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News Headlines - 17 November 2018

UN lifts nearly decade-old sanctions on Eritrea - CNN

The UN Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to lift 9-year-old sanctions against Eritrea that imposed travel bans, asset freezes and an arms embargo.
The East African country was hit with targeted sanctions in 2009 after being accused of having ties to Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia and refusing to withdraw from border disputes with Djibouti. Eritrea denied the accusations of involvement with Al-Shabaab.
The resolution, which was drafted by the United Kingdom and backed by allies, marks a new chapter for peace and cooperation in Eritrea after years of regional conflict.

Southeastern and Greater Anglia want more women train drivers - BBC News

Rail companies have launched campaigns to recruit more women train drivers.
Southeastern, which serves London, Kent and East Sussex, said fewer than 5% of its drivers were women and it wants 40% of applicants to be women by 2021.

Couple who named baby after Hitler found guilty of membership of neo-Nazi group - CNN

A neo-Nazi couple who named their child after Adolf Hitler have been found guilty Monday of being part of a banned right-wing group in England.
Adam Thomas, 22, and Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted at Birmingham Crown Court in the country's West Midlands region for being members of the extreme right-wing organization, National Action. The group was banned in 2016.
According to the UK's Press Association news agency, the court heard that the couple gave their child the middle name "Adolf" after Hitler, because of Thomas' "admiration" for him.

US asks London court to hand over two alleged hackers - BBC News

The US's attempt to have two alleged cyber-criminals extradited from the UK has come before a London court.
The two men are accused of being members of a 36-strong group said to have been behind a dark web forum responsible for more than $530m (£409m) of losses to banks and individuals... Taimoor Zaman and Anthony Nnamdi Okeakpu deny the allegations made against them.

What happens to used lithium-ion battery packs from electric cars?

While the sheer volume of EV batteries that will need to be re-purposed or recycled is undoubtedly daunting, it’s worth starting on the positive note that these batteries have a long lifespan, and have proven very reliable. Most lithium-ion batteries will last about eight to 10 years before their performance drops to around 70 per cent (or less) of what it was when new.
So what can be done with these batteries when they reach the point that they need to be re-used or recycled?

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欧州委「決定的な進展」勧告へ 英閣議がEU離脱協定案承認で - 産経ニュース


メルケル独首相も「欧州軍」支持 - 産経ニュース


副操縦士、検知器に息吹きかけず JAL「意図的不正」:朝日新聞デジタル


キューバ大使宿泊、ヒルトン福岡が拒否 米の制裁理由に:朝日新聞デジタル


中米移民3千人、米との国境到着 メキシコ、事態長期化も - 共同通信


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News Headlines - 16 November 2018

Bank of Japan's balance sheet now larger than country's GDP | Reuters

Japan’s central bank has become the first among G7 nations to own assets collectively worth more than the country’s entire economy, following a half-decade spending spree designed to accelerate weak price growth.
The 553.6 trillion yen ($4.87 trillion) of assets the Bank of Japan holds are worth more than five times the world’s most valuable company Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) and 25 times the market capitalisation of Japan’s most valuable company Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.T).
They’re also bigger than the combined GDPs of five emerging markets — Turkey, Argentina, South Africa, India and Indonesia.

Toyota to slash thicket of officers so new talent can shine - Nikkei Asian Review

Toyota Motor will overhaul its leadership structure in January, scrapping more than half its executive posts to make room for younger employees who may not necessarily have the seniority traditionally required for major management roles.
The automaker has 55 top executives, including the president and vice presidents. Abolishing the post of managing officer next year will reduce the count of the top executives by 60%.
A new, flexible class of managers will instead encompass anyone from current department heads to managing officers, as well as lower-level managers, some still in their early 40s, for a total of more than 2,000.

The Pathway from Micro Solid State to EV Batteries - EVWORLD.COM

We know that Toyota has said it wouldn't get serious about building battery electric vehicles until they had perfected the solid state battery. In the meantime they'd stick with trusted, reliable NiMH for most of their hybrids. They know it works... And while other carmakers are pretty much following Tesla's lead and have gone the lithium battery route, Toyota quietly turned to a small UK startup out of Southampton on the English channel with orders to explore various materials Toyota researchers had identified that could be used for a solid state battery, one that eliminates the flammability inherent in the electrolyte found in today's lithium-ion cells.

Stolen credit card details of nearly 250,000 British Airways customers on sale for up to £9.4m

redit card details stolen from nearly 250,000 customers of British Airways during a cyber-hack on the airline's website in August could have raised up to $12.2m (£9.4m) for Russian hackers on the dark web, the Telegraph has learned.
Research from cyber security experts Flashpoint and Risk IQ has shown that credit card details were for sale for between $9 (£6.94) and $50 (£38.58) each.
The hack, attributed to a Russia-linked group known as Magecart, took place between August 21 and September 5, with 244,000 payment cards compromised.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Amnesty strips Myanmar leader of top prize - BBC News

Amnesty International is stripping Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.
The politician and Nobel peace prize winner received the honour in 2009, when she was living under house arrest.
The rights group said it was profoundly dismayed at her failure to speak out for the Rohingya minority, some 700,000 of whom have fled a military crackdown.
This is the latest honour in a string of awards Ms Suu Kyi, 73, has lost.

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無人タクシー近くお目見え 世界初、米でグーグル系 - 産経ニュース


ロシア介入、FB社内で16年春に疑惑指摘 NYT報道:朝日新聞デジタル


日露首脳会談:プーチン氏「2島の主権、今後の交渉対象」 - 毎日新聞


記者殺害、米がサウジ側に経済制裁 皇太子には言及せず:朝日新聞デジタル


かつての新星、韓国現代自動車はなぜ輝きを失ったか | ロイター




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News Headlines - 15 November 2018

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times

Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It was September 2017, more than a year after Facebook engineers discovered suspicious Russia-linked activity on its site, an early warning of the Kremlin campaign to disrupt the 2016 American election. Congressional and federal investigators were closing in on evidence that would implicate the company.

