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News Headlines - 31 July 2018

Almost Every Single Taxi Driver in Spain Is Currently on Strike | Fortune

A taxi strike began in Barcelona last week after a regional judge rejected local rules that would have limited the number of licenses for cars from ride-hailing services like Uber and Cabify.
The strike spread, and over the weekend taxi drivers in Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Málaga, Zaragoza and La Rioja began to turn off their engines in solidarity.
Not only are the drivers not offering rides but they have been blocking major avenues such as the Gran Via in Barcelona and the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid by parking their taxis mid lane to stop traffic flow, with some drivers even spending the night in tents beside their vehicles.

Brexit: UK warns EU of tit-for-tat measures over financial services | The Guardian

UK negotiators have told their counterparts in Brussels that about 7,000 European-based investment funds that rely on British clients for their cash and profits will be hit by regulators unless the EU changes its position on the City of London after Brexit... A section of a UK presentation made to the European commission’s negotiators last week, and seen by the Guardian, says that unless Brussels allows all UK sectors of the City of London to continue to operate after Brexit as they do today, at least initially, obstacles to European financial interests operating in the UK could also be put in place.

Japan pledges to reduce plutonium, but doesn’t say how:The Asahi Shimbun

Japan's nuclear policy-setting panel on Tuesday approved revised guidelines on plutonium use, putting a cap on its stockpile and pledging to eventually reduce it to address international concerns, but without giving a specific timeline or targets... Despite security concerns raised by Washington and others, the stockpile isn't decreasing due to difficulties in achieving a full nuclear fuel recycling program and slow restarts of reactors amid setbacks from the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Japan Amateur Boxing Federation denies financial fraud allegations | The Japan Times

The Japan Amateur Boxing Federation has responded to allegations of fraud, including the misuse of federal grant money, saying “a lot of” the accusations made by regional federation executives and former boxers are false.
On its website late Monday evening, the JABF apologized for disappointing fans, athletes and sports officials following media reports about the complaint against the governing body of amateur boxing filed through the Japanese Olympic Committee.

French World Cup glory costs China firm $9 mn and counting | AFP.com

A Chinese kitchen appliance maker said Monday it has so far made refunds worth nine million dollars, fulfilling a costly pledge to reimburse customers if France won the World Cup... According to Vatti's latest figures, the Chinese firm has made refunds -- either in cash or gift cards -- of more than 62 million yuan... The total payout over the marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million.

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デンソー、米輸入制限で最大800億円の負担増  :日本経済新聞


独政府、中国企業による買収却下へ 規制強化を初適用  :日本経済新聞


ギリシャ山林火災の死者92人に、チプラス政権の危機対応に批判集中 - 産経ニュース


米ホワイトハウス、CNN記者を締め出し 報道界から非難:AFPBB News

CNNが伝えた同局のケイトラン・コリンズ(Kaitlan Collins)記者の話によれば、同記者は、記者会見に先立ち「不適切」な質問をしていたことを理由に、ホワイトハウスの広報担当者から会見に出席できないと言われたという。
 ホワイトハウス記者会(White House Correspondents' Association)は、「気に入らない質問をしたわれわれのメンバーを公開の記者会見から締め出すという、ホワイトハウスによる本日の誤った、不適切な決定を強く非難する」と表明。……CNNもホワイトハウスの決定を非難……、このほか、ライバル局のFOXニュース(Fox News)を含む他の記者たちも、コリンズ氏を擁護している。

バルサがICC初戦勝利、トッテナムに2点差追いつかれるもPK戦制す | サッカーキング


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News Headlines - 30 July 2018

No Plane. No Remains. And Now, No Real Answers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. - The New York Times

The long-awaited report offered no conclusion on what caused the plane with 239 people aboard to veer off course, cease radio communications and vanish.
The head of the safety investigation team, Kok Soo Chon, said the available evidence — including the plane’s deviation from its flight course, which tests showed was done manually rather than by autopilot, and the switching off of a transponder — “irresistibly point” to “unlawful interference,” which could mean that the plane was hijacked.
But he added that the panel found no indication of who might have interfered or why, and that any criminal inquiry would be the responsibility of law enforcement authorities, not safety investigators.

U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles - The Washington Post

U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.
Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence.

Some Amazon Reviews Are Too Good To Be Believed. They're Paid For : NPR

NPR spoke with several people who write Amazon reviews for pay, from a college student in Puerto Rico to a stay-at-home mother in the Midwest. Such reviews are a problem on e-commerce sites, outside auditors say, and they proliferate in online channels set up for this purpose... According to outside auditors like Fakespot and ReviewMeta, more than half the reviews for certain popular products are questionable. Amazon disputes those estimates.

Sir Paul McCartney 'misremembers' writing 'In My Life' – it was really John Lennon, says Harvard analysis

It has been a long and winding road, but academics may have finally solved the dispute over who wrote the melody for The Beatles’ song ‘In My Life.’...Mark Glickman, senior lecturer in statistics at Harvard University, and Jason Brown, Professor of Mathematics at Dalhousie University, created a computer model which broke down Lennon and McCartney songs into 149 different components to determine the musical fingerprints of each songwriter.
And they discovered that, stylistically, there is less than one in 50 chance of Sir Paul having written the music to ‘In My Life.’

Haruki Murakami 'cannot oppose' death penalty for doomsday cult killers | The Guardian

In a rare essay, published in the Mainichi Shimbun on Sunday, Murakami said that “as a general argument, I adopt a stance of opposition toward the death penalty”, pointing to the number of wrongful convictions which mean that “the death penalty, literally, can be described as an institution with fatal dangers”.
But the author, who interviewed survivors and cult members about the sarin attack for his 1997 non-fiction book Underground, said that after speaking to those who were injured and those who lost loved ones, “I cannot publicly state, as far as this case is concerned, ‘I am opposed to death penalty.’”

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成田空港B滑走路が閉鎖 エアカナダ機が誘導路付近に停止 | NHKニュース


ボブ・ディランさん:新潟のフェスに降臨♪ ノーベル賞後、初来日 - 毎日新聞


売れる映画はどんなタイプか 英大学がデータサイエンスで分析 - ねとらぼ

「Rags to Riches」(感情がネガティブ→ポジティブへと上昇):作品例「ショーシャンクの空に」「恋はデジャ・ブ」「ナイトメアー・ビフォア・クリスマス」
「Riches to Rags」(感情がポジティブ→ネガティブに下降):作品例「サイコ」「トイ・ストーリー3」「Love Story」
「Man in a Hole」(ポジティブ→ネガティブ→ポジティブと下降→上昇):作品例「ゴッドファーザー」「ディパーテッド」「ブレードランナー」
 分析の結果、興行収入が最も高いのは、ジャンルや制作費とは関係なく「Man in a Hole」タイプの映画だったとのこと

<ヴィッセル神戸>イニエスタ、緊急帰国の真相を、三浦淳寛SDが明かす。 - Yahoo!ニュース


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News Headlines - 29 July 2018

Venting about press, Trump has repeatedly sought to ban reporters over questions - The Washington Post

President Trump has sought repeatedly to punish journalists for the way they ask him questions, directing White House staff to ban those reporters from covering official events or to revoke their press credentials, according to several current and former administration officials.
At various moments throughout his presidency, Trump has vented angrily to aides about what he considers disrespectful behavior and impertinent questions from reporters in the Oval Office and in other venues. He has also asked that retaliatory action be taken against them.

North Korea returns potential remains of 55 U.S. Korean War troops

North Korea turned over what are believed to be the remains of 55 U.S. service members who were killed during the Korean War of the 1950s on Friday local time, the 65th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting, the United States and the United Nations said.
A U.S. cargo aircraft flew to Wonson, North Korea, to receive the remains and returned to Osan Air Base, South Korea, the unified U.N. Command for Korea and U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement.

China dials down Xi's personality cult as criticism mounts - Nikkei Asian Review

Chinese authorities have started to take down posters of President Xi Jinping in certain parts of the capital, in what is seen to be an attempt to tone down the cult of personality, as party elders raise alarm over his authoritarian flair amid escalating tensions with the U.S.
The move comes ahead of the annual Beidaihe meeting held at the seaside resort town in Hebei Province, where past and present leaders of the Chinese Communist Party meet to discuss the direction of national policies.
Former President Jiang Zemin and other party elders are rumored to have sent a lengthy letter to Xi, urging him to reconsider his diplomatic and economic policies. There is growing sentiment within the party that Xi should pay more respect to past leaders who reformed China and propelled it to the world's second-largest economy.

Paul McCartney secret gig setlist: A Beatles-filled show at Liverpool's Cavern Club | The Independent

Paul McCartney performed a secret gig at the iconic venue which introduced The Beatles to the world over 50 years ago.
Tickets were handed out to the show at Liverpool's Cavern Club on a first come, first served basis with the 350-capacity venue filling up immediately.

UK voters back Brexit deal referendum as May's ratings plunge: polls | Reuters

When voters were asked in a YouGov poll whether there should be a referendum on the final terms of any Brexit deal, 42 per cent said there should be a fresh vote while 40 per cent said there should not. The rest did not know.
The poll of 1,653 adults in the United Kingdom was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday this week, The Times said.

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MIT Tech Review: 国家主導のネット荒らしが世界中で横行、米未来研が報告

カリフォルニア州に本拠を置く公共政策グループである未来研究所(Institute for the Future)が7月19日に発表したレポートでは、こうしたキャンペーンがどのように広まったかを詳しく述べている。独裁国家と民主主義国家のどちらにおいても、ヘイト暴徒や匿名の脅迫は反対意見を抑圧する重要な手段になっている。

救難飛行艇、ギリシャ輸出検討 防衛装備初の売却狙う  :日本経済新聞


欧州でも将棋人気 ドイツで130人が腕前競う | NHKニュース


米国で劇場公開へ 捕鯨論争描いた「おクジラさま」 日本では高い評価 - 産経WEST

和歌山県太地町のイルカ追い込み漁や捕鯨論争について描いたドキュメンタリー映画「おクジラさま ふたつの正義の物語」(佐々木芽生監督)が8月中旬から、米国での劇場公開が始まる。米国版のタイトルは「A Whale of A Tale」。2010年には米国で追い込み漁を糾弾した映画「ザ・コーヴ」がアカデミー賞を受賞しており、佐々木監督は「ここからが本格的なチャレンジの始まりです」と話している。

世界最大の恐竜の足、米国で発見 幅1メートル:AFPBB News


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News Headlines - 28 July 2018

Chicago could launch basic income, here are other global experiments - Business Insider

In Chicago, alderman Ameya Pawar has proposed a bill to provide 1,000 families with $500 a month in a pilot that would make Chicago the largest US city to try a basic income program. In an interview with The Intercept, Pawar said he introduced the bill because he is worried that automation could leave millions of people without jobs.
Beyond Chicago, a number of cities and countries around the world are running their own experiments.

