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News Headlines - 20 March 2018

Japanese pension data entry outsourced to Chinese firm - The Mainichi

An information processing firm in Tokyo assigned to process the personal data of around 5 million pensioners outsourced part of the task to a Chinese company in violation of a contract that prohibited subcontracts, according to the Japan Pension Service.
The outsourcing came under the spotlight after it was revealed that around 1.3 million people received lower pension benefits in February than they were entitled to as income tax breaks were not adequately reflected.

US & South Korea announce start date for major military exercise - CNNPolitics

The "Foal Eagle and Key Resolve" drills would begin on April 1 for four weeks, both countries said in a statement. Last year, Foal Eagle began on March 1 and continued until the end of April, lasting a total of two months.

Stephen Hawking’s parting shot is multi-cosmic | The Sunday Times

As his family were coming together to plan the funeral of the “world’s most famous scientist”, his academic colleagues learnt that he has left behind a final groundbreaking research paper — completed on his deathbed — describing how humanity might detect other universes.
The research, submitted two weeks ago, sets out the maths needed for a space probe to find experimental evidence for the existence of a “multiverse”. This is the idea that our cosmos is only one of many universes.

London’s free tap water scheme aims to slash plastic pollution | Euronews

London mayor Sadiq Khan, who is trying to encourage more businesses to sign up, says the average adult in the UK capital buys 175 bottles a year.
The scheme encourages people to fill up their bottles instead of buying a plastic one and later throwing it away.

Dublin overtakes London in terms of expense, city report finds

Dublin is ranked 19th out of 133 cities, while London has fallen to 30th place, its lowest ranking in 20 years.
The survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit said the weakening of sterling since the Brexit vote had pushed the UK capital down the rankings.

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フェイスブック株急落、NYダウ全面安 TBS NEWS


ウーバー自動運転車が死亡事故 米アリゾナ州で通行人はねる:AFPBB News


サルコジ元大統領の身柄拘束 仏大統領選の不正資金疑惑:朝日新聞デジタル


米朝韓当局者、ヘルシンキで会談か  :日本経済新聞


シンシア・ニクソンがNY州知事選挑戦へ 米人気俳優:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 19 March 2018

Brexit: Transitional period to last until end of 2020

The U.K. will remain in the European Union until the end of 2020, but with restricted powers, officials announced Monday.
The EU and the United Kingdom have agreed to a transition process of 21 months — from 29 March 2019 until the end of 2020 — before the country leaves the member bloc completely.

McDonald’s High-Tech Makeover Is Stressing Workers Out - Bloomberg

McDonald’s Corp. has been updating with new technology, delivery, a revamped menu and curbside pickup. But the chain’s “Experience of the Future” effort could backfire. Employees are handling more tasks, in many cases, they say, without pay raises or adequate staffing. So Dickerson, 23, handed over his spatula for the last time.

65% say Abe's wife should face Diet over scandal: poll | The Japan Times

Amid a deepening scandal linked to the cronyism allegations leveled against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 52.0 percent of the public thinks Finance Minister Taro Aso should resign over the related document-tampering, and 65.3 percent think Abe’s wife, Akie, should be summoned to testify in the Diet, a survey showed Sunday.

Berlin's children pile up teddy bears in solidarity with Syrian refugees

German school children made a giant pile of teddy bears in Berlin on Thursday, to show solidarity with the huge numbers of young Syrians growing up without an education, as the civil war entered its eighth year.

At least eight hurt as ski lift hurtles out of control in Georgia | The Guardian

At least eight people have been injured after a malfunctioning ski lift threw people from their seats at a ski resort in Georgia.
Skiers and snowboarders were forced to jump from the faulty chairlift on Friday as their seats hurtled backwards down the mountain, with some people falling from carriages at speed, in what one witness likened to “a scene from a Final Destination film”.

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プーチン大統領、勝利宣言 24年まで長期支配 :日本経済新聞


英国:不審死の亡命ロシア人 警察当局が殺人と断定 - 毎日新聞


CNN.co.jp : フェイスブックに批判、トランプ陣営関連会社に個人情報流出


北で拘束の米国人3人、解放で大筋合意か 米朝外交さらに前進:AFPBB News

北朝鮮に拘束されている米国人3人の解放について、両国当局と仲介国のスウェーデンが協議に入っていることが明らかになった。……韓国MBCテレビの18日の報道によると米朝政府は、キム・ハクソン(Kim Hak-song)、キム・サンドゥク(Kim Sang-Duk)、キム・ドンチョル(Kim Dong-Chul)の3氏の解放に関する最終合意に「ほぼ至った」とされる



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News Headlines - 18 March 2018

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower | The Guardian

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate

Panama Papers law firm Mossack Fonseca to shut down after tax scandal

Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, said on Wednesday it was shutting down due to the economic and reputational damage inflicted by its role in the global tax evasion debacle.

Japan's anti-monopoly watchdog raids Amazon headquarters

Japan's Fair Trade Commission is investigating whether Amazon is forcing sellers to bear all or part of the losses incurred when Amazon offers bargain discounts online... Japan's antitrust watchdog probed Amazon (AMZN) last year, accusing the company of forcing sellers to offer "the lowest price and the richest lineup of goods" on its online marketplace.

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes - Channel NewsAsia

Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion's tolerant image.

Video from controversial 2014 fatal Utah courthouse shooting released, shows man jumping at witness with pen - The Salt Lake Tribune

It took about five seconds from the time Siale Angilau grabbed a pen from his defense attorney’s table for him to run across the federal courtroom floor and sail headfirst into the witness stand, where he was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal.
On Monday, Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court released courtroom video of the 2014 shooting, nearly four years after the 25-year-old defendant was shot four times.

