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News Headlines - 28 February 2019

Subaru to recall 2.2 million cars over brake light glitch, including in Singapore - Channel NewsAsia

Subaru on Thursday (Feb 28) announced a global recall of 2.2 million SUVs, the biggest ever for the company, over a brake light glitch that could affect how the vehicle engines start.
The models affected are the 2014-2016 Model Year (MY) Forester, 2011-2014MY WRX (4-Door), 2008-2016MY Impreza and 2012-2017MY Subaru XV.

Britain's Jeremy Corbyn supports second Brexit referendum

British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Monday his party is prepared to support a second referendum on Britain's potential withdrawal from the European Union as the country closes in on a deadline to agree on how to separate from the bloc.
Corbyn said that if a vote on the Labor Party's proposed Brexit deal fails, the party would put forward or support an amendment proposing another public vote on leaving the European Union in order to "prevent a damaging Tory Brexit."

Border wall: House passes bid to stop Trump's national emergency

The House voted 245-182 Tuesday to block President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency along the southern border, but Democrats didn’t win enough support from Republicans to overcome Trump’s threatened veto.Only 13 Republicans joined all Democrats in backing the measure, even though many had warned against the declaration.

Michael Jackson 'abused us hundreds of times' - BBC News

Two men have told the BBC they were abused hundreds of times by Michael Jackson, from the ages of seven and 10... Jackson's family say there's "not one piece of evidence" to prove the claims.
The two men have also spoken out in the documentary Leaving Neverland.

Bryce Harper to Phillies: Biggest contracts in MLB history, ranked

Bryce Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal - the biggest contract in North American sports history - with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
His deal surpassed Stanton's 13-year, $325 million extension he signed before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins and comes on the heels of Nolan Arenado's eight-year, $260 million extension with the Colorado Rockies and Manny Machado's 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres.
While Harper's deal sets a new bar for total value, it didn't break the record for highest annual average value ($25.8 million).

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トランプ氏「合意するのは不適切」と 米朝両首脳後の会見で - BBCニュース


CNN.co.jp : トランプ氏の元弁護士、議会で証言 口止め料やメール流出に言及


資産縮小「年内に終了」 FRB議長明言、3月公表へ:日本経済新聞




オランダ、KLMエールフランス株を突如買い増し 仏は不快感 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 27 February 2019

Pakistani Military Says It Downed Two Indian Warplanes, Capturing Pilot - The New York Times

Pakistan said Wednesday that it downed two Indian fighter jets and captured a pilot, escalating hostilities between the nuclear-armed neighbors a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistani territory for the first time in five decades.
The rapid turn of events raised fears that the historical animosities between India and Pakistan could be steering them toward another war.
Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan urged India to settle matters through talks, referring to the nuclear weapons both countries hold and the risk of further escalation.

Legislator points at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for removal of 8 tons of gold from bank - New York Daily News

More than $300 million worth of gold was spirited out of Venezuelan bank vaults last week, and one politician says it’s the result of desperate President Nicolas Maduro being strapped for cash.
Authorities loaded about eight tons of the precious metal onto government trucks while security guards were absent, legislator Angel Alvarado - and three other government sources - claimed to Reuters... As of Wednesday’s closing price of $1,329.30 per ounce, the value of eight tons of gold is $340,300,800.

Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigerian election with 56% of the vote | The Guardian

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has been declared the winner of the country’s election after results showed that he claimed 56% of the vote.
With ballots from all 36 states counted, Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered 15.2m votes compared with 11.3 m for Atiku Abubakar’s People’s Democratic party. The election turnout was 35.6 percent, the electoral commission said, which compared with 44% in the 2015 presidential election.

Apple self-driving car layoffs hit 190 employees in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale - SFChronicle.com

Apple will lay off 190 employees in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in its self-driving car division, the company said.
The layoffs were disclosed, along with new details, in a letter this month to the California Employment Development Department. CNBC reported last month that layoffs were occurring in the self-driving car division, known as Project Titan. Tom Neumayr, an Apple spokesman, confirmed that the letter to the state referenced the same layoffs.
Most of the affected employees are engineers, including 38 engineering program managers, 33 hardware engineers, 31 product design engineers and 22 software engineers. The layoffs will take effect April 16, according to the filing.

AT&T-Time Warner merger: Appeals court backs AT&T acquisition of Time Warner - CNN

An appeals court has rejected the Justice Department's bid to overturn a ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner... AT&T first announced its intention to purchase Time Warner, which included HBO, Warner Bros. and the Turner cable networks, in October of 2016. Just over a year later, the Justice Department sued to stop the deal on antitrust grounds, claiming that by owning Time Warner, AT&T would have "both the incentive and the ability to raise its rivals' costs and stifle growth of innovative, next-generation entrants."

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2度目の米朝首脳会談始まる トランプ氏と金正恩氏が握手 - 産経ニュース


メイ英首相、EU離脱3カ月の延期容認 議会に姿勢示す:朝日新聞デジタル


CNN.co.jp : オランダ税関、ウォッカ9万本を押収 北朝鮮へ輸出か




トヨタが提唱する自動運転の独自理論にガラパゴス化を不安視する声 - WEB CARTOP

 自動運転に使う技術要件で考えると、ガーディアンはレベル1~レベル3の領域。そして、ショーファーはレベル4~レベル5と考えるのが自然だと思う。 ところが、トヨタ側はそうした考えを持っていない。

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News Headlines - 26 February 2019

India strikes inside Pakistan after deadly Kashmir attack - The Mainichi

Pakistan says India launched an airstrike on its territory early Tuesday that caused no casualties, while India said it targeted a terrorist training camp in a pre-emptive strike that killed a "very large number" of militants.
The overnight raid was the latest escalation between the nuclear-armed rivals since a deadly suicide bombing in the disputed Kashmir region earlier this month killed more than 40 Indian soldiers. Pakistan has denied involvement in the attack but has vowed to respond to any Indian military operation against it.
The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility. The bomber, who made a video before the attack, was a resident of Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir.

After Putin's warning, Russian TV lists nuclear targets in U.S. | Reuters

Russian state television has listed U.S. military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes.
The targets included the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland.
The report, unusual even by the sometimes bellicose standards of Russian state TV, was broadcast on Sunday evening, days after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was militarily ready for a “Cuban Missile”-style crisis if the United States wanted one.

Moldova set for coalition talks after inconclusive election | Reuters

An election in Moldova has produced a hung parliament, with the vote split between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces at a time when the ex-Soviet republic’s relations with the European Union have soured.
The outcome of Sunday’s contest sets the stage for coalition talks or possibly new elections, just as the country has recovered from a political and economic crisis following a $1 billion banking scandal in 2014 and 2015.

Algerians take to the streets over president's plan to seek fifth term | The Guardian

The Algerian capital, Algiers, has had its biggest street demonstrations in over a decade in recent days as crowds protested against Abdelaziz Bouteflika seeking a fifth term as president after 20 years in power.
Students are expected to lead fresh demonstrations on Tuesday after several days of angry protests that began on Friday when tens of thousands of people took to the streets in towns and villages across the country, including the capital.
It is rare for protests to be tolerated by authorities, particularly in Algiers, where demonstrations have been banned since 2001.

SEC asks judge to hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt for violating deal

Shares of Tesla fell Tuesday after the Securities and Exchange Commission asked a judge to hold Elon Musk in contempt for violating its settlement deal... The SEC cited an "inaccurate" February 19 tweet about production, Bloomberg first reported. On that date, Elon Musk tweeted - then revised - projections for full-year Tesla manufacturing numbers.

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金正恩氏がハノイ到着 北朝鮮指導者訪越、55年ぶり:日本経済新聞


メイ英首相、離脱延期検討と関係者-「合意なき」阻止の動き受け - Bloomberg


イタリア地方選で右派連合が勝利、五つ星惨敗 | ロイター


「イスラム国」戦闘員受け入れ困難 独、シリアで拘束  :日本経済新聞


BMW、罰金10億円支払い ドイツ検察当局発表 搭載ソフトで排ガス悪化 - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 25 February 2019

Bank of America Drops Merrill Lynch From Its Investment Banking Brand | Fortune

Bank of America Corp. will drop Merrill Lynch from its investment-bank brand, while keeping the name Merrill for wealth management... Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch, known for its “thundering herd” of brokers pitching stocks to Main Street, in the depths of the financial crisis. The firm took steps to dissolve the Merrill legal entity in 2013 while keeping the brand across retail and institutional businesses.

Vietnam deports Kim Jong-un lookalike before summit, but not Trump imitator | World news | The Guardian

A Kim Jong-un impersonator has been taken from his hotel ahead of his planned deportation from Vietnam before the real North Korean leader meets US president Donald Trump in Hanoi later this week... The impersonator was told by Vietnamese immigration officials his visa was “invalid”, but said he received no further explanation.

Former Trump campaign staffer sues, alleging that Trump kissed her without consent - CNNPolitics

A former Trump campaign staffer is suing President Donald Trump and his campaign, alleging that the then-Republican presidential candidate kissed her without her consent during the 2016 race. She's also suing over equal pay -- claiming that she was paid less for her work based on race and gender.
Alva Johnson, a former Trump campaign staffer who lives in Alabama, alleges in a lawsuit filed Monday that Trump grabbed her hand and forcibly kissed her without her consent inside an RV in Florida in August 2016.

