News Headlines - 19 May 2019

Brexit: My Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be a bold new offer to MPs | The Sunday Times
When the government puts the Withdrawal Agreement Bill - the law that will take the UK out of the EU, deliver Brexit and allow us to move forward after three years of hard work - before parliament in a couple of weeks, it will truly be decision time for MPs. Before that happens, the British people will go to the polls in the European elections on Thursday. I hope that everyone who wants to see Brexit delivered in a responsible way as soon as possible will vote for the only party that can actually deliver that: the Conservative Party.
GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to say Trump 'engaged in impeachable conduct' - CNNPolitics
Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed "impeachable conduct" and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public. Amash's comments recommending Congress pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the first instance of a sitting Republican in Congress saying the President's conduct meets the "threshold for impeachment."
Bomb blast targets tourist bus near Egypt's famed pyramids
At least 17 people were injured on Sunday in a blast targeting a tourist bus near the new Egyptian museum close to the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian officials said. The roadside bomb went off as the bus was being driven in Giza, also causing injuries to Egyptians in a nearby car, medical and security sources said.
Detective Pikachu Tops Overseas Box Office, Endgame Hits $2.6 Billion - Variety
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu” remained the top film at the international box office for the second weekend in a row, amassing $53.8 million from 72 foreign markets. The Pokemon adaptation, featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds, is nearing the $200 million mark overseas. It has currently earned $193.4 million abroad, taking its worldwide bounty to a strong $287.4 million. “Detective Pikachu” had another solid outing in China, earning $17.2 million and bringing ticket sales in that territory to $70.3 million. Other top markets include Russia, where it opened with $4.3 million, as well as the United Kingdom with $3.5 million, Germany with $2.1 million, and Mexico with $2.25 million.
Zagitova faces administrative penalty for driving car
Olympic champion Alina Zagitova faces an administrative fine in the amount of 5 to 15 thousand rubles ($77 - 231) for driving a car without a license. To recall, the athlete is only 16 years old, and the Russian law prohibits her from driving. Sports.RU reported that employees of the State Traffic Inspectorate are already conducting an inspection on the grounds of the violation of Article 12.7 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (Driving a Transport Vehicle by a Driver Who Has No Right to Drive the Transport Vehicle). The girl had previously published a video on her Instagram showing her driving a car in the countryside.

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CNN.co.jp : 豪総選挙、与党連合が予想外の勝利 モリソン首相続投へ
北極海の漁業協定を承認 日米中ロなど10カ国・機関で  :日本経済新聞
日本人そっぽの峠越え、外国人に大人気 英テレビで注目:朝日新聞デジタル
いま「くじ引き民主主義」がヨーロッパで流行中、その社会的背景 | 現代ビジネス
マクロン大統領は4月25日に2時間近くに及ぶ記者会見で、幾つかの改革案を提案した。内容は、選挙制度改革や議員定数の削減、地方分権推進など多岐に渡った。 その中に、少々意外な提案があったことをご存知だろうか。それは、環境問題を討議する新たな評議会の代表や、法案の諮問機関である「経済社会環境評議会」の議員の一部を、市民からの「抽選制」によって選ぶというものである。……憲法改正を討議するためにアイスランドが2010年に市民1000人を抽選で選んだ事例や、やはり憲法事案についての意見を集めるためにアイルランドが2012年に66名の市民を抽選している。最近では、ベルギーが、国の政策について意見を具申する市民から抽選した委員による審議会を2019年中に設置する発表された。
容赦ないマンC、8年ぶりFA杯制覇!イングランド史上初の国内3冠を達成 | ゲキサカ

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News Headlines - 18 May 2019

President Trump says foreign cars are a national security threat. Will Congress stop him in before it's too late? - CNNPolitics
Republicans on Capitol Hill at first breathed a sigh of relief this week when they learned President Donald Trump was planning to delay a decision on tariffs for foreign cars and auto parts by six months. But their initial reaction overlooked a key implication of the move: Included in Trump's announcement was his first formal assertion that imported cars and parts are in fact a national security threat.
Man in German crossbow deaths reportedly led 'Medieval cult' - The Local
Germany has been baffled by the bizarre case since the man and two women killed with crossbows were found Saturday in a hotel in Passau, followed by Monday's discovery of two more dead women in the town of Wittingen. The figure at the core of the group, Torsten W., 53, appeared to have controlled the four women like a harsh sect leader who used physical force and psychological manipulation, Bild daily and RTL television reported.
Glasgow and Edinburgh fight to become the UK's first 'net-zero' city - BBC News
Glasgow and Edinburgh are going head-to-head to try to become the UK's first "net zero" city. Both cities have now unveiled ambitious plans to cut greenhouse emissions to a neutral level. Glasgow wants to reach the target "well before" 2045, while Edinburgh has set its target to 2030.
More than half of Madagascar MPs suspected of corruption: enquiry
Madagascar's anti-corruption agency has begun legal action against more than half of the country's parliamentary deputies who are suspected of taking bribes, just two weeks ahead of legislative elections, a source said Friday. After a year-long enquiry, a dossier on 79 MPs was sent to the prosecutor's office this week "to begin legal action against the accused", the source told AFP.
WATCH: Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked with flying kick at Sandton event | Sunday Tribune
Former movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked by an unknown person during an event in Sandton on Saturday... A man is seen attacking the former governor of California from the back with a flying kick. The attacker hits the floor, as the 71-year-old Schwarzenegger stumbles momentarily after contact. It is not clear why the man attacked Schwarzenegger... On Twitter, Schwarzenegger said he was fine and only realised after seeing the video that he had been kicked. He was more concerned about his Snapchat being interrupted.

