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News Headlines - 31 December 2018

Elizabeth Warren Announces Iowa Trip as She Starts Running for President in 2020 - The New York Times

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and a sharp critic of big banks and unregulated capitalism, entered the 2020 race for president on Monday, becoming the first major candidate in what is likely to be a long and crowded primary marked by ideological and generational divisions in a Democratic Party determined to beat President Trump.

Trump to Allow Months for Troop Withdrawal in Syria, Officials Say - The New York Times

President Trump has agreed to give the military about four months to withdraw the 2,000 United States troops in Syria, administration officials said on Monday, backtracking from his abrupt order two weeks ago that the military pull out within 30 days.

DR Congo election: Internet shut down after presidential vote - BBC News

The internet has been shut down in key cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo a day after the much-delayed presidential election.
Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu's campaign team accused the government of ordering the shut down to avoid broadcasting his "overwhelming victory" in Sunday's poll.

See Venice, but pay an entry fee first - The Local

The measure, passed late on Saturday as part of the budget bill, allows the city authorities from July to being charging tourists a landing fee of between 2.5 and 10 euros depending on the season.
The charge covers all visitors, whether they are staying overnight or not.
That means it will apply to day-trippers such as the thousands of cruise ship passengers who currently escape the existing tax charged by hotels and the owners of rented properties for those staying overnight.

Tokyo court says extends detention of Nissan's Ghosn until Jan 11 | Reuters

The Tokyo District Court said on Monday it has extended the detention of ousted Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn by 10 days until Jan. 11... The latest extension will see Ghosn remain in Tokyo’s main detention center, where he has been confined since his first arrest on Nov. 19 on allegations of financial misconduct.

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北朝鮮のサイバー攻撃か LA地元紙で配送作業混乱  :日本経済新聞




トランプ政権ユネスコ脱退 “反イスラエル”理由に




「スウィンギング・ロンドン」思い出させる映画公開 : 日刊スポーツ

1本は28日公開の「ヴィヴィアン・ウエストウッド 最強のエレガンス」(ローナ・タッカー監督)。……ファッション・ブランドにそのまま名前を冠したデザイナーは現在77歳。……彼女が青春時代を過ごし、その後の生き方を決定付けられたのが60年代後半のロンドンだったのだ。……当時の様子を直接的に伝えるのが来年1月5日公開の「マイ・ジェネレーション ロンドンをぶっとばせ!」(ディヴィット・バッティ監督)だ。

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News Headlines - 30 December 2018

Pacific trade pact takes off with tariffs cut in six nations | Reuters

A landmark 11-country trade deal, a revamped version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), came into force on Sunday with New Zealand’s trade minister hailing the opportunities it presented for exporters...
The deal, which will slash tariffs across much of the Asia-Pacific region, does not include the United States after Washington pulled out of the TPP negotiations in 2017... The pact came into effect on Sunday for Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, with Vietnam to follow on 14 January, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on its website.
Brunei, Chile, Malaysia and Peru will begin 60 days after they complete their ratification process.

Thousands protest against Serbian president | Reuters

Serbians protested against President Aleksandar Vucic and his ruling Serbian Progressive Party in downtown Belgrade on Saturday.
Thousands of people chanted “Vucic thief” as they marched peacefully through the city center in the fourth such protest in as many weeks. They demanded media freedoms, an end to attacks on journalists and opposition politicians.

Anak Krakatau: Indonesian volcano's dramatic collapse - BBC News

The scale of the dramatic collapse of the Indonesian volcano that led to last Saturday's devastating tsunami in the Sunda Strait is becoming clear.
Researchers have examined satellite images of Anak Krakatau to calculate the amount of rock and ash that sheared off into the sea.
They say the volcano has lost more than two-thirds of its height and volume during the past week.

Ariana Grande turns down Damehood after Manchester terror attack | Metro News

Ariana Grande has reportedly turned down the Queen’s offer of a Damehood in order to respect the families of those affected by the Manchester terror attack... A source now claims that Ariana, 25, was offered a damehood for her response to the ordeal but has ‘politely’ declined as she feels it’s ‘too soon’ after the incident.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack beats Adele's UK album chart record - BBC News

The Greatest Showman soundtrack has now spent more weeks at number one in the UK than any other album this century - beating a record set by Adele.
The film soundtrack remained at number one for the last chart of 2018 - its 24th non-consecutive week at the top.
Adele's 21 album racked up 23 weeks between February 2011 and April 2012.

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仏「黄色いベスト」運動7週目、警察が催涙ガス使用:AFPBB News

フランス各地で29日、燃料税引き上げへの抗議に端を発した反政府デモ「ジレ・ジョーヌ(黄色いベスト、gilets jaunes)」運動が行われ、パリをはじめとする一部の都市で警官隊が催涙ガスを使用する騒動となった。……黄色いベスト運動の公式な参加者数は、週を追うごとに減少している。政府発表によると、先月17日に行われた最初の大規模デモの参加者は全国で約28万2000人だったのに対し、今月22日の参加者は3万8600人だった。

イタリア19年予算成立 財政悪化懸念なお強く:日本経済新聞




北、ミサイル開発継続…今月上旬に電波信号実験 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


新型プリウス、月販目標台数が半減…日米で販売苦戦、レンタカーやカーシェア向けに依存か | ビジネスジャーナル


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News Headlines - 29 December 2018

Malware attack disrupts delivery of L.A. Times and Tribune papers across the U.S. - Los Angeles Times

What first arose as a server outage was identified Saturday as a malware attack, which appears to have originated from outside the United States and hobbled computer systems and delayed weekend deliveries of the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers across the country... The attack delayed distribution of Saturday editions of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune. It also stymied distribution of the West Coast editions of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, which are printed at the Los Angeles Times’ Olympic printing plant in downtown Los Angeles.

Egyptian forces kill 40 suspected militants after tourist bus bombed | Reuters

Egyptian security forces have killed 40 suspected militants in three separate incidents in North Sinai and Giza, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday, a day after a bombing on a Vietnamese tourist bus in Giza killed four people.
The bombing, less than 4 km from the pyramids, on the outskirts of Cairo, is the first deadly attack against foreign tourists in Egypt for more than a year and comes as the tourism sector, a vital source of foreign currency, recovers from a sharp drop in visitor numbers since the country’s 2011 uprising.

Rescue boat set to arrive in Spain with over 300 migrants

A Spanish charity rescue boat is due to arrive in a southern Spanish port Friday morning carrying more than 300 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya a week ago.
The Open Arms is scheduled to dock in the port of Crinavis, in San Roque, just across from Gibraltar near the city of Algeciras, at 8:00 am (0700 GMT). Proactiva Open Arms, the Spanish charity which runs the vessel, tweeted the details on Thursday.

Earthquake Reported Off Philippines; No Tsunami

A strong undersea earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday, and the head of the country’s quake-monitoring agency advised people in a southeastern province to avoid beaches in case of a tsunami.
No casualties or damage have been reported, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted its warning for a potential tsunami that could hit coastal areas of the southern Philippine and Indonesia.

UK honors cave rescue divers, Twiggy, Monty Python's Palin

British divers who rescued young soccer players trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain’s New Year’s Honors List, along with 1960s model Twiggy and Monty Python star Michael Palin.
Twiggy, a model who shot to stardom during the Beatles era, will become a “dame” — the female equivalent of a knight — while Palin, whose second career has seen him become an acclaimed travel documentary maker, receives a knighthood.

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露、クリミアに“国境”フェンス完成 実効支配強化 - 産経ニュース


ドイツ連邦軍、他のEU加盟国からの専門職採用を検討:AFPBB News

ドイツ連邦軍の制服組トップ、エーベルハルト・ツォルン(Eberhard Zorn)連邦軍総監は27日、IT専門家や医師といった専門職を他の欧州連合(EU)加盟国から採用することを検討していると明らかにした。……2011年に徴兵制を事実上廃止したドイツは近年、連邦軍の人員採用で苦戦することがあり、伝統的メディアやソーシャルメディアを駆使した求人キャンペーンを行ってきた。……求人キャンペーンの結果、現在の連邦軍の人員は過去最低を記録した2年前より6500人多い18万2000人になったと述べ、2025年には20万3000人にまで増やすことを目指していると語った。

英HMVが事実上破綻 ネット配信に押され - 共同通信


ルメール、JRA年間215勝 武豊、超えた:競馬・ボート・競輪:中日スポーツ(CHUNICHI Web)



イタリアのジュゼッペ・コンテ(Giuseppe Conte)首相は28日、26日に行われた同国セリエAのインテル(Inter Milan)対ナポリ(SSC Napoli)戦の前にインテルファン1人が死亡したサポーター同士の衝突事件を受け、リーグ戦の中断を勧告した。問題の試合は、選手に人種差別的なチャントも浴びせられ、暗い影を落としていた。

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News Headlines - 28 December 2018

Japan's 10-Year Yield Turns Negative for First Time Since 2017 - Bloomberg

Japan’s 10-year bond yield fell below zero for the first time since September 2017 as a slide in global equities fuels a rally in government debt around the world.
The benchmark yield dropped 2.5 basis points Friday to minus 0.005 percent, according to Japan Bond Trading Co., as the Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined on its last trading day of the year.
It’s no problem if bond yields become negative as long as they reflect economic fundamentals and remain within the central bank’s target range, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said last week.

Japan shows video of alleged radar lock-on by South Korean warship

Japan released video footage today it said proved a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese warplane off the northeastern coast in the latest move of an escalating row between the Asian neighbors.
The Defense Ministry’s just over 13-minute footage, filmed from the P-1 patrol aircraft, contained voices of Japanese crewmembers asking the destroyer for clarification but getting no response.

Egypt tourist bus bombing leaves three dead, several injured

A blast hit a bus carrying tourists near the Egyptian pyramids in Giza on Friday, killing at least three and injuring several.
The three dead were Vietnamese holidaymakers would had been visiting the pyramids near the capital Cairo and an Egyptian tour guide, according to the country's interior ministry. Ten others were injured.