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CNN.co.jp : 米特別検察官、トランプ一族企業に令状 文書提出要求

ロシアの米大統領選介入疑惑を捜査するマラー特別検察官が、トランプ米大統領一族の中核企業「トランプ・ オーガナイゼーション」に対し、事業関連文書の提出を求める令状を出したことが分かった。……提出が命じられた文書の中にはロシア関連のものも含まれているという。マラー氏がトランプ氏の事業に関連する文書を要求したのは、公に知られている中では初めて。

トランプ大統領、米軍に「宇宙軍」の創設要請:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は13日、カリフォルニア州にある米軍基地を訪れ、米軍に対し現行の陸海空軍に加えて「宇宙軍」を創設するよう求めた。

プーチン氏、7割得票なるか ロシア大統領選18日投票 - 西日本新聞


ボトル入りミネラルウォーターからプラスチック粒子発見 米調査 - BBCニュース


FIFA、サッカーW杯でビデオ判定「VAR」初導入  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 17 March 2018

Syrian civilians flee embattled Eastern Ghouta and Afrin | Al Jazeera

Civilians continue to flee Syria's Eastern Ghouta and Afrin in record numbers as Syrian and Turkish military operations continue against their respective foes.
Roughly 50,000 people have fled the two areas - 20,000 from Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, and 30,000 from Afrin, in Syria's Kurdish-dominated northeast - according to some counts.

Former South African president Zuma facing 16 charges of corruption - Independent.ie

Former president Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted on 16 charges of corruption, the director of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said.
Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma will face charges including fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

Philippines tells UN it will quit International Criminal Court | South China Morning Post

The Philippines said on Friday it had given official notice to exit the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, which is examining President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
The move comes days after Duterte announced his nation would quit the court over its preliminary inquiry launched last month into allegations his crackdown on narcotics amounts to crimes against humanity.

Xi Jinping gets second term, with ally Wang Qishan as vice-president | South China Morning Post

The political comeback of Wang – who stepped down from the ruling Communist Party’s top echelon and his position as head of its graft watchdog in October – confirmed a South China Morning Post report in December.
A total of 2,969 people voted to elect him vice-president, with only one voting against.
The National People’s Congress also unanimously confirmed Xi’s second term, with 2,970 votes in favour.

Hello Kitty to make bullet train debut in Japan, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Hello Kitty has already found its way onto bus and aircraft services - and is now set to make its debut on Japan's iconic bullet train.
West Japan Railway will launch "Hello Kitty Shinkansen" services on its bullet train line connecting Osaka and Fukuoka later this year, the company said this week.

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CNN.co.jp : 米ユナイテッド航空、犬の誤輸送で行き先変更 週3度目のミス


#MeToo 日本の現状は? NYで支援集会 | NHKニュース


ノーベル化学賞の根岸英一さん 米で交通事故 妻は死亡 | NHKニュース



「海から上がると、めちゃくちゃ寒いんですよ」と、ウン・ホルゲーセン(Unn Holgersen)さん(32)は言う。北極圏にあるノルウェー・ロフォーテン諸島(Lofoten Islands)の沖合で、彼女はほぼ毎日極寒の波に乗っている。

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News Headlines - 16 March 2018

Japanese Cabinet's support rate slides below disapproval rate to land at 39% in latest poll | The Japan Times

Public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has plunged 9.4 points since February and now sits at 39.3 percent, leaving it short of the disapproval rate for the first time in five months, an opinion poll showed Friday.
It is also the first time in five months that the support rate has fallen short of 40 percent.
The disapproval rate meanwhile has surged 8.5 points to reach 40.4 percent, according to the poll conducted by Jiji Press over four days through Monday.

US-North Korea meeting: N Korean Minister in surprise Sweden visit - BBC News

North Korea's foreign minister has attended talks in Stockholm with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, ahead of a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

‘I screamed, but no one came’: The horrifying sexual violence facing Syria’s women and girls - The Washington Post

That's the conclusion of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which just released a new report on the horrific sexual violence facing the people of Syria... The stories in the report, written after interviews with more than 450 people, document a terrifying and systematic pattern of sexual abuse by the government during house raids, at checkpoints and in detention centers.

Florida bridge collapse: Pedestrian overpass collapses at FIU, Miami | The Courier-Mail

FOUR people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge in South Florida, officials have confirmed.
The partially built 950-tonne pedestrian bridge collapsed over a six-lane highway at Florida International University in Miami, crushing cars underneath it. It is believed that section of the bridge was installed last Sunday.

Trump decides to remove national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and others may follow - The Washington Post

President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.
Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.

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米英仏独 ロシア非難で異例の共同声明 元スパイ暗殺未遂 NATOも 神経剤は国際機関で検証へ - 産経ニュース


スロバキア記者殺害、フィツォ首相辞任に発展 - 産経ニュース


スロベニア首相が辞任へ、選挙控え退陣圧力 鉄道計画巡る判決も痛手






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News Headlines - 15 March 2018

Amazon's internal numbers on Prime Video, revealed

Amazon.com Inc’s top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017, according to company documents, revealing for the first time how the retailer’s bet on original video is paying off.
The documents also show that Amazon’s U.S. audience for all video programming on Prime, including films and TV shows it licenses from other companies, was about 26 million customers. Amazon has never released figures for its total audience.

Toys ‘R’ Us Tells Workers It Will Likely Close All U.S. Stores - WSJ

Toys “R” Us Inc. told employees Wednesday the struggling big-box retailer will sell or close all its U.S. stores, a collapse that threatens up to 33,000 American jobs in the coming months.
The 70-year-old chain, which filed for bankruptcy protection in September, has more than 700 remaining U.S. locations, including Babies “R” Us stores. It would be one of the biggest retail liquidations since Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy in 2016 with 14,500 workers and closed more than 460 stores.

Bitcoin Is Worthless, Bubble May Pop Soon, Allianz Global Says - Bloomberg

It’s a matter of when, not if, the Bitcoin bubble will pop, according to Allianz Global Investors.
The cryptocurrency is worthless, even if blockchain technology could bring significant benefits to investors, said the investment arm of Europe’s biggest insurer, which manages almost 500 billion euro.