Japan's cyber-security minister has 'never used a computer' - BBC News

Japan's new cyber-security minister has dumbfounded his country by saying he has never used a computer.
Yoshitaka Sakurada made the admission to a committee of lawmakers... The 68-year-old was appointed to his post last month.
His duties include overseeing cyber-defence preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Wayward mortar damages civilian vehicle as Japanese soldiers train east of Kyoto - Stripes

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is investigating after a stray mortar landed near a public roadway and struck a civilian vehicle in a prefecture just east of Kyoto.
The incident occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday when three mortars went wide of their target during routine training at the Aibano Training Area in Takashima City, Shiga prefecture, said JGSDF spokesman Muneyuki Yatsuo.

South Korea's 'Garlic Girls' curlers slam coaches - Channel NewsAsia

The "Garlic Girls" South Korean curling team who became a media sensation with their unlikely run to the Winter Olympics final detailed their coaches' alleged verbal abuse and intrusive control on Thursday (Nov 15).
The five women from a small rural town known for garlic farming were rank outsiders at the South's Pyeongchang Games in February, but ended up winning silver, their giant-killing feats along the way earning them celebrity status.

Winner of $1.5B Mega Millions has not claimed prize

The winner of the huge $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot still has not come forward. A ticket sold in Simpsonville matched all the numbers of the October 23 drawing.
It's been nearly three weeks since that drawing and state lottery officials tell News19 there's no word on the winner yet... The winner has 180 days from the drawing to come forward. Their time doesn't run out until April 21st.

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英、ラーブEU離脱相ら4人辞任 協定案に反発:日本経済新聞


トランプ政権、メラニア夫人が解任要求の高官を更迭:AFPBB News

米ホワイトハウス(White House)のサラ・サンダース(Sarah Sanders)報道官は14日、メラニア・トランプ(Melania Trump)米大統領夫人が解任を求めていたミラ・リカーデル(Mira Ricardel)大統領副補佐官(国家安全保障担当)が異動することを明らかにした。

アマゾン第2本社、ニューヨーク市とワシントン近郊に決定 - CNET Japan



スノーピークが11月14日の今日、ロンドンに子会社「Snow Peak London, Limited.」を設立すると発表した。設立日は12月1日を予定している。

コンコルドのラスト・フライトから15年、写真で見る栄光と失敗 | BUSINESS INSIDER JAPAN


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News Headlines - 14 November 2018

Brexit deal: Theresa May's cabinet approves EU withdrawal agreement | The Independent

Theresa May’s cabinet has approved the draft Brexit deal struck by British and EU negotiators paving the way for a critical Brussels summit to rubber stamp it this month.
The prime minister made the announcement on the steps of Downing Street after a marathon five-hour meeting with her most senior frontbenchers... But despite cabinet approval bolstering Ms May, there was increasing speculation in Westminster of a leadership challenge to be launched by Tory backbenchers angry about concessions made in the draft plan.

US Condemns ‘Illegal Elections’ in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine

The United States issued a scathing condemnation of the elections held on Nov. 11 in the eastern region of Ukraine occupied by Russia, calling it an attempt by Moscow to legitimize its proxies... The member states of the European Union and Canada also condemned the elections as illegal and in violation of a ceasefire agreed to in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, in 2015.

Putin and Abe Agree to Speed Up Talks Over Disputed Islands - Bloomberg

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to accelerate talks on resolving a dispute over four islands that has prevented their countries from sealing a peace treaty since World War II.
The two leaders affirmed at a meeting Wednesday in Singapore that a 1956 declaration under which the Soviet Union agreed to return two islands after the conclusion of a peace treaty with Japan will form the basis for the negotiations, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters.

Japan's SoftBank steps closer to transformation with mammoth mobile IPO | Reuters

SoftBank Group Corp has won approval to conduct a 2.4 trillion yen ($21.04 billion) initial public offering (IPO) of its domestic telecoms business, in a deal that will seal the group’s transformation into a top global technology investor.

Talent agency managing K-pop group BTS apologizes over A-bomb T-shirt | The Japan Times

The talent agency that represents K-pop group BTS on Tuesday apologized over one of its members wearing an offensive T-shirt that depicted an atomic bomb exploding over Japan, and other members having earlier worn hats that carried the Nazi guard insignia.

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応酬激化のガザ衝突で停戦合意 ハマスとイスラエル:朝日新聞デジタル


メイ英首相、離脱協定素案を閣議で協議へ-EUと合意 - Bloomberg


CNN.co.jp : CNN、トランプ大統領と側近を提訴 記者のホワイトハウス入庁禁止で


ブルーライト、目への影響で大論争 体内時計狂わす見解:朝日新聞デジタル


日本のキログラム原器公開 定義変更で「お役御免」:日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 13 November 2018

Trump Targets French President Macron In A Series Of Angry Tweets : NPR

This morning, French President Emmanuel Macron was the latest target of a series of angry tweets from President Donald Trump. Trump highlighted Macron's recent statement calling for a European army to help protect the continent. He also cited Macron's low popularity with French voters, and he complained about the high tariffs France has imposed on American wine.
This all follows President Trump's visit to Paris over the weekend, where he joined other world leaders to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Italy defies EU request to present revised budget | The Guardian

The Italian government has defied a request to present a revised draft budget for 2019 to the European commission, as it pursues its big-spending strategy.
Luigi Di Maio, the deputy prime minister and leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which is ruling in coalition with the far-right League, said the government was committed to maintaining its deficit target of 2.4% but it would move forward with plans to cut taxes, introduce a universal basic income and lower the retirement age.
Italian leaders had until midnight on Tuesday to respond to the commission, which last month took the unprecedented step of asking a member state to revise its draft budget.