Scandal involving Brazil president-elect's son clouds inauguration | Reuters

A lingering financial scandal involving Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s son has soured his inauguration next week and tarnished the reputation of a far-right maverick who surged to victory on a vow to end years of political horsetrading.
Bolsonaro, who spent nearly 30 years in Congress, takes office on Jan. 1 after an electoral win that gave him a mandate to hobble violent drug gangs, cut through red tape to kick-start Brazil’s economy and go after the corrupt political class.
But a regulator’s questions about a bank account of the former driver of his son, Rio de Janeiro state lawmaker and Senator-elect Flavio Bolsonaro, has clouded his big day, leading critics to doubt the president-elect’s graft-busting credentials and his ability to deliver a new type of politics.

Michelle Obama wins America's 'Most Admired Woman' in Gallup poll

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has been named America’s “Most Admired Woman” in 2018, ending Hillary Clinton’s 17-year winning run.
The lawyer, author, and activist won the 2018 poll convincingly, securing 15 percent of the mentions among the 1,025 of people surveyed.

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中国、カナダ人男性に死刑判決も 「大量の薬物密輸」、揺さぶりか - 産経ニュース


仏財政赤字、対GDP比3%超えは19年に限り容認=欧州委員 | ロイター




露が新型兵器実験に成功 プーチン氏「マッハ20で飛行」 - 毎日新聞


ロシアの反薬物機関、プーチン氏に直訴 検体データ巡り:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 27 December 2018

China's BeiDou navigation system starts global service - CCTV News

China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has started to provide global service, said BDS Spokesperson Ran Chengqi on Thursday.
At a press conference of the State Council Information Office, Ran said the construction of the BDS-3 primary system had been completed... By the end of 2018, there were a total of 33 BDS satellites operating in orbit, including 15 BDS-2 satellites and 18 BDS-3 satellites.
China plans to launch another 11 BDS-3 satellites and one BDS-2 satellite in the coming two years to form the complete global network, which will further enhance the global service performance, Ran said.

China uses facial recognition to arrest fugitives - NHK WORLD

Local media report that since April, the police have been making the arrests at concerts across China by well-known Hong Kong singer, Jacky Cheung.
The security cameras' facial recognition system reportedly detected about 60 fugitives.
They were arrested on various charges, including property damage, fraud and trading illegal drugs.

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn challenges Theresa May to recall parliament early over critical vote on deal | The Independent

Jeremy Corbyn has challenged Theresa May to cut short the Christmas recess and recall parliament early in the new year in order to bring forward a critical vote on the Brexit deal.
In an interview with The Independent, the Labour leader said he believed the prime minister and her allies were engaged in a “cynical manoeuvre” to run down the clock and offer MPs the “choice of the devil or the deep blue sea”.
His remarks come as the Commons prepares to vote on the UK-EU deal in the week beginning 14 January – in what is being billed as the most significant moment in parliament for a generation.

Mount Etna volcano triggers 4.8 magnitude quake in Sicily, Italy

quake triggered by Mount Etna's ongoing eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, slightly injuring 10 people and prompting frightened Italian villagers to flee their homes.
Italy's Civil Protection officials said the quake, which struck at 3:19 a.m., was part of a swarm of some 1,000 tremors, most of them barely perceptible, linked to Etna's volcanic eruption this week.
The quake struck north of Catania, the largest city in the eastern part of the Mediterranean island, but no injuries or damages were reported there. Italy's national seismology institute said it registered a magnitude of 4.8 and occurred at a relatively shallow depth, 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) under the mountain's surface.

Inter Milan fan dies, four Napoli supporters stabbed and alleged racist chanting at Serie A match | Sky Sports

An Inter Milan fan has died and four Napoli fans were stabbed before a Serie A match on Wednesday - while alleged racist chanting occurred inside the San Siro.
The 35-year-old supporter was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after being hit by a van but later died, while in a separate incident, four Napoli fans were stabbed around an hour before the game as ultras from both sides clashed.
One of the Napoli fans needed hospital treatment for wounds to the abdomen and two Inter ultras have been arrested in connection to the attack.

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ルノー経営陣に不透明報酬 3社連合の統括会社、労組が指摘 - 共同通信


修正きかぬ「開かずの空港」 ドイツ :日本経済新聞


雪崩で40分雪に埋もれた少年が生還 仏アルプス:AFPBB News

フランス・アルプス(French Alps)で両親と共にスキーを楽しんでいた12歳の少年が26日、雪崩で生き埋めとなったものの、40分後に無事生きている状態で発見された。……少年は雪崩に埋もれた際、埋没位置を救助隊員に通知できる送受信装置(雪崩ビーコン)を持っていなかった。だが近郊のクーシュベル(Courchevel)の山岳警備隊が投入した捜索犬1匹が、約40分後に少年を発見した。

武豊の空前絶後「年間212勝」は破られるか ルメール騎手が28日に挑戦 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 26 December 2018

Nissan tells staff: No contact with Ghosn or Kelly upon release:The Asahi Shimbun

Nissan Motor Co. has ordered its employees not to communicate with beleaguered former chairman Carlos Ghosn and his aide Greg Kelly, both of whom were indicted on charges of financial misconduct earlier this month.
A message titled "Important notice to all employees" e-mailed on Dec. 24 instructed Nissan employees to shun communication with the pair, as well as their lawyers and others connected with the case, according to a source.
A similar notice was distributed through the company's in-house network on Dec. 21.

Trump and first lady Melania make surprise visit to US troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Wednesday made an unannounced visit to Iraq to meet with political and military personnel.
In his first visit to U.S. troops in a war zone since the start of his presidency, Trump defended his decision to withdraw American soldiers from Syria, and said that Patrick Shanahan, whom Trump elevated to acting Defense secretary starting in 2019, could hold the job “for a long time.”

Islamic State claims attack on Libya's Foreign Ministry

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at Libya’s Foreign Ministry in Tripoli that killed at least three people.
In a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency Wednesday, IS says three fighters infiltrated the area and fired on Foreign Ministry workers.
Libyan officials say a suicide bomber targeted the entrance to the ministry and another was shot dead by guards before he could detonate his explosives.

Al-Qaeda terror group returns to target airliners and airports | The Sunday Times

Al-Qaeda is resurgent and seeking to carry out new terrorist atrocities against airliners and airports, the security minister Ben Wallace warned last night.
The terrorist group behind the 9/11 attacks in 2001 poses a growing threat that is keeping ministers “awake at night”, he told The Sunday Times. Wallace said intelligence had revealed that al-Qaeda was developing technology to bring down passenger jets. Whitehall officials say that could include miniaturised bombs. Islamists have also plotted to use drones packed with explosives to blow up key targets.

Singer Of Indonesia Band Seventeen That Was Hit By Tsunami To Bury His Wife

The front man of popular Indonesian pop group Seventeen was to bury his wife Tuesday, compounding a tragedy that saw his three bandmates also killed when a tsunami tore into their open-air concert.
Dramatic footage posted online showed fans clapping and cheering before the wave smashes into the concert, hurling band members from the stage and slamming into the audience.
Lead vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah posted a video clip of himself on social media stroking the coffin of his wife, actress and TV personality Dylan Sahara, in her hometown of Ponorogo on the east side of Java island.

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エリザベス英女王、善意の気持ちが「今こそ必要」 クリスマスのメッセージ - BBCニュース


日本、商業捕鯨を再開へ 来年7月から - BBCニュース


サウジ実業家の会社 日産へ活動報告なし|日テレNEWS24




[半角/全角]キー不要に? WindowsのIME切り替えがMac方式に - ITmedia NEWS

マイクロソフトWindows Blogの12月20日公開版によれば、Windows 10 Insider Preview 18305では、IMEのオン/オフを切り替える設定を強化しているという。これにより、スペースバーの左右にある[無変換]と[変換]キーの動作が変わる。

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News Headlines - 25 December 2018

Nikkei plunges 5% to 20-month low on U.S. share slump, strong yen

The benchmark Nikkei index plunged 5 percent to a 20-month low Tuesday, tracking drops on Wall Street since late last week amid concerns over a slowdown in the world's largest economy, with exporter stocks also hurt by a strong yen.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 1,010.45 points, or 5.01 percent, from Friday at 19,155.74, the lowest level since April 2017. Financial markets were closed Monday in Tokyo for a national holiday.

JAL probe finds flight attendant consumed alcohol while on duty

The cabin attendant tested positive in two breathalyzer tests conducted after a colleague noticed her breath smelt of alcohol during a Tokyo-Honolulu flight and she was removed from duty for the remainder of the flight, JAL said.
"An unserved bottle of champagne (6oz 170g) for Premium Economy was found empty in the galley area," JAL said in a release, citing that fact as one basis for the conclusion.

American Held in Nissan Investigation Released From Jail in Japan - The New York Times

A senior Nissan executive urged Mr. Kelly to attend a November board meeting in person rather than by video conference, and sent a corporate jet to pick him up, Mr. Kelly’s wife, Donna Kelly, said. Instead, he was taken into custody minutes after he arrived in Tokyo.
Like Mr. Ghosn, Mr. Kelly was not allowed to communicate with his family or an American lawyer while he was in jail, and he was questioned at length by prosecutors without a lawyer present, as is standard in Japan.

On Christmas Eve, Trump questions child about belief in Santa

Fielding a phone call from a seven-year-old on Monday, US President Donald Trump put himself on Santa Claus's naughty list by raising doubts about his existence.
The call to American defense agency NORAD, which "tracks" Santa's movements around the world, was one of several answered by Trump and his wife Melania as part of a Christmas Eve tradition.

US judge orders N.Korea to pay $501 mln over dead American | AFP.com

A US judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay $501 million over the death of American Otto Warmbier, concluding that the university student likely suffered torture.