Russian aeroplane loses gold-silver bars on take-off - BBC News

A plane laden with tonnes of gold-silver alloy was taking off from Yakutsk airport in Siberia when a loading hatch broke off.
Some 200 bars, each weighing about 20kg (44 pounds), were then scattered across the runway.
All of the bars have now been recovered, a spokesman for the Canadian mine owner told news agency Interfax.

Dog mistakenly shipped to Japan via United Airlines - CNN

United Airlines wrongly shipped a Kansas-bound pet dog to Japan, the second embarrassment this week for the airline and a "nightmare" for the Swindle family -- who are moving from Oregon to Wichita with their beloved pet, a 10-year-old German shepherd named Irgo... On Monday, a French bulldog died on a Houston-to-New York flight after a United flight attendant told its owners to put the dog, in its carrier, in an overhead bin. The airline said it was investigating the French bulldog's death "to prevent this from ever happening again."

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トランプ大統領が日韓など同盟国非難「米はどうでもいいと思っている」 米紙、在韓米軍撤収も示唆 - 産経ニュース


TPP11 薄氷の合意…決定打は雪降る夜の茂木の一言だった - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)




CNN.co.jp : イーロン・マスク氏、火星ロケットを「来年」打ち上げ




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News Headlines - 14 March 2018

Britain Expels 23 Russian Diplomats Over Ex-Spy’s Poisoning - The New York Times

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats on Wednesday over the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil, raising tensions between the two countries to a level not seen since the heights of the Cold War. She vowed to crack down on Russian spies, corrupt elites and ill-gotten wealth in Britain.

South Korea's former president Lee Myung-bak questioned on graft - Channel NewsAsia

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak reported to prosecutors for questioning in a corruption probe Wednesday (Mar 14) and apologised for the controversy.
Allegations of corruption involving the 76-year-old's relatives and aides during his 2008-2013 presidential term have mounted in recent weeks as prosecutors investigate multiple cases of bribery amounting to millions of dollars.

Seven former Aum cult members transferred from Tokyo detention center, suggesting executions near | The Japan Times

The Justice Ministry began transferring seven of the 13 former Aum Shinrikyo cult members on death row from a Tokyo detention center to other facilities, sources said Wednesday, likely moving them one step closer to their execution dates.

Tsuburaya sues Chinese firm over 'Ultraman' - NHK WORLD

NHK has learned that a Japanese firm sued a Chinese film company for copyright infringement for using its "Ultraman" character... The Japanese studio, Tsuburaya Productions, filed the lawsuit with a court in Shanghai last September to stop the film's release. Tsuburaya claimed that the Chinese company had infringed copyright by advertising the movie.

Palestinian prime minister survives assassination attempt in Gaza as bomb hits his convoy

The Palestinian prime minister survived an assassination attempt during a rare visit to Hamas-controlled Gaza on Tuesday, putting a fresh strain on the already torrid relations between the two leading Palestinian factions.
Rami Hamdallah, the prime minister of the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority, had just entered Gaza when a roadside explosive detonated near his convoy. Mr Hamdallah was not injured but seven of his guards and aides suffered slight wounds, according to Palestinian media.

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米ペンシルベニア州下院補選、民主候補が勝利宣言 共和は敗北認めず


トランプ大統領:壁の試作品を視察 カリフォルニア初訪問 - 毎日新聞




「人種差別的だった」 ナショナルジオグラフィック誌が過去の報道姿勢を反省 - ITmedia NEWS

米National Geographic誌は3月12日、「本誌は何世代にもわたり、人種差別的なレンズを通して世界を報じてきた」とする反省の弁を公表した。上半身が裸の女性や褐色の肌をした素朴な部族民たちを、単純で知性に欠ける未開人として描写してきたことへの反省だ。
 表紙の黄色い縁取りが特徴のNational Geographic誌。最新号となる4月号では人種について特集している。

車いすの天才物理学者、ホーキング博士死去 76歳 - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 13 March 2018

Trump Fires Rex Tillerson and Will Replace Him With C.I.A. Chief Pompeo - The New York Times

President Trump on Tuesday ousted his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, extending a shake-up of his administration, 14 months into his tumultuous presidency, and potentially transforming the nation’s economic and foreign policy.
Mr. Trump announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director and former Tea Party congressman, who forged a close relationship with the president and is viewed as being more in sync with Mr. Trump’s America First credo.

Tillerson sacking: Where it went wrong for Rex - BBC News

For a start, his visit to Vegas was NOT leading the bulletins on cable news channels. But secondly it's what WAS the top story that tipped him over the edge and into a hair-raising (lacquer allowing) rage.
The lead item - with whooshes and flashes and giant straps rushing urgently across the bottom of the screen - was the news that Rex Tillerson had refused to deny that he had called Donald Trump a "moron" (with expletive attached).

Qatar World Cup labourers worked up to 148 days in a row | Daily Mail Online

Migrant labourers in Qatar have worked up to 148 days in a row, a report into conditions faced by workers building stadiums for the 2022 football World Cup has found.
A London-based consultancy firm, Impactt, said long working hours remained a problem for many of the 18,500 workers at projects overseen by Qatar's World Cup organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov found dead at his London home | The Guardian

A Russian exile who was close friends with the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky has been found dead in his London home, according to friends.
Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered by his family and friends late on Monday night. The cause of death is not yet clear. One of his friends, the newspaper editor Damian Kudryavtsev, posted the news on his Facebook page.

Putin says grandfather cooked for Stalin and Lenin

Vladimir Putin’s paternal grandfather worked as a cook for both Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, the president said in a film posted on the internet on Sunday.

