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News Headlines - 31 August 2018

Facebook removes accounts associated with Myanmar military | The Guardian

Facebook has removed 18 accounts and 52 pages associated with the Myanmar military, including the page of its commander-in-chief, after a UN report accused the armed forces of genocide and war crimes.
In an unusually prompt move, the pages and accounts of the Mynamar military, known as the Tatmadaw, were deleted just minutes after the UN fact-finding mission released its damning report.
Facebook, which is a highly popular source of information in Myanmar, has come under criticism for giving a platform to vitriolic posts aimed at stirring up and spreading hatred against the minority Muslim Rohingya population.

Japan Protests China's Ban on Sankei Shimbun Coverage | JAPAN Forward

Chinese government authorities on Wednesday, August 29, refused to let The Sankei Shimbun participate in pool media, leading the the Japan Press Association in Beijing — comprised of reporters from major Japanese newspapers and news agencies based in China’s capital — to boycott the news-gathering activities at the outset of the Wan-Akiba talks.
The association declared it could never accept the Chinese act of depriving a specific news organization of a reporting opportunity. Japanese TV crews in Beijing followed suit.

Residents blast water-discharge method at Fukushima plant:The Asahi Shimbun

Fishermen and local residents on Aug. 30 vehemently opposed the government’s plan to discharge radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, saying the measure will damage a number of industries.
During a public hearing on the measure, they also blasted the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., for “misleading” the public by failing to disclose that radioactive substances, such as strontium, remained in the water to be discharged.

Puerto Rico revises Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 after study - CNN

Puerto Rico's government raised its official Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 on Tuesday in the wake of a new estimate from researchers.
The new figure is 46 times larger than the previous toll the Puerto Rican government released in December 2017, when officials said 64 people had died as a result of the storm.
It comes on the same day researchers from George Washington University revealed findings from a study on storm-related deaths commissioned by the US commonwealth's government.

Mystery woman in Texas security video with wrist restraints is safe: police | Reuters

A partially dressed woman who briefly appeared in security camera footage approaching a home in a suburban Houston subdivision with what appear to be broken restraints dangling from her wrists has been found and is safe, police said on Wednesday.
The woman, 32, was the girlfriend of a man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and has been confirmed to be the person in the security video footage, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.

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EU、夏時間と冬時間の切り替えを廃止へ=欧州委員長 | ロイター




トランプ大統領:2000億ドルの対中関税、来週発動を支持-関係者 - Bloomberg


ISSの気圧低下、原因は露ソユーズの2ミリ穴 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


ボルト氏が実戦デビュー 後半途中出場、初シュートも放つが無得点― スポニチ Sponichi Annex

オーストラリアAリーグのセントラルコーストに練習生として参加している陸上男子100メートル、200メートルの世界記録保持者のウサイン・ボルト氏(32)が実戦デビューを果たした。 ……ボルト氏は31日、地元のアマチュア選抜チームとの練習試合で後半10分過ぎからアップを開始。6―0の同27分に背番号95のユニホームを着て、約1万人の観客から大歓声を浴びながらピッチに入った。主に前線の左サイドでプレー。積極的にゴール前にも顔を出したが、無得点に終わった。

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News Headlines - 30 August 2018

Argentina Boosts Interest Rate to 60%; Peso Sinks

Argentina's Central Bank on Thursday increased its benchmark interest rate to 60 percent — the world's highest — in an effort to halt a sharp slide in the value of the peso, which plunged to a record low.
The peso fell more than 13 percent against the dollar, closing at an all-time low of 39.2 per greenback, after slipping about 7 percent the day before.

Chemnitz, Saxony and Germany grapple with far right | DW

Chemnitz, Freital, Heidenau: For many people in Germany, these places are inextricably linked not only for being in the eastern state of Saxony but also by the far-right extremists who have, sometimes violently, voiced their hatred there.
The death of a 35-year-old German man in the early hours of Sunday — allegedly at the hands of two asylum-seekers — sparked two days of protests in Chemnitz, with more planned for Thursday, that shocked many and led to another round of soul-searching over the reach of xenophobia in Saxony and the rest of Germany.

Morocco arrests 12 suspects over teen's 2-month torture | Al Jazeera

Moroccan authorities have arrested 12 suspects and are hunting three others after a 17-year-old girl told police she was gang-raped, tortured, and held against her will for two months.

Controversial Fukushima statue of child in radiation suit to be removed | South China Morning Post

The city of Fukushima in Japan will remove a statue of a child clad in a protective suit over criticism that it misleads the public into believing that local people, hit by a nuclear crisis in 2011, need to wear such gear, according to its mayor.
“We set up the statue as a symbol of people striving for reconstruction but have come to judge that the statue is not accepted by many citizens,” mayor Hiroshi Kohata said on Tuesday.
The city, which erected the 6.2-metre statue dubbed Sun Child near Fukushima Station on August 3, will stop displaying it as soon as possible and consider what to do with the work of art, the mayor added.

Ghost hunter claims image shows '6ft hooded monk holding crucifix' on paranormal investigation at ruined abbey

Paranormal investigator Kyle Thompson was stunned when he went through footage from his visit to Roche Abbey in Maltby, South Yorks, because he believes he caught the towering apparition on camera.
The figure is difficult to spot but can be found in a shadowy doorway near the back of the picture.
The ghost hunter claims the picture shows a 6ft tall cloaked and hooded figure holding a large cross – similar to ones used during mass celebrations.

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CNN.co.jp : トランプ大統領がグーグル批判、「悪いニュースばかり」


SNSで異なる立場の意見は逆効果 米研究G発表 | NHKニュース


英仏海峡で「ホタテ戦争」 両国の船が衝突、投石も - BBCニュース


泥沼離婚、破産寸前!ニコラス・ケイジが最近大変なことになってきている! - シネマトゥデイ

主演作が続々とヒットした90年代、ニコラスは1億5,000万ドル(約165億円 1ドル=110円で計算)もの財産を獲得。……ニコラスは、たった10数年のあいだに、そのお金を全部使い果たしてしまったのだそう。……2008年の時点で、豪邸15軒、ヨット、バハマ諸島に島一つ、プライベートジェット1機、宝石と絵画が数百万ドル(数億円)分。……2002年から2004年、2007年に税金を滞納して総額は1,330万ドル(約14億6,300万円)!……すでにお金は底をついていたようで資産は現在ほとんどが売却されています。



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News Headlines - 29 August 2018

This man could be Florida's first black governor

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won an upset victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary. If he wins the general election, he will be the first African-American governor of the state.

Malaysia says committee to study Forest City project | Reuters

Shares in Hong Kong-listed Country Garden, China’s largest property developer by sales, fell as much as 3.5 percent in early trade on Tuesday following Mahathir’s announcement... In a statement on Tuesday, the prime minister’s office said purchase of properties by foreigners in Malaysia does not guarantee automatic residency in the country... Since becoming prime minister in May, Mahathir has put the brakes on China-backed projects worth over $20 billion, including a massive rail project.

Japan must look into the suspicious fall of journalist investigating links between Prime Minister and mafia | RSF

RSF calls on Japanese authorities to shed light on the suspicious fall of a journalist, who is known for his investigation in the supposed links between the prime minister and the mafia, that caused him to be hospitalized... The independent journalist, who investigated possible links between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Japanese mafia, claims that he has received numerous threatening letters and faced an attempted fire at his house over the past years.

12-month tournament bans for four Japan basketball players caught buying sex in Indonesia | South China Morning Post

Four Japanese basketball players kicked out of the Asian Games for paying sex workers for sex will be suspended for a year, officials said Wednesday.
Japan Basketball Association chief Yuko Mitsuya told reporters the players would be barred from official tournaments for a year, adding their action “damages the honour and trust of Japan’s sporting world”.

Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late' | AFP.com

Countries should quickly agree a treaty banning the use of so-called killer robots "before it is too late", activists said Monday as talks on the issue resumed at the UN.
They say time is running out before weapons are deployed that use lethal force without a human making the final kill-order and have criticised the UN body hosting the talks -- the Convention of Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) -- for moving too slowly.

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ブラックマンデー以来の海外勢売り、日本株悩ます-8月まで3.9兆円 - Bloomberg




キューバ、憲法を大幅改正へ 「カストロ後」にらむ  :日本経済新聞


露、ファーウェイ・ZTEの輸入規制を検討 米豪に続き


エディ・マーフィー 豪女優との間に10人目の子ども誕生へ | 女性自身


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News Headlines - 28 August 2018

Mattis says no more halt to U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises - CBS News

There are no future plans to halt joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises in the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Tuesday. This is a departure from the announcement in June that he had "indefinitely suspended" military exercises with South Korea after President Trump said at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the U.S. would stop its "war games" with South Korea.
Facing a standstill in diplomatic efforts with the North Koreans, this is the latest indication that the Trump administration is not willing to give concessions to Kim without tangible steps on denuclearization.

‘I remember Pearl Harbor’: Inside Trump’s hot and cold relationship with Japan’s prime minister - The Washington Post

Trump then launched into a blistering critique of Japan’s economic policies, according to people familiar with the conversation. He railed against the U.S. trade deficit with Japan and urged Abe to negotiate a bilateral trade deal that is more favorable to U.S. exporters of beef and automobiles.
The meeting, which left Abe exasperated, epitomized the paradoxical nature of Trump’s closest relationship with a foreign leader.

Japan government apologises for ‘inexcusable’ padding of disabled staff numbers by nearly 3,500 - The Straits Times

The Japanese government has been found to have inflated the number of disabled people under its employment by 3,460 to meet a legal quota, in a damning probe released Tuesday (Aug 28) that has stoked domestic furor.
The data padding had been done at 27 out of 33 government entities, the labour ministry said.
It added that the government’s employment ratio of those with disabilities stood at 1.19 per cent in June last year – way below the earlier reported 2.49 per cent, and under the legal threshold at the time of 2.3 per cent.

French Bonds Feel the Blues on Fear of Japanese Bidding Sayonara - Bloomberg

French bond investors are now more fixated on what their counterparts from Japan are up to than developments in their own region, and for a good reason. France ranks No. 2 among the $2.4 trillion of global debt owned by buyers from the Asian nation, and that makes the securities particularly vulnerable to the risk that rising yields in Tokyo could lure some of that money back home.
The yield premium on French 10-year bonds over German equivalents has climbed from a three-year low in April amid concern Japanese investors will pull funds to invest more in their own country.

Sexually frustrated dolphin named Zafar terrorises tourists on French beach

A seaside village in Brittany has banned swimming on its beach because a dolphin in heat has been scaring tourists and locals by approaching them and trying to rub up against them.
The dolphin has even tried to prevent several swimmers from getting back to the beach at Landévennec, using its nose to push one woman out of the water and up into the air.