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東京地裁、ケリー前日産代表取締役の保釈決定 保釈金7000万円 | ロイター


同性愛公表のパナソニック取締役ベイツ氏「LGBTへの差別は日本経済の損失」 - ITmedia ビジネスオンライン


「宇宙よりも遠い場所」、米紙ベスト番組に選出 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


ケヴィン・スペイシー容疑者、重罪で訴追へ 10代男性に性的暴行:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 24 December 2018

Japan suffers biggest natural population decline ever - CNN

The fast-graying nation also posted a record-low birthrate, as the estimated number of babies born in 2018 dipped to 921,000 -- the lowest since records began in 1899 -- according to a report published Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
The number of newborns is estimated to have shrunk by 25,000 from 2017, and the figure remains under the 1 million mark for the third year running.
Deaths in 2018 also hit a postwar record high of 1.369 million, with a natural population decline of 448,000 -- the highest ever.

S.Korea again denies Japan's radar claim - NHK WORLD

Japan says the South Korean vessel leveled the radar at the SDF plane over waters off Ishikawa Prefecture. But South Korea says the destroyer was using radar to search for a drifting North Korean ship.
Deputy spokesman of South Korea's Defense Ministry Lee Jin-woo spoke at a news conference on Monday... Lee acknowledged that the destroyer used a camera to monitor the SDF aircraft as it flew at a low altitude and approached the vessel. But he denied the vessel emitted radio waves from its tracking radar.

Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to 222, hundreds more injured - Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia's disaster agency said 222 people were dead and hundreds more injured after a tsunami struck coastal areas around the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday (Dec 22) night.
"222 people are dead, 843 people are injured and 28 people are missing," Indonesia's national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Sunday evening.

Trump takes parting shot at Mattis and his view of U.S. allies | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday criticized departing Defence Secretary James Mattis and his view of alliances, saying the Pentagon chief failed to recognise the true costs of America’s military support around the world.

Wayne Rooney: Everyone from the staff to the kitmen were unhappy under Jose Mourinho at Man Utd | London Evening Standard

Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says “everyone from the staff to the kitmen” was unhappy during Jose Mourinho’s reign at Old Trafford.
Mourinho departed after two-and-a-half years last Tuesday with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer installed as caretaker manager until the end of the season... Speaking during his appearance as a pundit on BT Sport, Rooney echoed those sentiments.

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「バルセロナで閣議」に反発、大規模デモ TBS NEWS




アイルランド、合意なき英EU離脱の緊急対応策発表 | ロイター


CNN.co.jp : 独誌シュピーゲルの花形記者、「大規模な」記事捏造で解雇 7年間に14本


「きよしこの夜」を生んだオーストリアの村、初演から200年をお祝いへ:AFPBB News

世界的に知られ、300の言語や方言に翻訳されるまでになった「きよしこの夜」の起源は、ナポレオン戦争後の貧困に苦しんでいたオーベルンドルフの村人たちを癒やそうと考えたヨゼフ・モール(Joseph Mohr)司祭が1816年に書いた6行詩という、つつましやかなものだった。
 その2年後にモール司祭は、教師や聖歌隊の指揮者、オルガン奏者を務めていた友人のフランツ・クサーバー・グルーバー(Franz Xaver Gruber)氏に、その詩に曲を付けてほしいと依頼。「きよしこの夜」は1818年12月24日、オーベルンドルフ村のつましい礼拝堂に集まった、信者である労働者とその家族たちの前で初めて演奏された。

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News Headlines - 23 December 2018

China Mulls Law to Curb Forced Tech Transfers: People's Daily - Bloomberg

A draft law aiming at protecting foreign investment and preventing the forced transfer of technology has been submitted for review at a Chinese legislators’ meeting starting Sunday, People’s Daily reported.
The country will protect the intellectual property rights of overseas investors, encourage voluntary technology transfers but forbid forced transfers using administrative measures, Minister of Justice Fu Zhenghua told lawmakers, according to the newspaper.

JAL hit by business improvement order over drunk pilot; flight attendant fails Breathalyzer test | The Japan Times

The transport ministry issued a business improvement order to Japan Airlines Co. on Friday over a pilot who was convicted in the U.K. for heavy drinking that delayed the start of a London-Tokyo flight.
The order, the third most serious reprimand after business license revocation and business suspension orders, was issued after a JAL co-pilot was given a 10-month sentence in the U.K. for having a blood-alcohol level about 10 times higher than the legal limit before boarding the flight in October. He has since been dismissed.

Gatwick mystery deepens as couple released without charge and damaged drone found near airport | The Independent

A man and a woman arrested over the drone activity that prompted days of chaos at Gatwick Airport have been released without charge, Sussex Police have said.
Their release comes after several sightings of a drone around the airport caused around 1,000 flights to be cancelled, affecting 140,000 passengers ahead of the year’s busiest weekend of travel... The police have also found a damaged drone on the airfield which will now be forensically examined.

'Stealthing' trial: German man sentenced in landmark case - CNN

A German police officer has been found guilty of sexual assault for removing a condom during sexual intercourse without the consent of his partner, an act known as "stealthing," in what is believed to be the first case of its kind to be prosecuted in Germany... He received an eight-month suspended jail sentence from the court and was fined €3,000 ($3,400) in damages, along with a €96 fine to pay for a sexual health test for the female victim.

Italy's 2019 budget wins Senate approval amid outcry | Reuters

The Italian government won a grueling vote of confidence on its 2019 budget in the upper house in the early hours of Sunday, as it races to get the package approved before a year-end deadline.
The budget now has to be approved by the lower house of parliament by Dec 31 so it can take effect from the start of the new year.
The government of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League won the vote 167-78, with three abstentions.

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NY株、週間で6.9%安 10年ぶりの下落率に:日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : 米国の対ISIS特使が辞任へ、シリア撤退に抗議




日本の労働生産性 主要7か国で最下位 | NHKニュース


人手不足の西欧へ、東欧から派遣続々 規制めぐり亀裂:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 22 December 2018

Japan-EU EPA set to take effect in Feb. - The Japan News

On Friday, Japan and the EU informed each other that their necessary procedures, including parliamentary approvals, have been completed for the deal to create a free trade bloc that accounts for 30 percent of the world’s gross domestic product.
The EPA will take effect on Feb. 1, 2019, the first day of the second month after the mutual notification, as stipulated by the agreement.

Thousands of Hungarians join latest rally against Orban’s 'slave law' | The Guardian

Thousands of Hungarians marched to the presidential palace late on Friday to protest against labour reforms as a rally led by spoof political party MKKP merged with a subsequent demonstration staged by opposition groups.
Passage of two laws last week backed by prime minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party angered a variety of groups.
One, dubbed by critics the “slave law”, allows employers to ask staff to work up to 400 hours per year of overtime. Another would set up new courts which critics say could be politically manipulated.

Czech coal mine methane gas explosion kills 13 - BBC News

At least 13 miners have been killed and 10 more injured in a methane explosion at a Czech coal mine, officials say.
Most of the victims were Polish miners provided by an agency, the state-run OKD mining company said.
Thursday's blast happened 800m (2,600ft) below ground at the CSM hard-coal mine, near the eastern town of Karvina, close to the Polish border.

Train in Serbia Hits Bus Full of Students, Killing at Least Five - Bloomberg

A train collided with a bus carrying students in southern Serbia, killing at least five people and injuring 27, the Interior Ministry said.
The collision took place near the southern city of Nis on Friday. Images from the scene showed that the train cut the bus in half before partially derailing. Police are investigating.

Government partially shuts down for third time in a year - CNNPolitics

Parts of the federal government shut down at midnight after Congress and the White House failed to reach a deal Friday night to avert the shuttering of several departments.
Both the US House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned after Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said there would not be a vote Friday night in the Senate.

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スウェーデン中銀、約7年ぶりの利上げ 利上げペース鈍化を予想 | ロイター


英GSK・米ファイザー、大衆薬を統合 売上世界一に  :日本経済新聞



メルカリが12月18日、イギリスで展開する100%出資子会社の「メルカリヨーロッパ(Mercari Europe)」とイギリス拠点の「メルペイ(Merpay)」を解散および清算すると発表した。両社とも2020年6月期までを目途に、現地の法令に従って解散と清算の手続きを完了させる見通しだ。



米NY州地裁、ヌンチャクの使用禁じる法律を「違憲」と判断 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 21 December 2018

Two Chinese nationals charged with hacking U.S. government and military

Two Chinese nationals were charged with participating in a global hacking campaign that targeted the U.S. government and military — and stole the personal information of more than 100,000 Navy personnel, the Justice Department said Thursday.
Zhang Shilong and Zhu Hua, also known as "Godkiller," worked with an extensive network of Chinese hackers to infiltrate dozens of government agencies, private companies including oil and gas firms, NASA and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, according to a three-count indictment.

Japan accuses South Korea of 'extremely dangerous' radar lock on plane | Reuters

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya “strongly protested” to South Korea on Friday after a South Korean destroyer allegedly locked its targeting radar on a Japanese surveillance plane.

Watch Ukrainian MPs punch one another in the face as a fight breaks out in Parliament

unches were thrown in the Ukrainian parliament yesterday after a bill was passed that would require the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to indicate its ties to Russia.
Fighting broke out after Nestor Shufrych, a member of the Opposition Bloc, removed a poster from the podium which accused pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk of being an “agent” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'Pineapple leather' offers vegan fashion alternative | Reuters

Pineapples aren’t just good to eat. A Spanish businesswoman is on a mission to convince us they’re also good to wear.
Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, a textile woven from the long fibers in the fruit’s discarded leaves that she hopes will give the fashion industry a sustainable alternative to leather.

Hotel steps in to give rooms to homeless over Christmas - BBC News

A second hotel in Hull has stepped in to offer 28 homeless people rooms over Christmas after their previous booking by a homeless project was cancelled.
The group had been due to stay at the Royal Hotel in Hull but were then told they could not, prompting an outcry.
The hotel later said they had been told about damage to rooms by the group at an Ibis hotel last Christmas.
Raise the Roof Hull Homeless Project says the allegations are "lies" and Ibis denies the claim.

