News Headlines - 11 August 2020

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily vows to ‘fight on’ after owner arrested : The Asahi Shimbun

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily tabloid responded with defiance on Tuesday to the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, promising to “fight on” in a front-page headline over an image of Lai in handcuffs.Readers queued from the early hours to get copies of the pro-democracy tabloid a day after police raided its offices and took Lai into detention, the highest-profile arrest so far under the national security law.

Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast, public anger

Lebanon’s prime minister stepped down from his job Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that has triggered public outrage, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is “bigger than the state.”
The move risks opening the way to dragged-out negotiations over a new Cabinet amid urgent calls for reform. It follows a weekend of anti-government protests after the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut’s port that decimated the facility and caused widespread destruction, killing at least 160 people and injuring about 6,000 others.
In a brief televised speech after three of his ministers resigned, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he and his government were stepping down.

After shooting near the White House Trump briefly leaves press briefing - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated from the White House briefing room by security on Monday after shots were fired outside the building.
Trump returned to the briefing room minutes later, confirming a shooting.

Boris Johnson warns 'long, long way to go' for UK economy - BBC News

Boris Johnson has warned the UK has a "long, long way to go" before the economy improves, after official figures showed the largest drop in employment in over a decade... Between April and June, the number of people in work fell by 220,000, the Office for National Statistics said.
The drop in the number of people employed was the largest quarterly decrease since May to July 2009, the depths of the financial crisis.

Sex and coronavirus: How to have it safely - BBC News

The Terrence Higgins Trust has published advice suggesting people avoid kissing, wear a face covering and choose positions that aren't face-to-face during sex.
It may sound tough, but people need to find a way "to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of COVID-19", the Trust says.

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香港で新聞創業者逮捕 米大統領補佐官が強く非難 | NHKニュース


中国の論文数、世界一に 米国抜く、日本4位―文科省:時事ドットコム


カナダ、アルミ製品で米に報復関税  :日本経済新聞


「幸福の黄色いハンカチ」の原作者 ピート・ハミルさん死去 | NHKニュース


ユベントスがサッリ監督の解任を発表! セリエA9連覇も…CL敗退&イタリア杯優勝逃す | フットボールチャンネル


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News Headlines - 10 August 2020

Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow arrested under national security law | The Japan Times

Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow was arrested late Monday under China’s new national security law, a police source and a statement on her verified Facebook account said.
“It’s now confirmed that Agnes Chow has been arrested for ‘inciting secession’ under the national security law,” her Facebook account said.
A police source confirmed that Chow was among 10 people arrested on Monday in a national security investigation.

Trump postpones G7 summit until after US election - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump said Monday that he will look to postpone the G7 meeting until after the election in November, after a previous delay due to Covid concerns... The presidency of the G7 rotates annually, and Trump is this year's chair.
The summit was slated to be held at Camp David in June, and after a tentative plan to postpone the meeting and switch to a virtual conference, Trump had floated in May the idea of doing it in person in the fall.

FTC commissioner's message to working parents after testifying while breastfeeding: 'The stress is real'

On August 5, Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter of the Federal Trade Commission received widespread praise on social media for testifying before the Senate, via video call, while breastfeeding her newborn baby... Slaughter, who was testifying about the FTC’s role in supporting kids, working adults and health-care patients during this time, was met with kind reactions from reporters and political leaders, including Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) who complimented her daughter’s “beautiful head of hair” and said how “well-behaved” she was.

Huawei: Smartphone chips running out under US sanctions - The Mainichi

Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions and will be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive says, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei's business from American pressure... Production of Kirin chips designed by Huawei's own engineers will stop Sept. 15 because they are made by contractors that need U.S. manufacturing technology, said Richard Yu, president of the company's consumer unit. He said Huawei lacks the ability to make its own chips.

