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News Headlines - 31 January 2019

U.N. panel to point out S. Korea's violation of N. Korea sanctions

A U.N. panel plans to point out in an upcoming report South Korea's failure to notify the Security Council of its shipments of petroleum products to North Korea in breach of international sanctions, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.
It will be the first time for the sanctions committee on North Korea under the 15-member council to say that Seoul has violated U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang. South Korea has been stepping up efforts to improve relations with North Korea since last year.

77% of Russians Oppose Ceding Kuril Islands to Japan, Poll Says

Over three-quarters of Russians have said they oppose handing a chain of Pacific islands to Japan as the countries seek to resolve a long-standing territorial row, according to a state-funded poll released on Monday... According to the state-funded VTsIOM pollster, 77 percent of Russian respondents say they oppose giving the Kuril Islands to Japan.
Another 14 percent of respondents said they would favor the transfer of the islands.

Nomura posts second straight quarterly loss on wholesale segment write-off | Reuters

Nomura said in a statement its October-December net loss came in at 95.3 billion yen ($876.64 million), down from a profit of 88 billion yen a year earlier and compared with the 30.9 billion yen average profit estimate of two analysts compiled by Reuters.
The company said it booked an impairment charge of 81 billion yen during the period. It said the impairment is related to Instinet and Lehman Brothers.

FBI Investigating Mystery Tunnel Leading To Bank In Pembroke Pines - CBS Miami

The FBI is investigating the discovery of an underground tunnel, which appears to lead to a bank in Pembroke Pines.
The discovery started with a complaint Tuesday night about a sinkhole in the middle of the road at 390 South Flamingo Road. A crew from the city’s utility department was sent to check it out.
The tunnel was about two to three feet in diameter. Police found a winch, a generator, some boots, a bucket, and some other items nearby. Leverock said the FBI was called because police determined it was a suspected bank burglary.

German police arrest 3 Iraqi refugees suspected of planning terror attack | DW

Three Iraqi refugees were arrested on Wednesday in northern Germany for preparing a terror attack.
Two 23-year-olds and a 36-year-old were arrested in an early morning raid in the state of Schleswig-Holstein after a months-long investigation, German police said... Two of the suspects are accused of preparing a bomb using gunpowder from fireworks and another of aiding and abetting the terror plans.

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日欧EPA、世界GDPの3割 あす発効、世界最大級の自由貿易圏誕生へ - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


重い腰あげた欧州のファーウェイ排除 - 産経ニュース


FRB、年内の利上げ見送り示唆 利上げ局面の転換点に:朝日新聞デジタル




今さらウォーホル? 米社会の「暗部えぐる」側面に脚光:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 30 January 2019

Exclusive interview: Ghosn says 'plot and treason' led to arrest - Nikkei Asian Review

Former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn told Nikkei in an exclusive interview Wednesday that he had "no doubt" that the charges against him were the result of "plot and treason" by Nissan executives opposed to his plan for deeper integration between Renault and its two Japanese alliance partners.

Cliff Sims: the ex-Trump staffer who wrote 'Team of Vipers' - The Washington Post

Yet another former aide to President Trump is in the news for writing a memoir about working in the White House. This time, it’s Cliff Sims, scribe of “Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House.”
Yes, the book reportedly contains the kind of salacious behind-the-scenes details about Trump’s most controversial moments that have come to characterize this very specific genre. But Sims also presents himself as a supporter of the president and his politics and has spoken on his press tour about his own personal failings.

US State Department Approves $2.15 Billion Aegis Ashore Sale to Japan | The Diplomat

The U.S. Department of State approved the possible sale of two Aegis Ashore batteries, the land-based variant of the Aegis combat system for defense against ballistic and cruise missiles, to Japan for an estimated $2.15 billion, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a January 29 statement. The foreign military sale is still subject to congressional approval.

UNICEF appeals for $3.9 billion in emergency assistance for 41 million children affected by conflict or disaster

UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children sets out the agency’s 2019 appeal and its efforts to provide 41 million children with access to safe water, nutrition, education, health and protection in 59 countries across the globe. Funding for child protection programmes accounts for $385 million of the overall appeal, including almost $121 million for protection services for children affected by the Syria crisis.

Meghan Kate abuse: Kensington Palace asks social media firms to help combat negative comments - CNN

Kensington Palace has asked social media firms for help in combating a boom in abuse aimed at the British Duchesses Kate and Meghan.
The royal household -- which oversees the offices of Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry and Meghan -- has directly appealed to Instagram and Twitter for assistance in controlling vicious online comments aimed at both women, according to a source. The abuse is often made against one duchess by supporters of the other.
The volume of the comments, some of which are sexist and racist, is so significant that tackling them has been challenging, the source told CNN.

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英議会「離脱案、修正なら支持」可決 EUは再交渉否定:朝日新聞デジタル


曙ブレーキ、金融支援を要請 米国事業の不振で  :日本経済新聞


18年世界販売、独VW3年連続首位 日産連合2位、トヨタ3位  :日本経済新聞


アサヒ、英高級ビールを買収 好調の欧州事業を強化:朝日新聞デジタル

アサヒグループホールディングスは25日、英国でパブやホテルを運営する「フラー・スミス&ターナー」の高級ビール事業を約370億円で買収すると発表した。……高級ビール「ロンドン プライド」や、シードル「コーニッシュ オーチャーズ」などを取得する。ビール事業の2018年3月期の売上高は約150億円。……アサヒは16年と17年に計約1兆2千億円で買収した欧州のビール事業が好調だ。日本の国内市場が縮小する中、高級ビールの国際展開を強化している。

3万5000人の中高生が授業ボイコット 温暖化対策を訴え ベルギー - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 29 January 2019

Mueller's investigation is close to completion, Matthew Whitaker says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is “close to being completed,” acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Monday... Whitaker’s remark is the first indication from a Justice Department official suggesting that Mueller could deliver his report soon.
Mueller’s team of investigators is examining Russian interference in the 2016 election. The special counsel is also probing for possible collusion by Donald Trump’s campaign and whether or not the president obstructed justice.

U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework, Envoy Says - The New York Times

American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a deal in which the insurgents would guarantee Afghan territory is never used by terrorists, which could lead to a full pullout of American troops in return for larger concessions from the Taliban, the chief United States negotiator said on Monday.
The negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said those concessions must include the Taliban’s agreement to a cease-fire and to talk directly with the Afghan government, which the insurgents have persistently opposed in the past.

Saturn's rings help astronomers finally calculate the length of a day

The beauty of Saturn’s delicate system of rings is indisputable, but human fascination with them isn’t all about aesthetics; those rings can tell us incredible scientific stories, too.
Now, a study published in The Astrophysical Journal has used the planet’s rings to answer a surprisingly frustrating question: How long is a day on Saturn? The answer: 10 hours, 33 minutes, and 38 seconds.

Japan's economy likely in longest postwar expansion phase, government says, as risks loom | The Japan Times

Japan’s economy is likely experiencing its longest expansion phase since the end of World War II amid solid domestic demand and a tightening labor market, the government said Tuesday... The Japanese economy is thought to have counted its 74th consecutive month of improvement since December 2012 under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, though there is persistent criticism that consumers have yet to feel the benefits as wage gains remain tepid.

Football: Penalty controversy as Japan stun Iran to reach Asian Cup final - Channel NewsAsia

Japan benefited from a controversial penalty as they sent favourites Iran crashing 3-0 in the Asian Cup semi-finals to move within one win of a record-extending fifth title on Monday.
Yuya Osako put Japan 1-0 up after half-time but it was his penalty shortly afterwards, awarded following a video review, that knocked the stuffing out of Iran.

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米、国営ベネズエラ石油に制裁 マドゥロ政権に退陣圧力:朝日新聞デジタル


米司法省、ファーウェイ副会長起訴 詐欺罪など13の罪:朝日新聞デジタル


ボンバルディアを反訴 三菱航空機、不正根拠なく - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


ナチスのホロコースト、イギリスの5%が「信じていない」=調査 - BBCニュース


パリで約1万人が行進、「黄色いベスト」に抗議 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 28 January 2019

Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO, says he's considering independent run for president - CBS News

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz left his company seven months ago which led many to wonder what the socially conscious executive was planning. To Schultz, Starbucks was never just a coffee shop. He saw his stores as meeting halls where customers came to chew over the great issues of the day. His activism is rooted in a rags-to-riches life. And tonight, Schultz reveals traumas he has never discussed publicly. At the age of 65, he is preparing for the greatest challenge of his life. Many believe that Schultz would run for president as a Democrat. His announcement tonight may come as a surprise.

NATO head: Trump's tough talk has added $100B to alliance, helped deter Russia | Fox News

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said President Trump's tough talk has ultimately strengthened the 70-year-old alliance by leading member nations to contribute tens of billions of additional dollars to ensure their own security.
Stoltenberg's comments were a direct repudiation of critics who have accused Trump of undermining NATO by repeatedly pushing allies to meet their defense spending obligations -- and Trump himself referred to Stoltenberg's interview minutes later on Twitter as a rejection of a narrative pushed by "Dems & fake news."

ISIS bombing in Philippines shows reach into Asia

A deadly bombing of a cathedral in the Philippines has brought fresh attention to the Islamic State’s ability to metastasize across the world, even as the militant group has been reduced to a sliver of turf in Syria.
The attack, consisting of two detonations, struck the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the island of Jolo at the southern end of the Philippines, a region where Muslim insurgents have for decades battled the Catholic-majority state. At least 20 people were confirmed dead in the assault, which took place just as worshippers gathered for Mass on Sunday.

Letters with suspected cyanide sent to 9 Japan firms - The Straits Times

Nine Japanese companies, including drugmakers and a newspaper publisher, have received blackmail letters containing white powder suspected to be cyanide, police and local media said yesterday.
The letters were sent under the names of executed members of the Aum Shinrikyo - the Japanese doomsday cult behind the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo - and demanded 35 million won (S$42,350) in bitcoins, a police spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

Thief steals painting from Moscow gallery as witnesses watch | The Guardian

On Sunday evening, a man in jeans and a dark shirt walked up to a painting by landscape artist Arkhip Kuindzhi in Moscow’s New Tretyakov Gallery and lifted it right off the wall. Then, as others looked on, he grabbed the frame in one hand and strolled out of the gallery.
It took several minutes for museum patrons to realise they had witnessed a theft. One eyewitness said that he had mistaken the thief “for a museum employee”. By the time the alarm was raised, the man had already vanished on to the street.
The painting of the Ai-Petri mountain peak was part of a popular exhibition of landscapes in Moscow, and its theft quickly became a media sensation.

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カナダが駐中国大使を解任 ファーウェイ副会長巡り「失言」 - 共同通信


日産自をSECが調査、米国の幹部報酬開示巡り-関係者 - Bloomberg


独メルケル首相、2月4日来日 - 毎日新聞


ロスチャイルド家、200年の栄華に幕-オーストリア最後の土地手放す - Bloomberg


大坂なおみとクビトバの人気者対決。勝者は「次の女王」に大きく近づく。 - Number Web -


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News Headlines - 27 January 2019

Death toll rises to 58 as hope dims after Brazil dam collapse | Reuters

Brazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster.

