News Headlines - 20 March 2018

Japanese pension data entry outsourced to Chinese firm - The Mainichi

An information processing firm in Tokyo assigned to process the personal data of around 5 million pensioners outsourced part of the task to a Chinese company in violation of a contract that prohibited subcontracts, according to the Japan Pension Service.
The outsourcing came under the spotlight after it was revealed that around 1.3 million people received lower pension benefits in February than they were entitled to as income tax breaks were not adequately reflected.

US & South Korea announce start date for major military exercise - CNNPolitics

The "Foal Eagle and Key Resolve" drills would begin on April 1 for four weeks, both countries said in a statement. Last year, Foal Eagle began on March 1 and continued until the end of April, lasting a total of two months.

Stephen Hawking’s parting shot is multi-cosmic | The Sunday Times

As his family were coming together to plan the funeral of the “world’s most famous scientist”, his academic colleagues learnt that he has left behind a final groundbreaking research paper — completed on his deathbed — describing how humanity might detect other universes.
The research, submitted two weeks ago, sets out the maths needed for a space probe to find experimental evidence for the existence of a “multiverse”. This is the idea that our cosmos is only one of many universes.

London’s free tap water scheme aims to slash plastic pollution | Euronews

London mayor Sadiq Khan, who is trying to encourage more businesses to sign up, says the average adult in the UK capital buys 175 bottles a year.
The scheme encourages people to fill up their bottles instead of buying a plastic one and later throwing it away.

Dublin overtakes London in terms of expense, city report finds

Dublin is ranked 19th out of 133 cities, while London has fallen to 30th place, its lowest ranking in 20 years.
The survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit said the weakening of sterling since the Brexit vote had pushed the UK capital down the rankings.

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フェイスブック株急落、NYダウ全面安 TBS NEWS


ウーバー自動運転車が死亡事故 米アリゾナ州で通行人はねる:AFPBB News


サルコジ元大統領の身柄拘束 仏大統領選の不正資金疑惑:朝日新聞デジタル


米朝韓当局者、ヘルシンキで会談か  :日本経済新聞


シンシア・ニクソンがNY州知事選挑戦へ 米人気俳優:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 19 March 2018

Brexit: Transitional period to last until end of 2020

The U.K. will remain in the European Union until the end of 2020, but with restricted powers, officials announced Monday.
The EU and the United Kingdom have agreed to a transition process of 21 months — from 29 March 2019 until the end of 2020 — before the country leaves the member bloc completely.

McDonald’s High-Tech Makeover Is Stressing Workers Out - Bloomberg

McDonald’s Corp. has been updating with new technology, delivery, a revamped menu and curbside pickup. But the chain’s “Experience of the Future” effort could backfire. Employees are handling more tasks, in many cases, they say, without pay raises or adequate staffing. So Dickerson, 23, handed over his spatula for the last time.

65% say Abe's wife should face Diet over scandal: poll | The Japan Times

Amid a deepening scandal linked to the cronyism allegations leveled against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 52.0 percent of the public thinks Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign over the related document-tampering, and 65.3 percent think Abe’s wife, Akie, should be summoned to testify in the Diet, a survey showed Sunday.

Berlin's children pile up teddy bears in solidarity with Syrian refugees

German school children made a giant pile of teddy bears in Berlin on Thursday, to show solidarity with the huge numbers of young Syrians growing up without an education, as the civil war entered its eighth year.

At least eight hurt as ski lift hurtles out of control in Georgia | The Guardian

At least eight people have been injured after a malfunctioning ski lift threw people from their seats at a ski resort in Georgia.
Skiers and snowboarders were forced to jump from the faulty chairlift on Friday as their seats hurtled backwards down the mountain, with some people falling from carriages at speed, in what one witness likened to “a scene from a Final Destination film”.

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プーチン大統領、勝利宣言 24年まで長期支配 :日本経済新聞


英国:不審死の亡命ロシア人 警察当局が殺人と断定 - 毎日新聞


CNN.co.jp : フェイスブックに批判、トランプ陣営関連会社に個人情報流出


北で拘束の米国人3人、解放で大筋合意か 米朝外交さらに前進:AFPBB News

北朝鮮に拘束されている米国人3人の解放について、両国当局と仲介国のスウェーデンが協議に入っていることが明らかになった。……韓国MBCテレビの18日の報道によると米朝政府は、キム・ハクソン(Kim Hak-song)、キム・サンドゥク(Kim Sang-Duk)、キム・ドンチョル(Kim Dong-Chul)の3氏の解放に関する最終合意に「ほぼ至った」とされる



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News Headlines - 18 March 2018

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | The Guardian

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate

Panama Papers law firm Mossack Fonseca to shut down after tax scandal

Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, said on Wednesday it was shutting down due to the economic and reputational damage inflicted by its role in the global tax evasion debacle.

Japan's anti-monopoly watchdog raids Amazon headquarters

Japan's Fair Trade Commission is investigating whether Amazon is forcing sellers to bear all or part of the losses incurred when Amazon offers bargain discounts online... Japan's antitrust watchdog probed Amazon (AMZN) last year, accusing the company of forcing sellers to offer "the lowest price and the richest lineup of goods" on its online marketplace.

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes - Channel NewsAsia

Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion's tolerant image.

