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News Headlines - 31 March 2019

Who Is Lucy Flores, the Woman Accusing Joe Biden of Kissing Her? - The New York Times

Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state assemblywoman, published an essay Friday in which she described Joseph R. Biden Jr. touching her inappropriately and kissing her on the head during a Democratic campaign rally in 2014, when he was vice president.
With Mr. Biden expected to announce whether he will enter the race for president in April, Ms. Flores’s story attracted scrutiny on his interactions with women over his long career in national politics. On Sunday, Mr. Biden released a statement defending himself, saying he did not believe he had ever acted inappropriately on the campaign trail.

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has rocked the U.S.-Saudi partnership - The Washington Post

Some members of the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group that was sent to Istanbul received training in the United States, according to U.S. and Saudi sources. The CIA has cautioned other government agencies that some of this special-operations training might have been conducted by Tier 1 Group, an Arkansas-based company, under a State Department license. The training occurred before the Khashoggi incident, as part of ongoing liaison with the Saudis, and it hasn’t been resumed... The Istanbul team’s alleged leader was Maher Mutreb, a colonel in the Saudi intelligence service and member of a wealthy and respected Saudi family. A Saudi source said he had served in London from 2002 to 2007 as deputy chief of station.

Microsoft leads the way in banning April Fools’ Day pranks - The Verge

Everyone hates April Fools’ Day, and Microsoft is taking a stand against its own corporate pranks. Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela has warned all employees to not participate in the process of annoying hoaxes on Monday. In an internal memo, obtained and verified by The Verge, Capossela explains that “data tells us these stunts have limited positive impact and can actually result in unwanted news cycles.” He encourages all teams inside Microsoft not to do any public-facing April Fools’ Day stunts.

New York State Budget Deal Brings Congestion Pricing, Plastic Bag Ban and Mansion Tax - The New York Times

After weeks of intraparty bickering, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday signed off on a $175 billion budget that was wreathed with progressive initiatives, including changes to the cash bail system, a new tax on high-end homes and a groundbreaking plan to charge motorists to drive into Manhattan’s busiest stretches.

Parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen positions for driverless cars with $7 billion deal for Wabco | Reuters

German auto parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen has agreed to buy U.S. rival Wabco for over $7 billion, an acquisition it has long targeted to bolster its expertise in autonomous-driving technologies.
The all-cash deal, announced by the two companies on Thursday, is for $136.50 per share. That represents a 13 percent premium to Wabco’s closing price on Feb. 26, the day before the American company said it had been approached by ZF.

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全ての核引き渡しを要求、トランプ氏が金正恩氏に=関係筋 | ロイター


サウジ記者殺害の「裁判手続き公開を」 国連が声明発表:朝日新聞デジタル


英離脱案、3回目も否決 メイ首相「限界達しつつある」:朝日新聞デジタル


仏・デカトロンが日本上陸 スポーツ用品大手、西宮に:朝日新聞デジタル


CNN.co.jp : 米俳優ニコラス・ケイジ、4度目の結婚を4日で解消へ


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News Headlines - 30 March 2019

SoftBank Said to Be Sidelined by Soccer Clubs in FIFA's New Cup - Bloomberg

SoftBank Group Corp. has been cut out of plans for a new, lucrative, 24-team soccer tournament after high-profile clubs voiced concern about the Japanese company’s share of the profit, according to people briefed on the matter.
SoftBank was previously set to act as a lead investor, along with an international consortium, in a $25 billion proposal for a new Club World Cup and an international tournament.
However, some clubs were concerned about the amount of profit the Japanese company might have made from the enterprise, said the people briefed on the revamped version, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private.

Lyft Is About to Flood San Francisco with Even More Millionaires | Vanity Fair

Lyft on Friday became the first ride-sharing company to go public, hitting the NASDAQ at an I.P.O. price of $72 per share before popping as much as 20 percent, valuing Lyft at nearly $30 billion. The public offering represents a windfall for venture-capital firms and private investors, who had sunk $4.9 billion into Lyft over the past five years. Rakuten, General Motors, Fidelity, and Andreessen Horowitz are expected to rake in billions.

Honda says 16th U.S. death confirmed in air bag rupture:The Asahi Shimbun

Honda Motor Co. said on Friday it had confirmed a 16th U.S. death has been tied to a faulty Takata air bag inflator.
The Japanese automaker said that after a joint inspection Friday with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it had confirmed a faulty air bag inflator was to blame for a June 2018 death of a driver after the crash of a 2002 Honda Civic in Buckeye, Arizona.
The defect, which leads in rare instances to air bag inflators rupturing and sending metal fragments flying, has prompted the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and is tied to 14 U.S. deaths in Honda vehicles and two in Ford Motor Co. vehicles since 2009.

Comedian set to win first round of Ukraine presidential vote | Reuters

Ukrainians exhausted by five years of war and decades of official corruption look set to send a comedian with no political experience into a second round run-off against the incumbent when they vote in Sunday’s presidential election.
The favorite in Sunday’s first round vote is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictitious Ukrainian president in a popular TV series and who, in real life, has tapped into an anti-establishment mood among voters.
Many opinion polls put the serving president, Petro Poroshenko, in second place, a result that would set up a run-off between him and Zelenskiy next month, with a hard-to-predict final outcome.

Sigur Rós band members charged with tax evasion by Icelandic authorities | The Guardian

Members of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós have been charged with tax evasion, three years after local authorities launched a probe into the avant-garde rock band’s finances.
The indictment, issued by the district prosecutor on Thursday, accuses the musicians of submitting incorrect tax returns from 2011 to 2014, evading a total of 151m Icelandic krona (£945,000).

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第一三共:アストラゼネカとがん治療薬で提携、株価は上場来高値 - Bloomberg

第一三共は29日、同社が開発中のがん治療薬「トラスツズマブ デルクステカン(DS―8201)」を巡り、英アストラゼネカと開発と販売で提携すると発表した。第一三共が受け取る対価は最大で69億ドル(約7600億円)になるという。……第一三共の発表資料によると、アストラゼネカが第一三共に支払う対価のうち13億5000万ドルは契約一時金で残りの55億5000万ドルは開発や販売の進捗(しんちょく)などに応じて支払われる。また、両社は乳がんや胃がんなどを対象に同薬の療法について共同開発し、商業化する。

ウェルズ・ファーゴCEOが突然の辞任-不祥事後の批判に屈する - Bloomberg


移民止めなければ国境閉鎖 トランプ氏、メキシコ脅す - 産経ニュース


トルコリラ急落、政府の市場締め付け策は逆効果か | ロイター




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News Headlines - 29 March 2019

Sony's Hirai, Architect of Tech Giant's Turnaround, to Retire - Bloomberg

Sony Corp. Chairman Kazuo Hirai, the architect of a turnaround at the once-dominant Japanese electronics giant, will retire in June after spending more than three decades at the company.
The 58-year-old, who ceded the role of chief executive officer to Kenichiro Yoshida in April 2018, will continue to advise the company after his retirement, Sony said in a statement. Shuzo Sumi of Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. was nominated to become chairman of the board.
Hirai, who took over as CEO from Howard Stringer in 2012, turned the company’s fortunes around by paring back and refocusing its operations. With Yoshida’s support, Hirai sold off the Vaio personal computer business, reshaped the television set unit and pulled the mobile business back from a destructive fight for market share. He also invested heavily in the PlayStation games business and image sensors used in smartphones, now major drivers of the business. Profits hit a record last year as he ceded the CEO role.

