2017.05.19

News Headlines - 19 May 2017

Julian Assange emerges on embassy balcony to say he will not 'forgive or forget' as Swedish rape investigation is dropped

Julian Assange has said he will remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to avoid extradition to the United States, despite being told he no longer faces a sex investigation by the Swedish authorities.

Lloyds Bank 'back in private hands after government sells final stake' - ITV News

Lloyds Banking Group has been fully returned to private hands nearly nine years after the Government bailed out the lender at the height of the financial crisis, sources have said.

Japan and China successfully extract ‘combustible ice’ from seafloor in potential energy breakthrough | The Independent

Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines.

Probe launched into Abe's school scandal over friend's university - Xinhua

Japan's education ministry has begun an internal probe into allegations that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have been complicit in a government plan to allow a heavily subsidized medical school to be opened at a university operated by his friend.

Japan allows Emperor Akihito to become the first ruler in 200 years to abdicate the throne

The Japanese government has approved legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries.


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