Arson Arrest Made In Fast-Moving Southern California Fire : NPR

A California man has been taken into custody on suspicion of arson, as firefighters have contained just 5 percent of the blaze that started Wednesday in the Idyllwild area in Riverside County.
The Cranston Fire has destroyed five homes and forced some 3,200 people to evacuate. The fire spread very rapidly, expanding to 4,700 acres in just a few hours.

South Korea to cut 17% of generals, merge Army commands in military reform

South Korea will reduce the number of general-grade officers by about 17 percent over the next four years, in line with the overall troop drawdown scheme, as part of a new defense reform initiative aimed at creating a slimmer yet stronger military.

Pilots suspended after fight breaks out in the cockpit mid-flight | Metro News

A fight broke out between a pilot and his co-pilot as they flew a jet with 150 passengers on board. Despite the pilot hitting his colleague as they argued over a food tray, the co-pilot claimed, they managed to successfully land the plane in Baghdad, Iraq. But the two men have since been suspended by Iraqi Airways, which has warned they face strict punishments.

Medicinal cannabis products to be legalised - BBC News

Specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by autumn, the home secretary has announced... Their advice was part of a review into medicinal cannabis launched by the home secretary following an outcry over Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley being denied access to cannabis oil... The Home Office recently granted them licences to access the treatments.

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大陸別クリスチャン人口、アフリカが南米上回り1位に : クリスチャントゥデイ


米、牧師解放で圧力 トルコ反発  :日本経済新聞


アマゾン最高益 赤字体質、今は昔 4~6月、クラウド・広告投資実る 医薬・金融さらに種まき :日本経済新聞


英・スーパー店頭のレジ袋消費、3年弱で86%減に TBS NEWS


米大手航空会社、ウェブサイトで「台湾」表記を削除 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 27 July 2018

Baby saved from Laos dam disaster by Thai cave rescue volunteers - The Straits Times

The rescue of a baby boy, terrified and hungry after days without food, has been captured in a viral video showing the infant survivor of a dam collapse in southern Laos being carefully carried through swirling flood waters and waist-high mud.
Footage of volunteers from Thailand rescuing 14 people, including the baby, went viral when it was released on Friday (July 27) as an increasingly international relief mission scrambles to save lives in a disaster that has left scores dead and missing.

After Floods and Heatwave, Japan Braces for Typhoon Jongdari - Bloomberg

The typhoon was located off Chichijima, an island in the Pacific about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) southeast of Tokyo, as of 2 p.m. Japan time Friday. Carrying sustained winds of 144 kilometers (89 miles) per hour, it’s expected to speed up and maintain its intensity as it nears the mainland on Saturday afternoon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Japanese politician under fire for claiming LGBT couples are 'unproductive' | The Independent

A Japanese politician has come under fire for calling LGBT+ couples “unproductive” and so potentially unworthy of investment from the taxpayer.
Mio Sugita wrote in a magazine article that a society accepting of same-sex relationships risked greater levels of unhappiness and potential collapse if it was “deprived of common sense and normalcy”.
Ms Sugita, 51, a member of prime minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), argued that “these men and women don’t bear children – in other words, they are ‘unproductive’”.

Food shop owner suspected of $1 mil. tax evasion - NHK WORLD

The Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau has filed a complaint with local prosecutors that Tatsuko Utsunomiya, has been hiding roughly 330 million yen, or about 3 million dollars, in income.
Her food shop is located in the Osaka Castle Park, near a gate leading to the castle tower. Its main food item is takoyaki octopus dumplings. A set of 8 dumplings is priced at 600 yen, or about 5 dollars... They say her business posted sales of more than 4.5 million dollars over the 3 years through 2016, but she has never reported them to the tax bureau.

New Video Shows Man Believed to be Last of His Amazon Tribe | Time

No one knows his name. No one knows the name of the people he came from. And he appears to have lived alone in Brazil’s Amazon for 22 years.
Video released for this first time this week by Brazil’s Indian Foundation shows rare images of a so-called uncontacted indigenous man who is believed to be the last surviving member of his tribe. The footage was shot in 2011, though a team that tracks him says it last saw evidence he was alive in May.

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日本で死刑が執行されたことを受けた、現地共同声明 - 欧州対外行動庁


イラン軍司令官、「持っている全てを破壊する」 トランプ大統領に警告 - BBCニュース


ロシア、日本関係者の電話6台没収 北方領土墓参に同行:朝日新聞デジタル


ルノー・日産・三菱自、2年連続首位 18年上期販売  :日本経済新聞


武藤 プレミアは「刺激的」 ニューカッスルと合意、メディカルチェック経て正式発表へ― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 26 July 2018

Japan sends last six Aum death row inmates to the gallows | The Japan Times

The six remaining Aum Shinrikyo cult members on death row were executed Thursday morning, the Justice Ministry said, with all 13 of the cult members sentenced to death now having been hanged over the span of three weeks.
The executions followed the hanging of Shoko Asahara, the founder of the doomsday cult, and six former senior members of the group on July 6.

Official arrested as ministry is rocked by 2nd bribery scandal:The Asahi Shimbun

The education ministry is reeling from the arrest of a second high-ranking bureaucrat this month in another suspected bribery case involving the same alleged "fixer."
Investigators with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office on July 26 arrested Kazuaki Kawabata, 57, director-general for international affairs at the education ministry, on suspicion of accepting bribes in the form of wining and dining when he was assigned to work as a vice president at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) between August 2015 and March 2017... Also arrested on July 26 was Koji Taniguchi, 47, a former executive with a medical care consulting company in Tokyo. He is suspected of providing lavish meals and drinks totaling about 1.4 million yen ($12,600) that constituted the bribe.

Toyota to double production in China to 2 mil. units in early 2020s - The Mainichi

Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to double its annual production in China to around 2 million units in the early 2020s in an effort to catch up with its rivals in the world's largest auto market, a source close to the matter said Wednesday.
Toyota manufactured 1.14 million cars and sold 1.29 million units in China last year, lagging behind Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Co., which sold 4.18 million and 1.51 million cars, respectively.

North Korea to transfer remains of U.S. soldiers from Korean War on Friday: Yonhap | Reuters

North Korea will transfer the remains of an unspecified number of soldiers killed in the Korean War on Friday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, after accepting about 100 wooden caskets sent by the United States.

Maduro slashes five zeros from the bolivar to curb hyperinflation. It won't work. - The Washington Post

On Wednesday night, President Nicolás Maduro announced his plan to tame Venezuela’s brutal hyperinflation, which the International Monetary Fund says is on track to top 1 million percent this year. The president announced that our nearly worthless currency, the bolivar, is to shed five zeroes. From September, Venezuelans will get a new “sovereign bolivar” for each 100,000 of their old bolivars.

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欧州司法裁:ゲノム編集は遺伝子組み換え 規制対象と判断 - 毎日新聞


CNN.co.jp : NZ、豪州は国旗「真似」していると批判 独自デザインの採用要求


CNN.co.jp : 元モデルへの支払い、弁護士がトランプ氏との会話を録音


性的暴行の米体操医師、刑務所内で暴行受ける 弁護団は再審要求:AFPBB News

女子体操選手への性的暴行を繰り返して有罪となったラリー・ナサール(Larry Nassar)受刑者が、刑務所内で暴行を受けたことと、偏見を持った裁判官に判決を下されたことを理由に、裁判のやり直しを求めていることが分かった。

1位はW杯不出場の怪物!英誌が現役最高のGKトップ10を発表 | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 25 July 2018

At least 26 dead in Laos dam collapse; dam failed after desperate 24-hour fight to avert disaster - The Straits Times

Rescuers recovered 26 bodies and over a hundred remain missing after a dam collapse swamped several villages in southern Laos, as survivors Wednesday (July 25) questioned why they got little warning of the deluge.
Two South Korean contractors said they reported damage a day before parts of the Xe-Namnoy dam gave way Monday and unleashed a wall of water.

Thai Cave Boys Ordained As Buddhist Novices : NPR

Eleven of the boys who were rescued from a cave in Thailand earlier this month — an international mission that captivated the world — have been ordained as Buddhist novices in honor to the volunteer diver who died during the harrowing ordeal... In a separate ceremony, the group's 25-year-old soccer coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, was ordained a monk. The twelfth member of the team is not Buddhist and did not participate in the religious event.

Japanese city blames bogus NPR report for wannabe ninja problem

A city in Japan has been bombarded with inquiries from aspiring ninjas, the country’s famed feudal mercenaries and spies, after a news report on city tourist promotions was mistaken for a “ninjas wanted” advertisement... But a program aired last week on National Public Radio about Iga’s ninja-centered town promotion effort set off a frenzy of internet interest after its host said the city faced a shortage of ninja performers and even quoted potential salaries, giving the impression it might be hiring.

Revenue Shortfall Wipes Out Facebook’s Year-to-Date Gain - Barron's

The bad news finally caught up with Facebook (FB).
A data-analytics dustup that dominated much of the year and lingering questions about how it handles misinformation dinged the social-networking juggernaut on Wednesday, sending its shares into a tailspin in late trading... The proximate cause was the company's disclosure its revenue rate growth will slow precipitously in the current quarter and the next one.

Trump and EU officials agree to work toward 'zero tariff' deal | The Guardian

Donald Trump and European Union officials on Wednesday stepped back from a trade war as they struck a deal to work towards “zero” tariffs, barriers and subsidies.
The EU also agreed to buy billions of dollars worth of American exports, including soya beans and natural gas, and work to reform international trade rules.

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ギリシャ山火事、死者74人に リゾート地の町「もはや存在しない」:AFPBB News


トップレス抗議の権利団体「FEMEN」創設メンバーが死亡、自殺か 仏パリ:AFPBB News

トップレスによる抗議行動で知られるウクライナの女性権利団体「FEMEN」の創設メンバー、オクサナ・シャチコ(Oksana Shachko)さん(31)が23日、亡命先の仏パリのアパートで死亡しているのが見つかった。同団体が発表した。遺体の傍らには遺書があったという。

「今後はベルギーで活動」 カタルーニャ前州首相 - 産経ニュース


パイオニアやデノン、ASUSなどにEUが独禁法違反の罰金 - ITmedia NEWS


CNN.co.jp : 福島第一原発の放射性物質の痕跡、カリフォルニアワインから検出


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News Headlines - 24 July 2018

BOJ overstates household investment trust assets by staggering 30 trillion yen - The Mainichi

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) mistakenly recorded the amount of assets households held in investment trusts, producing a staggering figure 30 trillion yen (approximately $270 billion) higher than the actual amount, it has emerged.

Yamato says it overcharged corporate moving service clients by \1.7 billion | The Japan Times

Yamato Holdings Co. said Tuesday it has overcharged corporate moving service clients by \1.7 billion over the 24 months through June.
During the period the group handled 124,000 moves. Inappropriate charges were found for nearly 40 percent of the total, or about 48,000 cases, according to Yamato.

IOC preparing 'detailed heat countermeasures' for Tokyo 2020 as deadly temperatures hit Japan - CNN

With exactly two years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan continues to swelter under searing heat... Temperatures have been almost 11 degrees hotter than the average at this time of year — the mercury rising to over 41 degrees (105.8F) in the city of Kumagaya, a short drive from the capital... The heatwave has prompted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to outline the "detailed heat countermeasures" it's planning to protect athletes, fans and the workers who will put on the Games.