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元スパイ襲撃、ロシア関与の「可能性大」 英首相:AFPBB News

英国で発生したロシア人の元二重スパイ殺害未遂事件について、テリーザ・メイ(Theresa May)首相は12日、ロシアが関与していた可能性が「非常に高い」との見解を表明した。……メイ首相は議会で、英軍基地の専門家チームが事件で使用された毒物を分析した結果、ロシアが開発した軍用神経剤「ノビチョク(Novichok)」と特定されたことを明らかにし、「セルゲイとユリア・スクリパリに対する行為の責任はロシアにあった可能性が非常に高い」と表明。

トランプ大統領、Broadcomによるクアルコム買収に禁止命令 - CNET Japan

シンガポールに本社を置くBroadcomは競合チップメーカーの米Qualcommを1170億ドル(約12兆円)で買収することを提案していたが、Donald Trump大統領が米国時間3月12日、それを阻止した。……Trump大統領の命令は、対米外国投資委員会(CFIUS)の見解に従ったものだ。CFIUSは、外国企業が米国企業を支配する結果を招くおそれのある合併について精査する政府委員会だ。同委員会は、Broadcomと外国組織の関係に対する懸念から、Qualcomm買収提案の調査を求めていた。

アップル、雑誌購読サービス「テクスチャ」を買収:AFPBB News

米アップル(Apple)は12日、デジタル雑誌購読サービス「テクスチャ(Texture)」を買収すると発表した。……テクスチャでは、フォーブス(Forbes)やピープル(People)、ナショナル・ジオグラフィック(National Geographic)など200以上の雑誌が月10ドル(約1000円)で読み放題。



ジバンシィ氏が死去 仏高級服飾デザイナー:日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 12 March 2018

Japan govt altered documents in scandal linked to Abe’s wife - The Washington Post

Japan’s Finance Ministry acknowledged Monday that it doctored documents in a widening scandal linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife that has rattled his government and caused its support ratings to slide.
Abe quickly apologized Monday on behalf of ministry officials but did not mention his wife or her suspected role in the scandal.

Japan’s Finance Minister Under Fire as Abe School Scandal Deepens - Bloomberg

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso is coming under pressure to resign as a scandal over alleged favors to a school with connections to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deepened... The Finance Ministry will concede its involvement in the alteration of 14 papers, removing the names of multiple politicians including some with cabinet experience...

Fukushima 360: walk through a ghost town in the nuclear disaster zone – video | The Guardian

What happens to a town that has been abandoned for seven years after a nuclear meltdown? Greenpeace took former residents and a 360-degree camera into the radiation zone north of Fukushima to mark the anniversary of the disaster. The Fukushima Daiichi plant was damaged by a tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9 earthquake on the afternoon of 11 March 2011. The tsunami killed almost 19,000 people along the north-east coast of Japan and forced more than 150,000 others living near the plant to flee radiation. Some of the evacuated neighbourhoods are still deemed too dangerous for former residents to go back.

Envoys of S. Korean leader head to Japan, China on outcome of N. Korea visit

Special envoys of South Korean President Moon Jae-in were set to leave for China and Japan on Monday to explain to their leaders the outcome of the special envoys' monumental trip to North Korea.
Chung Eui-yong, Moon's top security advisor, was set to embark on a two-day trip to Beijing where he is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Suh Hoon, chief of the state spy agency, was also set to visit Japan later in the day. He will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.

Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile asks Chinese President to resolve Tibet issue peacefully | Hindustan Times

Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Saturday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the issue of Tibet by dialogue.
He also demanded a UNESCO fact-finding mission to visit the holiest Jokhang shrine in Lhasa in Tibet and investigate a fire incident there that destroyed hundreds of Tibetan artefacts a few weeks back.

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フランス:ルペン党首、父のイメージ刷新 党名「国民連合」へ 極右・国民戦線が方針 - 毎日新聞


ロシア、極超音速ミサイル発射実験成功 プーチン氏の「理想兵器」:AFPBB News

ロシア国防省は11日、極超音速ミサイルの発射実験に成功したと発表した。このミサイルは、ウラジーミル・プーチン(Vladimir Putin)大統領が今月公開した新型次世代兵器の一つで、大統領はこれを「理想兵器」と形容している。

トランプ氏をポルノ女優が訴え-過去の不倫で沈黙守る合意の無効主張 - Bloomberg

ストーミー・ダニエルズの名前でポルノ女優として活躍してきたステファニー・クリフォードさんが、トランプ米大統領と過去にあったとされる不倫関係について沈黙を守ることを約束した合意の無効を求める訴訟を米ロサンゼルス郡の地裁に起こした。……トランプ氏の不品行疑惑で複数の女性が名乗り出た16年時点で、同氏の個人弁護士を務めるマイケル・コーエン氏が、沈黙を守ることを条件に13万ドル(現在の為替レートで 約1374万円)をクリフォードさんに支払った。

途中出場の豊川が3得点 ベルギー1部 - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 11 March 2018

Japan marks seventh anniversary of 3/11 with moment of silence | The Japan Times

At 2:46 p.m. on Sunday, Japan observed a moment of silence to mark the seventh anniversary of the mega-quake and tsunami that left about 18,000 people dead or missing while triggering the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
The anniversary of the calamity on March 11, 2011, arrived as about 73,000 people from the disaster-hit areas have yet to return to their hometowns.

Disney's drone flies over Star Wars land as it's being built

Disneyland just released a teaser trailer for its new Star Wars themed area, a flyover of the construction site that offers the first detailed look at what’s rising in a galaxy not far away at all.

Jeff Bezos' Fortune Crosses $130 Billion As Amazon Stock Continues Climb

While Amazon has been trying to figure out what is causing digital assistant Alexa to laugh unprompted, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has been laughing all the way to the bank. His fortune climbed past $130 billion this week.
Bezos became $2.1 billion richer on Friday, pushing his net worth to $130.5 billion, as Amazon's stock continues its relentless ascent. Shares have risen 5% in the past week and 85% in the last twelve months. That has quickly made Bezos the richest person on the planet and the first centi-billionaire in the Forbes Billionaire ranks.

White House plan includes gun training for teachers - The Washington Post

President Donald Trump’s plan to combat school shootings will include helping states pay for firearms training for teachers and a call to improve the background check system.
But Trump’s plan will not include a push to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons or an embrace of more comprehensive background checks, as Trump has at times advocated.