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難民・移民の上陸拒否、伊副首相を捜査 不法拘禁の疑い:朝日新聞デジタル


露が神経剤使用したとして制裁発動 英南部暗殺未遂事件で米政府 - 産経ニュース


トヨタがウーバーに5億ドル出資、自動運転で連携 商業拡大視野 | ロイター


CNN.co.jp : 話題の高性能ロボット犬、量産間近 気になる就職先は?


仏環境相が辞意表明、環境政策の後退に不満 マクロン大統領に打撃 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 27 August 2018

Why Trump cancelled Pompeo’s trip to North Korea - The Washington Post

Pompeo received the letter from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, on Friday morning, and showed it to Trump in the White House, two senior administration officials confirmed. The exact contents of the message are unclear, but it was sufficiently belligerent that Trump and Pompeo decided to call off Pompeo’s journey, where he was set to introduce his newly announced special envoy, Stephen Biegun, to his North Korean counterparts.

North Korea expels detained Japanese tourist as neighbors' hot-and-cold relationship continues | The Japan Times

North Korea has expelled a Japanese man detained for allegedly breaking the law during a recent tour of the country, state-run media and a diplomatic source in Japan said as the two neighbors continue their hot-and-cold relationship.

Four Toyota units to form joint venture to develop self-driving technology | The Japan Times

Denso Corp., Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., Jtekt Corp. and Advics Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Aisin, said they plan to set up a joint venture next March to develop software that can control key components for automated driving, such as sensors, brakes and steering, in an integrated manner.

The money and politics behind the Notting Hill Carnival

But behind the scenes, the mostly volunteer-managed event has struggled with its finances, governance and safety, with a steep rise in arrests for violent crime since 2010 and collapsing safety barriers and four near-fatal stabbings in 2016... Earlier this year, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ended its financial support for the London Notting Hill Carnival Trust (LNHCT), which had organised the event since 2012 under the leadership of Pepe Francis, the 75-year-old president of the British Association of Steelbands... “There were a lot of problems with LNHCT,” admitted Mr Francis... He said he supported the appointment of this year’s organiser, Carnival Village Trust, an arts agency that runs two venues in west London, including the Tabernacle.

Manga Author Momoko Sakura, Creator of 'Chibi Maruko Chan' Dead at 53

One of Japan's most-famous manga creators, Momoko Sakura, who was best known for her series Chibi Maruko-chan, is dead. She had breast cancer and died on August 15 at the age of 53.
Her staff confirmed the news in a statement posted on her official website Monday. The statement said a funeral ceremony had been held "only by relatives and close relatives due to the will of the bereaved families."

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プーチン大統領の支持率 60%台に急落 年金政策影響か | NHKニュース


仏鉄道、トイレにまで警察が 欧州、難民の押し付け合い:朝日新聞デジタル


ローマ法王、同性愛傾向を示す子に精神医学の支援推奨:AFPBB News


スペインで大量のパイナップル押収、加工してコカイン密輸 TBS NEWS


シェラトン名古屋、11月開業 特別プランを用意  :日本経済新聞

米マリオット・インターナショナルは27日、中部国際空港島(愛知県常滑市)で建設中のホテル「フォーポイントバイシェラトン名古屋 中部国際空港」を11月1日に開業すると発表した。……ホテルは敷地面積約3000平方メートルに、地上12階建て。部屋数は319室でキング、ツイン、スイートの3種類がある。1部屋あたりの面積は最小でも25平方メートルと広めにとった。スイートは40~70平方メートルある。

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News Headlines - 26 August 2018

Abe declares candidacy in 2-way race with Ishiba to lead LDP - Japan Today

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he will run in the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership contest next month, setting the stage for an expected two-horse race with former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba... With official campaigning starting on Sept 7, the ruling party will hold the leadership election, which will effectively decide Japan's next prime minister, on Sept. 20.

Emperor Hirohito in anguish in final years over blame for war

Emperor Hirohito said during his final years that he did not wish to live much longer as he would only experience more anguish at sad events and being blamed for his role in war, the diary of a close aide obtained by Kyodo News for the first time showed Wednesday.
The diary kept by late chamberlain Shinobu Kobayashi revealed the aging emperor was haunted by talk of his wartime responsibility following the Sino-Japanese War and World War II.

Gun-maker Kalashnikov wants to take on Tesla with retro-styled EV - Roadshow

Arms manufacturer Kalashnikov is best known for its AK-47 assault rifle, often called the world's most popular gun. Now the Russian company is heading in a decidedly different direction, showing off an electric concept car called the CV-1 -- and boldly claiming that it will take on electric-car giant Tesla.

Jacksonville shooting suspect identified as David Katz, gamer who had lost in Madden NFL tournament

The finalists in Sunday’s regional video game tournament would proceed to the Madden Classic in Las Vegas, where the top prize is $25,000. David Katz, a slender 24-year-old who nicknamed himself “Bread,” had traveled from Baltimore to compete — only to be eliminated, witnesses said.
But Katz wasn’t done. As his competitors continued to game Sunday, Katz got a handgun and opened fire in the pizzeria. Horrified fans watched the violence unfold on a livestream online.
The shooter “targeted a few people” before killing himself, according to Stephen “Steveyj” Javaruski, one of the gamers, who took shelter in a bathroom.

Emma Watson Replaces Emma Stone in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ – Variety

Emma Watson is set to join Greta Gerwig’s star-studded remake of “Little Women.”
Sources say Watson is playing the part originally intended for Emma Stone, who was unable to join the project because of promotional obligations for the Fox Searchlight film and award season contender “The Favourite.” With production expected to start next month, Sony moved quickly to approach Watson.

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豪、2代続けて女性外相 ビショップ氏の後任にペイン国防相 新内閣の陣容発表 - 産経ニュース


中国通信機器2社を入札から除外 日本政府方針 安全保障で米豪などと足並み - 産経ニュース


野口英世奨学金の給付開始 NYの日本人医師ら創設 - 共同通信


画家の藤田嗣治 テープに晩年の肉声を録音 | NHKニュース




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News Headlines - 25 August 2018

John McCain, maverick of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81 | The Seattle Times

Sen. John McCain, who faced down his captors in a Vietnam prisoner of war camp with jut-jawed defiance and later turned his rebellious streak into a 35-year political career that took him to Congress and the Republican presidential nomination, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year. He was 81.

People forced to eat rotting meat as Venezuela economic crisis gets worse | Metro News

In a city once called the Saudi Arabia of Venezuela for its vast oil wealth, residents of Maracaibo now line up to buy spoiled meat as refrigerators fail amid nine months of rolling power outages that recently got worse. Some people fall ill eating the rotten beef, but at bargain prices, it’s the only way they can afford protein as the country’s crisis hits bottom.

Spain to dig up Franco's body after government passes decree | The Independent

Franco, who ruled for nearly 40 years, was buried at the Valley of the Fallen monument to the victims of the Spanish Civil War following his death in 1975.
Proposals to remove his body from the site – which is marked by a 152m cross on a mountainside near Madrid – have been discussed for years but faced opposition from his descendants and supporters.
The decree, which amends Spain’s Historical Memory Law of 2007 to grant the government power to dig up Franco’s body, was passed during a cabinet meeting on Friday.

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained in Moscow over rally | Reuters

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained in Moscow over his participation in an anti-government protest earlier this year, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Lindsay Kemp, performer and Bowie mentor, dies at 80 - BBC News

Kate Bush has paid tribute to ground-breaking dancer, mime artist and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, who has died aged 80... He collaborated with David Bowie as he invented theatrical personas such as Ziggy Stardust.
Kemp died suddenly in Italy, where he lived, on Friday evening.

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ポンペオ氏の訪朝中止を指示 トランプ大統領がツイート:朝日新聞デジタル




三菱商事、米国の豚肉加工会社を買収 加工から小売りまで一貫で  :日本経済新聞


ジャパンハウスLAが全面開館 「日本発信」へYOSHIKIさんも熱演 - 産経ニュース

海外で日本の文化や魅力を伝える拠点施設「ジャパン・ハウス ロサンゼルス」が24日、米ロサンゼルスで全面開館した。……ハリウッド地区の中心に位置し、米映画界最高の栄誉とされるアカデミー賞授賞式の会場に隣接するショッピングモールに入居する。

12年連続も?日本人がイグ・ノーベル賞に輝く理由 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)

イグ・ノーベル賞は1991年、米国のユーモア科学誌「Annals of Improbable Research(風変わりな研究年報)」の編集長マーク・エイブラハムズ氏が創設した。「人々を笑わせ、そして考えさせる研究」に対して与えられる。「イグ」という言葉はignoble(不名誉な、恥ずべき)からとっており、ノーベル賞のパロディーだ。物理学賞など本家ノーベル賞と同じ分野もあれば、全く無関係なジャンル(心理学賞、音響賞など)もある。……初めてとなる本格的な賞の紹介イベントが、9月22日から東京ドームシティのギャラリーアーモ(東京・文京区)を会場に、「イグ・ノーベル賞の世界展」(読売新聞社後援)と題されて行われる。

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News Headlines - 24 August 2018

Huawei banned from 5G mobile infrastructure rollout in Australia - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Federal Government has banned Chinese-owned tech giant Huawei from taking part in the rollout of 5G mobile infrastructure over national security concerns.
The Government said it would be interpreting rules announced last year as disqualifying any company that was "likely subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law".

Apple Is Said to Plan Revamped Low-Cost Macs to Ignite Sales - Bloomberg

Apple Inc. will release a new low-cost laptop and a professional-focused upgrade to the Mac mini desktop later this year, ending a drought of Mac computers that has limited sales of the company’s longest-running line of devices, according to people familiar with the plans.

North Korean defectors sue in Japan, alleging rights abuses | Fox News

She was one of the more than 90,000 Koreans and their relatives in Japan who went to North Korea decades ago seeking what the country promised: "paradise on earth."
As North and South Korea make reconciliatory gestures and hundreds of war-separated relatives are reunited, Eiko Kawasaki and others like her feel forgotten... She and four other defectors filed a lawsuit against North Korea's government this week in Tokyo District Court, demanding 500 million yen, or about $5 million, in damages for human rights violations.

Legendary T-34 tank falls from platform during Kursk victory parade - Daily Sabah

The T-34 tank was among the centerpieces in the parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, in which the Red Army routed the Wehrmacht. With their firepower, armor and engine durability, T-34's showed better performance in general than their peers, helping the Soviet Union to halt the offensive of the largest invasion force in history, which was also famous for its Panzers and Blitzkrieg tactics.
After the parade, one of the T-34's fell from a trailer that had arrived to bring the veteran tank back to the barracks. The tank almost overturned but was stopped by its turret. Luckily, soldiers waiting next to another trailer were quick to escape and no one was injured.

