2017.10.11

News Headlines - 11 October 2017

Clinton, Obama finally appalled by Weinstein as The New Yorker runs sexual assault allegations | Fox News

For nearly six days, Hillary Clinton’s silence was deafening.
She finally spoke out against Harvey Weinstein yesterday, just as the allegations against him reached a more disturbing level. Clinton is "shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein," and "the behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated."
...Barack Obama, also the beneficiary of a Weinstein fundraiser, spoke out late yesterday. He said in a statement: "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status."

U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO, Again | Foreign Policy

The United States plans to formally withdraw from UNESCO, the U.N.’s Paris-based cultural, scientific and educational organization, to save money and protest what it views as the organization’s anti-Israel bias.
The move, which could be announced as early as next week, marks America’s further estrangement from an organization that it helped establish after World War II to widen access to education and ensure the free flow of ideas. The United States will maintain its presence at UNESCO as an observer state.

Japan Stocks Hit 21-Year High as Investors Shrug Off Concerns - The New York Times

In large part, Japan’s stronger stock market is part of a global rise in optimism... But Japan has some of its own good news to share.
Japan’s gross domestic product has expanded for six consecutive quarters, the first time it has gone that long without a contraction in 11 years. Unemployment is at multidecade lows, and corporations are experiencing a surge in profits. Even Japan’s longtime economic bugbear — persistent wage and price deflation — has eased, with both consumer prices and incomes showing modest gains.

Air pollution causes even more than 500 000 deaths a year in Europe

The figures give measure of health emergency. In 2014, air pollution caused premature death (before 65 years) of 520 400 people in forty-one country of European continent, including 487 600 in European Union. This is grisly record of 2017 report on air quality, published on Wednesday 11 October by European Environment Agency (EEA).

Da Vinci portrait of Christ expected to fetch $100 million at auction

The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie’s announced on Tuesday.


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