond.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on US TV on Tuesday night, the actor finally put an end to the long-running saga of will he/won’t he play the character for a fifth time.

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マララさん、英オックスフォード大へ ノーベル賞受賞者:朝日新聞デジタル


「ビッグベン」鐘停止にメイ首相も反対表明、折衷案も | ロイター


Fiat Chrysler、自動運転プラットフォーム開発でBMW、インテルらと連携 - CNET Japan

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles(FCA)は米国時間8月16日、BMW Group、Intel、Mobileye(Intel傘下)と自律運転プラットフォームの共同開発で連携することで覚書に署名したことを発表した。

ロシアから北朝鮮へ技術流出とウクライナ示唆 - 産経ニュース


スペイン アフリカ・中東からの難民急増 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 16 August 2017

Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries.

Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views - The Washington Post

Trump announced the disbanding of the two councils — the Strategy & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, which hosted many of the top corporate leaders in America — amid a growing uproar by chief executives furious over Trump's decision to equate the actions of white supremacists and protesters in remarks he made at Tuesday at Trump Tower.
But those groups had already decided to dissolve on their own earlier in the day, a person familiar with the process said.

Theresa May condemns far-right views after Donald Trump Charlottesville remarks | The Guardian

Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there was a moral equivalence between the Charlottesville racist protesters and those campaigning against them.
But the prime minister has not agreed to requests to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the UK in the light of his latest comments, despite renewed calls for the honour to be withdrawn.

Euro dips after ECB signals no shift likely at Jackson Hole

The euro fell by as much as half a cent on Wednesday, briefly dipping below $1.17, after sources signalled European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi would not use his Jackson Hole appearance to signal policy change by the bank.

No Cabinet members visited Yasukuni Shrine on war anniversary - The Mainichi

None of the members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet paid their respects to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Aug. 15, the day World War II ended in 1945, marking the first time for any member of cabinets of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-led governments not to have visited the shrine on the war anniversary since 1980.

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与党からも批判 トランプ氏「衝突、双方に非」 :日本経済新聞




北ミサイル ウクライナ、ソ連の軍事産業集積地 技術流出の懸念つきまとう:イザ!




ロンドン市長が緑の橋建設計画撤回、前任者ジョンソン氏は反発 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 15 August 2017

Anti-Trump, anti-racism rallies across US draw thousands - CNN

The protests came in the wake of clashes Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, as counterprotesters met white nationalists and other right-wing groups at the site of a "Unite the Right" event. Counterprotester Heather Heyer was killed when a gray Dodge Challenger rammed into a crowd walking down a street.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds off on Guam missile threat - CBS News

North Korean state radio on Tuesday announced that President Kim Jung Un planned to hold off launching missiles at Guam, while the United States said it was ready to defend the territory.

Guam radio stations accidentally broadcast emergency alarm amid North Korea threat

Radio stations in Guam accidentally broadcast an emergency civil danger warning on Tuesday, prompting residents of the U.S. pacific territory to fear the worst after a week of military threats from North Korea.

Gates Makes Largest Donation Since 2000 With $4.6 Billion Pledge - Bloomberg

Bill Gates made his largest gift since the turn of the century, giving away Microsoft Corp. shares that accounted for 5 percent of his fortune, the world’s biggest.
The billionaire donated 64 million of the software maker’s shares valued at $4.6 billion on June 6, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing released Monday.

Panda enclosure incident at Edinburgh Zoo prompts safety fears - BBC News

Staff at Edinburgh Zoo have raised safety fears after a panda was let back into its enclosure while a keeper was still inside.

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インテルCEOなどが大統領助言組織辞任、白人主義への対応巡り | ロイター


バフェット氏、GE株すべて売却 IBM株も保有減少 :日本経済新聞


EU離脱清算金、10月までに合意できない見込み=英離脱担当相 | ロイター


セイコー、ロンドンに路面店を開店…記念式典も : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)

セイコーウオッチは今月、英国初の路面店「セイコー ブティック ロンドン」をロンドンに開き、10日に記念式典を行った。……店舗はロンドンの地下鉄・ナイツブリッジ駅の近くに開いた。周辺には高級デパート「ハロッズ」やブランドショップなどが並ぶ一等地だ。……セイコーは04年にパリに出店して以降、海外でも専門店を展開しており、ロンドンが77店目になる。

古浄瑠璃ロンドン公演の感動伝える キーンさんの旅 柏崎で写真展|新潟日報モア

本県を舞台にした古浄瑠璃「越後国柏崎 弘知法印御伝記(こうちほういんごでんき)」の公演のため、日本文学研究者のドナルド・キーンさんがロンドンを訪れた旅の様子を記録した写真展が13日、柏崎市諏訪町のドナルド・キーン・センター柏崎で始まった。

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News Headlines - 14 August 2017

New Outcry as Trump Rebukes Charlottesville Racists 2 Days Later - The New York Times

Mr. Trump, after two days of issuing equivocal statements, bowed to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody weekend demonstrations in Charlottesville.