London faces 'severe' water droughts as population grows, civil engineering experts warn | London Evening Standard

Office for National Statistics figures predict London’s population will exceed 10 million in 2035, by which time an estimated 50,000 homes are expected to have been built.
The population was 8.1 million in the last census in 2011.
Civil engineering experts from two of London’s top universities have said this level of growth will mean Londoners need to start thinking seriously about how they can save water.

Inside Victoria and David Beckham's palatial £31.5million London home

THANKS to the Beckham’s love of sharing on social media, fans will never have to wonder what sort of house the fashionable family live in.
David and Victoria bought their six-bedroom, Grade II-listed townhouse, located in London’s prestigious Holland Park for £31.5million in 2013.

Japanese Boy Band Arashi to Disband End of 2020, Reports Say - Bloomberg

One of Japan’s oldest and most popular boy bands will suspend its activities at the end of next year, according to local media reports.
Five-member Arashi made the announcement on its fan club home page, adding it would reveal the reason at a news conference later on Sunday, the reports said.

Haiti celebrates Osaka's Australian Open victory - NHK WORLD

A Haitian online media report said it was a precious win for Osaka, the first woman of Haitian and Japanese descent to win two straight Grand Slam titles. Osaka won the US Open last September.
Another online media report said Osaka is the first player of Haitian and Japanese descent to reach the top spot in tennis.
Osaka visited Haiti with her parents last November and received a commemorative plaque from Haitian President Jovenel Moise.

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フランスで11週連続のデモ 収束の兆し見えず - 毎日新聞


パリ同時襲撃事件の犠牲者悼むバンクシー作品が盗難被害、バタクラン劇場:AFPBB News


マケドニアの国名変更、ギリシャ議会も承認 TBS NEWS


二重国籍の大坂なおみが日本登録で出場する理由とは : 日刊スポーツ


ジョコビッチ グランドスラム3連勝!男子単最多の7度目V― スポニチ Sponichi Annex スポーツ


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News Headlines - 26 January 2019

Online sales tax to help save high street falls foul of EU | The Times

An online sales tax to help high street shops has in effect been ruled out by the Treasury because it would fall foul of EU rules.
The Times has learnt that Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury, has written to Nicky Morgan, chairwoman of the Treasury select committee, to say there was a “high risk” that any such tax would breach the bloc’s state aid rules.

Prince Philip finally apologises to car crash victim and says he's 'deeply sorry' - Mirror Online

Prince Philip has finally written to the mum injured in his car crash and told her he is “deeply sorry”.
In his surprise note, dated the day AFTER the Sunday Mirror revealed he had not made contact, the 97-year-old Duke wished Emma Fairweather, pictured right, a “speedy recovery”... In his note - written a day after the Sunday Mirror revealed he had NOT been in touch with Emma - the Duke said he was “shaken” by the collision.
The typed 181-word message finally arrived six days after the smash and was signed “Yours sincerely, Philip” - in blue pen.

Student, 21, 'froze to death after being kicked off bus for not having 68p fare' - Mirror Online

Iryna Dvoretska, 21, was on her way to visit her sick mother at a hospital in Olevsk, northern Ukraine.
But bus driver Oleg Zhelinskiy allegedly kicked the woman off at around 4am after she failed to come up with the 25 Hverna (68p) bus fare.
It is believed Iryna started walking along the dark country road and attempted to take a shortcut through a forest... Her father, who is a park ranger, discovered her frozen corpse after she had been missing for two days.

Pope Francis to visit Japan in November, having abandoned plan to come as missionary in his youth | The Japan Times

Pope Francis announced Wednesday he will visit Japan in November, becoming the first pontiff to do so since John Paul II nearly 40 years ago... The Argentine pontiff has repeatedly voiced a desire to visit Japan, home to some 450,000 Roman Catholics, and around 510,000 Protestants.

Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova to win title - BBC Sport

Japan's Naomi Osaka beat Czech Petra Kvitova in a thrilling Australian Open final to win back-to-back Grand Slams and become the new world number one... Osaka was all smiles during the trophy presentation in Melbourne - in contrast to her US Open victory - and she continued a tradition of slightly awkward acceptance speeches.

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大坂なおみ、全豪テニス初優勝 世界ランク1位確定:朝日新聞デジタル


暴漢に手を刺され、リハビリからの復活 大坂の対戦相手:朝日新聞デジタル




米ボーイング、「空飛ぶ車」試作機の試験飛行に成功:AFPBB News


CNN.co.jp : アポロ14号が持ち帰った月面の岩石、「実は地球由来」と研究者


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News Headlines - 25 January 2019

Trump Signs Bill Reopening Government for 3 Weeks in Surprise Retreat From Wall - The New York Times

President Trump agreed on Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations continued over how to secure the nation’s southwestern border, backing down after a monthlong standoff failed to force Democrats to give him billions of dollars for his long-promised wall... The plan includes none of the money for the wall that Mr. Trump had demanded and was essentially the same approach that he rejected at the end of December and that Democrats have advocated since, meaning he won nothing concrete during the impasse.

End Brexit feud, Queen tells warring politicians | The Times

The Queen has urged the country to “seek out the common ground” in a sign of royal nervousness over the divisions caused by Brexit.
Delivering a rebuke to warring politicians, she urged them to respect, not attack, one another while “never losing sight of the bigger picture”.
Her intervention came 64 days before Britain is due to leave the European Union, with no settled plan on how it will be achieved.

Vodafone 'pauses' use of Huawei equipment over security concerns | The Guardian

Vodafone has decided to “pause” the use of Huawei equipment in its core networks across Europe because of the debate about security concerns involving the Chinese telecoms giant.
Nick Read, chief executive of Vodafone, said the company would continue to buy equipment from Huawei to build its 4G and 5G networks but would halt using the Chinese supplier in its core network, where data is concentrated and security concerns are highest. Huawei has denied allegations its kit could be used by the Chinese government to spy on users.

Apple drops trademark hint that the next iPod Touch could be a games console

THE next iPod touch could be geared towards gaming after Apple filed to have the music player's trademark changed to specifically let it cover games consoles too... The update to the iPod Touch trademark, filed earlier this month, means that the iPod Touch trademark now covers "hand-held units for playing electronic games" and "Handheld game consoles".

50 killed in Sudan demonstrations to date: Former PM

At least 50 people have been killed in Sudan since the country was engulfed by popular protests in mid-December, Sadiq al-Mahdi, an opposition politician and former prime minister, said Friday.
Addressing thousands of supporters in Khartoum, al-Mahdi called on the Sudanese security forces to stop using deadly force to disperse unarmed demonstrators.
He also called for the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir.

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ルノーが新体制発表、会長にスナール氏-ボロレ氏がCEOに - Bloomberg


ヤクルト、デンマークに進出 2年ぶり営業地域拡大  :日本経済新聞


ドラッカーが恋に落ちた日本美術 「渋好み」の収集家:朝日新聞デジタル




『ボヘミアン・ラプソディ』の監督、新たな性的虐待とレイプ容疑で告訴 | Rolling Stone Japan(ローリングストーン ジャパン)


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News Headlines - 24 January 2019

S. Korea: Japanese Warplane Made Threatening Pass over Naval Vessel

South Korea says a Japanese military aircraft made a threatening low-altitude flight over one of its naval vessels Wednesday, describing it as a "provocative act."... Wednesday's incident is the latest chapter in a heated military dispute between two Asian neighbors since last month, when Tokyo claimed a South Korean destroyer locked its targeting radar on a Japanese surveillance plane in the Sea of Japan. Seoul accused the Japanese plane of flying too close to the destroyer, which was engaged in a rescue operation.

Nintendo's 'Splatoon' at Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt - V&A Blog

Our exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt goes behind the scenes at global game studios, revealing the amazing creative processes that go into some exceptional productions. Representing Nintendo is their fantastic take on the multiplayer third-person shooter, Splatoon (2015). Watch Producer Hisashi Nogami and Head of Software Development Shinya Takahashi visit the V&A exhibition to see for themselves how we represented the art and engineering of their game.

French Olympic probe raises questions about Japanese firm

In the French probe, investigators are examining $2 million authorized by Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda and paid to the Singapore-based consulting company Black Tidings and its head Ian Tan Tong Han. Black Tidings is suspected of channeling the money to Papa Massata Diack, one of the sons of the former IOC member from Senegal, Lamine Diack.
Lamine Diack is also the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field.
Dentsu has links to both Diacks and is the IAAF’s long-time commercial partner with a contract that extends through 2029.

Apple lays off over 200 from Project Titan autonomous vehicle group

Apple dismissed just over 200 employees this week from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicle group, people familiar with the matter told CNBC... In August, Apple enlisted a Tesla engineering vice president and Apple veteran, Doug Field, to lead the Titan team alongside Bob Mansfield. This week’s dismissals from the group were seen internally as anticipated restructuring under the relatively new leadership.
Other employees who were impacted by the restructuring of Project Titan are staying at Apple, but moving to different parts of the company.

Bryan Singer’s Accusers Speak Out - The Atlantic

We spent 12 months investigating various lawsuits and allegations against Singer. In total, we spoke with more than 50 sources, including four men who have never before told their stories to reporters... The accusations against Singer cover a spectrum. Some of the alleged victims say they were seduced by the director while underage; others say they were raped. The victims we interviewed told us these experiences left them psychologically damaged, with substance-abuse problems, depression, and PTSD.

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米、ベネズエラ国会議長を暫定大統領として承認-マドゥロ政権窮地に - Bloomberg


タリバン、米軍撤退など巡り会談 米国代表団と、4日目:どうしん電子版(北海道新聞)


世界の超富裕層26人、世界人口の半分の総資産と同額の富を独占:AFPBB News


「うる星やつら」高橋留美子さん仏漫画祭グランプリ : 日刊スポーツ


大坂なおみ決勝進出 テニス全豪オープン 日本勢初 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 23 January 2019

Trump delays State of the Union Address until shutdown ends | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a late night Tweet on Wednesday that he would delay a State of the Union address until the government shutdown was over, responding to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s move to obstruct his plans for the speech.

Afghanistan attack: 'More than 100 security officers' killed in Taliban assault on military base, official says | The Independent

More than 100 security forces members have been killed in a Taliban assault on a military base in eastern Afghanistan, an official said.
An interior ministry spokesperson said a suicide car bomber struck the base first, followed by insurgents who opened fire at the Afghan forces in Maidan Shar, the capital of Maidan Wardak province.
An official in the defence ministry, speaking anonymously, told Reuters the death toll was as high as 126.

