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News Headlines - 28 February 2018

North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas - sources

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s, five senior Western European security sources told Reuters.
While North Korea’s ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, there are few specific examples. The photocopies of the Brazilian passports seen by Reuters have not been published before.

Dodgy data casts cloud over Japan PM's labor reform push

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revise labor laws, a key part of his economic reforms to boost growth, is facing political headwinds after the government admitted using flawed data to back up its proposals.

Mongolia protests Japanese kids' cartoon mocking Genghis Khan - The Mainichi

Mongolia lodged a diplomatic protest with Japan on Friday after a monthly comic magazine aimed at children included a picture of national hero Genghis Khan with a crude sketch of male genitalia across his forehead.
The comic's publisher Shogakukan Inc. apologized Friday evening in a meeting with Dambadarjaa Batjargal, the charge d'affaires at Mongolia's embassy in Tokyo.

Olympics: Futuristic pointy-eared mascots chosen for Tokyo 2020

Mascot-loving Japan has two new characters to get excited about after two futuristic designs with pointy ears and chequered patterns were unveiled on Wednesday to promote the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
Chosen by schoolchildren across Japan and announced before a gymnasium of cheering pupils in Tokyo, the as yet unnamed blue character will be the mascot for the Olympics and the pink cherry blossom-inspired one for the Paralympics.

IOC lifts suspension on Russian Olympic Committee — RT Sport News

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted its suspension on the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), which was imposed prior to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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CNN.co.jp : 米国務省、北朝鮮担当特別代表が辞任へ 「自分の決断」


CNN.co.jp : 州共和党がデルタ航空に圧力、ライフル協会優遇撤廃を非難


英労働党党首、離脱後も「EUと関税同盟維持を」 :日本経済新聞


スロバキア:ジャーナリスト殺害される 脱税事件を取材 - 毎日新聞




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News Headlines - 27 February 2018

Kushner loses access to top-secret intelligence - POLITICO

Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded — a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access.
Kushner is not alone. All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances — at the Top Secret/SCI-level — were informed in a memo sent Friday that their clearances would be downgraded to the Secret level, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

Trump says he would have run into Florida school without a weapon - NBC News

President Donald Trump said Monday that he would have charged into a Florida school during the shooting there earlier this month even if he were unarmed.

Support for independence drops to four-year low in Catalonia

The number of Catalans in favor of their region becoming independent from Spain has dropped to a four-year low, a survey showed on Friday, casting renewed doubt over the secession campaign just as its leaders disagree on the way forward.

Rome blanketed by snow as Arctic storm dubbed 'Beast from the East' sets records - Chicago Tribune

The Arctic storm dubbed the "Beast from the East" saw temperatures across much of Europe fall Monday to their lowest level this winter and even brought a rare snowstorm to Rome, paralyzing the city and giving its residents the chance to ski, sled and build snowmen in its famous parks and piazzas.

West Ham and Watford enquire about Yuto Nagatomo, summer exit likely

Serie A giants Inter Milan want to sell Galatasaray loanee Yuto Nagatomo with Premier League duo West Ham United and Watford interested.

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独CDU、大連立合意を承認 メルケル首相4期目続投に近付く


米UPS、EU当局を提訴 同業買収阻止で損害  :日本経済新聞


米「ネット中立性」撤廃を連邦官報に公示--60日のカウントダウン始まる - CNET Japan






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News Headlines - 26 February 2018

Cambodia's ruling party sweeps Senate election after crackdown

Cambodia’s ruling party said on Sunday it had won every seat up for election on the Senate in a ballot held after thousands of opposition lawmakers and local council leaders were stripped of their right to vote.

Diana charity Mines Advisory Group hit by sex scandal claims | The Sunday Times

A landmine charity championed by Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry has apologised for its failure to investigate sufficiently claims that some members of its staff were regularly paying women for sex.
Mines Advisory Group (Mag) is the latest British charity to be drawn into the unfolding sex abuse scandal amid claims it ignored complaints about the “habitual use” of prostitutes by some members of its staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

KFC's apology for running out of chicken is pretty cheeky - BBC News

The fast-food chain took out a full page ad in the Sun and Metro newspapers which shows an empty bucket of chicken with crumbs spilling out.
Instead of having KFC logo on the side, the letters have been switched around to read "FCK".

Madrid local calls police on Puigdemont look-alike comedian | Euronews

Spanish comedian Joaquin Reyes thought it was all fun and games when he was shooting for TV in a park outside of Madrid dressed as exiled Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. But his apparent likeness had one local soon call police.

'Black Panther': The Key Lesson Hollywood Refuses To Learn

Today is the day, barring a fluke, that Walt Disney's Black Panther crosses $500 million worldwide, including well over $200m overseas. And the acclaimed MCU actioner hasn’t even opened in Russia (opening in IMAX today, everywhere in Russia on the 26th), Japan (March 1) and China (March 9).
The lessons of Black Panther are obvious. Big movies with and for black people are not remotely box office poison. Big movies with, for and by black people can absolutely pull in good to great overseas grosses as well. It’s a rebuttal of conventional wisdom. But it’s also a rebuttal of the conventional wisdom that Hollywood has ignored time and time again.

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アレクサンダー大王空港、看板外す 隣国ギリシャに配慮:朝日新聞デジタル


欧州:広がる「夜の市長」 夜間公共政策を助言 - 毎日新聞


ブレンダン・フレイザー セクハラ行為受けていた - ハリウッド : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 25 February 2018

Dutch parliament recognizes 1915 Armenian ′genocide′ | DW

The Dutch parliament has overwhelmingly voted to recognize the World War I massacre of Armenians as genocide, in a vote that may stoke further tensions with Turkey... As the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, Turkey denies that the World War I-era deaths amounted to genocide and has lashed out at countries that have officially recognized the term.

Venezuela Opposition Will Boycott Election, and Maduro Tightens His Hold - The New York Times

Venezuela’s alliance of opposition parties declared on Wednesday that it would boycott the coming presidential election, saying the electoral system was rigged in favor of President Nicolás Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
The decision effectively cleared a path for Mr. Maduro’s re-election to another six-year term and threw the future of the nation’s political opposition, deeply weakened by recent election losses and internal fractures, further into doubt.

China will scrap limit on presidential term, meaning Xi Jinping can stay on | South China Morning Post

China will remove the constitutional restriction on the maximum number of terms the president and vice-president can serve, Xinhua reported on Sunday, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay on beyond 2023.
In a brief report, the official news agency said the ruling Communist Party had proposed to remove the line that the president and vice-president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” from the constitution.

North Korea condemns U.S. sanctions as officials gather for Olympic ceremony

North Korea on Sunday accused the United States of provoking confrontation on the Korean peninsula with new sanctions, while South Korean protesters tried to block North Korean officials reaching the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Eve Muirhead devastated as Britain's curlers end up empty-handed | The Guardian

Britain’s skip, Eve Muirhead, has admitted her devastation after missing a makable shot to secure a women’s curling bronze, which would have been Team GB’s sixth medal of the Winter Olympics. Instead she inadvertently pushed Japan’s stone into position to allow her opponents to win 5-3.
It was a nervy and conservatively played affair, with little between the teams going into final end. Japan had a 4-3 lead but that was balanced by Britain having the hammer. With one stone remaining, Muirhead had one in hand – and what looked like a good chance to go for two shots and the victory. Instead she threw it too wide and hard and, as Japan’s curlers shed tears of joy, Muirhead kicked a stone in frustration as she left the ice.

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カーリング女子、銅メダル 3位決定戦で英国破る - 産経ニュース


「外国籍取得したら日本国籍喪失」は違憲 8人提訴へ:朝日新聞デジタル




伝道師のビリー・グラハム氏死去 歴代米大統領と親交:朝日新聞デジタル


クラシックカー部品の超少量生産を3Dプリンタで、ポルシェが対象部品を拡大中 - MONOist(モノイスト)

ポルシェが、3Dプリンタによるクラシックカー向け部品の生産に力を入れている。3D CADツールや3Dスキャナーの3Dデータを用いて希少な部品を低コストに再現でき、少量の受注生産に効率よく対応しやすい点がクラシックカーに適しているためだ。

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News Headlines - 24 February 2018

The Syrian teenager tweeting the horror of life in Ghouta | The Guardian

Muhammad Najem, a​ 15​-​year​-​old ​resident of the ​devastated rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus, is using social media to share videos of daily bombardments, and food and medical shortages. With hundreds of civilians killed this week alone, Muhammad's latest posts have called on the international community to take action and accused President Bashar al-Assad of killing his childhood

Nigeria rescues 76 schoolgirls after Boko Haram attack, others missing

The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village, three parents, a resident and a local government official told Reuters.