Tourists complain French cicadas are 'too loud' | AFP.com

It is the quintessential sound of the Mediterranean in summer, but for some French tourists the cicadas of Provence are just too noisy.
Several have complained to the mayor of the picturesque village of Beausset in the southeastern Var region that the insects are ruining their holiday lie-ins.

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英、「合意なき離脱」準備書の公表開始 詳細欠くと批判も | ロイター






豪の新首相にモリソン財務相 ターンブル氏は辞任へ - 共同通信


日本の大学研究費 独に抜かれて4位に陥落  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 23 August 2018

U.K. Warns No-Deal Brexit to Raise Prices, Burden Pensioners - Bloomberg

Britons face higher prices when buying from the European Union unless the government can secure a Brexit deal, while retirees in countries like Spain risk losing access to pensions paid into U.K. banks.
That’s according to 25 technical notes released Thursday by Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab setting out how businesses and citizens should prepare for the possibility of talks with the bloc collapsing.

Trump Complains About Powell's Rate Hikes to Hamptons Donors - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump said he expected Jerome Powell to be a cheap-money Fed chairman and lamented to wealthy Republican donors at a Hamptons fundraiser on Friday that his nominee instead had raised interest rates, according to three people present.
The Federal Reserve has raised rates five times since Trump took office, including twice this year under Powell... The private remarks to donors are the most personal criticism of Powell’s performance to emerge so far.

Aramco IPO halted, oil giant disbands advisers - sources | Reuters

Saudi Arabia has called off plans for the domestic and international listing of state oil giant Aramco, billed as the biggest stock flotation in history, four senior industry sources said on Wednesday.
Financial advisers working on the planned listing have been disbanded as Saudi Arabia shifts its attention to a proposed acquisition of a “strategic stake” in local petrochemicals maker Saudi Basic Industries Corp, two of the sources said.

NASA Confirms The Existence Of Water On The Moon

On Tuesday, NASA officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) confirmed the first definitive evidence of water on the surface of the Moon, settling a decades-long debate about whether the substance was ice or simply hydrogen. This discovery has wide-reaching implications for future lunar settlements and exploratory missions in addition to some unexpected results for lunar astronomers.

Danny Boyle leaves new Bond film due to 'creative differences'

Danny Boyle is stepping down as director of the 25th Bond film, four months before the film was due to go into production.
A shock statement posted to the franchise’s official Twitter account on Tuesday evening declared: “Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25”.

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日米首脳が電話会談、半島の完全な非核化で一致 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


修士・博士:日本だけ減少…研究力衰退あらわ 7カ国調査 - 毎日新聞


スペイン:フランコ総統の墓移設問題で世論二分 - 毎日新聞


CNN.co.jp : Metoo主導女優の性的暴行疑惑、年下俳優とベッドに入った写真か


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News Headlines - 22 August 2018

North Korea is still developing nuclear weapons, says IAEA | The Guardian

North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear weapons programme, according to a report by the UN atomic watchdog, raising questions over the country’s commitment to denuclearisation.
In one of the most specific reports on Pyongyang’s recent nuclear activities, the International Atomic Energy Agency observed actions consistent with the enrichment of uranium and construction at the country’s main nuclear site.

Xi Jinping to visit Pyongyang for North Korea's 70th anniversary celebrations - The Straits Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit Pyongyang next month as ties between China and its close neighbour North Korea improve and as Beijing and Washington are locked in escalating trade tensions.
The Straits Times understands that Mr Xi will attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding on Sept 9 at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, barring last-minute changes.

Malaysia Can’t Afford $22 Billion Beijing-Backed Projects, Mahathir Tells China - WSJ

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he plans to defer or cancel some $22 billion worth of Chinese-backed infrastructure projects, after explaining his objections to China’s leaders.

Researcher at the center of an epic fraud remains an enigma to those who exposed him | AAAS

The first thing that went through Alison Avenell's head when she heard Yoshihiro Sato had died was that it might be a trick. It was March 2017, and in the previous years, Avenell, a clinical nutritionist at the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, had spent thousands of hours combing through Sato's papers, together with three colleagues in New Zealand. They had discovered that Sato, a bone researcher at a hospital in southern Japan, had fabricated data for dozens of clinical trials published in international journals... Her second thought was that Sato might have killed himself. "We have no indication that he committed suicide, but it concerns us," Avenell said when I met her at her office in late 2017. Three years earlier, Japanese stem cell scientist Yoshiki Sasai had hanged himself in the stairwell of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe after he was caught up in a stem cell scandal. "We were aware of the culture in Japan and the dishonor something like this could bring," Avenell said.

U.S. Inmates Launching Nationwide Strike to 'End Prison Slavery'

ncarcerated Americans across the country are set to go on strike Tuesday in what could become the largest industrial action by inmates in the history of the United States.
The strike, which is supposed to last until September 9—the anniversary of the 1971 Attica Prison uprising in upstate New York—calls for an "end to prison slavery" and for a number of prison reforms.
For 19 days, inmates across at least 17 states plan to refuse to work, with some also refusing to eat, to draw attention to poor conditions and what advocates have called exploitative labor practices in the prison system.

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米朝首脳の再会談の可能性は「最も高い」=米大統領 | ロイター

トランプ米大統領は20日、ロイターのインタビューに応じ、北朝鮮の金正恩朝鮮労働党委員長と再び会談する「可能性が最も高い(most likely)」と述べた。北朝鮮の非核化を巡っては、同国が具体的な措置を取ったと信じていると語った。……再会談の見通しに関する質問に対しては「開催する可能性が最も高いが、コメントはしたくない」とし、時期などについては触れなかった。

英EU離脱交渉は「最終段階」 合意は目標の10月からずれ込みも - 産経ニュース


プラハの春、軍事介入50年 チェコ、スロバキアで追悼 大統領は式典欠席 - 産経ニュース


プーチン氏、オーストリア外相と結婚式でダンス  :日本経済新聞




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News Headlines - 21 August 2018

Venezuela issues new currency Bolivar Soberano amid hyperinflation and social turmoil - CNN

Venezuela issued a new currency Monday in an attempt to bolster its crumbling economy as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that inflation could hit one million percent this year.
The move, part of a dramatic raft of measures aimed at halting runaway hyperinflation, comes as thousands of Venezuelans continue to flee across the border into neighboring countries amid food and medicine shortages, political turmoil and soaring crime rates.

South Koreans enter North to meet relatives separated decades ago by war | CBC News

Dozens of elderly South Koreans crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea on Monday for heart-wrenching meetings with relatives most haven't seen since they were separated by the turmoil of the Korean War... The temporary reunions are highly emotional because most participants are elderly people eager to see their loved ones once more before they die. Most of their families were driven apart during the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a ceasefire, not a peace treaty, leaving the Korean Peninsula still in a technical state of war.

Water at Fukushima nuclear plant still radioactive even after treatment | South China Morning Post

Radioactive substances have not been removed from treated but still tritium-containing water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The government and Tokyo Electric Power Company have faced the pressing need to dispose of such treated water now kept in tanks. One option is to dump it into the sea, as tritium is said to pose little risk to human health.

175 former security officials join criticism of Trump, as he taunts former CIA chief John Brennan

ore than 175 former US security officials have joined criticism of Donald Trump for revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan.
In a letter released on Monday, the former national security officials said the US president's actions represented a "political litmus test" that "weakened" the country.

George Washington gold coin sells for $1.7 million | Reuters

An 18th century gold coin featuring the likeness of first U.S. President George Washington sold for $1.7 million at auction on Thursday, with the net proceeds going to charity, the auction house said.
The 1792 Washington President gold eagle coin was never circulated as money but is instead thought to have been presented to Washington when post-Revolutionary War plans were being drawn up for the first U.S. Mint, according to Heritage Auctions.

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トルコ、米国をWTOに提訴へ 報復の応酬に:日本経済新聞


ドイツ、「第3の性」認める法案を閣議決定 年内の成立目指す:AFPBB News


超小型車「BMWイセッタ」現代版、EVとしてスイスで登場 | ロイター


トヨタの1-2フィニッシュが幻に…縁石ダメージによる車体剛性違反で失格処分 | 【Formula1-Data】

8月19日に開催されたWEC世界耐久選手権 第3戦シルバーストーン6時間で1-2フィニッシュを果たしたトヨタの2台に失格処分が下された。レース後、総合優勝の8号車と2位チェッカーの7号車に車両規定違反が発覚。……2台ともがシルバーストーンに設置された新しい縁石に関連するダメージを負いフロア前方のスキッドブロックが破損。レース後車検の車体剛性検査で不適合との判定がなされ、レーススチュワードは失格の裁定を下した。スキッドブロックとは、路面との接触によってフロアの損傷を防ぐための板の事で、レギュレーションで定められた規定値を超える変形は規約違反となる。

イーグルス、歴代1位に 米国での売り上げでマイケル・ジャクソンさん抜く - 産経ニュース

米レコード協会(RIAA)は20日、米ロックバンド、イーグルスのベストアルバム「グレイテスト・ヒッツ 1971-1975」(76年)の米国での売り上げが累計3800万枚に達し、歴代トップになったと発表した。これまでの1位はマイケル・ジャクソンさんの「スリラー」(82年)で3300万枚。2015年12月に史上初の3000万枚を突破した作品だった。

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News Headlines - 20 August 2018

Venezuela cuts five zeros from currency as economic plan sows confusion | Reuters

Venezuela on Monday slashed five zeros from prices as part of a broad economic plan that President Nicolas Maduro says will tame hyperinflation but critics call another raft of failed socialist policies that will push the chaotic country deeper into crisis... The price change comes with a 3,000 percent minimum wage hike, tax increases meant to shore up state coffers and a plan to peg salaries, prices and the country’s exchange rate to the petro, an elusive state-backed cryptocurrency.

US refuses to give Turkish bank relief in exchange for detained pastor’s release

The Trump administration rejected a proposal from the Turkish government that would free a detained American pastor in exchange for relief of one of its largest banks, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The report, which cites a senior White House official, said Turkey asked the U.S. to drop an ongoing investigation into Halkbank, one of the biggest state-owned Turkish banks. Halkbank faces major fines for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.
In exchange, the Turkish government would release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who has been detained in Turkey since 2016.