Honda, Hino join SoftBank-Toyota mobility services venture:The Asahi Shimbun

Japanese technology company SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., the nation's top automaker, announced late last year a joint venture for mobility services, in what they called a "united Japan" effort to face global competition.
Honda Motor Co., Toyota's rival, and Hino Motors, Toyota's truck division, said Thursday each company will acquire a 9.9 percent stake in the 2 billion yen ($20 million) Toyota-SoftBank venture Monet Technologies Corp.
Each company invests 250 million yen, according to the companies.

Name of Japan's new era to be revealed at 11:30 a.m. Monday, with Abe statement due at 12 | The Japan Times

The government said Friday it will announce the name of Japan’s forthcoming new era at 11:30 a.m. Monday, and that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a statement on the decision from noon.

India conducted successful anti-satellite missile operation, Prime Minister says - CNN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has successfully conducted an anti-satellite missile test that put the country in a league of global "space powers."
In a national address Wednesday, Modi said India had achieved a "historic feat" by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile in three minutes.
Only three other countries -- the US, Russia and China -- have the capabilities to use an anti-satellite missile.

TASS: Venezuelan parliament set to demand withdrawal of Russian military

Members of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament are set to demand the withdrawal of Russian military from the country, lawmaker Sirit Eliezer told a parliamentary session on Tuesday... The El Comercio newspaper earlier reported that an Antonov An-124 and an Ilyushin Il-62 aircraft carrying Russian troops and 35 tonnes of cargo arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on March 23.

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イバンカ大統領補佐官、トヨタ工場を訪問  :日本経済新聞


使い捨てプラ禁止正式承認 EU議会、21年法制化へ | 共同通信


FB、人種差別的投稿を排除へ 白人ナショナリズムなど:日本経済新聞


デスメタルのファンは優しい、かきたてられるのは暴力性ではなく喜び=豪研究 - BBCニュース


オーレがフルタイムの監督に就任 | マンチェスター・ユナイテッド公式サイト


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News Headlines - 28 March 2019

Brexit: Petition to revoke Article 50 to be debated next week - BBC News

The government has officially responded to the record-breaking petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled, which will be debated by MPs next week.
The petition, which has passed more than 5.75m signatures, has been scheduled for debate on Monday, 1 April along with two other Brexit petitions.
Responding, the government said it "acknowledges the considerable number of people" who have signed it.

BMW 'interested in taking over Honda's Swindon site' | The Guardian

Honda last month announced that it would cease production in Swindon in 2021, dealing a major blow to a British car industry that already faces an uncertain future over Brexit. However, the availability of a ready-made plant could prove attractive to buyers if the UK maintains a stable trading relationship with the EU. Honda employs 3,500 people in Swindon, all of whom are expected to lose their jobs in 2021.
BMW has been eyeing the plant for several weeks, although it is not thought that a decision will be made until well after the status of the future UK-EU trading relationship is confirmed.

Sandy Hook victim's father apparently took his own life - BBC News

The father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim has been found dead, having apparently taken his own life, police say.
Newtown, Connecticut, police said Jeremy Richman was found in his office building on Monday.
The 49-year-old was the father of six-year-old Avielle, one of 20 children killed in the December 2012 shooting.

'I'm really, really sorry' - Vegan YouTube star captured eating fish on camera apologises to her fans - Independent.ie

Yovanda Mendoza Ayres, aka Rawvana, was recorded eating seafood in a video posted by another vlogger a couple of weeks ago.
She adapted the raw vegan diet six years ago and claimed she experienced good results - she was sleeping and feeling and looking better, and her skin had cleared - which inspired her to blog about her veganism and become a health coach.
However, she told her followers in a video earlier this month that she experienced a raft of health issues over the last few years.

'Monster nine-foot' alligator invades golf course in Georgia | The Guardian

An alligator, thought to be around nine-foot long, made an unexpected appearance on the 17th green at a club in Georgia, stopping a group of golfers in their tracks.
Ed Vance, who filmed the incident at The Club at Savannah Harbor on Sunday, told The Island Packet: 'The video doesn’t pick it up, but the ‘thud, thud, thud’ sound was what you would think a dinosaur sounds like. It was surreal.'

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英首相、ブレグジット協定可決なら辞任意向 代替8案の「示唆的投票」は否決 - BBCニュース


欧州議会、夏時間廃止「2021年に」可決  :日本経済新聞


米国、ゴラン高原問題で孤立 国連安保理で批判相次ぐ:朝日新聞デジタル


「ハト派」ドミノでNZドル急落、円高懸念も  :日本経済新聞


737MAX、墜落時に失速防止装置が作動=エチオピア航空 - WSJ


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News Headlines - 27 March 2019

Renault eyes Fiat Chrysler bid after Nissan merger | Financial Times

Renault aims to restart merger talks with Nissan within 12 months and then acquire another carmaker, with Fiat Chrysler among the preferred targets, according to several people familiar with the French company’s plans... the recent creation of a new alliance board led by Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard has improved confidence that merger plans can advance, according to people familiar with both sides’ thinking.
The combined company would then pursue a further acquisition that would bulk up the business for a fight for global dominance with the likes of Volkswagen and Toyota.
Two people familiar with the matter said Mr Ghosn held talks about merging Renault with Fiat Chrysler two to three years ago but the proposal was scuppered by opposition from the French government. The talks have not previously been reported.

Swedbank report spotted anti-money-laundering breaches: Swedish TV | Reuters

An internal Swedbank report identified major breaches of anti-money laundering obligations involving its business in Estonia, Swedish public broadcaster SVT said on Tuesday after having seen a copy of the document... The Swedish bank conducted a review of its Estonian branch after a scandal at Danske Bank’s Estonian branch which was used to funnel some 200 billion euros ($227 billion) of suspicious payments between 2007 and 2015.