Celebrating 10 million vehicles sold and a best-ever year, the Lexus brand continues to grow globally | Automotive World

Today Lexus announced its 10 millionth vehicle sold, a landmark achievement that came shortly after a strong 2018 year-end sales performance with Lexus achieving multiple best-ever sales goals around the globe. In addition, the brand that pioneered the world’s first luxury hybrid-electric vehicle in 2005, and offers eleven (11) electrified models globally, surpassed the 1.45 million unit mark in self-charging hybrid vehicles sold worldwide. Lexus hybrid vehicle sales jumped nearly 20% in 2018 from the prior year, a result that underscores the brand’s heritage with, and commitment to, electrification.

Cinderella Escorts model Mahbuba Mammadzada sells virginity to politician | Daily Mail Online

A young model who put her virginity up for sale online claims to have secured a winning bid of €2.4M (£2M).
Mahbuba Mammadzada, 23, from Azerbaijan, hit headlines last year for announcing her controversial money-making scheme, and claimed this week the auction had finally come to a close.
According to online agency Cinderella Escorts, the winning bidder is an unnamed 'politician from Tokyo', with a London lawyer and a Munich football player coming in at second and third place respectively.

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離脱協定案採決「3月12日までに」 英メイ首相、月内を断念 - 産経ニュース




性的虐待の撲滅呼び掛け=対策会議が閉会-ローマ法王:AFPBB News


民間初「月面探査機」打ち上げ イスラエル|日テレNEWS24


マンCがカラバオ・カップ連覇!…GK交代拒否のチェルシーをPK戦で破る | サッカーキング


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News Headlines - 24 February 2019

Okinawa votes in referendum on US military base relocation - Stripes

The people of Okinawa are voting Sunday on a plan for a U.S. military base relocation in a referendum that will send a message on how they feel about housing American troops in Japan, who many see as a burden on the group of tiny southwestern islands.
The referendum is technically not binding but interest is high for testing the public sentiment about the plan to relocate Futenma air base, which is pushed by the national government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Emperor voices emotion over 30 years on throne - The Japan News

The Emperor expressed deep emotion on Sunday over marking the 30th anniversary of his accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne amid congratulations offered by people at home and abroad... Looking back on the Heisei era, which began the day after his enthronement in January 1989, the Emperor said, “Japan had a period free of war for the first time in modern history, backed by the strong will of the people aspiring for peace.”
But he added, “Japan also faced many unexpected difficulties.”

Theresa May delays Brexit vote for a fortnight and refuses to censure ministers demanding A50 extension

Theresa May has delayed a vote on her Brexit deal for up to two weeks and refused to censure Remain ministers for calling for Article 50 to be extended. The Prime Minister repeatedly refused to criticise Amber Rudd, David Gauke and Greg Clarke after they vowed to support a backbench bid to take a no-deal exit from the EU off the table.
Mrs May said her meaningful vote could be held as late as March 12, which would leave just two and a half weeks until the UK’s planned exit date from the EU.

Ian Austin becomes 9th MP to quit UK Labour - POLITICO

Ian Austin has become the ninth MP to quit Britain's Labour Party this week, telling his local paper the party is "broken."... The Dudley North MP said that Labour has been taken over by the hard left and accused the party of being harder on people who complain about anti-Semitism than it is on racists.
Austin said he has not spoken to the Independent Group, which consists of eight former Labour MPs and three former Conservative MPs.

French Court Won't Block Catholic Abuse Film 'By the Grace of God' | Hollywood Reporter

The film was inspired by the case against Preynat, indicted two years ago for sexual assault and accused of molesting more than 80 boys. The priest, who denies the charges, said that the film undermines his presumption of innocence and would unfairly impact his trial. He sued to block the film's release until after his trial, which is expected to happen some time later this year.
However, the French court rejected his bid, though the film still faces an additional legal challenge that could stop its scheduled release Feb. 20.

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在韓米軍縮小「議題にならず」 2回目の米朝会談迫る - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


シベリア女性抑留者の名簿をモスクワで発見:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


日本文学研究者のドナルド・キーンさん死去 96歳:朝日新聞デジタル


英国:両王子、来日へ ラグビーW杯を観戦 - 毎日新聞




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News Headlines - 23 February 2019

Trump agrees to keep about 400 US troops in Syria, official says - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump has agreed to keep about 400 US troops in Syria after the withdrawal of most US forces there this spring, a senior administration official said Friday.
Trump agreed on Thursday to keep about 200 US troops as part of planned multinational force that would maintain a safe zone in northeastern Syria, the official said. This force would be in addition to the 200 troops the US is planning to maintain after the withdrawal at its base in at-Tanf, Syria, the official said.

North Korea's Kim begins long train trip to Vietnam for summit with Trump: Report - Channel NewsAsia

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set off by train for Vietnam on Saturday (Feb 23), for his second summit with US President Donald Trump next week, media reported, and hours later, two witnesses saw a train crossing into China from North Korea.
The reports of Kim's departure from North Korea came after Vietnam announced that Kim would make an official visit in "coming days", as the Southeast Asian country prepares to host the summit with Trump on Wednesday and Thursday.

UK says it will not transition EU-Japan trade deal before March 29 | Reuters

Britain will not be able to replicate the European Union’s trade deal with Japan before it leaves the bloc on March 29, the government said on Thursday in a document setting out its progress on transitioning existing agreements.
Britain is seeking to roll over around 40 EU bilateral trade deals ahead of its exit from the bloc in 36 days. The government is yet to win parliament’s backing for its Brexit deal with Brussels, and if Britain leaves without a deal those bilateral agreements will cease to apply, likely disrupting trade.

Crown prince ready to carry on legacy, find new role as emperor - The Mainichi

Crown Prince Naruhito, on the occasion of his 59th birthday on Saturday, expressed his resolve to fulfill his new role as emperor after acceding the throne on May 1, saying he will follow the path shown by his parents.

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir declares state of emergency - BBC News

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has declared a national state of emergency, dismissed the federal government and sacked all state governors.
Mr Bashir made the announcement in a TV address to the nation, but later appointed members of the security forces as replacement governors... Mr Bashir has been the focus of anti-government protests in recent weeks.

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米中、3月にも首脳会談 関税上げ延期検討:日本経済新聞




米会計基準の日本企業 持ち合い株で相次ぎ評価損 トヨタに続き東芝など ルール変更原因 :日本経済新聞


三菱UFJ銀行 米当局がマネーロンダリング対策の不備を指摘 | NHKニュース


ロシアで昔の蒸気機関車が復活、定期便は1976年以来 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 22 February 2019

House Democrats move to block Trump's national emergency declaration

House Democrats challenged President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration Friday, setting up dramatic votes in Congress on whether to rein in the president's flex of executive power... The Democratic-held House plans to vote on the bill Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Friday. On the same call where Pelosi spoke, Castro told reporters that the measure has at least 226 co-sponsors, including one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. The number tops the 218 votes the plan needs to pass the House.

Daimler. BMW Plan $1.1 Billion Car-Sharing Battle With Uber, Lyft - Bloomberg

Daimler AG and BMW AG are pouring more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) into their joint car-sharing and ride-hailing businesses to take on the likes of Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.
The German venture, which is estimated to become the world’s largest car-sharing operator, will weigh purchases of startups or 30established players, along with collaborations, Daimler said.

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 successfully touches down on Ryugu asteroid | The Guardian

A Japanese spacecraft has successfully touched down on a speeding asteroid 300 million kilometres from the Earth as it attempts an audacious manoeuvre to collect samples and bring them back for scientists to study.
The Hayabusa 2 probe touched down on the asteroid Ryugu at around 11:30pm GMT on Thursday. Data from the probe showed changes in speed and direction, indicating it had reached the asteroid’s surface, according to officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Maduro Closes Venezuela’s Border With Brazil to Block Aid - The New York Times

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela ordered its border with Brazil closed Thursday, part of his escalating effort to stop opponents from sending humanitarian aid into his poverty-stricken country.
Juan Guaidó, the parliamentary opposition leader who declared himself president of Venezuela last month, has vowed to bring tons of aid donated by the United States and others into Venezuela on Saturday. Mr. Maduro, who has called Mr. Guaidó an American lackey, has vowed not to let the aid in.
The Brazil-border closure, announced on television, followed a Venezuelan government announcement on Wednesday that it would block air and sea travel between Venezuela and three Caribbean islands where the opposition said it wished to stage relief supplies.

R Kelly charged with sexually abusing 4 victims, at least 3 of them minors

More than a decade after surviving a high-profile child pornography trial, R. Kelly on Friday was back in police custody - this time accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls.
The embattled R&B singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is expected to appear in bond court Saturday - one day after Cook County prosecutors alleged in an explosive indictment that the abuse involved four victims, at least three of them minors, from 1998 to 2010. The minors were between 13 and 16, prosecutors said. Kelly is 52.

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CNN.co.jp : ロシア介入疑惑 特別検察官の捜査、来週にも終結か


ゴーン被告、リオのカーニバル見物も日産負担か 招待客の応対に社員動員 - zakzak


欧州銀行監督機構、次期議長にサンタンデール銀幹部を指名 | ロイター


ホンダジェット、セスナ主力機抜き首位 17年納入機数  :日本経済新聞


バスケ試合中にナイキ靴底剥がれる 株価下落など波紋 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 21 February 2019

5.5-magnitude quake strikes Japan's Hokkaido, no tsunami warning - The Straits Times

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday (Feb 21) but no tsunami warning was issued, US and Japanese authorities said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake, which occurred at 9.22 pm (8.22pm Singapore time) at a depth of 41km, according to the US Geological Survey.
The epicentre of the quake was around 55 km southeast of the city of Sapporo, the USGS added. The Japanese meteorological agency said there was no tsunami risk following the jolt.