Trump proposes bonuses for teachers who get gun training - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.

Europe’s first cave artists were Neandertals, newly dated paintings show | Science

Now, archaeologists may have to accept that Neandertals were the original cave artists. A team of dating experts and archaeologists reports that simple creations—the outline of a hand, an array of lines, and a painted cave formation—from three caves in Spain all date to more than 64,800 years ago, at least 20,000 years before modern humans reached Europe.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in anthrax threat terror | London Evening Standard

Scotland Yard is investigating after a letter containing white powder purporting to be anthrax was sent to Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace.
The letter, addressed to her and fiancé Prince Harry and understood to contain a racist message, led to a security scare, with specialists rushed in to check the powder.

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FRB報告書「さらに利上げ」「広範に株価上昇」  :日本経済新聞


リコー、北米で巨額損失の可能性 買収の現地会社が不振:朝日新聞デジタル


ダイエット、低脂肪も低炭水化物も大差なし 米研究


仏政府、オオカミ生息数の増加計画発表 牧場主の怒りよそに:AFPBB News

フランスのタイリクオオカミは1930年代に狩猟によって絶滅したが、現在2000匹前後のオオカミが生息するイタリア経由で1992年に国内に戻り、その後スイスやドイツに拡散した。エマニュエル・マクロン(Emmanuel Macron)仏大統領の中道政権が発表した今回の計画により、同国のオオカミの個体数は現在の推定360匹から2023年までに500匹に増やすことが可能になる。……ハンターらは毎年、全個体数の10%を駆除することが認められており、襲撃が通常よりも頻繁に起こるときは、場合によって、この割合は12%に引き上げられる。

アスレチックスとマリナーズ、2019年開幕戦は東京Dで開催か - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 23 February 2018

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of 'phase two'

The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and President Donald Trump warned of a “phase two” that could be “very, very unfortunate for the world” if the steps did not work.

2 Japanese men nabbed for shots fired at defacto N. Korean embassy:The Asahi Shimbun

Police have arrested two Japanese men believed to be right-wing activists for shooting at North Korea's de facto embassy in Tokyo.
Police said Friday that the men fired several shots at the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, a pro-Pyongyang group representing ethnic Koreans in Japan.

Japan welcomes WTO ruling on South Korea Fukushima food row, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Japan on Friday (Feb 23) welcomed a World Trade Organisation ruling that called for South Korea to lift an import ban on Japanese seafood, imposed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
However, the issue is expected to continue after South Korea said it would appeal the WTO’s decision and had no plans to repeal the restrictions.

China seizes control of Anbang Insurance as chairman prosecuted

The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd and said its chairman had been prosecuted, dramatically illustrating Beijing’s willingness to curtail big-spending conglomerates as it cracks down on financial risk.

Eastern Ghouta: US accuses Russia of blocking efforts to halt bloodshed - CNN

The United States has accused Russia of blocking efforts to halt bloodshed in Eastern Ghouta as the Syrian regime continues to pound the rebel-held enclave outside Damascus... A draft resolution put forward by Sweden and Kuwait on Wednesday called for a 30-day halt in the fighting to allow for critical aid deliveries and medical evacuations. The Security Council will meet again Friday to vote on the temporary ceasefire, according to Kuwait, the current Security Council president.

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タカタ、米司法当局と和解 民事制裁金690億円で:朝日新聞デジタル


反原発国オーストリア、EUのハンガリー原発拡張承認を提訴:AFPBB News

 欧州委員会(European Commission)は昨年3月、ハンガリーの首都ブダペスト(Budapest)郊外にあるパクシュ(Paks)原子力発電所を、ロシアからの100億ユーロ(約1兆3200億円)の借款で拡張する計画を承認した。パクシュ原発は社会主義体制下の1980年代、旧ソ連の技術で建設されたハンガリー唯一の原子力発電所で、同国の電力需要の約40%を賄っている。

カトリック元司祭に禁錮8年6月、児童虐待など100件以上で有罪 ドイツ:AFPBB News


東シベリアで邦人学生保護 自転車で極寒地目指す - 産経ニュース


グリコが米チョコ会社買収、狙いは米国での事業強化 : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 22 February 2018

Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Olympics before last-minute cancellation - The Washington Post

Vice President Pence departed for a five-day, two-country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials while in South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
But on Feb. 10, less than two hours before Pence and his team were to meet with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea’s nominal head of state, the North Koreans pulled out of the scheduled meeting, according to Pence’s office.

Former vice chairman admits Samsung paid litigation fees for company linked to ex-leader Lee

Lee Hak-soo, a former Samsung Electronics vice chairman, has admitted that the conglomerate paid lawsuit costs for a company linked to former President Lee Myung-bak, prosecution sources said Saturday.
Lee Hak-soo was questioned for 16 hours Thursday by prosecutors who are looking into a raft of corruption allegations surrounding the former leader and his family.

Japan, Finland agree Moomin issue "resolved" after exam furor

Speaking before the press ahead of a dinner meeting in Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told Finnish counterpart Timo Soini he understands the issue of the location of "Moominvalley" has been "settled."
"Now we know where the Moomin is, it is in each of our hearts, so we can be very relaxed that this problem is over," Soini replied.

Woman, 26, charged with public order offence after note was left on ambulance windscreen mid-emergency

A 26-year-old woman has been charged with a public order offence in connection with an incident where a foul-mouthed note was left on an ambulance windscreen... They had reported over the weekend that colleagues found a hand-written note from a resident who had complained the vehicle was parked in a resident's parking bay outside their house.

Sheep-Human Hybrids Made in Lab—Get the Facts

Building on a controversial breakthrough made in 2017, scientists announced on Saturday that they have created the second successful human-animal hybrids: sheep embryos that are are 0.01-percent human by cell count.
The embryos, which were not allowed to develop past 28 days of age, move researchers a small step closer to perhaps growing human organs for medical transplant.

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”日本の車市場には非関税障壁” トランプ大統領「経済報告」 | NHKニュース


ギブソン、倒産する可能性があることが報じられる | NME Japan


英KFC、一部店舗が休業継続へ 食べられず警察に問い合わせも


スケート王国オランダ、日本称賛 「レベルの高さ見せられた」  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 21 February 2018

Alberto Fujimori to be tried for death-squad killings despite recent pardon

Just two months after being released from prison on a pardon, former Peru President Alberto Fujimori will be going back to trial, according to a Monday decision. A Peruvian court ruled that the 79-year-old Fujimori will have to stand trial in connection with the 1992 death-squad killings of six farmers in the central Peruvian town of Pativilca.
In December, Fujimori was granted a medical pardon from a 25-year-prison sentence for his role in various human rights abuses, leading to widespread protests throughout the country. Those abuses involved authorizing other death-squad killings as part of the conflict between Fujimori’s administration and left-wing rebels that saw nearly 70,000 people die.

Kim Yo-jong revealed pregnancy during Seoul trip: reports

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is pregnant with her second child, and revealed this to South Korean officials during her visit to Seoul earlier this month, local media reported Tuesday.
According to reports citing unnamed sources, Kim told Seoul’s officials that she was with her second child during her visit to the South between Feb. 9 and 11.

Japanese 'baby factory' man wins custody of 13 kids... | Daily Mail Online

A Japanese millionaire has been awarded legal custody to 13 children he fathered through surrogate mothers in Thailand.
Mitsutoki Shigeta, thought to be 27 years old, caused a 'baby factory' scandal in 2014 after Thai police found nine infants living with their nannies in an upmarket Bangkok apartment... Shigeta, the son of a Japanese tycoon, left the country in the wake of the scandal three-and-a-half-years ago.