Lloyd's of London Unveils Lifetime Bans for Sexual Harassment - Bloomberg

Lloyd’s of London outlined a plan to address allegations of sexual harassment by setting up an independent whistleblower hotline and laying out potential lifetime bans for inappropriate behavior.
The proposals were agreed upon at an emergency meeting of industry executives convened on Monday evening by Lloyd’s Chief Executive Officer John Neal after a Bloomberg Businessweek article found a deep-seated culture of sexual misconduct in the London insurance market. The report drew on the experiences of 18 women to describe an atmosphere of near-persistent harassment, ranging from inappropriate comments to unwanted touching to sexual assault.

Thailand election 2019: Anti-junta political parties form coalition - CNN

Pro-democracy parties battling to block the military's return to power after Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup said Wednesday they have secured enough seats to form a government.
The main opposition Pheu Thai party, which was ousted before the coup, and six other parties announced they had forged a coalition accounting for 255 seats in the 500-member lower house of parliament.

London Natural History Museum: Indigenous remains to be brought home

The ancestral remains of 37 indigenous people will be returned to Australia from London’s Natural History Museum.
For more than 150 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains and sacred objects were removed from their communities and placed in museums, universities and private collections in Australia and overseas.
But, in a major win for Australia, the UK’s agreement to hand 27 remains back was sealed overnight as Narungga community representatives from South Australia, Douglas Milera and Professor Peter Buckskin, travelled to the UK to attend the handover ceremony.

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日産自:ゴーン被告の子供4人の米大学授業料を負担していた-関係者 - Bloomberg


EU 5Gの指針発表 ファーウェイ製品排除には踏み込まず | NHKニュース


風力立国デンマーク、「拠点港」を歩いてみた  :日本経済新聞


737MAX型機、米国で緊急着陸 乗客なしの自力輸送中:AFPBB News

米サウスウエスト航空(Southwest Airlines)が所有するボーイング(Boeing)737MAX型機が26日、フロリダ州からカリフォルニア州への自力輸送中にエンジンの不具合が生じたため、緊急着陸した。米連邦航空局(FAA)が発表した。

米下院、トランプ氏の拒否権覆せず 国家非常事態宣言の無効決議 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 26 March 2019

Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' | TheHill

President Trump took aim at the "Mainstream Media" in an early morning tweet on Tuesday following a summary of the special counsel's investigation that showed there was not enough evidence to conclude the president's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election... "The Mainstream Media is under fire and being scorned all over the World as being corrupt and FAKE. For two years they pushed the Russian Collusion Delusion when they always knew there was No Collusion," he tweeted. "They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!"

Apple's iPhones infringe Qualcomm patent and should be banned, ITC judge says - CNET

The International Trade Commission on Tuesday handed down two rulings in Apple and Qualcomm's battle over patents. One found in favor of Qualcomm while the other sided with Apple.
In one case, a judge said Apple's iPhones have infringed a Qualcomm patent and should be banned from sale. But a full commission review in a second, separate case said Apple didn't infringe Qualcomm patents and dismissed that suit. It also said it found that Qualcomm's patents aren't valid.

Muji launches an autonomous bus to take you around Helsinki | T3

Japanese lifestyle brand Muji and Finnish autonomous driving company Sensible 4 have teamed up to launch Gacha, the world's first autonomous driving bus designed for all weather conditions.
As you'd expect, Sensible 4 provided all of the technology for the shuttle, while Muji provided the vehicle’s design and user experience... When not in use, the self-driving system traces a digital map, but when you want to go somewhere, you can summon Gacha using an app, then wait for it to arrive.

Manneken Pis no longer peeing water down the drain | The Guardian

For four centuries the celebrated Manneken Pis - the “peeing boy” in the local Dutch dialect - has embodied the laissez-faire culture of the Belgians.
But, to the surprise of officials in the city of Brussels, it has emerged that the bronze statue had been weeing fresh clean drinking water - 1,000 to 2,500 litres of it a day, sufficient for the use of 10 households - directly into the city’s sewers.

METI tells convenience store operators to come up with plans to cope with Japan's labor crunch | The Japan Times

Operators of Japan’s major convenience store chains need to formulate plans to address the severe labor shortage that is creating growing discontent among their struggling franchisees, the industry minister said Tuesday.

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米、ゴラン高原の主権承認へ イスラエルとの首脳会談で | 共同通信 ニュース


アップル、独自の定額制動画配信 スピルバーグ氏も参加:日本経済新聞


英議会、EU離脱案で27日「人気投票」 残留派が提案:日本経済新聞




鉄の歴史に一石、ヒッタイト起源に異説か 最古級の遺物:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 25 March 2019

Outcry over Japan’s ‘vicious’ idol industry after NGT48 singer Maho Yamaguchi’s assault allegations go unresolved | South China Morning Post

Japanese social media has been ablaze in recent days with outrage at the perceived failure of the country’s music industry and police to properly investigate an alleged assault on a member of a popular girl band.

Polls close in Thailand's general election, 1st since coup - The Mainichi

Up for grabs are all 500 seats in the lower house of parliament. Preliminary results for 350 seats that are directly elected are expected to be known by 8 p.m., with the remaining 150 seats to be allocated on a proportional party-list basis... Three main parties in the fray are the pro-junta Palang Pracharath Party, the Pheu Thai Party, which won the last election in 2011 but was ousted in the 2014 coup, and the Democrat Party, which is seen as a potential "kingmaker" party.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who has led the government since his coup in May 2014, is the Palang Pracharath Party's candidate to lead a new civilian government.

Macron under fire for criticising elderly woman injured at "yellow vest" protest - The Local

France's Emmanuel Macron has been accused of lacking empathy after criticising an elderly "yellow vest" protester who was badly injured during a demonstration in Nice at the weekend... Macron, who travelled to the area on Sunday to meet visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, told the Nice Matin newspaper that he wished Legay a "speedy recovery" but also "a form of wisdom"... The remarks were immediately criticised by Legay's family, which has accused police of using disproportionate force to clear protesters.

Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground | The Guardian

At least one multimillion-pound housing development in London is segregating the children of less well-off tenants from those of wealthier homebuyers by blocking them from some communal play areas.
Guardian Cities has discovered that developer Henley Homes has blocked social housing residents from using shared play spaces at its Baylis Old School complex on Lollard Street, south London. The development was required to include a mix of “affordable” and social rental units in order to gain planning permission.

Auschwitz Museum asks visitors not to balance on train tracks | DW

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum implored visitors to respect the memories of the 1.1 million people who were killed at the concentration camp - and not to balance on the train tracks that brought Holocaust victims to the site... The Auschwitz Museum added in a later post that photography will not be banned at the site, but that "we ask visitors to behave respectfully, also when taking pictures."