200 U.S. Troops to Stay in Syria, White House Says - The New York Times

The White House said on Thursday that it planned to leave about 200 American troops in Syria, signaling a partial retreat from President Trump’s announcement in December that he would withdraw all 2,000 forces after what he described as a victory over the Islamic State.
The move was a concession to allies and Pentagon officials who have argued that a complete American withdrawal risks returning key areas in Syria to the Islamic State. It came Thursday after a phone call between Mr. Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, during which the two leaders agreed to continue working together to try to create a “safe zone,” the White House said.

AT&T Joins Latest Brand Pullback From YouTube Over ‘Unsafe’ Content - WSJ

AT&T Inc. is the latest to join a growing group of marketers halting their advertising on YouTube after it was found that the site served ads near inappropriate content again, putting pressure on the video platform to contain any new brand revolt... AT&T’s retreat is notable because it was one of the last major marketers to resume advertising on YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, after a number of them pulled out in 2017 over revelations that their ads there were running near offensive videos. AT&T said in January that it had taken time to be confident that similar problems wouldn’t recur.

'Trump' and 'Kim' Go Head-to-Head at Hanoi Hair Salon

As Vietnam's capital city prepares to host the second summit between North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump, salon owner Tuan Duong is offering free haircuts to customers eager to sport the distinctive hairstyle of either leader.

Germany seizes world Smurf record from Welsh students - The Local

Fans of the blue elf-like creatures created in a Belgian comic strip in 1950s, managed to gather 2,762 people dressed and painted blue in the regulation smurf attire -- curly hats and all.
The gathering took place at the town of Lauchringen, near the German border with Switzerland, the organisers reported on Facebook.
Their record came three years after their first attempt failed to beat the record held by Welsh students who managed to unite 2,510 regulation smurfs in Swansea back in 2009.

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首からひも...“自殺パーカー”に批判 バーバリー謝罪 - FNN.jpプライムオンライン




CNN.co.jp : バーニー・サンダース上院議員、大統領選への出馬を表明


ヘイトクライムは「自作自演」、警察が『Empire』俳優を容疑者と公表 - フロントロウ

米現地時間1月29日、ドラマ『Empire 成功の代償』でジャマルを演じる俳優兼シンガーのジャシー・スモレットが、シカゴにある自宅から出て来たところを2人組の男に襲撃され、顔を強く殴るなどの暴行を加えられたうえに、首に縄をかけられて謎の液体を浴びせられた事件に「嘘」があったことを、つい先ほど事件を捜査するシカゴ警察が公式に発表した。

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News Headlines - 20 February 2019

Labour infected with antisemitism says 8th MP to quit UK party - Jerusalem Post

UK Labour MP Joan Ryan has become the eighth member to resign from the party due to antisemitism in its ranks and its policies on Brexit.
Ryan said that Labour has become “infected” with antisemitism and that its leader, Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to lead the country.
On Monday, seven Labour MPs resigned from the party in protest of the party’s failure to deal with its antisemitism problem, which they said has changed Labour’s character, and due to their frustration with its bumbling policy on Brexit, which is the central political issue in the UK today.

EU agrees to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks | Reuters

The European Union agreed on Tuesday to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 percent by a 2030 deadline as part of its commitment to cut its output of greenhouse gases.

French police officers attacked by yellow vest protesters while trapped in their car

Police in Lyon, France have released footage of 'Yellow Vest' protestors attacking two police officers trapped in their car with rocks and other objects.

Japanese SDF jet crashes, 2 crew rescued - NHK WORLD

Japan's Defense Ministry has confirmed a F-2 fighter jet has crashed off the coast of western Japan and the crew of two has been rescued alive.
Officials described the condition of both crew members, who were pulled from the sea, as "conscious."

Naomi Osaka blames scrutiny over coaching split for Dubai defeat - BBC Sport

Japan's Naomi Osaka blamed scrutiny following the split from her coach for defeat in her first match since becoming world number one.
The Australian and US Open champion, 21, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by France's Kristina Mladenovic in the Dubai Tennis Championships second round... Asked if she could block out reaction to the news, she said: "I couldn't. This match is the result of that."

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英国はEU離脱延期へ=前欧州委員長 | ロイター


英野党から7人離党 EU残留派、党首方針に反発  :日本経済新聞


英政府、ISに参加した19歳女性のイギリス市民権をはく奪へ - BBCニュース


スペイン総選挙、世論調査の見解分かれる 新興政党台頭で予測困難 | ロイター




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News Headlines - 19 February 2019

Congress wants Facebook to explain why closed groups leaked user data | ZDNet

Members of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today demanding answers from the exec and its staff about the company's most recent privacy scandal... The complaint is connected to a privacy issue that Facebook dealt with over the summer. According to a CNBC report at the time, the leader of a health-centric Facebook group discovered that a Chrome extension for marketers allowed advertisers to collect the names and emails of users who joined Facebook "closed" groups, including the details of a group she organized for women with BRCA gene mutations.

PS Vita production ending soon in Japan - Gematsu

PS Vita will soon end production in Japan, according to the official Japanese PlayStation website... While a specific end date is currently unknown, it is worth noting that when PlayStation 3 ended production back in May 2017, the official Japanese PlayStation website posted the same notice two months prior. PS Vita first launched in December 2011.

Stephen Lawrence: '100 years before Met has ethnic mix' of London - police - BBC News

Currently 14% of Met officers are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, but the 2011 Census shows 40.2% of Londoners identify as BAME.
As a result the force says it wants to recruit 250 extra BAME officers a year... Since 1999, BAME officers have increased from 3% to 14%, while last year 30% of new recruits were from that background.

Karl Lagerfeld, iconic Chanel fashion designer, dies - BBC News

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris following a short illness.
The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry's most prolific figures and worked up until his death.
His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.

Karl Marx's London grave vandalized again, with red paint | Reuters

A memorial to Karl Marx at the cemetery in north London where the 19th century political philosopher is buried has been defaced for the second time in less than a fortnight - this time with red paint.
Earlier this month, the monument in Highgate cemetery, which is among British structures listed as being of exceptional historical interest, was damaged with a hammer.

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ホンダ、英工場を閉鎖へ 3500人が失職の見通し - BBCニュース


トランプ米大統領、来日へ 5月26日軸に調整 新天皇と会見 - 毎日新聞


東京新聞:吉田元首相「統計正確なら戦争なかった」 幼い麻生氏に言い聞かせ


スマホ大音量にWHOが警告 “若者”半数11億人が難聴のおそれ - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


大坂、コーチ解消に「成功より幸福感」 ドバイ選手権で会見:日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 18 February 2019

Japan approves test of iPS cells for treating spinal injuries | Reuters

Japanese scientists will test the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) to treat spinal cord injuries, a health ministry panel that approved the research project said on Monday.
The research team from Tokyo’s Keio University planned to inject about two million iPS cells into the damaged areas of an individual patient and review the results over the course of a year, according to the plan approved by the health ministry.

Pres. Office: Moon Believes Trump Deserves Nobel Peace Prize l KBS WORLD Radio

The presidential office said that President Moon Jae-in hasn’t nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, but that Moon believes Trump deserves recognition from the Nobel Committee for his leadership in establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula.

New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple's Disappointing Innovations

More details have come out for Apple’s planned upgrades to the iPhone in 2019, and the unfortunate but expected news is that Apple does not appear to have anything new to offer. The feature upgrades are already widely available on Android and expected to become prolific long before Tim Cook reveals the presumptively named iPhone 11 family in September.

'Kissing sailor' in iconic NY picture dies age 95 | AFP.com

The sailor pictured kissing a woman in Times Square as people celebrated the end of World War II has died at age 95, his daughter told the Providence Journal.
George Mendonsa had a seizure Sunday after falling at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Rhode Island, his daughter Sharon Molleur said.

NBA to start African basketball league with 12 teams across the continent - CNN

The NBA is launching a professional basketball league in Africa that will feature 12 teams from several countries across the continent.
The league will debut next year, and will be referred to as the Basketball Africa League. It will include teams from several African countries, including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.

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CNN.co.jp : ISIS支配地、700平方メートルに縮小 クルド人部隊が発表


15歳でISに加わり帰国希望の英女性、シリア難民キャンプで出産:AFPBB News

2015年に15歳で英国からシリアに渡ってイスラム過激派組織「イスラム国(IS)」に加わり、現在は帰国を希望しているシャミーマ・ベガム(Shamima Begum)さん(19)が17日、難民キャンプで男児を出産した。……15歳で友人2人と共にロンドンを離れてシリアに入り、ISに加わったベガムさんをめぐっては、論争が巻き起こっている。……ベガムさんはシリアで結婚した後、2児を出産したもののいずれも死亡しており、「この子もこのキャンプで死ぬかもしれないと恐れている」と話した。

「EU離脱が影響」と主張 英航空Flybmiが経営破綻:日本経済新聞


「You have to win」 クイーンのブライアン・メイが是枝裕和監督に伝えたメッセージ - 琉球新報

 ブライアンさんは是枝さんの肩をたたいて「you have to win」(あなたたちは勝たなければならない)と応えたという。

米アカデミー賞主催者、4部門の受賞をCM中に発表との計画を撤回 | ロイター


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News Headlines - 17 February 2019

Munich Security Conference Reveals A Growing Rift Between U.S. And Its Allies : NPR

The U.S.-led liberal world order is falling apart, according to the organizers of a gathering of world leaders and defense chiefs in Germany that has met annually since the Cold War.
The Munich Security Conference report said the Trump administration displays an "irritating enthusiasm for strongmen across the globe" and "disdain for international institutions and agreements."
For much of this past week, the growing rift between the U.S. and its traditional European allies has been on display.