PAOK president takes gun onto the pitch to remonstrate with the referee | MARCA in English

The clash between PAOK and AEK had to be suspended due to a pitch invasion by fans and the home side's president Ivan Savvidis also went to remonstrate to the referee with a gun fastened to his belt

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日本政府、国連部会の「報道の自由」勧告を拒否 TBS NEWS


米朝会談の開催地に欧州中立2国が浮上? - 産経ニュース




骨が丸見え! 筋肉や内臓すけすけ ドイツ海洋博物館で特別展:AFPBB News


CNN.co.jp : 古代ローマの「地獄の門」、動物が死ぬ謎を解明


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News Headlines - 10 March 2018

Finance Ministry to admit Moritomo documents were secretly altered | The Japan Times

The Finance Ministry has decided to admit that documents related to the shady 2016 land deal struck with Osaka-based school operator Moritomo Gakuen were secretly revised and that key parts were dropped from the version released to lawmakers last year, informed sources said Saturday.

Trump’s Abrupt ‘Yes’ to North Korea: The 45 Minutes That Could Alter History - The New York Times

While Mr. Chung headed to the driveway, Mr. Trump hurriedly called Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to let him know. Mr. Abe has worked assiduously to cultivate a close relationship with Mr. Trump and taken a hard line on North Korea, but he was left out of the loop, a fact that stung.
“I have an impression that the Japanese are not quite well informed,” said Yoshiki Mine, head of a previous Japanese delegation seeking normalized relations with North Korea. “What we have been told is awfully out of tune, I should say.”

Thailand receives Fukushima's first fish export since 2011 nuclear disaster - The Straits Times

Thailand is the first country to receive a shipment of fresh fish from Japan's Fukushima prefecture following the March 2011 nuclear disaster... The fish was meant to be served in sushi and sashimi dishes at 12 Japanese restaurants in Bangkok last Friday.

France′s Macron seeks closer India ties amid global uncertainty | DW

One of the main highlights of this trip will see Modi and Macron co-chairing the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The ISA was a flagship Indian initiative launched by Modi and former French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference in 2015.

Amazon has a fix for Alexa’s creepy laughs - The Verge

Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter. Amazon responded to the creepiness today in a statement to The Verge, saying, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”

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オーストラリアも適用除外へ…米の鉄鋼輸入制限 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


米トイザラス、近く事業清算か 債権者らと協議難航:朝日新聞デジタル


タカタ負債1兆823億円 - 産経ニュース


ツイッター:デマは真実より1.7倍「RT」 MIT調査 - 毎日新聞


マクドナルドのMが逆さまに「会社史で初」 女性を称賛:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 09 March 2018

Tax chief exits as ministry suicide casts pall over Moritomo land scandal | The Japan Times

The head of the National Tax Agency resigned Friday in connection with the sweetheart land deal given to an Osaka-based school operator in 2016 that has been linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife. The de facto sacking of Nobuhisa Sagawa, approved by the Cabinet, was announced as opposition lawmakers resumed their offensive against Abe’s government.

Channel 4 to move hundreds of staff but keep London HQ | The Guardian

Channel 4 has reached a deal with the government to move hundreds of staff out of London and create a new “national HQ” in another city – but it will not be forced to sell its £100m base in London. The broadcaster has laid out a plan to move 300 of its 800 staff out of the capital next year. It currently employs only about 30 staff outside London.

Canada's homeless piano player dies at 46 - BBC News

The death of a homeless man who played piano on the street has left many mourning in the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta.
Ryan Arcand was used to the sounds of the city - cars honking, people shouting, the steady hum of traffic - while living on the street.
He died last week at the age of 46 after years of struggling with alcoholism, mental health and homelessness.

North, South Korea won't march together at Paralympics amid flag row

South and North Korea will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics, as they did at the Olympics last month, because they cannot agree on a united flag that erases islands disputed with Japan, officials said.

A different side of Ichiro emerges in return to Mariners | The Seattle Times

In a news conference to discuss his one-year contract with the Mariners, Ichiro was more sentimental. The 44-year-old recognizes that his role in the game has changed irrevocably and appears eager to embrace a leadership role. ‘I want to just give it all right here in Seattle.’

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米朝首脳5月にも会談 金正恩氏が要請、米政府発表  :日本経済新聞


新TPP、11か国が署名…19年にも発効 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


ロシア元スパイ殺害未遂、21人が健康被害 英:AFPBB News

 4日に起きた同事件では、2010年のスパイ交換で英国に移住したセルゲイ・スクリパリ(Sergei Skripal)氏(66)と娘のユリアさん親子が何者かに襲われ、商業施設の外にあるベンチで倒れているところを発見された。2人とも依然として意識不明の重体だが、容体は安定しているという。



スペインで女性530万人がゼネスト 国際女性デー  - BBCニュース


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News Headlines - 08 March 2018

North Korea Asks for Direct Nuclear Talks, and Trump Agrees - The New York Times

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has invited President Trump to meet for negotiations over its nuclear program, an audacious diplomatic overture that would bring together two strong-willed, idiosyncratic leaders who have traded threats of war.
The White House said that Mr. Trump had accepted the invitation, and Chung Eui-yong, a South Korean official who conveyed it, told reporters that the president would meet with Mr. Kim within two months.

Trump hints at steel tariff flexibility for 'real friends' | Fox News

President Trump hinted that he would sign controversial tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel Thursday, but also suggested flexibility for “real friends” abroad who treat the U.S. fairly.

French publisher determined to reprint Celine's anti-Semitic tracts - RFI

The head of France's most prestigious publishing house said Sunday he still wanted to reprint a collection of violently anti-Semitic pamphlets by Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
Antoine Gallimard declared that he had "not renounced" plans to publish a 1,000-page compendium of the controversial novelist's essays from the late 1930s after an outcry forced him to put the project on ice in January.

March4Women: Thousands rally for gender equality in London

Thousands of people have taken part in a march in London to highlight the fight for gender equality.
The rally coincided with the 100th anniversary of some women being given the right to vote.