Japan ministries may have fiddled numbers of disabled employees: media | Reuters

Several ministries in Japan may have been inflating for decades the number of disabled people they employ in order to meet quotas, media said on Friday, even as the government imposes levies on private companies that fail to meet theirs... Government agencies reported in June that disabled employees made up 2.5 percent of their workforces — above the 2.3 percent target — but the real number might be less than half that, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper said.

Spanish police treat attempted knife attack as terrorist act | Reuters

A man, wielding a knife and uttering the word “Allah” lunged at an officer in a police station near Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in what police said was a terrorist act, and was shot dead.

Endangered baby gibbon introduced to Prague zoo | Euronews

An endangered Silvery Gibbon was introduced to the public at Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic Tuesday.
The Silvery Gibbon is one of the world's rarest primates and native to the island of Java in Indonesia, with less than 4,000 of the species living in the wild.

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CNN.co.jp : 中国・イラン・北朝鮮も「中間選挙に介入」 米大統領補佐官が懸念


ギリシャ、EUからの金融支援プログラムを完了 8年ぶり自立 - BBCニュース


東京新聞:反戦 PKO拡充 アナン氏死去 初の生え抜き総長


ワインスタイン告発の女優、17歳少年との性行為で口止め料支払いか:AFPBB News

米ハリウッドの大物プロデューサーだったハーヴェイ・ワインスタイン(Harvey Weinstein)被告によるレイプを告発し、セクハラ告発運動「#MeToo(私も)」の中心人物の一人となったイタリア人女優アーシア・アルジェント(Asia Argento)さんが5年前、カリフォルニア州のホテルで当時17歳だった少年と性行為に及び、後に多額の口止め料を支払っていたと20日付の米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズ(New York Times)が報じた。
 記事によると、38万ドル(約4200万円)が口止め料として米俳優でロック歌手のジミー・ベネット(Jimmy Bennett)さんに支払われた。ベネットさんはアルジェントさんから性的暴行を受けたと訴えている。ニューヨーク・タイムズに送られてきた差出人不明の書類によると、支払いを含む取引は今年4月に完了したという。



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News Headlines - 19 August 2018

British war graves desecrated by Chinese pirates plundering Second World War shipwrecks | Daily Mail Online

Ten British ships sunk during the Second World War and designated as war graves have been plundered for scrap metal by Chinese pirates, an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found.
Vessels that provide the final resting place for more than 1,000 sailors have been smashed to pieces and looted by greedy salvagers. Last night Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson demanded an immediate investigation.

Pentagon says it's postponing Trump's military parade

The Pentagon said in a Thursday statement that it would "explore opportunities" in 2019 for President Donald Trump's military parade that originally had been set for November of this year... The parade, originally slated for Nov. 10, had been estimated to cost $92 million, the official said. The figure consisted of $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security. An initial estimate last month pegged the prospective cost for the parade at $12 million.

Free fish for forex: Istanbul restaurant joins currency campaign | Reuters

Istanbul’s beloved fish sandwiches, a staple street food in the Bosphorus city, are being offered for free to Turks who heed President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to sell their dollars for lira.
The offer is just one of many by vendors across Turkey who are backing Erdogan’s appeal to nationalist sentiment, giving out anything from orchids, petrol or a three-day hotel stay for those who show dollar exchange receipts.

Crop marks unveil 'unusual' ancient remains dating back thousands of years - Derbyshire Live

Structures and buildings including a probable burial pit thought to date back up to 4,000 years to the Bronze Age have been unearthed in Scropton - thanks to the summer heatwave.
Pictures taken from the skies above the South Derbyshire village have revealed strange outlines and circles uncovered in green grass in a field running alongside the Derby to Uttoxeter railway line.

Buddha statue stolen from India 57 years ago to be returned - Metropolitan Police

A 12th century Buddha statue stolen from India 57 years ago is to be returned to the Indian High Commissioner by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)... The Buddha, a bronze statue with silver inlay, is one of 14 statues stolen in 1961 from the Archaeological Survey of India site museum in Nalanda in the eastern part of India.
The statue changed hands several times before eventually being delivered to a London dealer for sale. Once the dealer and the owner were made aware the Buddha was the same one that had been stolen from India, they co-operated fully with the Met’s Art and Antiques Unit and agreed for the piece to be returned to India.

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EU:夏時間存廃に過去最高の反響 市民の関心高く - 毎日新聞


日本初の有人月面着陸機 JAXAが構想 米アポロ以来60年ぶり - 産経ニュース


CNN.co.jp : 超高温の系外惑星、大気中に鉄とチタンを検出 重金属検出は初




ISISの「奴隷」にされた少女が、避難先のドイツで元戦闘員と悪夢の再会 | ニューズウィーク日本版


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News Headlines - 18 August 2018

Turkey secures $15 billion investment from Qatar amid US trade tensions

Turkey has secured a $15 billion investment from Qatar that could bolster its economy amid a widening dispute with the United States.
The pledge was announced Wednesday after a meeting between Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Qatari state media said the money would go toward economic projects, investments and deposits.

Venezuela slams Japan foreign minister's remarks as interference - The Mainichi

Venezuela has slammed Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono over his remarks on the Latin American country's democracy as meddling in domestic affairs, the Venezuelan foreign minister said Wednesday.
The protest came after Kono said Tuesday during a press appearance in Peru with Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio that they had agreed to continue calling for Venezuela to restore democracy with the participation of a wide range of citizens.

Okinawa to hold special election Sept. 30 in wake of anti-base governor’s death - Stripes

A special election to choose a replacement for anti-U.S. base Gov. Takeshi Onaga has been set for Sept. 30.
Onaga, 67, died suddenly of pancreatic cancer on the evening of Aug. 8, less than two hours after officials said he would be stepping down temporarily over health concerns.

Melting Ice Uncovers 1946 Wreckage of U.S. Plane in Swiss Glacier - The New York Times

After an emergency landing on a Swiss glacier, the group of 12 Americans drank melted snow and survived on rations of one chocolate bar a person until daring pilots shuttled them to safety after five days marooned on the ice.
Relics of that harrowing adventure and the successful rescue of all those onboard, including an 11-year-old girl and the captain’s mother, resurfaced after more than 70 years this month when scorching summer temperatures in Europe caused the glacial ice to recede.

Elephants Hardly Ever Get Cancer, And We May Finally Know Their Secret

But when comparing animals of different species, the concept falls down. There is zero correlation between the volume of an animal's body or its relative lifespan and the chance of cancer popping up among all those cells... Elephants are a textbook example. In 2015, researchers estimated their cancer mortality rate stood at just under 5 percent, compared with the 11 to 25 percent for the relatively puny human body.
That study also found a potential clue to the elephant's anti-cancer superpower in the form of a gene called TP53. Like most anti-cancer genes, it makes a product that detects DNA damage and tells the cell to either fix it or close shop.

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トルコ国債格下げ 米S&P「投機的」さらに1段階:日本経済新聞


シベリア鉄道利用、日露陸路物流開拓へ実証実験 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


本人も絶賛 中野駅前大盆踊り大会の「ボン・ジョヴィ音頭」が拡散中 : スポーツ報知


長崎「焼き場の少年」広がる共感 原爆「悲しみ」を発信 写真カード好評、増刷へ|【西日本新聞】


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News Headlines - 17 August 2018

China’s stock market nears low of 2015 crash after drug makers slide amid Beijing crackdown on industry | South China Morning Post

China’s stocks dropped for a fifth day, nearing the low of the 2015 market rout, as Beijing vowed to clean up the health care sector in the wake of a vaccine scandal and concerns deepened about a slowdown in growth... That is just 0.5 per cent shy of the nadir set in January 2015 after the rout that erased US$5 trillion in market value.
In contrast, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index rose for the first time after five days of losses, ending up 0.4 per cent.

Value of BOJ assets exceeds Japan’s GDP - The Japan News

The total value of Bank of Japan-owned assets, mainly Japanese government bonds, has exceeded the country’s annual nominal gross domestic product for the first time ever, a central bank report showed on Tuesday... The Bank of Japan’s balance sheet is expected to expand even further as the central bank is continuing with its massive asset purchases to meet its inflation target of 2 percent.
The total Bank of Japan assets swelled 3.3-fold from the end of March 2013, just before the bank embarked on massive monetary easing in April that year.

NYU Medical School Plans Free Tuition For Those Studying To Be Doctors : NPR

In a move it said was to address the large cost of entering a career in medicine, New York University's School of Medicine said Thursday that it will offer full scholarships to all current and future students in its doctor of medicine program.
NYU said it was the "only top 10-ranked" medical school in the U.S. to offer such a generous package.

Should Tesla investors worry about Elon Musk's 'stability'

Are Tesla investors concerned about CEO Elon Musk’s “stability?”
That question reverberated Friday as the electric carmaker’s stock price fell nearly 9 percent following an interview in which Musk cried and bemoaned his “excruciating” year.
In the interview with the New York Times, published late Thursday, Musk sounded more like a man on his last lap than the visionary leader of one of the most iconic companies in business today. Even for a man who compulsively over-shares — about his relationships, his challenges, his opinions of others — the content of the interview was remarkable.

Police use Taser on 87-year-old woman cutting dandelions with a knife - CNN

An 87-year-old grandmother using a knife to cut dandelions in the woods near her rural Georgia home last week was taken down by a police Taser and arrested, according a police report.
Martha Al-Bishara was arrested for criminal trespass and obstruction of a police officer, according to the report. Chatsworth Police said Al-Bishara did not drop a steak knife despite several commands and a demonstration by officers. At one point, she walked toward officers with the knife, police said.

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EU、夏時間廃止を検討 健康への影響指摘 - 共同通信


三菱重工が世界最大の洋上風力発電機  :日本経済新聞


【イタリア橋崩落】ポピュリスト政権、EUや管理会社など「他人」たたきに躍起 過去に崩落の危険指摘も - 産経ニュース


メルケル独首相、難民の本国送還強化を表明 極右のデモ受け | ロイター


フランシスコ法王は被害者の「味方」 神父の性的虐待でバチカン声明 - BBCニュース


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News Headlines - 16 August 2018

These are the newspapers telling Trump that journalists are not the enemy - CNNPolitics

About 350 newspapers in the United States had editorials Thursday decrying President Donald Trump's description of the media as the "enemy of the people."
Here are some of the newspapers blasting Trump's anti-press rhetoric.

Trump responds after hundreds of newspaper editorials criticize his attacks on the press

However, some newspapers decided not to run editorials on the issue, including The Washington Post. This newspaper’s editorial board has previously responded to Trump’s attacks on news organizations, but Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt said Saturday that the board would not participate in the organized response.
Neither did the Los Angeles Times.
Or the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Chronicle’s editorial page editor, John Diaz, wrote that “It’s not that we take issue with the argument that Trump’s assault on the truth generally, and his efforts to diminish the free press specifically, pose a serious threat to American democracy.” But, he said, the newspaper values independence - a sentiment that was shared by the Los Angeles Times.