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マティス国防長官2月退任 米軍のシリア撤退で対立:日本経済新聞


ジャーナリスト殺害が今年急増、「政治家の憎悪扇動」が一因 RSF:AFPBB News

 RSFのまとめによると、今年これまでに殺害されたジャーナリストは、サウジアラビア人でトルコのサウジ総領事館内で殺害されたジャマル・カショギ(Jamal Khashoggi)氏をはじめ、世界全体で80人に上っている。さらに348人が収監され、60人が人質として拘束されているという。

ゴーン前会長を特別背任容疑で再逮捕 東京地検特捜部 ゴーン前会長:朝日新聞デジタル


米アップル、ドイツで一部iPhone販売差し止め クアルコムとの特許問題で | ロイター


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News Headlines - 20 December 2018

Japan to withdraw from IWC to resume commercial whaling: sources

Japan has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in a bid to resume commercial whaling for the first time in about 30 years, government sources said Thursday... The decision, which will be officially announced as early as next week, comes after decades of confrontation between pro- and anti-whaling members of the IWC.

EU Targets China's Alleged Tech Looting, Steps Up WTO Fight - Bloomberg

The European Union stepped up a legal fight with China over intellectual-property rights, handing a political boost to a parallel U.S. campaign.
The EU broadened on Thursday a complaint at the World Trade Organization over forced technology transfers by European companies doing business in China. Building on a case filed in June, the bloc is targeting Chinese laws that regulate the approval of investments in the areas of electric vehicles and crop seeds and of joint ventures across industries.

EU boy band tells Brits the love isn't over, 'come back to us' | Reuters

As Brexit rapidly approaches, a pro-European Union boy band has made its debut with a ballad to the British people pleading for them to “come back to us” because the love is not over.
The five-member “Breunion Boys”, formed by a Dutch animation artist, launched the video of their first single, “Britain Come Back”, in Amsterdam this week.

Thousands protest in Hungary against ‘slavery’ law | Financial Times

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Budapest for a fourth day of protests against new laws that critics say erode workers’ rights and codify government control over the judiciary... An estimated 15,000 Hungarians participated throughout the day, with police using tear gas against a crowd of about 2,000 outside MTV, where 10 opposition MPs asked to read protesters’ demands.
The protests were triggered by the approval last week of a law that would allow employers to seek up to 400 hours of overtime a year. Opponents have dubbed the measure a “slavery law”.

Colombia’s ELN rebels announce Christmas ceasefire

Colombia's ELN Marxist guerrilla group has announced a Christmas ceasefire as peace talks with the country's government have been on hold since August.
"The National Liberation Army will cease its offensive operations from December 23 to January 3, 2019, to contribute to a peaceful climate over Christmas and the New Year," said the ELN in a statement.
Such moves by the ELN are not unusual at this time of year... The ELN also reiterated its desire to kick start peace talks that have been suspended since right-wing President Ivan Duque assumed power in early August.

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トランプ財団解散へ…NY司法当局と一部和解 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


情報流出のFB、ワシントンDC側が提訴 全米に波及か:朝日新聞デジタル


米軍、シリア撤退「早期に」 米議会は反発:日本経済新聞


ゴーン前会長の勾留認めず 近く保釈の可能性 - 共同通信


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News Headlines - 19 December 2018

Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia and Iran - The New York Times

The techniques that the hackers deployed over a three-year period resembled those long used by an elite unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army. The cables were copied from the secure network and posted to an open internet site that the hackers set up in the course of their attack, according to Area 1, the firm that discovered the breach.
Area 1 made more than 1,100 of the hacked European Union cables available to The New York Times.

Third Canadian detained in China amid Huawei case - The Straits Times

A third Canadian has been detained in China following the arrest of a Chinese technology executive in Vancouver, a Canadian government official said on Wednesday (Dec 19) amid a diplomatic dispute also involving the United States.

SoftBank mobile subsidiary has bitter debut on Tokyo market | The Seattle Times

SoftBank Group Corp.’s Japanese mobile subsidiary suffered a bitter debut Wednesday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, slumping 15 percent, hurt by a recent service outage and concerns about the use of parts from Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
Shares fetched an opening price of 1,463 yen ($13) and slid further to end their first day at 1,282 yen ($11), down 15 percent from the IPO price of 1,500 yen announced earlier this month.

German auto supplier to plead guilty, pay $35 mln fine in VW emissions case | Reuters

German auto supplier IAV Gmbh agreed to plead guilty and pay a $35 million fine for conspiring to assist Volkswagen AG in its effort to evade U.S. diesel emissions standards, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.
IAV, which is 50 percent owned by Volkswagen, will serve two years of probation and be under the oversight of an independent monitor, the Justice Department said.

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United sack manager - BBC Sport

The Portuguese, 55, took over in May 2016 and led United to League Cup and Europa League titles, but they are 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
The club have made a change after no progress with results or style despite spending nearly £400m on 11 players.
They also say the new manager will understand the philosophy of the club, including their attacking tradition.

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ベルギー首相が辞意 移民の国際合意反対され、連立崩壊:朝日新聞デジタル


自動車のCO2排出、EUが新規制 37.5%減で合意:朝日新聞デジタル


英少数野党、内閣不信任案提出 労働党は加わらず | ロイター


CNN.co.jp : 米映画監督P・マーシャル氏が死去、「レナードの朝」など


欧州王者レアルが平均観客5000人減 本拠地の"空席問題"、現地紙が挙げた要因とは? | Football ZONE WEB


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News Headlines - 18 December 2018

China's staggering 40 years of change in pictures - BBC News

Forty years ago, China introduced major economic reforms - lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and leading to it becoming the second-largest economy in the world.
Here's the story of how China changed - in pictures.

U.S. Is Said to Ratchet Up Huawei Security Concerns to Germany - Bloomberg

A U.S. delegation met on Friday with German counterparts in the Foreign Ministry in Berlin to discuss risks posed by the Chinese company, according to people with knowledge of the talks who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The American officials used the closed-door talks to raise their concerns about Huawei’s role in expanding Germany’s 5G network. The auction is scheduled for next year.

Malaysia says Goldman Sachs failed to disclose key facts in 1MDB bond sales | Reuters

Goldman Sachs Group Inc made untrue statements and omitted key facts in offering circulars for the bonds it sold for Malaysian state fund 1MDB, the Malaysian government said in criminal charges against the U.S. bank.

Sapporo blast occurred after 100 spray cans were emptied inside an office | The Japan Times

An explosion in Sapporo that injured 42 people over the weekend occurred after two employees of a real estate office located at the site emptied about 100 deodorizer spray cans at once, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

Japan sees record 30 million-plus foreign visitors in 2018

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2018 topped 30 million on Tuesday, marking an all-time record on an annual basis, as the country attracted a high proportion of travelers from its Asian neighbors, the Japan Tourism Agency said.
The figure, eclipsing the previous record of 28.69 million set in 2017, is expected to reach around 31 million by the end of this year, although the pace of increase slowed after a number of natural disasters, including earthquakes and torrential rains, hit the country this summer, agency officials said.

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英EU離脱、ブレア元首相「再国民投票で打開を」  :日本経済新聞


フランス、IT大手にデジタル課税1月導入-EU合意待たずに - Bloomberg


「CASE」デバイス、世界生産額3.8倍に JEITA見通し  :日本経済新聞


アップルの2018年最大の戦略ミスとなった「iPhone SEの廃止」 | Forbes JAPAN

アップルが今年犯した最大の過ちが、iPhone SEを廃止し、ハイエンド端末に集中する決定を下したことではないだろうか。
iPhone SEは価格を抑えつつ、非常に高い評価を得たモデルだった。しかし、ティム・クックらがハイエンド端末に特化する姿勢を強めるなかで、iPhone SEは異端の存在とされた。
iPhone SEは発売から数年を経ても最新のOSに対応し、新たな顧客をiOSに取り込むうえで、最も魅力的な端末だった。しかし、そのSEは既に製造中止となっている。

リバプールとバイエルンが激突!! 4連覇狙うレアルはアヤックスと…CL決勝T1回戦組み合わせ決定 | ゲキサカ


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News Headlines - 17 December 2018

'Farout' the most-distant solar system object discovered - CNN

For the first time, an object in our solar system has been found more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun.
The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday, calling the object 2018 VG18. But the researchers who found it are calling it "Farout."

Egypt tomb: Saqqara 'one of a kind' discovery revealed - BBC News

The tomb, found in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, is filled with colourful hieroglyphs and statues of pharaohs. Decorative scenes show the owner, a royal priest named Wahtye, with his mother, wife and other relatives.
Archaeologists will start excavating the tomb on 16 December, and expect more discoveries to follow - including the owner's sarcophagus.

Foreign Minister Kono apologizes for dodging media questions:The Asahi Shimbun

Bowing to heavy criticism for repeatedly ignoring reporters’ questions, Foreign Minister Taro Kono apologized in his blog on Dec. 15 and vowed not to do it again... Kono came under heavy fire from opposition party politicians and various media outlets for ignoring reporters’ questions four times at a news conference on Dec. 11.

hokusai's 'great wave' emerges as a giant mural on building facade

iconic japenese artwork ‘the great wave off kanagawa’ by katsushika hokusai’s has made its way onto the facades of five high-rise apartment buildings in moscow. the buildings make up part of a new development in the city inspired by the silhouettes of several other destinations including new york, chicago, barcelona, and monaco.

China Box Office: ‘Totoro’ Triumphant as ‘Aquaman’ Defies Newcomers – Variety

Japanese animated feature “My Neighbor Totoro” was the weekend surprise. Released for the first time in China, about 30 years after its bow in Japan, the Hayao Miyazaki-directed, Studio Ghibli-produced crowd-pleaser earned $13 million in three days. It is assumed that the film was widely pirated in the three prior decades.