Subaru stops two Japanese factories to address power-steering defect - Roadshow

Subaru has discovered a defect in the power-steering systems of some of its Japanese-built vehicles, and has shut down the plants briefly as it investigates the root cause.
On Wednesday Subaru announced that it had idled two plants in Japan's Gunma prefecture on Jan. 16 when it discovered a defect that may disable a vehicle's power steering and illuminate a warning lamp. According to the automaker's press release, it hopes to have the plant up and running again on Jan. 28.
The two plants comprise a majority of Subaru's global manufacturing, including some models destined for the US. A Subaru spokesperson said approximately 10,000 examples of the Crosstrek and Forester might be affected, but the final number may be smaller.

Naomi Osaka sponsor apologises for 'whitewashing' tennis star in ad | The Guardian

One of Naomi Osaka’s sponsors has been forced to apologise after depicting the Japanese tennis star, who is half-Haitian, with pale skin in an advertisement.
Nissin featured Osaka in an ad for its Cup Noodle range of instant ramen. It depicts Osaka, who holds dual Japanese and American citizenship, with pale skin, wavy brown hair and Caucasian facial features.
The company said it had not intended to “whitewash” the athlete, who became a national hero in Japan after beating Serena Williams to win the women’s singles title at the US Open in September last year.

Rescuers search for Cardiff striker Sala as final message emerges | AFP.com

As the air search resumed, Argentine media reported that Sala sent a final message before the plane disappeared from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey on Monday night.
"I'm on a plane that looks like it's going to fall apart, and I'm leaving for Cardiff," the 28-year-old said in a rambling WhatsApp audio message.
"If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don't know if they will send people to look for me, because they will not find me, you know... I'm so scared," he added.

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首相、北方領土問題の進展示せず 事実上2島に絞り交渉:朝日新聞デジタル


ソニー、英EU離脱見据えオランダに新会社  :日本経済新聞


日本司法制度「国際人権規約に違反」 仏紙に弁護士ら - 産経ニュース


「万引き家族」「未来のミライ」候補に 米アカデミー賞:朝日新聞デジタル


錦織途中棄権、大坂は4強 全豪テニス:日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 22 January 2019

Report Says Shutdown Is Impeding F.B.I.’s Law Enforcement Efforts - The New York Times

As the partial government shutdown enters its fifth week, the funding freeze has impeded F.B.I. efforts to crack down on child trafficking, violent crime and terrorism, according to a report issued Tuesday by the group that represents the bureau’s 13,000 special agents.

Dyson to move company HQ to Singapore | The Guardian

Sir James Dyson, the British billionaire inventor and outspoken Brexiter who called on the government to walk away from the EU without a deal, is moving the headquarters of his vacuum cleaner and hair dryer technology company to Singapore.
The Dyson chief executive, Jim Rowan, said the move from Wiltshire to Singapore had “nothing to do with Brexit” but was about “future-proofing” the business. The move of Dyson’s legal entity from the UK to Singapore “will happen over the coming months”, meaning it could take place before Brexit.

Trump, Key European Leaders Skip Davos Amid Turmoil at Home - WSJ

President Trump is staying in Washington to deal with the partial government shutdown. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is tied up with Brexit talks in London. French President Emmanuel Macron is responding to yellow-vest protests at home.
This week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in this Swiss mountain resort will bring together more than 60 heads of state or government. But a number of major world leaders are skipping the gathering to attend to pressing domestic business.

Five arrested as police say New IRA responsible for Derry van bomb - The Irish News

POLICE have blamed dissident republican organisation the New IRA for Saturday night’s van bomb attack on Derry courthouse... Dissident republican group Saoradh said the attack was carried out to mark the centenary of the Soloheadbeg ambush and the killing of two RIC officers which marked the start of the Irish War of Independence.

Shrinkflation: Bread and breakfast cereals most affected - BBC News

Bread and breakfast cereals are the most likely to be affected by shrinkflation, whereby a product shrinks in size but its price doesn't. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) studied the price of 17,000 items between September 2015 and June 2017.
It found 206 products in all categories had shrunk in size, while 79 increased.

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グーグルに仏情報保護当局が62億円制裁金-新EU規則を初めて活用 - Bloomberg


EU、露情報機関トップらに制裁 英神経剤事件で初 - 産経ニュース


英EU離脱、労働党が国民投票の再実施に向けた動議提出 | ロイター


カーディフ移籍のFW乗せた小型機が行方不明、墜落の可能性:AFPBB News

イングランド・プレミアリーグのカーディフ・シティ(Cardiff City)がクラブ史上最高額でフランス・リーグ1のナント(FC Nantes)から獲得したばかりのアルゼンチン出身FWエミリアーノ・サラ(Emiliano Sala)を乗せた小型飛行機が21日夜以降、消息を絶っている。……19日、カーディフ・シティと1700万ユーロ(約21億円)の移籍金で契約したと報じられているサラを乗せた小型機は、英ウェールズ地方の都市カーディフ(Cardiff)に向かい、イギリス海峡(English Channel)にあるガーンジー島(Island of Guernsey)の北方約20キロの地点でレーダーから消えたという。同機は墜落したとみられている。

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News Headlines - 21 January 2019

China's economy grew at slowest pace in 28 years in 2018 | AFP.com

China's economy grew at its slowest pace in almost three decades in 2018, losing more steam in the last quarter as it battles a massive debt pile and a US trade war, official data showed Monday.
The 6.6 percent growth comes in above the official target of around 6.5 percent and matches a forecast by analysts polled by AFP, but is down from the 6.8 percent chalked up in 2017, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Chinese Drone Giant DJI Unearths $150 Million Losses From Fraud - Bloomberg

DJI has unearthed cases of fraud involving its own employees that may trigger losses of about 1 billion yuan ($150 million) for the world’s largest drone maker, marking one of the largest recent cases of graft among China’s technology giants.
SZ DJI Technology Co., which discovered the corruption in an internal probe, said it’s fired multiple workers who inflated parts costs for personal gain, and contacted law enforcement... DJI, which employs 14,000 people around the globe, is the runaway leader in consumer drones with almost three-quarters of the market.

Death toll from Mexico pipeline blast reaches 91, Pemex defends response | Reuters

The death toll from a fuel pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week rose to 91 on Monday as Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) defended its response to one of the deadliest incidents to hit the state-run oil company in years.
Hundreds of people near the small town of Tlahuelilpan in Hidalgo state rushed to collect fuel from a gushing duct which authorities said was punctured by suspected thieves, and dozens were caught in the explosion that followed.
The blast followed severe shortages of gasoline in central Mexico after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in late December launched a major crackdown on fuel theft, ordering pipelines closed in a bid to thwart the criminal activity.

President Trump made 8,158 false or misleading claims in his first two years - The Washington Post

Two years after taking the oath of office, President Trump has made 8,158 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.
That includes an astonishing 6,000-plus such claims in the president’s second year.
Put another way: The president averaged nearly 5.9 false or misleading claims a day in his first year in office. But he hit nearly 16.5 a day in his second year, almost triple the pace.

Canadian fraudster foiled because he used the wrong font | National Post

A bankrupt telecom executive’s fraudulent plan to shield two of his homes from creditors has been foiled because he used the wrong font... The Muskoka cottage document, ostensibly created in 1995, was written in Cambria, a typeface that wasn’t designed until 2002.
The Caledon farm document, dated in 2004, was written in Calibri, a typeface that wasn’t released to the general public until the release of Windows Vista in January, 2007. It is now the default typeface on most Microsoft software, including Word, Powerpoint and Outlook.

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仏抗議デモ、規模縮小せず 10週連続、全国8万4千人 | 福井新聞ONLINE


東京新聞:保釈、全条件受け入れ ゴーン前会長が声明


パリで日仏文学シンポ 林真理子さんらが出席 - 産経ニュース


97歳での運転はありか? フィリップ殿下の事故受け英国で議論:AFPBB News


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News Headlines - 20 January 2019

Wife of Former Interpol Chief Seeks Asylum in France - The New York Times

Nearly four months after an Interpol chief was detained in China on corruption charges, his wife has applied for asylum in France, she said on Saturday.
Grace Meng, wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president, has remained in France, where the organization has its headquarters, since his arrest... Ms. Meng, who has refused to specify her Chinese given name or to have her face photographed or filmed by the news media, said in interviews on Friday that she was seeking French protection for her and her twin boys.

Standard & Poor's Keeps Greece's Credit Rating to B+ | GreekReporter.com

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) rating agency kept Greece’s credit rating at ”B+” on Friday, following an upgrade made in July 2018, when the agency increased the country’s rating by one notch.
According to S&P, the outlook for the Greek economy remains positive as the domestic demand is expected to get higher with a clear improvement on the country’s exports being underway.

Toyota and Panasonic plan to produce electric car batteries at joint venture in 2020 | The Japan Times

Toyota plans to take a 51 percent stake in the new company and Panasonic the rest. They will announce the plan as early as this week, the sources said.
The two companies will join forces to develop solid-state batteries, which require advanced technologies to improve the range of EVs while cutting recharging time, they said. Panasonic will shift its five plants for car batteries in Japan and China to the new company.

Apple resurrects iPhone SE, a smaller smartphone option

Welcome back, shorty. Apple has apparently made an under-the-radar market move in restoring the smaller iPhone SE to its online store.The iPhone SE, which has a 4-inch display and was retired by Apple last year, reappeared Saturday in its online retail outlet's clearance section. Originally launched in 2016 for $349 and $449 for the 32 Gigabyte and 128GB model, respectively, the models now are lower-priced at $249 and $299... Supplies are apparently limited: The phones were listed as out of stock by Sunday afternoon.

Sweden charges man ‘for stealing two royal crowns and an orb worth US$7.2 million’ | South China Morning Post

A man was charged on Thursday with stealing 65 million kronor (US$7.2 million) worth of Swedish royal treasure including a jewelled crown from a cathedral where they were on display.
Two crowns and an orb used for the funerals of King Karl IX and Queen Kristina haven’t been recovered, national police investigator Filippo Bassini said.

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仏政府、日産・ルノー経営統合の意向 持ち株会社軸に :日本経済新聞


間宮海峡でロシア戦闘機が空中衝突 日本海上空で訓練中:朝日新聞デジタル


授業料無償化の朝鮮学校対象外 日本政府「差別には当たらず」 | NHKニュース


オリオンビールを買収へ 野村HDと米系ファンド:朝日新聞デジタル


CNN.co.jp : 銀河系と大マゼラン雲、20億年後に「大衝突」 英研究


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News Headlines - 19 January 2019

Markus Söder officially takes the reins of Bavaria′s CSU party | DW

Garnering 87.4 percent of the vote from party delegates — and running unopposed — Bavarian state premier Markus Söder was chosen as the newest leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) at a special party conference in Munich on Saturday.
The 52-year-old from Nuremberg will replace Horst Seehofer as the leader of the CSU — the Bavarian sister-party to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU)... The election not only marks an end to the Seehofer era, but also marks the first time that a Protestant was chosen to lead the typically Catholic-dominated party.

Deadlocked Swedish Parliament affirms Stefan Lofven as PM 4 months after election - UPI.com

Sweden finally has a prime minister, more than four months after the parliamentary elections ended.
Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven will return as prime minister after winning the vote from his party and the Green Party in Friday's vote. The Moderate Party, Christian Democrats and Sweden Democrats all voted against Lofven. Lawmakers from the Center Party, Liberal Party and Left Party abstained from the vote except for one, who voted no.
The final vote was 115 in favor, 153 against and 77 abstained. The opposition needed 175 votes to block Lofven.