Angry mob kill suspects in rape and murder of girl (5) - Independent.ie

Nearly 1,000 people dragged two suspects out of a police station and beat them to death in anger after the rape and killing of a five-year-old girl in India's remote north-east, police said.

Moir hits back at allegations of biased ice dance judging

Canada’s multiple gold medal winner Scott Moir on Wednesday hit back at allegations by a French sports official that judging in the Olympic ice dance event could have been skewed in Canada’s favor.

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CNN.co.jp : 五輪スポンサー、大手の降板相次ぐ その理由は


コカ・コーラ全株売却へ リコー、560億円で - 産経ニュース


銅メダル獲得の英女性スキー選手 アメリカなまり英語に「メダルがかすむ」と心ない声 - 産経ニュース


顔の「黒塗り」は差別か自由か…仏で仮装パレードめぐり論争:AFPBB News


ベルリン映画祭で受賞のロマ男性死去 ボスニア、極貧にあえぐ

少数民族ロマの一家の厳しい生活を描いた2013年の映画『鉄くず拾いの物語(An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker)』に主演し、ベルリン国際映画祭(Berlin film festival)で最優秀男優賞を受賞したボスニア・ヘルツェゴビナのナジフ・ムイチ(Nazif Mujic)さんが死去した。48歳。ムイチさんは映画での成功にもかかわらず、極度の貧困生活に苦しめられた。

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News Headlines - 20 February 2018

TEPCO ordered to pay damages for 102-year-old man's suicide:The Asahi Shimbun

A court here acknowledged that a 102-year-old man took his life rather than endure forced evacuation due to the 2011 nuclear disaster and ordered plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 15.2 million ($142,300) in damages to his family.
The Fukushima District Court said in its Feb. 20 ruling that the planned mandatory evacuation of Iitate was behind Fumio Okubo’s suicide, adding that the prospect of being forced from his home must have triggered "unbearable psychological strain."

Ex-Olympus chief in fresh assault on former board

The legal action, which has been brought by both Olympus itself and a lawyer known for bringing suits of “social purpose” that challenge Japanese corporate behaviour, centres on whether members of the Olympus board were taking their fiduciary duty seriously as evidence mounted of accounting irregularities.

Mitsubishi Corp. to raise Mitsubishi Motors stake to 20%- Nikkei Asian Review

Mitsubishi Corp. held a 9.23% interest in Mitsubishi Motors as of the end of last September. It will spend some 120 billion yen ($1.12 billion) to buy additional shares through a tender offer. An official announcement is expected as early as Tuesday.
Fellow group members Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ -- which own about 8% and 3% of the automaker, respectively -- are expected to participate in the tender offer. Nissan Motor is the largest shareholder of Mitsubishi Motors, with a 34% stake.

Osaka to host G20 summit in 2019 - NHK WORLD

The Japanese government has decided to hold next year's Group of 20 Summit meeting in the western prefecture of Osaka. It will be the first time Japan has hosted the summit.

Fight over man's flatulence forces flight to make emergency landing | Fox News

A pilot made an emergency landing after a fight broke out over a passenger who allegedly refused to stop passing gas.
Two Dutchmen sitting next to the flatulent passenger reportedly asked the man to stop, but he refused and continued to break wind aboard the Transavia Airlines flight from Dubai to Amsterdam Schiphol.

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三沢の米軍戦闘機、エンジン火災で引き返す 燃料タンクを湖に投棄 - 産経ニュース






東京新聞:ユダヤ人も「ナチスに協力」 ポーランド首相が発言


ジャマイカのボブスレー、ラトビア製のそり使用へ - 産経フォト


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News Headlines - 19 February 2018

Australia mulls rival to China's 'belt and road' with US, Japan, India | afr.com

Australia is discussing with the United States, India and Japan the establishment of a joint regional infrastructure scheme to rival China's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing's spreading influence.

Where is the Tea Party when you need it?

The Tea Party is dead. Donald Trump just staged the funeral rites. The rebellion against public spending lasted less than a decade. Having repeatedly threatened a US default during Barack Obama’s presidency, Republican hawks have meekly switched to the “deficits don’t matter” school. Democrats lack any such stomach for brinkmanship. They are too ambivalent to stand in the way of Mr Trump’s bonanza. What would liberals call their fiscal rebellion? The soya latte with a dusting of hazelnut party?

Former U.S. presidential candidate Romney announces Utah Senate bid

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, announced on Friday he would run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, confirming months of speculation about a return to national politics.

Two Reuters Journalists Face 14 Years in Burmese Prison After Exposing Massacre of Rohingya Muslims | Democracy Now!

In Burma, two journalists from the Reuters news agency have entered their third month in jail. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested on December 12 and charged with violating Burma’s Official Secrets Act. They have been denied bail and face up to 14 years in jail. At the time of their arrest, they were investigating a massacre committed by the Burmese military targeting Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in September.

Russian curler fails Winter Olympics drug test | The Guardian

A Russian athlete who won bronze in the mixed curling at the Winter Olympics has failed a preliminary drug test, putting his medal into jeopardy and throwing the spotlight on the decision to welcome 168 Russian athletes to Pyeongchang after the country was nominally banned for state-sponsored doping in Sochi four years ago.
The athlete has not been officially named but sources have confirmed reports in Russia that it is Alexander Krushelnytsky, who was found to have meldonium in his urine after playing in the mixed-curling tournament as a member of the Olympic Athletes from Russia team alongside his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

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米軍:B52 100年現役へ 老朽エンジン交換予算計上 - 毎日新聞






辻一弘さんにメーキャップ賞 英アカデミー、米も有力 - 産経ニュース

英国アカデミー賞の授賞式が18日、ロンドンで行われ、メーキャップ&ヘア賞を英国映画「ウィンストン・チャーチル ヒトラーから世界を救った男」の辻一弘さんら4人が受賞した。

ウェストブロミッジの4選手 合宿中のバルセロナでタクシー窃盗― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 18 February 2018

Aseman Airlines plane crash kills 66 in central Iran | Al Jazeera

An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj, according to Iranian news media reports.

Angela Merkel's Germany is a 'free rider' and a 'threat to the West' storms Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki as military leaks reveal the country hasn't got enough tanks to send to NATO

POLAND’S PM last night issued a stinging jibe toward Angela Merkel as he hinted Germany was a “free rider” not pulling its weight in NATO... Mr Morawiecki told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper a country that benefits from the defence of the group but didn’t pay its way was “a free rider which threatens the unity of the West”.

Ethiopia's state of emergency to last six months | Al Jazeera

A state of emergency declared in Ethiopia after the resignation of the country's prime minister will last for six months, the minister of defence has said, as the government seeks to stem political unrest amid long-standing demands for greater freedoms.
The measure, which was first announced by state media after a cabinet meeting on Friday, includes a ban on protests and the dissemination of publications "that could incite and sow discord", Siraj Fegessa told reporters on Saturday.

Portugal police 'find cocaine in traveller's padded pants' - BBC News

Police in Portugal have detained a man at Lisbon's international airport accused of carrying 1kg (2.2lb) of cocaine in fake buttocks.

Yuzuru Hanyu makes history with 1,000th gold medal of Winter Olympics | NBC Olympics

Yuzuru Hanyu's latest victory has an extra-special place in Olympics history.
The Japanese figure skater won the 1,000th gold medal since the Winter Games began in 1924, defending his title in the men's individual competition on Saturday. Hanyu was also the first man to win consecutive golds in the event since American Dick Button did it in 1948 and 1952.

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イタリア総選挙:三つどもえ 選挙後の連立交渉も焦点 - 毎日新聞


米フロリダ:銃撃後も見本市盛況 参加者は容認派多く - 毎日新聞


カルテルに国際包囲網 公取委、21カ国・地域と連携  :日本経済新聞


反捕鯨国・英の映画祭、捕鯨問題描いた日本映画が受賞 TBS NEWS




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News Headlines - 17 February 2018

Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too. - The New York Times

“If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,” said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the C.I.A., where he was the chief of Russian operations. The United States “absolutely” has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, “and I hope we keep doing it.”