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COP24、パリ協定ルール採択 温室ガス削減、途上国も同基準で - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)




仏予算、EU基準を満たせない見通し デモ対策費が原因:朝日新聞デジタル


プラダの新キャラクターに「黒人差別」と批判…製品の販売中止 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


スヌーピーの新作アニメシリーズ制作へ 米アップルが独占配信:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 16 December 2018

Renault Urges Nissan to Call for Shareholder Meeting Following Nissan Indictment - WSJ

Renault SA is pressing Nissan Motor Co. to open a discussion into the balance of power atop the Japanese auto maker after prosecutors charged its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, and the Japanese firm with financial misconduct.
Thierry Bolloré, deputy CEO of Renault, which owns 43.4% of Nissan, sent a letter dated Dec. 14 to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa urging him to call a shareholder meeting “as promptly as practicable” that would allow a discussion of Renault’s representation on Nissan’s nine-member board and within the ranks of its top managers.

Jaguar Land Rover set to cut thousands of jobs in new year | Financial Times

Jaguar Land Rover will announce plans to cut thousands of jobs early in the new year, as part of a £2.5bn turnround plan to revive the fortunes of Britain’s largest carmaker.
JLR, which employs 40,000 people in the UK, has been stung by sliding demand for diesel, poor sales in China and costs of preparing for Britain’s departure from the EU.
In October, after posting a loss of £90m for the three months to September, it outlined plans to find savings of £2.5bn, including £1bn of cost reductions within 18 months, without specifying how many jobs would be lost.

New £50 bank note 'must recognise ethnic minorities' - BBC News

Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar and presenter Sandi Toksvig are among those calling for a historic figure from a black and ethnic minority background (BAME) to feature on the new £50 note.
The Bank of England last month asked the public to nominate a British scientist to feature on the note.
Campaigners say the chosen figure should recognise "the contribution of ethnic minorities" to British culture.

Kingdom Hearts 3 leaks, director pleads for community not to share spoilers - Polygon

More than a month before it is due to launch, several copies of Kingdom Hearts 3 have made it into the wild, with screenshots and videos of the game leaking into social media. Kingdom Hearts 3 director Tetsuya Nomura responded via Twitter last night, acknowledging the breach and asking the community not to share any videos or images, and to warn one another of spoilers... The material was first shared through a since-deleted Facebook Marketplace listing. That was quickly picked up by YouTubers, intended as a warning to others.

Money falls from sky onto busy Hong Kong street - The Straits Times

The man is believed to be the owner of Epoch Cryptocurrency, a Facebook page that promotes cryptocurrency. The man is widely known online as "Coin Young Master" and his real name is Wong Ching-kit, reported SCMP... However, Agence France-Presse (AFP) later reported that he was arrested on Sunday for causing disorder in a public place, after he drove back to the neighbourhood in his Lamborghini.

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英離脱案の採決は議会再開後、1月21日より前に実施=首相報道官 | ロイター






FB、スマホ内の写真が流出の恐れ 最大680万人影響も:日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 15 December 2018

Germany Focuses on Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Merger - Bloomberg

The German government is intensifying efforts to help fix Deutsche Bank AG, with officials studying ways to make it easier to merge with Commerzbank AG, people familiar with the matter said.
The high-level discussions -- which have included Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing-- are looking at concrete ways the government can assist in a potential combination of the country’s two largest lenders...

Fire at Chester Zoo leads to evacuation of visitors - BBC News

Visitors were evacuated from Chester Zoo when a large fire broke out in one of its attractions.
The zoo tweeted the blaze was in its Monsoon Forest habitat.

Police investigate suspected break-in at Sir Paul McCartney's home

Police are investigating a break-in at Sir Paul McCartney's London home.
Thieves targeted the former Beatle's house in St John's Wood at around 6.20pm on Friday December 7... No arrests have been made and the investigation continues, they added.
It is unknown if the musician, 76, or his wife Nancy Shevell were home at the time of the break-in, which came days before Sir Paul played a gig in his hometown of Liverpool on Wednesday.

Ariana Grande plans special Manchester concert during 2019 tour - BBC News

Ariana Grande is planning to return to Manchester with "a special show" as part of her world tour next summer.
She will return to the city two years after 22 people died in a bomb attack on her gig at the Manchester Arena.

Father of Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner dies suddenly in the stadium after match | Daily Mail Online

Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner's father died suddenly after the side's 2-1 Bundesliga win at home over Hertha Berlin on Saturday... Christian Gentner initially gave interviews on the pitch after the game. He then rushed from the changing room to where a doctor attempted to save his father.

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トランプ氏政治団体に中東諸国から不正献金か : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


米司法省、“サメ密漁”で日本人3人訴追 TBS NEWS


ココイチ、ロンドンに欧州1号店 日本式カレー売り込む - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)

「カレーハウスCoCo壱番屋」を展開する壱番屋は13日、英ロンドンに欧州第1号店「カレーハウスCoCo壱番屋 レスタースクエア店」を開店したと発表した。今後5年間で英国に10店舗程度をオープンし、日本式カレーを売り込む。……CoCo壱番屋は既に中国や韓国、東南アジア、米国などに出店している。レスタースクエア店は167店目の海外店舗で、現地子会社の直営。ロンドン中心部の観光名所トラファルガー広場近くの繁華街にある。

『メリー・ポピンズ リターンズ』ロンドンでプレミア - シネマトゥデイ

ディズニーの名作ミュージカル映画の続編『メリー・ポピンズ リターンズ』の欧州プレミアが12日、英ロンドンで開催され、主役のエミリー・ブラントらが姿を見せた。……1964年公開の映画第1作は、ジュリー・アンドリュースがポピンズを好演し米アカデミー主演女優賞を受賞。「チム・チム・チェリー」など、使用された楽曲も有名となった。

英国ロンドンで6月にヤンキース-Rソックス戦開催 - MLB : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 14 December 2018

North Korea keeps busting sanctions, evading U.S.-led sea patrols

A top secret U.S. military assessment found that North Korea is still evading U.N. sanctions by transferring oil at sea, and that a coalition of U.S.-led forces deployed to disrupt the movements has failed to dent the overall number of illegal transfers, three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence told NBC News.
The finding underscores the Trump administration's struggle to maintain economic pressure on North Korea amid a diplomatic bid to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile arsenal. The smuggled fuel provides a crucial lifeline for the regime's economy and armed forces.

Japan begins reclamation at disputed US base despite protest

Japan’s central government started main reclamation work Friday at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite fierce local opposition.

Man gets 18 years for Kanagawa road rage incident that left couple dead and their daughters injured | The Japan Times

A court on Friday sentenced a 26-year-old man to 18 years in prison for a highway road rage incident last year in which a couple died and their two teenage daughters were injured.

Tokyo, Singapore battle London to host ATP Finals - Channel NewsAsia

Tokyo and Singapore are battling London to host the ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025, the governing body of men's tennis announced on Friday (Dec 14).
The shortlist for the end-of-season showpiece also includes the northern English city of Manchester and Italy's Turin, while the London deal, which runs until 2020, could be extended.

Germany adds ′diverse′ as a gender to birth register DW

Up until now, people had to choose between "male" and "female" when giving their gender, or leave the option blank.
But following a vote in the German parliament late on Thursday intersex people — people whose sexual anatomy does not fit the typical definitions of male and female — will be allowed to change their entry to "diverse."
The "third gender" option places Germany in line with other countries that have introduced measures to recognize intersex people or a third gender, such as Austria, Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada and Portugal.

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在日米軍撤退要求も協議 平和条約交渉でロ外務省  :日本経済新聞


仏政府、ルノーCEO後任候補選びに着手 トヨタ幹部も=関係筋 | ロイター


仏銃撃テロ容疑者を射殺 仏内相発表 IS関与主張 - 産経ニュース


EUが首脳声明、アイルランド国境問題巡る安全策は一時的措置 | ロイター


伝統か人種差別か 冬のオランダを分断する黒塗り論争 - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 13 December 2018

Germany’s SPD struggles with Merkel’s successor | Financial Times

“In terms of the competition between the two parties, Kramp-Karrenbauer will make life more difficult for the SPD,” said Uwe Jun, a professor of politics at Trier University.
“She represents the social wing of the CDU, and her positions on social and economic issues are pretty close to those of the SPD. This could make it even harder for the SPD to draw a distinction to the CDU — and that was already a problem for the party.”

Putin's Stasi spy ID pass found in Germany - BBC News

A Stasi ID pass used by Vladimir Putin when he was a Soviet spy in former East Germany has been found in the Stasi secret police archive in Dresden... Mr Putin, then a KGB major, got it in 1985. It got him into Stasi facilities, but he may not have spied for them.

Huge cliff collapse in Cornwall captured by woman walking her dog | The Independent

A large cliff section collapsing onto a beach in Cornwall was caught on camera by a woman taking her dog for a walk.
Deborah Smith witnessed the dramatic coastal erosion at Lyntone Cliffs near Bude around 4pm on Monday afternoon, when she “saw the rocks moving and quickly videoed it” using her mobile phone.
Ms Smith, 54, said she ran away from the cliff edge shortly after the land plunged onto the beach below.

Icebergs ahead! Olafur Eliasson brings the frozen fjord to Britain | The Guardian

Olafur Eliasson is putting the chill into climate change. The revered Scandinavian artist has placed 24 large blocks of centuries-old ice, harvested from the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland, in a circle outside the Tate Modern in London, with another six on display in the City.
The purpose of Ice Watch London, a collaboration with award-winning Greenlandic geologist Minik Rosing, is to bring the effects of climate change closer to home, putting people in direct contact with its effects so that they can feel – and even sniff and lick – the ice as it slowly melts away.

Ecclestone says he attempted to buy Silverstone

Former Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone says he has made enquiries about buying the Silverstone circuit – and was told that the venue is not for sale.
Ecclestone's claim comes as the future of the British GP remains in doubt, with the current contract expiring after next year's race.