Oldest known cave painting of animal found in Borneo, Indonesia, bolstering new theory on human ancestors - CBS News

Scientists have found the oldest known example of an animal drawing: a red silhouette of a bull-like beast on the wall of an Indonesian cave.
The sketch is at least 40,000 years old, slightly older than similar animal paintings found in famous caves in France and Spain. Until a few years ago, experts believed Europe was where our ancestors started drawing animals and other figures.
But the age of the drawing reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, along with previous discoveries in Southeast Asia, suggest that figurative drawing appeared in both continents about the same time.

Roborace DevBot 2.0 Will Be Driven By Human-Machine Teams | Digital Trends

Roborace wants to take the human element out of racing. It hopes to launch the world’s first race series using self-driving cars, but it’s taking a gradual approach to reaching that goal. Roborace just unveiled its latest prototype, dubbed DevBot 2.0, and the car still features a cockpit for a human driver.
For its first season, called Season Alpha, Roborace will have humans and machines work together. Cars will set lap times both with human drivers and autonomously, and these times will be compared to those of other teams to determine a winner. So cars won’t race wheel to wheel, as they do in more conventional race series.

MLB's Velazquez apologizes over inappropriate video about Hiroshima

Boston Red Sox pitcher Hector Velazquez apologized Tuesday over video footage posted on his Instagram account that showed images of a building that has become symbolic of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima along with a graphic of a bomb and subtitles that read "Atomic bomb!"
At a press conference held before Game 4 of the Japan MLB All-Star Series at Mazda Stadium in the western Japan city, Velazquez bowed his head and said he was regretful of his action.

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CNN.co.jp : マクロン氏、ナショナリズムを批判 トランプ氏出席の式典で


トルコ、英仏独にも“殺害テープ”サウジの逃げ道ふさぐ狙い  WEDGE Infinity(ウェッジ)


有料論文に海賊版サイト 国内の不正入手、127万件:朝日新聞デジタル


東京五輪の体操、日独仏社製の器具に 中国製に選手苦戦:朝日新聞デジタル


大谷が新人王 日本人選手17年ぶり4人目 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 12 November 2018

Dow Jones falls 600 points as tech stocks slip

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 600 points Monday as major tech stocks faltered... Apple drove the decline in the tech sector after one of its key suppliers, Lumentum, said it would cut its outlook for the second quarter of 2019 due to lower predicted production volume for one of its major clients.
Concern over demand for Apple's iPhone line caused the company's stock to fall 5 percent Monday.

Exposure of Israel special forces unit in Gaza turns deadly - The Washington Post

Israel’s military said it had rushed extra infantry troops and air defenses to the border with Gaza as at least 300 projectiles were launched toward Israeli territory on Monday. Several rockets hit residential buildings, while an antitank missile struck a bus transporting soldiers, the military said, critically injuring a 19-year-old.

US jet crashes in 2nd accident involving US carrier in month - The Washington Post

A U.S. combat jet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea northeast of the Philippines on Monday, but its two pilots were rescued safely.
The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the F/A-18 Hornet had a mechanical problem during routine operations in the Philippine Sea... The crash was the second involving aircraft belonging to the USS Ronald Reagan in less than a month.

Miley Cyrus, Neil Young, Gerard Butler among those to lose homes in California wildfires - CNN

The deadly wildfires ripping through California have forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate, including some celebrities whose homes have been lost to the blazes.
Neil Young, Robin Thicke, Gerard Butler and Miley Cyrus are among those whose houses were ravaged by the Woolsey fire raging north of Los Angeles in Southern California, according to the entertainers' respective online posts.

Japanese shot in Malate | Philstar.com

A Japanese man who was accused of estafa was shot in front of the Ambassador Hotel in Malate, Manila before noon Thursday.
Masato Ogushi, 67, had just boarded a pedicab in front of the hotel, where he was billeted, when he was shot in the neck by motorcycle-riding assailants along Mabini street at around 11:40 a.m.
The pedicab driver took the victim to the Ospital ng Maynila, where he was reported to be in critical condition.

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独内相が辞任の意向、難民政策でメルケル氏と対立 - 産経ニュース


米ユダヤ系団体:ナチス帽着用でBTS非難 - 毎日新聞




小栗旬がハリウッド進出、2020年公開『ゴジラVSコング(仮)』出演決定 : CINRA.NET

ゴジラとコングの激突を描く同作は、ハリウッド版『ゴジラ』シリーズと『キングコング:髑髏島の巨神』がクロスオーバーする『モンスター・ヴァース』シリーズの第4弾。撮影は11月から2019年3月にハワイ、オーストラリアほかで行なわれ、全米公開は2020年5月22日、日本公開は2020年を予定している。原題は『GODZILLA VS. KONG』。……役柄は明らかにされていないが、重要な役どころになるという。

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News Headlines - 11 November 2018

Hometown urging search for missing French woman - NHK WORLD

Hundreds of people in the French town of Poitiers held a march on Saturday to press authorities do more to find a local woman who went missing while sightseeing in Japan.
36-year-old Tiphaine Veron was last seen leaving her accommodation in Nikko, north of Tokyo, on July 29th. Police in Japan are still searching for her.
Around 450 people turned out for a march organized by Veron's family to urge French police to send officers to Japan to help find Tiphaine.