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米、鉄鋼アルミ関税撤廃で加・メキシコと合意 新協定に前進 - ロイター
ウォルマート純利益80%増 2~4月期 ネット通販拡大  :日本経済新聞
妊娠中絶禁止法、アラバマ州で成立 禁錮最大99年 :日本経済新聞
米南部アラバマ州で15日、人工妊娠中絶を禁止する州法が成立した。性犯罪被害者の女性も対象で、合法的に中絶が可能なのは女性に生命の危険がある場合などに限られる。事実上、中絶を全面禁止する「全米で最も厳しい法律」(米紙ワシントン・ポスト)だ。中絶した女性は罪に問わないが、手術をした医師らに10年から最大で99年の禁錮刑を科す。 州上下両院で可決され、アイビー知事(共和党)が署名した。女性が人工妊娠中絶を選ぶ権利は、1973年のロー対ウェイド事件で連邦最高裁が認めている。
CNN.co.jp : 英与野党協議が決裂、EU離脱で溝埋まらず
英国の欧州連合(EU)離脱をめぐる与党・保守党と最大野党・労働党の協議が17日、決裂した。英政治は一段と混迷を深めている。 労働党のコービン党首はメイ首相宛ての書簡で、「可能な限り」協議を進めたものの、与野党が「重要な政策に関する溝」を埋めることができなかったと述べた。

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News Headlines - 17 May 2019

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions - BBC News
Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. In 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May.
Vodafone reveals mammoth £6.6bn loss and slashes dividend | The Independent
Vodafone has revealed a mammoth £6.6bn annual loss and has cut shareholder dividends for the first time. The mobile phone giant slashed its payout by 40 per cent, dealing a blow to millions of investors, as it sought to reduce its mountain of debt. Vodafone swung to a huge loss from £2.8bn a year earlier, after it wrote down the value of some of its assets and took a hit on the sale of Vodafone India.
Microsoft, Sony partner on streaming games, chips and AI - Reuters
Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp on Thursday said they struck a strategic partnership in which Sony would use Microsoft’s cloud for streaming games and media and the two would work together to develop image sensors. The deal is in its early stages, with many specifics yet to be determined. But the owners of two major consumer interactive entertainment franchises - Microsoft’s Xbox platform and Sony’s PlayStation - would collaborate to stream games and content to consumers and offer game makers new development tools.
UK to scrap passenger landing cards - BBC News
Landing cards are currently filled in by passengers arriving by air or sea from outside the European Economic Area. Border Force director general Paul Lincoln, in a letter to staff, said it would "help meet the challenge of growing passenger numbers"... The Home Office had agreed to scrap them for seven countries, including the US and Australia, from June, but has now decided to go further.
Bulgarian boxer suspended in California for kissing broadcaster - Reuters
A Bulgarian boxer who grabbed a female broadcaster’s face and kissed her on the lips during a post-fight interview was suspended until July by the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday following tearful testimony by the interviewer... Pulev, who has only one loss in 27 fights, grabbed Jennifer Ravalo’s face and kissed her in the middle of a live interview moments after knocking out Romania’s Bogdan Dinu in the seventh round of a March fight in Costa Mesa, California.