Japan must act to protect Fukushima clean-up workers: U.N. experts | Reuters

Japan must act urgently to protect tens of thousands of workers laboring to clean up the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station from reported exploitation and exposure to radiation, U.N. human rights experts said on Thursday.

China’s vaccine scandal: firm made 500,000 substandard doses, twice as many as first thought, state media says | South China Morning Post

A Chinese drug company produced nearly 500,000 substandard vaccines for babies, roughly double an earlier estimate by authorities investigating a safety scandal, Xinhua reported on Wednesday.
China’s drug regulator in July accused Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology of selling 252,600 doses of ineffective DPT vaccines to inoculate children against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.
Further investigations found that the company had produced an additional substandard batch of DPT vaccines, raising the total to 499,800 doses, the report said.

Ebola Kills 41 in ‘Very Dangerous’ Outbreak as World Health Organization Calls for End to Violence in Congo

he World Health Organization asked on Tuesday for violence to end in the war-torn northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 100 armed groups and military forces are fighting, so that health workers can combat an Ebola outbreak that has killed 41 people... Areas where an internal conflict has made it impossible for rescuers to access those affected have been labeled as “red zones.” These swathes of territory contain a large number of people, which the World Health Organization says leads to more difficulties in trying to eradicate the virus.

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米350紙、報道の自由訴える論説を一斉掲載 トランプ氏攻撃に対抗 | ロイター


スイス、核禁条約署名せず 安保政策のリスクと判断 - 産経ニュース


知られざる中・東欧:右派政権下で変質するオーストリア - 毎日新聞


米教会で子供に性的虐待70年…聖職者300人 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


米「映画館 月1100円で見放題」あまりの人気で経営難に | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 15 August 2018

Japan emperor expresses 'deep remorse' over war; PM sends offering to shrine | Reuters

Emperor Akihito, in his last appearance as reigning monarch at an annual ceremony marking Japan’s World War Two surrender, expressed “deep remorse” on Wednesday over the conflict, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed no repeat of the horror of war.

Missing toddler found safe after 3 days on western Japan island

Yoshiki Fujimoto of Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, was found by a search volunteer on a mountain in the town of Suo-Oshima on Yashirojima, according to the police. The site was only 560 meters from his great-grandfather's house where he had been visiting for the summer.
The volunteer, Haruo Obata, had been calling out Yoshiki's name at around 6:30 a.m. when he heard a voice reply, "I'm here." The 78-year-old found the boy barefooted and sitting near a stream, and wrapped him in a towel before carrying him down to his family.

Vermont Nominates First U.S. Transgender Candidate for Governor - Bloomberg

A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.
GOP Gov. Phil Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern in his quest to win a second term. He will face Christine Hallquist, who won the Democratic primary to run for the state's highest office in November, when she would become the nation's first transgender governor if elected.

Trump revokes former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance

President Donald Trump has withdrawn ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, in a move hitting one of the administration's most vocal critics.
The action, announced Wednesday by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, appears to be more of a political than practical move. Brennan and most other prominent former White House officials do not use their clearances to consult with the Trump administration, and the move may not prevent them from speaking out publicly now.

Asian gaming stocks tumble as China halts license approvals | Reuters

Shares of Asian video game companies such as Tencent Holdings, Nexon and Nintendo tumbled on Wednesday due to concerns over delays in new games releases in China, as Beijing halted approvals for game licenses.
Many firms have been awaiting games sales licenses since March after Beijing reformed and reorganized the government bodies that oversee the sectors earlier this year, industry executives told Reuters on Tuesday.

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米大統領元補佐官が暴露本 トランプ氏「犬」と攻撃:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


トルコ裁判所、米国人牧師の釈放拒否=トランプ政権と報復応酬も:AFPBB News


マダムタッソーろう人形館に「動く」トランプ氏、独首相写真にパンチ | ロイター




東京裁判「文官無罪」の葛藤 オランダ・レーリンク判事の日記、詳細初めて明らかに - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 14 August 2018

Westminster car crash: Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences - BBC News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament.
The vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians shortly after 07:30 BST, injuring three people.
The 29-year-old suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police, and is not co-operating with officers. Searches are taking place in Birmingham and Nottingham.

Germany lifts total ban on Nazi symbols in video games - BBC News

Nazi symbols can now appear in video games in Germany, ending a long-running and frequently ridiculed censorship... The change means Nazi symbols used in an artistic way will be allowed.
Until now, using banned symbols would prevent a video game from being considered for a compulsory age rating - essentially banning it from being sold in stores.

Koala gets own seat on flight to Scotland

Plane passengers flying to Edinburgh had a surprise Antipodean traveller in their cabin - a koala heading for the city's zoo.
The 19-month-old Queensland koala had his own seat on the flight as the sensitive animals cannot be placed in the hold.

Meghan Markle's mum Doria Ragland prepares to MOVE to UK to be close to daughter | Express.co.uk

Doria Ragland – the only member of Meghan’s family at her wedding – is said to be “beside herself with excitement” at becoming neighbours of Harry and Meghan.
One friend said yesterday she could make the move as soon as next month, in time to celebrate her 62nd birthday in Britain.
Doria is said to have been deeply impressed by the Royal Family, including the Queen, during and after Meghan’s wedding.

Liga announces landmark free-to-air deal with Facebook in India | Reuters

Spain’s top flight soccer division La Liga announced on Tuesday a landmark deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons for free on the social network.
A statement from La Liga said all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

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生産移転計画の米ハーレー、トランプ氏がボイコットを支持 | ロイター




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マシュー・ボーンの『シンデレラ』10月上陸 | Billboard JAPAN

古典を斬新な手法で全く新しい作品に蘇えらせる翻案の天才、マシュー・ボーン。その日本上演最新作となる。舞台は1940年、 第二次世界大戦のロンドン。地味で冴えないシンデレラは、ある日ケガを負ったパイロットと出会い、街のダンスパーティーで再会する。シンデレラは流行のイブニングドレスに身を包み、かぼちゃの馬車ならぬ、モーターバイクに乗ってきた。官能的で幸せな時間はつかの間、12時の鐘が響く中、空襲が2人を襲い再び離れ離れに。残して行った片方の靴を手に、パイロットがシンデレラを探す旅がはじまる。

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News Headlines - 13 August 2018

Asia markets decline; Turkish lira on the back foot while yen firms

Asian markets slid on Monday as investor sentiment took a knock amid the renewed slump in the Turkish lira.
The Nikkei 225 slid 1.98 percent, or 440.65 points, to close at 21,857.43 as the yen firmed amid uncertainty in Turkey. The safe-haven currency traded at 110.30 to the dollar at 2:45 p.m. HK/SIN, compared to levels around 110.90 seen on Friday.

China’s Giant Banks Top This Ranking. And That’s a Cause for Concern - Bloomberg

In 1988, 9 of the 10 largest banks in the world were Japanese. Three years later the country’s financial system, along with its lenders, collapsed, sending Japan into its infamous lost decade (or three, considering the country is still struggling to escape deflation and low growth)... By 2007 all of the top 10 slots were filled by U.S. and European lenders. A year later the subprime mortgage meltdown hit the U.S. The sovereign debt crisis followed in Europe... U.S. and European economies, like Japan’s, have contended for most of the past decade with low growth.
It’s 2018, and the rankings teem with Asian banks again. This time the top four by assets are Chinese. Of course, this may not be a sign of where the next financial crisis will erupt. But in light of the recent precedents, it’s a cause for concern.

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world - BBC News

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late?
...It's already happening - North Jakarta has sunk 2.5m in 10 years and is continuing to sink by as much as 25cm a year in some parts, which is more than double the global average for coastal megacities. Jakarta is sinking by an average of 1-15cm a year and almost half the city now sits below sea level.

Awa Odori festival kicks off - The Japan News

The Awa Odori festival began in Tokushima on Sunday, organized for the first time by a committee led by the Tokushima municipal government after it was revealed that one of the previous organizers had incurred huge debts... The Awa Odori festival was co-organized by the Tokushima city tourism association and The Tokushima Shimbun local newspaper until last year. However, it was found that the association had racked up a cumulative deficit of over \400 million, prompting the Tokushima municipal government, which had covered the tourism organization’s losses, to seek court-led bankruptcy proceedings.

Man escapes from Osaka police station after meeting with lawyer - The Mainichi

Junya Hida was found missing from the interview room at Tondabayashi Police Station at around 9:45 p.m. Hida, who was additionally served with an arrest warrant on suspicion of attempted rape and other charges on Aug. 8, had been in an interview with his lawyer from around 7:30 p.m. In the meeting room, the acrylic plate dividing the suspect and the lawyer was broken, police said.
It is not clear when the lawyer left the room. No officers at the station witnessed Hida's escape, and no one was injured.

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白人主義者15人が集会、反対派は数千人 米ワシントン:朝日新聞デジタル


東京大学の大学院生らが太陽系外惑星を一度に44個も発見 | 大学ジャーナルオンライン




W杯ゴールパフォーマンスが波紋 「コソボ紛争」を振り返る | THE PAGE(ザ・ページ)


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News Headlines - 12 August 2018

Boston Globe, US newspapers to run editorial calling for end to 'dirty war' on press

The Boston Globe has been contacting newspaper editorial boards and proposing a "coordinated response" to President Trump's escalating "enemy of the people" rhetoric.
"We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration's assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date," The Globe said in its pitch to fellow papers... As of Saturday, "we have more than 100 publications signed up, and I expect that number to grow in the coming days," Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe's deputy editorial page editor, told CNN.

Pioneer seeks lifeline with tie-up - The Japan News

Struggling car electronics maker Pioneer Corp. said Thursday it is in talks with companies including automotive parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp. to seek a tie-up.
Pioneer made the comment after media reports said it has approached Calsonic Kansei and others in hopes of forming a capital and business alliance to secure product development funds and rebuild its operations.

In Pursuit of Civility by Keith Thomas review – manners in early modern England | The Guardian

In truth, of course, standards of civility are changeable. As Keith Thomas points out in his wonderfully entertaining history, according to Giovanni della Casa, the 16th-century authority on polite behaviour, it was perfectly proper for the master of a household to relieve himself in front of his servants and inferiors. When King James I went out hunting all day, he similarly didn’t bother getting out of the saddle to answer calls of nature; and when parliament met in Oxford in 1665-6, Charles II’s courtiers left behind “their excrements in every corner, in chimneys, studies, coal-houses, cellars”.

