News Headlines - 10 October 2018

Brexit: Thirty Labour rebels prepared to defy Corbyn and back Chequers deal | The Times

A group of about 30 Labour MPs would be prepared to defy Jeremy Corbyn and endorse a Chequers-style deal at the eleventh hour to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Senior MPs have told The Times that a group of between 30 to 40 backbenchers would break with the leadership unless it ultimately backed a negotiated exit agreed with Brussels.
The group is made up of those who both oppose a second referendum on the terms of Brexit, or believe that the proposal cannot command the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons without their support.

UK would be welcomed to TPP ‘with open arms’, says Shinzo Abe | Financial Times

Japan would welcome Britain to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal “with open arms”, said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as he urged a compromise to avoid a no-deal Brexit.Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times at his official residence in Tokyo, Mr Abe said the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after Brexit, but would still be a country “equipped with global strength”.

MPs invite robot to give evidence on AI | The Independent

A robot is set to become the first non-human to appear as a witness before the UK Parliament.
The Commons Education Select Committee invited Pepper the robot from Middlesex University to give evidence at a hearing taking place next week about artificial intelligence, robotics and the fourth industrial revolution.

Merrill Lynch Japan at root of Tokyo Stock Exchange system glitch, informed sources say | The Japan Times

The Tokyo Stock Exchange said it suffered a trading system glitch Tuesday morning that left some brokerages unable to make orders through the bourse.
According to sources close to the matter, an extraordinary amount of data erroneously sent by Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co. caused the trouble.

Japanese actor Jun Kunimura faces criticism at home for siding with Koreans over flag dispute - The Straits Times

Japanese actor Jun Kunimura faces mounting criticism in his country after suggesting that Japan understand Koreans' sentiment towards the controversial Rising Sun Flag, given the two countries' thorny history.
During the Busan International Film Festival last Friday (Oct 5), the actor said he thinks Japan should understand the way Koreans feel about the flag, when asked about the controversy surrounding the flag being flown at a naval event in South Korea.








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