Video from controversial 2014 fatal Utah courthouse shooting released, shows man jumping at witness with pen - The Salt Lake Tribune

It took about five seconds from the time Siale Angilau grabbed a pen from his defense attorney’s table for him to run across the federal courtroom floor and sail headfirst into the witness stand, where he was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal.
On Monday, Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court released courtroom video of the 2014 shooting, nearly four years after the 25-year-old defendant was shot four times.

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CNN.co.jp : 米特別検察官、トランプ一族企業に令状 文書提出要求

ロシアの米大統領選介入疑惑を捜査するマラー特別検察官が、トランプ米大統領一族の中核企業「トランプ・ オーガナイゼーション」に対し、事業関連文書の提出を求める令状を出したことが分かった。……提出が命じられた文書の中にはロシア関連のものも含まれているという。マラー氏がトランプ氏の事業に関連する文書を要求したのは、公に知られている中では初めて。

トランプ大統領、米軍に「宇宙軍」の創設要請:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は13日、カリフォルニア州にある米軍基地を訪れ、米軍に対し現行の陸海空軍に加えて「宇宙軍」を創設するよう求めた。

プーチン氏、7割得票なるか ロシア大統領選18日投票 - 西日本新聞


ボトル入りミネラルウォーターからプラスチック粒子発見 米調査 - BBCニュース


FIFA、サッカーW杯でビデオ判定「VAR」初導入  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 17 March 2018

Syrian civilians flee embattled Eastern Ghouta and Afrin | Al Jazeera

Civilians continue to flee Syria's Eastern Ghouta and Afrin in record numbers as Syrian and Turkish military operations continue against their respective foes.
Roughly 50,000 people have fled the two areas - 20,000 from Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, and 30,000 from Afrin, in Syria's Kurdish-dominated northeast - according to some counts.

Former South African president Zuma facing 16 charges of corruption - Independent.ie

Former president Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted on 16 charges of corruption, the director of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said.
Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma will face charges including fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

Philippines tells UN it will quit International Criminal Court | South China Morning Post

The Philippines said on Friday it had given official notice to exit the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, which is examining President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
The move comes days after Duterte announced his nation would quit the court over its preliminary inquiry launched last month into allegations his crackdown on narcotics amounts to crimes against humanity.

Xi Jinping gets second term, with ally Wang Qishan as vice-president | South China Morning Post

The political comeback of Wang – who stepped down from the ruling Communist Party’s top echelon and his position as head of its graft watchdog in October – confirmed a South China Morning Post report in December.
A total of 2,969 people voted to elect him vice-president, with only one voting against.
The National People’s Congress also unanimously confirmed Xi’s second term, with 2,970 votes in favour.

Hello Kitty to make bullet train debut in Japan, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Hello Kitty has already found its way onto bus and aircraft services - and is now set to make its debut on Japan's iconic bullet train.
West Japan Railway will launch "Hello Kitty Shinkansen" services on its bullet train line connecting Osaka and Fukuoka later this year, the company said this week.

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CNN.co.jp : 米ユナイテッド航空、犬の誤輸送で行き先変更 週3度目のミス


#MeToo 日本の現状は? NYで支援集会 | NHKニュース


ノーベル化学賞の根岸英一さん 米で交通事故 妻は死亡 | NHKニュース



「海から上がると、めちゃくちゃ寒いんですよ」と、ウン・ホルゲーセン(Unn Holgersen)さん(32)は言う。北極圏にあるノルウェー・ロフォーテン諸島(Lofoten Islands)の沖合で、彼女はほぼ毎日極寒の波に乗っている。

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News Headlines - 16 March 2018

Japanese Cabinet's support rate slides below disapproval rate to land at 39% in latest poll | The Japan Times

Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has plunged 9.4 points since February and now sits at 39.3 percent, leaving it short of the disapproval rate for the first time in five months, an opinion poll showed Friday.
It is also the first time in five months that the support rate has fallen short of 40 percent.
The disapproval rate meanwhile has surged 8.5 points to reach 40.4 percent, according to the poll conducted by Jiji Press over four days through Monday.

US-North Korea meeting: N Korean Minister in surprise Sweden visit - BBC News

North Korea's foreign minister has attended talks in Stockholm with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, ahead of a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

‘I screamed, but no one came’: The horrifying sexual violence facing Syria’s women and girls - The Washington Post

That's the conclusion of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which just released a new report on the horrific sexual violence facing the people of Syria... The stories in the report, written after interviews with more than 450 people, document a terrifying and systematic pattern of sexual abuse by the government during house raids, at checkpoints and in detention centers.

Florida bridge collapse: Pedestrian overpass collapses at FIU, Miami | The Courier-Mail

FOUR people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge in South Florida, officials have confirmed.
The partially built 950-tonne pedestrian bridge collapsed over a six-lane highway at Florida International University in Miami, crushing cars underneath it. It is believed that section of the bridge was installed last Sunday.

Trump decides to remove national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and others may follow - The Washington Post

President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.
Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.

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米英仏独 ロシア非難で異例の共同声明 元スパイ暗殺未遂 NATOも 神経剤は国際機関で検証へ - 産経ニュース


スロバキア記者殺害、フィツォ首相辞任に発展 - 産経ニュース


スロベニア首相が辞任へ、選挙控え退陣圧力 鉄道計画巡る判決も痛手






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