Pink seagull spotted sitting above a shop in Barnstaple, Devon | Metro News

This bizarre pink bird isn’t some kind of new species, or a tropical bird that’s somehow ended up lost in Britain.
In fact, it’s actually a seagull that appears to have been spray painted a bright shade of pink.

Daddy Yankee: Despacito rapper 'robbed by impersonator' - BBC News

A thief impersonating Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee has reportedly stolen 2 million euros ($2.3m; £1.8m) worth of jewels from his hotel room in Spain.
Spanish paper Las Provincias reports a man posing as the performer, real name Ramon Luis Ayala, phoned staff at his Valencia hotel to open the room's safe.

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移民、EU全体で対応を 独スペイン首脳会談 - 産経ニュース


ベテラン政治家はもういらない? 若返る欧州政治に「レッテル貼り」では見えぬ変化 - 産経ニュース




巨大な炎の竜巻 カメラが捉える、イギリス TBS NEWS


クルトワ、レアル移籍は2人の子供のため…代理人「家族以外にチェルシー退団する理由ない」 | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 11 August 2018

Stolen Plane Crashes After Airline Employee Takes Off From Seattle Airport - The New York Times

An airline employee took off in a stolen plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday night in an episode that frustrated stranded travelers, riveted witnesses and ended with the plane crashing about 30 miles from the airport, the authorities said.
The man, a 29-year-old who acted alone, was thought to be suicidal, said officials in Pierce County, where the plane crashed. No one else was believed to be on the 76-seat plane or injured on the ground.

Gunma copter crash kills all nine crew members and passengers | The Japan Times

All nine passengers on a rescue helicopter that crashed on a mountain near the border of Gunma and Nagano prefectures on Friday died, Gunma Prefectural Government officials confirmed on Saturday.
The helicopter, which was checking a mountain trail ahead of its opening to climbers, went down near the prefectural border Friday morning.

North Korea detains Japanese man, casting cloud over abduction negotiations | The Japan Times

A Japanese man has recently been taken into custody in North Korea, government officials said Saturday as Tokyo tried to obtain information on the case.
According to informed sources, the man, in his 30s, was visiting the communist regime on a package tour organized by a foreign tourist agency. He was in Nampo, a port town in the western part of the country, the source said.

Wild Boars boys, coach receive Thai citizenship | Bangkok Post

Three Wild Boars footballers and their coach have received Thai citizenship amid cheers from their parents... The three boys were granted Thai citizenship under the terms of the Citizenship Act for those migrating to the country. The coach received Thai nationality as he was born at Mae Sai hospital.

Iniesta scores first goal for Japanese side Kobe - Channel NewsAsia

Andres Iniesta scored his first goal for J League side Vissel Kobe in their 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata on Saturday.
The great Spanish midfielder, who moved to Japan following an illustrious career with boyhood club Barcelona, scored a sensational goal to open his account, assisted by former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.

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国連事務総長が初出席 73回目の「長崎原爆の日」


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圧巻の21ステージ中18勝 ツール・ド・フランスを制したシマノコンポーネントの実力 - cyclist




新加入の松坂暖、日本国籍取り東京五輪出場へ意欲 : スポーツ報知


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News Headlines - 10 August 2018

Colombia to withdraw from Unasur; South America split over Venezuela

Colombia’s foreign Minister Carlos Holmes announced Friday that his country is withdrawing from Unasur, the union of South American countries after months of division between member states.
The country suspended its membership in April after months of infighting on the worsening situation in neighboring Venezuela and the succession of Colombian ex-President Ernesto Samper as the South American union’s president.
The bloc was founded in 2008 to promote regional integration and diminish US influence in South America. Political divisions, however, had virtually paralyzed the organization.

Turkish lira hits record lows as Turkey-U.S. concerns weigh | Reuters

Turkey’s lira tumbled to another record low against the dollar on Thursday after a Turkish delegation returned from meeting U.S. officials in Washington with no apparent solution to a diplomatic rift that has opened up between them... The lira stood at 5.5575 against the dollar at 1724 GMT, down 5 from the previous day’s close and after sliding to an all-time low of 5.5690. It was headed for its biggest one-day drop since 2008.

Ryanair strike hits 55,000 passengers across Europe | Reuters

Ryanair endured its worst one-day strike on Friday after a walk-out by pilots in five European countries disrupted the plans of an estimated 55,000 travelers with the budget airline at the height of the summer holiday season.
Ryanair, which averted widespread strikes before last Christmas by agreeing to recognize unions for the first time in its 30-year history, has been unable to quell rising protests over slow progress in negotiating collective labor agreements.
In response to unions serving strike notices, Ryanair had announced the cancellations of 250 flights in and out of Germany, 104 to and from Belgium and another 42 in Sweden and its home market of Ireland, where around a quarter of its pilots were staging their fifth 24-hour walkout.

Michael Moore's Trump Documentary 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Due in September: Watch the Trailer | Billboard

Michael Moore’s Donald Trump critique Fahrenheit 11/9 will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters September 21.
Moore unveiled the first look at this latest documentary Thursday, releasing a trailer online. The title is an inversion of his 2004 George W. Bush documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, which became the highest grossing documentary ever with $222.4 million in worldwide box office. The date refers to when Trump was declared winner of the 2016 election: November 9th.

Taiwan’s Quemoy island begins importing water from mainland China amid rising cross-strait tensions | South China Morning Post

Taiwan-controlled Quemoy island has started importing water from nearby Fujian province to ease its shortage, despite rising tensions across the strait.
Also known as Kinmen, officials from the island – which is just 2km from the mainland Chinese city of Xiamen and was a flashpoint during the cold war – signed an agreement with Fujian in 2015 to provide water for 30 years to resolve the problem.

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原爆投下でチャーチル英首相が7月1日に最終同意署名 1945年の秘密文書 - 産経ニュース

 英政府内で検討を重ねた結果、チャーチルは容認を決断し、45年7月1日、「オペレーショナル ユース オブ チューブ・アロイズ」(米国が日本に原爆を使用する作戦)に署名した。英首相官邸はこの最終判断を同2日付で公式覚書とした。

いすゞがトヨタと資本提携解消、GMと「再婚」の可能性が濃厚だ | ダイヤモンド・オンライン


セスナに1機差で勝利 ホンダジェット「負けられぬ」  :日本経済新聞


西友、甘く見た日本の商慣習  :日本経済新聞


高橋留美子さん、米漫画殿堂入り アイズナー賞 日本の女性作家で初|新潟日報モア


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News Headlines - 09 August 2018

Nagasaki remembers atomic bomb victims 73 years on | DW

Survivors and dignitaries honored the 74,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki at the 73rd anniversary ceremony on Thursday. Around 5,800 people gathered to observe a minute's silence at 11:02 local time, the exact moment when US bombers dropped the "Fat Man" nuclear device on the Japanese port city in 1945.
The attack came three days after a nuclear strike on Hiroshima that killed 140,000. Less than a week after Nagasaki, Japan announced itssurrender, which officially ended World War II.

Japan's crippled Fukushima plant stops selling souvenirs - Channel NewsAsia

Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said it had pulled the plastic folders decorated with six photos of the battered nuclear plant from the shelves of an on-site store... But the firm suspended sales of the folders on Wednesday as critics said it was inappropriate to sell a souvenir at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation.

Berlin airport evacuated after police mistake sex toy for a grenade | The Independent

Security staff at German airports are under fire for a third evacuation in 10 days - the latest triggered by a sex toy.
A screening team at Berlin’s Schonefeld Airport, one of the six busiest in Germany, mistook an Ann Summers vibrator for a hand grenade and ordered an evacuation of part of the terminal.
The offending item was identified during an X-ray at the outsize baggage check-in area on Tuesday.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price and release date: Samsung’s first £1,000+ smartphone has arrived | London Evening Standard

The new Samsung phone has finally been launched in all its glory: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
At an event in New York, Samsung’s CEO DK Koh took to the stage to unveil the new phone that he has been slyly using for the past few months.

Amazing Moomin themed MoominValley Park in Japan will soon be ready – grand opening date now released! : Moomin

Hooray, now it is confirmed – the MoominValley Park in Hanno, Saitama, Japan will open on 16th March 2019!
The brand new MoominValley Park will be part of a park facility called Metsä comprising of two areas. Metsä Village, opening in November 2018, allows visitors to experience the Scandinavian and Nordic atmosphere and lifestyle and enjoy the rich nature whilst MoominValley Park is to discover the world of the Moomins.

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東京新聞:BMW、欧州でリコール 32万台、出火の恐れ


あなたは飲める? スウェーデンの「下水ビール」 国内外で反響呼ぶ | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)

スウェーデンのビール製造企業ニーヤ・カーネギーブリゲリエット(Nya Carnegiebryggeriet)とスウェーデン環境研究所(IVL)、カールスバーグ・スウェーデンはこのほど、同国初となる「リサイクル水」から作られたビール「PU:REST」を発売した。……下水はまず、有機物質を分解し、バクテリアやマイクロプラスチック、寄生虫を取り除くため、従来型の排水処理に使われる生物学的処理に加え、限外ろ過膜を使用した膜分離活性汚泥法(MBR)でろ過される。次に、非常に目の細かい逆浸透膜に通され、化学物質はほぼ100%除去される。

豪・コアラ餓死の危機 ユーカリが足りない! - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


J・J・エイブラムスら「LOST」クリエイター陣、セミヌード強要のエバンジェリン・リリーに謝罪 - 映画.com


サッカー史上最悪、8年間53試合で八百長した欧州1部クラブ:AFPBB News


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News Headlines - 08 August 2018

Colombia's new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

The right-wing Duque, who is just 42 years old, succeeds Juan Manuel Santos -- and could work to undo the deal his predecessor reached with leftist FARC guerrillas to end a half-century of conflict... In his inaugural address, he said he would take steps to fix "structural flaws" in the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), without offering concrete details.

Chicago shootings in one weekend: 66 shot, 12 fatally, police say - CNN

During the weekend in Chicago, 66 people were shot, 12 of them fatally, between Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
"It's no secret that we had an unacceptably violent weekend," Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said... "These shootings are not random, they're fueled by gang conflicts. We know who they are and we continue to send a message that it's OK to commit these crimes by not doing anything as a community. We are all supposed to be on the same side. CPD can be better, but this city can be better," Johnson said.

German court rejects 'Nazi grandma' appeal, as it rules Holocaust denial is not covered by free speech

German holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after the country's highest court ruled that denying the mass murder of Jews during Nazi Germany is not covered by the right to free speech and "threatens public peace".

Huawei Withdrawing From US Market After Surpassing Apple Global Smartphone Shipments?