Turkish army hit village in Syria's Afrin with suspected gas: Kurdish YPG, Observatory

Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said the Turkish military carried out a suspected gas attack that wounded six people in Syria’s Afrin region on Friday.

KUNA : N. Korea poses threat to all allies - NATO chief

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, "which pose a threat to us all.
"All Allies are now within range of North Korean missiles. Pyongyang is closer to Munich than it is to Washington DC and therefore we must put maximum pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme, by political and diplomatic means and, not least, through effective economic sanctions," he said at the opening session of the Munich Security Conference.

Massive Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un floats feature in carnival parade in Nice, France | Globalnews.ca

Carnival joy filled the French Riviera town of Nice on Saturday night as it welcomed the 134th edition of the King’s Carnival with space as its main theme, honouring French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Why Winnie the Pooh is skater Yuzuru Hanyu's lucky charm - CNN

Hanyu's adoring fan club have taken to tossing Winnie the Pooh bears at their hero after he began carrying a tissue box in the shape of the much loved A.A. Milne character back in 2010.

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米大統領選干渉疑惑 ロシア人13人などを起訴:TXNニュース


コソボ独立宣言10年も描けぬ展望 人口1割脱出、若者のシリア渡航問題化、経済発展進まず失業率30% - 産経ニュース


豪、閣僚と部下の性交渉禁止 副首相と側近の不倫・妊娠問題で:AFPBB News

オーストラリアのマルコム・ターンブル(Malcolm Turnbull)首相は15日、閣僚とその部下らとの性交渉を正式に禁止した。バーナビー・ジョイス(Barnaby Joyce)副首相(50)が不倫関係にあった側近(33)を妊娠させるという「衝撃的な判断ミス」を犯し、政府を揺るがす問題に発展していることを受けての措置だ。……先週、ジョイス副首相とメディア顧問だったビッキー・カンピオン(Vikki Campion)さんの不倫が発覚し、カンピオンさんが同氏の子を妊娠していることが判明して以降、同氏は強い圧力にさらされている。

日本の新幹線のチケット代は、やっぱり高すぎだった | 現代ビジネス


スポーツ中継の“黒船”DAZNが日本市場を制覇するのか - ITmedia ビジネスオンライン

「日本市場参入から1年半。序章は終わり、さらに1段階進む時が来た」――英Perform Groupで、スポーツの動画配信サービス「DAZN(ダ・ゾーン)」事業のCEO(最高経営責任者)を務めるジェームズ・ラシュトン氏は、2月16日開いた会見でこう話した。……16年8月に突如として日本市場に参入し、Jリーグの放映権を競合の「スカパー!」から奪ったことから“黒船”とも称されるDAZNだが、新たに「スポナビライブ」からプロ野球の放映権までも獲得。2つのキラーコンテンツを手中に納め、国内市場の“制覇”にさらに近づいた形だ。

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News Headlines - 16 February 2018

Oxfam government funding cut off after Haiti scandal | The Guardian

Oxfam has agreed to withdraw from bidding for government funding until the Department for International Development is satisfied that it can meet the “high standards” expected.

Facebook loses Belgian privacy case, faces fine up to $125 mln

A Belgian court threatened Facebook with a fine of up to 100 million euros ($125 million) if it continued to break privacy laws by tracking people on third party websites.
In a case brought by Belgium’s privacy watchdog, the court also ruled on Friday that Facebook had to delete all data it had gathered illegally on Belgian citizens, including people who were not Facebook users themselves.

Steve Bannon met with Mueller multiple times over the past week - NBC News

Steve Bannon, who served as President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller over multiple days this week, NBC News has learned from two sources familiar with the proceedings.
Bannon spent a total of some 20 hours in conversations with the team led by Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia as well as other issues that have arisen around the probe.

FBI admits failure to act on Florida school gunman, drawing anger

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday it had failed to act on a tip warning that the man now accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun, the desire to kill and the potential to commit a school shooting... A person described as someone close to accused gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, called an FBI tip line on Jan. 5, weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to report concerns about him, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

A previously unknown language has just been discovered in Southeast Asia

A village in the northern Malay Peninsula has been known to anthropologists for some time, but linguists have just figured out that these settled hunter-gatherers use their very own, previously undocumented language.
Comprising just 280 people, the villagers speak an Aslian language newly named Jedek by linguists at Lund University in Sweden.

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Googleの画像検索結果から「画像を表示」ボタンが消滅 - ITmedia NEWS

米Googleは2月15日(現地時間)、Googe画像検索のユーザーインタフェースを修正したと発表した。検索結果のプレビューにあった「画像を表示」ボタンがなくなった。……Getty Imagesは2016年4月、Googleの画像検索の結果から簡単に画像を保存できることが売り上げに影響しているとしてGoogleを提訴していた。両社は2月9日、この件で和解し、向う数年間にわたるパートナーシップを結んだと発表した。

ルノー、ゴーンCEO続投を正式発表 :日本経済新聞


オランダのルベルス元首相が死去 在任期間最長:AFPBB News

 ルベルス氏は現実主義者として、また同国の経済成長を指導したことで知られるほか、欧州連合(EU)創設を定めたマーストリヒト条約(Maastricht Treaty、1991年)の成立で中心的な役割を果たしたとされる。





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News Headlines - 15 February 2018

China’s former internet chief Lu Wei charged with taking bribes | The Times

China’s former chief internet regulator, who was once thought of as a potential president, has become the latest senior figure caught in Xi Jingping’s corruption crackdown, charged with taking bribes and abusing his influence to get sex.
Lu Wei, who was director of China’s Cyberspace Administration until 2016, was accused this morning of being “extremely disloyal”. The People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official newspaper, portrayed Mr Lu as a brazen abuser of power who lived the high life through corruption.

Uber faces tough new regulations in London

London’s transport authority plans to overhaul regulations for taxis in a move designed to increase oversight of ride-hailing companies such as Uber.
The plans to introduce tougher requirements comes as Transport for London clamps down on companies using technology to disrupt the taxi sector. Uber has appealed a decision by the regulator last year to block the renewal of its its licence to operate in the capital.

Peter Rabbit film producers apologise over allergy scene - BBC News

The makers of the new film Peter Rabbit have apologised after facing a backlash over their depiction of a character's allergy.
A scene in the film shows a character who suffers a blackberry allergy being pelted with them by a gang of bunnies.

South African lions eat 'poacher', leaving just his head - BBC News

A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police say.
The animals left little behind, but some body parts were found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit.

Winter Olympics: Jamaica's women's bobsleigh coach Sandra Kiriasis quits - BBC Sport

The Jamaican women's historic Winter Olympics bobsleigh debut is under threat after their coach quit and threatened to take the team's sled.
German Sandra Kiriasis, an ex-Olympic champion, claims she was forced out when her role was changed, and that she is legally responsible for the sled.

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米高校銃撃、17人死亡 元生徒の19歳少年拘束 フロリダ州 - 産経ニュース


トランプ米大統領、安倍首相が投資拡大に同意と明言:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は14日、日本の対米投資拡大への同意を安倍晋三(Shinzo Abe)首相から取り付けたと明らかにした。
トランプ大統領はホワイトハウス(White House)で記者団と議員らに対し、「今日午前、日本の安倍首相と電話で話し、投資拡大や工場増設を提案した」と説明。「知っての通り、これまでにミシガン(Michigan)などの州にいくつか工場が来ることは発表されているが、もっと来てほしい」とした上で、「彼は、彼ら(日本側)がそうすると言明した」と述べた。

カナダのショートトラック選手に韓国国内から非難殺到、IOCは「敬意」求める:AFPBB News


テレビ出演中に子供乱入の「BBCパパ」が受賞 - BBCニュース


パリ市役所で浦沢直樹展 フランスでは図書館に並ぶ人気:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 14 February 2018

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns - CBS News

South African President Jacob Zuma said he has resigned "with immediate effect." The scandal-tainted leader made the announcement late Wednesday in a televised address to the nation, avoiding his almost certain ouster in a parliamentary vote scheduled for Thursday after years of corruption scandals.