Greece accuses Turkey of ′threatening peace′ in the Mediterranean | News

Greece on Monday accused NATO ally Turkey of "threatening peace" in the eastern Mediterranean after Ankara resumed searching for oil and gas near the remote Greek island of Kastellorizo.
The Greek foreign ministry said that Turkey's decision to deploy a seismic research ship constituted a "new serious escalation" and "exposed" Turkey's "destabilising role."
The Greek ministry said the country "will defend its sovereignty and its sovereign rights."

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独、帰国者のコロナ検査義務化 新規感染1000人超えで - ロイター


欧州、広がる反マスク 「自由の侵害」と反発―新型コロナ:時事ドットコム


米ディズニー19年ぶり最終赤字 パーク閉鎖・映画延期で  :日本経済新聞


フォードCEOが退任へ 6年で3度目、創業家に焦り :日本経済新聞




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News Headlines - 09 August 2020

More than a dozen killed in 'devastating' India plane crash | Al Jazeera

At least 18 people were killed and more than 150 others injured when a passenger jet skidded off a hilltop runway after landing in heavy rain in the southern city of Kozhikode in India.
Hardeep Singh Puri, the Indian civil aviation minister, told ANI news agency on Saturday 18 people including two pilots were killed in Friday's "unfortunate" crash.

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's PM after record victory | Al Jazeera

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been sworn in as the country's prime minister for the fourth time after his party secured a landslide victory in parliamentary elections that cemented his family's hold on power.
Mahinda took oath on Sunday before his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at a prominent Buddhist temple on the outskirts of the capital Colombo.
Mahinda served as the island nation's president from 2005 to 2015 and is highly popular among the ethnic majority Sinhalese for ending the country's 25-year civil war with Tamil rebels in 2009.

First Somaliland representative to Taiwan arrives - Focus Taiwan

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Sunday welcomed Somaliland's first representative who arrived in the country Friday in preparation for the upcoming opening of the self-claimed African state's representative office in Taiwan.
In a tweet, Wu welcomed the arrival of Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, saying he has "braved Chinese pressure" to take up the post in Taiwan. "The fact 'sovereignty & friendship aren't for sale' deserves international recognition," Wu tweeted.
Wu was referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending exchanges with Taiwan.

Washington aims Clean Network program directly at stopping China and Huawei | ZDNet

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday the extension of Washington's 5G Clean Path program to encompass carriers, app stores, cloud computing, and subsea cables under the Clean Network umbrella.
Pompeo said the extension was needed to guard against "aggressive intrusions" by the Chinese Communist Party, and called other nations to create a "Clean fortress" around citizen's data.
Under the Clean Carrier label, the United States will seek to ensure Chinese carriers aren't connected to US telco networks.

US Lawmakers Ask 6 Top Universities to Hand Over Records of Foreign Donations | Voice of America

Three members of the U.S. Congress are asking six of the nation’s top universities to hand over records of donations they have accepted from certain foreign nations, including China and Russia, citing concerns that these multimillion-dollar donations present a growing national security threat.
Letters aimed at helping the members to “further understand the effects of adversarial foreign direct investments in the U.S. higher education system” were sent to the presidents of Harvard, New York University, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago and University of Delaware. The letters sent this week ask the presidents to provide all records of gifts from China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia since January 2015.

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米国は第3の原爆投下を計画していた | ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版サイト


バイデン氏また失言 黒人軽視するような発言で批判:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


世界のコロナ死者、70万人超す 昨年のエイズ犠牲者上回る


米輸出、上半期は15.7%減 新型コロナで貿易低調


ザルツブルク音楽祭100周年、新型コロナ対策で規模縮小し開幕:AFPBB News

世界屈指の権威ある夏の音楽フェスティバル、ザルツブルク音楽祭(Salzburg Festival)が1日、厳格な感染対策を講じつつオーストリアで開幕した。……今年で創設100周年を迎えたザルツブルク音楽祭は、当初計画していた200公演を大幅に削減。1か月にわたる期間中、110公演が行われる。……チケット販売数は例年の23万枚から、今年は8万枚に縮小。感染者が出た際に接触者の追跡ができるよう、各チケットには購入者の個人情報が記録される。

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News Headlines - 08 August 2020

New York Times' digital revenue exceeds print for first time ever - CNN

Digital revenue for The New York Times (NYT) exceeded its print revenue for the first time in its history, the company reported Wednesday in its second quarter report. The Times added 669,000 digital subscriptions for a total of 5.7 million digital-only subscriptions and a total of 6.5 million subscriptions overall. The company set a goal in 2019 to reach 10 million subscriptions by 2025.