Huawei is reportedly withdrawing its business from the U.S. market amid restrictions imposed by the Trump administration. The news comes after second-quarter global shipments data revealed that the Chinese company is now the second largest smartphone vendor next to Samsung Electronics.
A mobile carrier official familiar with Huawei’s plans disclosed to Etnews Monday that the Chinese brand is entirely withdrawing from the United States. The company is reportedly removing all of its three offices from the country, with preparations underway since the second quarter.

Boxing: Japan amateur chief resigns over allegations of misconduct - The Mainichi

Japan Amateur Boxing Federation President Akira Yamane announced his resignation Wednesday following multiple allegations of misconduct, including pressuring referees to fix matches and misuse of grant money.

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米、対中1.8兆円相当への追加関税 23日発動 TBS NEWS




オハイオ補選、大接戦で共和候補勝利 トランプ旋風陰り:朝日新聞デジタル


米テスラのマスクCEO、非上場化を検討 実現なら過去最大のLBOに | 日刊工業新聞 電子版


1939年製ビンテージ機、スイスで遊覧飛行中に墜落 20人死亡:AFPBB News

スイス東部で4日、遊覧飛行していた第2次世界大戦(World War II)時の旧軍用機が墜落し、乗客乗員20人が死亡した。警察が翌5日、発表した。同機が高速で急下降した原因を究明するため、捜査を開始したとしている。
 墜落したのは、1939年ドイツのユンカース(Junker)製の「Ju52 HB-HOT」。「アイアン・アニー(Iron Annie)」という愛称で収集家に人気の機種だった。

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News Headlines - 07 August 2018

UK plans warrants to extradite Russian poisoners over Salisbury novichok case | The Times

Britain is making plans to seek the extradition from Russia of two suspects identified as the perpetrators of the Salisbury poisonings.
Scotland Yard detectives are understood to be confident that they have identified the would-be assassins and an extradition request is part of the plan to renew pressure on the Kremlin over the nerve agent attack.
It would reignite the diplomatic row that erupted after the poisoning in March of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia, 33.

Japanese police seek clues on French woman who vanished in Nikko in July | The Japan Times

A French woman who visited the popular tourist destination of Nikko has been missing since late last month, the Tochigi Prefectural Police announced Sunday.
Tiphaine Veron, 36, was last seen on the morning of July 29, when she left her lodging facility there, they said. The manager of the facility called the police the next day after she failed to return for her suitcase.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Japan debates daylight saving to avoid heat - BBC News

Japan is considering adopting daylight saving time next year so that athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games can compete in cooler hours, reports say.
The proposal to bring clocks forward by two hours has received major opposition on social media with many worried it would result in longer working hours... The government says it is yet to decide on the move but does want to limit the effect of summer heat on the athletes.

Thai cave boys complete novice monkhood at Buddhist temple | TVNZ

With their heads bowed and wearing orange robes, the members of the boys' soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern Thailand on Saturday completed their time as novice Buddhist monks... The July 25 ordination of 11 boys of the Wild Boars soccer team along with the 25-year-old coach was especially dedicated to a former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, who died while diving during a volunteer mission to supply the cave with oxygen tanks essential to a successful rescue. A twelfth boy did not go through the religious ritual because he isn't Buddhist.

Shock and anger in Hamilton after province says it'll cancel the basic income project | CBC News

Recipients and anti-poverty activists say they're shocked by Tuesday's announcement from Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. MacLeod says she's cancelling the three-year pilot a year into it... About 4,000 people were involved across the communities of Thunder Bay, Lindsay, Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County.
Of those, 2,000 got a basic income every month. The other half didn't get the monthly money, but would be compensated for filling out surveys for research purposes... Under the program, recipients received up to $16,989 per year for a single person, less 50 per cent of any earned income, and $24,027 for a couple. People with disabilities received an additional $6,000.

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トランプ大統領 対イラン制裁を再発動へ:テレビ東京


EU、米のイラン制裁再開で対抗措置発動へ 共同声明  :日本経済新聞


長男のロシア人弁護士との秘密会合、情報獲得が狙い トランプ氏、投稿で認める - 産経ニュース


中国当局、実写版「くまのプーさん」映画の公開認めず - BBCニュース

中国当局はディズニーの実写映画「Christopher Robin(邦題「プーと大人になった僕」)」の同国での公開を認めなかった。……決定の理由は明らかになっていないが、中国は全国的にくまのプーさんを検閲しており、今回の措置もその一部と考えられている。……中国の習近平国家主席と比較されるようになり、プーさんは反政府の象徴となった。

イタリアでタンクローリー爆発 1人死亡、高架が崩落:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 06 August 2018

Hiroshima remembers atomic bombing on 73rd anniversary

Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city with a somber ceremony Monday to remember those killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui opened his speech by describing the hellish scene of the blast that morning 73 years ago and the agony of the victims, telling the audience to listen "as if you and your loved ones were there." Then he raised concerns about the global rise of egocentrism and tensions, and urged Japan's government to take more leadership toward achieving a truly nuclear-free world.

North Korea foreign minister to visit Iran on Tuesday - Channel NewsAsia

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho is due to visit Iran on Tuesday (Aug 7), Iranian media reported on Saturday.
Ri is set to jet in as the United States reimposes sanctions on Iran following Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme.

London cab drivers plan legal action against Uber - BBC News

A group of London black cab drivers has planned legal action against Uber in an effort to claim "millions of pounds in lost earnings".
The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) and 11 other organisations hired solicitors to determine if they have a case against the ride-hailing app.
The LTDA claims its drivers, who have average annual earnings of £50,000, have each lost £10,000 a year since Uber began operating in London in 2012.

Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry's 'special representative' - CNNPolitics

Russia appointed actor Steven Seagal as a "special representative" on US-Russian humanitarian ties, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in statement on its official Facebook page Saturday.
According to the statement, the action star's role will be to promote US-Russia relations "in the humanitarian sphere," adding that the role will include collaboration "in the sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges."

US man loses legs, arms and nose after being licked by his dog | Newshub

A US man lost both his legs, most of his nose and some of his arms after contracting a rare bacterial infection from his affectionate dog.
Wisconsin native Greg Manteufel went to the emergency room with what he thought was a cold. But his symptoms, which included bruising all over his body, turned out to be something far more serious.
The 48-year-old had contracted sepsis, a dangerous infection of the bloodstream - and his beloved pit bull was to blame. It's believed the bacteria capnocytophaga was passed to Mr Manteufel when the dog licked him.

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トランプ激高 不倫問題の極秘テープを顧問弁護士が暴露した理由 | 文春オンライン


カナダのクラフトビール醸造業者、缶不足に直面 アルミへの報復関税で:AFPBB News

 カナダ統計局(Statistics Canada)によると、同国は世界第3位のアルミニウム生産国だが、20億個超のアルミ缶を毎年、主に米国から輸入している。……だが、カナダが7月1日に報復として米国産アルミニウムに関税を課したことを受け、醸造業者らにはアルミ缶の値上げの通知と供給途絶の警告が届き始めた。……カナダ政府が関税発動をその1か月前に公表すると、ビールメーカーよりもはるかに多くの缶を使用する炭酸清涼飲料メーカーがアルミ缶を備蓄し始め、今回の供給不足が起きたという。

日立の英原発「厳しいのは事実」 JBIC総裁語る:朝日新聞デジタル


猛暑の欧州、スペイン・ポルトガルで46度超も 水温上昇で原子炉も休止 - 産経ニュース


本田圭佑、新天地は豪州に決定! メルボルン・ビクトリーが加入を発表 | サッカーキング

 去就に注目が集まっていた本田については、オーストラリアメディア『SBS』がメルボルン・ビクトリーと1年契約を締結する見通しであると報じていた。年俸は290万ドル(約3億2000万円)で、同クラブが130万ドル、残りの160万ドルはオーストラリアサッカー連盟(FFA)と『FOX SPORTS』が支払うことになるという。

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News Headlines - 05 August 2018

Venezuela braces for possible crackdown after apparent drone attack on Maduro - The Washington Post

The Venezuelan government made more arrests Sunday in connection with an apparent assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro, as the crisis-plagued South American nation braced for a possibility of wider crackdown on dissent.
Interior Minister Néstor Luis Reverol said six “terrorists” were detained Sunday, a day after the government said drones carrying explosives targeted Maduro in the midst of a nationally televised address.

M7.0 quake strikes off Indonesia's Lombok island, causes small tsunamis

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7 struck the popular tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, triggering small tsunami waves, according to the government.
Indonesia's meteorological and climatological agency said some damage was reported in buildings in Lombok and neighboring Bali.

Road safety demo continues for sixth day | The Daily Star

The road safety protesters again came under attack in the capital yesterday, a day after the students had been attacked by police and “ruling party men” in Mirpur... Sadaat Mahmood, one of the victims, said they rushed to Science Laboratory intersection after hearing the news of an attack on students. But when they returned to the campus, they found some people dragging one of the students who were controlling traffic.

Cultivated Areas in Iraq Halved due to Drought | Asharq AL-awsat

Areas under cultivation in Iraq have halved this summer compared to last year due to a drought wave and reduced water levels of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Ministry of Agriculture revealed... This had led the government in June to suspended farming of rice, corn and other cereals that require major irrigation.
Losses for workers dependent on these productions will reach up to 34 million euros ($39 million) this year, according to authorities.

Scattered protests in Iran as U.S. sanctions loom | Reuters

Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a Shi’ite seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media, as Iranians brace for a return of U.S. sanctions.
Hundreds rallied in cities including Tehran, Karaj, Shiraz, and Qom, according to videos posted on social media, to protest against high inflation caused in part by a collapse in the rial currency over fears of the reimposition of crippling sanctions on Aug. 7.

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トルコ大統領「米閣僚の資産凍結」、制裁に対抗  :日本経済新聞


アップル半導体サプライヤーのTSMC、工場でコンピューターウイルス感染 | 日刊工業新聞 電子版


英9カ月ぶり利上げ、0.75%に 金融正常化へ  :日本経済新聞


全身タトゥーの「ゾンビボーイ」自殺か カナダ・モデルのリック・ジェネストさん - 産経ニュース


シベリア抑留死 新たに10人特定 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 04 August 2018

Despite tensions, Russia seeks U.S. help to rebuild Syria | Reuters

Russia has used a closely guarded communications channel with America’s top general to propose the two former Cold War foes cooperate to rebuild Syria and repatriate refugees to the war-torn country, according to a U.S. government memo.
The proposal was sent in a July 19 letter by Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, to U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the memo which was seen by Reuters.