Disgraced top China politician charged with bribery, another to be prosecuted

Chinese prosecutors have charged disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai with bribery, state media said on Tuesday, the latest development in a corruption probe into a man once considered a contender for top leadership... Sun was abruptly removed from his post as the ruling Communist Party’s chief of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing - one of China’s most important cities - in July, and replaced by Chen Miner, who is close to President Xi Jinping.

The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei phones

Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas asked the group to raise their hands if they would recommend private American citizens use products or services made by Apple competitor Huawei or smartphone maker ZTE. None of them did.

Russia Saratov crash: Ice on sensors 'may be cause' - BBC News

A preliminary analysis of the on-board flight recorder indicated the plane had problems two-and-a-half minutes after it took off, at an altitude of around 1,300m (4,265ft).
The instruments began displaying different speed readings, probably because of iced speed sensors while their heating systems were shut off, the committee said.
When the crew detected the issue, they switched off the plane's autopilot. They eventually took the plane into a dive at 30-35 degrees.

Isil leader Baghdadi 'alive in Syria but injured and no longer in control'

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, is still alive but injury and poor health has forced him to relinquish control of the terror group, according to an Iraqi intelligence chief and US officials.

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ドイツ:社民党党首が正式辞任 後任に初の女性選任へ - 毎日新聞




デンマーク女王の夫、ヘンリック殿下が死去 83歳

デンマーク王室は14日、同国女王マルグレーテ2世(Queen Margrethe)の夫、ヘンリック殿下(Prince Consort Henrik)が13日に死去したと明らかにした。83歳だった。……デンマーク王室は昨年9月、ヘンリック殿下が認知症を患っていると明らかにした。2016年1月に公務から引退したが、翌年、女王と対等の待遇を受けてこなかったとして女王と並んだ墓に埋葬してほしくないとの意向を示していた。

イスラエル警察、ネタニヤフ首相の起訴を勧告-汚職などの疑いで - Bloomberg


オバマ氏関連ビルに白い粉 いたずらか - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 13 February 2018

Lotte chief and ex-president's friend jailed in South Korea scandal

The friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye who was at the center of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s business and political elite has been sentenced to 20 years in jail, a Seoul court said on Tuesday.
The court also sentenced the chairman of the Lotte Group, the country’s fifth-largest conglomerate, to two years and six months in prison in the same case.

U.S. to push for 'reciprocal tax' on trade partners: Trump

The United States loses “vast amounts of money with China and Japan and South Korea and so many other countries ... It’s a little tough for them because they’ve gotten away with murder for 25 years. But we’re going to be changing policy,” he said.
Trump said his administration will impose a “reciprocal tax” to charge other countries - “some of them are so-called allies but they’re not allies on trade.”

Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court | The Guardian

Facebook’s default privacy settings and use of personal data are against German consumer law, according to a judgement handed down by a Berlin regional court.
The court found that Facebook collects and uses personal data without providing enough information to its members for them to render meaningful consent. The federation of German consumer organisations (VZBV), which brought the suit, argued that Facebook opted users in to features which it should not have.

Julian Assange: Warrant for his arrest upheld by court - BBC News

An arrest warrant for the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been upheld by Westminster Magistrates' Court.
The warrant was issued in 2012 when Mr Assange, 46, breached bail conditions by seeking political refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy... Under the warrant, Mr Assange would be arrested as soon as he left Ecuadorean soil.

A.N.C. Tells Jacob Zuma to Step Down as South Africa’s President - The New York Times

Top leaders of South Africa’s governing party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down on Tuesday, saying that his continued presence was eroding the “renewed hope” felt since the election of new party leaders in December.
Ace Magashule, secretary general of the African National Congress, said that the party had not given Mr. Zuma a deadline to respond, but added that he was certain that the president would deliver a reply the next day.

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CNN.co.jp : 米銃器大手レミントンが破産申請へ、債務再編中も事業は継続


米国:国防費大幅増78兆円「軍の再建」掲げ 予算教書 - 毎日新聞


ドイツ:社民党党首、後任を審議 選挙求める声も - 毎日新聞


ユニリーバ、ブランド毀損を懸念 SNS広告中止検討 :日本経済新聞




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News Headlines - 12 February 2018

Merkel, SPD under renewed fire over German coalition deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) faced further criticism on Monday from within their own parties over a new coalition deal that must still be approved by disgruntled SPD rank-and-file members.

Takata, injured drivers reach deal to end U.S. bankruptcy

Takata Corp’s U.S. unit reached a settlement with its creditors, lawyers for those injured by its deadly air bags and automakers that smoothes the way to end its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and sell its viable operations, according to court papers.

London City Airport shut as WW2 bomb found in Thames - BBC News

The airport will be shut all day and all flights cancelled, affecting up to 16,000 passengers, a spokeswoman said.
The bomb was discovered at about 05:00 GMT on Sunday at George V Dock during pre-planned work at the airport in east London, the Met Police said.

Graffiti Artists Awarded $6.7 Million for Destroyed 5Pointz Murals - The New York Times

Ruling that graffiti — a typically transient form of art — was of sufficient stature to be protected by the law, a federal judge in Brooklyn awarded a judgment of $6.7 million on Monday to 21 graffiti artists whose works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens.
In November, a landmark trial came to a close in Federal District Court in Brooklyn when a civil jury decided that Jerry Wolkoff, a real estate developer who owned 5Pointz, broke the law when he whitewashed dozens of swirling murals at the complex, obliterating what a lawyer for the artists had called “the world’s largest open-air aerosol museum.”

AC Milan Officially Cut Ties With Kit Sponsor Adidas in Favour of Long-Term Deal With Puma | SI.com

After weeks of speculation, Serie A giants AC Milan have officially announced they will be cutting ties with kit manufacturer Adidas in favour of a new long-term partnership with Puma.
Effective from July 1, the pairing, which claim this new deal brings together "two of the most passionate, iconic and ambitious brands in football industry", will come together, with the Germany-based company instated as Rossoneri's official partner, global technical supplier and official licensing partner.

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ロシア:旅客機墜落71人死亡 離陸から数分後 - 毎日新聞


ユーロスターがオランダに ロンドン発、4月運行開始 - 産経ニュース


イタリアの仮想通貨取引所、約211億円相当の「Nano」を不正流出 CEO「100%を返済する方法はない」 - ねとらぼ




米NY州、ワインスタイン氏と映画会社を提訴 セクハラから従業員守らず:AFPBB News

米ニューヨーク州は11日、ハリウッド(Hollywood)の大物プロデューサーだったハーヴェイ・ワインスタイン(Harvey Weinstein)氏の長年にわたる性的不品行から従業員を守らなかったのは州法違反だとして、同氏と同氏の弟、2人が共同設立した映画会社ワインスタイン・カンパニー(The Weinstein Company)を提訴した。……ニューヨーク州検察当局は今回の提訴について、現在進行中の捜査の結果だと説明。破産秒読みといわれるワインスタイン・カンパニーには差し迫った身売りの可能性があり、被害者に十分な補償が行われない恐れがあったと述べた。

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News Headlines - 11 February 2018

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off - BBC News

A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow's Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board.
The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

Armani uniforms for Tokyo primary school spark fierce debate in Japan | DW

School uniforms designed by Armani and costing more than $700 a pop have caused outrage among parents and even MPs in Tokyo. Taimei Elementary School in the posh Ginza district is to introduce the outfits in April.

NBC apologizes to South Koreans for analyst's remark | joplinglobe.com

"Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation," Ramo said.
An online petition quickly circulated demanding an apology, and NBC did on its NBCSN cable network Saturday and formally to the Pyeongchang Olympic organizing committee.

Pence: The United States is ready to talk with North Korea - The Washington Post

The frame for the still-nascent diplomatic path forward is this: The United States and its allies will not stop imposing steep and escalating costs on the Kim Jong Un regime until it takes clear steps toward denuclearization. But the Trump administration is now willing to sit down and talk with the regime while that pressure campaign is ongoing.

French carnival under fire over 'blackface' night - The Local

A carnival in the northern French port of Dunkirk opened Sunday clouded by a controversy over the use of blackface after criticism from anti-racism campaigners.

