News Headlines - 20 April 2018

North Korea’s Kim Strikes Milder Tone on Nuclear Tests, Detainees - WSJ

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country would close its nuclear-test site and suspend long-range missile launches but hinted that he didn’t intend to give up his nuclear arsenal—at least not immediately... Mr. Kim’s remarks come after the U.S. made public a visit to Pyongyang by Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, who was given assurances by Mr. Kim that a summit with Mr. Trump could be paired with the release of three detained U.S. citizens, according to people briefed on the meeting.

Syria hands back Assad award to US 'slave' France | Daily Mail Online

Syria returned to France the prestigious Legion d'Honneur it gave to President Bashar al-Assad, saying Thursday he would not wear the award of a "slave" to America... The office of French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that "a disciplinary procedure for withdrawing the Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour) is underway".

The BBC will now let you download thousands of its sound effects free | Metro News

As long as you agree to a few simple rules, you can visit the BBC’s website and download 16,000 sounds to use as you please. A lot of these old sounds were stored on tape or even records like the one in the video below, but now they are available as high-resolution WAV files for anyone to access.

Cotton buds and plastic straws could be banned in England next year | The Guardian

Cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics could be banned from sale in England next year in the next phase of the campaign to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans... Cotton buds, often flushed down the lavatory, are one of the most serious sources of marine pollution... Altogether it is estimated that there are 150m tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans, and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating or getting tangled up in plastic waste.

Deutsche Bank blames ‘operational error’ for accidental €28bn transfer

Deutsche sent the €28bn to an account at Deutsche Boerse Eurex about a week before Easter, Bloomberg reported on Thursday evening. Deutsche, whose market value is €24bn, had intended to make a much smaller transfer... News of the blunder comes the day after Deutsche’s chief operating office Kim Hammonds, who was responsible for overhauling Deutsche’s creaking IT systems, became the third member of Deutsche’s top executive team to depart in a matter of weeks.

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Netflixの時価総額がワーナー・ブラザースやフォックス、ソニーを大きく上回る(IGN JAPAN)

タイム・ワーナー(ワーナーブラザース) - 760億ドル
21世紀フォックス - 700億ドル
ソニー - 640億ドル
CBS - 200億ドル
バイアコム - 130億ドル

中露軍が同時に軍事演習、台湾海峡と北方領土で 日米首脳会談へのけん制狙いか - zakzak


難民申請者の携帯電話、押収義務付ける法案を閣議決定 オーストリア:AFPBB News


「電気ショック、性的暴行、背骨骨折」それでも自殺 ロシア起業家の凄絶な獄中死 - 47NEWS




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News Headlines - 19 April 2018

US PACOM chief nominee warns of China threat - News - NHK WORLD - English

The admiral said that the threat to US forces and bases is substantial and growing, and the US has a long way to go to be able to deter and counter China's ever improving ballistic missiles and hypersonic weapons to come.
Davidson suggested that the US military should promptly upgrade its weapons and equipment to counter China.

Syria: Kurds detain German jihadi tied to 9/11 | DW

A Syrian-born German citizen, who is alleged to have helped plan the attacks on September 11, 2001, has been arrested by Kurdish forces in Syria, according to a senior Kurdish commander... Zammar is believed to have been an al-Qaida recruiter and close associate of members of the Hamburg terror cell of Islamic extremists thought to have been important operatives in the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

Airmen fired, demoted over dinosaur puppet video - CNNPolitics

The US Air Force is making it clear that dinosaur puppets have no place in its "time-honored" military traditions -- levying tough punishments against three members of the Tennessee Air National Guard involved in a viral video depicting a reenlistment ceremony.

#MeToo hits Japan as Junichi Fukuda quits over harassment claims - BBC News

A Japanese broadcaster says it will file a complaint against the finance ministry alleging a top official sexually harassed a female journalist... Japan's socially conservative society has so far been slow to join the worldwide #MeToo movement... The allegations that Mr Fukuda, the finance ministry's top bureaucrat, had made sexually suggestive comments to female journalists were first reported by magazine Shukan Shincho earlier this week.

UK temperatures top 29C in hottest April day since 1949 - BBC News

Temperatures have soared to over 29C in parts of London, making it the warmest April day for nearly 70 years.
The unusually warm weather across the UK is the result of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe drawing in warm air.