Ex-Foreign Minister Kishida not to run in LDP leadership race - The Mainichi

Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday he will not run in the upcoming Liberal Democratic Party leadership race, but instead will support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid to win another term as LDP president that would make him Japan's longest serving prime minister.

Green Light for Japan Casinos Offers Jackpot to Businesses - Bloomberg

Now that Japan has passed a law outlining a road map for casino resorts, foreign operators from Las Vegas Sands Corp. to MGM Resorts International can start to seek out partners in their bid to tap a gaming market that may be worth as much as $25 billion. It could also be a boon for Japanese industries -- from companies that oversee a resort project to construction giants building infrastructure.
There is still a long road ahead, but talks between Japanese companies and Western operators will become more serious now that the government has given the green light. Local municipalities will eventually start requesting proposals from consortium groups that want to pitch their plans.

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スペイン前与党が新党首に党内右派の37歳の下院議員を選出 右旋回で党立て直しへ - 産経ニュース


暴行容疑でマクロン大統領の警備責任者身柄拘束 野党は「もみ消し疑惑」で攻勢強める - 産経ニュース




天皇陛下「控えめな外見の裏に鋭い知性」 英公文書に:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 23 July 2018

North Korea Begins Dismantling Key Facilities at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station | 38 North

In an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim Jong Un at the June 12 Singapore Summit, new commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (North Korea’s main satellite launch facility since 2012) indicates that the North has begun dismantling key facilities. Most notably, these include the rail-mounted processing building—where space launch vehicles are prepared before moving them to the launch pad—and the nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles.

Tojo was convinced of victory before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, newly unearthed memo shows | The Japan Times

It was just hours before Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. In Tokyo, Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo was “perfectly relieved” and “tipsy,” convinced Japan would win any conflict with the United States after having finished all the administrative procedures to wage war against American and British forces in Hawaii and Asia.

Indian woman allegedly raped by 40 men over four days | New Straits Times

Indian police have arrested the owner of a guesthouse and its manager after a woman alleged she was drugged and raped by some 40 men over four days, an official said Friday... In a complaint to the police, the 22-year-old woman said she was promised a job at the guesthouse in the northern state of Haryana by a person known to her.
But she was instead held captive, drugged and raped by various men over four days, senior police officer Rajendar Kumar Meena told AFP, citing the written complaint of the victim.

Idiot biker films himself driving one-handed at almost 200mph on stolen motorbike and doing wheelies on British motorway

A RECKLESS biker who filmed himself driving one-handed at almost 200mph and doing wheelies on a stolen motorbike has been jailed for 21 months.
Adam Campion, 26, was seen recklessly riding on the wrong side of the road at 189mph - believed to be the highest speed ever clocked by a motorbike on British roads.

John Lennon’s killer coming up for parole for a 10th time | HeraldNet.com

For Chapman, it will be the 10th time he’s been eligible for parole. The previous nine he’s been rejected.
But this year, the Parole Board has been more willing to place heavier emphasis on an inmate’s behavior behind bars than simply focus on the severity of the crime. Several cop killers and other notorious murderers who had been long denied parole were set free in recent months.

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米関税、ドイツ経済に今年最大200億ユーロの影響=シンクタンク | ロイター


NASA、コロナの謎解明へ 太陽「触る」初の探査機 - 共同通信


「eスポーツ」将来の五輪に向け模索の考え IOC会長 | NHKニュース


MLBの観客数減少は深刻、チケット代収益は前年比約352億円減か。成績の好不調、戦力の二極化が要因 | ベースボールチャンネル(BaseBall Channel)


エジル、ドイツ代表引退表明…人種差別へ失望、連盟会長やメディアに怒り | サッカーキング


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News Headlines - 22 July 2018

Turkey, Netherlands agree to normalize ties | Reuters

Turkey and the Netherlands have agreed to normalize ties, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Friday, restoring relations that have been strained since a 2017 diplomatic row.

21 killed in Vietnam floods - CNN

Extreme weather is striking parts of Asia with deadly flash-flooding in Vietnam, a tropical storm prompting evacuations and disrupting travel in China and an ongoing heat wave in Japan.
In Vietnam, 21 people have died and more people are missing after Tropical Depression Son Tinh triggered flash floods and landslides, submerging villages in the northern provinces of Thanh Hoa and Yen Bai, state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported Sunday... Meantime, Tropical Storm Ampil is bearing down on eastern China -- impacting the area from Shanghai to Jiangsu Province.
More than 190,000 people have been evacuated to "safer" places in Shanghai as Ampil makes landfall, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds, Chinese state media Xinhua reported on Sunday.

Tokyo 2020 introduces Olympic, Paralympic Games mascots - CNN

Japan has unveiled the names of its mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Blue and white checked character "MIraitowa" (pronounced miray-towa)-- combining the two Japanese words of "Mirai"(future) and "towa" (eternity) -- will appear at the Olympic Games.
The Paralympics' pink and white "Someity" (pronounced soh-may-tee) is named after the cherry blossom variety "Someiyoshino," with Games organizers saying the name echoes "so mighty" in English.

Neymar breaks his silence on diving criticism | Metro News

Neymar has responded to the criticism directed towards him with regards to diving and believes people ‘will never understand’.
The Brazilian was under scrutiny at the World Cup for his over-the-top reactions to tackles with suggestions he was diving and faking pain rather than actually being fouled.
However, he’s fired back at critics and tried to explain why he’s often seen on the floor and on the receiving end of many fouls.

Iniesta, Torres on losing sides in J-League debuts - The Mainichi

Former Spain internationals Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres were each on the losing side Sunday in their anticipated J-League debuts.
Iniesta received a hero's welcome from Vissel Kobe fans at Noevir Stadium, but Shonan Bellmare spoiled the party by running away 3-0 winners.
Torres, meanwhile, delighted traveling Sagan Tosu fans at Best Amenity Stadium but could not stop a 1-0 loss to Vegalta Sendai.

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英ジョージ王子 22日で5歳に、近影の写真を公開 TBS NEWS


欧州北部で異例の熱波、各地で干ばつや山火事 大雨も:AFPBB News


シャープな海王星の撮影成功…宇宙観測の長年の敵、大気の揺らぎをレーザーによる補正で – Discovery Channel Japan

地球から宇宙を撮影するときに問題となるのは、地球の大気の揺らぎだ。……今回、「レーザートモグラフィー(レーザー断層撮影)」という新たな狭視野補償光学(Narrow-Field Adaptive Optics)モードを用いることで、望遠鏡上空の異なる高度での乱気流による影響をほぼ全て補正することに成功した。

サッカーW杯「真の勝者はアフリカ」、米司会者のジョークが深刻な議論に:AFPBB News

米人気テレビ番組「ザ・デイリー・ショー(The Daily Show)」の司会者トレバー・ノア(Trevor Noah)氏(34)が冗談として語った、サッカーW杯の真の勝者は「アフリカ」だったという発言は、ソーシャルメディアでの猛烈な反応と、駐米仏大使による辛らつな反論を誘った。

女子テニス:元女王ヒンギスさんが結婚 - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 21 July 2018

London museums are looking to acquire the Trump Baby Blimp | London Evening Standard

The British Museum and the Museum of London have both reportedly expressed an interest in obtaining the massive inflatable likeness of the US President, for use either as part of specific exhibitions or within its permanent collection.
Kevin Smith, one of the project’s “Baby Sitters”, told the Standard that they were in discussion with the British Museum about linking the blimp to an exhibition about political satire curated by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop.

Keita Asari, founder of Shiki Theater, dies in Tokyo at age 85:The Asahi Shimbun

Keita Asari, founder of the famed Shiki Theater that features adaptations of long-running Broadway and West End musicals, has died at age 85, his company announced... Shiki Theater has enjoyed huge success since the 1970s with “Cats,” “The Lion King,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and other extravagant productions.

Hong Kong tribunal gives Haruki Murakami's latest novel an 'indecent' rating | The Japan Times

The latest work by novelist Haruki Murakami was banned from Hong Kong’s annual book fair after it was deemed “indecent” by the Obscene Articles Tribunal, local media reported Friday.
“Killing Commendatore,” a multivolume work that went on sale last year, has been temporarily classified as “Class II — indecent materials,” along with a pornographic magazine, according to a notice issued by the tribunal last week.
The classification means the book can now only be sold in bookstores after being wrapped with a warning sticker attached.

Neon Genesis Evangelion: 4.0 trailer appears with release date window - Polygon

The Neon Genesis Evangelion reboot’s fourth and final film will come to theaters in 2020, according to a teaser that debuted in Japan on Friday. That means Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 will premiere just five years later than planned.
Studio Khara, which is producing the movie, has yet to release an official version of the teaser, but Japanese fans made sure to record their own off-screen footage, although Studio Khara is quickly pulling those uploads offline. (Check out the embed below while you can.) The short clip is attached to the theatrical release of another big film, Mirai of the Future from director Mamoru Hosoda. Mirai opened on July 20

Olympics-Faster, Higher, Hotter - Tokyo weather prompts 2020 fears | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

As the two-year mark approaches for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan is being scorched by an intense heatwave that has prompted fears of similar extreme weather when the sporting showpiece takes place in the country.
More than a dozen people have died as temperatures soared above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time since 2013, and the thermometer hit 43 Celsius during an Olympic Stadium media tour on Wednesday... Earlier this year, experts warned of the risks of heatstroke at the Games, which runs until Aug. 9, with conditions reaching levels at which sporting activities would normally be halted.

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猛暑、日本だけでなかった…北極圏で33・5度 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


TPP:英国が参加意向 EU離脱の打撃軽減図る - 毎日新聞


本田圭佑選手がファンド設立へ 俳優ウィル・スミス氏と - 産経ニュース


W杯優勝もフランスに相次ぐ批判の声「相手のミスに頼ってるだけ」 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


過去の書き込みで米映画監督解雇 ディズニー・スタジオがガン氏を - 共同通信


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News Headlines - 20 July 2018

Mark Zuckerberg clarifies his Holocaust comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to clarify his controversial comments about Holocaust deniers Wednesday afternoon, hours after he was quoted saying some deniers who post on Facebook aren't "intentionally getting it wrong."

24% of Tesla Model 3 orders have been canceled, analyst says

Cancellations for Model 3 orders have picked up in recent weeks. Refunds now outpace deposits for Tesla's new mass-market electric car, according to Needham & Co. analyst Rajvindra Gill. Tesla disputes that.
In an analyst note delivered to clients Thursday, Gill cited extended wait times for the car, the expiration of a $7,500 tax credit, and the fact that Tesla has not yet made the $35,000 base model of the car available for purchase yet.
About one in every four Model 3 orders is canceled, Gill said, double the rate from a year ago. Customers have to put down a refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve a Model 3, then pay another $2,500 to choose their specific version. They pay the rest when the car is delivered.