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イスラエル、イランと一触即発 :日本経済新聞


フランス新国防計画 2025年にGDP2%を明記 7年間で国防費総額40兆円 予算縮小を反転 - 産経ニュース


ペンス氏、強硬姿勢 北関係者無視、食事せず退席 (産経新聞)


日本とはまるで違う 「イタリア式アマゾン」に泣く - webCG


フェイスブックの「ヌード画」裁判、フランスの法廷で審理 | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)


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News Headlines - 10 February 2018

Minister orders Oxfam to hand over files on Haiti prostitute scandal | The Times

The government has ordered Oxfam to hand over files on charity staff who paid for sex in earthquake-torn Haiti. The demand follows an investigation by The Times that revealed Oxfam covered up the use of prostitutes by senior aid workers.

Kim Jong Un's Sister Invites Moon Jae-In to North Korea | Time

A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea’s president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw that included some Korean liquor over lunch and the shared joy of watching a “unified” Korea team play hockey at the Olympics.

Haruhiko Kuroda likely to win rare second term as BOJ chief: sources | The Japan Times

The government has decided to retain Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda for another term, sources close to the matter say.
The reappointment of the 73-year-old Kuroda, whose five-year term as BOJ chief expires in April, apparently underscores the government’s wish to accelerate efforts to improve economic growth and end decades of deflation.

Unhappy Larry: Mitsubishi boss startles Downing St cat - BBC News

Kazuo Okamoto spotted the cat as he was about to enter No 10 and stopped off to give him a friendly pat.
But Mr Okamoto, chief executive of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe, had to settle for a wave - as Larry ran off to avoid him.

'Monster' Whitechapel fatberg unveiled at London museum - BBC News

The last remaining chunk of a toxic "monster" fatberg found in London's sewers has been unveiled at a museum.
Once weighing 130 tonnes and stretching more than 250m, the mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies, oil and condoms has been conserved by the Museum of London and industry experts.

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ドイツ:社民党党首、入閣断念 大連立への影響懸念 - 毎日新聞


EU:移行期間「与えぬ」 離脱交渉難航、英をけん制 - 毎日新聞




ハリス米太平洋軍司令官、駐豪大使に抜てき : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


北極海航路開拓「日本さらに関与を」 アイスランド前大統領が期待感 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 09 February 2018

The Best Photos From the Olympics Opening Ceremony | Time.com

The 2018 Winter Olympics began in PyeongChang on Friday, as the opening ceremony kicked off the 23rd Winter Games.
Athletes from all 92 countries, including competitors from North and South Korea, were welcomed for the Olympics opening ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

Kim Jong Un's Sister Arrives in South Korea for Olympics | Time

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister arrived in South Korea on Friday to begin an unprecedented three-day visit in which she will attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and then sit down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a luncheon at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

North Korea holds military parade ahead of Winter Olympics - BBC News

North Korea has held a military parade attended by leader Kim Jong-un, a day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South... This event is usually held in April and moving it had been seen as a setback to the warming of ties over the Olympics.

Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS - WSJ

Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to launch a delivery service for businesses, positioning it to directly compete with United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.

Giant rhyolite lava dome formation after 7.3 ka supereruption at Kikai caldera, SW Japan | Scientific Reports

Johnny & Associates, Tokyo, Japan
Hideaki Takizawa

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EU、2020年の英完全離脱を疑問視 移行長期化も




ノルウェー政府年金基金、対日不動産投資拡大へ-年2000億円の資金力 - Bloomberg


マクロン仏大統領「コルシカの地位、憲法に明記」表明 地域主義の鎮静化図る - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 08 February 2018

Maldives Declare State of Emergency Amid Political Turmoil | Time

The Maldives government declared a 15-day state of emergency Monday as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. Hours after the emergency was declared, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building, where the judges were believed to be taking shelter, said Ahmed Maloof, an opposition member of Parliament.
Soon after that, security forces arrested opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on charges that include bribery and attempting to overthrow the government, his lawyer, Maumoon Hameed, said on Twitter. Gayoom was the archipelago nation’s president from 1978 to 2008 and is the half brother of the Maldives’ current president.

Nissan sees China as its top market by 2022

Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) expects China to become its biggest market in terms of vehicle sales by 2022, Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa said on Thursday, overtaking the United States where the Japanese automaker is struggling to grow profits.

Companies Everywhere Copied Japanese Manufacturing. Now the Model Is Cracking - WSJ

Japan’s reputation for flawless manufacturing quality and efficiency transformed the country’s postwar economy, changed business practices world-wide and spawned a library’s worth of management manuals and business advice books. Now, the model is cracking.

Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays - The New York Times

For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare’s writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Henry V” and seven other plays.

Robin Williams' death linked to rise in copycat suicides

Suicide rates in the United States spiked almost 10 percent following the death in 2014 of actor Robin Williams, and spiked even more among men and those who ended their lives, like Williams, by suffocation, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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ドイツ:メルケル氏求心力低下 大連立巡り手法批判強まる - 毎日新聞




マケドニア国名変更も 首相「受け入れ準備ある」  :日本経済新聞


ベンツ、中国で謝罪に追い込まれる-ダライ・ラマの言葉を写真に引用 - Bloomberg


CNN.co.jp : 「女王の白鳥」に鳥インフル流行、30羽死ぬ 英テムズ川


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News Headlines - 07 February 2018

Facebook hired a full-time pollster to monitor Zuckerberg’s approval ratings - The Verge

Tavis McGinn applied for a job at Facebook last year hoping to work in market research. He had previously spent three years at Google, where he helped large advertisers refine their marketing campaigns across the company’s family of products. But part way through the interview process at Facebook, the recruiter told McGinn the company had something else in mind for him. How would he like to track the public perception of Mark Zuckerberg?

Syria used banned chemical weapons in Sunday gas attack, officials say | Fox News

Amnesty International has accused the Assad regime of showing “utter contempt” of international law following a chlorine gas attack on the town of Saraqib Sunday. This latest chemical attack comes just one day before the U.N. Security Council failed to agree on a U.S.-proposed statement Monday condemning the continued use of chemical weapons in the war-torn nation. Russia was blamed by some diplomats for its failure.

Two dead, more than 100 injured in Taiwan earthquake: government

At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured in an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 that hit the coastal Taiwanese city of Hualien late on Tuesday, the government said.

Probe into ex-President Lee expands

The prosecution searched offices of two key aides of former President Lee Myung-bak, Tuesday, over allegations they received hundreds of millions of won from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) while Lee was in office. Investigators from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office searched offices of the university and foundation related to former Finance Minister Bahk Jae-wan, confiscating computer hard drives and documents. Investigators also searched the office of Jang Dasaro, a former presidential secretary for general affairs. The search is the latest development of a widening investigation into Lee, whose family members and closest aides are coming under growing suspicion over a wide range of alleged wrongdoings mostly concerning abuse of the presidential office. The search also came two weeks after prosecutors searched the home and office of the former president's brother Lee Sang-deuk in Seongbuk-gu and Yeouido in Seoul over similar allegations.

Norovirus Hit the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games—Here's What That Means

Dozens of Winter Olympics staffers in Pyeongcheng have been quarantined after a wave of norovirus broke out on Sunday. This includes workers, Civil Security Staff, and foreigners. (Related: "There's a Dark History Behind the Glittering Olympic Games")
About 1,200 Olympics staffers have been confined to their rooms while officials conduct testing for norovirus. To compensate, 900 military personnel were deployed on Tuesday to replace the lost workers. The Olympic Games are still on schedule to start on February 9.