Croydon bus crash: Driver arrested on suspicion of drug driving after collision leaves 15 year-old in 'critical condition' | The Independent

A 15-year-old girl is in critical condition after a double decker bus crashed into a bus shelter in south London in a suspected drug-driving incident on Sunday.
Police and emergency services were called to the scene in Station Road, Croydon shortly before 12.30pm following reports of a collision involving another bus and a car at West Croydon Bus Station.
The teenage girl – a passenger on the 198 bus – was taken to a local hospital by air ambulance and is now fighting for her life.

Topless Woman Tries to Charge Trump's Paris Motorcade | PEOPLE.com

A protester made her opinion of President Donald Trump crystal clear when she ran towards his car sans shirt in Paris during his trip to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice.
Trump’s motorcade was on the famous Champs-Élysées en route to the Arc de Triomphe when the woman approached. The words “fake peacemaker” were written on her body.

Douglas Rain, Stratford Festival actor and voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies at 90 | CTV Kitchener News

Douglas Rain passed away Sunday morning at the age of 90.
The actor, one of the pioneers of the Stratford Festival, is best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Rain was the voice of the sentient computer HAL.

ATP Finals: Roger Federer beaten by Kei Nishikori in opening group match - BBC Sport

Roger Federer paid for his errors as he lost to Japan's Kei Nishikori in his opening group match at the ATP Finals.
The Swiss, chasing a 100th career title at the season-ending event, lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to the world number nine.

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激戦フロリダ州で再集計 トランプ氏は反発 - 産経ニュース




マクドナルド、「敵地」ロシアで生き残る秘策とは - WSJ


オーストリア:退役将校、ロシアのスパイか 首相が発表 - 毎日新聞


ボアテング、今もドイツで人種差別被害 14年のW杯優勝メンバー:AFPBB News

ドイツ・ブンデスリーガ1部、バイエルン・ミュンヘン(Bayern Munich)のスター選手であるジェローム・ボアテング(Jerome Boateng)は、2014年のW杯ブラジル大会(2014 World Cup)で母国ドイツの優勝に貢献したにもかかわらず、現在もモンキーチャント(猿の鳴きまね)の標的になるなど人種差別に悩まされている。

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News Headlines - 10 November 2018

German conservatives back Merkel protege for new CDU leader: poll | Reuters

Some 35 per cent of members of the two conservative parties in Germany's ruling coalition favour Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a protege of Chancellor Angela Merkel, to replace her as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), a poll showed on Friday (Nov 9).
Some 33 per cent backed businessman Friedrich Merz while 7 per cent favoured Health Minister Jens Spahn, according to the poll of 1,200 people that Mannheim-based Forschungsgruppe Wahlen carried out for broadcaster ZDF between Nov 6 and 8.

Macron and Merkel lay wreath at WW1 armistice site - The Local

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday laid a wreath and unveiled a ceremonial plaque at a war memorial in eastern France where the armistice was signed ending World War I.
In a highly symbolic ceremony, Macron and Merkel met in a forest clearing near Compiègne, where Germany officially surrendered at dawn on November 11, 1918, bringing to a close more than four years of slaughter on the Western front.

Trump in Paris: Skips WWI battlefield commemoration with eye on political fights at home - The Washington Post

Early Saturday, the White House announced Trump and the first lady had scuttled plans, due to bad weather, for their first stop in the weekend’s remembrance activities — a visit to the solemn Aisne Marne American Cemetery, marking the ferocious Battle of Belleau Wood.
It was not completely clear why the Trumps were unable to attend. The cemetery is 50 miles from Paris.

London violent crime could take 'a generation' to solve - BBC News

It could take a generation to solve London's violent crime problem, the city's mayor has warned.
Two teenage boys and two men have been stabbed to death in the city in the last five days, including 15-year-old Jay Hughes.
Mayor Sadiq Khan told the BBC's Today programme to "really make significant progress can take up to 10 years"... There have been 118 homicides in the capital this year, including 73 stabbings and 12 shootings, compared to 116 for the whole of last year.

Congo Ministry: Ebola Outbreak Worst in Country's History

Congo's latest Ebola outbreak is the worst in the country's recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said.
The deadly virus has killed about 198 people since the outbreak was declared Aug. 1 in the volatile east, the ministry said. Those dead include 163 confirmed Ebola cases, with 35 probable deaths. Nearly 100 people have survived Ebola.
This is Congo's 10th outbreak since 1976, when the hemorrhagic fever was first identified in Yambuku, in the Equateur province, the ministry said.

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米「テロとの戦い」の死者、約50万人に 調査報告:AFPBB News

 米ブラウン大学(Brown University)ワトソン国際公共問題研究所(Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs)は報告で、死者数を48万人から50万7000人と集計する一方、実際の死者数はこれを上回る可能性が高いとの見方を示した。

ドル、33年ぶり高値 名目実効レート 「米1強」マネー集中 :日本経済新聞


チャールズ英皇太子、王になれば社会問題への干渉やめると言明 | ロイター


飲酒の全日空40代男性機長、諭旨退職の懲戒処分 : 日刊スポーツ


日本人の英語力、さらに低下。88か国中49位。他国との差、広がる - Economic News

世界116か国で語学教育事業を展開するEF(イー・エフ・エデュケーション・ファースト)の日本法人が2日、世界88か国、130万人の英語テストビッグデータから本部が作成した英語能力のベンチマーク「EF EPI英語能力指数2018年版」を公表した。

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News Headlines - 09 November 2018

Disney's new Netflix rival will be called Disney+ and launch late 2019

Disney’s new streaming service will be called Disney+ and launch in late 2019, CEO Bob Iger announced on the company’s earnings call Thursday.
The company announced in August 2017 it would pull all its movies from Netflix in 2019, and start its own streaming offering for its past titles. Disney also purchased Fox for $71.3 billion in cash and stock, further bolstering its library.