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説得奏功、トランプ米大統領「シンゾーの情熱乗り移った」 安倍晋三首相「拉致解決しないと政治生命終えられぬ」 - 産経ニュース


米、中国大手2社の通信機器 調達禁止へ :日本経済新聞


アマゾン、有料会員1億人 全顧客の3分の1 株主に初公表 :日本経済新聞


「ヒトラーが南米逃亡に使った」はずのナチス高性能潜水艦が見つかる  | ニューズウィーク日本版


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News Headlines - 18 April 2018

US struck Syria without certainty on sarin - CNNPolitics

Even though US intelligence agencies did not have absolute certainty Syria's regime had used the nerve agent sarin against civilians, the Trump administration still felt there was enough evidence to justify retaliatory strikes last Friday, several intelligence and defense officials tell CNN.
The decision to proceed with military action met a standard of evidence needed that officials felt they could accept, these sources said.

Proof of 'staged' Syria chemical attack is from film

The photos - which show actors covered in dust - were presented by Syrian regime supporters as proof that the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma on April 7 was a fake.
But the photos come from the set of a Syrian film called "Revolution Man", supported by the Syrian culture ministry, and were published in February on a Facebook page devoted to the movie.

Top Japan finance official Junichi Fukuda quits after sexual harassment claims - The Straits Times

The top bureaucrat at Japan’s finance minister quit on Wednesday (April 18) following allegations he sexually harassed female reporters, saying he wanted to “clear his name”.

Japanese immigration detainees launch hunger strike over Indian’s death

More than 40 people at a Japanese immigration detention centre are on hunger strike after an Indian detainee committed suicide last week, officials and local media said Tuesday.
The protest began on Sunday, two days after an Indian national in his thirties, who has not been publicly identified, was found hanging in a shower stall at the centre in Ibaraki, northeast of Tokyo.

Sitting at desk all day may damage brain and raise dementia risk, study suggests

Sitting at a desk all day or spending hours watching television may damage the brain in a way which is known to increase the risk of dementia, a new study suggests.
While researchers have known for some time that sedentary behaviour is bad for physical health, raising the risk of heart disease, diabetes and early death, it is the first study to show it could also influence mental wellbeing.

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米、中国ZTEへの製品販売を禁止--虚偽報告で - CNET Japan


CNN.co.jp : カリフォルニア州「3分割」案、11月に住民投票実施か


日欧EPA来春発効へ 7月の首脳協議で署名 - 産経ニュース


飛行中にエンジントラブル、米旅客機で1人死亡 部品が窓直撃:AFPBB News

米ニューヨーク発ダラス(Dallas)行きのサウスウエスト航空(Southwest Airlines)旅客機が17日、エンジンの故障によりペンシルベニア州フィラデルフィア(Philadelphia)に緊急着陸し、1人が死亡した。当局が発表した。米国の商用機で死者を出す事故が起きたのは2009年以来。……目撃者らによると、離陸して数分後、左側のエンジンから爆発音が聞こえ、そこから飛んできた破片が同機の窓を直撃してガラスが割れた。女性1人が重傷を負い、機内では酸素マスクが下りてきた。

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News Headlines - 17 April 2018

North Korea, China 'discussing Xi Jinping visit to Pyongyang' - The Straits Times

China and North Korea have been holding talks about a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Pyongyang, a Japanese newspaper reported on Monday (April 16) as regional leaders step up diplomatic dialogue.
The North is using its Beijing embassy to arrange Xi's itinerary with the international department of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported, quoting Chinese and North Korean sources.

Two Koreas Discuss Official End to 68-Year War, Report Says - Bloomberg

South and North Korea are discussing plans to announce an official end to the military conflict between the two countries that are still technically at war, the Munhwa Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified South Korean official.
At next week’s summit between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, the two neighbors may release a joint statement saying they will seek to ease military tension and to end confrontation, according to the report.

Mike Pompeo, C.I.A. Director, Met With Kim Jong-un in North Korea - The New York Times

President Trump dispatched the C.I.A. director Mike Pompeo to North Korea to meet with its leader, Kim Jong-un, in recent weeks to lay the groundwork for a summit meeting between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump, two people briefed on the secret trip said on Tuesday.

Starbucks to close 8,000 stores for racial-bias education on May 29 after arrest of two black men - The Washington Post

Starbucks will close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon next month to train employees as the company responds to criticism after two black men were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee chain’s Philadelphia stores last week.
The “racial-bias education” training is scheduled for May 29 for nearly 175,000 employees, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Turkey seeks to extend state of emergency for 7th time - The Washington Post

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is seeking an extension of the state of emergency it declared following a failed coup in 2016.
The government submitted to parliament a motion to prolong it three more months following a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday. A vote is expected Wednesday. It would be its seventh extension.