Heather Nauert Withdraws as Trump's Nominee for UN Ambassador - Bloomberg

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is withdrawing from consideration as President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, according to a statement.
Nauert’s nomination began to falter after the White House was alerted to a problem in her background: She had in the past employed an immigrant nanny who was in the U.S. legally but wasn’t authorized to work, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Schools in France to replace 'mother and father' with 'parent 1 and 2' under controversial same sex amendment

French schools are to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” under an amendment to a law passed this week... The amendment was passed by MPs on Tuesday night as part of a wider so-called law to build “a school of trust”, which among other things also makes attendance compulsory for all three-year-olds.

Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change - BBC News

Pupils from around the UK went "on strike" on Friday as part of a global campaign for action on climate change.
Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.
Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests took place in more than 60 towns and cities, with an estimated 15,000 taking part.

Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals

Prosecutors in Kemerovo region are reportedly checking the cause of black snow over three cities in the coalmining region - Prokopyevsk, Kiselyovsk and Leninsk-Kuznetsky... Local media have blamed the gloom on local plants processing coal.
Director general of Prokopyevskaya factory Anatoly Volkov explained to Vesti-KUzbass TV channel that a shield stopped working at his plant protecting the air from coal powder.

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「第3の男」浮上 ロシア情報機関幹部関与か 英捜査当局 元スパイ襲撃事件 - 産経ニュース


法王、米名誉大司教の聖職解任 未成年者虐待巡り | 共同通信




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News Headlines - 16 February 2019

Japan growth turns positive, despite China worries - NHK WORLD

The latest GDP data shows Japan returned to growth in the latest quarter. The economy expanded at an annualized rate of 1.4 percent in the three months ended in December... Government officials say it was the first positive GDP in two quarters. The previous period saw a contraction, after a string of natural disasters in summer.

Ukraine Deports Russia-Aligned Priest, Strips Citizenship, In Church Rift

Ukraine has taken the extraordinary step of deporting a senior cleric of the Moscow-aligned Orthodox Church and stripping him of his citizenship, marking a political escalation in the historic rift that has shaken the Eastern Orthodox world and further raised tensions between Kyiv and Moscow.

Shamima Begum: Bring me home, says Bethnal Green girl who left to join Isis | The Times

On the day the caliphate suffered a mortal blow the teenage London bride of an Islamic State fighter lifted her veil. Her two infant children were dead; her husband in captivity. Nineteen years old, nine months pregnant, weak and exhausted from her escape across the desert, she nevertheless looked calm and spoke with a collected voice.
“I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago,” she told me. “And I don’t regret coming here.”

Charles and Camilla set to make historic trip to Cuba as part of wider Caribbean tour - ITV News

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall could meet some of Cuba's most celebrated music stars when they make an historic visit to the country.
Charles and Camilla's official four-day trip to the communist state in March, part of a Caribbean tour, will be a first by members of the monarchy.

Slovenia MP quits after stealing sandwich - BBC News

A member of the Slovenian parliament has stepped down after stealing a sandwich from a shop in Ljubljana where he says he was ignored by staff.
Darij Krajcic told local media he was annoyed at being "treated like air" and decided to test the supermarket's security by walking out.
The theft went unnoticed but the ruling Marjan Sarec List (LMS) party member insisted he later returned to pay.

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「アベが私を平和賞推薦」 トランプ大統領 | 共同通信


ロシア国民のビザ免除へ 旅券の事前登録で政府検討 - 産経ニュース




DAZN、プレミアリーグ2019-20シーズンの全試合独占配信を発表!3シーズンにわたって | Goal.com


俳優のブルーノ・ガンツ氏死去、77歳 「ベルリン・天使の詩」「ヒトラー~最期の12日間~」― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 15 February 2019

TEPCO finds some debris in Fukushima reactor could be removed - The Mainichi

The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Wednesday its latest probe has found that debris inside one of the reactors can be lifted, raising hopes for progress in its bid to remove melted fuel and decommission the complex.

Recalled French ambassador returns to Rome, invites Italian president to Paris

France’s ambassador to Italy returned to Rome on Friday after a series of critical comments directed at France by Italian politicians, as President Macron invited Italian President Sergio Mattarella to Paris, the Élysée palace said.

Nobel Peace Prize winner accused of sexual assault by six women | TheHill

A sixth woman has come forward to accuse Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias of sexual assault, the Associated Press reported Wednesday... The AP reported that at least six women have now accused Arias of sexual misconduct.
Arias also met Wednesday with prosecutors to give statements in connection to criminal complaints against him alleging sexual assault, the AP reported.

Nvidia Suffers Through Fourth Quarter, Blaming the Loss of GPU Crypto Miners as Buyers

Most of the focus on the cryptocurrency industry’s bear market has been on the impact made on exchanges and investors, losing value, and even shutting doors.
However, mining companies have been having lower performance as well, which impacts the companies that make mining equipment, like Nvidia. According to Nvidia, their fourth quarter earning suffered because of the crypto winter that has impacted these miners... During Q4, which concluded on January 27th, their revenue ended up at $2.21 billion, though last year’s Q4 was at $2.91 billion. In comparison with Q3, the revenue is about 31% less

‘Spider-Man’s Marc Webb Direct ‘Your Name’ Remake From Toho, Bad Robot, Paramount | Deadline

Toho, Paramount and Bad Robot have set Marc Webb to direct Your Name, a reimagined version of the 2016 animated romantic fantasy drama film that became a classic in Japan. Webb followed (500) Days of Summer with the blockbuster reboot The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. Eric Heisserer is set to write the retelling... In this reimagined version, a young Native American woman living in a rural area and a young man from Chicago discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.

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英議会、「EUとの継続協議」を否決 メイ首相窮地に:日本経済新聞


米トランプ政権 非常事態宣言で壁建設へ 民主党猛反発 | NHKニュース


アマゾン、NY「第2本社」白紙に 地元の反対受け:日本経済新聞


「いきなり!ステーキ」運営会社 米事業不振で赤字に | NHKニュース


CNN.co.jp : 不妊治療医の精子で200人誕生か、裁判所がDNA鑑定命令 オランダ


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News Headlines - 14 February 2019

EU adds Saudi Arabia to dirty-money blacklist, upsetting Britain - Japan Today

The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday.
The move is part of a crackdown on money laundering after several scandals at EU banks but has been criticised by several EU countries including Britain worried about their economic relations with the listed states, notably Saudi Arabia.

Venezuela’s Top Diplomat Enlists Support From Dozens of Nations to Counter U.S. - The New York Times

Venezuela’s foreign minister said Thursday that a new coalition of nations would fight what he called an illicit, American-led effort to topple his government, and he accused the United States of using sanctions and emergency aid as political weapons against Venezuelans... He was flanked by ambassadors of several countries that have joined the group, which includes China, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia and Syria. Diplomats said the group totaled about 50 nations.

‘From Philippines to Maharlika? Referendum needed’ | Philstar.com

In a speech delivered in Maguindanao last Monday, Duterte said former president Ferdinand Marcos was right in calling for a change in the country’s name to Maharlika, noting that the name “Philippines” has colonial origins.
He said Spanish colonizers had named the country after King Philip II who also financed Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition to the Philippines.

JAL introduces wearable robot for baggage handlers - NHK WORLD

Men and women workers wearing the gear could be seen putting passengers' luggage into containers at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Tuesday.
Officials of its maker say the powered device weighs about four and a half kilograms. They say a motor reduces the burden on a worker's back by about 10 kilograms, improving efficiency by more than 20 percent.
The number of foreign visitors to Japan has tripled in the last five years. Workloads for airport baggage handlers have been increasing, because the number of workers has hardly changed.

Gay couples sue Japan over right to get married - BBC News

Thirteen same-sex couples across Japan are taking legal action on Thursday against the government, demanding the right to get married.
They are suing for symbolic damages, arguing that being barred from marriage violates their constitutional rights.
Should the courts agree, it would mean same-sex unions will have to be permitted in future.

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トランプ氏、「壁」建設の与野党合意案に署名へ 米報道:朝日新聞デジタル




エアバス、超大型機A380の生産終了を発表 - 毎日新聞


消え行く「義理」チョコ文化 日本のバレンタインに変化が - BBCニュース


大迫勇也、コパ・アメリカ不参加へ。ブレーメンが許可せず | フットボールチャンネル


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News Headlines - 13 February 2019

Iran suicide bomber kills 27 in attack on border guards' bus | The Guardian

A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying personnel affiliated to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, killing 27 people and wounding 20 others.
A Sunni extremist group linked to al-Qaida and which operates in Pakistan reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred in the south-east of Iran.
The bombing happened on the day that a conference convened by the US in Warsaw was to include discussions on what Washington says is Iran’s malign influence across the wider Middle East. It also came two days after Iran marked the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and four decades of tense relations with the west.