Burberry burns bags, clothes and perfume worth millions - BBC News

Burberry, the upmarket British fashion label, destroyed unsold clothes, accessories and perfume worth £28.6m last year to protect its brand.
It takes the total value of goods it has destroyed over the past five years to more than £90m.
Fashion firms including Burberry destroy unwanted items to prevent them being stolen or sold cheaply.

He’s Supposed to Marry a Japanese Princess. Just Don’t Call Him Her Fiancé. - The New York Times

Ordinarily, Fordham University Law School in New York does not publicize an incoming student who is about to matriculate.
But Kei Komuro is no ordinary student. He is the fiancé of Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, head of the world’s oldest monarchy... On Thursday, in response to a request by Japan’s Imperial Household Agency, which oversees the ceremonial functions and protocols of the royal family, Fordham removed a phrase from a news release that had trumpeted Mr. Komuro, a paralegal in Tokyo, as the “fiancé of Princess Mako of Japan.”

Kazakhstan detains suspect in murder of Olympic figure skating medalist | Reuters

Authorities in Kazakhstan said on Friday they had detained a suspect in the murder of Olympic figure skater Denis Ten, who won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Ten, 25, was knifed during a struggle with two men he had caught trying to steal the mirrors on his car in the Kazakh city of Almaty on Thursday.

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元スパイ襲撃容疑者を複数のロシア人と特定 英


「空飛ぶスーツ」、英百貨店が発売 飛び方レッスン付き:朝日新聞デジタル


ディズニー、8兆円でフォックス買収へ 競合相手が断念:朝日新聞デジタル


「近日発売」はアウト!?ドイツで発売日未確定での予約販売が禁止―消費者保護団体の訴訟が認められる | GameBusiness.jp

これは、ドイツの消費者保護団体が行った提訴が発端(当初はドイツの小売Media MarktとサムスンのGalaxy S6がきっかけだった)となったもので、裁判の結果、リリース日未確定状態での予約販売が「ビデオゲーム」を含め禁止になりました。また、ミュンヘン高等裁判所は、「消費者は予約購入後、いつ配送されるのかを知るべきである」としています。

アイスランドで捕獲・解体のクジラ、遺伝子解析で交雑種と判明:AFPBB News

7月初旬にアイスランドの漁師たちが仕留めたクジラは、反捕鯨活動家らが主張していたような希少種で保護の対象となっているシロナガスクジラではなかったことが判明した。同国首都レイキャビクにある海洋・淡水研究所(Marine and Freshwater Research Institute、MFRI)が19日に発表した。……MFRIの発表によると、遺伝子解析の結果、捕獲・解体された生物が実は「父親がナガスクジラ、母親がシロナガスクジラの交雑種」だったことが判明した。科学者らによるとこのような交雑種は非常にまれで、シロナガスクジラよりもさらに珍しい可能性もある。だが交雑種を保護する法律は存在しない。

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News Headlines - 19 July 2018

“No Way to Run a Superpower”: the Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy | The New Yorker

...But the real scandal of Helsinki may be only just emerging.
On Thursday, Putin gave a public address to Russian diplomats in which he claimed that specific “useful agreements” were reached with Trump in their one-on-one meeting at the summit, a private meeting that Trump himself insisted on. Putin’s announcement came a day after his Ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said that Trump had made “important verbal agreements” with Putin on arms control and other matters. The Russians, Antonov said, were ready to get moving on implementing them. The White House, meanwhile, has said nothing about what the two men may have agreed to in private, although Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he and Putin had discussed everything from nuclear proliferation to Syria, Ukraine, and trade, and that he looked forward to a second meeting with the Russian President soon, to follow up.

On Centenary, Russian State and Orthodox Church at Odds Over Romanovs

The group of Russian Orthodox nationalists had congregated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the murders of the tsar, his wife and their five children. Made saints by the Church in 2000, the Romanov family — part of a dynasty that ruled Russia for 300 years — has since become a fulcral symbol of traditional Orthodox values... While Vladimir Putin aspires to project the imagine of a strong leader and admires some of the Romanovs like Alexander Nevsky or Alexander III, she said, the president thinks of Nicholas II’s rule as unsuccessful and his end weak. “Putin sees Nicholas and his family essentially as having laid down and waited to die,” Luchenko said.
The difference in views has been most publicly seen through an impasse over the authenticity of the remains of the family’s bodies. Although the question had been considered settled by the state after a 14-year investigation, the Church in 2015 pushed for the investigation to be re-opened.

Rolls-Royce unveils hybrid flying taxi at Farnborough - Japan Today

British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the "flying taxi", which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years.
The London-listed aerospace giant, which is based in Derby in central England, showed off the plans at the Farnborough Airshow for the first time, as other players also rush into the market segment.

Dozens dead in Japan from record-setting, long duration extreme heat event - The Washington Post

Early in the month, more than 200 people died in its worst flood in decades, spurred by up to 70 inches of rain. Since then, dozens more have perished from an extended period of scorching heat, which has shattered records throughout the country.
Kyodo News reports the death toll from heat has risen above 30 since July 9. On Thursday alone, 10 people died and 2,605 people were hospitalized in the sweltering conditions, the Japan Times wrote.

Thailand boys stuck in cave gave cutest answers during press conference | Metro News

But aside from the cheeky confessions, the children managed to steal the hearts of those at a press conference with numerous cute answers to questions.
Here are our top five:
What is the first thing you want to do when you get home?
Would you ever go back to the cave?
What do you want to be when you’re older?
What is the first thing you want to say to your parents?
How did you feel when you were rescued?

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イランが米を提訴 核合意離脱に伴う制裁再開「違法」:日本経済新聞


トルコ、非常事態宣言を解除 クーデター未遂から2年  :日本経済新聞


GS、12年ぶりCEO交代 ブランクファイン氏退任 - 共同通信


Windows 10の「メモ帳」が大幅アップデートの予定。ズーム機能サポートや検索/置換の強化 - Engadget 日本版

マイクロソフトはWindows 10 Insider Preview Build 177313にて、付属テキストエディタ「メモ帳」を数年ぶりに大幅強化することを明らかにしました。……Windows Insider Previewとは、Windowsの開発バージョンを一般公開前に試用できる「Windows Insider Program」の参加者向けプレビュー版のこと。……ようやく進化の時を迎えた「メモ帳」は、ついにズーム機能をサポート。メニューから選択、ないしCtrl-+(プラス)やCtrl--(マイナス)、Ctrl+マウスホイールでズームインおよびズームアウトでき、Ctrl+0でデフォルト表示に戻せます。

警察官がカーチェイス、フロントガラス越しに発砲 TBS NEWS


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News Headlines - 18 July 2018

Thai cave rescue: Boys and football coach tried to dig their way out and will be ordained as monks in diver tribute

But before they were allowed to taste their long-awaited favourite pork dishes, the young team spent more than an hour answering questions – vetted by a psychologist – describing the terror of their ordeal, their hopes for the future, and how the experience had changed their lives.

Owners of Mandalay Bay Sue Victims of Las Vegas Massacre in Federal Court | Inside Edition

The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas are suing victims of October’s mass shooting.
MGM Resorts International, which owns Mandalay Bay, went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday.
The company is asking for the claims against them to be dismissed.

Jeff Bezos Becomes the Richest Man in Modern History, Topping $150 Billion - Bloomberg

Bezos, 54, also has topped Gates in inflation-adjusted terms. The $100 billion mark that Gates hit briefly in 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom would be worth about $149 billion in today’s dollars. That makes the Amazon chief executive officer richer than anyone else on earth since at least 1982, when Forbes published its inaugural wealth ranking.

Former UK PM Tony Blair calls for 2nd vote to fix Brexit 'mess' - Daily Sabah

Blair left office in 2007 and spent many of the following years abroad, including as an international envoy to the Middle East.
But these days he is more often found in London, where he has plunged back into British politics.
"I'm passionately opposed to Brexit and I still believe it can be changed," the 65-year-old told AFP in the offices of his non-profit organization, the Institute for Global Change.

100,000 Pilgrims March in Memory of the Romanovs on the Centenary of Their Execution

Early in the morning of July 17, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led a 22-kilometer procession in honor of the Romanov royal family on the 100th anniversary of their murder. Law enforcement agencies reported that over 100,000 pilgrims participated. Tsar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra Fyodorovna, their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei, along with physician Yevgeny Botkin and three servants, were executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries on July 17, 1918.

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ロシアの選挙介入認める トランプ氏、会見発言を撤回:日本経済新聞




MRJ 初デモ飛行で2強に挑む ボーイング&エアバス本格参入 - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


世界初 3Dプリンターで架かる橋 - 毎日新聞


CNN.co.jp : 米司法省、ロシア人の女を逮捕 工作員として活動した疑い


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News Headlines - 17 July 2018

Trump-Putin summit: After Helsinki, the fallout at home - BBC News

The Helsinki summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump is over, and after nearly two hours behind closed doors and another hour in front of the press, there's plenty of material to sort through.

While Trump meets Putin, China is reaching out to Europe

The spotlight might be on Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin Monday as they hold their first summit; but investors will also monitor a meeting between the EU and China with both looking to fend off U.S. tariffs.
The EU and China launched negotiations for an investment agreement in 2013, but the ongoing threats and new trade tariffs imposed by the United States seem to have added a sense of urgency to those talks. Beijing and Brussels exchanged some market access offers during the meeting on Monday to speed up the negotiations of the investment agreement. In a statement, China and the EU agreed that fostering their trade links was a top priority.
An investment agreement makes it easier for domestic companies to invest abroad, in this case it could help European firms to operate in China and vice-versa. Such agreements tend to be more limited in scope to free-trade arrangements.

April Tinsley cold case: Genealogy tests lead to arrest in 1988 child murder - CNN

For three decades, the abduction, rape and murder of 8-year-old April Tinsley in April 1988 had frustrated Indiana investigators.
The mysterious killer's taunting messages admitting to the crime, scrawled on a barn door and on paper notes threatening to kill again, only added to the desire to solve the cold case. Still, no suspect could be found.
But thanks to advances in genealogy and DNA technology, the suspected killer was arrested and then confessed to the crime on Sunday -- more than 30 years after April's death.

Lava Bomb Hits Tourist Boat in Hawaii, Injuring 23 - The New York Times

A basketball-size chunk of molten rock, known as a lava bomb, crashed into a tourist boat off Hawaii’s coast this week, injuring 23 people who were there to watch lava flow off the Big Island, officials said.
The Coast Guard has opened an investigation into whether the boat was in a restricted zone when the lava struck.
The boat was touring near a lava flow around 6 a.m. on Monday in Kapoho Bay, on the island’s east coast, when molten lava showered down on the vessel’s metal roof, leaving a gaping hole, according to a statement from Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.

