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News Headlines - 28 February 2014

Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox said it was filing for bankruptcy protection and that 750,000 of its customers' bitcoins and 100,000 of its own had been lost.
At market prices charted by the CoinDesk bitcoin index, that would represent a loss of $473 million.

BBC News - Ukraine crisis: 'Russians occupy' Crimea airports

Ukraine's interior minister has accused Russian naval forces of occupying Sevastopol airport in the autonomous region of Crimea. Arsen Avakov called their presence an "armed invasion".
But Russia's Black Sea Fleet has denied that Russian servicemen are taking part.

Seoul: NKorea fired Scuds for 1st time since '09 - Houston Chronicle

The short-range Scud missiles North Korea fired into the sea Thursday were a type it hasn't launched since 2009, South Korea confirmed Friday, though analysts say the apparent protest over U.S.-South Korean military drills were likely not a prelude to higher tensions.

BBC News - MI5 spy controlled UK Nazi group, files reveal

An MI5 agent pretending to have Gestapo links secretly controlled a vast network of UK-based Nazi sympathisers, newly-released files reveal.

'Three-parent babies' could be born in Britain next year - Telegraph

The first three-parent babies could be born by 2015 after the government set out new draft regulations which will allow donor DNA from a 'second mother' to be implanted into a defective egg.

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イタリア債入札、10年債利回りは05年10月以来の低水準 | Reuters


スペイン政府、バンキアの持ち株7.5%売却へ・再民営化に着手 - WSJ.com


ドイツ前大統領に無罪判決 州首相時代の不当利得事件:朝日新聞デジタル


「江沢民氏への逮捕状」スペイン、対中配慮で司法権自己規制 - MSN産経ニュース


独首相が英訪問 議会演説で「強い欧州」に向け団結呼びかけ - MSN産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 27 February 2014

Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ | theguardian.com

Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

Merkel addresses the British parliament | DW.DE

In her speech at Westminster on Thursday (27.2.2014), the German chancellor stressed that she was strongly in favor of Britain remaining part of the EU. This doesn't make Prime Minister Cameron's position any easier.

Blackphone, Boeing Self-Destructing Phone Are Security Motivated

NSA revelations of the last few months have prompted new thinking about mobile-device security. (If content from the phone of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel can be intercepted, what hope is there for yours?) Two of the more dramatic examples of this are the Blackphone, from Silent Circle and Geeksphone, which became available for preorder Feb. 21, and the Boeing Black smartphone.

Americans can't live without the web – but social media is a different story | theguardian.com

New data from the Pew Research Internet Project illustrates America’s embrace of – and increasing reliance on – the internet since the 1990s. More than half of Americans (53%) admit they would find the internet “very hard” to give up, compared with 38% who thought so in 2006. When you compare those numbers to the measly 28% who feel this way about landline telephones, it shows a significant shift in preference toward different types of communication technologies.

Japan investigates ailing Bitcoin exchange MtGox - Telegraph

Japanese authorities are conducting a high-level investigation into the stricken Bitcoin exchange MtGox after it dramatically ceased trading earlier this week.
The Tokyo-based company, once the world’s biggest exchange for bitcoin virtual currency, is under the spotlight following reports that an estimated 744,000 bitcoins (around £210m) may have been stolen over several few years due to a security loophole.

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ロンドンの英兵惨殺事件、イスラム過激派の被告に終身刑:AFPBB News

英ロンドン(London)南東部ウーリッチ(Woolwich)の路上で昨年5月に英陸軍兵士が殺害された事件で、ロンドンの中央刑事裁判所(Old Bailey)は26日、殺人罪で有罪となったイスラム過激派のマイケル・アデボラージョ(Michael Adebolajo)被告(29)に仮釈放を認めない絶対的終身刑を、共犯のマイケル・アデボワール(Michael Adebowale)被告(22)に禁錮45年の刑をそれぞれ言い渡した。

イタリア沿岸で不法移民600人救助: The Voice of Russia


ドイツの富の分配状況、ユーロ圏で最も不平等=経済研究所 | Reuters


仏政府、ルノーとエールフランス・KLMの保有株式を当面維持へ | Reuters

保有株式監督庁(APE)のダビッド・アゼマ長官は議会で、ルノーについて、「日産自動車 との提携の構造がまだはっきりと決まっていないために戦略を展開する中途段階にある。この課題が残る限り、われわれが出資比率を維持することは有意義だと思える」との見方を示した。政府の出資比率は15%となっている。

イギリスのカルト映画『ウィズネイルと僕』が23年ぶりに上映決定! - シネマトゥデイ


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News Headlines - 26 February 2014

Prensa Latina News Agency - Japanese Firm Suspends Virtual-Coin Transactions

epresentatives of the firm Mt. Gox reported today suspension of transactions with the virtual coin Bitcoin, as a security measure to protect its users.
Mt. Gox, considered one of the greatest Bitcoin stock exchanges in the world, with more than one million accounts in Japan and other countries, published in its website that the cease of transactions was due to a technical failure in the system.

Protest Leaders Pick Candidates for New Ukraine Government - WSJ.com

Protest leaders tapped civic activists for a "government of national unity," moving to stave off criticism that veteran politicians were maneuvering to retake power following last week's ouster of Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych.
Candidates for Ukraine's new government—including the owner of an auto-repair shop and a journalist—on which Parliament will vote Thursday, were presented to a mix of cheers and boos among thousands of people at a "national assembly" on Kiev's main square, the center of three months of protests that saw at least 80 killed.

Lee Rigby murder: Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale | Metro News

The two Muslim fanatics who murdered soldier Lee Rigby in south-east London have been sentenced to life in prison.
Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, mowed the young soldier down in a car before hacking him to death in front of horrified onlookers near Woolwich barracks on May 22 last year.

Patricia Hewitt's civil rights campaign offered legal advice to adults who have sex with 14-year-olds - Telegraph

Former Blairite Cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt said that a civil rights campaign group which she used to run would be prepared to offer legal advice to adults who wanted to have sex with 14 years olds.

BBC News - China Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on separatism charges

Chinese authorities have formally arrested a prominent scholar of China's Uighur Muslim ethnic group and charged him with separatism, his wife says.
Ilham Tohti, an economics professor in Beijing, has been critical of China's ethnic policies. He has been detained by police since last month. The US and EU have expressed concern over Mr Tohti's detention.

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「ウクライナは東西対決の場ではない」、米英外相:AFPBB News

米国と英国の外相は25日、親ロシア派のビクトル・ヤヌコビッチ(Viktor Yanukovych)大統領が解任されて政権が崩壊し、経済崩壊と国家分裂の危機に直面しているウクライナへの支援を表明するとともに、同国を「東西の対決の場」として見るべきではないと強調した。

中国が追悼施設訪問を打診 ドイツ断る NHKニュース


EUの景気回復、債務とデフレで腰折れも=欧州委経済見通し - WSJ.com


素数の間隔で新定理発見 極端な偏りなく分布、米英数学者 - 47NEWS(よんななニュース)


ジダン氏の息子がU-19フランス代表に招集 レアル下部に所属 - サッカー - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 25 February 2014

IRA Hyde Park bombing: Suspect John Downey cleared of 1982 attack over 'reckless blunder' by cops - Mirror Online

An IRA terror suspect allegedly involved in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing has walked free because of a “monumental blunder” by police.
The case against John Downey, 62, collapsed after a senior judge heard the defendant was among the alleged terrorists who had received a letter protecting them from prosecution.
Downey got the document from officials in 2007 as a result of a “reckless” error by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Harriet Harman accuses Daily Mail of smear campaign - The Irish Times

British Labour Party deputy leader Harriet Harman has said she has nothing to apologise for over the involvement of a civil rights organisation she used to work for with a paedophile rights campaign.
Ms Harman said she had never “colluded” with the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) while she was legal officer of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in the 1970s.