Monju reactor fuel removal faces delays as monitoring cameras fog up in tests - The Mainichi

The removal of fuel from the prototype reactor in Fukui Prefecture must be carried out remotely, because there are some areas that human workers cannot enter. Fuel rods will be removed from the reactor vessel and from a spent fuel pool, both filled with sodium -- a material that is difficult to handle because it reacts with water and air -- using special equipment.
Before extracting the fuel, staff tested their removal technique up until July 26 by attempting to take control rods out of the spent fuel pool. However, two cameras near a special receptacle for the rods and at an enclosed intermediate monitoring area fogged up, preventing workers from properly checking the work, the agency said.

Tokyo Medical University lowered grades of women to limit number of female doctors - The Washington Post

One of Japan’s top medical universities has been systematically blocking female applicants from entering the school for at least eight years, local news agencies reported on Thursday.
Tokyo Medical University, a private institution consistently ranked among the country's best for clinical medicine, has been automatically lowering the entrance exam results of female applicants for the past decade, an attempt to keep the ratio of women in each class of students below 30 percent, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. A specific coefficient was reportedly applied to the scores of all female applicants, lowering them by 10 to 20 percent.

Man with Down's Syndrome shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home with toy gun

A man with Down’s Syndrome has been shot dead by Swedish police after running away from home in the middle of the night carrying a toy gun.
Eric Torell, 20, who was autistic and was described by his family as being severely disabled, was fatally shot by police who erroneously believed he was carrying a real weapon in the early hours of Thursday morning in downtown Stockholm.

Federal Judge Halts Release of 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints | Time

A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns, saying they could end up in the wrong hands.
The company behind the plans, Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, had reached a settlement with the federal government in June that allows it to make the plans for the guns available for download on Wednesday.

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米国防予算、過去9年で最大規模80兆円 中国へ厳然対処盛る 権限法案を上院可決  - 産経ニュース


トルコ:米に報復辞さず 牧師長期拘束、2閣僚制裁に反発 - 毎日新聞


カトリック教会は死刑に全面反対、バチカンが容認部分の教理変更 | ロイター


NASA、アポロ11号月面着陸ミッションの音声ファイルを公開 - Sputnik 日本


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News Headlines - 03 August 2018

At Least 200 IS Fighters 'Surrender' In Afghanistan

Dozens of Islamic State (IS) fighters have surrendered to Afghan forces, amid intense fighting between followers of the extremist group and the Taliban in the northern province of Jawzjan, an official says.
Provincial police chief Faqeer Mohammad Jawzjani told RFE/RL on August 1 that at least 200 militants had surrendered in Darzab district since late on July 31.

TSA considering eliminating screening at smaller airports - CNNPolitics

The Transportation Security Administration is considering eliminating passenger screening at more than 150 small and medium-sized airports across the US, according to senior agency officials and internal documents obtained by CNN.
The proposal, if implemented, would mark a major change for air travel in the US, following nearly two decades of TSA presence since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and comes as the Trump administration has stepped up screening measures for items such as laptops and tablets.

Zimbabwe election results: Emmerson Mnangagwa declared winner of country’s first post-Mugabe poll as opponent Nelson Chamisa rejects vote | The Independent

The historic elections in Zimbabwe officially finished in the early hours of Friday morning with Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ally turned enemy of Robert Mugabe, declared the winner by a narrow margin.
But the outcome leaves an already fractured country with bitter divisions and an uncertain future with the fallout from the bitterly disputed polls due to continue.
The opposition immediately refuted the result and warned of widespread protests, raising fears of further violence after troops shot six people dead and injured more than 30 in clashes with protesters on Wednesday.

Ebola is back in Congo. This time it may be harder to fight.

The Ebola virus has popped up again in the Democratic Republic of Congo, days after another outbreak was declared over — but this time it may be harder to fight.
The new outbreak is across the vast Central African nation from the last one, 1,500 miles away and in an area disrupted by conflict and teeming with refugees, aid workers say. It will be difficult and dangerous to track down cases to isolate and treat them.

Renault F1 team gets suspended fine for rare Hungary tyre error - Autosport

The Renault Formula 1 team has been hit with a suspended €10,000 fine for a rare tyre error during Hungarian Grand Prix practice on Nico Hulkenberg's car.
Hulkenberg used three tyres from a set that Renault had nominated to return after first practice, which breached F1's sporting regulations.
The team was summoned to the stewards, who dished out a €10,000 fine that is suspended until the end of the season providing Renault does not commit another tyre usage violation.

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トヨタ、米追加関税なら4700億円の負担 国内生産には「こだわる」 | ロイター


中国が南沙に電子戦兵器、米軍の接近妨害狙いか : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


欧州で40度超え、ドイツでは河川の水位低下で投棄兵器が露出 | ロイター




渡辺謙「集大成にしたい」…舞台「王様と私」聖地ウェストエンド大盛況 : スポーツ報知


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News Headlines - 02 August 2018

Japan's massive health and labor ministry targeted for breakup - Nikkei Asian Review

The Japanese government is considering splitting the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, concluding that the mammoth bureaucracy with an extensive portfolio is incapable of responding to the complex needs of an aging society.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will submit a proposal as early as this month recommending a split, which will be part of a broader government review of its 13 agencies and ministries created through a reorganization 20 years ago.
The goal is to break up the ministry into two entities by 2020, with one covering health- and welfare-related duties and the other handling labor ministry matters.

Abe keeping a tight lid on who he meets, even if just for drinks:The Asahi Shimbun

He still seems to be smarting from a public backlash over a Twitter post in early July that was accompanied by a photo showing him relaxing over drinks with a large group of lawmakers from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, just hours after the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a landslide alert July 5 about torrential rains in western Japan. The deluge went on for days and claimed more than 200 lives.
Stung by the reaction and fearful of inviting more criticism if he was seen having a good time with colleagues, Abe and his close aides did everything possible to keep the wraps on a meeting held on the evening of July 25 at the prime minister's official residence.

Where is Merkel? Germany hunts chancellor after holiday no-show | Reuters

Where is Angela Merkel? That question is preoccupying German media after the chancellor’s husband was spotted on holiday in northern Italy without his wife... The couple, who have been married for 20 years, were last seen in public together on July 25 for their traditional appearance at the Bayreuth Festival in Bavaria, a must for fans of composer Richard Wagner.

Merkel’s conservatives at record low, far right at record high: poll – POLITICO

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives fell to a record low while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) rose to a record high in a new poll out Thursday.
Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc fell to 29 percent support in the DeutschlandTrend survey — the first time the alliance has ever fallen below the 30 percent mark in the poll by public broadcaster ARD.

Aeroméxico crash: How everyone aboard jet survived

Passengers who walked away from the fiery Aeroméxico crash are thankful to be alive but a safety expert on Wednesday said it was “no accident” that everyone aboard the jet survived.
The aircraft attempted to take off in heavy rain during a storm Tuesday afternoon in Durango, Mexico, but crashed into grass near the runway and skidded to a stop before catching fire.
None of the 103 people on board — 99 passengers, two pilots and two flight attendants — was killed.

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FRB、政策金利目標据え置き 「米景気、力強く成長」:朝日新聞デジタル


中国企業のドイツ工作機械メーカー買収、中国側が断念 独政府も安保上の懸念から却下を決定 - 産経ニュース


エッフェル塔、ストで閉鎖 長い行列生む新方針に抗議:AFPBB News

仏パリの観光名所エッフェル塔(Eiffel Tower)で1日午後、チケットの種類ごとに異なるエレベーターを使わせる新方針に抗議して従業員がストライキを決行した。ストは2日も実施される予定。……午後の早い時間帯のような非ピーク時の場合、日時指定券用のエレベーターは半分空いていることもあるのに対し、当日券用のエレベーターは最大3時間待ちの行列になりかねないという。

スウェーデンで大聖堂から王冠2点盗まれる、容疑者はボートで逃走 | ロイター


ニュージーランド首相、産休終え復帰 週内は自宅で執務:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 01 August 2018

U.S. lawmakers demand tech firms to do more to fight election interference | Reuters

U.S. lawmakers demanded that technology firms do more to fight “shocking” foreign efforts to influence U.S. politics on Wednesday, a day after Facebook Inc identified an influence campaign tied to November’s elections and despite President Donald Trump’s denunciation of the issue as a “hoax.”
... Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said... the committee had called executives of Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to testify on Sept. 5 “to hear the plans they have in place, to press them to do more, and to work together to address this challenge.”

Japanese bond yields rise sharply after tweaks to BoJ policy

Japan’s 10-year government bond yield was poised on Wednesday to record its steepest jump in two years, following the Bank of Japan’s decision to tweak its stimulus programme to allow more flexibility in the fixed income market.
The yield jumped 6.8 basis points in recent trading to 0.124 per cent. It would mark the biggest rise since August 2016 for the paper, which has faced a significant jolt of volatility over the past two weeks.
The BoJ said on Tuesday that it would double the range it allows yields on the10-year Japanese government bond to move to 20 bps on either side of zero. Bonds initially rallied on the news, sending the yield on the 10-year down on Tuesday by the widest margin in more than two years.

Japan, Russia at odds over Tokyo's missile defense plan - The Mainichi

In response to Russia's deep-seated concern about the deployment, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said it is "purely for national defense."
The friction over the installation of two land-based Aegis Ashore stations, which Japan sees as necessary to protect its territory from North Korean ballistic missile strikes, re-emerged as Onodera and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met their Russian counterparts Sergei Shoigu and Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda appeals for help in new video after abduction in Syria | South China Morning Post

Japan’s government said Wednesday it’s doing its utmost for the rescue of a Japanese journalist believed to be held in Syria after a video of a man appearing to be him was posted on the internet.
Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda was last heard from in Syria in June 2015.
It is thought he is being held by the Al-Nusra Front, a former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

England's Freemasons to allow women - if they were once male | Reuters

England’s Freemasons are to admit women to their secretive society - but only if they were previously male masons... The all-male United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has published a new gender reassignment policy which states that “a Freemason who after initiation ceases to be a man does not cease to be a Freemason.”... A woman who becomes a man will also be allowed to apply to become a Freemason, the policy said.

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猛暑の英国で今年最高気温の35.3度、食糧不足の懸念も | ロイター


英富豪屋敷に白昼堂々4人組 1.5億円相当の宝石など盗む(アフロ)




スイスの建国記念日、山腹に幅80メートルの巨大国旗広げ祝う | ロイター

- スイス北東部ゼンティス山で7月31日、翌日の建国記念日を祝うため、山腹に幅80メートルの巨大国旗を広げるイベントが行われた。……旗は熱気球用の素材でできており、3人の裁縫師が6万メートルの糸を使って縫い上げた。重さは700キログラムで、完成に約600時間かかったという。

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