Norway's PM Solberg forms majority center-right government | Reuters

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg struck a deal on Thursday to form a center-right majority government by adding the small Christian Democratic Party to her minority three-party coalition.
The agreement fulfils a long-standing goal of Conservative Solberg, in power since 2013, who hopes that a majority will provide stability and help ease her path to re-election in 2021.

Oxford University suspends Huawei donations and sponsorships - BBC News

The University of Oxford has suspended new donations and sponsorships from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei... Oxford University said it had decided on 8 January that it will "not pursue new funding opportunities... at present" with Huawei.

Banksy does Tokyo? Officials check if years-old graffiti is work of legendary British street artist | The Japan Times

Officials are trying to verify if a drawing of a rat holding an umbrella, spray painted near a monorail station in central Tokyo, is the work of the famous and mysterious British street artist Banksy... An image of a rat holding an umbrella is one of Banksy’s most famous artworks... City maintenance workers removed the door, which was installed to prevent flooding during high tides, and placed it in storage Wednesday night to prevent any damage...

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トランプ氏、ペロシ下院議長の外遊を取りやめさせる - 産経ニュース


自動運転地図 日欧相乗り デンソー・蘭社トムトム提携 最新の道路情報、数十万台で収集 :日本経済新聞


86はスバル製、スープラはBMW製。トヨタ、自社でスポーツカーを作れない? | clicccar.com(クリッカー)


川端か谷崎か三島か… ノーベル文学賞、半世紀前の議論:朝日新聞デジタル

 資料によると、当時のノーベル委員会のアンダーシュ・エステルリング委員長は「1、アンドレ・マルロー 2、W・H・オーデン 3、川端康成 サミュエル・ベケットには賛成しかねる」と順位をつけてアカデミーに評価を報告していた。川端への言及は「昨年までの検討を参照してほしい。私は彼が日本文学を真に代表すると認めている」にとどまっている。

マライア、極秘ビデオをネタに脅され3億円訴訟 - ハリウッド : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 18 January 2019

Research on iPS cells now at crucial stage toward their practical use - The Japan News

Research on the treatment of diseases using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which can develop into various kinds of human body cells and tissues, is becoming more active.
Besides regenerative medicine, where iPS cells had been expected to prove effective since the early days of their development, the scope of their application is spreading into treatments for cancer and other diseases. The research can be considered to have reached a critical point toward their practical use. The efficacy of such treatments must be firmly ascertained.
Research institute Riken and Chiba University Hospital will jointly attempt to develop the nation’s first cancer treatment using iPS cells. They will start clinical tests as early as this year.

U.S. Military Is Building Smarter Robots and Thinks Insects Might Be Key to New Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. military has long experimented with new AI applications, from missile systems to swarms of drones, but the latest focus may be about understanding how the complexities of nature could shape strategies in this field. In a research opportunity posted last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it was "inviting submissions of innovative basic research concepts exploring new computational frameworks and strategies drawn from the impressive computational capabilities of very small flying insects."

Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada enjoys red wine and cigarette | Daily Mail Online

A Saudi teenager granted asylum in Canada is continuing to celebrate her freedom and new home - sharing pictures of red wine and a rolled up cigarette.
Rahaf Mohammed, who has renounced her last name al-Qunun after her family disowned her, captured global attention last week after she barricaded herself in an airport hotel room in Bangkok... After being handed over to the UN refugee agency and resettled to Canada, she has spent her first week in her new home enjoying things that were previously forbidden to her in her conservative homeland.
Earlier this week, she shared a snap of her breakfast as she tried Canadian-style bacon for the first time.

Heat Waves Are Causing Mass Fish Deaths in Australia - Scientific American

Hundreds of thousands of native fish in Australia’s Darling River have died following a major outbreak of blue–green algae and some severe weather. Two mass die-offs have been reported near Menindee in western New South Wales—the first was late last year, and the second last week.
Outbreaks of blue–green algae (cyanobacteria), which thrive in warm water, are not uncommon during droughts. The algae did not directly cause the mass die-off; rapid cooling and intense rainfall might have disrupted the bloom and depleted the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, killing the fish, said Anthony Townsend, a senior fisheries manager at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, in a statement.

Man City sign defensive midfield hopeful Ko Itakura - Manchester Evening News

he Blues have picked up 21-year-old Ko Itakura from Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale for a fee reported as being close to £1m, but he has been instantly loaned to Dutch club Groningen for 18 months.
He has been described as a central defender, Itakura has starred for Japan’s under-20 team as a holding midfielder and made all of his starts for Kawasaki as a central midfielder before being moved back into defence during his loan to their J1 League rivals Vegalta Sendai.
A Japan under-21 international, Itakura does not qualify for a UK work permit, but it is understood that he is viewed very much as a City Football Group signing.

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ルノー、ゴーンCEOの解任検討 仏政府が方針転換  :日本経済新聞


独、5Gからファーウェイ排除検討 包囲網拡大 - 産経ニュース


露、ベラルーシに統合迫る 石油価格で圧力 プーチン氏「新ポスト」で居座り画策? - 産経ニュース


ハーバード大で入学差別か アジア系訴え、黒人にも波紋:朝日新聞デジタル


97歳のフィリップ殿下が運転中に事故、けがはなく - BBCニュース


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News Headlines - 17 January 2019

Brexit vote news: MPs will debate and vote on Theresa May's plan B on January 29 | London Evening Standard

MPs will be able to vote on Theresa May's Brexit 'Plan B' on January 29, it has been confirmed... Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom said the Prime Minister would put forward a motion and make a statement on her next steps on Monday.
"A full day's debate on the motion will take place on Tuesday, 29 January, subject to the agreement of the house," Ms Leadsom told Parliament.

Brexit: EU ready to delay withdrawal until next year | The Times

European Union officials are examining plans to delay Brexit until 2020 after Germany and France indicated their willingness to extend withdrawal negotiations because of Britain’s political turmoil.
Diplomats and officials are preparing a longer than envisaged extension of the EU’s Article 50 exit procedure because the extent of Theresa May’s defeat in the House of Commons last night.
Previous planning had centred on a three-month delay to Brexit from March 29 until the end of June but now, according to multiple sources, EU officials are investigating legal routes to postpone Britain’s withdrawal until next year.

Singapore man linked to Tokyo's 2020 Olympics bid jailed for lying - The Mainichi

A Singaporean man linked to Tokyo's 2020 Olympics bid was sentenced to a week in jail on Tuesday for lying to officers from Singapore's anti-corruption agency investigating his company's shady financial transfers.
Tan Tong Han, 35, the owner of a now-defunct Singapore-based consultancy firm Black Tidings, was found by the court to have lied to Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau officers who were probing the firm's money transfers in 2015.
Tan had been charged in court in February last year at a time when media speculation was rife about his firm's alleged links to Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and to an extortion and doping scandal involving Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova and the International Association of Athletics Federations.

American Jason Spindler who survived 9/11 died in the Kenya attack - CNN

American businessman Jason Spindler survived the September 11 attacks in New York only to die this week in another act of terror.
Spindler was among those killed Tuesday in a terror attack on a Kenyan hotel compound, the company he founded said Wednesday... Spindler dedicated his life to helping others through his work as a business investment adviser, his parents told KTRK. It's what brought him to Nairobi, they said.

Volcano erupts on Kuchinoerabu, a small island in far south of Japan | South China Morning Post

A Japanese volcano erupted on Thursday, spewing ash and smoke 6km into the air over a small southern island. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the eruption on Kuchinoerabu, in the far south of Japan.
A local official said there had been no evacuations on the island, which is home to just 109 people.

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英議会、内閣不信任案否決 メイ氏続投も混迷続く:日本経済新聞


日立、英原発凍結を正式決定…3千億円損失計上 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


仏大統領、デモ収拾へ国民討論会 7時間にわたり答弁 - 産経ニュース


ギリシャ議会、チプラス政権を信任 前倒し選挙を回避 :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : スカート内盗撮禁止の法案、英国で成立へ 違反には2年以下の禁錮


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News Headlines - 16 January 2019

Huawei Targeted in U.S. Criminal Probe for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets - WSJ

Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. business partners, including technology used by T-Mobile US Inc. to test smartphones, according to people familiar with the matter.

YouTube bans videos with potentially dangerous, distressing content

YouTube has moved to ban videos that depict dangerous activity that could cause injury or death -- like the "Bird Box" and "Tide Pod" challenges, which were both very popular on the site last year.
The video sharing platform said Tuesday it's making the move to pre-empt potential harm caused by video makers looking to produce the next big YouTube hit.

An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach | WIRED

There are breaches, and there are megabreaches, and there’s Equifax. But a newly revealed trove of leaked data tops them all for sheer volume: 772,904,991 unique email addresses, over 21 million unique passwords, all recently posted to a hacking forum.
The data set was first reported by security researcher Troy Hunt, who maintains Have I Been Pwned, a way to search whether your own email or password has been compromised by a breach at any point. (Trick question: It has.) The so-called Collection #1 is the largest breach in Hunt's menagerie, and it’s not particularly close.

'Pig' British tourists to be deported from New Zealand after theft, littering, not paying for food - The Straits Times

Members of a British family have been branded "worse than pigs" and face deportation from New Zealand after a spree of bad behaviour that left normally easygoing Kiwis outraged.
The family have been involved in a string of incidents in and around Auckland and Hamilton, including accusations of littering, assault, not paying for restaurant meals and intimidating behaviour.
Auckland mayor Phil Goff led national outcry at the tourists' antics, demanding the police take action... New Zealand's assistant general manager of immigration, Mr Peter Devoy, said the family had been issued with a deportation notice on the grounds of "matters relating to character".

Flippin' brilliant: the Finns learning to be mermaids | Euronews

Adult women and men are taking to the mermaid lifestyle at a swimming pool in Espoo, on the outskirts of Helsinki, where 28-year-old former Kindergarten teacher Maija Mottonen gives lessons in swimming like a mermaid or merman. She is FInland's first professional mermaid instructor.

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英議会、EU離脱案を否決 メイ政権、歴史的敗北喫す:AFPBB News

英議会は15日、テリーザ・メイ(Theresa May)政権が欧州連合(EU)との間で合意に至った英国のEU離脱(ブレグジット、Brexit)協定案を圧倒的多数で否決した。最大野党・労働党はこれを受け、メイ政権に対する不信任投票を要請。同政権は崩壊の危機に直面している。
 労働党のジェレミー・コービン(Jeremy Corbyn)党首は採決の直後、メイ政権に対する不信任動議を提出。不信任投票は翌16日に実施される見通しとなった。

EU離脱 英国の介護現場に深刻な影響 東欧からの労働者に依存 - 毎日新聞


VWとフォード、トラックで提携 EV・自動運転開発も | ロイター


南極で消失の氷、80年代の6倍超…衛星で推定 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


竹田氏、IOC会議欠席へ - 共同通信


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News Headlines - 15 January 2019

Brexit: Theresa May's deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat - BBC News

MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election.
The confidence vote is expected to be held at about 1900 GMT on Wednesday.

