2019.01.20

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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