This Was Ötzi the Iceman's Last Meal

And now, after putting the stomach contents through a battery of tests, the researchers determined the ice mummy's final meal: dried ibex meat and fat, red deer, einkorn wheat, and traces of toxic fern. The results, published this week in the journal Current Biology, offer a stunningly detailed peek into an ancient diet and hint at possible food preparation methods... They located the wandering organ by examining Ötzi's gall stones, which form in the gallbladder, a small sack sitting below the liver near the stomach. By lining up the position of surrounding organs in radiographic images, the team finally found the stomach.
To sample it, however, scientists had to first defrost the mummy, which is kept at a chilly 21.2 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent microbial invasion. They then used an endoscopic tool to pull 11 blobs of brownish yellow material from his stomach and intestines.

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米保護主義に対抗軸 日欧EPA署名 世界でFTA活発に  :日本経済新聞




マスクCEO、タイ少年救出の英ダイバーを罵倒 テスラ株下落 | ロイター


ラグビー日本代表マフィ逮捕 遠征先NZでチームメートに暴行容疑/デイリースポーツ online


捕獲・解体したクジラはシロナガス? それともナガス? アイスランドで大論争:AFPBB News

捕獲・解体されたのはシロナガスクジラか、それともナガスクジラか? アイスランドで、捕鯨業者が絶滅の危機にひんしているシロナガスクジラを食肉用に解体した疑惑が浮上し、論争が巻き起こっている。だが、問題のクジラの正体の特定は専門家でも困難だという。……現存する地球上で最大の生物であるシロナガスクジラは、国際捕鯨委員会(IWC)によって1960年代に捕獲が禁止された。しかしアイスランドの専門家らは、写真のクジラが本当にシロナガスクジラなのか確信を持てていない。問題のクジラが地球上で2番目に大きいナガスクジラである可能性もあるからだ。ナガスクジラは絶滅の危機にあるとされ、商業捕鯨の一時停止(モラトリアム)の対象となっているが、アイスランドはナガスクジラの捕鯨を合法としている。

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News Headlines - 16 July 2018

Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions U.S. Intelligence on 2016 Election - The New York Times

President Trump stood next to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, wrapping up what he called a “deeply productive” summit meeting with an extraordinary show of trust for a leader accused of attacking American democracy.
In a remarkable news conference, Mr. Trump did not name a single action for which Mr. Putin should be held accountable. Instead, he saved his sharpest criticism for the United States and the special counsel investigation into the election interference, calling it a “ridiculous” probe and a “witch hunt” that has kept the two countries apart.
Mr. Trump even questioned the determinations by his intelligence officials that Russia had meddled in the election.

Pompeo: N. Korea hiding N-facilities / Regime accused of enriching uranium - The Japan News

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused North Korea of operating secret facilities for the enrichment of uranium when he met senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol during his July 6-7 visit to the country, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

Biggest UK auditors hold secret talks to avert watchdog probe | Financial Times

Britain’s nine largest accounting firms held an unprecedented private meeting to discuss tactics to prevent the UK competition watchdog from launching a full investigation of the market that could result in a break-up of the biggest firms.
Ideas discussed in a meeting on Friday included the Big Four firms — KPMG, PwC, EY, and Deloitte — lending staff, software or expertise to their smaller rivals.
The talks came a day after industry body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, met with officials at the Competition and Markets Authority to discuss a potential investigation of the audit market.

Boko Haram overruns Nigeria military base in second attack in days | AFP.com

Boko Haram jihadists overran a military base in northeast Nigeria after a ferocious firefight, security sources said Sunday, the second major assault on the country's forces in two days.
The militants invaded a base holding hundreds of soldiers in Yobe state -- where they abducted over 100 girls from a school earlier this year -- in an hours-long onslaught Saturday night, a military source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Russia: Remains of the murdered Romanovs ′authentic′ | DW

New DNA tests on bones of Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, and his family confirm they are authentic. Researchers exhumed Nicholas's father Alexander III — himself assassinated in 1881 — to prove "they are father and son."
The test results could lead to the Russian Orthodox Church recognizing the remains for a full burial. It said it would consider the findings and commended the progress of the investigation.

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フランス2回目の優勝 決勝でクロアチアを4-2で下す - BBCニュース


決勝戦に男女4人がピッチ乱入 初の警備の失態 - 海外サッカー : 日刊スポーツ


フランス優勝祝いで死傷者 一部が暴徒化し略奪 : 日刊スポーツ


カトリーヌ・ドヌーヴ、ジュリエット・ビノシュも出演! 是枝裕和監督最新作『La Verite(仏題・仮)』製作決定|ぴあ映画生活

『万引き家族』が第71回カンヌ国際映画祭にて最高賞“パルムドール”を受賞し、観客動員290万人、興行収入36億円を突破、大ヒットを記録している。その監督である是枝裕和の長編15作目にあたる、『La Verite(仏題・仮)』の製作が決定し、カトリーヌ・ドヌーヴらの出演が決定。

ジョコビッチが3年ぶり4度目のウィンブルドン制覇、GS通算13勝目:AFPBB News

テニス、ウィンブルドン選手権(The Championships Wimbledon 2018)は15日、男子シングルス決勝が行われ、大会第12シードのノバク・ジョコビッチ(Novak Djokovic、セルビア)が6-2、6-2、7-6(7-3)で第8シードのケビン・アンダーソン(Kevin Anderson、南アフリカ)を下し、2015年以来4度目の優勝を飾った。
 2011年、2014年、2015年に続くトロフィーを獲得した世界ランク21位のジョコビッチは、これで四大大会(グランドスラム)の通算タイトル数を13に伸ばし、準決勝で勝利したラファエル・ナダル(Rafael Nadal、スペイン)の記録まであと4勝に迫っている。

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News Headlines - 15 July 2018

Boys rescued from cave mourn diver who died | Bangkok Post

The 12 boys and their coach rescued from a Thai cave mourned the death of an ex-Navy Seal who died while taking part in the mission, the Public Health Ministry said on Sunday... Lieutenant Commander Saman was widely hailed as a hero but the boys, aged 11 to 16, were only told about his death on Saturday after a medical team said they were strong enough mentally to handle the news, though many wept after hearing it.
"All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman and observed one minute of silence for him," Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary for public health, said in the statement.

Pompeo: Talks with North Korea on returning war dead ‘productive and cooperative’ | TheHill

The United States secured "firm commitments" from North Korea on Sunday in efforts to negotiate the return of the remains of U.S. service members killed in the Korean War, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
Pompeo's statement came as U.S. officials held general-level talks with the North — the first such talks since 2009. He said that the discussions were "productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments" from North Korean officials on the return of the remains.

Korean Air, Asiana workers rally against leaders - NHK WORLD

Workers of 2 leading airline companies in South Korea have staged a joint protest to demand that their scandal-hit leaders step down.
About 100 workers from Korean Air and Asiana Airlines joined the rally in Seoul on Saturday.
It was the first joint protest organized by the 2 companies' labor unions. The protestors hid their faces with sunglasses and masks.

May warns rebels - Back me or risk 'no Brexit at all' | Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May warned her divided party on Sunday that there may be “no Brexit at all” if they wrecked her plan to forge a close relationship with the European Union after leaving the world’s biggest trading bloc.

Israel deals 'hardest blow' to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war - BBC News

Israel has carried out its biggest attack against Hamas militant targets in Gaza since the war in 2014, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.
The raids were a response to rockets fired into Israel, he said. Hamas said a truce had been agreed, but further exchanges have been reported.
Palestinian health officials said two people were killed and 12 injured in an air strike in Gaza City on Saturday.

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CNN.co.jp : 英エリザベス女王の「前を歩いた」、トランプ米大統領に批判の声






英国:被害男性自宅の小瓶から神経剤 拾って接触か - 毎日新聞


サッカー=ベルギーがW杯3位、イングランドに快勝 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 14 July 2018

12 Russian Intelligence Officers Charged Over 2016 Hacking | Time

The Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and state election systems, as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

US regulator to examine auditors’ ‘going concern’ reporting | Financial Times

The US accounting watchdog has promised to examine whether market intervention is necessary to strengthen investor confidence in auditors’ “going concern” statements — crucial judgments that indicate whether a company is viable for the next 12 months... These criticisms have undermined investor trust in the financial statements signed off by the four — Deloitte, EY, PwC and KPMG. These firms are responsible for auditing the vast majority of the world’s largest companies.

Dutch city to unveil world's first 3D-printed housing complex | AFP.com

The southern Dutch city of Eindhoven plans to unveil the world´s first 3D-printed housing complex next year, which its inventors believe could revolutionise the building industry by speeding up and customising construction.
Printed in concrete by a robotic arm, the project backed by the city council, Eindhoven Technical University and several construction companies aims to see its first three-bedroomed home go up by June 2019.

Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From 'Rub & Tug'

After drawing intense criticism for accepting a role in the movie Rub & Tug, by her Ghost in the Shell director Rupert Sanders, Scarlett Johansson has withdrawn from the movie, she told Out in an exclusive statement today. “I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues,” she said. “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”

France celebrates Bastille Day, awaits World Cup final - France 24

Security has been tightened ahead of a weekend that France hopes will bring back-to-back celebrations of Bastille Day on July 14 and a victory in the 2018 World Cup final, with 110,000 members of the security services deployed across France.

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東京新聞:米英首脳 FTA交渉推進で合意 トランプ氏、首相批判否定


仏革命記念日パレードに自衛隊も参加 日仏交流160年、河野太郎外相も観覧 - 産経ニュース


奇跡ではなかった!? 13人の救出|NHK NEWS WEB


スカーレット・ヨハンソンが主役辞退 LGBT映画で猛反発 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)




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News Headlines - 13 July 2018

Talking heads

Ahead of the first official summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, see which foreign leaders the two men have each spoken to and met with most frequently since January 2017.

Donald Trump meets Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle | Reuters

Donald Trump met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on Friday but the 92-year-old monarch was forced at one point to walk around the U.S. president after he halted abruptly during a ceremonial inspection of the guard.
Trump’s first visit to Britain as president was not the full state visit he was originally promised, but he was heralded by military bands on his arrival at Windsor, before he and First Lady Melania went into the castle for tea with the queen.

Walmart Says It Hasn't Made a Decision to Sell Japanese Unit - Bloomberg

Walmart Inc. said it’s committed to building its Japanese business, downplaying media reports that the retailing giant will sell its Seiyu chain.

Mastung massacre: 128 martyred, over 200 injured in suicide blast claimed by Islamic State | The Express Tribune

A suicide bomber targeting a political rally of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) on Friday killed at least 128 people and injured over 200, the deadliest in a string of attacks on electioneering that have heightened security fears ahead of the elections.
Among those slain was the candidate for PB-35 (Mastung) Siraj Raisani, whose elder brother Nawab Aslam Raisani had served as the Balochistan chief minister from 2008 to 2013.

Huge iceberg off Greenland sparks flooding fears | AFP.com

A massive iceberg drifting off Greenland has triggered fears of flooding if it breaks up, leading the authorities to evacuate a high-risk zone.
The authorities have urged residents of the Innaarsuit island settlement with houses on a promontory to move away from the shore over fears that the 100-metre (over 300 feet) high iceberg, which was spotted on Thursday, could swamp the area.