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メイ首相の退陣日程6月に確定、与党党首選へ-ジョンソン氏出馬 - Bloomberg
欧州委、5行に制裁金 三菱UFJは80億円超  :日本経済新聞
欧州連合(EU)の欧州委員会は16日、EU競争法(独占禁止法)に違反したとして、三菱UFJ銀行や英バークレイズなど5行に計10億7000万ユーロ(約1300億円)の制裁金を科すと発表した。2007年から13年にかけて、外国為替取引を巡るカルテルに加わったという。 制裁対象はバークレイズなどのほか、英ロイヤル・バンク・オブ・スコットランド(RBS)、米シティグループ、米JPモルガンの5行。金額は三菱UFJが約7000万ユーロ、シティグループが約3億1000万ユーロ、JPモルガンが約2億3000万ユーロなどとなっている。
富士フイルム、ドイツの内視鏡器具メーカー買収  :日本経済新聞
隠し子訴訟で前ベルギー国王に支払い命令、DNA鑑定に応じるまで - ロイター
ベルギーの裁判所は、前国王のアルベール2世(84)に対し、娘だと主張する女性の父親であるかどうかを判定するDNA検査に応じるまで、女性に1日5000ユーロ(約61万4000円)を支払うよう命じた。……昨年、DNA鑑定用のサンプル提出をアルベール2世に指示する判断が下されたが、アルベール2世はこれを不服としている。……これまでにアルベール2世は、王妃だったパオラ夫人との間が不仲だったと認めている。1999年に出版されたパオラ夫人の伝記では、アルベール2世が不倫関係を持ち、1960年代に娘が生まれていると記述され、これがきっかけで問題が注目されるようになった。 アルベール2世は2013年に退位し、現在は公務を行っていない。

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News Headlines - 16 May 2019

ISIS announces new India and Pakistan provinces, casually breaking up Khorasan
Islamic State, in a continuation of its Wilayah restructuring, causally announced the creation of a Wilayah Pakistan on Wednesday, May 15 when claiming two attacks in Pakistan. This followed the creation of Wilayah al-Hind (India) in a May 10 statement claiming an attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Venezuela government talking with 'democratic' opposition in Norway - Reuters
Talks are underway in Norway between Venezuela’s government and “democratic” opponents, an envoy said on Thursday, in a possible search for a mediated solution after the opposition’s failure to spark a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro... Guaido, who denounces Maduro’s 2018 re-election as fraudulent, called for Venezuela’s military to rise up on April 30, but his push quickly petered out and the military’s top brass has since then sworn allegiance to Maduro.
U.S. judge dumps 'Pooey Puitton' lawsuit against Louis Vuitton - Reuters
Louis Vuitton has won the dismissal of a lawsuit by a California toy company that accused the French luxury goods maker of trying to interfere with its sales of a poop-shaped toy purse for children, Pooey Puitton... MGA had contended that no reasonable consumers would mistake Pooey Puitton, which retailed for $59.99, for costlier handbags from Louis Vuitton, a unit of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE.
GozNym cyber-crime gang which stole millions busted - BBC News
A complex police operation conducted investigations in the US, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The gang infected computers with GozNym malware, which captured online banking details to access bank accounts... The details of the operation were revealed at the headquarters of the European police agency Europol in The Hague.
Eiffel Tower celebrates 130th anniversary with laser show | Euronews
The Eiffel Tower celebrated 130 years since it opened to the public with a laser show on Wednesday, 15 May. Rising 324 metres (1,063 feet) above the French capital, the "Iron Lady" was designed by Parisian engineer Gustave Eiffel and built for the 1889 Universal Exhibition.

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トランプ米大統領、“Huawei締め出し”大統領令に署名 - ITmedia NEWS
ドナルド・トランプ米大統領は5月15日(現地時間)、国家緊急事態を宣言し、米国企業による非米国企業の通信機器使用を禁止する大統領令に署名した。“外国の敵対者”による情報悪用を防ぐためとしている。  米連邦政府は声明文で、「この大統領令は、米国における情報通信技術およびサービスに対する脅威に関する国家緊急事態を宣言し、米国の国家安全保障または安全保障に容認できないリスクをもたらす取引を禁止する権限を商務長官に委任するものだ」と説明した。
「曙ブレーキ工業」アメリカ工場閉鎖も含め事業見直し検討 | NHKニュース
経営再建中の自動車部品メーカーの「曙ブレーキ工業」は、業績が悪化しているアメリカの工場について、閉鎖も含めた事業の見直しを検討することを明らかにしました。 「曙ブレーキ工業」は、主力のアメリカ事業の業績が悪化したため「事業再生ADR」と呼ばれる制度を利用し、経営の再建を目指していて、ことし9月には取引先の金融機関から事業再生計画への同意を得たいとしています。
アサド政権と露 イドリブで攻撃強化 トルコとの思惑の違い鮮明に - 産経ニュース
シリア北西部イドリブでアサド政権とロシア軍が反体制派への攻撃を強化している。昨年9月、停戦のため非武装地帯を設置することでロシアと合意したトルコは、ロシアに対し攻撃を停止してアサド政権軍のイドリブへの進撃を止めるよう求めている。……アサド政権軍は4月下旬以降、ロシア軍の空爆支援を受けてイドリブへの攻撃を強化。政権軍は非武装地帯の内側に進攻して一部の町を制圧したもようだ。  英仏独3カ国は13日、攻撃の激化に懸念を示し、事態の収拾を求める声明を発表した。
「バロン」滋野清武氏、日仏をつなぐ ランス大が奨学金、名大と交流 | 中日新聞プラス

