2017.11.20

News Headlines - 20 November 2017

Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism - The New York Times

President Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a provocative diplomatic move that he said was aimed at drastically increasing pressure on the rogue nation to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
North Korea will join Sudan, Syria and Iran as countries that the State Department identifies as those that have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”

Queen and Prince Philip portraits released to mark 70th anniversary | The Guardian

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been pictured in three more photographs as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
The photographs, taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak, show Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November.

Toshiba looks to raise more than $5bn, end risk of delisting- Nikkei Asian Review

Toshiba's board of directors decided to raise some 600 billion yen ($5.35 billion) in capital, the Japanese electronics maker said Sunday, in a move to ensure that the company remains listed if plans to sell its memory chip unit do not proceed as expected.

London buses to be powered by coffee - BBC News

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply... Biofuel made using waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing is already used in many of the capital's 9,500 buses.
However, this is thought to be the first time a coffee-derived biofuel has been added to London's public transport system.

Syria army, allies retake Albu Kamal from Islamic State - Channel NewsAsia

Syria's army and loyalist militiamen on Sunday (Nov 19) ousted the Islamic State group from its last urban stronghold in the country as regime strikes claimed more lives in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus... Government forces announced the capture of the town near the Iraqi border earlier this month but lost it to a blistering IS counter-attack a week ago.


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