NASA astronauts aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule return to Earth - The Washington Post

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley completed a fiery, high-speed journey back from the International Space Station on Sunday, splashing down in calm Gulf of Mexico waters off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., hundreds of miles from a churning Tropical Storm Isaias in the Atlantic in a triumphal denouement to a historic mission.
It was the first time in the 59-year history of crewed American space travel that astronauts had used the Gulf as a landing site, adding to other firsts that marked a new chapter in NASA’s human spaceflight program: the first launch of American astronauts to orbit from U.S. soil since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011 and the first launch into orbit of humans on vehicles owned and operated by a private company.

Mauritius declares emergency over oil leak from Japanese ship

The Mauritius government declared a state of environmental emergency on Friday over a large amount of fuel that leaked into the sea from a stranded Japanese-owned bulk carrier off the country's coast.
The wreckage of the Panama-flagged vessel Wakashio "represents a danger for Mauritius," which does not have the skills to refloat stranded ships, said Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth in a Twitter post, accompanied by an aerial photo showing a dark brown swath of oil leaking from a tilted ship spreading in blue turquoise waters.

UAE starts first nuclear reactor at controversial Barakah plant | Al Jazeera

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Saturday that it has started operations in the first of four reactors at the Barakah nuclear power station - the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world.
Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), which is building and operating the plant with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) said in a press release that its subsidiary Nawah Energy Company "has successfully started up Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi".
That signals that Unit 1, which had fuel rods loaded in March, has achieved "criticality" - a sustained fission chain reaction.

Africa tops 1 million coronavirus infections: WHO - The Mainichi

The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in Africa has topped the 1 million mark, with the death tally now standing at more than 22,000, the World Health Organization said Friday... The surge reflects the over 530,000 infections reported in South Africa, which account for more than half of the total on the continent. The country ranks fifth in the world for confirmed virus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Among 54 African nations, the other hardest-hit countries include Egypt at around 95,000, Nigeria at more than 45,000, Ghana at about 40,000 and Algeria at over 34,000, according to data from the U.S. university.

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米、香港行政長官ら11人に制裁 対中圧力一段と :日本経済新聞


米の次期駐日大使、日本に「同盟内で一層大きな責任を負うよう促す」 : 読売新聞オンライン


ロシア閣僚が国後島訪問 石碑に「国旗降ろさず」、ソ連兵追悼:時事ドットコム


[FT]ロシア 極東のデモが表すモスクワとの「距離」


政治経験なしアラフォー主婦に注目 夫を拘束され「独裁者」の対抗馬に ベラルーシ大統領選:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


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News Headlines - 07 August 2020

Abe vague and brief at first news conference in nearly 50 days : The Asahi Shimbun

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first news conference in nearly 50 days lasted for only 15 minutes and came amid criticism that he has been missing in action during the resurgence of novel coronavirus infections... Also on Aug. 6, The Asahi Shimbun lodged a formal protest with the Press Office of the prime minister’s office over a male staff member who grabbed the arm of an Asahi reporter who was trying to ask Abe a question.

Japan's NHK to combine channels, cut back on AM radio under new plan - The Mainichi

Japanese public broadcaster NHK on Aug. 4 disclosed its midterm business draft plan for fiscal 2021-2023 that specifies reducing satellite TV and AM radio channels and cutting back 63 billion yen (about $597 million) in expenditure over three years, among other proposals... NHK will combine its BS1 and BS Premium satellite TV channels, and is considering also including BS4K later on. It will also combine NHK radio 1 and 2 into one. The specific date of reduction will be revealed in the future. The broadcaster will mull what to make of BS8K after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games that are scheduled to be held next summer.