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「世界一裕福な医者」LAタイムズ買収へ 同紙報道:朝日新聞デジタル


通期予想最高益も本業失速…晴れぬトヨタ くすぶる株安リスク - 産経ニュース


米カジノ大手、大阪IRに熱視線 PR合戦に号砲  :日本経済新聞


フーコー「性の歴史」最終巻、ついに出版へ 死後34年:AFPBB News

今年で死後34年を迎えるフランスの哲学者ミシェル・フーコー(Michel Foucault)が著した「性の歴史(The History of Sexuality)」シリーズのうち、未発表だった第4巻「肉体の告白(Confessions of the Flesh)」が今月9日、ついに出版される。

英国で発見の古代民族、肌黒くて目は青かった DNA分析で明らかに:AFPBB News

英自然史博物館(Natural History Museum)とロンドン大学ユニバーシティー・カレッジ(University College London)の共同研究チームは7日、1万年前に現在の英国に住んでいた古代民族の男性の人骨からDNAを抽出・分析した結果、この民族の肌が浅黒く、目は青かったことが判明したと発表した。
 1903年に洞穴で人骨が発見されたこの男性は、洞穴のあった英イングランド南西部の地名から「チェダーマン(Cheddar Man)」と呼ばれている。今回、この人骨を使った初の完全なDNA分析が行われ、この男性の容姿を現代によみがえらせる作業が行われた。

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News Headlines - 06 February 2018

May says Brexit transition deal will be agreed in seven weeks

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that a Brexit transition period will be agreed with the European Union in seven weeks as she tries to ease concerns that a deal may take longer to reach.

Trump Tax Cut, RAV4 Sales Help Toyota Lift Forecast to Record - Bloomberg

Toyota Motor Corp. announced a surprise earnings boost on Tuesday, forecasting record profit, on the popularity of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle in the U.S and thanks to several billion dollars from President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts... Toyota said Tuesday it sees profit rising to 2.4 trillion yen ($22 billion) in the year through March, up from the 1.8 trillion yen it forecast in November. Tax cuts added about 290 billion yen to the bottom line

Samsung scion Lee walks free after jail term suspended, faces leadership challenges

Seoul High Court sentenced Lee to two and a half years in jail on charges including bribery and embezzlement - reducing the original term by half - but suspended the sentence for four years, meaning that he is unlikely to serve any more time in jail.

SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket at Cape Canaveral - The Atlantic

On Tuesday, the rocket dreamed up by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stood 230 feet tall, on the famed launchpad at Kennedy Space Center where the Saturn V flew the first humans to the moon. An estimated 100,000 people traveled here to watch the Falcon Heavy power up and rise into the sky.

Japan's Princess Mako postpones marriage to Kei Komuro - CNN

Japan's Princess Mako and her commoner fiance Kei Komuro have postponed their highly anticipated engagement and wedding until at least 2020, saying they were not yet ready for marriage.
The wedding, which had been set for November, was to be a momentous occasion for the country and the Japanese royal family, led by Emperor Akihito, who plans to abdicate in April 2019.

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暴落の日、FRB議長が就任 経済学者以外は40年ぶり:朝日新聞デジタル




謎のボイニッチ手稿にAI、解読方法が判明? | ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版サイト

 その論文が掲載されたのは、学術誌「Transactions of the Association of Computational Linguistics」。だが、手稿の内容はまだ謎に包まれており、他の研究者たちは懐疑的だ。

レディー・ガガ 激痛で欧州10公演中止 昨年9月に線維筋痛症を公表― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


香川、新体制で7戦連続フル出場…指揮官から全幅の信頼「感覚で言えばレギュラー固定」 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 05 February 2018

Dow plunges 1,175 points in worst day for U.S. stocks since 2011 | CTV News

North American stock indexes extended last week's slump, as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged nearly 1,600 points during Monday's trading session -- bringing an end to a period of record-setting calm in the market.
In New York, the Dow finished the day down 1,175.21 points to 24,345.75, or 4.6 per cent, erasing its gains for the year. The S&P 500 index fell 113.19 points to 2,648.94 and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 273.42 points to 6,967.53.

Japanese Apache helicopter crashes in residential area of Saga Prefecture | The Japan Times

A Ground Self-Defense Force attack helicopter crashed Monday in a residential area in Kanzaki, Saga Prefecture, setting at least one home on fire and possibly killing the chopper’s two crew members, officials said.

Incumbent Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine falls in closely watched Okinawa election | The Japan Times

In a political victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a defeat for anti-U.S. base forces in Okinawa, incumbent Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine failed in his re-election bid Sunday night, losing to a candidate strongly backed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito.

PyeongChang volunteers struggle with crude working conditions

With PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics kicking off Friday, many volunteer workers have voiced their frustration over crude working conditions, igniting a controversy in the online community.
Around 15,000 volunteers have signed up to help out with the Winter Games and an additional 6,600 workers will assist at the Paralympics. But even before the Olympics starts, the Korean organizers have come under fire for its treatment of staff, with some of its volunteers suddenly quitting.

How we BBC bosses allowed the gender pay gap to happen

I am liberal. I support the #metoo and #timesup campaigns. At North London dinner parties I even describe myself as a “feminist”.
I was also a manager at the BBC and I paid women less than men. Not all women, but some. I am deeply ashamed. Yet if managers — men and women — at the BBC were truthful they would admit that they all have stories of doing the same. I have two that show how managers end up doing bad things.

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揺れるスウェーデン NATOと協力強化か、核兵器禁止条約か - 産経ニュース


カナダ上院、国歌の歌詞変更法案を可決 性的区別なくす:AFPBB News

カナダ上院は2日、同国の国歌『おお、カナダ(O Canada)』の歌詞の一部を変更し、性的な区別をなくす法案を可決した。今後カナダ国民は新しい歌詞の国歌を歌うことになる。
 変更されたのは「True patriot love in all thy sons command(汝の息子すべてに流れる真の愛国心)」という一文で、今後は「True patriot love in all of us command(われわれすべてに流れる真の愛国心)」となる。しかし、歌詞の変更は大きな論議を呼んでいる。

トム・クルーズ主演『M:I-6』8・3日本公開 シリーズ史上最大規模の超絶スタント挑戦 | ORICON NEWS

ハリウッド俳優トム・クルーズ(55)が主演するスパイ映画『ミッション:インポッシブル』シリーズ第6弾が、『ミッション:インポッシブル/フォールアウト』(原題:MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE -FALLOUT)のタイトルで8月3日より日本公開されることが決定した。……現地時間26日にはイギリス人気テレビ番組『ザ・グラハム・ノートン・ショー』に、トムがキャストたちと共に出演。ケガの経過を聞かれると「まだ骨折しているけど、経過は良好。完治はしてないが、撮影している」と告白……

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News Headlines - 04 February 2018

North Korea 'uses Berlin embassy to get missile parts' - BBC News

North Korea has been acquiring technology for its nuclear and weapons programmes through its Berlin embassy, Germany's head of intelligence says.
Hans-Georg Maassen told NDR TV that many of these activities had been thwarted, but not all were detected.

Renault to reappoint Carlos Ghosn as CEO

Renault will reappoint Carlos Ghosn as chief executive later this month, despite expectations the long-serving boss would step down when his mandate expires in June, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The carmaker will also name a permanent deputy, as it resettles its leadership team amid often-cool relations with the French government that holds 15 per cent of its shares.

Heaviest snowfall on record blankets Moscow - BBC News

Moscow has seen its heaviest snowfall in a day since records began, with more than 2,000 trees brought down and air travel disrupted, officials say.
More than half the monthly average snow - 38cm (15 inches) - fell on Saturday, beating the previous record from 1957.

Manchester Art Gallery's #MeToo-inspired removal of nude Nymphs painting branded a 'pathetic stunt'

A celebrated painting JW Waterhouse has been removed from display at the Manchester Art Gallery, in an act the museum says aims to "challenge this Victorian fantasy" of "the female body as either a 'passive decorative form' or a 'femme fatale'"... Clare Gannaway, the museum's curator of contemporary art, has called the In Pursuit of Beauty collection a cause for "embarrassment." Gannaway told the Guardian that recent anti-sexual harassment campaigns such as Time's Up and #MeToo had an influence on the decision to remove the painting.

Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water - Investigator calls new witnesses "very credible" - CBS News

This week, "48 Hours" first reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department had talked for the first time about their investigation into the drowning death of iconic actress Natalie Wood 36 years ago. They are now calling her husband, actor Robert Wagner, a person of interest.