May and Macron pay tribute to war dead at Somme ceremony | The Guardian

Theresa May has paid tribute to first world war soldiers who died at the Somme, as she joined the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on his armistice commemoration tour, where he warned that Europe must stick together as nationalism threatens the continent’s fragile peace.

Kyoto team uses iPS-derived cells to battle Parkinson's in world first - The Mainichi

In a global first, Kyoto University Hospital doctors injected neural progenitor cells created from iPS cells into the brain of a Parkinson's disease patient to ease his symptoms of the devastating nervous system disorder, the university said on Nov. 9.
The iPS cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells, are capable of turning into any type of cell, including neural progenitor cells. In the latest clinical trial started by the hospital, the cells injected into the patient's left brain are expected to grow into neurons and release dopamine to send signals to other nerve cells. Parkinson's disease is caused by a shortage of dopamine, causing symptoms such as tremors, slowed movement and dementia.

Meet adorable Zippy, Britain's second ever zonkey who was born on a Somerset farm - Somerset Live

Zippy, Britain's second ever Zonkey (an adorable cross between a zebra and a donkey), has been born in Somerset.
He is an ultra-rare Zebra-Donkey crossbreed who was born on October 2 on Kristine Turner’s 55-acre farm in South Barrow, Somerset... There is thought to be only one other zonkey in Britain, called Zambi, which lives on a donkey sanctuary in Shropshire.

BTS' Canceled Gig Underlines Japan & Korea's Awkward K-Pop Relationship | Billboard

On Friday (Nov. 9), headlines ran across both mainstream and music news outlets about BTS being dropped from a Japanese TV show over member Jimin wearing a T-shirt in 2017 that depicted the atomic bomb drop on Japan, among text celebrating Korea's liberation from Japanese rule during World War II. Fashion taste aside, what the stories are largely failing to recognize is the ongoing, politically driven tension that has plagued Korean acts in Japan for years, with this being the latest stumble in an already awkward relationship.

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欧州委員長候補に独ウェーバー氏 議会最大会派: 日本経済新聞


イタリア連立政権、公訴時効問題で合意=同盟幹部議員 | ロイター


FOMC:金利2.00~2.25%で維持-12月の利上げ実施姿勢を堅持 - Bloomberg


テスラ、新会長に豪通信大手の女性幹部 トヨタで勤務  :日本経済新聞


米銃乱射の元海兵隊員 PTSDか 現場で自殺 - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


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News Headlines - 08 November 2018

Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand Japanese Reporter: ‘Say Hello to Shinzo, I’m Sure He’s Happy About Tariffs on His Cars’

During a press conference on the midterm elections results, President Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon told a Japanese reporter to say hello to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and remind him that their trade deal is unfair to the U.S.
The reporter with a Japanese accent asked, “Mr. President, how you focus on the economic...”
"Where are you from, please?" Trump cut in.
The reporter answered, "Japan."
"Say hello to Shinzo," Trump said, drawing some giggles from other media in the room.

Helge Ingstad: Norway's warship collides with tanker in fjord - BBC News

Norway has evacuated all 137 crew from one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with a Maltese oil tanker.
Eight people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen. The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate has been listing dangerously.
The warship had been returning from Nato military exercises. The tanker, the Sola TS, was slightly damaged and it appears that it did not spill oil.

Grenade-shaped belt buckle prompts evacuation of Spanish rail stations | The Guardian

Police evacuated the main railway stations in Barcelona and Madrid during Wednesday morning’s rush hour after a belt buckle in the shape of a hand grenade triggered a security alert.
The incident, which turned out to be a false alarm, appears to have been caused by a woman carrying the belt buckle on to a train from Barcelona to Madrid.

Green slime and Rubik's cubes among the highlights on Guinness World Records Day - ITV News

From solving Rubik's cubes simultaneously with both hands and feet to lengthy green slime - countries around the world have showcased their best talents to celebrate Guinness World's Record Day.

Oscar-winning Love Story composer Francis Lai dies at 86 - BBC News

Oscar-winning French composer Francis Lai has died at the age of 86.
He was best-known for winning the prize for composing the memorable piano theme to the 1970 film Love Story.

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トランプ氏、CNN記者と会見で口論 出入り禁止に:朝日新聞デジタル


トランプ氏、セッションズ長官を解任 ロシア疑惑捜査に暗雲:AFPBB News

セッションズ長官はトランプ大統領に宛てた書簡で「あなたの要請に応じ、辞表を提出する」と表明。トランプ氏はツイッター(Twitter)で、セッションズ氏の首席補佐官を務めるマシュー・ウィテカー(Matthew Whitaker)氏が司法長官代行に就任すると発表し、「セッションズ司法長官の奉仕に感謝し、今後の健闘を祈る」と述べた。

作戦名「忠実な愛国者」今後使わず 移民対応の米軍派遣:朝日新聞デジタル


「Microsoft Word」にAI採用の自動To-Doリスト - ITmedia NEWS

米Microsoftは11月7日(現地時間)、「Office 365」の「Word」で、AI(人工知能)採用のTo-Doリスト自動作成機能のテストを開始したと発表した。まずは「Mac Insider」プログラム参加者の一部でテストする。

日本人女性不明、仏捜査当局が先月末に捜索を終了 TBS NEWS


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News Headlines - 07 November 2018

Former Nazi SS camp guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany

A 94-year-old former SS enlisted man went on trial Tuesday in Germany, facing hundreds of counts of accessory to murder for alleged crimes committed during the years he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp.

Who Steals Portable Toilets? German Court Renders Verdict - The New York Times

Two men in Germany have been convicted of stealing more than 100 portable toilets... Both men worked for a waste disposal company from whose premises the toilets — worth nearly 70,000 euros ($79,700) in all — gradually disappeared... The men admitted having sold the toilets to a company in the Netherlands via a go-between.