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トランプ氏が初訪問 イギリスで大規模な抗議デモ




福島の吟醸酒に最高賞 ロンドンの世界的品評会 - 共同通信

世界的なワイン品評会、インターナショナル・ワイン・チャレンジ(IWC)の授賞式が10日、ロンドンで開かれ、日本酒部門の今年の最優秀賞「チャンピオン・サケ」に福島県の蔵元、奥の松酒造の吟醸酒「奥の松 あだたら吟醸」が選ばれた。……日本国外で最大級の日本酒コンテストであるIWC日本酒部門は、海外での日本食人気を受けて2007年に始まり、今年で12回目。今回は456社の1639銘柄が出品され、いずれも過去最多だった。

ケンドリック・ラマー、来日へ向けた強烈メッセージ広告が出現 | Billboard JAPAN


『美女サポ』放送にFIFAが警告、人種差別より“性差別”の表面化を指摘 | ゲキサカ


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News Headlines - 12 July 2018

North Korea a No-Show for Talks With US on Korean War Dead

North Korea failed to show up Thursday for talks with U.S. officials on returning the remains of American war dead from the Korean War in the early 1950s, a new sign of tension between the two countries.

Trump Tweets 'Very Nice Note' From North Korea's Kim Jong Un | Time

President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a letter to him from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heralding “epochal progress” in U.S.-North Korea relations, despite signs that path-finding diplomacy between the adversaries is running into problems... The letter is dated July 6. That’s when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea’s commitment for “complete denuclearization.”

Thailand's Tham Luang cave to become museum to showcase boys' rescue - Channel NewsAsia

A cave complex in Thailand where 12 schoolboys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks before they were safely brought out will be turned into a museum to showcase the rescue, the head of the operation said on Wednesday (Jul 11).

91-year-old man beaten with brick, told 'go back to Mexico' - CNN

Tears glistened on the black and purple bruises covering 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez's face as he described being attacked by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July... He'll be turning 92 in September, Rodriguez said, and he's never been hurt like this before, in a life working the fields with cattle and corn.
He had traveled from Michoacan, Mexico, to visit his family in Willowbrook, California, a city in Los Angeles County, his grandson Erik Mendoza said.

Japan population declines at fastest pace yet, with only Tokyo seeing significant growth | The Japan Times

According to the census released Wednesday by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, the country’s population as of Jan. 1 declined from a year earlier at its fastest pace since 1968, the year the survey began.
The population, excluding foreign residents, stood at 125,209,603, a record drop of 374,055 from a year earlier and the ninth straight year of decline. The number of registered foreign residents, however, rose to 2,497,656, up 174,228 from 2017.

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トランプ氏、NATO加盟国の防衛支出増を要求 ドイツを名指し批判 - BBCニュース


米フォックス、英スカイへの提示額引き上げ-コムキャストと買収合戦 - Bloomberg


エンジンの配線をネズミにかじられたトヨタ車オーナー達による集団訴訟が却下 - Autoblog 日本版


叙事詩「オデュッセイア」刻んだ3世紀の粘土板発見 ギリシャ最古の記録か:AFPBB News

 古代オリンピックの舞台となったオリンピア遺跡では、ギリシャ考古学当局がドイツ考古学研究所(German Institute of Archaeology)と協力して3年にわたって表層部の発掘を行っていた。粘土板はゼウス神殿の近くで見つかったという。

CNN.co.jp : ジョージ・クルーニーさん、イタリアで交通事故 自宅で療養中


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News Headlines - 11 July 2018

Thai cave rescue draws attention to country's 'stateless' children | Reuters

The rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded Thai cave, which gripped the country and the world, has also drawn attention to the plight of “stateless” children in the country.
At least three of the boys, as well as their coach, are refugees. Like tens of thousands of others who sought refuge in Thailand, they have few rights and legal protections, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, campaigners said.

Woman arrested in Iran over Instagram video of her dancing | The Guardian

Iran has arrested a number of people over videos that were posted on Instagram, including a young woman who filmed herself dancing to music.
According to activists, Maedeh Hojabri was one of a number of users behind popular Instagram accounts who have been arrested. The identities of the other detainees have not been confirmed.

Original Winnie-the-Pooh map sets world record at auction | The Guardian

The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by the artist EH Shepard has set a world record for a book illustration sold at auction, selling for £430,000.
The 1926 sketch, which was privately owned and had been unseen for nearly half a century, introduced readers to the world of Christopher Robin and his friends in the original book.

Meteorologists just found the coldest natural temperatures on the planet | Popular Science

The coldest place on earth sits atop the Eastern Antarctic Plateau, two miles above the sea. It’s not just one spot: across an area the size of Indiana, the chilliest air in the world pools in slight valleys. The skies must remain clear, calm, and dry for at least four days for temperatures to dip below -130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a paper published last week in Geophysical Research Letters.

World Cup semi-final: England lose 2-1 to Croatia in extra time - BBC Sport

England's bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an agonising end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow... England - in their first World Cup semi-final since they were beaten on penalties by West Germany at Italia '90 - were given the perfect start through Kieran Trippier's 20-yard free-kick after only five minutes, but Perisic's 68th-minute equaliser sent the match into extra time.

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米トランプ政権 中国製品6031品目に関税上乗せへ | NHKニュース


アップル元社員、自動運転車の企業秘密窃盗容疑で逮捕:AFPBB News

米連邦捜査局(FBI)が提出した訴追請求状によると、張暁浪(Xiaolang Zhang)容疑者は2015年12月にアップルに入社し、自動運転車のハードウエアとソフトウエアを開発するチームに加わった。……アップルのセキュリティーチームは、張容疑者による社内ネットワークへのアクセスが育児休暇から戻る前の数日間に急激に活発になっていたことを突き止めた。張容疑者は、秘密情報のデータベースを検索して自動運転車のプロトタイプなどに関する技術文書のファイルをダウンロードした疑いが持たれている。





Cロナウド、レアルからユベントスへ移籍発表 - セリエA : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 10 July 2018

Cave rescue: Elation as Thai boys and coach freed by divers - BBC News

Joy and relief have greeted the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves in northern Thailand after divers completed a daring operation to bring them out.
Seventeen days after they got trapped underground, the last five members of the group emerged on Tuesday.

Japan struggles in the wake of worst flooding in decades | Al Jazeera

The death toll from Japan's worst flooding in nearly four decades has reached 127, with authorities struggling to restore utilities and bring relief to the victims... Torrential rains unleashed floods and landslides in western Japan last week, killing 127, with 63 missing, public broadcaster NHK said.

Japanese nurse investigated over 20 killings at end of shifts to avoid 'nuisance' of telling families of deaths

A nurse suspected of killing at least 20 elderly patients in a hospital in Japan has told investigators that she added disinfectant to their intravenous drips shortly before finishing her shifts because it was “a nuisance” to explain to relatives when a person had died during her working hours.

Australia monster croc caught after eight-year hunt - Channel NewsAsia

An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 600kg has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in Australia, officials said on Tuesday.
The 4.7-metre beast was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010.
Authorities had tried in vain for years to bag the croc, which is estimated to be 60 years old.

Ethiopia's Abiy and Eritrea's Afewerki declare end of war - BBC News

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed a declaration saying that the state of war between the two countries is over.
A peace deal ending the 1998-2000 border conflict has never been fully implemented and there has been tension between the neighbours ever since.
The countries have also agreed to re-establish trade and diplomatic ties.

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ジョンソン英外相が辞任、首相の柔軟路線に反対 EU離脱案の行方混迷 | ロイター


トランプ米大統領、最高裁判事に保守派キャバノー氏指名 - BBCニュース


CNN.co.jp : カナダ・ケベック州の熱波、死者70人に 暑さのピークは過ぎる




スペイン新監督に前バルセロナ監督のルイスエンリケ氏 2年契約― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 09 July 2018

Deadliest rainfall in 35 years kills 110; dozens remain missing - The Japan News

The death toll from record rainfall, which has caused widespread flooding and landslides in the central and western part of Japan, has risen to 110 as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to calculations by The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Abe cancels trip to Europe, Middle East to deal with rain disaster - The Mainichi

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday canceled a planned trip to Europe and the Middle East to oversee the government response to the devastation caused by torrential rain in western Japan over recent days.

Thailand cave rescue: Reports an eighth boy has emerged from complex

A team of 12 young footballers and their coach were trapped in a dark, flooded chamber on June 23 and have been imprisoned for more than two weeks in Chiang Rai province, in the country’s mountainous north.
Four boys were extracted on Sunday and four on Monday, and the eight were evacuated to hospital. That leaves just four boys and their 25-year-old coach deep within the tunnels.

Malaysia halts a big China-backed rail link project

The suspension of the East Coast Rail Link is a signal Malaysia's new leader, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, is making good on his promise to rein in China's influence.
And it comes just over a month after Mahathir said he was ditching a planned $17 billion high-speed rail link with Singapore, saying it cost too much and likely wouldn't benefit many commuters.

Nissan admits to more testing misconduct for cars sold in Japan | Reuters

Nissan Motor said on Monday it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes.

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デービス英EU離脱担当相が辞任、首相提案の交渉方針批判 | ロイター






大陽日酸、欧州産業ガス事業買収 6400億円 日本の化学メーカーで最大 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


W杯準決勝進出のイングランド代表、応援歌がリバイバルヒット | ロイター


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News Headlines - 08 July 2018

Thai cave rescue: Four boys freed but rest must wait - BBC News

Four boys have been brought above ground so far in good health, rescuers say.
The mission has now been paused for at least 10 hours as air tanks need to be replaced... The next phase would begin on Monday morning, after relaying "all of the air tanks and all systems along the way", Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

Latin American Herald Tribune - At Least 145 Politicians Killed in Run-Up to Mexico Elections

At least 145 politicians, including 48 candidates and pre-candidates, were murdered across Mexico during the election process, according to a study by Etellekt, a risk-analysis firm.
The firm said that 627 incidents of violence against politicians were registered since the campaign season began on Sept. 8, 2017, until June 30, a day before election day.
Besides the murders, the firm said that 206 threats and intimidation, 85 physical attacks, 57 firearm assaults and 52 attacks against family members that caused 50 fatalities were added to the total number of violent incidents against politicians and candidates across Mexico.

Asiana Flights Go Without Meals After Food Caterer Swapped - Bloomberg

Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea’s second-biggest carrier, said its struggle to provide in-flight meals to passengers departing Seoul continued for a fourth day after a caterer was unable to deliver the food on time.
About seven out of 79 flights were expected to depart Wednesday from Incheon airport, which serves Seoul, without any food for passengers, a spokesman for the airline said. The carrier is working to resolve the issue and providing small meal boxes on some flights, he said.

Toyota Will Reveal New Supra at Goodwood Festival of Speed - The Drive

Toyota Europe confirmed via Twitter on Thursday that the fifth-generation Supra will be formally unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which starts Thursday, July 12, and runs through Sunday, July 15.
The A90 generation of the Supra follows the A80, which was produced between 1993 and 2002, and popularized by its appearance in The Fast and the Furious. The new Supra was co-developed with BMW on a platform to be shared with the next Z4, and is expected to enter production alongside its Bavarian brother in Q4 of 2018 in as many as four flavors.