Leader of neo-Nazi group linked to Charlottesville attack was a US marine | The Guardian

The leader of the neo-Nazi group that James Fields marched with in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday before allegedly killing a protester with his car served in the US marine corps until earlier this year.

Theresa May seeks interim EU deal to avoid Brexit trade chaos | The Guardian

The government will use a position paper published on Tuesday to reveal that, for a brief period, it will seek a deal allowing the transit of goods across borders to continue as now – perhaps by striking a “temporary customs union”.

Taylor Swift Vindicated by Jury in Groping Trial | Billboard

A jury in Denver awarded Taylor Swift $1 in damages, ruling in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon that former country DJ David Mueller "assaulted" and "battered" the pop superstar during a photo shoot before a 2013 concert at the Pepsi Center. After the judge read the verdict, Swift and her mother, Andrea Swift, blinked back tears and the singer mouthed "thank you" to her attorneys.

Big Ben set to be silenced for FOUR YEARS from next Monday | London Evening Standard

Big Ben’s famous bongs are to be silenced for up to four years for health and safety reasons as restoration work is carried out, parliamentary authorities announced today.

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英国・メイ首相が8月下旬に初来日へ : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


米 中国の知的財産侵害を調査へ 北朝鮮問題で圧力強化か | NHKニュース


トランプ米大統領:「グアムは観光客10倍に」 - 毎日新聞


小型でも500万円以上 核シェルターに注文殺到


J・トーマスがメジャー初制覇!松山英樹は5位終戦に涙 | ALBA.Net


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News Headlines - 13 August 2017

US tourist beaten for giving Hitler salute in Dresden, Germany | DW

A tourist from the United States was punched in Dresden after he mimicked the Nazi salute multiple times. The incident came a week after two Chinese tourists were taken into custody for the same reason.

Auschwitz survivor who was world's oldest man dies at 113 | The Guardian

Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest man who lived through both world wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family have said.

eSports are real sports. It’s time for the Olympic video games | The Guardian

The image of an Olympian is associated with physical prowess, a sculpted body chipped into perfection by years of careful maintenance and preparation. We expect these people to perform great feats of physicality better than the rest of us. That is why so many are scornful of the notion that competitive video gaming, or eSports as it’s come to be known, should stand alongside other Olympic sports. But this requires rethinking.

Usain Bolt's furious Jamaica team blame London 2017 organisers for heartbreaking injury

Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt sensationally pulled up injured with 50 metres to go of the 4x100 metres relay and fell to the track with Great Britain taking gold just ahead of the USA and Japan... And Blake, who won Olympic 4x100m relay gold with Bolt and Jamaica in 2012 and 2016, believes the lengthy build-up caused Bolt's injury in London on Saturday night.
"I think they were holding us too long in the call room. The walk was too long. Usain was really cold. In fact Usain said to me, 'Yohan, I think this is crazy'," said the 100m world champion from 2011.

Tom Cruise Injured in 'Mission Impossible 6' Stunt | TMZ.com

The 55-year-old actor was in London Sunday when he attempted to leap from a rigging onto a building but he fell short of the mark and hit the building pretty hard.
You see Cruise try to limp away and then collapse. He then limps back to the edge of the building and and is pulled away by crew members on the safety team.

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米で白人主義者らと反対派が衝突、車突入などで3人死亡 35人負傷:AFPBB News


仏 マクロン大統領 米朝双方に自制求める | NHKニュース


最新鋭戦闘機はスホイ57に ロシア軍、呼称を正式決定 - 産経フォト


ケネディ前駐日米大使、米ボーイング社取締役に : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


ビタミンBで流産や胎児の先天異常大幅減か 豪研究:AFPBB News

一般的なビタミン剤を摂取するだけで、一部の流産や先天異常を大幅に減らせる可能性があるとする研究論文が10日、米医学誌「ニューイングランド医学ジャーナル(New England Journal of Medicine)」に発表された。

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