Obama to Karzai: No Post-2014 Presence Without Signed Security Agreement

President Obama called Afghan President Karzai on Tuesday to reiterate that there will be no U.S. troop presence on the ground in Afghanistan unless the Afghan government signs a bilateral security agreement.

Inside the Mansion of Ukraine's Former Leader - WSJ.com

A visitor posed in a bathtub at the mansion near Kiev on Saturday. Protesters took full control of Mr. Yanukovych's residence and provided free access to Ukrainians and the media.

Japan Skate Heroine Mao Asada Hits Back at Tokyo 2020 Chief - The Jakarta Globe

Asada on Thursday brushed aside the 76-year-old’s scoffing.
“I’m human. I happen to fail,” Asada told a news conference when asked about Mori’s remarks. “I don’t care at all now, but I’m afraid that perhaps Mr. Mori is now slightly regretting making such remarks.”

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TPP閣僚会合、合意見送り 4月にも事務レベル会合  :日本経済新聞


ウクライナ:350億ドルの支援必要、前大統領らに逮捕状 - Bloomberg


イタリア上院がレンツィ新内閣を信任、下院は25日投票 | Reuters


スペイン10年債利回り8年ぶり低水準近辺、前週の格上げ受け | Reuters


スティーブ・ジョブズ氏、アメリカの記念切手に - 映画.com


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News Headlines - 24 February 2014

BBC News - Ukraine crisis: Russia steps up Ukraine rhetoric

Russia has stepped up its rhetoric against Ukraine's new Western-leaning leadership as tensions rise over the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said interim authorities in Kiev had conducted an "armed mutiny".

Report: Israeli airstrikes hit eastern Lebanon near Syrian border | Fox News

Lebanon's state news agency says Israeli aircraft have carried out two airstrikes in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border.
The Israeli military declined comment.
The National News Agency says the air raids took place late Monday near the village of Nabi Sheet in the Bekaa Valley.

AFP: Britain's Dixons, Carphone Warehouse in merger talks

British electrical goods specialist Dixons Retail Group and mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse are in merger talks, the pair announced on Monday... The pair stressed the discussions are at a "very preliminary" stage, adding there was no certainty that they would result in a deal.

BBC News - Anne Frank's Diary vandalised in Japan libraries

More than 100 copies of Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl have been vandalised in public libraries in Japan's capital Tokyo, officials say.
Pages have been ripped from at least 265 copies of the diary and other related books, they added.
It is not clear who is behind the vandalism. A US Jewish rights group has called for a police investigation.

Gem found on Australian sheep ranch is the oldest known piece of Earth, scientists find

Scientists using two different age-determining techniques have shown that a tiny zircon crystal found on a sheep ranch in Western Australia is the oldest known piece of our planet, dating to 4.4 billion years ago.
Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday, the researchers said the discovery indicates that Earth's crust formed relatively soon after the planet formed and that the little gem was a remnant of it.

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ウクライナで政権崩壊、大統領代行に議会議長 親欧路線へ | Reuters


CNN.co.jp : イタリア首相にレンツィ氏が就任、39歳と史上最年少


東京のビットコイン取引所CEO、普及促進団体の理事を辞任 | Reuters


松本が帰ってきた!ロンドン金以来の国際大会で優勝 海老沼もV ― スポニチ Sponichi Annex 柔道


【ソチ五輪】またも「五輪」失敗?! 開会式のアクシデントを逆手に取る演出も - MSN産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 23 February 2014

Ukraine's parliament hopes to choose new government by Feb. 25

Parliament did a lot over the weekend: The lawmakers impeached Viktor Yanukovych as president, fired many of his key ministers, freed Yulia Tymoshenko, set presidential elections for May 25, returned to the 2004 constitution and made newly elected speaker Olesandr Turchynov the nation's interim president.

BBC News - Ukrainian society: Fractured and fearing for the future

Sunday was a day of mourning and people poured into the square. At the shrines, piles of flowers became mountains and the candles became a glowing sea.
After the previous day's jubilation at the flight of Viktor Yanukovych, the reality of what happened finally seemed to be sinking in.

UK Cabinet’s visit has provoked a reaction akin to aliens landing - Telegraph

“Hysterical” is the only word that adequately describes the reaction from the separatist campaign to the fact that the United Kingdom Cabinet plans to meet in Aberdeen today.

China banks strike back against threat from Internet finance | Reuters

China's brick-and-mortar banks are launching a counter-attack against the assault on their business from Alibaba and other Internet heavyweights, in a bid to staunch the outflow of bank deposits into high-yielding online investment products.

Couple In England's First Scientology Wedding

The first couple allowed to marry in England under the Scientology faith have called their wedding a victory over "inequality and unfairness".

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CNN.co.jp : オバマ氏とダライ・ラマが会談 中国は粗雑な内政干渉と非難




ロンドン大富豪の息子、ネット上の友人に殺害される: The Voice of Russia


新たに3人の失格発表 ソチ五輪の薬物違反は4人に ― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


ソチ五輪 閉幕へ NHKニュース


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米大統領、チベット人権保護支持/デイリースポーツ online


バスク武装組織ETA、武器放棄を開始 スペイン:朝日新聞デジタル


焦点:ソチ五輪の「代償」を払うのは誰か、新興財閥も戦々恐々 | Reuters


ソチ五輪カーリング:女子 カナダ無敗の金 - 毎日新聞


F1レーサー・ジェンソン・バトンとモデル・道端ジェシカが婚約! - Ameba News


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News Headlines - 22 February 2014

Tymoshenko Receives Hero's Welcome in Ukraine

Ukrainians gave newly-freed opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko a hero's welcome when she spoke to protesters in Kyiv Saturday, urging them to continue their demonstrations.

Cartel kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman arrested by US, Mexican authorities | abc7chicago.com

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight Friday at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico.
This ends Guzman's bloody decades-long career that terrorized swaths of the country.

Senior German official brands country's trade surplus 'unfair' | Reuters

A leading German foreign ministry official has called the country's massive trade surplus "unfair", joining others in Europe and the United States in criticizing Germany for not boosting its domestic demand and dismantling global imbalances.

Food banks are a problem - but the solution is the free market - Telegraph

Before Christmas, I opened a food bank in Cobham, in my constituency, run by inspirational volunteers from the local Methodist church and wider community. As I drove past Chelsea Football Club’s training ground, through leafy neighbourhoods in one of the country’s most affluent villages, I found myself asking: how is this possible? How, in one of the richest parts of the seventh largest economy on earth, can people still be going hungry?

BBC News - Earthquake confirmed in Bristol Channel

An earthquake has been recorded under the Bristol Channel, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed.
The 4.1 magnitude quake happened at about 13:21 GMT and was felt in Devon, south Wales and Somerset.
The focus was north of Ilfracombe, Devon, and south of the Gower, in Wales, and was at a depth of 3.1 miles (5km).

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[FT]待望した安倍首相を今は悔やむ米政府  :日本経済新聞


ドイツ銀行、故キルヒ氏の遺族と和解-1100億円以上支払いへ - Bloomberg

ドイツ銀行 は故レオ・キルヒ氏のメディアグループの破産をめぐる12年越しの訴訟で、7億7500万ユーロ(約1100億円)以上を支払うことで同氏の遺族と和解した。……ドイツ銀のロルフ・ブロイヤー元最高経営責任者(CEO)が2002年にブルームバーグテレビジョンとのインタビューでキルヒ氏の会社の信用力に疑義を呈したことをめぐり、キルヒ氏(11年死去)と一族はドイツ銀とブロイヤー氏を相手取り訴訟を起こしていた。

「ドライブスルー警察署」、フランスに誕生:AFPBB News

フランス初となる「ポリス・ドライブ(Police Drive)」では、車から降りることなく事件や容疑者の情報を警察官に直接伝えることができる。元々は、障害のある市民向けの窓口として構想されたものだという。

イタリア 清掃婦が高価な芸術作品をごみと間違えて廃棄: The Voice of Russia


ソトニコワ「金」、逆転で露初…金ヨナ連覇逃す : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)


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News Headlines - 21 February 2014

China training for 'short, sharp war' against Japan - Telegraph

China is stepping up its training for a "short, sharp war" designed to seize the disputed Senkaku islands from Japan, according to the head of US naval intelligence in the Pacific.