UK heatwave: Photos show dramatic impact on River Teme - BBC News

Water in part of a river straddling England and Wales has all but disappeared due to the heatwave.
Parts of the upper River Teme in north Herefordshire have completely dried out in the space of just a few days.
More than 500 salmon and trout have been rescued by the Environment Agency, which has worked on sections of the river for more than a week.

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東京新聞:TPPにも参加意向 英、EU離脱基本方針決定


ロンドン市長、巨大バルーン「トランプ・ベイビー」の飛行容認 | ロイター




スイス、娯楽目的でのマリフアナ使用禁止の緩和を検討 | ロイター


クロアチアDFが試合中にレッドブル摂取…FIFAが制裁金780万円 | ゲキサカ


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News Headlines - 07 July 2018

Theresa May gains backing for ‘soft Brexit’ plan | Financial Times

Theresa May won approval at an all-day Chequers summit for a pro-business plan to keep Britain intimately bound to the EU single market and customs union, beating back Eurosceptic cabinet opposition to her new “soft Brexit” strategy.
Mrs May challenged critics including Boris Johnson, foreign secretary, to back the plan for a “UK-EU free trade area” in a confrontation seen by senior Tories as a decisive moment in the tortuous Brexit process.
Mr Johnson and five other cabinet ministers met on Thursday night at the Foreign Office to plan a counter-attack to try to preserve a clean Brexit, but they eventually concluded they could not stop Mrs May’s plan.

Ahead of NATO and Putin summits, Trump’s unorthodox diplomacy rattles allies - The Washington Post

This report is based on interviews with U.S. and European officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations and Trump’s interactions with world leaders. The core of Trump’s freewheeling approach has been in place since his earliest days in the White House. Shortly after he took office, Trump began passing out his personal cellphone number to a handful of foreign leaders, and in April 2017, White House aides were startled when officials in Canada issued a standard summary of a conversation between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Trump... No one at the White House was aware the call had taken place. “We had no idea what happened,” a senior U.S. official said... In this instance, U.S. officials had to rely on Trump’s memory. A terse public readout described “a very amicable call.”

North Korea Criticizes ‘Gangster-Like’ U.S. Attitude After Talks With Mike Pompeo - The New York Times

North Korea accused the Trump administration on Saturday of pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” and called it “deeply regrettable,” hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his two days of talks in the North Korean capital were “productive.”
Despite the criticism, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, still wanted to build on the “friendly relationship and trust” forged with President Trump during their summit meeting in Singapore on June 12. The ministry said Mr. Kim had written a personal letter to Mr. Trump, reiterating that trust.

Under pressure from US, Japan′s Shinzo Abe ′cancels Iran trip′ | DW

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly canceled a trip to Iran. He would have been the first Japanese leader to visit Tehran in 40 years, but he chooses the US security umbrella over the need to secure oil supplies.

TASS: England through to FIFA World Cup semifinal after hammering Sweden 2-0

The national team England has defeated Sweden 2-0 in a quarterfinal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Samara on Saturday.
The score was opened in the first half of the match (in the 30th minute) with Harry Maguire’s bullet header. In the 59th minute, Dele Alli’s second header carried England past Sweden into the soccer World Cup semifinals, for the first time since 1990... England will now take on the survivor in the Russia vs Croatia quarterfinal, scheduled for 21:00 Moscow time on Saturday in Sochi. The semi-final takes place at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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米中貿易戦争に 米制裁関税発動、中国は報復:日本経済新聞




オウム死刑執行:ロシアは関心高く いまだ警戒続く - 毎日新聞


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「牛追い祭」は安全、スペインの開催都市が女性にアピール | ロイター


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News Headlines - 06 July 2018

Japan executes leader, six followers, of sarin attack doomesday cult | Reuters

Japan executed on Friday the former leader of a doomsday cult and six other members of the group that carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, killing 13 people and shattering the country’s myth of public safety.
The Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum Supreme Truth cult, which mixed Buddhist and Hindu meditation with apocalyptic teachings, staged a series of crimes including simultaneous sarin gas attacks on subway trains during rush hour in March 1995. Sarin, a nerve gas, was originally developed by the Nazis.

Japanese Journalist, Missing in Syria Since 2015, Appears in New Video - The New York Times

A Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria three years ago and who is believed to be a hostage of terrorists appeared in a new video aired on Japanese television on Friday... Nippon News Network said it had obtained the video from a person connected to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, whom it would not name, who told the network that it had been recorded by the group that captured Mr. Yasuda.

Hundreds of thousands evacuated in Japan as 'historic' rain falls; four dead | Reuters

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its strongest possible warning about the “historic” rainfall and said more was set to batter already saturated areas through Sunday, raising the danger of more landslides and major damage.

Rescuer dies during dive in flooded Tham Luang cave | Bangkok Post

A former Navy seal taking part in the rescue of 12 young footballers and their coach trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai passed out during a dive and died early on Friday morning.
Naval Special Warfare Command chief Apakorn Yukongkaew said Petty Officer 1st class Saman Gunan, 37, who was a security officer at Suvarnabhumi airport, lost consciousness as he was returning used air tanks to Chamber 3 about 1am.

China hits retaliation button, launching tariffs as trade war with US starts | South China Morning Post

On Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said China had imposed countermeasures after America’s tariffs came into force.
Lu Kang, a spokesman for the ministry, said China’s tit-for-tat measures “had taken effect immediately after the implementation of the US tariffs”.
Lu was speaking after Washington’s 25 per cent duties on US$34 billion worth of Chinese goods came into force earlier in the day.

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独連立3党、難民対応策で合意 トランジットセンター設置案は撤回 | ロイター


欧州議会、著作権新指令案否決 条項見直し9月に再投票へ - ITmedia NEWS

 この結果、指令案は再度修正され、9月の総会で再投票にかけられることになった。……「copyright in the Digital Single Market(以下「DSM著作権指令案」)」は、メディアによるオンラインコンテンツのスニペットを使う場合、メディアからのライセンス取得を義務付けるというもの。意図は、欧州のパブリッシャーがスニペット表示によって収益を得られるようにすることだが、プラットフォーム企業が著作権料支払いを避けるためにメディアをフィルタする可能性やライセンス不要なフェイクニュースの表示が増える可能性などが指摘されていた。

「死刑は残忍で冷酷」 欧州各国や人権団体が死刑執行に強く反対 - 産経ニュース


AppleのApp Storeが10周年 主要開発者の賛辞やいくつかの数字を披露 - ITmedia NEWS

米AppleのiOS向けアプリストア「App Store」が7月10日で開店10周年を迎える。Appleは5日(現地時間)、App Storeの10年を振り返る記事を公開した。
 Appleが2007年6月9日にiPhoneを発表した段階ではサードパーティ製アプリをインストールする手段はなかった。アプリストア開店はiPhone発表の約1年後で、まずはThe New York TimesやeBayなどを含む500本のアプリでスタートした。……2009年にスタートしたアプリ内課金による開発者の累計収益は、2010年6月に10億ドルだった。2011年にはサブスクリプションアプリが登場した。現在サブスクリプション機能のあるアプリは2万8000本以上あり、サブスクリプション数は前年より約2倍になった。開発者の累計収益は2018年6月には1000億ドルに上った。



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News Headlines - 05 July 2018

Trump’s Trade War With China Is Officially Underway - The New York Times

A trade war between the world’s two largest economies officially began on Friday morning as the Trump administration followed through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products, a significant escalation of a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the United States and China.
The penalties, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m., prompted quick retaliation by Beijing, which said it immediately put its own similarly sized tariffs on American goods. Previously, the Chinese government had said it would tax pork, soybeans and automobiles, among other products

British PM May admits to World Cup penalty nerves | AFP.com

England's World Cup penalty shootout win against Colombia proved to be almost as nerve-wracking for British Prime Minister Theresa May as for Gareth Southgate's players in Russia... "She did see some of (the match)," said a Downing Street spokesman. "She actually said earlier, she struggles to watch penalties because it's a nerve-wracking time." May appeared buoyed by the team's victory at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

Japan-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro honored by the prefecture and city of his birth | The Japan Times

Japan-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, 63, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, was named an honorary citizen by the Nagasaki prefectural and city governments in a ceremony in London on Tuesday.

Bombardier and Hitachi in joint bid to build HS2 trains in UK

Train building rivals Bombardier and Hitachi will join forces to bid for a £2.75bn contract to build high-speed trains in the UK.
They had previously submitted separate bids for the contract.to design, build and maintain at least 54 new high-speed trains.
The trains will be used for phase 1 of the £55.7bn high-speed (HS2) railway, which will link London and Birmingham from December 2026.

Trophy hunting: Outrage after American woman kills 'rare' giraffe

Photos of an American hunter posing with the dead body of a "rare" black giraffe she had just killed during a hunt in South Africa have sparked outrage.
The pictures emerged after they were posted on Twitter by the South Africa-based AfricLand Post website. Accompanying the post, which shows two pictures of Tess Thompson Talley of Kentucky, were the words: “White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share”.

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英で重体2人「神経剤に接触」 暗殺未遂事件と同物質:日本経済新聞


ポーランドが最高裁判事の定年引き下げ、EUは司法介入と批判 | ロイター


在仏の日本人ワイン農家夫婦に退去命令 「恥ずべき決定」に抗議の署名殺到:AFPBB News

南仏で「傑出した」ワインを生産している日本人夫妻に強制退去命令が出され、フランスのワイン愛好家たちが処分取り消しを求めて立ち上がった。……退去命令を受けたのはショウジ・ヒロフミ(Hirofumi Shoji)さんと妻リエ(Rie Shoji)さん。南仏ルシヨン(Roussillon)のバニュルスシュルメール(Banyuls-sur-Mer)近郊で有機栽培したブドウを手摘みで収獲し、添加物を入れない自然派ワインを生産している。……しかし、2人が在留資格を「労働者」から「農家」に切り替えようと申請したところ、月収が2000ユーロ(約26万円)に満たないとの理由で移民当局から退去処分を言い渡された。

パリの公共バス運転手、半ズボン着用許可される 長年の嘆願実る | ロイター


米女優と俳優を誘拐、裸にして30時間監禁 男女3人を起訴:AFPBB News

映画『ハロウィン レザレクション(Halloween: Resurrection)』への出演で知られる米女優デイジー・マクラッキン(Daisy McCrackin)さんと俳優ジョゼフ・カポネ(Joseph Capone)さんを誘拐し、カポネさんを裸にして30時間浴槽の中に監禁した上、マクラッキンさんに身代金を要求した罪で、男女3人が正式に起訴されたことが分かった。

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News Headlines - 04 July 2018

Senior Japanese education official arrested for allegedly accepting bribe - Xinhua

A high-ranking official of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was arrested Wednesday for allegedly accepting a bribe in exchange for a personal favor, Tokyo prosecutors said... Sano allegedly received the bribe from the university in May 2017, the special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office said... In return for helping the university to be selected for the ministry's aid program to support private universities, the university allegedly added points to his child's entrance exam.