El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says - The New York Times

The former president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, took a $100 million bribe from Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo, according to a witness at Mr. Guzman’s trial.
The stunning testimony was delivered Tuesday in a New York courtroom by Alex Cifuentes Villa, a Colombian drug lord who worked closely with Mr. Guzmán from 2007 to 2013, when the kingpin was hiding from the law at a series of remote ranches in the Sierra Madre mountains.

Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC | madison.com

Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body.
Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from hundreds of media.

Virgin Atlantic swoops on troubled Flybe with £2.2m bid | The Guardian

Flybe has recommended shareholders accept a cut-price £2.2m takeover offer from a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic, after the regional airline struggled with rising fuel costs, currency volatility and political uncertainty.
Virgin, part-owned by the billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has banded together for the deal with the infrastructure firm Stobart Group and the investment house Cyrus to form a joint venture, Connect Airways... The consortium would also inject £100m into the struggling airline, in the form of a £20m working capital loan and £80m to invest.

Rare snowfall hits the Sahara Desert - ABC News

Ain Sefra is a small town on the northern edge of the Sahara, the hottest desert in the world, but on Sunday the town's sand dunes were coated with snow after an intense winter storm.
Photographs from local residents showed stunning scenes of vivid orange dunes dusted with snowfall. Algerian locals wearing coats and scarves were seen climbing the peaks, cheering loudly and posing for videos. Many brought cameras to record the rare wintry phenomenon before the snow began to melt later in the evening.
This is believed to be only the fourth time snow has fallen on Ain Sefra in northern Algeria in almost 40 years, according to Algerian media reports.

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中国、麻薬密輸のカナダ人に死刑判決 ファーウェイCFO逮捕が影響か | ニューズウィーク日本版


中国の華為、ポーランドで逮捕された社員を解雇-事件と距離置く - Bloomberg


東京新聞:ポーランドの市長刺され死亡 男を逮捕 政党に恨みか


東京新聞:ロシア外相、北方領土の名称変更要求 首脳会談は22日


寒くないの? 「ノーパンツ」で地下鉄乗車 世界60都市以上で開催:AFPBB News

ズボンを着用せずに地下鉄に乗る毎年恒例のイベント「No Pants Subway Ride(パンツなしで地下鉄に乗ろう)」が13日、世界各地で開催された。2002年に参加者わずか7人で始まった同イベントは、今では世界60都市以上で開催されている。

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News Headlines - 14 January 2019

China car sales hit reverse for first time since 1990s | Reuters

Car makers in China will face more fierce competition this year, after a tough 2018 when the world’s biggest auto market contracted for the first time in more than two decades, the country’s top auto industry association said on Monday... China car sales fell 13 percent in December, the sixth straight month of declines, bringing annual sales to 28.1 million, down 2.8 percent from a year earlier, China’s Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said.
This was against a 3-percent annual growth forecast set at the start of 2018 and is the first time China’s auto market has contracted since the 1990s.

China has a lot more to lose than the US in trade war, says Credit Suisse | South China Morning Post

The possibility that the United States and China are closer to resolving their trade dispute has stoked optimism among investors.
But insufficient attention may be being paid to what happens if no deal is struck, according to John Woods, Credit Suisse’s chief investment officer for Asia-Pacific. No deal would be “profoundly negative”... “It’s quite clear to me that China has a lot more to lose than the United States and, hence, the apparent willingness of the authorities to go the extra mile and secure something meaningful,” Woods said.

Wife of ex-Nissan boss urges action on 'harsh' detention - BBC News

The wife of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has said he is suffering under "harsh treatment" in a Japanese jail, where he has been detained for nearly two months.
In a letter to Human Rights Watch, Carole Ghosn described constant interrogations and appealed for action... His detention, which is likely to continue for months, has drawn criticism of Japan's justice system.
In Japan, interrogations can be done without a lawyer present. Suspects can be detained for up to 23 days before being formally charged. Bail is not easily granted unless a suspect admits to the charges, according to the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations.

Toyota brings back the Supra sports car after almost two decades

The Supra is a resurrection of a car Toyota has not made since 2002. It began as a variant of Toyota’s now also defunct Celica in 1978, but was spun off as its own model in 1986. It became known as one of the most famous Japanese tuner cars of the ’80s and ’90s.
Apart from the reputation it earned on its own, the Supra also was famous for being featured in “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, in which it was driven by the late actor Paul Walker.
The car will go on sale this summer. It will have a 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder 335-horsepower engine and an automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota says the car should be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds. It will have an electronically limited speed of 155 mph.

Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO, Aides Say Amid New Concerns Over Russia - The New York Times

Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States.
Senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Current and former officials who support the alliance said they feared Mr. Trump could return to his threat as allied military spending continued to lag behind the goals the president had set.
In the days around a tumultuous NATO summit meeting last summer, they said, Mr. Trump told his top national security officials that he did not see the point of the military alliance, which he presented as a drain on the United States.

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ギリシャ連立崩壊、信任投票へ マケドニア国名変更巡り対立 :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : DNA研究の米ノーベル賞受賞者、人種差別発言で名誉職剥奪


65歳以上と保守派はフェイクニュースをシェアしがち、米大研究:AFPBB News

プリンストン大学(Princeton University)とニューヨーク大学(New York University)の研究チームによる論文は、2016年の米大統領選中にフェイスブックユーザー約3000人を対象にした調査結果をまとめたもの。……フェイクニュースサイトのリンクを一つでもシェアしたユーザーは8.5%未満にすぎなかった。だが一方で、シェアしたユーザーは高齢者に多く、自身の政治志向を保守派と認識しているユーザーにもこの傾向がみられた。

フランス、日本に北朝鮮監視用の艦艇を派遣へ-Chosun online 朝鮮日報


スターリン時代の「粛清」、ナチスの空撮写真で埋葬地を特定 モスクワ:AFPBB News

ロシアの歴史学者と考古学者のチームが、ナチス・ドイツ(Nazi)の爆撃機パイロットが撮影した写真を手掛かりに、旧ソ連時代に独裁者ヨシフ・スターリン(Joseph Stalin)の秘密警察によって射殺された人々の遺体が大量に埋められた場所を特定した。

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News Headlines - 13 January 2019

It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country - THERESA MAY writes | Express.co.uk

On Tuesday, your MP will be asked to vote on this deal and with it, your future.
It is the biggest and most important decision that any MP of our generation will be asked to make. So they must decide what really matters.

US Warns German Firms of Possible Sanctions over Russia Pipeline

The U.S. ambassador to Germany has warned companies involved in the construction of the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they could face sanctions if they stick to the project, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday... The pipeline, which would carry gas straight to Germany under the Baltic Sea, is also seen critical by other European countries as it would deprive Ukraine of lucrative gas transit fees which could make Kiev more vulnerable in the future.

Amazon Dash buttons judged to breach consumer rules in Germany | TechCrunch

Germany was among the first international markets where Amazon launched Dash, in 2016, along with the U.K. and Austria. But yesterday a higher state court in Munich ruled the system does not provide consumers with sufficient information about a purchase.
The judgement follows a legal challenge by a regional consumer watchdog, Verbraucherzentrale NRW, which objects to the terms Amazon operates with Dash.

The European capital cobbled with Jewish gravestones - BBC News

Each year millions of visitors walk through the cobbled streets of Prague's Old Town - without realising, most likely, that many of the stones below their feet have been looted from what was meant to be sacred ground. The BBC's Rob Cameron only recently learned their secret.

Venezuela opposition leader briefly detained after challenging Maduro | The Guardian

Venezuelan secret police seized and then swiftly released a prominent opposition leader, less than 48 hours after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency of his crisis-stricken country in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás Maduro.
Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament, was reportedly taken by agents from the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) on Sunday morning as he travelled north out of the capital, Caracas.

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仏パリのパン店で爆発、消防士含む3人が死亡 ガス漏れが原因:AFPBB News


欧州自動車にリストラの嵐、英のEU離脱が影  :日本経済新聞


マケドニア議会、国名変更に関する改憲案を承認 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


米ロ会談内容共有させず トランプ氏、通訳に指示か  :日本経済新聞


夫婦射殺し13歳娘誘拐、21歳男逮捕 米|日テレNEWS24


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News Headlines - 12 January 2019

Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill - BBC News

The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree.
The front of a Swiss hotel was hit by an avalanche and a winter storm made roads impassable in Sweden and Norway.
Austrian rescuers had to battle through chest-deep snow to reach a snowboarder.

London’s gangs have changed, and it’s driving a surge in pitiless violence | The Guardian

The murder of 14-year-old Jayden Moodie on Tuesday night highlights how youth violence continues to devastate the lives of young people, families and communities in London. Jayden’s death marks a new low point as he is the youngest victim to die on London’s streets so far this year.
We don’t know whether Jayden was himself involved in gangs or if his death was gang-related. All we know is that he was struck by a vehicle while riding a moped, then chased by a group of three men and stabbed to death in what police believe was a targeted attack. However, Jayden was killed in Leyton, part of the east London borough of Waltham Forest where the threat of gangs and gang violence looms large.

Opposition-controlled Venezuela parliament calls for protest to oust Maduro

Venezuela's sidelined opposition-controlled parliament called on Friday (Jan 11) for a mass protest against President Nicolas Maduro in a bid to oust the socialist leader in favour of "a transitional government."
Maduro, 56, was sworn in for a second term on Thursday, having won a highly controversial election in May that was boycotted by the opposition and branded a fraud by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States.

Michael Lang: Woodstock festival to be at Watkins Glen Aug. 16-18

Two festivals will mark the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair this year, on the same weekend, around 150 miles apart from each other.
Michael Lang, the co-producer and co-founder of the original 1969 festival, announced Wednesday that he will hold his anniversary show, "Woodstock 50," in Watkins Glen on Aug. 16-18.

Tony Khan: Fulham vice-chairman promises investment but argues with fan on Twitter - BBC Sport

Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan told a critical supporter who had urged him to leave the club to "go to hell".
Khan, 36, tweeted fans after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Burnley, which left his side 19th in the Premier League, five points adrift of safety.

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米政府閉鎖、過去最長の22日目に-トランプ氏は2月末までを想定か - Bloomberg


日立、英原発事業を中断 2000億円規模の損失計上へ  :日本経済新聞


東欧革命30年 強権政治が台頭、EUと溝深める - 産経ニュース


「忘れられる権利」はEU域内のみで適用されるべき--EU法務官が見解 - CNET Japan

欧州連合(EU)司法裁判所のMaciej Szpunar法務官は現地時間1月10日、いわゆる「忘れられる権利」について、EU域外で実行される検索に適用されるべきではないとの見解を示した。Googleはインターネット全体ではなく、EU域内のみで検索結果から欧州市民に関するリンクを削除すればよいという。

ドイツ博物館の巨大金貨盗難事件、男4人が出廷 重さ100キロ | ロイター


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News Headlines - 11 January 2019

Kim's China visit to be positive factor for 2nd US-NK summit: Seoul

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent visit to China will have positive effects on prospects for a successful second summit between Washington and Pyongyang, South Korea's National Security Council said Thursday.
This week, Kim made a surprise visit to China and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the meeting, Kim vowed efforts to draw positive results from a possible second summit with US President Donald Trump, and Xi expressed his support, according to Chinese media.