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News Headlines - 15 May 2019

Novartis gets approval to sell Kymriah in Japan for $306,000 - Reuters
A Japanese government panel approved on Wednesday a price of 33.5 million yen ($305,800) for Novartis’ cancer treatment Kymriah, allowing the Swiss drugmaker to press ahead with a campaign to kick-start sluggish sales of the treatment. The one-time, personalized therapy, which was approved in Japan in March, will be available in the country for young people with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and adult patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The so-called CAR-T therapy, which Novartis believes could treat up to 216 Japanese patients a year, potentially generating annual sales of 7.2 billion yen ($65.7 million), has been a hailed as a revolutionary, last-ditch hope for people whose cancer advanced after previous treatment.
Nissan forecasts profit will drop to 11-year low - The Japan News
Nissan Motor Co. forecast a 28 percent plunge in its annual operating profit, setting it up for the weakest earnings in 11 years and underscoring its struggle to turn the page after the ouster of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn... The automaker reported an operating profit of ¥318 billion in the year just ended, down 45 percent from a year earlier. It also booked ¥4.4 billion in expenses to reflect previous misstatements involving Ghosn’s compensation. Sluggish profitability would likely result in a 30 percent cut to full-year dividend to ¥40 per share, Nissan said.
Duterte allies crush opposition in Philippine midterm elections - Nikkei Asian Review
Senate candidates backed by President Rodrigo Duterte are on track to take over most of the 12 seats contested in the Philippines' midterm elections, resulting in a crushing defeat for the country's opposition... With 94.26% of votes tallied as of 10:26 a.m. local time on Tuesday, nine of the 12 candidates with the most votes were allied with Duterte or with a coalition supportive of his administration, according to data from the Commission on Elections' transparency server. The commission is scheduled to begin the official count on Tuesday.
eSwatini king did not order men to have two or more wives, or face jail | IOL News
The government of eSwatini on Tuesday angrily denied viral online reports that King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch who has 14 wives, had ordered men to have at least two marriages or face jail. The story, carried by the Zambian Observer and picked up by several other online publications, said that Swazi men would have to marry several wives starting from June.
Germany mulls 'mosque tax' to cut out foreign funding - The Local
Support is growing in Germany for a "mosque tax" to make Islamic institutions less dependent on potentially anti-democratic or "radical" foreign funding sources, a media report said on Sunday. The federal government sees it as "a possible path", according to an answer to a parliamentary query, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported.

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米ディズニーがHuluの経営権取得 動画配信を強化 :日本経済新聞
ルノー、排ガス浄化装置を意図的に操作 仏機関が結論:朝日新聞デジタル
仏司法当局は、ルノーが排ガス浄化装置を意図的に操作し、汚染物質の排出を少なくみせていた疑いがあるとして、2016年に調査を開始。……仏ブルゴーニュ大の研究機関「自動車交通高等研究所」(ISAT)が、ルノーのスポーツ用多目的車(SUV)「キャプチャー」と小型車「クリオ4」の排ガス浄化装置を調べていた。  ISATの調査では、窒素酸化物(NOx)の排出を抑えるために搭載された浄化装置が、時速50キロメートル未満で走った場合に働かないことや、一定の外気温でしか作動しないことがわかったという。
ホンダ、英工場の閉鎖を正式発表 欧州販売の低迷受け:朝日新聞デジタル
日立製新型車両「AZUMA」、15日から英の鉄道で運行 - 毎日新聞
「ケ・セラ・セラ」 米女優 ドリス・デイさん死去 | NHKニュース
ヒッチコック監督の映画で歌った主題歌「ケ・セラ・セラ」が世界中でヒットし人気を不動のものとした、アメリカの歌手で俳優のドリス・デイさんが13日、亡くなりました。97歳でした。……デイさんは1922年にアメリカ中西部のオハイオ州で生まれ、15歳から歌手として活動を始めて、1945年には「センチメンタル・ジャーニー」がヒットして人気を博しました。 女優としても活躍し、1956年に公開されたアルフレッド・ヒッチコック監督の映画「知りすぎていた男」で主人公の妻役を演じ、この映画の中で歌った主題歌「ケ・セラ・セラ」がヒットしてアカデミー賞歌曲賞を受賞しました。

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