Former Malaysian leader arrested, to be charged with graft - The Japan News

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested Tuesday by anti-graft investigators and will be charged over his alleged role in the multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund, officials said.
A government task force probing alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund said Najib’s arrest was linked to the suspicious transfer of 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million) into his bank account from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit, using multiple intermediary companies.

Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi got a ransom demand for his kidnapped father hours before a World Cup game - CNN

Nigeria football captain John Obi Mikel has expressed his gratitude to the Nigeria Police Force following the rescue of his father from kidnappers on Monday... ... Obi received a call demanding a ransom a few hours before Nigeria faced Argentina in a crucial World Cup match in St. Petersburg, Russia, police said in a statement... It is the second time Pa Obi has been kidnapped and rescued. The first incident was in 2011 when he was abducted from his home in Jos in Nigeria's central region. He was rescued days after.

Teen who died on overnight school trip suffered from toxic shock syndrome, coroner says | Fox News

A coroner’s report has confirmed that a Canadian teen who died during an overnight school trip suffered from toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Sara Manitoski, who was on an outdoor education trip on Hornby Island, near Vancouver Island, was found lifeless in bed in March 2017... Now, more than a year later, the BC Coroners Service confirmed a strain of staphylococcus aureus on a tampon, as well as other symptoms consistent with TSS, were discovered, CTV News reported. TSS is a dangerous, sometimes fatal illness caused by bacterial toxins. It’s primarily linked to menstruating women who use super-absorbent tampons, but the infection can affect people of all ages, including men, children and postmenopausal women.

How England ended their penalties curse

Yet before England defeated Colombia 4 - 3 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, the Three Lions hadn't won a shoot-out in a major tournament since 1996 - and never in a World Cup.

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超大手がフェイスブック広告を見限る理由 | プレジデントオンライン


メイ英首相、「可能な限り穏健なEU離脱」案提示へ=ITV | ロイター




ノーベル平和賞授賞式のコンサート、資金難で中止:AFPBB News

ノーベル平和賞(Nobel Peace Prize)授賞式後に行われる毎年恒例のコンサートについて、主催団体は3日、資金難のため今年は中止すると明らかにした。今年の授賞式は12月10日にノルウェーの首都オスロで開かれる。……コンサートは運営資金をもっぱら民間の支援に頼っていた上、スマートフォンの普及によりテレビ中継の視聴率も低下。ノーベル研究所側は今後、コンサートの新たな枠組みを検討していくとしている。

東京新聞:北非核化に「悪影響」 大量プルトニウム 元米国務次官補が懸念


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News Headlines - 03 July 2018

Boys and coach found alive in cave | Bangkok Post

The 12 missing boys and their football coach have been found in Tham Luang by a British cave explorer - all alive and apparently safe.
A dramatic video stream from the Pattaya Beach area deep inside the cave indicated an English cave explorer was the first to reach the boys.

Gunmen assassinate Philippine mayor in second murder in two days | South China Morning Post

Motorcycle-riding gunmen on Tuesday assassinated a mayor in a town north of the Philippine capital, the second such killing of an official in two days, police said... Ferdinand Bote, 57, became the 12th elected local official murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a deadly anti-narcotics campaign after coming to power two years ago, although Bote was not linked to the drug trade.

U-boat given to Japan during WWII found in sea after 72 years:The Asahi Shimbun

A German U-boat that was gifted to the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II has been discovered intact off Kyoto Prefecture more than 70 years after it was scuttled by the Allies in 1946... The 77-meter-long U-511 was built in 1941 by Nazi Germany. It was later renamed the Ro-500 when it was given to the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1943 after it was used to transport confidential documents to Japan.

Japan leaves spotless locker room, thank-you note - CNET

The Samurai Blue of Japan were eliminated from World Cup play on Monday. But the crushing defeat by Belgium didn't stop the Japanese national team from cleaning their locker room until it was spotless, and leaving behind a note thanking Russia for hosting them.
A tweet from sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri showing Japan's immaculate locker room and a one-word thank you note has gone viral, with more than 12,000 likes and 6,000 retweets as of Tuesday morning. Palmeri noted that the photo was uploaded by a delegate from FIFA, the organization that runs the World Cup.

Japan's 'psychic' octopus killed and 'sent to market' - BBC News

An octopus, who correctly predicted all of Japan's World Cup results, has been killed and turned into sashimi... Rabio - a giant Pacific octopus - predicted Japan's win against Colombia and their draw with Senegal by moving to different parts of a paddling pool... Rabio was sent to market before Japan lost 1-0 to Poland on 28 June.

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メルケル独首相、連立崩壊を回避 移民問題でCSU党首と合意 | ロイター


ベルギー:イラン反体制派集会でテロ未遂 4人拘束 - 毎日新聞


「ロシアのクリミア併合認めない」 米大統領報道官が明言:AFPBB News

サラ・サンダース(Sarah Sanders)米大統領報道官は2日の記者会見で、ロシアによる2014年のウクライナ南部クリミア半島併合は「認めない」と述べ、クリミアがウクライナに返還されるまでロシアに対する制裁は維持されると明言した。……ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は今月16日、フィンランドのヘルシンキでロシアのウラジーミル・プーチン(Vladimir Putin)大統領と会談する予定。トランプ氏は6月29日に報道陣からクリミア問題について問われた際、「成り行きを見なくてはならない」と述べ、あいまいな態度を見せていた。

FB、パナソニックにも個人情報提供 米議会資料で判明:朝日新聞デジタル




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News Headlines - 02 July 2018

Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: Left-leaning populist elected

Left-leaning populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador easily won Mexico’s presidential election Sunday, in a victory that upends the country’s political order... Mexico's electoral authority gave López Obrador, who is also known as AMLO, between 53% and 53.8% of the vote — the highest total for a Mexican presidential candidate since 1982, when one-party rule was the norm.

Philippine mayor known for parading drug suspects shot dead by sniper in front of horrified employees | South China Morning Post

A Philippine provincial city mayor known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself was shot and killed Monday during a flag-raising ceremony in front of horrified employees.
Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan city in Batangas province south of Manila was shot by a still-unidentified attacker and died while being taken to a hospital.

Hello Kitty-themed bullet train debuts in Japan - Xinhua

A Hello Kitty-themed bullet train began service in Japan on Saturday, drawing hundreds of fans to celebrate its debut.
The specially painted pink and white eight-car bullet train, or "shinkansen" in Japanese, is emblazoned with the world famous character from flooring to seat covers and windows.

Princess Ayako says she and fiance Kei Moriya hit it off from the start | The Japan Times

Princess Ayako, a daughter of a late cousin to Emperor Akihito, said Monday she hit it off with her husband-to-be Kei Moriya from the time they first met last December at the introduction of her mother, Princess Hisako.

Japanese Emperor Akihito resting due to cerebral anaemia | Reuters

Japanese Emperor Akihito cancelled his public duties after suffering dizziness and nausea due to cerebral anaemia, a condition caused by insufficient blood flow to the brain, a palace official said on Monday.

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独内相がCSU党首と内相辞任の意向 難民・移民巡り首相と対立 | ロイター




安倍首相、11─18日にベルギー・フランス・サウジ・エジプト訪問 | ロイター


朝日新聞の信頼度は日本の有力紙の中で最下位 英調査│NEWSポストセブン

〈朝日新聞の信頼度は日本の有力紙の中で最下位〉という衝撃的な調査が発表された。英国オックスフォード大学ロイター・ジャーナリズム研究所が毎年行なっている国際的なメディア調査レポートの最新版『Digital NEWS REPORT 2018』によると、日本の新聞で読者の信頼度が高いのは1位が日経新聞、2位地方紙、3位読売新聞で、朝日新聞は産経新聞(4位)や毎日新聞(5位)より下の6位(最下位)となった。“日本で一番信頼できない新聞”という評価だ。

英振付師ジリアン・リン氏死去、92歳 「キャッツ」「オペラ座の怪人」:AFPBB News

ミュージカル「キャッツ(Cats)」や「オペラ座の怪人(The Phantom of the Opera)」の振り付けで知られる英国の振付師、ジリアン・リン(Gillian Lynne)氏が1日、ロンドンの病院で亡くなった。92歳。……リン氏が米ブロードウェー(Broadway)とロンドンのウエストエンド(West End)で振り付けを担当した作品は50以上に上り、英国で最も権威のある演劇賞「ローレンス・オリビエ賞(Laurence Olivier Awards)」を2回受賞した。

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News Headlines - 01 July 2018

Girl dies as car driven by 13-yr-old crashes in western Japan - The Mainichi

A car carrying five 13-year-old students crashed in the western Japan city of Okayama on Sunday morning, leaving one of them, a girl, dead and the other four seriously injured, police said.
The police are investigating who was behind the wheel when the car carrying the junior high school second-graders hit a pole on the median strip of a four-lane road around 4:55 a.m. An empty can of "chuhai" low-alcohol beverage was found in the backseat of the car.

BP to acquire Chargemaster, the UK's largest EV charging network - Roadshow

BP announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Chargemaster. Chargemaster is the UK's largest public EV charging network, comprising some 6,500 charging points. But it's not just public installations -- the company also builds and sells chargers for home use.

Govia Thameslink could be stripped of franchise due to sustained disruption | The Independent

The crisis-ridden rail operator Govia Thameslink could be stripped of its franchise to run commuter trains in southern England if the service does not rapidly improve.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is understood to have given the parent company of the Thameslink and Great Northern routes two weeks to make changes otherwise the government will take control.

Ukraine's Roma under attack in wave of hate crimes | AFP.com

More than a dozen Roma people were forced to flee the camp outside the city of Lviv after about 10 masked assailants armed with batons and knives attacked them late Saturday.
They killed one and injured four, including a child, officials said.
It was the latest in a string of brutal attacks against Ukraine's 260,000-strong Roma community over recent months. But it was the first such fatal attack. The 24-year-old man died from stab wounds.

How many children does Cristiano Ronaldo have, what are their names and who are each of their mums?

The Portuguese star has four children.
His first son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, 7, lives with the Real Madrid striker and grandmother Dolores in Madrid... And the Portugal captain announced in June 2017 that he had fathered twins via a surrogate mother in the United States... Ronaldo confirmed in an interview on July 18, 2017 that he and Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez were expecting their first baby together.

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岐阜 ドイツの働き方知る講演会|NHK


眞子さまと婚約内定の小室圭さん、今夏渡米へ TBS NEWS


パスポート写真は笑顔で、なりすましに一役 研究(The Telegraph)

旅券(パスポート)の不正使用を防ぐには、笑顔の写真を使うべき──こう示唆する論文が、英医学専門誌「ブリティッシュ・ジャーナル・オブ・サイコロジー(British Journal of Psychology)」に掲載された。……40人の被験者は、知らない人物の顔写真60組を照合。同一人物の異なる写真2枚、似ているが別人の写真2枚について、無表情のものと笑顔のものを照合した。



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