Toyota profit sinks 74% on 40% drop in revenue - MarketWatch

The Japanese auto maker said it booked net profit of 158.84 billion yen ($1.50 billion) for the quarter ended June, compared with net profit of Y619.13 billion a year earlier... First-quarter revenue dropped 40% to Y4.601 trillion.
Operating profit fell 82% to Y77.4 billion for Japan and dropped 61% to Y42.8 billion for Asia excluding Japan, while its North American operations posted Y68.5 billion loss, compared with Y112.6 billion profit a year earlier.

Japan curry chain operator Ichibanya opens 1st restaurant in India - The Mainichi

Japanese curry restaurant chain operator Ichibanya Co. opened its first eatery in India near the capital New Delhi on Monday hoping to tap into the market with a population of over 1.3 billion, the second largest in the world.
The outlet was initially scheduled to open in spring, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Ichibanya, operator of CoCo Ichibanya curry restaurants in Japan and abroad.
Since a vast majority of people in India do not eat beef and pork based on their religious beliefs, the restaurant's menu is based on dishes using chicken, seafood and vegetables, the company said.

Foreign Office cat Palmerston retires to countryside - BBC News

In a "letter", he says he has moved away from Whitehall and is now climbing trees rather than "overhearing all the foreign dignitaries' conversations".
The black-and-white rescue cat, who has more than 105,000 Twitter followers, arrived from Battersea in 2016.
He has been known to clash with Larry, Number 10's main mouse-catcher.

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NY州が全米ライフル協会を提訴、解散要求|TBS NEWS
銃を持つ権利を擁護し、「アメリカ最強のロビー団体」といわれるNRA(全米ライフル協会)をめぐって、ニューヨーク州は会長らが資金を私的に流用した疑いがあるとして、協会の解散を求めて提訴しました。  ニューヨーク州は6日、裁判所にNRAの解散を求める訴訟を起こしたことを明らかにしました。ニューヨーク州によりますと、会長をはじめとする幹部は、NRAの資金を使い、プライベートジェットでカリブ海のバハマに家族旅行をするなど不正を繰り返し、この3年間で少なくとも6400万ドル(日本円で67億円あまり)を私的に流用した疑いがあるということです。
トランプ氏、「TikTok」「微信」との取引禁止-大統領令 - Bloomberg
ロシアによる英政府機密文書不正入手、関係者2人が証言 - ロイター
昨年12月の英総選挙に先立ち、フォックス前国際貿易相の電子メールアカウントからロシアのハッカーが英政府の対米貿易関係の機密文書を盗み出し、政治工作に利用していたことが、2人の関係者によるロイターへの証言で改めて裏付けられた。 この機密文書漏えい問題は、ロイターが昨年初めて伝えていた。今回の関係者の話では、フォックス氏への不正アクセスは昨年7月12日から10月21日までの間、複数回にわたる。盗まれたのはフォックス氏が国際貿易相を辞任した7月24日の前だったのかどうかは分かっていない。 ラーブ英外相は先月、漏えいの事実を認めた上で、ロシア側が違法な形で入手した英政府の文書をインターネットで拡散させることを通じ、総選挙に介入を試みたとの見方を示した。
EU、レバノン支援に41億円 国家再建も手助け:時事ドットコム
英アストラゼネカのワクチン供給、21年初めから :日本経済新聞
加藤勝信厚生労働相は7日、英製薬大手アストラゼネカが開発を進めている新型コロナウイルスのワクチンについて、1億2千万回分の供給を受けることで基本合意したと発表した。供給は2021年初めに始まり、3月までに3千万回分を確保する計画だ。同年夏の東京五輪・パラリンピック開催を意識した。 アストラゼネカは英オックスフォード大学とワクチンを開発しており、9月にも実用化をめざす。

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