Abe adviser protests Wall Street Journal article on Yasukuni Shrine - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

An economic adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lodged a formal objection with the Wall Street Journal over an article he says distorted his comments concerning war-related Yasukuni Shrine.
Etsuro Honda told reporters on Feb. 20 that he was interviewed earlier in February by a British reporter based at the financial newspaper’s Beijing bureau.

Tensions high at Kyiv protest camp despite ground-breaking deal | CTV News

In a fast-moving day that aimed to reshape Ukraine's political destiny, protest leaders and the beleaguered president agreed Friday to form a new government and hold an early election. Parliament slashed the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych and voted to free his rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, from prison.

Three arrested over drive-by shooting on London's Waterloo Bridge - The Independent

Three men have been arrested after a suspected drive-by shooting on the southbound approach to London's Waterloo Bridge. The bridge's southbound carriageway was closed for a number of hours following the incident at around 8pm last night, but has since reopened.

Storms uncover 4,400-year-old forest on Cornwall's Daymer Bay | Cornish Guardian

STUNNING remains of ancient forests have been uncovered on Daymer Bay by the recent stormy weather.
Thought to date back 4,400 years, the so-called "submerged forests" can now be seen after heavy winds and rain shifted huge quantities of beach sand and shingle around the coastline.

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News Headlines - 20 February 2014

Scores killed in deadly Ukraine day of protest

Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, prompting government snipers to shoot back and kill scores of people in the country's deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago.

Obama to meet with the Dalai Lama at White House - latimes.com

President Obama is scheduled to meet with the Dalai Lama at the White House on Friday as the Tibetan religious leader stops by on a U.S. tour.
The meeting will be the third between the celebrated Buddhist monk and Obama, who has praised the Dalai Lama’s commitment to nonviolence and his advocacy for a “middle way” in Tibet's long-running sovereignty dispute with China.

China aims for Nanjing's history to speak loudly on Japan | Reuters

China pressed a propaganda campaign against Japan this week with a guided visit to the site of the 1937 Nanjing massacre, holding up proof to refute doubts by some in Japan about the extent of the atrocity or even that it happened at all.

Wikipedia 1,000-volume print edition planned | theguardian.com

It would run to over a million pages, featuring more than four million articles by 20 million volunteers: an "record-breaking" new project to turn Wikipedia into 1,000 books has just launched on Indiegogo.

Daredevil photographer climbs world's most famous buildings | Mail Online

Adventure photographer Lucinda Grange surveys the Manhattan skyline - perched hundreds of feet up on the edge of the Chrysler Building.
In a picture that looks more Hollywood CGI than real life, the 25-year-old from Hartlepool, UK, sits one of the iconic eagle heads 61 floors above street level. For the past six years the daredevil snapper has travelled the world scaling famous buildings and structures and taking pictures from the top.

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ウクライナ衝突、オバマ大統領「軍投入なら結果が伴う」 - MSN産経ニュース


【ソチ五輪】批判演奏中の女性バンドをムチ打ち、妨害 制服姿のコサック20人 - MSN産経ニュース


ソチ、デモ容認区域設けても閑古鳥鳴くわけは : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)


ソチ施設建設で賃金800万ドル未払い発覚 : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)


ソチ五輪の開会式登場も…t.A.T.u.また解散しちゃった - ZAKZAK


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News Headlines - 19 February 2014

BBC News - Ukraine president 'agrees truce' with opposition

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych says he has agreed a truce with opposition leaders, after at least 26 people died in protests this week.

Merkel, Hollande push for Ukraine sanctions | DW.DE

Paris and Berlin have agreed on possible sanctions after at least 25 people died in violent clashes in Kyiv. The EU is preparing to push through emergency measures following the bloodshed on Tuesday.

IMF urges European Central Bank to mull cutting interest rates below zero | The Guardian

The International Monetary Fund has urged the European Central Bank to consider cutting interest rates to below zero as it warned that deflation in the eurozone was a key new risk facing the world economy.

Amazon expands Amazon Coins to Android in U.K, U.S., Germany - Telecompaper

Amazon has announced that customers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany can now buy, spend and earn Amazon Coins on their Android phones and tablets. Previously available for use exclusively on Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon Coins can now be used to buy the latest apps and purchase extra lives in popular games like "Candy Crush," directly from their Android device.

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19bn - Telegraph

Facebook has agreed to buy instant messaging service WhatsApp for $19bn, in a move that stands to radically redraw the competitive landscape of Silicon Valley.

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ウクライナ:再び衝突、市民と警官21人死亡 緊迫度増す - 毎日新聞


米通商代表 TPP交渉「日本の提案は不十分」:テレビ東京




ルワンダ大虐殺、元村長に禁錮14年 ドイツの裁判所:朝日新聞デジタル


CNN.co.jp : バービー人形、次の職業は「起業家」に


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News Headlines - 18 February 2014

Ukraine crisis: flames and stun grenades as police launch all-out assault on protesters in Kiev - Telegraph

Police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev launch fierce attack on protesters in main city square after a day of violence and deaths

Two members of Pussy Riot detained in Sochi for four hours, complain of rough treatment - The Washington Post

The two performance artists known as Pussy Riot – who served nearly two years in prison for singing a protest song on the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral – made a surprise visit here Tuesday and soon found themselves in familiar surroundings: the inside of a police station.

BBC News - Thailand police and protesters clash in Bangkok

Three people have been killed and dozens injured in violence that erupted as Thai police began clearing protest sites in the capital, Bangkok.
Police are trying to retake official sites that have been blocked by demonstrators since late last year.

Inflation falls below BoE target for first time since Nov 2009 | Reuters

British inflation last month fell below the Bank of England's target level for the first time in over four years, further bolstering the BoE's message that there is no rush to raise interest rates.
Consumer prices rose 1.9 percent on the year in January, slowing from December's rate of 2.0 percent, making it the smallest increase since November 2009, the Office for National Statistics said.

Online trolls are psychopaths and sadists, psychologists claim - The Independent

Canadian researchers have confirmed what most people suspected all along: that internet trolls are archetypal Machiavellian sadists.
In a survey conducted by the group of psychologists, people who partake in so-called trolling online showed signs of sadism, psychopathy, and were Machiavellian in their manipulation of others and their disregard for morality.

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STAP論文、ネイチャーも調査 「不自然な画像」問題:朝日新聞デジタル


イタリア10年債利回りが8年ぶり低水準、新政権への期待などで | Reuters


独・仏 米国の盗聴防止に欧州通信網を構築 - 中国国際放送局




ロンドンで楽しむ点心 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


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News Headlines - 17 February 2014

'Abundant evidence' of crimes against humanity in N. Korea, panel says - CNN.com

A stunning catalog of torture and the widespread abuse of even the weakest of North Koreans reveal a portrait of a brutal state "that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world," a United Nations panel reported Monday.
North Korean leaders employ murder, torture, slavery, sexual violence, mass starvation and other abuses as tools to prop up the state and terrorize "the population into submission," the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea said in its report.