Norway boosts whaling quota despite international opposition | The Guardian

Norway has announced a 28% increase of its annual whaling quota to 1,278 whales in a bid to revive the declining hunt amid international controversy.
Whalers have for several years failed to meet the quotas set by Oslo and the number of whaling boats has plunged.

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重体の元二重スパイ、毒物テロと断定 英外相、露関与なら「断固たる措置」 - 産経ニュース


EU:偽ニュース検証サイト、オランダ下院が廃止動議可決 - 毎日新聞

欧州連合(EU)が運営するフェイク(偽)ニュースの検証サイトについて、オランダ下院は6日、EUや政府機関が報道内容を「偽情報」かどうか判断するのは望ましくないとして、廃止を求める動議を可決した。……動議の対象となった検証サイトは「EU vs Disinfo」(EU対偽情報)。EUの外務省にあたる欧州対外行動庁でロシアの情報操作に対処する専門チームが運営している。……同サイトによると、2015年の発足から2年間で18言語の3300例以上の「偽情報」を確認した。







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News Headlines - 07 March 2018

Allegations of Document Tampering Revive Abe Scandal in Japan - Bloomberg

Allegations that public documents may have been altered have revived a controversy over a heavily discounted sale of public land to a school with connections to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency After Mob Attacks on Muslims - The New York Times

Sri Lanka’s government imposed a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday after mob attacks against the minority Muslim population in a central district, violence that has highlighted the country’s fragility as it tries to recover from decades of civil war.

France to set legal age of sexual consent at 15 - BBC News

France plans to fix the legal age of sexual consent at 15, meaning sex with someone younger than that would be considered rape... Under the existing legislation, if there is no violence or coercion proved, offenders may only be charged with sexual abuse of a minor and not rape. This has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of €75,000 (£66,000; $87,000).

Billionaire Paul Allen Discovers World War II Era Aircraft Carrier in Australia's Coral Sea

The U.S.S. Lexington has finally been found, decades later and thousands of feet underwater.
The crew of Research Vessel Petrel (R/V Petrel), the exploration ship of billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, discovered the wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier Monday. It was found about two miles below the surface of the Coral Sea and more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia.

Video appears to show man with Frances McDormand's stolen Oscar | The Independent

Video footage has emerged of the man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Best Actress Oscar statuette.
LAPD spokesperson Rosario Herrera said Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on Sunday evening and is being held on $20,000 bail. A video posted to Bryant's Facebook, now deleted, appeared to show him holding the award aloft.

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コーン米国家経済会議委員長が辞任へ 通商政策巡り溝 :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : ロシア介入も「影響なし」、中間選挙での対策強調 トランプ氏


千島列島・松輪島にロシア軍輸送拠点の飛行場完成 海軍基地建設加速へ - 産経ニュース


ロシアの資格停止継続、IAAFが発表 組織的ドーピング問題:AFPBB News


英代表がW杯ボイコットも!? ロシア元スパイ「毒盛り」疑惑で外相が示唆 | フットボールチャンネル


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News Headlines - 06 March 2018

Two Koreas Agree to Hold Summit at End of April /KBS World Radio

The first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade will take place next month.
Announcing the outcome of a two-day visit to Pyongyang, South Korea's chief presidential envoy Chung Eui-yong said Tuesday that the two Koreas have agreed on a meeting between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the border truce village of Panmunjeom at the end of April.

After Park, former South Korean President Lee summoned over bribery allegations

South Korean prosecutors have called former President Lee Myung-bak to appear for questioning over allegations he took bribes when in office, a prosecutor said on Tuesday in the latest top-level political corruption scandal to rock the country.

South Africa listeria: Source of 'world's worst outbreak' found - BBC News

South Africa says it has finally traced the source of a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in the past year - said to make it the worst in history.
The source is a factory operated by Enterprise Foods in Polokwane in Limpopo.
More facilities are being tested to see if they contributed to the outbreak which infected almost 1,000 people.

Woman in Russian spy mystery is Sergei Skripal's daughter | The Guardian

The second person found unconscious in Salisbury alongside the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is his 33-year-old daughter.
Yulia Skripal was discovered on a bench next to her father on Sunday and is in a critical condition in hospital. She lives in Russia but was visiting the UK, the BBC reported, adding that relatives had not heard from her for two days.

Poisoned umbrellas and polonium: Russian-linked UK deaths | The Guardian

Salisbury’s former spy is not the first Russian to fall ill in Britain in mysterious circumstances
Georgi Markov, September 1978
Alexander Litvinenko, November 2006
German Gorbuntsov, March 2012
Alexander Perepilichnyy, November 2012
Boris Berezovsky, March 2013
Scot Young, December 2014

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ロシアの元スパイ、英で意識不明の重体 不明物質が原因か - BBCニュース


フォードは今年2000人レイオフへ、ピックアップやSUV用設備刷新 - Bloomberg


トヨタ、欧州でディーゼル乗用車販売を終了へ :日本経済新聞


クレディ・スイス 過去のセクハラ再調査へ :日本経済新聞


そばかすにストレッチマーク、多様性あふれるマネキンに親近感 - FRONTROW


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News Headlines - 05 March 2018

Two people critical in Salisbury Hospital after exposure to 'unknown substance'

Two people are in a critical condition in hospital after they were thought to have been exposed to an "unknown substance" at a shopping centre.
Wiltshire Police said officers were alerted to concerns about the welfare of a man and woman at The Maltings in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon.

S. Korean Envoys Meet N. Korean Leader, Attend Dinner | KBS World Radio

South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom revealed in a media briefing that the special envoys would have a meeting with the North Korean leader and attend a dinner with him from 6 p.m.
The South Korean delegation, led by President Moon's chief security adviser Chung Eui-yong, landed at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport at 2:50 p.m., an hour after departing on their two-day visit from Seoul Airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul.

China proposes to extend Xi Jinping's rule | Al Jazeera

China's governing Communist Party has proposed removing a clause in the constitution which limits presidencies to two five-year terms, which would allow the current President Xi Jinping to remain as leader after he is due to step down.