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トランプ陣営共謀認めず ロシア疑惑米捜査報告書:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


突然の金融支援要請 世界の「アケボノ」に何が起きた?:朝日新聞デジタル


「日系企業の英国進出状況」調査 : 東京商工リサーチ


任天堂「スイッチ」新型モデル2種、今夏にも発表 - WSJ

 部品サプライヤーや、試作品を入手したソフトウエア開発の関係者らによると、新型モデル2種類のうち一方はビデオゲーム愛好家をターゲットにしているが、ソニーの「プレイステーション4(PS4)」やマイクロソフトの「Xbox One X」ほど高い機能は搭載されない見通し。

豪華客船、一時航行不能に ノルウェーの港に到着 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 24 March 2019

US-backed forces claim final victory over so-called Islamic State in Syria | Euronews

The so-called Islamic State (IS) has lost its final territorial enclave in the village of Baghuz after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared "total elimination of the so-called caliphate".
The spokesperson for the American backed forces tweeted that the last so-called IS stronghold in Syria, Baghuz, has been freed, declaring the final military victory over the militant group in Syria.

Cabinet coup to ditch Theresa May for emergency PM | The Sunday Times

Theresa May was at the mercy of a full-blown cabinet coup last night as senior ministers moved to oust the prime minister and replace her with her deputy, David Lidington.
In a frantic series of private telephone calls, senior ministers agreed the prime minister must announce she is standing down, warning that she has become a toxic and “erratic” figure whose judgment has “gone haywire”.

Italy home circumcision kills child - BBC News

A five-month-old boy has died after parents performed a circumcision at their home in Italy, officials say... Authorities in the northern Reggio Emilia province have opened an investigation against the parents, who are reported to be of Ghanaian origin.
In a similar case, a two-year-old boy died after a failed circumcision at a migrant centre in Rome in December.

Harvard sued over profiting, use of slave photography

In 1850, a Harvard professor with a twisted theory of white superiority had research photographs taken of two slaves from South Carolina - a father and daughter, stripped to the waist, who stare hauntingly into the camera.
Enlarge ImageA copy of a 1850 daguerreotype of Renty
A copy of a 1850 daguerreotype of RentyAP
Now, 169 years later, a Connecticut woman who believes that the father and daughter, identified only as “Papa Renty” and “Delia,” are her direct ancestors and is suing Harvard to get the photos back.Tamara Lanier, 54, a retired chief probation officer from Norwich, filed suit Wednesday in Massachusetts.

First Indonesia Underground Opens, Making 34-Year Dream Reality - Bloomberg

Indonesia rolled its first train through a new underground rail network in the capital city of Jakarta on Sunday, another step in its struggles to overcome traffic gridlock in one of the busiest cities in Southeast Asia.
President Joko Widodo, who got the project off the ground in 2013, inaugurated the project, making the 34-year-old dream come true.

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EU離脱撤回求め“470万人”署名 英|日テレNEWS24


「一帯一路」中国とイタリアが覚書 G7で初 | NHKニュース


カラジッチ氏に終身刑判決 ボスニア紛争のセルビア人指導者 - 毎日新聞




仏ディズニーランドで故障音を「攻撃」と勘違い、来園者がパニックに:AFPBB News

フランスのディズニーランド・パリ(Disneyland Paris)で23日、エレベーターの故障音を来園者たちが武器による攻撃音と勘違いして、安全な場所へと逃げ惑う騒ぎがあった。

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News Headlines - 23 March 2019

Economic slowdown fears send NY stocks lower - NHK WORLD

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged over 400 points on Friday, amid growing concerns over the global economic slowdown.
The Dow ended Friday's trading session in New York at 25,502, a drop of 460 points, or 1.8 percent lower than Thursday's close. The tech-heavy Nasdaq plunged more than two percent.
The US Federal Reserve signaled on Wednesday that it would not raise interest rates this year, pointing out that the pace of economic activity has slowed.

Peugeot, After Digesting GM’s Europe Business, Set Sights on Fiat Chrysler - WSJ

Peugeot maker PSA Group approached Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV earlier this year about combining the two car makers, according to people familiar with the matter, proposing to form a $45 billion industry behemoth that would reposition their businesses in the U.S. and Europe.
Fiat Chrysler rebuffed the overture, as it had previous ones by the French car maker, according to these people. Those approaches haven’t been previously disclosed.

US sanctions Chinese firms for helping N.Korea - NHK WORLD

The United States has imposed sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies for helping North Korea evade UN Security Council sanctions.
The Treasury Department announced on Thursday that it had placed the two firms on the US sanctions list. The move prohibits anyone in the US from dealing with the designated companies and freezes any assets they have in the country.
The department said one of the Chinese companies shipped cargo to a North Korean firm that is based in the western city of Nampo and affiliated with Pyongyang's spy agency. It also said the other company used deceptive practices to enable North Korean procurement officials in the European Union to purchase goods for their country's regime.

Venezuelan Opposition Aide Seized, Drawing Rebuke From U.S. | Time

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide was taken away in the middle of the night by masked intelligence agents who broke down his door early Thursday, drawing condemnation from the United States and other countries pushing to oust President Nicolas Maduro.
Washington demanded the immediate release of Guaido chief of staff Roberto Marrero, whose whereabouts after the raid on his Caracas home were not immediately disclosed.

Uri Geller calls on Britons to help telepathically stop Brexit | The Guardian

The illusionist Uri Geller has called on the British people to help him in his efforts to telepathically stop Brexit by sending their own telepathic messages to Theresa May’s mind, compelling her to revoke article 50.
Geller wrote an open letter to the prime minister on Friday warning her he will use the powers of his mind to stop her from leading Britain into Brexit.
He plans to transmit his psychic energy into May’s brain at the “very mystical time” of 11.11 in the morning and evening every day from a secret location near his home in Israel.

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米特別検察官、ロシア疑惑の捜査報告書提出 これ以上の起訴提言せず | ロイター




バイオジェンとエーザイ、アルツハイマー病治験薬の試験を中止 - Bloomberg


パリ シャンゼリゼ通りでのデモ禁止 相次ぐ破壊受け | NHKニュース


運転手がスクールバスに放火、生徒51人を人質に イタリア:AFPBB News


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News Headlines - 22 March 2019

Zenrin Falls on Speculation That Google Maps Partnership Is Over - Bloomberg

Zenrin Co. plunged the most in three years in Tokyo amid speculation that Japan’s biggest mapmaker has ended its relationship with Alphabet Inc.’s Google... Japanese users took to social media to complain about the sudden deterioration in the quality of Google Maps in the country, and pointed out that a previous copyright attribution to Zenrin has vanished from the fine print at the bottom of the screen.
On March 6, Google announced on its Japanese blog it will roll out a new version of its maps for the country, but that post made no mention of Zenrin.