BBC News - Japan snowstorm leaves part of the country cut off

A massive snow storm that has dumped a metre and a half of snow in some areas of the country has left areas cut off and hundreds of cars and trucks stranded. The storm has killed at least 12 people and injured more than 1,000 others.

Matteo Renzi promises to combat Italy’s 'despair’ - Telegraph

Italy's new prime minister-elect set out an ambitious timetable for “urgent” financial and political reforms yesterday, immediately after being appointed.
Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old Florence mayor and head of the Democratic Party (PD), was summoned by Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s president, and asked to form a government four days after the internal party coup that forced his predecessor, Enrico Letta, to resign.

MPs' expenses: Maria Miller likely to avoid punishment over expense claims - Telegraph

Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, is likely to avoid punishment over her expenses after the parliamentary watchdog found she was entitled to make claims on behalf of her elderly parents.
In 2012 an investigation by The Daily Telegraph found that Mrs Miller claimed more than £90,000 over four years for a second home where her parents lived in South London.

Father of 'the God particle' Peter Higgs says fame is a bit of a nuisance | theguardian.com

Nobel prize-winning scientist Prof Peter Higgs, says he finds his new-found fame "a bit of a nuisance".
The 84-year-old scientist was thrust into the limelight after the elusive fundamental particle that bears his name was found by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the huge atom-smashing machine built to probe the origins of the universe.

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イタリア新首相にレンツィ氏指名 週内にも政権発足  :日本経済新聞


リメイク版『オールド・ボーイ』が6月公開決定!現代アメリカを舞台に新たな結末が描かれる - シネマトゥデイ


ドイツ鉄道に乗って 「正確運行」のイメージも…? - 西日本新聞


ニュース:アニメ版『ミスター・ビーン』第2弾が来年イギリスで放送に! | 海外ドラマNAVI

英Digital Spyによると、2015年にITVで放送されるアニメ版第2弾は、ミスター・ビーンの誕生25周年を記念して製作されるとのこと。ビーンの声を担当するのは、もちろん実写版で主演と脚本を手がけたローワン・アトキンソン。自らプロデュースも担当するローワンのもとに総勢60人もの才能あふれるスタッフを集結させて、1話当たり11分のアニメが新たに52話も生み出されることになるそうだ。

カイリー・ミノーグ ロンドンのパブでサプライズ・パフォーマンス│Billboard JAPAN

3月19日に4年振り12枚目のニュー・アルバム『キス・ミー・ワンス』を発売するカイリー。当日イースト・ロンドンに位置するパブ、The Old Blue Lastでは、カイリーをテーマにしたイベントを行っており、カイリー・カラオケやカイリー・ビンゴが行われるなか、カイリー本人がサプライズで登場。ニュー・アルバムより先行シングル「イントゥ・ザ・ブルー」と「レ・セックス」に加え、世界15ヶ国で1位を記録した「Can't Get You Out of My Head (邦題:熱く胸を焦がして)」を披露し、その模様は現在彼女のオフィシャルYouTubeにて公開されている。

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News Headlines - 16 February 2014

BBC News - Japan hit by deadly snowstorms

At least 11 people have killed by a record-breaking snowstorm in Japan, according to local media.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and hundreds more injured, as more than one metre (three feet) of snow fell in some areas.

EU Commission president says Scotland membership not automatic - FT.com

Scotland’s independence campaign was dealt a blow when José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, said it would be “difficult, if not impossible” for an independent Scotland to join the EU.

Euro debate is slowing investment, says Carney | The Times

The Governor of the Bank of England has warned that uncertainty about Britain’s future membership of the European Union was harming business investment.
Mark Carney issued his cautious message days after intervening in the debate over the Scottish referendum, warning of the difficulties facing an independent Scotland that wanted to keep the pound.

Kickstarter Acknowledges a Breach of User Data - NYTimes.com

Kickstarter, the fund-raising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, said over the weekend that hackers had gained access to some of its customers’ data last week but that the breach had been repaired.

BBC News - Gravity wins Bafta for best British film

Gravity has been named best British film at the Baftas.
It was also honoured for visual effects, cinematography, best sound and original music. Alfonso Cuaron also won best director.
12 Years a Slave won best film with its star Chiwetel Ejiofor winning best actor while Cate Blanchett picked up best actress for Blue Jasmine.

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77人殺害の受刑者、面白いゲームなど求めハンストの構え ノルウェー:AFPBB News

2011年7月22日にノルウェーの首都オスロ (Oslo)とその近郊の島で爆破・銃乱射事件を起こして77人を殺害し、禁錮21年の有罪判決を受けて服役中のアンネシュ・ベーリング・ブレイビク(Anders Behring Breivik)受刑者(35)が、刑務所での「処遇の改善」を求め、ハンガーストライキを行う考えであることが分かった。




米著名投資家ウォーレン・バフェット氏が出資する中国自動車・電池大手の比亜迪(BYD)はこのほど、ロンドン市にタクシー向け電気自動車(EV)20台を納品した。タクシー会社Thrievが導入する。ロンドン市は2018年を期限にタクシーをすべて温暖化ガス排出ゼロの車両にすると決定しており、 BYDはロンドンのEV市場を狙うライバル各社に先手を打った形。



【ソチ五輪】競技生中継はスマホで見る時代 ロンドンよりさらに変化 「ヤフー・スポーツ」が初の特設スタジオ開設 - MSN産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 15 February 2014

Hanyu Falls Twice, but Still Wins Gold - NYTimes.com

Hanyu became the first skater to break 100 points in a short program after receiving high marks for all his jumps, including a quadruple toe loop. But in the long program, he fell on two jumps, including his first one, a quadruple salchow. Adam Leib, a coach and national technical specialist for U.S. Figure Skating, breaks down the competitors’ performances, jump by jump:

UK weather: High anxiety among jet stream watchers - The Independent

It travels around the world at up to 200mph, at altitudes of between five and seven miles. It controls Britain's weather and can make or break a summer holiday. But something is happening to the jet stream that could explain why Britain has experienced a conveyor belt of storms dumping huge amounts of rain onto flood-battered parts of the country.

UK weather: three dead as forecasters warn Britain will be gripped by ice - Telegraph

Three people have died in the storms that have wreaked havoc across Britain, but as they finally ease the Met Office warn that the country will be gripped by ice.
A cruise ship passenger died when 80mph winds whipped up freak waves in the English Channel and a woman minicab driver was killed when part of a building collapsed on to a car in central London.

AFP: Venezuela split by pro- and anti-Maduro protests

Supporters and opponents of Venezuela's leftist government staged dueling rallies Saturday in Caracas and other cities in the latest public displays of discontent at soaring inflation and basic goods shortages.

BBC News - Syria talks: UK and France blame government for collapse

The UK and France have blamed the Syrian government for the collapse of peace talks with the opposition in Geneva.
"The responsibility for it lies squarely with the Assad regime," UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
His French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, said the government had "blocked any progress".

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ドイツ農相が辞任、内相時代に捜査情報漏らす : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)






イタリア大統領、新首相指名へ協議開始  :日本経済新聞


ソチ五輪、腐敗度では文句なしの金メダル | ニューズウィーク日本版


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News Headlines - 14 February 2014

More than 200,000 people evacuated and five airports closed as volcano erupts on Indonesian island | Mail Online

A volcano erupted on the heavily populated Indonesian island of Java today, sending a huge plume of ash and sand 10 miles into the air and forcing the evacuation of more than 200,000 people and the closure of five airports. Indonesia's national disaster agency ordered the evacuation of all families living within a six-mile radius of Mount Kelud. The volcano is 54 miles south of Indonesia's second biggest city Surabaya, a major industrial centre.