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ゴディバ「義理チョコやめよう」広告に込めた想いは? 会社に聞くと「熱い」答えが... : J-CASTニュース

「日本は、義理チョコをやめよう」――。ベルギーの高級チョコレート「ゴディバ」を輸入販売するゴディバ ジャパン(東京都港区)のそんな広告が、ツイッターなどインターネット上で反響を呼んでいる。

セールばっかり? 低迷するH&M、その原因を探りに店舗へ行ってみた | BUSINESS INSIDER JAPAN


豊田市のサイト、ジョージアから殺到の謎 職員の推理は:朝日新聞デジタル


スターリングラードの戦い、戦勝75年の軍事パレード:AFPBB News

プーチン大統領は空路でボルゴグラード(Volgograd、旧スターリングラード)入りした。……ボルガ川(Volga River)が流れるスターリングラードで繰り広げられたこの戦いは史上最も凄惨(せいさん)な戦いの一つとされる。この戦いでソ連はナチス・ドイツ(Nazi)に圧勝。ロシアではこの勝利がアドルフ・ヒトラー(Adolf Hitler)から欧州を救ったとたたえられている。


3日の米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズ(New York Times)に掲載されたインタビューで、サーマンさんは沈黙を破り、英ロンドンと仏パリで起きたワインスタイン氏から受けたセクハラを告白した。……サーマンさんはクエンティン・タランティーノ(Quentin Tarantino)監督に「俺のミューズ」とたたえられてきたが、タランティーノ作品『キル・ビル』の撮影中に欠陥車の運転を強制されて衝突事故に至った事実をニューヨーク・タイムズに明かし、タランティーノ氏を批判した。

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News Headlines - 03 February 2018

Syrian Kurds outraged over mutilation of female fighter | The Guardian

Syrian Kurds have accused Turkish-backed rebels of mutilating then filming the body of one of their female fighters after a video emerged of her corpse... The Kurds blamed the “terrorist allies of the enemy Turkish state” for mutilating the body of Kobani, who was a member of the all-female Kurdish Women’s Protection Units.

82-year-old programmer speaks at UN - NHK WORLD

An 82-year-old Japanese software programmer has given a speech at the UN in New York on the merits of digital technology for senior citizens.
Masako Wakamiya on Friday described to members of the conference a game app for smartphones she developed for the elderly.

Louvre displays Nazi-looted paintings in bid to find rightful owners of 2,000 unclaimed artworks

The Louvre Museum has put on display 31 paintings looted by the Nazis during the Second World War in the hope that surviving relatives of their original owners will come forward to claim them.
The paintings, recovered in Germany after the war, were among about 100,000 works of art looted by the Nazis during their occupation of France.
More than 45,000 have been handed back but more than 2,000 remain unclaimed, including 296 paintings stored at the Louvre.

Watch Nicole Kidman Snack on Four Bowls of Bugs | PEOPLE.com

In the latest installment of Vanity Fair‘s “Secret Talent Theatre,” Kidman takes on a four course meal of bugs with a pair of chopsticks and a smile. Somehow, she approaches each dish—which look like something out of an episode of Fear Factor—like they’re bowls of candy.

Glee Actor Mark Salling Found Dead After Child Porn Charges | Time

Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy “Glee,” died of an apparent suicide Tuesday, weeks after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. He was 35.

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ドイツ極右政党の元幹部、イスラム教に改宗 同性婚容認の教会に抗議:AFPBB News

反移民・反イスラムを掲げるドイツの極右政党「ドイツのための選択肢(AfD)」の元幹部、アルトゥル・ワーグナー(Arthur Wagner)氏(48)がイスラム教に改宗し、その理由が同性婚を容認したプロテスタント教会の「モラルの低下」に抗議するためだと明らかにした。
 最近までブランデンブルク(Brandenburg)州の党メンバーだったワーグナー氏は1月31日付の大衆紙ビルト(Bild)のインタビューで、プロテスタントの教会が同性婚を容認し、「ゲイ・プライド(Gay Pride)」のパレードに教会の聖職者らが参加したことが改宗理由の一つだと明かした。

FBI非難の文書公開 トランプ氏、反対押し切り機密解除:AFPBB News

米連邦捜査局(FBI)が2016年大統領選のドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)陣営を監視するため職権を乱用したと主張する文書が2日、米議会によって公開された。FBIのクリストファー・レイ(Christopher Wray)長官は文書公開に反対していたが、トランプ氏がその警告を押し切り機密解除を決めた。
 4ページにわたる同文書は、トランプ氏の政権移行チームのメンバーだった共和党議員、デビン・ニューネス(Devin Nunes)氏が複数の機密文書に基づき作成したもの。

セクハラ疑惑のカジノ王、米共和党に大きな波紋 - WSJ




イチロー、新種ハチの名に 命名者、放出した球団チクリ:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 02 February 2018

Dow plunges in biggest drop in years | New York Post

Stock markets had their worst day on Friday since the dawn of the Great Recession, as fears mounted that the Federal Reserve may be forced to act more aggressively to cool down an economy that’s heating up faster than investors expected.

Trump plan calls for new nuclear weapons - POLITICO

The Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review, the first since 2010, calls for a "lower-yield" option — with less powerful explosive capacity — for ballistic and cruise missiles launched from submarines.
It also says that nuclear weapons could be used to respond to “extreme circumstances,” including non-nuclear attacks.

Sony Chief Hands Over Reins After Resurgence - WSJ

Sony Corp. is getting a new boss after a turnaround that took it from a string of losses to the biggest expected profit in its history.
Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai picked a day on which Sony again upgraded its profit forecast to announce that he was stepping down after six years and handing the reins to Kenichiro Yoshida, who had helped him trim costs as chief financial officer.

Coincheck to be sued over digital currency theft - NHK WORLD

The team of 5 lawyers says about 10 customers of the Tokyo-based company have consulted them. The lawyers say they will file a lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court as early as mid-February.

Grammy Awards draw 19.8 million viewers on CBS, a nine-year low

The CBS telecast of the 60th Grammy Awards was watched Sunday by 19.8 million viewers, a staggering 24% decline from last year's show... The decline in viewership is the latest indication of how awards shows are grappling with dwindling audiences as younger audiences consume highlights online. Other big awards events such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes have seen losses among younger viewers in recent years as well.

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欧州で徴兵制復活の動き 仏、テロ多発に危機感 - 産経ニュース




スマホメーカー世界4位 中国「OPPO」が日本参入 | NHKニュース


マイクロソフト赤字63億ドル 10~12月、大型減税響く :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : CAS、ロシア28選手の処分取り消し IOCの決定覆す


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News Headlines - 01 February 2018

Trump falsely claims his address was the most viewed of all time

On Thursday morning the president said the 45.6 million people who watched Tuesday's State of the Union was "the highest number in history."
That's not true. And it left observers wondering where he came up with such a claim.

Lord Bates's resignation over lateness rejected by PM - BBC News

Lord Bates stunned colleagues in the House of Lords by stating his intention to resign after the "discourtesy" of arriving late to a session.
A spokesman for Number 10 said the resignation was "unnecessary" and he had decided to continue in his role.

Scottish island on sale for same price as one-bed London flat | The Independent

A Scottish island on sale for the price of a one-bed flat in London is attracting a “lot of interest” according to its estate agents... Vaila Sound is an island on the western side of the Shetland Isles – meaning it is technically closer to Norway than Scotland – with just two dilapidated, abandoned cottages that can be yours for £250,000.

How Sanchi's spill could spread

The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week before sinking in the waters between China, Japan and South Korea.

Muji pulls catalog in China that left disputed islands off map:The Asahi Shimbun

Japan's Muji retail chain was forced to pull a catalog in China that left the disputed Senkaku Islands off a map after receiving a complaint from Chinese authorities... Beijing took exception to the map included in Muji's furniture catalog for autumn and winter 2017.
The catalog was distributed in China by Muji stores, operated by Ryohin Keikaku Co. in Tokyo.

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米がミサイル迎撃実験失敗 日本と共同開発、ハワイで  :日本経済新聞


【米一般教書】ケネディ家のホープが反対演説 「団結する人々に対抗できない」 - 産経ニュース


イルミネーションと任天堂、共同で「マリオ」をアニメ映画化 - CNET Japan

 このプロジェクトのプロデューサーは、イルミネーション創業者で代表を務めるChris Meledandri氏と、任天堂代表取締役フェローの宮本茂氏が共同で担当。映画にはUniversal Picturesと任天堂が出資し、配給は全世界においてUniversal Picturesが行うという。





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