Woman who spent £16m in Harrods arrested - BBC News

A woman who spent £16m at Harrods and became the subject of the UK's first Unexplained Wealth Order has been arrested and faces extradition.
Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, is the wife of an ex-state banker who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for embezzlement in their home country of Azerbaijan.
Mrs Hajiyeva, who lives in a £15m house near the London store, became the first person to be served a UWO by the National Crime Agency last month... The UWO means she has to explain the origin of her fortune.

IT venture firm head detained for assault allegations

Police detained the head of a local online storage service company on Wednesday over multiple alleged assaults and violent acts toward his employees.
Police apprehended Yang Jin-ho, chief of WeDisk and also of robot developer K-Technology, in a residential building and took him into custody, the Gyeonggi police agency said.

Grenfell tower effigy: Sixth man arrested over video showing model being burned on a bonfire | The Independent

The 19-year-old was detained on suspicion of a public order offence after handing himself in to a police station in south London.
Five men – two 49-year-olds and the others aged 19, 46 and 55 – were arrested on Monday night.
All have since been released under investigation, the Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday evening.

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米中間選挙、民主が下院を奪還-上院と「ねじれ」で大統領に試練 - Bloomberg


ドイツ:マーセン長官人事、3回目再考で解任 - 毎日新聞




英老舗靴店、非白人ダンサーのため茶色いトウシューズを初製作 | ロイター


月の「LOVE」見つけた NASAの今日の1枚に採用:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 06 November 2018

Iran Accused of Plot to Assassinate Dissident in Denmark - The New York Times

Iran tried to assassinate an Arab separatist leader living in Denmark, the Danish authorities claim, adding that a suspect in the “unusual and very serious” plot was in custody.
The accusations have set off anger and concern in Denmark, a nation that has experienced little political violence in recent years. Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen called the plot “totally unacceptable,” Denmark recalled its ambassador to Iran, and potential joint European action is on the agenda for a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Nov. 19.

Russia Reports Computer 'Malfunction' On International Space Station

Russia's Roskosmos space agency says one of the computers on the International Space Station (ISS) has malfunctioned, but it gave assurances that the defect has no impact on the safety of the crew.
Roskosmos said Russian flight controllers plan to reboot the faulty computer -- one of the three in the station's Russian module -- on November 8.

Deutsche Post profit hurt by restructuring costs at parcel business | Euronews

Deutsche Post DHL Group reported a sharp fall in operating profit on Tuesday, hurt by costs to restructure its troubled post and parcel division.
The German postal and logistics group is grappling with spiralling transport and staff costs at its Post - eCommerce - Parcel (PeP) division, and the group issued a profit warning for 2018 in June and started a restructuring programme.
It spent 392 million euros (342 million pounds) in the third quarter on restructuring measures at the PeP division which include splitting its post and parcel delivery division into a German and an international unit.

Japanese victims reportedly stalked - NHK WORLD

Guatemalan police investigating an attack on 2 Japanese women on Sunday say the victims had told their neighbors that they were being stalked and had been assaulted.
The Japanese Embassy in Guatemala says a Japanese woman is dead and another in a hospital with serious injuries.

Sexual Violence Routine in North Korea | Time

North Korean refugees say sexual violence against women in their former homeland is part of daily life. But a new report suggests there’s little chance that abused women in the North will get to say “MeToo” anytime soon.

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EU離脱へ作業95%完了、北アイルランド問題解決に自信=英首相 | ロイター






日本「高度なスキル持つ人材確保 最も難しい国」に | NHKニュース


スパイスガールズ再結成へ ベッカム夫人抜きで6公演 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 05 November 2018

Even Fox News Stops Running Trump Caravan Ad Criticized as Racist - The New York Times

NBC and Facebook, both of which had run the ad over the weekend, reversed course after a backlash on Monday and announced that the commercial would be removed, saying it fell short of their in-house advertising standards. CNN had refused to air the ad from the start, calling it “racist.”
Even Fox News, which has made warnings about the migrant caravan a staple of its prime time coverage of the midterms, felt compelled to distance itself from the ad.

Major new Brexit poll shows voters swinging towards Remain – Channel 4 News

Most UK voters would vote Remain if the EU referendum were held again, according to a major new poll from Channel 4 and Survation.
Some 54 per cent of people said they would stay in the EU if the 2016 referendum were held tomorrow – when those who refused to vote or answered “don’t know” were removed.

New £50 note will feature a British scientist - BBC News

The new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, the Bank of England has announced, with the public being asked for nominations.
In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical research.

Muji and Sensible 4 design Gacha, an autonomous shuttle bus for Finland

Japanese brand Muji has revealed designs for an autonomous shuttle bus built for all weather conditions, set to hit the roads in three Finnish cities by 2020.
The public shuttle bus, called Gacha, is designed in collaboration with Finnish autonomous driving company Sensible 4. According to Muji, it is the first autonomous bus in the world that is suited to all types of weather.

Sam Ballard dies eight years after being paralysed by garden slug

A promising young rugby player left paralysed after eating a garden slug as a dare, has died after an eight-year battle.
Sam Ballard was in a coma for 420 days after eating the slug at a party on Sydney’s north shore in 2010 when he was 19... He was later diagnosed with eosinophilic meningo-encephalitis contracted from rat lungworm which is usually found in rodents by snails and slugs can also be infected when they eat rat faeces.

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米、イラン制裁第2弾を再開 日本などの原油輸入容認  :日本経済新聞


仏からの独立に「反対」多数 ニューカレドニア住民投票:朝日新聞デジタル


「生徒が先生に拳銃」動画が拡散、フランスで波紋 - 産経ニュース


アマゾン第2本社候補地、ワシントン付近か  :日本経済新聞


スーパー・マリオの名前の由来、セガール氏死去 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


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News Headlines - 04 November 2018

As Trump restores sanctions, Iranians rally to mark anniversary of U.S. Embassy takeover

Thousands of Iranians rallied in Tehran on Sunday to mark the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover, as Washington restored all sanctions lifted under the nuclear deal.
The crowd chanted "Down with U.S." and "Death to Israel" during the rally in the capital, and state TV said similar demonstrations were held in other cities and towns.