Facebook expands gender options: transgender activists hail 'big advance' | theguardian.com

You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant is adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender, as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them. Facebook said the changes, shared with the Associated Press before the launch on Thursday, initially cover the company’s 159 million monthly users in the US and are aimed at giving people more choices in how they describe themselves, such as androgynous, bi-gender, intersex, gender fluid or transsexual.

Belgium Becomes First Country to Grant Terminally Ill Children 'Right to Die' - International Business Times

Belgium became the world's first country to allow terminally ill children the "right to die." A new legislation was passed on Thursday (13 February 2014) that granted euthanasia for terminally ill children regardless of age. In 2002, the country had legalized euthanasia for 18 years and above, to relieve them from pain and sufferings.

BBC News - French economy avoids recession with 0.3% quarterly growth

The French economy grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2013, government figures indicate. At the same time, the country's INSEE statistical office reported that growth was zero in the third quarter of 2013, revised up from an initial estimate of a 0.1% contraction.

Valentine's Day celebrated by Google Doodle | theguardian.com

For St Valentine's Day, Google has posted an interactive doodle on their home page which allows users to send virtual chocolates to others. Users can choose three ingredients for three different chocolates which can then be sent via Twitter, Facebook or Google plus. The ingredients include chocolate, nuts, fruit, salt, ants, and hundreds and thousands.

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スコットランド「独立」なら英ポンド使用認めず : 国際 : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)


独・仏第4四半期成長率は予想上回る、ドイツは設備投資堅調 - IBTimes


1月のスペインCPI、同月の伸びとしては統計開始以来の低水準 | Reuters


こんなに転ぶチャンピオンは…羽生に辛口批評も : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)


【ソチ五輪】選手村無料配布のコンドームは10万個 選手1人に34個も必要? - ソチ冬季五輪2014 - MSN産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 13 February 2014

Italian Prime Minister to Resign, Clearing Path for Renzi

A party revolt forced Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to resign, clearing the way for the ascent of a rival who has promised to shake up Italy's sclerotic political system and try to reverse an alarming decline of the euro zone's third-largest economy.
Mr. Letta's departure will bring to an end a 10-month-old government that has teetered since its formation last spring and has come under fire for failing to combat Italy's worst economic crisis since World War II. His probable successor is party rival Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old mayor of Florence and new chief of the Democratic Party, Italy's largest political group.

Video: Steve Jobs' personal mouse found in 30-year-old time capsule - The Independent

A time capsule assembled by Steve Jobs and containing his personal computer mouse has been unearthed in Colorado 30 years after it was buried.
The capsule was initially put in the ground to accompany Jobs' delivery of a speech about the future of technology at the Aspen International Design Conference in 1983.

UK weather: Somerset Levels satellite images show devastating scenes of flood-hit region - Mirror Online

The photographs - taken by Britain's disaster monitoring satellite, the UK-DMC2 - have been used to assist emergency services in their response.
The recoloured images show how badly the area around Bridgwater has been hit over the past few months since the River Parrett burst its banks.
They were taken on January 30 2013, December 9 and February 8 2014 when the UK activated the International Charter Space and Major Disasters - an international effort to task Earth Observation satellites to provide free data during natural emergencies.

How can I upgrade my netbook from XP to Windows 7? | theguardian.com

Windows XP goes out of support in April, so I’m looking for guidance on how best to go about replacing it with Windows 7. The Microsoft site has a tutorial, but is still somewhat baffling, and it seems fairly time-consuming. Would I be wasting my time pressing on? I am not keen on replacing an otherwise satisfactory netbook with a tablet.

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu poised for gold medal after record men's skating score | theguardian.com

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu broke his own record and won the men’s short program at the Sochi Games on a night four-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko retired from competitive skating.
About two hours after Plushenko withdrew with a back injury Thursday, Hanyu became the first figure skater to ever surpass the 100-point mark with a spectacular routine that earned him 101.45.

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オバマ大統領、4月22日訪日へ 直後に韓国入り窮屈な1泊も「国賓待遇」調整 - MSN産経ニュース


コラム:ソチ五輪が露呈するロシアの「ほころび」 | Reuters


CNN.co.jp : 強盗団「ピンク・パンサー」の構成員を逮捕 スペイン


ドイツが今年の成長率予想を1.8%に上方修正、内需に勢い | Reuters




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News Headlines - 12 February 2014

Red weather floods and gale alert for England and Ireland as Atlantic super-storm hits - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

A rare red weather warning has been issued by both the Met Office and Met Eireann as a severe storm brings heavy rain, blizzards and "exceptionally strong winds" of up to 110mph sweeping across the UK and Ireland.

Flood-hit areas are a 'battlefield' as thousands of soldiers are deployed - Telegraph

Britain is in the grip of an “unparalleled natural crisis”, the Army officer in charge of the flood recovery effort declared on Wednesday.
As hurricane-force winds gusting at more than 100mph lashed the country, forecasters warned that the weather will get worse this weekend as a month’s worth of rain falls in just 48 hours.
The chaos now threatens to derail Britain’s economic recovery, Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England warned.

Three main political parties unite to deny a separate Scotland the pound - Telegraph

The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats will unite to rule out an independent Scotland using the pound.
The three main parties will make a joint attack on the hopes of Scottish Nationalists to be allowed to go on using sterling if Scotland votes for independence at a referendum in September.
The united front against a currency union is intended to undermine the SNP’s economic case for an independent Scotland.

Italy’s PM battles to save premiership - FT.com

Italy’s prime minister was struggling for survival at the head of his 10-month-old coalition government on Wednesday in a power struggle reminiscent of the medieval rivalry between the Tuscan cities of Pisa and Florence.

Two arrested in connection with SFO's probe into Rolls-Royce | This is Money

Two men were arrested in London yesterday in connection with the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into bribery and corruption by Rolls-Royce in China and Indonesia.
The move came on the eve of the Derby-based engineering giant’s full-year results. It is understood the individuals, who were arrested after searches of their homes, were not employees of Rolls.

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【ソチ五輪】渡部暁斗粘って銀 ノルディックスキー複合:福井新聞


オバマ大統領「プライバシー権守る」 米仏首脳会談


シリア協議 政権と反体制派同席も進展なし| ytv 読売テレビ


アメリカ、象牙取引の取締まりを強化 - ナショナルジオグラフィック


シャーリー・テンプルさん死去 米映画界の元名子役:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 11 February 2014

BBC News - China and Taiwan in first government talks

China and Taiwan have held their first high-level talks since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949.
Wang Yu-chi and Zhang Zhijun, the top cross-strait officials from each side, attended the four-day talks in Nanjing.
No official agenda was released for the talks, which are widely seen as a confidence-building exercise.

Japanese Composer Says His Hearing Loss Is Partly Faked - NYTimes.com

Making his first public statement since admitting last week that a ghostwriter had written his best-known compositions, the man once hailed as Japan’s deaf musical genius said Wednesday that he had also at least partly faked his own hearing loss.

Getty Images: David Cameron Visits Flood Victims In The South West

British Prime Minister David Cameron (c) looks at a map showing the extent of the flooding on the Somerset Levels as he attends a meeting of Gold Command at Taunton Command Centre in Taunton on February 11, 2014 in Somerset, England.

Turin Shroud may date from time of Jesus - Telegraph

An earthquake in Jerusalem in AD 33 may have caused an atomic reaction which created the Turin Shroud and skewed radiocarbon dating results, scientists believe

Police break transatlantic network of US and Italian crime families | theguardian.com

Police in Italy and the US have carried out a series of arrests in a joint operation aimed at smashing a new trafficking route for drugs and weapons that officials said had brought together the Gambino crime family of New York and the Calabrian mafia, or 'Ndrangheta.
Raffaele Grassi, an Italian police spokesman, said that 24 people had been arrested in the raids, with two more still being sought. Seventeen of them had been detained in Italy, he said, and seven in New York by the FBI.