Japan PM Abe demands apology for South Korean comments on Emperor Akihito - The Straits Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denounced a top South Korean lawmaker’s comments about the Japanese emperor as “extremely inappropriate,” ratcheting up already-high tensions between the two neighbours.
Abe told parliament Tuesday (Feb 12) that Japan asked South Korea to apologise for National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang’s remarks last week describing Emperor Akihito as “the son of the main culprit of war crimes.”

Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally - BBC News

Sporting a Make America Great Again cap, the man shoved and swore at the BBC's Ron Skeans and other news crews before being pulled away.
Mr Skeans said the "very hard shove" came from his blindside. "I didn't know what was going on."
Mr Trump saw the attack and confirmed Mr Skeans was well with a thumbs up after it happened.

NASA's history-making Mars rover Opportunity declared dead - CNET

On Wednesday, NASA announced its mission complete and with it, the rover's life officially over. The plucky robot roamed the Martian surface for approximately 5,515 Earth days, just over 15 years.
During a press conference, NASA said that Opportunity hadn't responded to a last-ditch effort Tuesday to establish contact. A planet-encircling dust storm cut off communications with Opportunity on June 10, 2018, preventing its solar panels from storing power. Since then, over 830 rescue commands had been beamed to the rover.

Daisuke Matsuzaka sustains freak injury during spring training

Daisuke Matsuzaka has dealt with numerous arm injuries during his career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball and Japan but none quite like this.
The Chunichi Dragons say Matsuzaka is experiencing pain in his right shoulder after an overzealous fan pulled his throwing arm during a fan event at spring training in Okinawa.
Matsuzaka was diagnosed with inflammation in his throwing arm as a result of the incident, and the Dragons on Tuesday told him not to throw for the time being.

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マケドニア、「北マケドニア」に国名変更 - 毎日新聞


スウェーデン中銀、政策金利を据え置き 金利見通しも維持 | ロイター


英の合意なき離脱後も、海峡トンネルの鉄道路線を3カ月維持=EU | ロイター


スペイン総選挙も-カタルーニャ独立派寄り政党、予算支持しない公算 - Bloomberg




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News Headlines - 12 February 2019

France Pushed Nissan for a Renault Merger but Was Rebuffed - WSJ

The French government held talks with Nissan Motor Co. in early 2018 about the possibility of a full-blown merger with Renault SA, but the Japanese auto maker countered with proposals to strengthen its hand within their existing partnership, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.

Nissan Now Has More to Worry About Than Ghosn - The Washington Post

Nissan Motor Co.’s operating profit dropped around 14 percent in the first nine months, margins shrank and net income tanked 45 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese carmaker said Tuesday. The company also booked a 9.2 billion yen ($83 million) expense related to its former chairman’s compensation. Through all the recent twists and turns in the Ghosn drama, it’s now clear there have been problems for a while in the way the business was being run, not just in its corporate governance.

Theresa May Promises U.K. Lawmakers Brexit Vote by Feb. 27 | Time

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will this week ask Parliament to give her more time to renegotiate her Brexit deal with the European Union, promising lawmakers a further chance to take control of the process before the clock runs out, according to officials with knowledge of her plans.
With a vote due on Feb. 14, May will ask Parliament to reaffirm its desire to remove the contentious Irish backstop clause from the Withdrawal Agreement, according to an official, who asked not to be identified.
She’ll say that if she hasn’t brought them new deal by Feb. 27, there will then be another opportunity to vote, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire confirmed in an interview.

Turkey issues 1,100 arrest warrants for Gülenist coup suspects | The Guardian

Turkey has issued arrest warrants for a further 1,112 people with suspected connections to the outlawed Gülenist movement, as the impact of the 2016 failed military coup continues to reverberate around the country.
The operation announced on Tuesday by Turkey’s state-run news agency is one of the biggest to date targeting followers of cleric Fethullah Gülen, a former ally of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan now living in self-imposed exile in the US, whom Ankara blames for the coup attempt... Since the failed 2016 coup at least 77,000 people have been arrested and around 130,000 others have been dismissed from state jobs in the police force, judiciary, academia and other public sector jobs as the Turkish government seeks to purge state institutions of what it says are Gülenist efforts to create a “parallel state”.

Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo.
The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country.
She posted on her verified Twitter account Tuesday that her illness surfaced when she got tests after returning from a training trip to Australia.

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EU離脱後も貿易条件維持 英国とスイス、協定に合意:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)






大坂なおみ、バイン氏とコーチ関係解消 双方がツイート:朝日新聞デジタル


引退表明の世界的バレエダンサー・吉田都、絶賛された才能と隠れた苦労 - zakzak


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News Headlines - 11 February 2019

Iran marks 40 years since Islamic Revolution as Rouhani warns US - CNN

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stood before a big crowd celebrating the Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary on Monday and vowed to boost his country's military and ballistic missile program, defying US pressure and sanctions... US President Donald Trump has said that the economic sanctions he re-imposed in 2018 sought to keep Iran's military -- namely its ballistic missile program -- in check.
Tehran has tried to present the anniversary rallies as a show of support for the regime and Rouhani has accused Trump of openly agitating for regime change in Iran.

Top South Korean lawmaker seeks apology from Emperor to end 'comfort women' dispute | The Japan Times

National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang said in an interview Thursday that Emperor Akihito - as “the son of the main culprit of war crimes” - should deliver the apology before his planned abdication in May. Moon was asked how the two U.S. allies could resolve a worsening diplomatic feud fueled by disagreements over Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of the Korean Peninsula, much of it under his late father, Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa.

Prince Philip, 97, gives up driving licence - BBC News

The Duke of Edinburgh is to voluntarily give up his driving licence, Buckingham Palace has said.
It comes after the 97-year-old duke apologised over a car crash near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, in which his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after a collision with a Kia... Buckingham Palace said that he surrendered his licence on Saturday.

Russian islands declare emergency after mass invasion of polar bears | The Guardian

Russian environmental authorities have deployed a team of specialists to a remote Arctic region to sedate and remove dozens of hungry polar bears that have besieged the people living there.
The move came after officials in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, with a population of about 3,000 people, appealed for help... A state of emergency has been declared in the region.

Hawaii hit by heavy rains, large waves, blackouts -- and snow

A powerful winter storm in the Pacific triggered flooded roads, blacked out communities and even brought a rare sight to Hawaii -- snow.
At least three people were injured in the winter storm, which prompted Oahu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to declare a warning of "all hands on deck" and advise residents in certain areas to stay at home.

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デンソー子会社が米ベンチャーに出資 自動運転用システムを共同開発 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


EU加盟国、ロシアのパイプライン建設規制案を支持 | ロイター


戦艦「比叡」見つかる 太平洋戦争中に沈没 謎の解明も | NHKオンライン


オーウェル、英国料理酷評=70年前にエッセーの出版拒否-英文化機関:AFPBB News


ヒロ・ムライさん監督作品、グラミー賞受賞 : 読売新聞オンライン


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News Headlines - 10 February 2019

E-cigarette death: Man dies after vape pen explodes, hits his carotid

A 24-year-old Texas man died of injuries he suffered after the vape pen he was using exploded, a local medical examiner's office says.
William Brown of Fort Worth, Texas, died last month after a vape pen suddenly burst and severed his carotid artery, according to a search of case records on the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office website.
The incident occurred outside a vape shop in Fort Worth, and Brown later died at a hospital, said the report.

Germans trust China more than the US, survey finds | DW

Germans have an increasingly negative view of the relationship between their country and the US, a survey released on Friday indicated, with many seeing China as a more reliable partner.
Just over 42 percent of Germans who took part in the study said they saw China as a more reliable partner than the US, compared with 23.1 percent who favored the US over China... A clear majority (57.6 percent) said they were in favor of putting more distance between the two trans-Atlantic allies. Only 13.1 percent said they would prefer to see the nations work more closely at present.

Descente opposes top shareholder Itochu's bid to acquire larger stake - Japan Today

Major Japanese sportswear maker Descente Ltd said Thursday it opposes what it calls an "oppressive" bid by its top shareholder Itochu Corp to acquire a larger stake, drawing the two firms into a rare hostile takeover battle... Major trading house Itochu, which has had a business relationship with Descente for over 50 years, made a tender offer on Jan. 31 that would raise its equity stake in the company from the current 30 percent to as much as 40 percent, citing the need to "reform the management structure" at Descente... Eight Descente board members, excluding two from Itochu, and three auditors decided to oppose the bid offer at an extraordinary board meeting on Thursday. Itochu's bid "hurts our company's value and infringes our shareholders' common interest," the company said in a statement.

Japan sushi chain worker uploads video of fish's journey from trash can to cutting board in Osaka | The Japan Times

The operator of one of Japan’s largest sushi restaurant chains said Wednesday that video footage recently uploaded to the internet showed one of its part-time kitchen workers throwing sliced fish into a trash can and then returning it to a cutting board at an outlet in Osaka Prefecture.
Kura Corp., which operates some 400 Kura Sushi restaurants in Japan, said that the fish was disposed of and never served to customers, but that it takes the incident seriously and is considering legal action, without elaborating.