Heather Nauert is Trump's leading choice for UN ambassador - CBS News

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is President Trump's leading choice to take over the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a senior administration official and another administration official with knowledge of the matter tell CBS News.
The post will be vacated current U.N. Ambassador and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley at the end of the year. The president has told White House advisers that he continues to be impressed by Nauert, a former Fox News host before joining the State Department. The president met with Nauert this week in the Oval Office, and may formally offer her the position as early as next week. CBS News had previously reported that Nauert was under consideration for the role.

German state Hesse to finally scrap death penalty - The Local

The western German state of Hesse has voted to finally scrap the death penalty, referendum results have shown, fixing a historical oddity given that the punishment has been illegal in Germany for nearly 70 years.
Results from a Sunday referendum showed that 83.2 percent of voters in Hesse, home to finance hub Frankfurt, were in favour of changing the state constitution written in 1946 that allowed capital punishment.
Just three years later, Germany's new post-war constitution, known as the "Basic Law of 1949", formally abolished the death penalty.

Man gets life in prison for killing Japanese woman in Canada | The Japan Times

A man convicted of murdering a Japanese woman in Vancouver in 2016 received a life sentence Friday with no chance of parole for 14 years, Canadian media reported.
The ruling by a Vancouver court came after William Schneider, 50, was found guilty of murder last month over the death of Natsumi Kogawa, then a 30-year-old student at a language school.

French poet Baudelaire suicide letter fetches €234,000 at auction - BBC News

A letter by the French 19th-Century poet Charles Baudelaire announcing he would kill himself has sold at auction for €234,000 (£204,000; $267,000).
The note, dated 30 June 1845, was addressed to Baudelaire's lover Jeanne Duval.
The poet, who was 24 years old at the time, attempted to commit suicide on the same day - but survived.

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富の集中がもたらす「本当の格差」 | ロイター


シャイアーの純利益46%増、1~9月 希少薬好調:日本経済新聞


イタリアで続く暴風雨、死者20人に 山地でも大規模な倒木被害:AFPBB News


これぞ“キャットウォーク”! ファッションショーに迷いネコ | NHKニュース


ハリウッド版「ゴジラ」続編、19年5月31日公開決定!超有名怪獣が登場する予告編も披露 - 映画.com

特撮怪獣映画の金字塔を米ハリウッドでリメイクした「GODZILLA ゴジラ」(2014)の続編が、「ゴジラ キング・オブ・モンスターズ」の邦題で19年5月31日に日本公開されることが決定した。あわせて予告編も披露され、ゴジラのほか超有名怪獣が迫力たっぷりに登場する模様を収めている。
全世界興行収入約529億円を記録した「GODZILLA ゴジラ」の続編。メガホンは「スーパーマン リターンズ」「X-MEN:アポカリプス」などの原案・脚本で知られるマイケル・ドハティ監督がとり、渡辺謙が前作から引き続き芹沢猪四郎博士役で出演する。

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News Headlines - 03 November 2018

Muji misses out in removing some disputed trademarks, caught by Chinese owners - Global Times

Japanese retail chain Muji's removal of the wuyinliangpin characters from trademarks on some of its products after it lost a lawsuit to a Beijing-based company won't affect the company's reputation or popularity, a consumer said.
But experts noted that overseas companies should register sufficient trademarks related to their brands to guard against possible infringement as they develop their businesses in China.
Wuyinliangpin is the Chinese name for Muji meaning "good products with no signs."

Toyota to launch 'subscription' car service in January - Nikkei Asian Review

Toyota Motor will next year launch a service that will allow customers to try various car models for a fixed monthly fee in Japan. The new offering is part of the company's efforts to explore new business opportunities that do not depend on new car sales alone.
Toyota will become the first Japanese automaker to launch such a "subscription" service, envisioning cases where customers could, for example, use its Lexus sedan for a certain period of time and then switch to an SUV.
The company will consider introducing the scheme overseas as well, including in Asia.

Two men arrested after stabbing at Sony Music's London HQ | The Guardian

Two men have been arrested after a stabbing incident at Sony Music’s headquarters in west London.
The Metropolitan police said two men were being treated for non-life threatening injuries after being found with stab wounds at the scene in Kensington. Both were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm before being taken to hospital.

Apple Reports Record Results but Weak Revenue Outlook - WSJ

Apple Inc. reported its fourth consecutive quarter of record revenue and profit, as the combination of higher iPhone prices and strong app-store sales propelled the technology giant to its best year ever.
But the world’s most valuable company offered guidance for the current period that disappointed many investors, and said it would stop reporting unit sales for its products—a measure closely watched by investors—raising questions about the prospects for strong sales of new gadgets it has unveiled in the past two months.

Andres Iniesta shows he's still a genius as outrageous 'scoop pass' up Lukas Podolski goal for Japanese club Vissel Kobe

Few stars, past or present, would have conceived the option of the 'scoop pass' Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta saw for ex-Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski.
Fewer still could have delivered it so outrageously.
Nowadays the setting for these two over-30s is exotic rather than exalted.