After meeting UK's May, Japan's Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit | Reuters

Japan’s Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that the world did not want to see a disorderly Brexit and that he fully supported British Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal deal from the European Union now facing defeat in parliament.

Japanese magazine apologises over university 'sex listing' - BBC News

A Japanese men's magazine has had to issue an apology after publishing a list ranking universities on how easy it is to convince female students to have sex at drinking parties.
The list in the issue of the weekly magazine Spa! prompted outrage... The article in the 25 December issue said the parties were popular among female college students and included an interview with the developer of an app intended to help men and women find potential attendees.

NGT48's Yamaguchi Maho Apologizes for Discussing Assault | Billboard

A member of J-pop girl group NGT48 apologized Thursday (Jan. 10) for publicly addressing an assault against her. Yamaguchi Maho, a member of the AKB48-associated act, apologized Thursday night in Japan for “causing trouble,” according to fan-captured videos from the act’s third-anniversary concert.

Japan wrestling star Yoshida taps out before Olympics - Channel NewsAsia

Japan's Saori Yoshida, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, confirmed Thursday (Jan 10) she is retiring from wrestling despite "wavering" at the thought of missing the Tokyo 2020 Games... She admitted "wavering, with the feeling that I want to participate in the Tokyo Olympics," but said she had ultimately decided it was time to pass the baton to younger athletes.
The 36-year-old topped the podium in the women's 55kg division at three straight Summer Games between 2004 and 2012, but fell short of a fourth straight gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, settling for silver in the 53kg division.

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JOC竹田会長 五輪招致で汚職に関与容疑 仏メディア報道 | NHKニュース


ジャガー・ランドローバー、英で数千人削減へ 中国低迷など受け | ロイター


CNN.co.jp : 「世界最強のパスポート」、日本が依然トップ 韓国2位に


今年度のアカデミー賞、司会者抜きで開催か?|VOGUE JAPAN


テニス八百長で83人逮捕、スペイン警察 全米出場者も :朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 10 January 2019

Japan labour data 'incorrectly collected since 2004' - The Straits Times

Japan may have underpaid billions of yen in unemployment benefits after it emerged that the government has been incorrectly collecting labour market data for as long as 15 years.
Officials are supposed to gather data from all firms with 500 or more employees but in Tokyo, only about one-third of 1,400 such firms were surveyed, according to a civil servant at the labour ministry... According to public broadcaster NHK, the problems could date back as far as 2004.
A ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that the problem could have resulted in underpayment of unemployment benefits and industrial injury insurance benefits.

Venezuela’s annual inflation surges to 1.7 million percent | Business Recorder

Venezuela’s consumer prices rose 1.7 million percent in the year ending in December, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Wednesday, up from 1.3 million percent in November as the country’s economy continued its downward spiral.
Prices rose 142 percent in December, equivalent to around 3 percent per day, according to the report released by legislator Angel Alvarado. The National Assembly has become the only reliable source for consumer price data since the government stopped publishing economic indicators years ago as falling oil prices sent activity tumbling.

MacKenzie Bezos Could Become World's Richest Woman With Divorce - Bloomberg

MacKenzie Bezos’s divorce from Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos could make her the world’s richest woman.
As of now, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of the founder of cosmetics manufacturer L’Oreal SA, is the richest woman in the world, with a net worth of $45.6 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people.
Neither the Bezoses nor Amazon have commented on the likely division of the couple’s assets, including a 16 percent stake in the company. But without an agreement stipulating otherwise, their wealth would almost certainly be divided equally, according to Karin Lundell, a partner at law firm Rower LLC in New York.

Pedophile Gary Oliva confesses to killing JonBenét Ramsey by accident | Daily Mail Online

A longtime suspect in the murder of JonBenét Ramsey has finally admitted he killed the then six-year old beauty pageant queen, DailyMailTV can exclusively reveal.
Gary Oliva, 54, a convicted pedophile who is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a Colorado prison for child pornography, has admitted in letters obtained by DailyMailTV he killed her by accident.

Paris nudist restaurant undone by scanty custom | AFP.com

The first nudist restaurant in the French capital is being forced to close because it cannot put enough bums on seats.
"O'Naturel" will draw the curtain on nude fine dining in Paris in February after a little over a year despite rave reviews from diners who shed their clothes to slurp oysters and feast on snails, foie gras and asparagus.
But to avoid financial embarrassment, twins Mike and Stephane Saada said they were having to close... The restaurant in the east of Paris opened amid a blaze of publicity in November 2017.

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アップル不振、企業に打撃 新型iPhone減産へ  :日本経済新聞


ドイツ銀:検察が顧客リスト入手、「パナマ文書」脱税捜査でー関係者 - Bloomberg






アサイーベリーの中にコカイン、ギリシャで押収 ブラジルから郵送 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 09 January 2019

Grieve amendment vote: Theresa May suffers another bruising Brexit Commons defeat as MPs vote to impose three-day deadline for PM to present Plan B | London Evening Standard

Theresa May has suffered another bruising Commons defeat as MPs voted in favour of an amendment that will force her to present a Brexit "plan B" within three days if her controversial deal does not pass... MPs backed the amendment by 308 votes to 297 on Wednesday afternoon.
It gives MPs the chance to formally put forward alternatives to her deal for the first time, including a People’s Vote, and the Norway and Efta “soft Brexit” options.

S. Korean Court Seizes Assets of Japanese Company Over Forced Labor

A South Korean court has seized the local assets of a Japanese company in order to compensate four South Koreans who were forced into labor during Japan's brutal colonial rule of the peninsula between 1910 and 1945... South Korea's Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in last October ordering Nippon Steel to pay nearly $90,000 to each of the four plaintiffs. But Nippon refused to comply, citing a 1965 treaty that formally normalized bilateral ties between Seoul and Tokyo. The treaty included $800 million in reparations paid by Japan in the form of economic aid and loans.
But the Supreme Court has ruled that the treaty does not prevent individuals from seeking compensation from Japanese companies involved in the forced labor practices of the time.

Thai, Saudi officials meet over case of young Saudi woman

Thailand’s immigration police chief met Tuesday with officials from the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, as Saudi Arabia tried to distance itself from accusations that it attempted to block a young woman’s effort to flee from her family and seek asylum abroad.
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun arrived in Bangkok from Kuwait late Saturday after slipping away from her family, whom she accused of abusing her. The 18-year-old was stopped by officials in Thailand who confiscated her passport.
Her urgent pleas for help over Twitter from an airport hotel room garnered tens of thousands of followers and the attention of the U.N.’s refugee agency, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Public pressure prompted Thai officials to return her passport and let her temporarily stay in Thailand.

Heathrow airport drone investigated by police and military - BBC News

The military is helping police after sightings of a drone temporarily halted flights at Heathrow airport on Tuesday... Departures from the west London airport were suspended for about an hour.
It comes after thousands of passengers were caught up in disruption at Gatwick Airport last month following reports of drone sightings.

Snowy Greece sees temperatures plunge to -23C

Greece has been freezing in temperatures as low as -23C (-9F) as some of Athens' most famous monuments got a dusting of snow.
The -23C figure was recorded in the northern city of Florina and led to road closures and disruption to transport.
Further south in the capital, Athens, snow fell around monuments such as the Temple of Zeus as schools closed and some roads became impassable because of ice.

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独の右翼政党に攻撃相次ぐ 議員襲撃・事務所に爆発物:朝日新聞デジタル


仏政府 届け出なしのデモ厳罰化へ法改正も | NHKニュース


EU、英離脱延期に応じる用意 延期の意義に疑問も=当局者 | ロイター

─ 英国がEU基本条約(リスボン条約)50条に基づく離脱の延期を要請。
─ 英国が離脱通知を撤回する一方、英国内の離脱支持派の反発を回避するため、短期間で再通知する意向を示す。
─ 英国が離脱の方法もしくは是非を問う国民投票、または選挙を実施するまで離脱通知を撤回。
─ 欧州議会への影響を回避するため、離脱を最長3カ月延期。
─ 最長1年の延期。

欧州ワイン、相次ぎ値下げへ 2月の日欧EPA発効で:朝日新聞デジタル


アマゾン時価総額、初の首位…アップル4位後退 : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


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News Headlines - 08 January 2019

British officials 'putting out feelers' with EU for Article 50 extension

British and European officials are discussing the possibility of extending Article 50 amid fears a Brexit deal will not be completed by March 29, the Telegraph can reveal.
Three separate EU sources confirmed that UK officials had been “putting out feelers” and “testing the waters” on an Article 50 extension, even as the Government said it had no intention of asking to extend the negotiating period.

'Unfairly detained': Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn protests innocence | AFP.com

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday he had been "wrongly accused and unfairly detained" at a high-profile court hearing in Japan, his first appearance since his arrest in November rocked the business world.
Entering the court handcuffed and with a rope around his waist, the once-revered titan of the auto industry mounted a passionate defence against a string of financial misconduct allegations.
The 64-year-old was thinner -- his family says he has lost up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds) due to the rice-based diet in his Tokyo detention centre -- and his hair was greying. He appeared in a dark suit without a tie and wore dark green plastic slippers.

Japan tourist tax begins to prepare for 2020 Olympics

Starting Monday, January 7, visitors to Japan will have to pay a 1,000 yen (about $9) levy when leaving.
The departure tax — dubbed a “sayonara tax” — applies to both international and Japanese travelers who travel via plane or ship, excluding children under 2 years old and those in Japan for fewer than 24 hours.
The Japan tourist tax is being implemented in anticipation of the surge in visitors expected in 2020 for the Tokyo Olympics.

Kim Stepping Down Early as World Bank President at Month End - Bloomberg

Jim Yong Kim abruptly resigned as president of the World Bank more than three years ahead of schedule, potentially sparking an international tussle over who replaces him as the Trump administration questions the development lender’s purpose... Kim, 59, began his second five-year term at the bank on July 1, 2017. He helped the lender win support from its member countries in April for a $13-billion capital increase, after the U.S. dropped proposals to limit the World Bank’s resources.

Saudi woman fleeing family temporarily admitted to Thailand | The Guardian

An 18-year-old Saudi woman seeking passage to asylum in Australia after fleeing her family in Saudi Arabia and renouncing Islam will be temporarily admitted to Thailand, Thai authorities have said.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun barricaded herself inside a transit zone hotel room in Bangkok airport to prevent immigration officials putting her on a flight to Kuwait after she was denied entry to Thailand while en route to Australia... Thai immigration police later released photos of the teenager after she left her hotel room late on Monday. Her destination was not made public, but she said on Twitter she was under the protection of the UNHCR and her passport had been returned. She also said her father had arrived in Thailand.