Fukushima students mark 3/11 with ceremony in New York | The Japan Times

Students from Fukushima Prefecture attended a memorial service in New York on Sunday for victims of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Ichiro Suzuki, 44, Mariners near agreement on contract

Ichiro Suzuki, at 44 years old, is getting closer to continuing his major league career where it all began -- with the Seattle Mariners.
The two sides are nearing an agreement on a major league contract, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

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カルソニックカンセイ、米同業から社長招く  :日本経済新聞




アカデミー賞主演男優賞はゲイリー・オールドマンが初受賞!W受賞の辻一弘氏にも感謝― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


セクハラ「もう終わり」参加者らがバッジ アカデミー賞:朝日新聞デジタル

世界に広がった「セクハラ撲滅」へのうねりを主導してきた米ハリウッドで、4日(日本時間5日)開かれた第90回アカデミー賞の授賞式では、参加者らがセクハラを社会からなくすよう改めて訴えた。参加者は合言葉となった「TIME’S UP(もう終わりだ)」と書いたバッジを付けて授賞式に参加した。

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News Headlines - 04 March 2018

Trump says North Korea 'called up,' seeking talks with the United States - Chicago Tribune

President Donald Trump said Saturday that North Korea has recently sought talks with the United States and that he "won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un," the North Korean leader.
"Now we're talking. They, by the way, called up a couple of days ago, they said 'we would like to talk,'" Trump said. "And I said, 'so would we, but you have to denuke.'" ... It was not clear whether Trump was describing a direct conversation or messages sent through diplomatic channels.

Bank of Japan governor hints at exit from monetary stimulus

The yen jumped after Haruhiko Kuroda appeared to drop his first hint of Japan’s exit from years of monetary stimulus, as unemployment fell to just 2.4 per cent, the lowest rate in a quarter of a century... Speaking on Friday at a parliamentary confirmation hearing for his second term, Mr Kuroda said: “Of course we will be considering and debating an exit [around fiscal year 2019]”. That fiscal year ends in March 2020.

Cat in blazing Russia building is revived by firefighters | Daily Mail Online

The ginger cat was the last living soul found in the building in the city of Volgograd, in south-western Russia's Volgograd Oblast region, where fire crews fought for four hours to contain the blaze... However, as firemen massaged its chest and then opened the valve on a canister of oxygen close to its mouth, the little animal began to stir.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Invite Members of the General Public to Their Wedding | Teen Vogue

Kensington Palace just announced that the untraditional couple will break custom once more by inviting people from the general public to attend their wedding.
In fact, thousands of members of the British public will score a coveted invitation. According to a new update on the official Royal Family website, "Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom, and their wedding guests, at the chapel and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle."

Oscars 2018: 'The Shape of Water' wins best picture at Academy Awards

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape of Water picked up four honors — including the night’s big prize, best picture — at the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night. Del Toro took home best director for his film, which also won for original score and production design.

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ドイツ:大連立継続へ 社民党政権参加「賛成」66% - 毎日新聞


WTO事務局長、米輸入制限に異例の警告 「事態悪化の公算」





ドイツ南西部の村ヘルクスハイムで、教会の鐘にナチスのかぎ十字が刻印されているのが見つかり、論争が起きていたが、最終的に村議会の投票で保存が決まった。ヒトラーが首相になった翌年の1934年に鋳造され「全員が祖国のために アドルフ・ヒトラー」と文字が刻まれている。



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News Headlines - 03 March 2018

Deadly attacks on French embassy and military HQ in Burkina Faso - The Local

Authorities in Burkina Faso were on Saturday hunting for clues about the masterminds behind Friday's deadly twin attacks on the French embassy and the country's military HQ.
The coordinated attacks in Ouagadougou, which coincided with a meeting of regional anti-jihadist forces, underlined the struggle the fragile West African nation faces in containing a bloody and growing jihadist insurgency.

Detroit’s Glitzy Car Show Likely Moving to Warmer Month In Bid to Stay Relevant - WSJ

Organizers of Detroit’s auto show likely will move the annual event to October from January in coming years, according to people familiar with the matter. The move would offer visitors a chance to test drive moonshot technologies on actual, ice-free streets and create some distance from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While auto-show attendance during public days is robust, the Motor City’s big event has gone from a must-attend event for car companies to one that an increasing amount of auto makers avoid.
The show’s leadership team has yet to make a final decision, several of the people said. Also known as the North American International Auto Show, the event will take place as originally planned in mid-January of 2019 and likely go to its new October slot after that.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman defends casting couch | The Times

Women who have sex with bosses they find repulsive to advance their careers have made a decision “to do something that is personally offensive” but are not victims of rape, Harvey Weinstein’s defence lawyer has said.
Benjamin Brafman, who has represented Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z and various mobsters, said the “casting couch” had been around in Hollywood well before Mr Weinstein became a force there.

Film stars protest sexual harassment at 'French Oscars' - France 24

The French film world may be having its #MeToo moment as one after another, stars showed up at the industry's top awards show Friday wearing a white ribbon in a protest against sexual misconduct.

Shivering Europe hopes for weekend respite as deep freeze persists | AFP.com

Europe's deep freeze, which has cost more than 60 lives over the past week, continued to wreak havoc early Saturday as the shivering continent awaited a sliver of weekend respite from a brutal Siberian cold front.