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米中間選挙:大統領選が教訓 米メディア、結果予測に慎重 - 毎日新聞


仏ハロウィーン 若者が暴徒化 放火に略奪も 100人超を検挙 | NHKニュース


日本企業を試す「新冷戦」  :日本経済新聞


欧州のサマータイム廃止、難問山積で早期実現に疑問符も | ロイター




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News Headlines - 02 November 2018

Japan aims to open door wider to blue-collar workers | Reuters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved draft legislation on Friday to open the door to more overseas blue-collar workers in sectors grappling with labor shortages, a controversial policy shift in immigration-shy Japan... Immigration has long been taboo as many Japanese prize ethnic homogeneity, but the reality of an aging, shrinking population is challenging such views.
Despite misgivings in Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), parliament is likely to adopt the revisions in the face of intense pressure from businesses battling the tightest labor market in decades, although opposition parties could delay.

2 ASDF fighters make contact midair, causing minor damage - The Mainichi

Two Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jets came into contact midair Friday over the sea off southwestern Japan, the ASDF said, but despite suffering minor damage both aircraft managed to return to base.
The incident between the fighter jets, which fly out of the Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture, occurred about 200 kilometers west of the base at around 3:55 p.m.

Japanese journalist apologizes, recounts days as hostage in Syria | Reuters

Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist held by militants in Syria for more than three years, said on Friday he told his captors to deafen him if they suspected he was eavesdropping on their conversations.
Yasuda, 44, said it was one of the darkest moments before his release last month, ending what he called 40 months of physical and psychological “hell”.

Khashoggi murder: Body 'dissolved in acid' - BBC News

A top Turkish official, presidential adviser Yasin Aktay, has said he believes Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up.
The "only logical conclusion", he said, was that those who had killed the Saudi journalist in Istanbul had destroyed his body "to leave no trace behind"... No forensic evidence has been provided to prove his body was dissolved.

Football: Documents Show Secret Plans for Elite League of Top Clubs - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Today, in November 2018, the Super League idea appears to have fresh impetus: According to the draft of a confidential term sheet that Real Madrid received just a few days ago from a consulting firm, 16 top clubs are to sign a document to establish such a league. According to the document, the league would begin operating in the 2021 season. One of the 16 clubs named in the document is FC Bayern Munich.

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グーグル社員、数千人が抗議 セクハラ幹部に巨額退職金:朝日新聞デジタル


GM、北米で人員削減 1万8000人に早期退職募集  :日本経済新聞




アイルランド国境問題でEUが譲歩案、英離脱交渉でFT報道 | ロイター


JAL副操縦士、英で拘束 乗務前に基準超すアルコール:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 01 November 2018

U.K. Expects Brexit Deal With EU by November 21, Dominic Raab Says - Bloomberg

British and European officials hailed progress in Brexit negotiations on Wednesday, with U.K. lead negotiator Dominic Raab predicting that a deal on the divorce will be finalized by Nov. 21.
In a letter to Parliament’s Brexit select committee sent Oct. 24 -- and published Wednesday -- Raab said “a great deal of progress” had been made in recent weeks, thanks in part to new British proposals for resolving the disagreement over the future of the Irish border.

Pound jumps on May’s Brexit deal on financial services | The Times

The pound jumped this morning after The Times revealed that Theresa May has struck a deal with Brussels that would give UK financial services companies continued access to European markets after Brexit.
British and European negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on all aspects of a future partnership on services, as well as the exchange of data, government sources said.

Download Free Digitized Art Through the Art Institute of Chicago Website

Chicago is a city steeped in art and culture. In addition to its iconic public sculptures, it boasts one of the oldest and largest museums in the country: the Art Institute of Chicago. While a real-life visit to this historic institution should be on all art lovers’ lists, a recent website redesign has made it easy to experience its collection with the click of a mouse.
The museum has reproduced thousands of high-resolution images of its art and released a substantial amount into the public domain. This means that, under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, students, educators, and even everyday art lovers can download this digitized art for free.

BBC - The 100 greatest foreign-language films

One statistic we noted was that a quarter of the films on our list were East Asian: that is, 25 of them were made in Japan (11), China (6), Taiwan (4), Hong Kong (3) or South Korea (1). And the winning film, Seven Samurai, by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, was loved by critics everywhere – everywhere, that is, except for Japan. The six Japanese critics who voted didn’t go for a single Kurosawa film between them.

Football's lawmakers to discuss overhaul of handball rules while penalty rebounds could also be eliminated

Football’s lawmakers are expected to discuss a radical change to the handball rule to clarify it and take out the word “deliberately”.
The International FA Board (Ifab) advisory panels will also examine a raft of other potential measures, including altering the way penalties are taken.
A surprising proposal is expected to be put up for discussion which would mean that penalties are “one shot” – and that there will be no rebounds if the kick is saved or strikes the goal-frame and bounces back into play.

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GE、最終赤字2兆5700億円 電力事業で巨額損失:日本経済新聞


サウジ人記者「絞殺され、遺体切断」 トルコ検察が声明:朝日新聞デジタル


バチカン大使館所有の土地で人骨発見、1983年少女不明事件の手掛かりに? 伊ローマ:AFPBB News

バチカン(ローマ法王庁)がイタリアの首都ローマに所有する土地で29日、人骨が見つかった。バチカンが30日、明らかにした。……警察が現在、人骨の性別や死亡年齢、死亡時期などについての捜査を進めている。特にこの人骨のDNAが、1983年に行方不明となった少女2人のいずれかのものと一致するか、重点的に捜査する予定。……バチカンの警察官の娘、エマニュエラ・オルランディ(Emanuela Orlandi)さん(当時15)は1983年6月22日、音楽の授業に出席したのを最後に行方不明となった。……またオルランディさんが消息を絶った40日前には、ミレラ・グレゴーリ(Mirella Gregori)さんが行方不明になっていた。

米の元大物マフィア服役囚殺害 映画「ディパーテッド」のモデル:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


サッカー=FIFA会長、2022年W杯から48チームへの拡大検討 | ロイター


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