Hong Kong to build one of world’s largest artificial island projects | The Guardian

Hong Kong plans to spend HK$624bn (£60bn) on one of the world’s largest artificial island projects, which the government promises will ease the territory’s housing crisis but critics say will cause environmental and financial problems.
The government says it will create 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of land off Hong Kong’s biggest island, Lantau... Work on the Lantau Vision Tomorrow scheme is scheduled to start in 2025, with the first residents moving in seven years later, in 2032.

Garuda Indonesia airline wants to cancel $6.9 billion Boeing 737 Max order after fatal crashes - ABC News

Indonesia's flag carrier Garuda has sought to cancel a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer's 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of passenger confidence in the model after two fatal crashes in the past six months.
It is the first announcement of a cancellation since Boeing's new model aircraft was grounded by airlines worldwide after the devastating crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

VW CEO Herbert Diess Still Under Fire for Nazi-Era Gaffe

Volkswagen AG CEO Herbert Diess is under fire for a colossal verbal blunder, invoking a Nazi- era phrase in a management meeting. The transgression was so serious that one of his own managers leaked the blunder to the media, and some investors and the media are now calling for his ouster.
“Ebit macht frei,” was what Diess told his managers, or “Profits will set you free.” Diess was reportedly answering a query about why the company’s Porsche division seemed to get more freedom with capital investment and risk-taking than other VW brands. Diess was referencing Porsche’s attractive profit margins on everything it does.
But the retort was widely seen as a play on “Arbeit Macht Frei,” or “work will set you free, an infamous and well-known phrase that was forged into the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Every German schoolboy knows it is a notorious phrase that strikes at the heart of German guilt over the Holocaust.

Microsoft starts notifying Windows 7 users about end of support - The Verge

Microsoft has started rolling out an update to Windows 7 that will notify existing users about the end of the support. The software maker is stopping support of Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020, and it’s now starting to warn about this cutoff date. Microsoft is using a notification to warn Windows 7 users, similar to the prompts the company used to get people to upgrade to Windows 7.

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英離脱、4月12日までの決断求める EU首脳会議:日本経済新聞


廃棄される生食用ブドウからジン製造、英スーパー大手が発売 国内初(The Guardian)


数々の“異色注意”...北朝鮮ガイド本 仏・有名出版社が発刊 - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


NZ銃乱射事件から1週間で追悼集会 | NHKニュース


イチローが現役引退「大変幸せ」 28年で4367安打 :朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 21 March 2019

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years - Krebs on Security

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees - in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Facebook says an ongoing investigation has so far found no indication that employees have abused access to this data.

Disney seals $71bn deal for 21st Century Fox as it prepares to take on Netflix | The Guardian

Disney has closed its $71bn (£54bn) acquisition of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment business in a deal that unites franchises including Cinderella, The Simpsons and Star Wars under one corporate roof to create a media behemoth of unprecedented scale... As part of the deal, Disney will absorb the Fox film and TV studios, the FX networks, National Geographic and the Indian TV giant Star India in a huge boost to its content.
It plans to launch its new streaming service Disney Plus later this year as it challenges Netflix for future audience share.

FBI joining criminal investigation into certification of Boeing 737 MAX | The Seattle Times

The FBI has joined the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, lending its considerable resources to an inquiry already being conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation agents, according to people familiar with the matter.

Japan official held for allegedly assaulting S. Korean airport worker - The Mainichi

A Japanese government official was temporarily detained in South Korea for allegedly assaulting an airport worker in Seoul while on a personal trip, the government said Wednesday.
Kosuke Takeda, a 47-year-old official of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, is suspected of assaulting a worker at Gimpo International Airport and telling the worker that he hates South Koreans, according to a senior ministry official.
South Korean police said Takeda was detained Tuesday on suspicion of hitting an airport worker at a boarding gate while under the influence of alcohol.

New Zealand bans assault weapons after mosque massacre | New Zealand attack News | Al Jazeera

New Zealand has banned the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons after the country's worst-ever attack that killed 50 Muslims in two mosques.
"Be assured this is just the beginning of the work we'll be doing," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference on Thursday.

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FRB、19年は利上げゼロ 量的引き締めも9月終了:日本経済新聞


対中関税「相当長い間、維持する」 米大統領、欧州には自動車関税示唆か - 産経ニュース


米、ブラジルをNATO非加盟の主要同盟国に指定へ - 産経ニュース




EU、Googleに15億ユーロ(約1900億円)の制裁金 検索広告で競争法違反 - ITmedia NEWS

 この制裁金はGoogleの2018年の売上高の1.29%に相当する。欧州委員会はGoogleに対し、2017年には「Google Shopping」関連で24億2000ユーロ、2018年にはAndroidのアプリ関連で43億4000ユーロの制裁金を科している。これで累計82億5000万ユーロだ。

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News Headlines - 20 March 2019

Billionaire Has New Goal for His 17,000 Workers: Learn to Code - Bloomberg

Rakuten Inc. may soon expect its more than 17,000 employees to know how a computer compiles a program and understand the difference between a CPU and GPU (one is the brains of a PC, the other runs the graphics). Underpinning that is a mandatory, entry-level ability to code.
Hiroshi MikitaniPhotographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
Mikitani, a trailblazer in Japan’s internet economy, is considering this dramatic step as his e-commerce empire faces increasing pressure from the likes of Amazon.com Inc. It’s an attempt to keep the skills of employees up to date and answer the question -- do you need to know programming to work in tech?
“If you’re working for Toyota, for example, you know how the automobile works -- basic structure of the engine, suspension and so forth,” Mikitani told Emily Chang of Bloomberg Television. “So if you work for an IT services company, you need to have the basic knowledge of what’s in the computer.”

Japan to develop habitation unit for Gateway lunar station:The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s space agency plans to take charge of development of a habitation module and an unmanned logistics vehicle for the Gateway cislunar space station as part of an international project.
The project, led by NASA, has set a goal of landing a manned spacecraft on the moon’s surface in 2028, the first of its kind since the end of the U.S. Apollo project in the early 1970s... JAXA plans to work with its European counterpart to develop the habitation module by drawing on technologies it cultivated during the development and operation of the International Space Station’s Kibo experiment module, including one for recycling air and water aboard a spacecraft.