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CNN.co.jp : 「なんちゃってスタバ」登場に本家が抗議 米ロサンゼルス


CNN.co.jp : スペイン裁判所、江沢民氏らを国際手配 チベットでの虐殺容疑


スイス国民投票で移民を規制へ NHKニュース


北欧発、日本でも快速翻訳サービス始まる「Transfluent」CEOインタビュー | マイナビニュース


ドイツメディア、初戦ゴールの大迫に「素晴らしいデビュー!」 チーム最高採点も - Goal.com


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News Headlines - 10 February 2014

Two claim to be Nelson Mandela’s daughters - The Times of India

The families of two women who have sought to be recognized as children of Nelson Mandela have contacted the executors of the will of the anti-apartheid leader, but are not seeking money, a lawyer said on Monday.

'Freedom fries' forgotten, Hollande visits Obama amid warming ties - CSMonitor.com

As French President François Hollande begins his state visit with American counterpart Barack Obama today, the two leaders will put on display a bilateral relationship that has deepened significantly in the past five years.

Vodafone boss issues warning to US rivals - Telegraph

Vittorio Colao, chief executive of Vodafone, has sounded a warning to American mobile operators eyeing the European market, telling them that they are unlikely to do a better job than the current players.
The Italian-born executive said on Monday that there was not much that European operators could be taught, and that the only reason Europe lagged behind America in rolling out 4G-services was because of complicated regulations.

Barclays push to regain trust suffers blow after blow - FT.com

The bad news is coming thick and fast for Barclays. The latest blow – the revelation that the UK bank has suffered one of the worst customer data breaches in years – follows recent setbacks, including a fresh £330m provision for legal and regulatory issues and criticism from unions over plans to close branches.

Why Copenhagen zoo was right to cull giraffe - CNN.com

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) takes very seriously its duty of protecting endangered and vulnerable species from extinction.
Our European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP) have been established to ensure a viable future for endangered animals -- including giraffes -- despite the destruction of their habitats and rampant poaching of wild animals.

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スコットランド独立阻止 英首相がキャンペーン開始 五輪利用、投票まで7カ月 - MSN産経ニュース


スペイン王女、脱税容疑で出廷 夫の不正疑惑に関与か:朝日新聞デジタル


ドイツテレコム、チェコのモバイル部門完全子会社化へ-関係者 - Bloomberg

ドイツ最大の電話会社、ドイツテレコム は、チェコのワイヤレス部門の未保有株をミッド・ユーロパ・パートナーズなどの投資家から買い取り、同部門を完全子会社化することで合意した。事情に詳しい関係者2人が明らかにした。

東風汽車が売買停止、仏プジョーとの提携交渉が最終段階か=香港株式市場 | Reuters

香港上場の中国の自動車大手、東風汽車集団 は10日、株式の売買停止を申請した。「内部情報」に関する発表があるとしている。
同社は、仏同業PSAプジョー・シトロエン・グループ への出資交渉を進めている。

大学プレスセンター - 杏林大学がイギリス・レスター大学と学術交流協定を締結――イギリスでは4校目の協定校に


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News Headlines - 09 February 2014

Rare Snowstorm Hits Japan, Turns Deadly

A strong storm moving up the eastern coastline of Japan brought a rare, heavy snowfall Saturday into early Sunday for areas that typically don't see much in the way of snow.
Tokyo is a difficult place for snow due to the high peak of Mount Fuji, just to the west of the city. It blocks a lot of the storms moving in from the west, and most storms coming in from the south and east are too warm.

Tokyo 2020 President claims he does not speak English because it is the "enemy's language" - insidethegames.biz

Mori, 76, was visibly agitated with the questions, particularly the fact questioning whether he was capable of carrying out such a high profile international role when he speak such limited English, claiming it was the "enemy's language".

Workers off sick for a month to receive health assessments - Telegraph

Hundreds of thousands of workers off sick for more than a month will be referred for medical assessments under new Government plans.
Employees will be checked by occupational health specialists who will attempt to draw up a plan and timetable to get them back into the workplace quickly.
It could lead to staff being given medical care, a fitness regime, retraining or a recommendation that they work from home.

BBC News - Syria crisis: 'Hundreds' evacuated from besieged Homs

More than 600 civilians have been evacuated from the rebel-held Old Quarter of the central Syrian city of Homs, state media report.
This was despite mortar fire and shooting which activists say killed several people and wounded others.
UN and Syrian Red Crescent teams also managed to deliver relief supplies to the quarter, which has been besieged by government forces for more than a year.

Million-Year-Old Footprints Found as Some of Earliest Proof of Human Life

About 50 human footprints almost 1 million years old were discovered in England last year, and new research published on Friday determined that these footprints were the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa.
The footprints were discovered in the village of Happisburgh, Norfolk, by a team of experts from the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and Queen Mary University of London. Of the 50 footprints, only about a dozen were complete with details.

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カザフスタン:国名変更へ…スタン取り近隣諸国と違いPR - 毎日新聞


巨岩が激突して列車が脱線、2人死亡 仏アルプス:AFPBB News

フランス・アルプス(French Alps)で8日、急斜面を走行中の2両編成の列車に巨岩が落下し、乗客の女性2人が死亡、8人が負傷した。

カトリックの危機感 仏教に関心示すヨーロッパの若者 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


下着メーカー名で出場、冬季五輪初参加のトンガ/リュージュ - ソチ冬季五輪2014 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


中日新聞:フィギュア団体暫定5位 ソチ五輪、上村は4位


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News Headlines - 08 February 2014

Immigration minister resigns for employing illegal immigrant | theguardian.com

The immigration minister, Mark Harper, has resigned for employing an illegal immigrant as a cleaner, Downing Street said on Saturday. Number 10 said there was "no suggestion that Mr Harper knowingly employed an illegal immigrant" but the prime minister, David Cameron, had "accepted his resignation with regret".

European Officials Denounce US Diplomat's Remark

The head of the European Council says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland's use of vulgar language about the European Union is "totally unacceptable."

No 10 police officers arrested on suspicion of sending each other 'extreme pornographic images' - The Independent

Armed police from the Diplomatic Protection Group are being investigated over suspicions they sent one another extreme pornographic images. Three officers, whose duties included guarding Downing Street, have been arrested on suspicion of “being involved in the possession and distribution of obscene images” using mobile phones.

Bank of England 'was told that traders were rigging currency rates two years ago but did nothing about it' | Mail Online

The Bank of England has been rocked by allegations it turned a blind eye as traders rigged foreign currency rates. Traders at some of the world’s biggest banks have claimed they told officials in 2012 that they routinely shared sensitive information about currency orders from customers with rivals, which could be used to fix their bets.

BBC News - Woody Allen denies abusing his daughter Dylan Farrow

Woody Allen has repeated his denial that he molested his adopted daughter, in a letter to the New York Times. The filmmaker said Dylan Farrow had been coached to make the claim by his estranged former partner, Mia Farrow.

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CNN.co.jp : ソチ五輪開幕、開会式の中心はクラシック音楽


【スポーツ異聞】ケチだらけのソチ五輪 雪不足、整備の遅れ、危険なコース…ハプニングと隣り合わせ!? - MSN産経ニュース


ユーロ圏国債購入 条約違反か NHKニュース


ヱヴァンゲリヲンと日本刀展がヨーロッパ上陸 春にパリ、夏にマドリード | アニメ!アニメ!

