2018.08.29

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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