Maurizio Sarri: What next for Chelsea boss after Man City thrashing - BBC Sport

Sarri had that familiar haunted look, one worn by sacked predecessors such as Luiz Felipe Scolari and Andre Villas-Boas, as he sifted through the carnage of a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City - Chelsea's heaviest defeat since the 7-0 loss at Nottingham Forest in April 1991.
He admitted that "my job is always at risk" while insisting he did not know whether he was in immediate danger... Sarri's team have conceded 10 goals without reply in their past two away league games, having lost 4-0 at Bournemouth on 30 January. Chelsea, once a by-word for defensive solidity, conceded all four in the second half against Eddie Howe's side and four in the first 25 minutes at City.
They have now dropped to sixth in the Premier League, a point adrift of Manchester United in fourth place, having enjoyed an 11-point advantage when Jose Mourinho left Old Trafford in December.

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マケドニア、NATO加盟へ…ギリシャ議会承認 : 読売新聞オンライン


ジャガー、4450億円の赤字 先行き「赤信号」で減損  :日本経済新聞


米シェールオイル、投資縮小で増産ペースに陰り  :日本経済新聞


世銀総裁候補にマルパス氏 対中強硬派の米財務次官 - 産経ニュース


アメリカで「こんまり」ブーム 疲れた米国人が日本文化に求める「ささやかな幸せと前進」 | 文春オンライン

涙する白人女性に感謝されて微笑むのは、日本出身の片づけコンサルタント、近藤麻理恵。これは、Netflixで配信された近藤の番組『KonMari ~人生がときめく片づけの魔法~』のワンシーンだ。
 現在、この番組はアメリカで大ヒットし、社会現象を巻き起こしている。リリースされるやいなや、CNNやWashington Postといった大手メディアが「リサイクルショップへの持ち込み増加」などのコンドー・エフェクト(近藤効果)を報道。リリース直前には70万ほどだった近藤のInstagramのフォロワー数は220万に到達した。
「ときめき」を意味する単語“spark joy”はNewYorker誌の風刺画に登場するほど普及した上、インターネットで「こんまりメソッドの実践」を意味する造語“Kondo-ing”まで流行する事態となっている。「キッチンをマリエ・コンドーする時?」と尋ねるCNNの投稿を見れば、もはやその名前自体が「片づけ」を意味する言葉として流通していることがわかる。

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News Headlines - 09 February 2019

India unexpectedly cuts key rate, changes stance to neutral | Reuters

India’s central bank on Thursday unexpectedly lowered interest rates and, as anticipated, shifted its stance to “neutral” to boost a slowing economy after a sharp slide in the inflation rate.
The cut is welcome news for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which wants to boost lending and lift growth as it faces elections by May.

South Africa to hold presidential election on May 8 | Al Jazeera

South Africa will hold its presidential and parliamentary elections on May 8.
It will be the first vote in the country since the resignation of Jacob Zuma in February last year.

'Landslide Vote' For Wider Muslim Self-Rule In Philippines' South - The Organization for World Peace

For nearly three million Filipino Muslims, a new era of autonomy and self-government will soon be realized. Monday’s plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law represents what many hope is the first step towards the resolution of a decades-long conflict between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). As a result of this vote, a new Muslim-led entity known as the Bangsamoro (meaning Moro nation) will be created on the southern island of Mindanao. This territorial establishment has been long awaited, as it was six years ago that the Filipino government signed a peace deal with the MILF, which dropped its bid for independence in return for the right to self-rule, but only six months ago that President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

Two positive kanji, easy to write and read: Japan to follow precedent in selecting new era name | The Japan Times

The government confirmed Friday that it will follow the procedures taken to pick the current era name of Heisei in choosing a name for the new era... The government will announce the name for the new era on April 1, ahead of the start of the new era on May 1, when Crown Prince Naruhito is set to ascend the throne to succeed his father, Emperor Akihito... The guidelines also say that an era name should have a positive meaning that is appropriate to the people’s ideals, and be written using two kanji characters. The era name should also be easy to read and write, not commonly used and should not have been used in previous era names or in the posthumous names of previous emperors.

Renesas to cut 1,000 jobs - NHK WORLD

A major Japanese chipmaker is preparing to slash jobs due to a shrinking domestic market. NHK has learned that Renesas Electronics is in labor union negotiations about the plan.
The company says it intends to cut 1,000 positions by the end of June. That's about five percent of its workforce.

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米朝首脳再会談、ベトナムのハノイで トランプ氏表明:日本経済新聞


ベゾス氏「タブロイド紙の脅迫メール」公開 女性問題で:日本経済新聞



自律走行車の業界の歴史において、先日のアマゾンの発表は「アマゾンの水曜(Amazon Wednesday)」とでも呼ぶべき重大な出来事として刻まれたのではないだろうか。同社は自動運転技術を開発する新興企業オーロラ・イノヴェイション(Aurora Innovation)への出資を公表したのだ。……アマゾンは、ヴェンチャーキャピタル(VC)のセコイア・キャピタル(Sequoia Capital)の手ほどきを受け、オーロラのシリーズBラウンドの資金調達5億3000万ドル(約582億円)の一部に出資した。セコイアのパートナーのカール・エッシェンバッハがオーロラの役員に名を連ねている。

高級ブランドのグッチ、セーターの販売中止-黒人差別との批判受け - Bloomberg


カリオストロの城、フランスで「ついに上映」 公開から40周年、「単純に驚いた」と話題 : J-CASTニュース

名作劇場版アニメとして名高い「ルパン三世 カリオストロの城」(宮崎駿監督)は、日本での公開から40年して「フランスでついに上映が実現」した。……1月23日から公開が始まっている。フランス語ポスターをみると、タイトルは「(フランス語で)カリオストロの城」とあり、オリジナル版の「ルパン三世」部分は見当たらない。タイトル脇には、宮崎駿監督作品であることが、比較的目立つ大きさで明記されている。フランス語の吹き替え版だ。……フランスメディア(Le Point)のウェブ版記事などによると、大画面での上映までに40年かかった事情としては、「ルパン」の呼称問題も影響していたようだ。「ルパン」部分を別の名前にして編集したビデオなどは出回っていたという。

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News Headlines - 08 February 2019

Japan begins culling thousands of pigs as swine fever spreads - The Straits Times

Japanese authorities were battling to contain swine flu on Wednesday (Feb 6) after the virus was detected at multiple sites in central Japan.
Japanese soldiers and local government officials began slaughtering around 6,600 pigs at a farm in Toyota City in Aichi prefecture following the confirmation of an outbreak of swine fever, also known as hog cholera, there.
Since January, the farm has shipped pigs to six facilities in Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga and Osaka prefectures, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It said it had found the virus at all the above places except Mie.

Toyota cuts full-year profit forecast, warns over Brexit - Channel NewsAsia

The firm's senior managing officer Masayoshi Shirayanagi also told reporters there was no way to avoid a negative impact in the event of a no-deal Brexit - days after fellow Japanese carmaker Nissan announced a cut in production in Britain.
The maker of the Camry sedan and Prius hybrid now expects annual net profit of 1.87 trillion yen (US$17 billion) instead of the 2.3 trillion yen it projected three months ago.
The new forecast represents a 25-per cent plunge from the previous year.

Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’ wins Annie for best animated indie feature:The Asahi Shimbun

Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda’s film “Mirai” won the 46th Annie Award for Best Animated Independent Feature at the prestigious ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 2.
The Annies are often referred to as the Academy Awards for animation.

Princess Ubolratana is candidate for prime minister | Bangkok Post: news

The Thai Raksa Chart Party threw election politics into chaos on Friday when it nominated Princess Ubolratana as its candidate to be prime minister.
The party officially registered the elder sister of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn as news people pushed for vantage points at the Office of the Election Commission.
The move was the focus of election rumours on Thursday and overnight, but no media had been bold enough to mention her name or the royal connection until the actual event at 9am Friday.

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff could face Premier League points deduction if they fail to pay Nantes £15m transfer fee | The Independent

Cardiff could face a Premier League points deduction if they do not honour their £15 million deal with Nantes over the transfer of Emiliano Sala, according to sports law expert Gianpaolo Monteneri... On Thursday night, Sala's body was formally identified after it was recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft, which is on the seabed 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey.
Cardiff received a formal letter from Nantes on Tuesday asking for the first of three yearly instalments of the Sala transfer fee, understood to be £5.27m, to be paid within 10 days.

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「東京五輪ボイコットせよ」 英国で猛烈な反捕鯨デモ - 産経ニュース


フランス、駐イタリア大使を召還-「度重なる内政干渉」に抗議 - Bloomberg






CNN.co.jp : 切り刻まれたバンクシー作品、独美術館で初展示


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News Headlines - 07 February 2019

German airline Germania files for insolvency | Euronews

German airline Germania said on Tuesday it had filed for insolvency and would terminate flight operations immediately, citing rising fuel prices and a stronger dollar.
There were also delays integrating aircraft into the fleet and a high number of "maintenance events", the company said in a statement.
CEO Karsten Balke said it was unable to cover a short-term liquidity need.

Leopalace21 to ask over 14,000 residents across Japan to vacate apartments after probe finds defects | The Japan Times

Rental apartment operator Leopalace21 Corp. said Thursday it will ask 14,443 residents to move out as it plans to repair defects found in 1,324 of its apartments.
The company said a probe found faulty installation of a fire-resistant material in ceilings and the use of a substandard material for sound insulation in interior walls... Leopalace21 launched an investigation into possible defects in its nearly 40,000 apartments nationwide after 38 cases of defects were found in apartments built between 1996 and 2009 last May.