Toyota teams up with Suzuki to build hybrid cars in UK | The Guardian

Toyota is to build a new hybrid electric vehicle in the UK for Suzuki, in a boost to British car industry workers amid continued Brexit uncertainty.
The hybrid will be based on Toyota’s Corolla model and made at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, with engines supplied by the company’s Deeside factory in north Wales.
It is not thought this development will lead to the creation of new jobs as it will be within Toyota’s existing production capacity. However, it will help secure the future of the UK workforce of more than 3,000.

Theresa May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 June | The Guardian

Theresa May has written to the EU seeking a brief delay to Brexit until the end of June, telling MPs that a longer delay would mean “a failure to deliver” on the result of the 2016 referendum.
Speaking at the start of prime minister’s questions, May said “I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June”, implying the possibility that she could step down rather than allow a long delay to article 50.
The prime minister said she would present her Brexit plan to the Commons for a third time, and if it was passed the delay would allow time to implement it. If it was again defeated, parliament would have to decide how to proceed, May said.

Google will give Android users a choice of browser and search engine in Europe - The Verge

Google has announced that it will start asking European Android users which browser and search engine they would prefer to use on their devices, following regulatory action against the company for the way it bundles software in its mobile operating system. Last year Google was fined a record $5 billion by EU regulators for violating antitrust laws and was ordered to stop “illegally tying” Chrome and its search app to Android.

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ロシアで偽ニュース禁止法成立 ネット言論規制の恐れ | 福井新聞ONLINE


グーグルがストリーミング型ゲーム参入 専用機なくても:朝日新聞デジタル


北斎代表作、5千万円超で落札…予想の4倍以上 : エンタメ・文化 : 読売新聞オンライン

江戸時代の浮世絵師、葛飾北斎(1760~1849年)の版画作品が19日、ニューヨークで競売にかけられ、代表作「富嶽三十六景」の「 凱風 がいふう快晴」と「神奈川沖浪裏」が、いずれも5000万円超の高額で落札された。……競売会社クリスティーズによると、朝焼けに照らされ、赤く色づく富士山が印象的な「凱風快晴」は50万7000ドル(約5648万円)、巨大な波と遠景の富士を描いた「神奈川沖浪裏」は47万1000ドル(約5247万円)でそれぞれ落札された。

トヨタがeスポーツに本格参入! PS4「グランツーリスモSPORT」で新型「スープラ」のワンメイクレース開催 | くるまのニュース

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing(トヨタガズーレーシング)は、プレイステーション4(PS4)用ソフトウェア「グランツーリスモSPORT」で、「GR Supra GT Cup」を開催することを決定しました。
 さらに、グランツーリスモシリーズのFIA(国際自動車連盟)公認のオンライン選手権「FIA GT チャンピオンシップ」でのオフィシャルパートナーとなり、eモータースポーツに本格参入します。

大坂に2億円訴訟 13歳時のコーチが金銭の支払い要求― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 19 March 2019

Olympics: Japan chief Takeda to quit as corruption probe continues | Reuters

Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) chief Tsunekazu Takeda, who is under investigation for suspected corruption, said on Tuesday he will step down when his term ends in June and resign from the International Olympic Committee.

Concern raised over SKorean treatment of Bloomberg reporter

International journalists’ organizations are criticizing the status of press freedom in South Korea after the country’s ruling party singled out a Bloomberg reporter with South Korean nationality over what it claimed was a “borderline traitorous” article insulting President Moon Jae-in, resulting in threats to the reporter’s safety.
The Democratic Party initially said Tuesday that it had no immediate plans to withdraw a March 13 statement by spokesman Lee Hae-sik, who attacked the reporter by name over a September article whose headline described the liberal Moon as acting as the “top spokesman” of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the U.N. General Assembly.

Former sumo wrestler Baruto becomes lawmaker in Estonia - The Japan News

Former sumo wrestler Kaido Hoovelson from Estonia, who went by his ring name Baruto in Japan, has become a lawmaker in his home country.
Hoovelson, 34, said on Twitter on Sunday that he was elected to Estonia’s parliament, although he initially lost in the March 3 poll as a runner-up. According to the Estonian public broadcaster, a victorious candidate who belongs to the same party as Hoovelson declined to take up the parliamentary seat in order to stay on as a town mayor. The former sumo wrestler was given the seat as a result.

More than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique storm | AFP.com

More than a thousand people are feared to have died in a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique last week, while scores were killed and more than 200 are missing in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
The city of Beira in central Mozambique bore Cyclone Idai's full wrath on Thursday before the storm barrelled on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, unleashing fierce winds and flash floods and washing away roads and houses.

May seeking Brexit delay to June 30 with option of 2-year extension -BBC | Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May will write to the European Union on Tuesday to ask for a Brexit extension until the end of June and with a possible two-year delay, the BBC’s political editor said... the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said on Twitter after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting: “Cabinet sources say PM is writing letter to EU today asking for extension - frustration that she is going to ask for end date of June 30th, with proviso of delay of up to 2 years.”

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メイ首相のEU離脱案、3回目の採決を英議会議長が事実上禁止 - Bloomberg


新「iPad Air」「iPad mini」で見えてきた“2つの未来”とは? - ITmedia PC USER

 発表されたのは、「iPad Air」と「iPad mini」の新モデルだ。iPad miniの復活は以前からうわさがあったが、iPad Airがラインアップに復帰すると誰が予想していただろうか。実際には旧「10.5インチiPad Pro」のリフレッシュ版をiPad Airとして再定義したようにみえるが、何とこれでiPadは合計5モデルを展開することになる。

MySpace、「12年分のユーザ-コンテンツが事故で消失した」と告知 - ITmedia NEWS

米MySpaceは3月18日(現地時間)、サービスのトップページに「サーバ移行の過程で、3年以上前にアップロードされた写真、動画、音声ファイルがMySpaceで利用できない可能性がある」というバナーを表示した。……2004年創業のMySpaceはSNSの先駆けとして人気を集め、2006年には動画再生で米Yahoo!を抑えて首位に立った。2006年には米News Corp.に買収され、FacebookなどのSNSの隆盛で人気が落ちる中、2016年に米Timeに売却された。その後Timeは大手メディアMeredithに買収され、MySpaceは現在はMeredith傘下だ。