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トランプ氏元側近に禁錮3年の判決 選挙資金法違反など:朝日新聞デジタル




トルコ、シリアで軍事作戦開始へ 大統領「数日以内に」:朝日新聞デジタル


世界を駆け抜けた「謎だらけの地震波」 20分以上も継続 | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)


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News Headlines - 12 December 2018

Theresa May survives confidence vote of Tory MPs - BBC News

Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117.
After securing 63% of the total vote, she is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year.

Italy offers to lower deficit to 2.04% of GDP in 2019: Conte

Italy has made an offer to the European Commission to lower its deficit to 2.04 percent of GDP in 2019, Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte said on Wednesday, in a bid to avoid financial penalties from Brussels.
After meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Conte said that additional resources had given Italy more financial wriggle room... Conte said that the budget could be revised down from a proposed deficit of 2.4 percent to 2.04 percent, due to the "recovered" financial resources.

Daimler to buy $23 billion of battery cells for electric car drive | Reuters

Daimler will buy battery cells worth more than 20 billion euros ($23 billion) by 2030 as it readies mass production of hybrid and electric vehicles, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars said on Tuesday.

Chaos and the chocolate factory as leak smothers German street | The Guardian

The German newspaper Soester Anzeiger reported that a “small technical defect” involving a storage tank caused the chocolate to spill out from the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westönnen.
After hitting the chilly pavement, the milk chocolate quickly hardened.
About 25 firefighters worked to pry the chocolate off with shovels. They also used hot water and torches to remove remaining bits from cracks and holes.

Why 10pm on Christmas Eve (or Christmas Day) could be deadly

On an average day, 50 heart attacks were recorded, but on Christmas Eve the number jumped to 69, a 37 per cent increase, with incidents clustering around 10pm, after a day of coping with relatives, eating and drinking too much... The risk of suffering a heart attack also rises by 22 per cent on Boxing Day. Winston Churchill is said to have suffered a heart attack on December 26 in 1941 while opening a window at the White House following a speech to congress.

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華為副会長の保釈決定 中国、カナダ元外交官拘束 - 産経ニュース




日欧EPA、2月1日発効へ 欧州議会が承認  :日本経済新聞




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News Headlines - 11 December 2018

Former Canadian Diplomat Detained in China, Adding to Tensions - The New York Times

A former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, less than a week after Canada announced the arrest of a senior Chinese tech executive, angering the government in Beijing... The former diplomat, Michael Kovrig, has worked since early 2017 for the International Crisis Group, an independent nongovernmental organization that tries to defuse international conflict.

Strasbourg Christmas market shooting: suspect on the run after three killed | The Guardian

France has upgraded its security threat level as hundreds of police hunted a gunman who shot three people dead and injured 12 others in a terror attack on Strasbourg’s celebrated Christmas market on Tuesday evening.
Six hours after the gunman disappeared after firing at passers-by in the busy city centre, the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, said the government had raised the risk level to the highest category.

Scientist Honjo receives Nobel Prize in Sweden - NHK WORLD

Japanese molecular immunologist Tasuku Honjo has jointly received this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Honjo and American scientist James Allison were awarded the prize for their work that led to a revolutionary cancer therapy.
The 2 scientists and other Nobel laureates attended a ceremony at a concert hall in the Swedish capital Stockholm on Monday.

Vast, zombie-like microbial life lurks beneath seabed | AFP.com

Scientists have drilled a mile and a half (2.5 kilometers) beneath the seabed and found vast underground forests of "deep life," including microbes that persist for thousands, maybe millions of years, researchers said Monday.
Feeding on nothing but the energy from rocks, and existing in a slow-motion, even zombie-like state, previously unknown forms of life are abundant beneath the Earth despite extreme temperatures and pressure.

Belgian museum on Africa reopens after 10-year effort to exorcise the ghosts of colonialism

For more than a century, Belgium’s Royal Museum for Central Africa has stood as a monument to the worst excesses of colonial plunder.
After a ten-year “decolonisation” project, the renovated museum will open to visitors for the first time in five years on Sunday and Belgium will finally take a step towards confronting its brutal history in the Congo.

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仏大統領、最低賃金引き上げを発表 デモ収束目指し演説:AFPBB News

フランスのエマニュエル・マクロン(Emmanuel Macron)大統領は10日、国民向け演説を行い、最低賃金を来年から月額100ユーロ(約1万3000円)引き上げると発表した。……マクロン大統領は、賃金引き上げに必要な資金を負担するのは企業ではないと説明。また、自らの政府が導入し批判を集めた定年退職者らに対する増税策の大部分を撤回した。

アイシンが“脱トヨタ”、1モーターHEV機構をPSAに供給 | 日経 xTECH(クロステック)

2019年から新型車のすべてにプラグインハイブリッド車(PHEV)または電気自動車(EV)を用意する――。電動化に本腰を入れたフランス・グループPSA(Group PSA)は、PHEVのパワートレーン部品をアイシン・エィ・ダブリュ(AW)から調達することを決めた。
 アイシンAWがGroup PSAに供給するのが、前部エンジン・前輪駆動(FF)車用の1モーター式PHEV部品である(図1)。既存の8速自動変速機(AT)からトルクコンバーターをなくし、モーターとクラッチに置き換えたものだ。

GEと日立の原発合弁、米廃炉企業を買収  :日本経済新聞


オリンパス、米司法省と司法取引 内視鏡に関し96億円支払い  :日本経済新聞


「Google+」の終了が2019年8月から4月に繰り上げ 5250万人に影響の新たなバグ発見で - ITmedia NEWS

 Google+の11月のアップデートに、およそ5250万人の個人データに影響する可能性のある「Google+ API」のバグが含まれていたことが分かったためとしている。このバグは一般向けだけでなく、存続する予定の企業向けGoogle+にも影響を与えた

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News Headlines - 10 December 2018

Theresa May calls off MPs' vote on her Brexit deal - BBC News

Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday's crucial vote on her Brexit deal so she can go back to Brussels and ask for changes to it.
As it stands the deal "would be rejected by a significant margin" if MPs voted on it, she admitted... But European Council President Donald Tusk said the remaining 27 EU countries would not "renegotiate" the deal.

Carlos Ghosn and Nissan have been indicted in Japan - CNN

Carlos Ghosn and Nissan, the Japanese automaker he saved from collapse, were indicted Monday on allegations of financial misconduct, deepening a crisis that already brought down one of the global car industry's most iconic figures.
Tokyo prosecutors said they indicted Ghosn and Nissan for under-reporting his income over a five-year period and are investigating allegations that the practice went on for even longer.

Japan effectively bans China’s Huawei and ZTE from government contracts, joining U.S. - The Washington Post

Japan’s government issued instructions Monday effectively banning China’s Huawei and ZTE from official contracts, while the country’s top three telecom operators plan to follow suit, Japanese media reported Monday.
The news is another setback for Huawei after its chief financial officer was controversially arrested in Canada at the behest of the U.S. government for allegedly trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.

All nine private-sector executives of Japan Investment Corp. to resign over pay dispute | The Japan Times

Masaaki Tanaka, the president and CEO of a state-backed investment fund, said Monday he and eight other executives will resign following a dispute with the industry ministry over their remuneration, which the government called “too high.”

Japan's July-Sept GDP downgraded to 2.5% annualized contraction - Nikkei Asian Review

Japan's economy shrank at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the July-September quarter, downgraded to the sharpest contraction in more than four years as a string of natural disasters weighed on capital expenditure, government data showed Monday.

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英国の一方的なEU離脱撤回「可能」 EU最高裁  :日本経済新聞


世界のネット利用者は39億人、史上初めて総人口の半数超えへ:AFPBB News


ボルボ最後の「エンジン車」がクルマ好きにはたまらない理由 | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)


ケリー首席補佐官退任へ トランプ氏や側近と衝突絶えず:朝日新聞デジタル


仏デモで約2,000人拘束 大規模な放火・略奪も... - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


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News Headlines - 09 December 2018

The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House - The New York Times

Senior American officials were worried. Since the early months of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, had been having private, informal conversations with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of Saudi Arabia’s king.
Given Mr. Kushner’s political inexperience, the private exchanges could make him susceptible to Saudi manipulation, said three former senior American officials.

The first charges for money-laundering are laid against Danske Bank - The Economist

The dirty-money scandal swirling around Danske is the largest ever uncovered. Over €200bn ($227bn) of suspicious transfers originating in ex-Soviet countries may have been rinsed through the bank’s Estonian branch. As the scale of the suspected laundering, dating back a decade, has emerged this year, the bank has lost its boss and seen its share price halved.

Brussels police arrest hundreds in 'yellow vest' riot | Reuters

Belgian police detained more than 400 people on Saturday after “yellow vest” protesters inspired by riots in France threw rocks and firecrackers and damaged shops and cars as they tried to reach official buildings in Brussels.

Government warns of six-month border disruption under 'no-deal' Brexit

Medical suppliers have been warned of border disruption for up to six months in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.
In a series of letters to industry, Health Secretary Matt Hancock set out "revised" estimates over the impact on cross-Channel ports of the UK leaving the EU without an exit agreement.
He wrote: "The revised cross-government planning assumptions show that there will be significantly reduced access across the short straits, for up to six months."

Japan win Curling World Cup by finest of margins - Eurosport UK

Korea lead 6-5 going to into the final end of the match but the Japanese quartet of Yurika Yoshida, Yumi Suzuki, Chinami Yoshida, Satsuki Fujisawa did just enough to turn things around on the very last stone.
Korea's Team Minji Kim had the hammer going into the last end at the Ralston Arena, but were left with a tricky draw with the very last shot, with Japan lying three.
The win meant Team Fujisawa avenged their loss to the same opponents in the recent Pacific-Asia Curling Championships final, in which they blew a big lead in the last two ends.