Kazuo Ishiguro: Knighthood part of ‘big love affair with Britain’

Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has described his newly awarded knighthood as forming part of his “big love affair” with British culture. Ishiguro, whose novels include The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and An Artist Of The Floating World, received a knighthood for services to literature on Thursday.
The ceremony, which was held by Prince Charles, was a “humbling” experience, the author said.

'Boiling Water Challenge' Sends Several People to Hospital - NBC Chicago

The extreme cold last week activated the science experiment gene in a number of people, resulting in injuries for those who tried the "boiling water challenge."
The challenge was to fling boiling water in the air and watch it turn into frozen vapor.
The burn center at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood reports it treated eight people who attempted the exercise.

China investigates HIV contamination of 12,000 blood plasma treatments - Channel NewsAsia

A batch of more than 12,000 blood plasma treatments produced by a state-owned pharmaceutical company in China was found to have been contaminated with HIV.
On Wednesday (Feb 6), the National Health Commission (NHC) said it has instructed medical institutions to cease use of the batch of intravenous immunoglobulin produced by Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical, after it received a report that the batch was tested to be HIV positive.

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英労働党党首、EU離脱案支持の条件をメイ首相に提示 | ロイター


欧州委、独仏鉄道統合を不承認 競争法違反と判断 | 共同通信






招待のトランプ君「爆睡」で注目 一般教書演説で傍聴席に - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 06 February 2019

Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery - BBC News

Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.
He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests.
It is thought to be the first time that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy... The Pope's comments come amid long-running cases of sexual abuse of children and young men by priests at the Church.

Canada’s Sunrise Records throws beleaguered HMV chain a lifeline | Globalnews.ca

Canadian retailer Sunrise Records is pulling stricken retailer HMV out of bankruptcy in a deal that will safeguard some 1,500 jobs.
However, administrator KPMG says 27 stores will close immediately, resulting in a loss of 455 jobs.
Sunrise Records will acquire 100 stores across the United Kingdom, and 1,487 stores and head office employees will transfer as part of the transaction. Sunrise Records took over dozens of HMV Canada locations back in 2017.

Brexit ministers to study secret hi-tech plan to that could break the Irish backstop deadlock

Officials from DexEU have been quietly working on the blueprint - drawn up by Japanese firm Fujitsu - for 10 months. But, it has been rapidly dusted down in the last week after MPs voted to replace the current Irish backstop with a different one that could involve “alternative arrangements”... Named the ‘Drive Through Border Concept’, it ensures there is no need for any physical checks on the border or hard infrastructure.
Instead, a tracking system monitors vehicles on designated routes as they cross from Northern Ireland to the Republic via GPS as well as number plate recognition cameras.

U.S. D-Day flag to return home 75 years after Normandy landing | Reuters

A rare D-Day flag that flew on a U.S. Navy ship leading the allied advance at the beaches of Normandy nearly 75 years ago will be returned to America after going on display in the Netherlands on Monday.
The 48-star “Normandy” flag was on the U.S. Navy’s LCC 60, one of just three advanced fleet vessels directing troops onto Utah Beach in German-occupied France on June 6, 1944.

Uefa 'looking to scrap away goal rule in Champions League' after Wenger and Mourinho complaints

In the 1960s, home advantage was more of a significant factor with longer travel times and non-standardised balls.
And footie chiefs responded by introducing the concept of a two-legged tie being settled by which team scored the most away goals in 1965.
But the policy is seen as out of date in today's era, with advances in technology and governance levelling the playing field... In September, a number of top coaches - including Wenger, Mourinho, Unai Emery, Max Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Paulo Fonseca, Julen Lopetegui and Thomas Tuchel - met to discuss away goals.
And following the chat, Uefa competition director Giorgio Marchetti said: “They think that achieving away goals is not as difficult as in the past.

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2度目の米朝首脳会談27、28日にベトナム開催 トランプ氏表明 - 産経ニュース


米上院、シリア駐留米軍の性急な撤退に反対する法案可決 | ロイター


氷点下48度にトランプ氏「温暖化、君が必要」 : 読売新聞オンライン


YouTube、「動画を見ないで低評価クリック」する組織的行為への対策を検討中 - ねとらぼ

YouTubeのクリエイターチームが運営する「Creator Insider」の動画「YouTube News Flash!」で、低評価ボタンの仕様変更の可能性があると言及しました。現時点で議論されている可能性は全部で3つ。1つは、高評価・低評価の数値を表示しないこと。2つ目は、低評価を押したユーザーに対して理由を聞くというもの。3つ目は、YouTubeから低評価ボタンを一切なくしてしまうというもの。……問題となっている「dislike mobs」とは、「十分に動画を視聴せずに低評価を押すことだけを目的とした集団」を意味しています。この行為が問題となるのは、過剰な低評価が付いた動画はYouTubeで推奨されづらい可能性があり、クリエイターのチャンネルに悪影響を及ぼすためです。

日産・ルノー連合、自動運転でグーグル陣営に参画  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 05 February 2019

Cabinet ministers hold secret discussions on plans to delay Brexit by eight weeks

Cabinet ministers have secretly discussed plans to delay Brexit by eight weeks despite warnings by Theresa May that it is “counter-productive” to talk about it.
Ministers want the EU to agree a two-month "grace period" after March 29 if Mrs May’s deal passes through Parliament to allow extra time for necessary legislation.
Britain would remain in the EU on the same terms during this temporary period, The Telegraph understands.
An eight-week delay would mean Brexit being postponed to May 24.

UK, EU watchdogs agree clearing houses pact for no-deal Brexit | Reuters

The BoE said it and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) had agreed memoranda of understanding regarding cross-border cooperation and information-sharing between regulators for central counterparties and central securities depositories... The announcement means that stock, bond and derivatives transactions will face no immediate disruption if Britain leaves the bloc on March 29 without a transition deal.

Norway urges students to avoid UK universities in Brexit warning | The Guardian

Norway’s government is advising its citizens against studying in the UK because of Brexit, in a warning that will fuel concerns from universities about falling enrolment from Europe.
In blunt comments, Iselin Nybø, Norway’s minister responsible for higher education, urged students to avoid British universities.
Speaking to state broadcaster NRK, she said: “There’s so much uncertainty because of Brexit. If you’re a student and plan to travel out of Norway to study this autumn, I recommend you look at other countries than Great Britain.”

Nissan to hold extraordinary shareholders meet on April 8 to approve new director - Channel NewsAsia

Nissan Motor said on Tuesday (Feb 5) it will hold an extraordinary shareholders meeting on Apr 8 to formally discharge its ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn following his arrest on financial misconduct charges.
The meeting also aims to approve Renault SA Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard as a director, it said.

Japan's deputy prime minister blames women 'not giving birth' for declining population - CNN

Japan's deputy prime minister has come under fire after apparently blaming childless women for Japan's demographic woes.
Taro Aso, 78, denied that the elderly were the cause of the country's declining population and increasing social security costs during a speech in Fukuoka prefecture in southern Japan on Sunday... After being grilled by an opposition lawmaker during a budget committee session, Aso said Monday that he would retract the remark "if it caused misunderstanding."

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マクロン大統領、「黄ベスト」収拾へ5月に14年ぶり国民投票か 仏紙:AFPBB News

フランスのエマニュエル・マクロン(Emmanuel Macron)大統領が、自身の政策に対する抗議運動「ジレ・ジョーヌ(黄色いベスト、gilets jaunes)」への対応の一策として、今年5月に国民投票の実施を検討していると、仏紙が3日報じた。実施されればフランスでは14年ぶりの国民投票となる。
 仏週刊紙「ジュルナル・デュ・ディマンシュ(Le Journal du Dimanche)」は、国民投票ではマクロン氏が大統領選で公約に掲げた国民議会の議員数削減の是非が問われると伝えている。また、議員の任期に期数制限を設けてベテラン議員の影響力を抑制する提案の是非も問われるという。

英、16年の日産宛て書簡公表 115億円の支援提案:日本経済新聞


デンマーク当局、ファーウェイ社員2人を国外退去 就労ビザ規則違反 | ロイター




『スター・ウォーズ』最新作12月20日公開決定!さっぽろ雪まつりで発表 | cinemacafe.net

1977年に『スター・ウォーズ エピソード4/新たなる希望』が米国で公開されてから42年、永きに渡り紡がれてきた伝説と呼べる唯一の映画が、集大成となる『スター・ウォーズ/エピソード9』(仮題)でついに幕を下ろす――。

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News Headlines - 04 February 2019

China’s BRI is facing resistance in region, says ministry report | Hindustan Times

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a connectivity project linked to Chinese president Xi Jinping, is facing a “push back”, especially in India’s immediate neighbourhood, according to a study by the Union ministry of external affairs (MEA), at a time when Beijing is getting ready to hold the 2nd Belt and Road forum meeting this April.
Launched five years ago, BRI is spread over 80 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and the Arctic, with an apparent aim to re-energise trade through investments in ports and power plants. The project, billed at about $900 billion, will enhance China’s influence and is seen as a key to its global ambitions.

Faulty job data blasted in latest Japanese scandal - The Straits Times

Japan's Labour Ministry has drawn flak after it was found to have released faulty job data for years, in what the opposition has slammed as a ruse to burnish the sheen of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies... Revised figures, showing that real wages dropped by an average of about 0.5 per cent year on year in the 11 months to November, are expected to be presented to Parliament this week. This is worse than the average 0.05 per cent decrease announced previously.