岡山の備前長船刀剣博物館を皮切りに、2012年から日本国内を巡回していたヱヴァンゲリヲンと日本刀展がヨーロッパに上陸する。好評を博した展覧会が春からヨーロッパを巡回することになった。まず、4月30日から6月21日まで、フランス・パリの国際交流基金パリ日本文化会館で開催される。その後は 、7月5日から9月28日までスペイン・マドリードのABCミュージアムに会場を移す。日本のポップカルチャーの人気が高い地域だけに、大きな盛り上がりが期待される。

北朝鮮で拘束の米国人、労働収容所に移送 | NNNニュース


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News Headlines - 07 February 2014

Olympics Opening Ceremony Offers a Fanfare for a Reinvented Russia - NYTimes.com

With an outsize extravaganza that reached deep into the repertory of classical music and ballet, traversed the sights and sounds of the world’s largest geopolitical expanse, soared into outer space and swept across millenniums of history in a celebration of everything from czarist military might to Soviet monumentalism, a swaggering, resurgent Russia turned its Winter Olympic aspirations into reality on Friday night.

BBC News - Ukraine crisis: Leaked phone call embarrasses US

An apparently bugged phone conversation in which a senior US diplomat disparages the EU over the Ukraine crisis has been posted online. A voice resembling that of Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland refers to the EU using a graphic swear word, in a conversation apparently with the US ambassador to Ukraine.

Sony's exit from the PC market will not be the last | The Guardian

Sony's decision to exit the PC business means that after 17 years in the industry, the Vaio brand will probably disappear from western retailers before the end of 2014. The decision highlights a problem that has begun to afflict smaller makers of Windows PCs, and even some of the big ones: as the global market for PCs shrinks, profits are fast turning into losses.

Cameron urges Scots to stay part of 'most brilliant country in history' | The Guardian

The United Kingdom has only seven months to "save the most extraordinary, buccaneering, brilliant country in history", David Cameron warned on Friday in a passionate and personal plea to stop Scotland from breaking away.

The million-year-old family? Human footprints found in Britain are oldest ever seen outside of Africa - The Independent

Extraordinary new evidence of Britain's first human inhabitants has been discovered in Norfolk. Around 50 footprints, made by members by an early species of prehistoric humans almost a million years ago, have been revealed by coastal erosion near the village of Happisburgh, in Norfolk, 17 miles north-east of Norwich.

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ロンドン地下鉄スト突入、混乱に英首相「恥ずべきことだ」 数百万人に影響 - MSN産経ニュース




ロンドンがついにパリを抜く! どちらが世界でもっとも魅力的な街か?(Excite Bit コネタ)


ロンドンのシリコンバレー「テック・シティ」(前編)--独特の成り立ちと発展 - ZDNet Japan


プリンス、ロンドンで記者会見とシークレット・ライブ開催 | MTV JAPAN


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News Headlines - 06 February 2014

BBC News - 'Japanese Beethoven' admits he is a fraud

A deaf composer who has been dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" has admitted hiring someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.
Mamoru Samuragochi shot to fame in the mid-1990s and is most famous for his Hiroshima Symphony No 1, dedicated to those killed in the 1945 atomic blast.
The 50-year-old has now confessed he has not composed his own music since 1996.

Bombardier wins £1bn Crossrail contract - FT.com

Bombardier has won a £1bn contract to supply the trains for the new Crossrail east-west rail line, giving a huge boost to the Derby-based manufacturer after failing to secure other recent UK government contracts.
The Canadian company beat off competition from Hitachi of Japan and CAF, a Spanish manufacturer, to win the award to build 65 trains. The government said the contract would support 760 new jobs in Derbyshire and 80 apprenticeships as well as 244 positions at a new depot in northwest London.

Exclusive: Japan makes first oil payment to Iran in a year - sources | Reuters

Japan this week became the first of Iran's oil buyers to make a payment for crude imports under an interim nuclear deal, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, as the West eased a year-long stranglehold on revenues that has crippled the Iranian economy.

Japan considers constitutional changes to enhance defence capacity | theguardian.com

A government panel will urge Japan to allow its military to help allies that come under attack, in a major reversal of the country's ban on collective defence under its pacifist constitution.
The panel on Tuesday discussed ways that Japan could improve its defence capability and said it would present its near-final draft recommendation in coming weeks, before its final report is expected after April.

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人で初のSTAP細胞か ハーバード大が写真公表  - 47NEWS(よんななニュース)


対シリア政策失敗認める?=国務長官、上院議員に漏らす―米紙|MSN トピックス


独政府、ドイツテレコム株の売却を検討=関係筋 | Reuters

ドイツ政府は、通信大手ドイツテレコム 株の売却を検討している。複数の関係者がロイターに明らかにした。

再生可能エネ 欧州企業が日本に関心 NHKニュース


【世界史の遺風】(95)アルフレッド大王 史上初の「イギリス人の王」 - MSN産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 05 February 2014

Anti-nuclear stance was important driver in rise of SNP - FT.com

An independent Scotland would take a sharply different view of its defence needs to that of the UK – not least when it comes to nuclear weapons. Opposition to the stationing of nuclear missile submarines on the Clyde was an important driver of the rise of the Scottish National party in the 1960s and 1970s and it remains implacably opposed to such “immoral and obscene” weapons. After independence, it would seek their “speediest safe removal”.

War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show | Re/code

A secret British spy unit created to mount cyber attacks on Britain’s enemies has waged war on the hacktivists of Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden and obtained by NBC News.

Google Reaches Settlement in EU Antitrust probe

Google Inc. won over the antitrust cops following a simple mantra: Don't fight, negotiate. The U.S.-based company reached a settlement with European Union antitrust regulators to address concerns that Google is abusing its dominance in online search, wriggling out of billions of dollars in potential fines, and delivering a blow to competitors like Microsoft Corp. that had sought a tougher response.

Twitter's Loss Exceeds Estimates as User Growth Slows - Businessweek

Twitter Inc. posted slowing user growth and a net loss that was wider than analysts’ estimates in its first earnings report as a public company, sending shares down as much as 15 percent in extended trading.

Hoffman police seize hundreds of bags of heroin | The Times

Police investigating the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman arrested four people and seized hundreds of bags of heroin in an evening raid on three apartments in Greenwich Village.

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ロンドンの地下鉄職員が48時間スト、6日夜まで-通勤が混乱 - Bloomberg


ロンドン往復、格安3万3000円! 日本人観光客呼び込み「キャンペーン」続々 : J-CASTニュース


ソチ五輪「具体的なテロの脅威」 米対策センター所長  :日本経済新聞


温暖化、冬季五輪に暗い影 ソチ、人工降雪で準備整える:朝日新聞デジタル


日刊ゲンダイ|日韓で日程取り合い 「国賓来日」厳しいオバマのアジア歴訪


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News Headlines - 04 February 2014

Microsoft Board Names Satya Nadella as CEO

Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.36% named company veteran Satya Nadella as its next chief executive, a widely expected choice that also returns co-founder Bill Gates to a high-profile role in helping the company confront its challenges.
Mr. Gates, who had been serving as chairman, will become a technology adviser and devote more time to the company, supporting Mr. Nadella in shaping technology and product direction, the company said. John Thompson, who was formerly the lead director, will become chairman.

New Microsoft CEO: 9 Facts About Satya Nadella - PolicyMic

Nadella's experience would likely push Microsoft to develop its corporate products if chosen as CEO. His success with cloud computing also suggests a future direction for the company.

José Salvador Alvarenga's 13 months at sea backed by fishermen and officials | The Guardian

While castaway José Salvador Alvarenga's claim to have survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific in 22-foot fibreglass boat before washing up on Ebon in the Marshall Islands last week still fails to convince many, accounts from Mexico suggest that at least some of his story adds up.

Sochi: snow, skis and scandals | The Guardian

Where exactly is Sochi? Does Britain have a chance of a medal in anything? And are the Winter Olympics about sport, or politics? Here's all you need to know about the imminent snow-fest

Rising Cost of Olympics Begs Question: Why Host?