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シリア空爆停止 ロシアに要求 米独仏が電話協議で一致  :日本経済新聞




トランプ氏、ノーベル平和賞に「フェイク推薦」 ノルウェー警察が捜査:AFPBB News

ノルウェー・ノーベル賞委員会(Norwegian Nobel Committee)の事務局に当たるノーベル研究所(Nobel Institute)は2月28日、今年のノーベル平和賞(Nobel Peace Prize)候補としてドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領を推す推薦状を受け取ったが、偽造とみられるため警察に被害届を出したことを明らかにした。

英スカイ争奪戦、価格は青天井か - WSJ

米娯楽・メディア大手ウォルト・ディズニーと米ケーブルテレビ(CATV)大手 コムキャスト の買収合戦によって、英有料テレビ大手スカイの株価はどこまで上がるのだろうか。……ディズニーはスカイ株を含むフォックスの多様な資産の買収で合意しており、恐らくフォックスはディズニーの許可を得る必要があるだろう。

ワインスタイン、資産売却など5億ドル規模の合意 破産回避か - WSJ


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News Headlines - 02 March 2018

U.S. steel, aluminum stocks up on Trump's tariffs, but other industries fear price rises

Stock prices of U.S. steel and aluminum makers rose on Thursday after President Donald Trump announced hefty tariffs on metal imports to protect them from foreign competition, but many other companies saw stock price falls as they may face higher prices for raw materials which will force them to raise prices for consumers.

Taiwan receives direct threats of war from China over US passage of Travel Act | Taiwan News

After the United States Senate unanimously passed the Taiwan Travel Bill on Wednesday, Feb. 28, China has been angered and has sent warnings as well as stated its dissatisfaction with both Taiwan and the United States... In a strong and direct editorial, the state publication China Daily mentions its fear of Taiwan pushing for independence once the bill becomes law, which would then force Beijing to act with force to bring Taiwan under its control.

Improper shaving of frame caused crack in shinkansen: JR West

A probe by the railway operator has found that the steel frame of the undercarriage in question was 4.7 millimeters thick at its thinnest point, undershooting the minimum 7 mm required for the component, JR West President Tatsuo Kijima said at a press conference in Osaka.
According to Kawasaki Heavy, which separately held a press conference in Kobe, workers scraped off the bottom of the undercarriage frame to smooth the surface before welding work, even though scraping was prohibited in the production manual as it could weaken the product strength.

German SPD minister expects 60 percent party support for coalition

Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) environment minister said on Thursday she expects party members to support a new coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives by a margin of 60 percent.

Exiled Former Catalan President Drops Bid to Return as Leader

The former leader of Spain's separatist-minded Catalonia region unexpectedly announced Thursday that he was dropping his bid to return to his job... He said in a video message posted on a website that under current conditions, standing aside and letting someone else lead Catalonia was the way to get a new government.

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EU、米輸入制限に「断固」対抗へ カナダ・ブラジルも反発


安保担当の米大統領補佐官に辞任報道、トランプ氏「偽ニュース」:AFPBB News

米NBCテレビは1日、H・R・マクマスター(H.R. McMaster)米大統領補佐官(国家安全保障問題担当)が近く辞任すると報じた。ドナルド・トランプ(President Trump)政権では高官の辞任が相次いでいるが、ホワイトハウス(White House)は「現時点では人事に関する発表はない」と否定している。
 陸軍中将のマクマスター氏は、2016年米大統領選へのロシア介入疑惑を受けて辞任したマイケル・フリン(Michael Flynn)氏の後任として昨年2月に起用された。しかし先日、大統領選にロシアが介入したという証拠に「議論の余地はない」と発言し、トランプ大統領から公然と非難されるなど、大統領との関係に不安が生じていた。



プーチン露大統領、「無敵」の核兵器を発表 - BBCニュース


Uber、医療機関と患者をつなぐ配車サービス「Uber Health」発表 - CNET Japan

Uberは、確実な移動手段がないことが原因で診察の予約を守れなかった米国人が年間360万人いることを指摘し、「Uber Health」を発表した。米国のHIPAA(医療保険の相互運用性と説明責任に関する法律)のプライバシー規則に準拠し、Uberの契約ドライバーと病院、リハビリセンター、高齢者介護施設、理学療法センターなどの間をつなぐものだ。患者が予約を入れると、提携医療機関は配車サービスを予約し、詳細情報を患者に送付するとともに、ドライバーが迎えに行くときに再度通知することができるようになる。

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News Headlines - 01 March 2018

Trump to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminum; stokes trade war fears

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to protect U.S. producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighboring Canada... Trump said the duties, 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum, would be formally announced next week, although White House officials later said some details still needed to be ironed out.

Hope Hicks to Leave Post as White House Communications Director - The New York Times

Hope Hicks, President Trump’s communications director and one of his longest-serving advisers, said Wednesday that she planned to leave the White House in the next few weeks.
Ms. Hicks, 29, a former model who joined Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign without any experience in politics, became known as one of the few aides who understood Mr. Trump’s personality and style and could challenge the president to change his views.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico to Quit Amid Tense Relations Under Trump - The New York Times

The United States ambassador to Mexico plans to resign from her post in May, according to a memo circulated on Thursday to embassy staff, the latest in a string of senior diplomatic departures from the region — and more broadly from the State Department.

Macedonia has four options to resolve name dispute with Greece: PM

Macedonia is looking at four options to settle a decades-long dispute with Greece over its name, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday... Macedonia hopes the issue can be resolved in time for an EU meeting in June and a NATO summit in July...

Astronomers detect signal of Universe's first stars

A signal from the Universe's first stars, born a cosmic heartbeat after the Big Bang, has been detected for the first time, astronomers said Wednesday, setting the science world aflutter.
The observation came after a decade-long quest, years earlier than expected, and was described by one excited observer as the biggest astronomical breakthrough since the Nobel-capped detection of gravitational waves in 2015.

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米議会 台湾との政府レベル交流促進する法案可決 中国反発 | NHKニュース


英国:EU提案に猛反発 離脱交渉、北アイルランド別扱い - 毎日新聞


英女王の暗殺未遂、17歳が画策 NZ警察が隠ぺい:AFPBB News

1981年にニュージーランドで当時17歳の精神障害を抱える少年が、同国を訪問していた英国のエリザベス女王(Queen Elizabeth II)の暗殺を企てていたことが分かった。1日に公開されたニュージーランド情報当局の公式文書で明らかになった。事件が公になることを恐れ、警察当局が隠ぺいしたという。

関電、英独間の送電事業に参画へ 欧州で事業拡大ねらう:朝日新聞デジタル




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