米映画大手ワーナー会長が辞任 女優と不適切な関係か - 毎日新聞


切り裂きジャック、DNA解析でついに正体が判明 | 女性自身

Journal of Forensic Sciencesに掲載された法医学調査報告書によると、切り裂きジャックは当時23歳だったポーランド人理髪師アーロン・コスミンスキーであることがわかったという。……犯罪歴、精神病歴があり、ひどく売春婦を憎んでいたコスミンスキーは100年以上前に容疑者として浮上。しかし決定的な証拠に欠け、1919年に強制入院先の精神病院で死亡している。……1888年9月30日、無残に切り刻まれた4人目の犠牲者、キャサリン・エドウッズがシティ・オブ・ロンドンで発見された。今回、犯人割り出しの決め手となったのは、このエドウッズのショールだった。……このショールは2007年、前述の切り裂きジャック研究家ラッセル・エドワーズがオークションで入手。これを薬学、生体分子科学者のジャリ・ルーヘリアン博士、リーズ大学で遺伝学を研究するデヴィッド・ミラー博士が譲り受け、今回の調査を行った。

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News Headlines - 18 March 2019

China says 13,000 'terrorists' arrested in Xinjiang since 2014 | Al Jazeera

Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 "terrorists" in the restive far western region of Xinjiang since 2014, the government said on Monday.
The announcement was made in a lengthy policy paper again defending Beijing's controversial "deradicalisation" measures.
China has faced growing international opprobrium for setting up facilities that United Nations experts describe as detention centres holding more than one million Uighurs and other Muslims.

Moon's job approval rating dips to new low: poll | Yonhap News Agency

President Moon Jae-in's job approval rating dropped to a record low last week, a poll showed Monday, apparently on the recent collapse of negotiations between the United States and North Korea on ending the North's nuclear ambitions.
In the survey conducted by Realmeter, 44.9 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Moon's job as president, down 1.4 percentage points from a week earlier.
The reading marked the lowest since Moon took office in May 2017.

Main suspect in Utrecht shooting arrested, questions remain about motive - DutchNews.nl

The suspect wanted for shooting dead three people in Utrecht on Monday morning has been arrested, police said at a news conference on Monday evening. Three people were killed and five injured, three seriously, in the attack which took place on and outside a tram on Monday morning in the Kanaleneiland area of the city. The circumstances of the arrest are still unclear, and officials at the news conference were taken by surprise by the development, which came as the meeting was ending.

Slovakia: Businessman charged with ordering murder of journalist Jan Kuciak | DW

A man has been charged with ordering the killings of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova, last year, Slovakian authorities announced on Thursday.
Special prosecutors identified the suspect as Marian K., withholding his last name as is standard practice in Slovakia, adding that they believe the contract killing was tied to Kuciak's investigative work.

Toyota doubles down on Nvidia tech for self-driving cars | TechCrunch

Toyota is deepening its relationship with Nvidia, as the automaker, and its research arms in Japan and the U.S., ramps up its autonomous-vehicle development program.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday during his keynote at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference that Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development - the automaker’s Japan-based research arm - is using the chipmaker’s full end-to-end development and production to develop, train and validate its autonomous vehicle technology. The partnership builds on an ongoing collaboration with Toyota and is based on development between engineering teams from Nvidia, TRI-AD in Japan and Toyota Research Institute in the United States.

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伊元首相の淫行疑惑裁判で証言した女性、謎の死遂げる 毒殺の可能性:AFPBB News

イタリアのメディア王、シルビオ・ベルルスコーニ(Silvio Berlusconi)元首相(82)の性的スキャンダルをめぐる裁判で証言した女性が不可解な死を遂げ、同国当局が捜査に乗り出したことが分かった。……ミラノ(Milan)検察のフランチェスコ・グレコ(Francesco Greco)検事によると、モロッコ出身の元モデル、イマン・ファディル(Imane Fadil)さん(33)が3月1日に市内の病院で死亡したことを受けて、捜査が開始された。 ファディルさんは1月29日、原因不明の腹痛を訴えて病院に搬送されていた。



正恩氏のロールスロイス「明白に制裁違反」 国連報告書:朝日新聞デジタル






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News Headlines - 17 March 2019

Ethiopian Boeing 737 black boxes show ‘clear similarities’ with Indonesian crash

Black box data recovered from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed last week shows "clear similarities" with a recent crash in Indonesia of the same type of aircraft, Ethiopia's transport minister said on Sunday.
While declining to give details, Dagmawit Moges told journalists the parallels would be the "subject of further study during the investigation," with a preliminary report issued in "30 days".

Spain approves exhuming, moving remains of dictator Francisco Franco - UPI.com

The Spanish government led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez approved Friday the exhumation of former leader Francisco Franco at a controversial burial site that's viewed by many as too regal for a dictator who ruled through decades of violent repression.
The exhumation of Franco, who died in 1975, will take place June 10 when his remains will be transferred from the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) memorial complex near Madrid to a regular cemetery near his wife's tomb, ABC and El Diario reported.

Eurostar warns Brits not to travel to Paris and cancels trains for next three days as customs strike chaos continues for THIRD WEEK

EUROSTAR passengers face days more chaos as the firm warned passengers not to travel to Paris.
Crowds queued for hours as four London-bound train were axed today - and another three will not run on Monday with more cancellations throughout the week.
The cross-Channel chaos has now stretched into a third week as French customs officers demanding a Brexit pay rise are "working to rule" and imposing extra checks on passengers.

SoftBank, Other Investors in Talks to Invest $1 Billion in Uber’s Self-Driving Unit - WSJ

A consortium that includes SoftBank Group is in late-stage talks to invest $1 billion or more in Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle unit, according to people familiar with the negotiations, a move that would help the ride-hailing firm make its pitch to investors ahead of its eagerly anticipated IPO.
Under terms being discussed, SoftBank’s Vision Fund and other investors, including at least one unnamed auto maker, would take a minority stake in the unit at a valuation of between $5 billion and $10 billion...

Moon's office reacts angrily to South Korea MP's claim that president is Kim Jong Un's 'top spokesman' | The Japan Times

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in responded sharply Tuesday to a conservative lawmaker’s accusation that he was acting as the “top spokesman” of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Blue House said the comments by Na Kyung-won, floor leader of the Liberty Korea Party, were an insult to both Moon and South Koreans wanting peace, and demanded an apology... Na said she borrowed the expression from “foreign wires,” apparently referring to a Bloomberg report last September that described Moon as acting as Kim’s “top spokesman” at the U.N. General Assembly.