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ソフトバンク、米新聞買収に関心か 「シカゴ・トリビューン」などを抱える大手トロンク - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


ロシアの記者死亡で臆測 シリアに義勇兵派遣と告発 - 産経ニュース


「汗をかいてデトックス」はウソだった、研究報告 | ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版サイト


映画『マッドマックス 怒りのデス・ロード』続編製作困難か ― ワーナーと製作会社の訴訟が泥沼化 | THE RIVER

2017年11月、両社は『マッドマックス 怒りのデス・ロード』の製作費をめぐって見解が対立。1億5,700万ドル以下で映画を完成させた場合、ケネディ社に700万ドルの追加報酬が支払われるという約束が達されていないとして、同社はワーナーを提訴したのである。ケネディ社は製作費が1億5,460万ドルだったと主張しているが、ワーナー側は1億8,510万ドルかかったとして支払いを拒否。

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News Headlines - 16 April 2018

Top Japan finance official denies sexual harassment, says to sue publisher

Japan’s top finance bureaucrat denied on Monday a weekly magazine’s allegation that he had sexually harassed female reporters and vowed to sue its publisher for defamation, his ministry said in a statement... Japan has had few reported “#MeToo” cases about sexual harassment involving public figures. In Japan, victims are often reluctant to speak out for fear of being blamed. The identity of the female reporter has not been disclosed.

‘They Eat Money’: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption - The New York Times

In the generation since apartheid ended in 1994, tens of billions of dollars in public funds — intended to develop the economy and improve the lives of black South Africans — have been siphoned off by leaders of the A.N.C., the very organization that had promised them a new, equal and just nation.
Corruption has enriched A.N.C. leaders and their business allies — black and white South Africans, as well as foreigners. But the supposed beneficiaries of many government projects, in whose names the money was spent, have been left with little but seething anger and deepening disillusionment with the state of post-apartheid South Africa.

Korean Air "nut rage" sister Emily Cho suspended over water throwing in ad meeting after Cho Hyun-ah incident - CBS News

Korean Air Lines said Monday it has suspended one of its chairman's daughters from her marketing work after she threw a tantrum at a business meeting, triggering public outrage and a police investigation. The daughter, Cho Hyun-min, also known as Emily Cho, is the younger sister of another Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" outburst delayed a flight in 2014.

Netflix Pulls Out of Cannes Following Rule Change – Variety

Ted Sarandos says Netflix won’t be going to Cannes this year.
In an exclusive interview with Variety, Netflix’s chief content officer says that the festival sent a clear message with a new rule that bans any films without theatrical distribution in France from playing in competition. Netflix could screen some of its upcoming movies out of competition, but Sarandos says that doesn’t make sense for the streaming service.

Axing Honda was McLaren mistake - Marko | Wheels24

Dr Helmut Marko says McLaren's 2018 car is obviously "not great".
The British team went into Bahrain targeting the top three teams but was ultimately outpaced even by the newly Honda-powered Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso... So Marko, whose Red Bull outfit is considering switching from Renault to Honda for 2019, joins those who think McLaren made a strategic error late last year.

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トランプ大統領は「道徳的に不適格」 コミー前FBI長官:AFPBB News

昨年5月にドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領に解任された米連邦捜査局(FBI)のジェームズ・コミー(James Comey)前長官は、15日放映の米ABCのインタビューで、トランプ氏について大統領として「道徳的に不適格」だと述べ、虚言癖があり「周囲の人々をおとしめる」人物だと評した。

「シリア攻撃後、ロシアのトロールが2000%増」──米国防総省 - ITmedia NEWS


ボタンを押すだけで死ねる「自殺機器」オランダの見本市で話題に:AFPBB News

 サルコファガス(石棺)を略した「サルコ(Sarco)」と名付けられたこの機器は、3Dプリンターで製作されたもので、発明したのはオーストリアの安楽死推進活動家のフィリップ・ニチキ(Philip Nitschke)氏とオランダのデザイナー、アレクサンダー・バニンク(Alexander Bannink)氏。窒素ボンベを内蔵したスタンドに、取り外し可能なひつぎを取り付けたかたちになている。

映画『フルメタル・ジャケット』で“ハートマン軍曹”を演じたロナルド・リー・アーメイ氏が亡くなる。『CoD』や『Fallout』シリーズにも出演 - ファミ通.com

映画『フルメタル・ジャケット』の“ハートマン軍曹”役で一躍有名となり、その後も俳優・声優として活躍した、ロナルド・リー・アーメイ氏が、肺炎による合併症で亡くなったことが発表された。74歳だった。……同氏はそのキャリアの中でビデオゲームにも声優としてしばしば出演しており、出演した映画『トイ・ストーリー』関連のゲームや、『フォールアウト』シリーズのスピンオフ『Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel』にクレジットされているほか、近年ではFPS『コール オブ デューティ ゴースト』のボイスパックに訓練教官役として登場。

ライバルを寄せ付けない完璧なシーズン…マンチェスター・C、優勝までの軌跡 | サッカーキング

①移籍市場で “ペップ仕様”のチームが完成

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