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ゴーン前会長 勾留理由開示の手続き「私は無実です」 | NHKニュース


武田薬品、シャイアーの買収完了 世界トップ10入り - 産経ニュース


イニエスタ選手のツイッター写真へ「人種差別的」と批判相次ぐ - 産経ニュース


米俳優K・スペイシー被告が初出廷、強制わいせつで無罪を主張:AFPBB News

米マサチューセッツ州で7日、10代男性に対する強制わいせつなどの罪を問われている米俳優ケヴィン・スペイシー(Kevin Spacey)被告(59)が初出廷し、無罪を主張した。
 米人気ドラマ『ハウス・オブ・カード 野望の階段(House of Cards)』などで主役を演じ、アカデミー賞(Academy Awards)受賞歴もあるスペイシー被告は2016年、同州ナンタケット(Nantucket)のレストランで当時18歳だったウィリアム・リトル(William Little)さんのズボンに手を入れ、何度も局部をまさぐったとして強制わいせつなどの罪に問われている。有罪となれば最大禁錮5年が科される可能性がある。

米ドラマ「24」日本でリメイク 日本初の女性総理が誕生するまで - シネマトゥデイ

大ヒット米ドラマ「24 TWENTY FOUR」をリメイクする連続ドラマ「24 Japan」(トゥエンティフォージャパン)が2020年度、テレビ朝日系で放送されることが8日、同局より発表された。……オリジナル版のシーズン1では、のちにオバマ大統領の就任で現実となった「米国史上初のアフリカ系アメリカ人大統領誕生」までの24時間が描かれたが、日本版では日本初の女性総理大臣が誕生するまでを追う。
 オリジナル版は、シーズン8まで制作されたのち、12話構成の「24 TWENTY FOUR リブ・アナザー・デイ」やスピンオフ「24:レガシー」も放送された。

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News Headlines - 07 January 2019

CBS: El-Sissi says Egypt, Israel cooperate against militants

Egypt’s president has told CBS that his country and Israel, with whom it fought four wars, are cooperating against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a startling and potentially damaging acknowledgment that could explain the Egyptian government’s request that the network not air the interview.

Gabon detains soldiers after failed coup | The Guardian

The Gabonese government has put down a coup attempt after a group of soldiers briefly took over state radio and broadcast a statement calling on people to “rise up” while the president, Ali Bongo, is in Morocco recovering from a stroke.
Authorities have regained control of the state broadcasting offices and a major thoroughfare in the capital, Libreville, which were the only areas taken by the plotters, the government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told Radio France International.

SoftBank Scraps $16 Billion Plan to Buy Most of WeWork - WSJ

SoftBank Group Corp. 9984 5.68% has scrapped a planned $16 billion investment in shared-office space provider WeWork Cos., opting instead for a smaller deal of about $2 billion amid market turbulence and opposition from investment partners, according to people familiar with the matter... The Wall Street Journal reported in December that SoftBank faced opposition from the two main investors in its nearly $100 billion Vision Fund, which it used in 2017 to buy a $4.4 billion stake in WeWork.

Yusaku Maezawa has most retweeted tweet ever after offering $923,000

A message from Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has become the most retweeted tweet of all time.
Maezawa took to Twitter on Saturday to give 100 randomly selected retweeters the chance to win a share of 100 million Japanese yen ($923,000)... Maezawa, the founder of Japanese online retailer Zozo Inc, sent the tweet after his website Zozotown posted sales of 10 billion yen in its New Year's sale. He previously gained international attention after securing a seat aboard SpaceX's inaugural tourist flight to the moon. The mission from Elon Musk's transportation company is expected to launch in 2023.

Guinness World Records Oldest Person Jeanne Calment was lying about her age, Russian researcher says - The Washington Post

Jeanne Calment died in 1997 in the southern French town in which she was born, and her death drew a flurry of attention. At 122, an age that had been certified by the Guinness World Records as well as public health researchers, she was the oldest documented person to have lived.
But a Russian mathematician is casting doubt on her record. Nikolay Zak said in a report that he believes Calment was actually Yvonne Calment, Jeanne’s daughter, who Zak says assumed her mother’s identity to avoid inheritance taxes in the 1930s. If true, Yvonne Calment would’ve been 99 if she died in 1997.

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クイーンのギタリスト、ブライアン・メイさんも協力呼び掛け 県民投票までの名護市辺野古埋め立て工事の中止を求めるホワイトハウス請願署名 - 琉球新報


ゴーン容疑者息子「父の主張、驚くだろう」 8日出廷めぐり仏紙に語る - 産経ニュース


CNN.co.jp : エボラ疑いの男性、感染なし判明 スウェーデン


CNN.co.jp : 元イングランド代表のルーニーを逮捕、公共の場で泥酔 米


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News Headlines - 06 January 2019

Moscow says FBI arrested Russian a day after it detained ex-U.S. Marine | Reuters

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday the United States had detained a Russian citizen, a day after Moscow arrested the former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan on suspicion of spying.
Whelan was taken into custody by Russia’s Federal Security Service on Dec. 28. His family have said he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.
The ministry said the United States detained Russian citizen Dmitry Makarenko on Dec. 29 on the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean, and had transferred him to Florida.

King of Malaysia abdicates amid rumours of marriage to ex-Russian beauty queen

The King of Malaysia renounced the throne on Sunday after weeks of speculation over his ill health and rumours that he had married a former Russian beauty queen in a secretive ceremony.
The abdication of Muhammad V was announced by Malaysia's National Palace, which mysteriously gave no hints as to why the monarch had taken the historic decision.
It marks the first time in Malaysian history that a monarch has stood down since the country gained independence from Great Britain in 1957.

Renewables exceed 40% in Germany for 2018 | Windpower Monthly

Wind turbines produced 111.35TWh in 2018, 20.4% of total generation in the country in 2018, according to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE).
Lignite coal was the only energy source to produce more power than wind in 2018, the researchers noted, with 131.28TWh accounting for 24.1% of Germany’s total... Clean energy sources accounted for 40.4% of total generation in Germany last year — an all-time high and the first time they had exceeded the 40% mark.

Arizona police investigate after 'vegetative patient gives birth' - BBC News

Police in the US state of Arizona have launched a sexual assault investigation amid reports a patient in a vegetative state for a decade gave birth.
The woman is a patient in a clinic run by Hacienda HealthCare near Phoenix.
Hacienda HealthCare gave no details but said it was aware of a "deeply disturbing incident".

How On Earth Did 'Pokémon GO' Make Almost $800 Million In 2018?

The biggest story of the gaming year is certainly Fortnite, which made Epic Games $3 billion this year despite its battle royale mode being free, selling only cosmetics. But a similarly impressive story is that Pokémon GO made $795 million in 2018, two years after its release, which represents a 35% jump from the year before. And I’d argue that it did so while being a free game that sells far less attractive items than Fortnite’s never-ending carousel of skins.

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仏デモ、政府庁舎を破壊し侵入 報道官避難、黄色いベスト運動 - 共同通信


マクロン仏大統領の政策運営、国民の4分の3が不満=世論調査 | ロイター


政府機関閉鎖2週間 トランプ大統領「必要なら何年でも」 | NHKニュース


iPhone売上不振でアップルが「緊急社内ミーティング」開催へ | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)

アップルはクックが指揮をとった8年間の間、iPhoneにわずか2つの大規模な刷新をもたらしただけだった。発売後の4世代に渡り継承されたiPhone 6と、2020年まで継承される見込みのiPhone Xの2モデルだ。
その他の機種としては、スティーブ・ジョブズが開発を指揮したiPhone 4シリーズにわずかな改変を加えたのみのiPhone 5や、iPhone Xを大型化させたPlus/Max/XRがあげられる。また、iPhone 5の背面をプラスチック製に変えたiPhone 5Cもあったが、さほどの評価は得られなかった。



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News Headlines - 05 January 2019

China's Xi calls on army to be battle-ready | Reuters

China’s armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top brass on Friday.
China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea and escalating tension with the United States over issues ranging from trade to the status of Taiwan.
The official Xinhua news agency said Xi told a meeting of the top military authority that China faced increasing risks and challenges, and the armed forces must work to secure its security and development needs.

Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amid challenges and change, Americas News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Cuba, long a source of inspiration for leftist Latin American governments, celebrated the 60th anniversary of its revolution on Tuesday (Jan 1) facing increasing isolation in a region dominated by a resurgent right.
Former president Raul Castro lashed out at what he called a return by the United States government to "confrontation with Cuba" after restoration of diplomatic ties and a friendlier tone under the former administration of president Barack Obama.

Yemen rebels slam WFP for 'rotten' food aid | Daily Mail Online

Yemen's Huthi rebels on Tuesday rejected UN accusations of selling aid meant for civilians, slamming the World Food Programme (WFP) for sending "rotten food" to the war-torn country.
The WFP, which plans to provide food to up to 12 million Yemenis a month in 2019, on Monday accused Huthi rebels of "criminal behaviour" and of selling food aid in markets in the rebel-held capital Sanaa.

Sharp rise in air crash deaths in 2018 - BBC News

Last year saw a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017 but 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show.
Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports. Last year's worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189.
The year 2017 was the safest in history for commercial airlines with no passenger jet crashes recorded.

Japan’s ‘King of Tuna’ Pays Record $3 Million for Bluefin at New Tokyo Fish Market - The New York Times

The first tuna auction of the year at Tokyo’s new fish market set a high bar on Saturday after a restaurant chain paid a record price — more than $3 million — for a giant bluefin tuna... Saturday’s high bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, the self-styled “King of Tuna,” runs the Sushi Zanmai chain of restaurants. He paid 333.6 million yen, or over $3 million, for the 612-pound bluefin, a value of around $4,900 per pound.

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パウエルFRB議長「今年は柔軟な政策決定が可能」 - WSJ


NY株急反発746ドル高 FRB議長が利上げ回数減を示唆:一面:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


米マリオット 旅券番号500万件、暗号化されず流出  :日本経済新聞


ルーブル入館者1千万人超 18年、過去最高に - 産経ニュース


米歌手ブリトニー・スピアーズさん、無期限活動休止 父の看病で:AFPBB News

米歌手のブリトニー・スピアーズ(Britney Spears)さん(37)は4日、病気の父親を看病するため無期限で活動を休止することを発表した。……ブリトニーさんは、「今は家族のことに集中し全てをささげる」ことを決断したという。ブリトニーさんの父ジェイミー(Jamie Spears)さんは結腸破裂を患ったが、完治できる見込みだと報じられている。

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News Headlines - 04 January 2019

Trump says he has considered national emergency powers to build wall - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump said Friday that he is considering using emergency powers which would allow him to use military funding to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, saying "I can do it if I want."

Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since Huawei executive’s arrest, says Ottawa - The Globe and Mail

Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since the high-profile arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1, Ottawa says.
Global Affairs Canada spokesman Guillaume Bérubé said in a statement to The Globe and Mail that the government is aware that 13 Canadians have been detained in China, excluding Hong Kong, since Dec. 1, 2018. Previously, only Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Sarah McIver were publicly known to have been detained in China since Canada arrested Ms. Meng, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. They were taken into custody after China promised retaliation for Ms. Meng’s arrest.
Mr. Bérubé said in the statement that at least eight of the 13 have been released. Global Affairs Canada did not disclose the identities of the other 10 Canadians.

South Korea discloses video of maritime incident to dispute Japan claims - Nikkei Asian Review

South Korea on Friday released a video of an alleged radar lock-on incident involving a Japanese plane and a South Korean warship, repeating its demand that Japan stop "distorting" the truth about the case and apologize for a low-altitude flyby by one of its planes.
The South Korean move marks another twist in a dispute that has pitted two U.S. allies against each other and comes exactly a week after Japan released a video of its own in claiming that a South Korean Navy ship had locked a fire-control radar on a Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane over the Sea of Japan.
South Korea has steadfastly denied Japan's claim, saying the destroyer was on the scene on Dec. 20 to rescue a drifting North Korean fishing boat. It said the destroyer used an optical camera but did not direct its radar.

Abe: New era name to be announced April 1 - The Japan News

The name of the nation’s next era will be announced on April 1, ahead of the change from the current Heisei era on May 1, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday.
The era name release one month before the switch is intended to “minimize the impact on the lives of the public,” Abe told a press conference, held after his customary New Year visit to the Ise Grand Shrines in Ise, Mie Prefecture. The Abe Cabinet is set to formalize the new era name at a meeting earlier on April 1, he said.
The Emperor is scheduled to abdicate on April 30, to be followed by Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the throne on May 1. This will mark the first Imperial succession from a living emperor in Japan in about 200 years.

Japanese monks: 'I can do this in monk's robes' videos shared online - BBC News

Japanese monks have been skipping, skating and juggling to show how unrestrictive their traditional attire is.
It comes after a monk was fined by police for driving while wearing a kimono because it "could affect safe driving", according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.
He has refused to pay the traffic ticket of 6,000 yen ($55; £43).

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NYダウ、660ドル安 アップル・ショックが直撃:朝日新聞デジタル


メルケル首相含むドイツ政治家の機密情報流出、ハッカーが公開 - Bloomberg




ロシア、拘束の米国人をスパイ罪で起訴:AFPBB News

ロシアの首都モスクワで先週拘束された米国人元海兵隊員のポール・ウィラン(Paul Whelan)容疑者(48)が、検察当局によりスパイ罪で起訴された。ウィラン被告の弁護士ウラジーミル・ジェレベンコフ(Vladimir Zherebenkov)氏が3日、明らかにした。
 ジェレベンコフ氏が国営ロシア通信(RIA Novosti)に語ったところによると、ウィラン被告は起訴後、裁判所により「暫定的勾留」を命じられた。ジェレベンコフ氏はこの決定に不服を申し立て、公判開始までのウィラン被告の保釈を請求した。

リバプール初黒星!マンCが頂上決戦を制し、勝ち点差は4に - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 03 January 2019

Apple Drops iPhone Bombshell on Already Reeling Stock Market - The New York Times

Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is waning, confirming investor fears that the company's most profitable product has lost some of its luster.
The reckoning came in a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook to the company's shareholders released after the stock market closed Wednesday.
Cook said Apple's revenue for the October-December quarter — including the crucial holiday shopping season — will fall well below the company's earlier projections and those of analysts, whose estimates sway the stock market... The official results are scheduled to be released Jan. 29.

Apple’s slowdown in China ripples through global financial markets - The Washington Post

Global markets shuddered Thursday after Apple said China is buying fewer iPhones, amplifying fears that the world’s second-biggest economy is fading... Apple shares sank 10 percent, and the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 660 points, or 2.8 percent, to close at 22,686.
The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index slumped 2.5 percent, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite fell 3 percent. The Nasdaq dipped into bear territory, which is at least 20 percent below its most recent peak.

Britain to become 'true global player' post-Brexit with military bases in South East Asia and Caribbean, says Defence Secretary

Britain will open two new military bases in the Caribbean and South East Asia as the country looks to step up its military presence overseas after Brexit, Gavin Williamson has revealed... In an interview with The Telegraph in his Ministry of Defence office, Mr Williamson says: "We have got to be so much more optimistic about our future as we exit the European Union.

Thousands march in Hong Kong for democracy and independence from China

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand full democracy, fundamental rights, and even independence from China in the face of what many see as a marked clampdown by the Communist Party on local freedoms.
Over the past year, countries such as the United States and Britain have expressed concerns about a number of incidents they say have undermined confidence in Hong Kong's freedoms and autonomy under Chinese rule.
These include the jailing of activists, a ban on a pro-independence political party, the de facto expulsion of a Western journalist and barring democracy activists from contesting local elections.

Boxing fans call Floyd Mayweather's win over Tenshin Nasukawa a fix

FLOYD MAYWEATHER'S 136-second demolition of Tenshin Nasukawa has been blasted as "a fix" on social media. Kickboxing star Nasukawa was left crying in his own corner after being sent tumbling to the canvas three times in the first two minutes of the fight in Saitama, Japan.

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ユーロ20年、ドルに及ばず 導入時より実効相場も低下:日本経済新聞


英、アジアに軍事基地新設へ 国防相が表明、カリブ海にも - 共同通信 | This Kiji


中道左派の野党連携、解消へ イスラエル総選挙:朝日新聞デジタル


モロッコの北欧女性2人殺害、スイス人の男を逮捕:AFPBB News

モロッコのテロ対策を担う治安機関、中央司法捜査局(BCIJ)は29日、同国南部の高アトラス(High Atlas)山脈で北欧出身の女性観光客2人が殺害された事件で、同国在住のスイス人の男を逮捕したと明らかにした。

リバプール、第20節消化時点での勝ち点は史上3番目 2チームいずれもV - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 02 January 2019

Japan's Emperor Akihito draws record numbers for farewell New Year's speech - CNN

Japan's emperor drew record numbers of well-wishers to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for his annual New Years' speech -- his last before he abdicates in April.
The Imperial Household Agency told CNN that the number of well-wishers exceeded 140,000 for Emperor Akihito's New Year address to the public, which takes place every year on January 2, breaking the former record, set last year with 126,720 people.

No sign of progress after Trump meets lawmakers on shutdown | Reuters

A meeting between U.S. congressional leaders and President Donald Trump on Wednesday yielded no sign of an agreement to end a partial government shutdown now in its 12th day as the president stuck to his demand for $5 billion in funding for a border wall.

Somalia Says UN Special Envoy Violated Norms, No Longer Welcome - Bloomberg

Somalia said the United Nations special representative Nicholas Haysom was no longer welcome in the Horn of Africa nation, accusing him of meddling in internal affairs... Haysom was appointed in September as envoy to the nation struggling to shake off an insurgency by Al-Qaeda-linked militants. The foreign ministry order came after an attack on the UN compound in the capital, Mogadishu, in which three people were injured.

Lion kills young worker at North Carolina wildlife sanctuary | Reuters

A lion at a North Carolina private wildlife sanctuary fatally mauled a 22-year-old worker on Sunday before being shot and killed by local law enforcement, officials said.
The sheriff’s office in Caswell County, North Carolina, said Alexandra Black, who started her job as an intern at the facility two weeks ago, was part of a team doing routine cleaning of an enclosure when she was attacked, local media reported.

Queen's Brian May Releases 'New Horizons' Single to Celebrate Epic Flyby

Astrophysicist Brian May, lead guitarist for the band Queen, released a new single called "New Horizons" just after midnight EST (0500 GMT) on New Year's Day to highlight the flyby, which peaked about 30 minutes later when the NASA spacecraft zoomed within 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) of Ultima Thule.
Ultima lies about 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) from Earth and is now the farthest-flung celestial body ever to be visited by a spacecraft. [New Horizons at Ultima Thule: Full Coverage]

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5か国で中国「締め出し」…日本にも協調求める : 読売新聞(YOMIURI ONLINE)


ドイツで新年祝う集団に車突入 4人負傷 移民に反発か:AFPBB News




CNN.co.jp : 米NASA探査機、史上最も遠い天体「ウルティマトゥーレ」を観測


菊池雄星投手がマリナーズと合意 最大で7年100億円超 - 共同通信


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News Headlines - 01 January 2019

8 injured as man rams car into pedestrians in Harajuku in 'retaliation for execution' - Japan Today

Eight people were injured after a man rammed his car into pedestrians on a shopping street in central Tokyo in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.
The police arrested Kazuhiro Kusakabe, 21, on suspicion of attempted murder... Kusakabe told the police he had intended to kill the pedestrians he hit "in retaliation for an execution." It was not immediately clear whether he was referring to a specific execution or the country's system of capital punishment.

Manchester Victoria stabbing: police raid suspect's home after 'terror attack' leaves three injured

On New Year's Eve, three people, including a police officer, were stabbed by a man who was heard shouting “Allah” at Victoria station.
British Transport Police (BTP) said a 25-year-old man had been arrested and added there was nothing to suggest a wider threat.

Venezuela offers help probing alleged planned attack on Colombia president | Reuters

Venezuela’s government is willing to help investigate a plot to assassinate Colombian President Ivan Duque, in which three Venezuelan nationals arrested in Colombia may be suspects, foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said.

Sudanese president orders to form committee to investigate recent protests - Xinhua

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday issued a decree to form a fact-finding committee to investigate the recent protests in Sudan, official SUNA news agency reported.
According to the decree, the committee will be chaired by Sudan's Justice Minister Mohamed Ahmed Salim, the report said.
Since Dec. 19, various areas in Sudan, including the capital Khartoum, have witnessed popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.

Iran TV chief sacked over uncensored Jackie Chan sex scene - BBC News

Iran's state broadcaster, Irib, has sacked the head of a regional TV channel after it broadcast a Jackie Chan film without removing a sex scene.
A video posted online apparently by a viewer on Kish Island showed the Hong Kong martial arts star having sex with a woman in the film Shinjuku Incident.

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トランプ氏・習氏が祝賀交換 米中国交正常化40年:朝日新聞デジタル




「カメ止め」海賊版、Amazonで公開 英プライムビデオで - ITmedia NEWS

映画「カメラを止めるな!」を英国で取り扱っているディストリビューター、Third Window Filmsによれば、Amazon.co.ukのプライムビデオで同作品の海賊版が公開されていたという。
 Third Window Filmsは英国で日本映画を配給しており、「カメラを止めるな!」は1月4日から英国各地の映画館で公開される予定。Blu-rayとDVDは英国Amazonで1月28日発売の予約を受け付けている状態で、プライムビデオでのストリーミングは許可していない。……同社によれば、英国Amazonからの謝罪や説明は行われていないが、海賊版は取り下げられたという。

ジュラ州の方言、スイスの少数言語に認定 - SWI swissinfo.ch


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