With the Winter Olympics beginning this week, the world’s attention is turning to Sochi. But when the athletes and tourists leave, Russia will have spent more than $50 billion to stage the games. As the costs soar, it is worth noting the benefits and pitfalls of hosting an Olympics.

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【ソチ五輪】史上最多の87カ国・地域が参加、IOC会長が会見 野球・ソフト復帰に含みも - MSN産経ニュース


北朝鮮、ソチ五輪不参加…推薦枠を獲得できず : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)






仏オランド大統領の新恋人、フランス映画界での実績は? - 映画.com

この影響で、ジュリー・ガイエが出演し、昨年11月から公開されていたベルトラン・タべルニエ監督の新作「Quai d’Orsay」が、二番館にスライドしていたにも拘らず再び客足を集めている。ガイエは脇役のひとりでそれほど出番もないのだが、ティエリー・レルミット扮する外務大臣を主人公にした政界が舞台であるだけに、妙に現実とリンクし、観客の好奇心を煽ったようだ。“オルセー河岸”という意味の題名は、セーヌ川沿いのオルセー通りにある外務省のことを指す。原作はコミックで、政治ネタをもとにしたウィットに富む内容に、大人の読者層に人気がある。ただ映画としては、いささかセリフに頼るところが多すぎて、もう少しシチュエーションの変化が欲しかった気がする。

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News Headlines - 03 February 2014

Student Kills 2 at Moscow School - NYTimes.com

A student opened fire in a high school in northern Moscow on Monday, killing a police officer and a teacher and holding two dozen other students hostage before being captured by the police, a spokesman for Russia’s Interior Ministry said.

Britain faces choice of saving town or country from floods, says agency chief | theguardian.com

Britain may have to choose whether it wants to save "town or country" from future flooding because it is too costly to defend both, the chairman of the Environment Agency said.
Lord Smith said "difficult choices" would have to be made over what to protect because "there is no bottomless purse" to pay for defences.

Ryanair reveals £28m LOSS after worst end of year results for five years | Mail Online

Ryanair has recorded a £28.7million loss in the last three months of 2013 despite its controversial boss promising to stop 'p****** off' its customers.
The Irish airline, Europe’s largest by passenger numbers, issued its first profit warnings in a decade last year on the back of weak winter bookings.

Britain's most tattooed man refused passport renewal - The Independent

Britain’s most heavily tattooed man has been denied a passport – but the decision has nothing to do with his extreme body art.
King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite has instead been refused the ID renewal on the grounds that his name is not appropriate.

Philip Seymour Hoffman drugs death: Actor found in boxer shorts surrounded by heroin envelope - 3am & Mirror Online

Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his boxer shorts 'surrounded by empty envelopes with heroin branding on them', it has been claimed.
Police found ten glassine envelopes, with two of them containing heroin while the others were empty - according to TMZ.

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ローザンヌバレエ:1位に二山治雄さん、前田紗江さん2位 - 毎日新聞


高梨が今季10勝目、最多勝更新…ジャンプW杯 : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)


VW会長らに2400億円請求、株価操作で米ファンド  :日本経済新聞


GM傘下オペル、18年までドイツで人員削減しないことに合意 - WSJ.com


【スーパーボウル】シーホークスが快勝で初V ブロンコスに43-8 スーパーボウル - MSN産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 02 February 2014

Thailand goes to polls after Bankok gun battle - FT.com

Thailand went to the polls on Sunday amid heavy security, less than 24 hours after a Bangkok gun battle highlighted the potential for violence around a contentious election that opposition protesters have vowed to derail.

A night of protests in Athens | euronews

The Greek ultranationalist Golden Dawn party has said it will find a way to contest local and European elections in May despite a crackdown on the party.
Around 3000 supporters gathered in Athens to mark the anniversary of a 1996 dispute between Greece and Turkey but the gathering soon turned into a protest over the detention of party leader Nikos Mihaloliakos and five other lawmakers on charges of running a criminal gang .

BBC News - Ireland's rural protests over wind energy

Turbines up to 180m (590ft) tall - half the height of the Empire State Building - are cropping up as part of a drive to meet EU green energy targets and generate 40% of Ireland's electricity from wind.
Revenue, too, will flow by exporting power to Britain under inter-governmental plans.

BBC News - Councils failing to change misleading bus lane signs

Some councils are refusing to change misleading signs on roads warning people not to drive into bus lanes - despite motorists successfully appealing against fines.

BBC News - Woody Allen accused of sex abuse by adopted daughter

The adopted daughter of Woody Allen has renewed claims the filmmaker "sexually abused" her as a child in 1992.
In an open letter, Dylan Farrow accuses Allen of molesting her in a "dim, closet-like attic" at the age of seven.
Ms Farrow, now 28, also criticises Hollywood's continued celebration of "a predator [who] brought chaos into our home".

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オバマ氏、早くも記念館づくり 財団発足 - MSN産経ニュース




前スペイン代表監督のアラゴネス氏が死去…EUROとW杯連覇の礎築く - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 01 February 2014

Currency crisis at Chinese banks 'could trigger global meltdown’ - Telegraph

The growing problems in the Chinese banking system could spill over into a wider financial crisis, one of the most respected analysts of China’s lenders has warned.
Charlene Chu, a former senior analyst at Fitch in Beijing and now the head of Asian research at Autonomous Research, said the rapid expansion of foreign-currency borrowing meant a crisis in China’s financial system was becoming a bigger risk for international banks.

At least 14 dead after Indonesian volcano erupts | euronews

More than a dozen people have reportedly been killed, after a volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A thick cloud of ash spewed into the air, engulfing people in a nearby village.
The 2,460 metre-high Mount Sinabung had been dormant for four centuries. But it has become increasingly active in recent months and the volcano has been put on its highest alert status.

Amanda Knox could face detention in tough US jail - Telegraph

Amanda Knox faces being incarcerated in a grim federal prison five miles from her parents' house for the duration of any extradition battle between the US and Italy, the Telegraph can reveal.
If Italy makes an extradition request, and the case is argued in US courts, she would be detained by US Marshals and sent to Seatac federal detention centre.

Magnet With Single Pole Discovered - Amherst College And Aalto University Research | CrazyEngineers

‘Can magnet with only one pole exist?’ is the question that can now be answered with a yes. Physicists have successfully synthesized a magnetic particle having only North Pole allowing to explore its mysterious properties. In 1931, Paul Dirac, one of the founders of quantum physics, predicted the existence of mono-pole. The recent discovery have given life to his theory and experiments. Researchers at Amherst College in Massachusetts and Aalto University in Finland managed to simulate the behavior in an ultra-cold material that resembles the magnetic system.

Video: Aerial drone footage of 'catastrophic' Somerset floods - Telegraph

Telegraph photographer Lewis Whyld captures exclusive aerial drone footage of the flooding in Somerset and talks to residents who are battling against rising water levels

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【アメリカを読む】去りゆくバーナンキ氏の「功罪」 - MSN産経ニュース


ドイツ:ビール王国危機 販売量が過去最低 - 毎日新聞

イツ統計局は1月30日、国内の昨年のビール販売量が、東西ドイツ統一(1990年)以降、最低を記録したと発表した。7年連続で減少しており、「ビール王国」ドイツでビール離れが進む実態が明らかになった。 統計によると、昨年の販売量は94億6000万リットルで前年比2%減。このうち約8割は国内市場で消費された。

ニュース - 動物 - コウモリ、ヨーロッパで個体数が増加 - ナショナルジオグラフィック


英国記者が上半期の「期待外れ」メンバーに香川真司、フェライニら選出 | フットボールチャンネル




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