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トランプ氏の元顧問弁護士、2016年米大統領選でロシアに協力=米特別検察官 - BBCニュース


クイーン、来夏より北米ツアー「Rhapsody Tour」の開催を発表! B・メイとR・テイラーが「見てろアメリカ!」とコメント|rockinon.com(ロッキング・オン ドットコム)

現在ボーカルにアダム・ランバートを迎えて活動しているクイーンが、北米ツアー「Rhapsody Tour」を行うことが明らかとなった。……同ツアーは現地時間7月10日よりカナダのバンクーバーでスタートし、ダラスとフェニックス、トロントとフィラデルフィア、ニューヨークとシカゴといった主要都市で公演が行われる。その後現地時間8月23日に、ノースカロライナで幕を閉じるとのことだ。

ドイツ・グラモフォン創立120周年を記念する小澤征爾出演のガラ・コンサート、盛況のうちに終演 - CDJournal ニュース

円盤式蓄音機(現在のレコードの原型)を発明し、特許を取得したドイツ出身のアメリカ人エミール・ベルリナー(Emil Berliner)が1898年に創立した世界最古のクラシック・レーベル「ドイツ・グラモフォン」(DG)が、創立120周年を迎える今年、世界各国で記念コンサートを開催中。

本田翼のチャンネル「ほんだのばいく」がピンチ? 中継したゲーム会社が経営破綻|ニフティニュース

本田がゲーム中継を行ったのはスウェーデンのゲーム会社「Starbreeze Studios」がリリースした「Dead by Daylight」。そのStarbreeze Studios社が経営破綻し、ストックホルム地方裁判所に再建申請を提出したとゲーム系メディアが報じたのだ。

マンCの無敗を止めたのはチェルシー。プレミア唯一無敗のリバプールが首位に | フットボールチャンネル


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News Headlines - 08 December 2018

Altria to marry pot with big tobacco in $1.8 billion Cronos deal | Reuters

Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group Inc announced a $1.8 billion investment in Cronos Group Inc on Friday, which could give it up to 55-percent ownership of the Canadian cannabis producer.
The deal represents by far the biggest investment by a major tobacco conglomerate in a cannabis company. It comes after Canada legalized the recreational use of marijuana this year, and several other jurisdictions, including some states in the United States, follow suit.

Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost - Bloomberg

No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings.
In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way?
Across Wall Street, men are adopting controversial strategies for the #MeToo era and, in the process, making life even harder for women.

NASA just heard the first sounds of wind on Mars. And you can hear them, too. - CNN

NASA just announced it has heard the first-ever "sounds" of wind on Mars. But if you're expecting howling, swooshes and crackles, you're in for a surprise. These are vibrations, captured by NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on the Red Planet just last week. The craft will stay put until November 24, 2020, measuring quakes that happen anywhere on Mars.

Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor to remember 1941 attack | The Japan Times

About 20 survivors gathered at Pearl Harbor on Friday to pay tribute to the thousands of people lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago.
They joined dignitaries, active duty troops and members of the public in observing a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the time the bombing began on Dec. 7, 1941.

Ghost in the Shell comes to Netflix with two big-name directors - Polygon

Ghost in the Shell and the director behind its first animated series, the venerated Stand Alone Complex, are coming to Netflix in 2020 with a 3DCG series. The new series extends Netflix’s big push into anime for the coming two years.
Kenji Kamiyama, who directed 2002’s Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, is aboard for this project, titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. Kamiyama and Production I.G. will team with with Shinji Aramaki and Sola Digital Arts (of the 3DCG series Appleseed) to co-direct the series. The directors are also working for Netflix on Ultraman, which premieres April 1, 2019.

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公共交通、来夏から世界初の無料 ルクセンブルク|【西日本新聞】


ウーバー、来年前半上場へ 配車大手、企業価値13兆円 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


Microsoft Edgeブラウザ、独自エンジンを捨て「Chromium」ベースに - PC Watch


大英博物館で「日本の漫画展」 来年5月、世界最大規模 - 共同通信


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News Headlines - 07 December 2018

Trump to Pick Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador, Sources Say - Bloomberg

Nauert, 48, is an unusual choice for the UN role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April 2017 after several years as an anchor and correspondent for Fox News, including on the “Fox and Friends” show watched by Trump. Haley also lacked foreign policy experience when she took the UN posting, but she had twice been elected governor of South Carolina.

Bank of America completes Brexit switch to Dublin | Reuters

Bank of America finished moving its banking and markets operations in Europe to a new base in Dublin from London, the bank said on Monday, after it received all necessary regulatory and court approvals.

Deutsche Bank Raids: What We Know so Far | Fortune

Last week, 170 law enforcement officials descended on the lender to raid it in connection with suspected money laundering. The pictures of police cars with flashing lights lined up in front of the bank’s Frankfurt headquarters sent the share price to a record low as investors considered the possibility of new distractions for top management and the potential of fines. Here’s what we know so far.

Nissan to recall 150,000 more vehicles in Japan after improper inspections | Reuters

Nissan Motor Co said on Friday it will recall 150,000 more vehicles in Japan due to improper final inspections before they were shipped from two Japanese manufacturing plants... The latest “non-conformities” involved inspections of brakes, steer wheels, speed measurements and vehicle stability, the company said.

Sketchbooks belonging Star Wars costume designer to go under the hammer for £300,000 | Daily Mail Online

Sketchbooks belonging to a British costume designer who created the famous outfits in the original Star Wars trilogy are being put up for auction for £300,000.
John Mollo, who died aged 86 last year, created costumes for many of the films most iconic characters such as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Obi Wan Kenobi.
He also designed the iconic white and black uniforms worn by Stormtroopers as well as TIE Fighter and X-wing pilots.

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ソフトバンクの通信障害、原因は「エリクソン製交換機」 ソフトウェア証明書の期限切れ - ITmedia Mobile


まるで戦場、ギリシャでデモ隊と警官隊が激しく衝突 | Reuters.com




ソユーズ打ち上げに成功 宇宙ステーションの無人化回避:朝日新聞デジタル




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News Headlines - 06 December 2018

In Lebanon, billboards declare 'We are all Carlos Ghosn'

Lebanese woke up to bright billboards of ousted Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn posted around Beirut on Thursday, in the latest show of support for the detained businessman of Lebanese origin.
The Brazil-born entrepreneur is feted in Lebanon as a model of international success, and many were shocked by his arrest in Japan last month over alleged financial misconduct.
"We are all Carlos Ghosn," the digital billboards declared, under a large mosaic portrait of the 64-year-old tycoon, who is currently held in a Japanese prison.

Toyota shakes up executive structure to fast-track promotions - Nikkei Asian Review

The company will create a rank of "senior professional/senior management," replacing previous titles such as managing officer, executive general manager and lower-tiered senior grade 1 and 2 managers. The new rank will number roughly 2,300, and will serve as a pool of candidates to fill key positions in the group, such as heads of internal-companies, plants and regions, giving Toyota the flexibility to promote from a wide variety of expertise.
Previously, these key roles were filled by a narrower pool of 80 leaders.

Luxembourg Times - Cannabis to be made legal for recreational use in Luxembourg

Cannabis will be made legal for recreational use in Luxembourg, it has been confirmed.
During a press conference held by the three coalition parties – Democratic Party (DP), Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP) and The Greens (déi gréng) – political leaders said the drug will be legalised.

Woman gives birth using womb transplanted from dead donor | The Guardian

A woman in Brazil has successfully given birth after receiving a womb from a dead donor, the first time such a procedure has been successful.
While researchers in countries including Sweden and the US have previously succeeded in transplanting wombs from living donors into women who have gone on to give birth, experts said the latest development was a significant advance.

Europe's 'Most Expensive' Gold Christmas Tree Is Worth $2.6 Million | Kitco News

With winter holidays just around the corner, Christmas tree competition is heating up and Germany is taking the lead as it unveils its own solid-gold version worth $2.6 million.
Dubbed by its creators as “the most expensive” Christmas tree in Europe, the festive gold creation is made up of 2,018 solid gold one-ounce Vienna Philharmonic coins, topped by a massive 20-ounce coin, which is placed into a golden star.

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ファーウェイCFO、カナダで逮捕 米が引き渡し要請、中国猛反発:AFPBB News

カナダ司法省は5日、中国の通信機器大手、華為技術(ファーウェイ、Huawei)の孟晩舟(Meng Wanzhou)最高財務責任者(CFO)をバンクーバーで逮捕したと発表した。……孟容疑者は、ファーウェイ創業者の任正非(Ren Zhengfei)最高経営責任者(CEO)の娘。任氏は中国人民解放軍の技術者だった経歴を持つ。

側近vs元政敵 メルケル氏後継争い 7日にドイツ与党党首選 - 産経ニュース


在日米軍の2機 高知県沖で接触し墜落 捜索続く | NHKニュース


水道民営化、推進部署に利害関係者? 出向職員巡り議論:朝日新聞デジタル


フランス政府 来年の燃料増税、白紙に 抗議デモで、また譲歩 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 05 December 2018

Former presidents, world leaders to attend George H.W. Bush's funeral - CNNPolitics

Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored with a state funeral on Wednesday, an official gathering that will include current and former presidents and world leaders to mark the life of the 41st President.
The White House said both President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend Wednesday's service at Washington National Cathedral.

Powerful 7.5 quake off New Caledonia triggers tsunami but no damage - Channel NewsAsia

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck near New Caledonia on Wednesday (Dec 5), triggering a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across a swathe of the South Pacific, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries.

Toyota launches sensor-based device designed to prevent accidents caused by the misapplication of pedals | The Japan Times

Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday launched a sensor-based device that is designed to prevent crashes caused by the misapplication of pedals in older types of its Prius and Aqua series of vehicles that do not have an automatic braking system... The new safety feature detects objects within a range of 3 meters and issues an alert if the driver mistakenly hits the gas pedal instead of the brake, according to the automaker.
The new system also slows down the car if it reaches over 5 kilometers per hour in reverse.