Brexit: What are the new ideas for the Irish backstop? - BBC News

The backstop is an insurance policy - designed to avoid a hard border "under all circumstances" between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
If the UK leaves the customs union and the single market that could mean goods would have to be checked as they crossed the frontier.
The UK and EU would instead like to keep the border frictionless through a comprehensive trade deal.
If such an agreement could not be reached, then to avoid those checks with customs posts or other infrastructure, the backstop would come into force. It would keep the UK in a "single customs territory" with the EU, and leave Northern Ireland in the EU's single market for goods.
Many MPs fear the UK could be "trapped" in that arrangement for years, leaving it unable to strike its own trade deals on goods with the rest of the world.
The prime minister's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) allies also do not want to see Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Assaults on rail staff caught on camera - BBC News

Rail staff are being issued with body-worn cameras in a bid to cut the amount of abuse they're having to face.
The cameras can record an incident and be used as evidence against the attacker. Some staff say they've switched jobs after being attacked, which they describe as "part of daily life".

Super Bowl ratings still super, but drop for Rams-Patriots snoozer - CNN

Super Bowl LIII averaged 100.7 million viewers across several channels and streaming outlets, according to CBS.
The overall viewership was the lowest total for a Super Bowl match-up since 2009... The last time CBS televised the Super Bowl, in 2016, the game averaged almost 112 million viewers on TV. In 2017, viewership held steady around 111 million. In 2018, it dropped to 103.4 million viewers on TV.

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独メルケル首相 きょう3年ぶり訪日 | NHKニュース


日産、SUV生産を英から九州へ ゴーン氏決定を変更:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 03 February 2019

Plan to evacuate the Queen after a no-deal Brexit | News | The Sunday Times

The Queen and other senior royals will be evacuated from London in the event of riots triggered by a no-deal Brexit, under secret plans being drawn up by Whitehall.
Emergency proposals to rescue the royal family during the Cold War have been “repurposed” in recent weeks, as the risk continues to rise of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal before next month’s deadline.

Trump says he has ‘no plans’ to withdraw US troops from S. Korea - Stripes

President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he has “no plans” to withdraw U.S. forces from South Korea as he prepares for another summit with North Korea’s leader.
The president has frequently complained about the expense of maintaining servicemembers on the divided peninsula. Seoul and Washington are involved in a standoff over sharing the cost, raising concern the president may move to pull them out.
But Trump told CBS News the issue hasn’t come up.

Man spends 100 hours painstakingly recreating Pimlico Tube station in Minecraft | London Evening Standard

A keen gamer has revealed how he dedicated 100 hours towards painstakingly recreating Pimlico Tube station in the popular video game Minecraft... The man, named only as David and who goes by the screen name Creator Labs, recreated the station by using reference images on the internet.
The project was started in Minecraft in December last year and was finished earlier this month. The game lets players build entire worlds out of nothing but blocks.

Emiliano Sala: missing Premier League footballer’s plane found | The Guardian

The wreckage of the plane that vanished with the Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala on board has been found within hours of a search starting in the sea off the Channel Islands.
A search boat hired privately by Sala’s Argentinian family - thanks partly to a crowdfunding appeal - located the wreckage on Sunday morning.
The crew passed the details of the location on to government investigators, who used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to examine the spot.

Antalyaspor 2-6 Besiktas: Shinji Kagawa scores twice in three minutes on his debut | Daily Mail Online

Shinji Kagawa scored two goals in three minutes after coming on for his Besiktas debut in a 6-2 win at Antalyaspor in the Turkish league on Sunday.
The Japanese star, who moved from Borussia Dortmund to Besiktas on the last day of the winter transfer window on Thursday, came on in the 81st minute with his team leading 4-1.
Kagawa scored one minute later with his first action with the ball when he let fly inside the bottom left corner from around 18 yards. He added a second from a free kick two minutes later.

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ロンドンに学ぶ都市の魅力向上 東京五輪は文化催事もカギ - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


「命いくつあっても…」五輪の建設現場 国際機関が調査:朝日新聞デジタル


中・東欧で高い賃金上昇率、ジェトロ投資コスト調査 - ジェトロ


CNN.co.jp : 電車から妊婦を引きずり下ろす警備員、動画が波紋 スウェーデン


北欧バイキングたたえる火祭り、英シェトランド諸島:AFPBB News

英スコットランド沖に位置するシェトランド諸島(Shetland Islands)で29日、北欧系バイキングの末裔(まつえい)たちの祭典「ウップヘリーアー(Up Helly Aa)」が行われた。

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News Headlines - 02 February 2019

EU-Japan trade: Five things about the world's biggest deal - BBC News

Cheaper wine and cheese for Japan, cheaper cars for the EU - part of what the EU-Japan trade deal, now in force, means.
The world's biggest such deal, it covers nearly a third of global GDP and 635 million people.
However there are warnings that the UK could lose its benefits if it leaves the EU without an agreement... Here are five things about the deal:
1) Services as well as Sancerre and Suzukis
2) Japan's emergence as a free trade champion
3) The UK may only be in it for 59 days
4) The climate component
5) Where does it leave the US and China?

Porn actor who filmed himself in threesome on busy Tube train fined £1,000

An adult performer who filmed himself and his former partner having a threesome on a Tube train in front of passengers has been fined £1,000.
Porn actor George Mason, 35, and Nicholas Mullan, 24, were with a third man, who has not been identified, on a Northern Line train between Leicester Square and Waterloo.
The incident happened in July 2017 but was not reported until February last year, when it was posted on Twitter.

Huge cocaine shipment swapped with salt to catch traffickers | The Guardian

Italian police have taken possession of more than two tonnes of cocaine in the largest drugs seizure in the country in 25 years, after a sting operation involving three other nations across two continents.
The drugs, discovered in 60 bags in a cargo container at the Port of Genoa, have a total value of €500m (£436m) and were found with the help of the British, Colombian and Spanish police... The container set off from Colombia and arrived in Genoa last week and was then destined for Barcelona in Spain.
To catch the traffickers in Barcelona, the Italian investigators replaced the cargo of drugs - 1,801 bricks of pure cocaine - with salt and let it continue on its journey. In the Catalan city, Spanish police arrested the alleged recipient of the shipment, a 59-year-old Spaniard.

Japan police probe 'uranium' on online auction site - The Straits Times

Japanese authorities are investigating how a substance that appears to be uranium came to be offered for sale on an online auction site, a nuclear official said on Thursday (Jan 31).
Police are trying to confirm whether the product is radioactive, he said, with local media reporting investigators are questioning "a number of people" suspected of involvement in the sale and purchase of the substance.

New biometric boarding launched at Miami International Airport | Miami Herald

On Friday, MIA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials unveiled a new biometric boarding process for a Lufthansa flight heading to Munich, Germany. Instead of showing their passports and boarding passes, passengers simply stopped in front of a camera, had their photo taken by an iPad-shaped, automated camera, and were cleared to board by a computer.
It’s the first of what could eventually be a systemwide phase-in, not just MIA but for most international flights in the U.S.. The roll-out allows airlines to better comply with a federal requirement that the U.S. government know who has left the country. Biometric systems have already been put in place at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Boston-Logan, and Los Angeles international airports.

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News Headlines - 01 February 2019

Carlos Ghosn’s treatment is a stain on ‘liberal’ Japan | FT

The abrupt arrest and indefinite detention of Carlos Ghosn in Japan have brought to mind unflattering parallels with Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union. To those like me who know the former Nissan and Renault boss, his treatment suggests that Andrei Vyshinsky, the main architect of the judicial charades used to eliminate the Bolshevik old guard, is alive and well in the Tokyo public prosecutors’ office.

Most of UK's top-selling keyless cars at risk of theft, says Which? | The Guardian

The Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus - four of the top five models sold in the UK - are among the cars that are susceptible to theft using “cheap electronic equipment bought online”, the consumer group Which? said.
Keyless entry systems enable cars to start if a fob is nearby. However, thieves using relay devices to boost the signal can trick the cars’ sensors into thinking the keyless fob is closer than it is, enabling them to open and start a vehicle even when the fob remains in the owner’s house.

British restaurant insolvencies hit record, study shows | Reuters

The number of British restaurant insolvencies hit a record high in 2018 and have doubled since 2010, a study by accountants Price Bailey showed on Wednesday as the sector struggles with market saturation and competition from delivery apps.
There were 1,442 restaurant insolvencies in 2018, up 40 percent compared to 2017, Insolvency Service data obtained by Price Bailey showed. Four restaurant businesses a day are going bust, up from under two a day in 2010.

Unilever stockpiles Magnum ice-cream in case of no-deal Brexit | The Guardian

Unilever is stockpiling Magnum ice-cream in the UK to ensure supplies do not run low if there is a no-deal Brexit.
Alan Jope, Unilever’s chief executive, said the company had taken the decision to import extra supplies of the ice-cream, which is produced in mainland Europe, in case the ports grind to a halt.

EU parliament recognizes Guaido as Venezuelan interim president | Reuters

The European Parliament recognized Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state on Thursday, heightening international pressure on the OPEC member’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro... EU lawmakers voted 439 in favor to 104 against, with 88 abstentions, at a special session in Brussels to recognize Venezuelan congress head Guaido as interim leader.
In a statement with the non-binding vote, the parliament urged the bloc’s 28 governments to follow suit and consider Guaido “the only legitimate interim president” until there were “new free, transparent and credible presidential elections”.

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