2018.11.24

News Headlines - 24 November 2018

APEC issues statement 5 days after summit - NHK WORLD

The Chairman's statement of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum has been released 5 days after the summit talks ended.
21 members of APEC met in Papua New Guinea but failed to agree on a final communique due to a rift between the United States and China over trade.
The chairman's statement was released by the host country on Friday, following last weekend's summit.

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen resigns as chair of ruling DPP after losses in local polls - Channel NewsAsia

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday (Nov 24) after the pro-independence party suffered major defeats in key mid-term polls, a blow to her prospects for re-election... DPP lost its traditional stronghold of Kaohsiung city for the first time in 20 years, and was also defeated in the second-largest city of Taichung.

OLYMPICS/ IOC’s Bach and Abe make brief visit to Fukushima:The Asahi Shimbun

IOC President Thomas Bach and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick trip Saturday to the region northeast of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed three nuclear reactors.
The Fukushima region will hold baseball and softball games during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The visit was intended to showcase a region that government officials say is safe, except for a no-go zone around the nuclear plant.

China: Situation is severe on swine fever - NHK WORLD

Chinese authorities dealing with multiple outbreaks of African swine fever have described the situation as "severe".
The virus is not harmful to humans but is highly contagious and almost always fatal for hogs. It is also known as hog cholera... Feng Zhongwu, deputy director of the husbandry and veterinary bureau, said 73 cases have been reported since August, and 600,000 pigs have been culled.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' turned Queen into box office, music champions

The rock band hasn’t dropped a music project in nearly 30 years, but thanks to the performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” their music has been given a new lease on life. After just a few weeks, the biographical film about the band and its late frontman, Freddie Mercury, has made $130 million domestically since its November 2 release, according to Box Office Mojo.


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