Takeda shareholders approve Shire acquisition - Nikkei Asian Review

Takeda Pharmaceutical's planned $58.3 billion acquisition of Irish drugmaker Shire passed the final major hurdle on Wednesday as shareholders approved issuing new stock to finance more than half of the purchase.
The deal will lift the Japanese drugmaker into the top 10 globally by revenue as it combats fierce competition.
Takeda announced that at least 88% of shareholders voted in favor of the proposal, well above the two-thirds needed for approval. The institutional investors that represent around 66% of the company's shares generally supported the deal.

Former marathon runner gets suspended sentence for shoplifting - Japan Today

Former world championships marathon runner Yumiko Hara has been sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for four years with supervision, for shoplifting food, with the court citing an eating disorder she is suffering from even after her retirement... The Maebashi District Court acknowledged that her bulimia, which makes her crave food, affected her ability to discern and control her behavior. But the court also concluded she was mentally competent to be held responsible.

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「私は関税マン」トランプ氏が中国に譲歩促す TBS NEWS


米、INF破棄で最後通告 ロに60日以内の順守要求 - 共同通信


英国もファーウェイ排除の決定を MI6長官が警告 - 産経ニュース


東京新聞:トルコ原発輸出、断念へ 三菱重工、巨額建設費で難航


オーストリア古城に大量の古伊万里 重文級価値のものも:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 04 December 2018

Dow drops more than 800 points on Trump’s ‘Tariff Man’ tweet

US stocks got slammed on Tuesday, dropping more than 800 points as doubts mounted about the US-China trade truce that was struck over the weekend... “President Xi and I want this deal to happen, and it probably will. But if not remember, I am a Tariff Man,” Trump tweeted.
The Dow Jones industrial average was recently off 805.35 points, at 25,021.08, with the selloff erasing last week’s gains on fresh optimism about the US-China trade war.

French police remove helmets as gesture of peace to protesters, video goes VIRAL — RT World News

As France has been struggling to cope with a surge in violent protests that has left hundreds of police and demonstrators injured, a video showing officers making an unexpected conciliatory gesture has gone viral.
Footage posted on social media shows a group of about two dozen police officers in riot gear removing their helmets while standing just meters away from a crowd of Yellow Vest movement protesters – an umbrella group behind the massive rallies that have gripped France for several weeks.

Family opposition to Takeda-Shire deal - NHK WORLD

But a key member of Takeda's founding family, former executive Kazuhisa Takeda, says he will oppose the plan... He added that another family member, Kunio Takeda -- who led the business from 1993 to 2009 -- is also against the acquisition for the same reason.
Although the founders' combined shareholding is not enough to block the plan, Takeda said he was planning to urge other stockholders to vote against it.

Water bill 'too expensive' to flush toilet - BBC News

A disabled mother from Yorkshire says she is so worried about the cost of water that she sometimes has to miss out on washing or flushing the toilet.
Shirley Widdop, from Keighley, whose bill, based on a water meter, has risen by 35%... A report on poverty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that arrears for water bills are now the most common form of debt for the poorest families.

Euro 2020 draw: England avoid Germany but Northern Ireland face Germans & Netherlands - BBC Sport

The 2018 World Cup semi-finalists were drawn with the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A, with fixtures to run between March and November next year... Northern Ireland have what looks like one of the most difficult draws, with Germany and the Netherlands in Group C.

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News Headlines - 03 December 2018

Qatar Says It Will Leave OPEC and Focus on Natural Gas - The New York Times

The tiny, wealthy Persian Gulf state of Qatar will withdraw from OPEC in January, the country’s energy minister said on Monday, hinting that it wanted freedom from an oil cartel dominated by Saudi Arabia, one of its regional rivals... But the decision by Qatar, whose citizens have the highest per capita income of any country thanks to its status as the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, to leave OPEC after nearly six decades of membership is nonetheless a blow to the group and a possible sign of tensions within it.

'It's the real me': Nigerian president denies dying and being replaced by clone | The Guardian

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has denied claims that he had died and was replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months.
Buhari, who is running for re-election in February, spent five months in Britain last year being treated for an undisclosed illness. One theory widely aired on social media – and by some political opponents – was that he had been replaced by a lookalike from Sudan called Jubril.
No evidence has been presented, but videos making the claim have been viewed thousands of times on YouTube and Facebook.

Prosecutors seek warrants for former top court justices, first in Korean history

The prosecution on Monday filed for arrest warrants for former top court justices over their suspected involvement in a massive judiciary power abuse case. It is the first time in Korean history that arrest warrants have been requested for former Supreme Court justices.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said it submitted the request early Monday for former Supreme Court Justices Park Byong-dae and Ko Young-han over their alleged abuse of power. They are suspected of colluding with former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae to interfere in politically sensitive trials in an effort to win favor from former President Park Geun-hye.

Dozens injured as 22 tornadoes reported in central Illinois - ABC News

A rash of tornadoes broke out Saturday afternoon and evening across central Illinois, injuring at least 30 people and turning homes into piles of splintered wood.
There were 22 tornadoes reported to the National Weather Service on Saturday, all in central Illinois.

Fukushima group holds food campaign in Brussels - The Japan News

People from Fukushima Prefecture living in Europe have started in earnest to campaign in Brussels to dispel concerns about foods from the northeastern prefecture following the 2011 nuclear crisis there.
The move by groups of Fukushima people in Britain and three other European countries, excluding Belgium, comes as the European Union maintains import restrictions on some Fukushima food products more than seven years after the meltdown at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

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News Headlines - 02 December 2018

North Korean soldier defects to South across land border - The Straits Times

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea yesterday across their heavily fortified land border, which the two sides have begun to demilitarise as relations between the Cold War-era foes warm, the South's military said... The incident did not trigger any gunfire, unlike last year when a North Korean soldier ran across under a hail of bullets from his own side.

Pompeo condemns Iran missile test | Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned what he described as Iran’s testing of a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads as a violation of the international agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.

German special forces soldiers 'are being silently enlisted into a shadow army' of neo-Nazis

But underneath this veneer he is covertly prepping a crack team of ex-soldiers and stockpiling weapons ready to execute a list of politicians when the right time arrives.
This is no pulp fiction though. The accusations made against the soldier Andre S - known by his codename 'Hannibal' - by a string of German publications is bringing a dark tale to life and revealing how little Germany knows about its most elite troops.

Deadline ends for Hungary, Soros-funded university to reach deal | Al Jazeera

Saturday marked the end of the embattled Central European University's (CEU) deadline to remain in Budapest, with the university now set to move its activities and start the 2019-2020 academic year in Vienna.
The move is seen by students and some European politicians as a serious blow to a liberal bastion in Hungary, led by far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party since 2010.

New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox: MLB London tickets to cost up to £385 | The Independent

Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.
Premium seats at London's Olympic Stadium will cost £385 for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on 29 and 30 June. The top non-premium seats near the infield cost £320.

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米、中国への追加関税を90日猶予 首脳会談で合意 :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 01 December 2018

Europe ready to offer Britain more time for a softer Brexit | The Times

European leaders are prepared to offer Britain a three-month extension to Article 50 to prevent parliamentary deadlock triggering a no-deal Brexit.
Under plans being discussed in European capitals the EU would agree to extend Britain’s membership until July to allow time for either a second referendum or to agree a Norway-style soft Brexit... The move was part of a response to growing fears in Brussels that if Theresa May’s deal is voted down by MPs the ensuing chaos could increase the odds of a no-deal Brexit.

Gaza's Only Grand Piano Makes Public Comeback

The only grand piano in the Palestinian territory of Gaza was played in public this week for the first time in 10 years.
Palestinian and Japanese musicians played the piano for 300 people at a November 25 performance at the Palestine Red Crescent Society. For many, it was the first time they had ever heard a piano performed live... The Japanese government donated the piano about 20 years ago, following temporary peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.

Gay 'trend' influencing the Catholic clergy: Pope

Pope Francis is "concerned" about what he described as the "serious issue" of homosexuality, saying in an interview published Saturday that being gay was a "fashion" to which the clergy is suspectible.
"The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates," the pontiff said with regards to would-be priests.
"In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church," he says in the book 'The Strength of a Vocation', released in Italy on Saturday.

New cases of HIV rise in Eastern Europe, decline in the West | Reuters

More than 130,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV last year in Eastern Europe, the highest rate ever for the region, while the number of new cases in Western Europe declined, global public health experts said on Wednesday... almost 160,000 people were diagnosed in Europe with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS...

Ex-Barcelona striker David Villa announces move to Vissel Kobe | The Japan Times

Former Spain and Barcelona striker David Villa announced Saturday that he has signed with Vissel Kobe, joining his former teammate Andres Iniesta... Villa started his career at Sporting Gijon before stints with Real Zaragoza and Valencia. He joined Iniesta at Barcelona in 2010, where he won the Spanish League twice and the Champions League... Villa was also a key member of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning team in South Africa.

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教育担当閣外相が辞任 離脱協定案に抗議 メイ首相に打撃 - 産経ニュース


「フランスの国連常任理事国枠をEUに」 独財務相発言に仏反発:AFPBB News

ドイツのオーラフ・ショルツ(Olaf Scholz)財務相兼副首相は28日、フランスが国連安全保障理事会(UN Security Council)の常任理事国枠を放棄し、その枠を欧州連合(EU)に譲る案を示した。……EUが常任理事国になれば国際社会において「一つの声」で発言できるとし、……さらに同氏は、常任理事国という強力なポストを失う痛みを和らげるため、フランスはEUの国連大使を常任できると述べた。
 だが、フランスのジェラール・アロー(Gerard Araud)駐米大使はこの案を直ちに一蹴。ツイッター(Twitter)上で、ショルツ氏の案は「国連憲章に反するため法的に不可能だ」とし、国連憲章の変更は「政治的に不可能だろう」と指摘した。

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