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パリ・シャンゼリゼで略奪、破壊 黄色いベスト運動、230人拘束 | 共同通信




プーチン氏、日露交渉は「勢い失われた」…露紙 : 読売新聞オンライン


34年ぶり、米NYで「五大マフィア」のボス射殺される:AFPBB News

米ニューヨークの五大マフィアの一つ、ガンビーノ(Gambino )一家のボスとして知られていたフランチェスコ・カリ(Francesco Cali)氏(53)が13日夜、スタテン島(Staten Island)の自宅前で銃で撃たれ、死亡した。地元警察当局が発表した。

ホンダF1、11年ぶりの3位表彰台を獲得! フェルスタッペンがベッテルを見事なオーバーテイク。開幕戦優勝はボッタス


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News Headlines - 16 March 2019

Apple says Spotify wouldn't survive without the Apple Store

On Wednesday, Spotify complained to the European Commission antitrust regulators that Apple isn't playing fair and is harming consumers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek argued that App Store policies give Apple Music an “unfair advantage at every turn.”
On Thursday, Apple fired back against the streaming service by saying that Spotify wants "all the benefits of a free app without being free." The iPhone maker also threw in a couple more subtle jabs in the lengthy "Addressing Spotify's Claims" press release.
Apple said in its public retort that Spotify has used the App Store "for years to dramatically grow their business," but now it wants to reap benefits "without making any contributions to that marketplace."

Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage - BBC News

What ensued was an exhausting race for social media pages to take the footage down, as it was replicated seemingly endlessly and shared widely in the wake of the attack.
And through social media, it found its way onto the front pages of some of the world's biggest news websites in the form of still images, gifs, and even the full video.
This series of events has, once again, shone a spotlight on how sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit try - and fail - to address far-right extremism on their platforms.

EU Parliament Leader Under Fire for Praising Mussolini - The New York Times

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani apologized Thursday for remarks interpreted as praise for Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and insisted he is "a committed anti-fascist."
Tajani, who is a member of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party, came under fire after telling Radio 24 on Wednesday evening that before Mussolini "declared war on the entire world, following Hitler, until he promoted the racial laws," the dictator did some "positive things," such as improving infrastructure.

Toyota and Panasonic will showcase assistive robotics during the Tokyo Summer Olympics | TechCrunch

Next year, the world’s top athletes will compete in the Tokyo Summer Games. Some of Japan’s biggest companies will also happily be using the opportunity to show off their latest technologies - namely a fleet of robotics aimed at helping human spectators navigate around the event... Toyota, a long time developer of assistive robotics, will take center stage here. The company is a key sponsor of the events bringing 16 support robots to the games, along with delivery robots. Fellow sponsor Panasonic will also participate by bringing 20 robotic exoskeletons to help transport luggage and lift other heavy objects.

The Royal Air Force Has Said Goodbye To The Tornado After An Amazing 40-Year Career - The Drive

The Royal Air Force has marked the end of an era and formally retired the very last of its swing-wing Panavia Tornado combat jets. For almost 40 years, the aircraft formed an essential part of British air combat capabilities, but are now giving way to the next generation of aircraft, including the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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高くついたクリミア併合 プーチン氏、支持低下の誤算  :日本経済新聞




墜落機のブラックボックス、エチオピアは米ではなく欧州に解析依頼へ - Bloomberg


非常事態無効に拒否権 トランプ大統領、初の発動:一面:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


ジェームズ・ガン監督『ガーディアンズ・オブ・ギャラクシー3』監督に復帰決定! - シネマトゥデイ


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News Headlines - 15 March 2019

JOC head Takeda likely to retire amid probe into Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid corruption, say sources | The Japan Times

Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda is likely to retire without serving another term at a time when French prosecutors are investigating him for suspected corruption in Japan’s successful bid to host the 2020 Games, sources said Friday... The prosecuting judge now suspects Takeda of paying bribes to secure the winning bid, a judicial source said... The International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission has opened an ethics file on Takeda, who is also an IOC member and chairs its marketing commission.

18-yr-old boy accused of 15-million-yen 'Monacoin' cryptocurrency theft - The Mainichi

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has sent papers to prosecutors accusing an 18-year-old boy of stealing some 15 million yen worth of Monacoin virtual currency... The boy specifically stands accused of accessing Monappy, an online wallet service for storing cryptocurrency, between Aug. 14 and Sept. 1 last year to withdraw the Monacoin. The teenager took advantage of website vulnerabilities arising from access overload glitches.

Itochu amasses 40 percent stake in Descente in rare Japan hostile bid | Reuters

Trading house Itochu Corp said on Friday it has amassed a 40 percent stake in sportswear maker Descente Ltd, setting the stage for a rare hostile takeover in Japan’s consensus-driven market... Itochu, which previously held around 30 percent of Descente shares, offered in late January to buy more from other shareholders at a 50 percent premium.

Google team led by Japanese engineer breaks record by calculating pi to the 31.4 trillionth digit | The Japan Times

Google LLC said Thursday that a team led by engineer Emma Haruka Iwao from Japan has broken a Guinness World Record by calculating pi to the 31.4 trillionth digit, around 9 trillion more than the previous record set in 2016.
The accomplishment, announced on the day dubbed “Pi Day” as its first three digits are 3.14, was achieved by using Google Cloud infrastructure, the tech giant said.

Boeing Halts 737 MAX Deliveries After Two Fatal Crashes - WSJ

Boeing Co. suffered dual setbacks Thursday when it paused deliveries of its 737 MAX jetliner and a U.S. Air Force official raised concerns about one of the company’s biggest military-plane programs. The aircraft manufacturer said it has suspended deliveries of its 737 MAX following the grounding of the aircraft by aviation regulators around the world after two fatal crashes within five months.

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英EU離脱、延期可決…協定案3度目採決へ : 読売新聞オンライン


「非常事態宣言は無効」米上院も決議 与党で12人造反:朝日新聞デジタル


トヨタ、米にHV生産など830億円投資 - 産経ニュース


米フェイスブック、最高製品責任者とワッツアップ幹部が退社 | ロイター


NZのモスクで銃乱射、49人死亡・20人超重傷 犯行生中継か | ロイター


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News Headlines - 14 March 2019

Emperor starts ceremony series related to his abdication:The Asahi Shimbun

Emperor Akihito on March 12 took part in the first ceremony related to his abdication, informing imperial ancestors, including Amaterasu-omikami, the legendary sun goddess, of his intention to step down on April 30.
The “hokoku no gi” started around 10 a.m. within the Imperial Palace grounds, with Akihito dressed in the “sokutai,” a formal traditional attire that can only be worn by an emperor... The same document was read at two other shrines in the Imperial Palace dedicated to past emperors and other Shinto gods.

Japan won't submit N. Korea resolution at UN - NHK WORLD

Japan's government says it won't submit a resolution condemning North Korean human rights violations at the United Nations this year.
Japan and the European Union have jointly submitted such resolutions to the UN Human Rights Council for the past 11 years. The resolutions referred to Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

TASS: Pyongyang set to break off denuclearization talks with Washington - diplomat

The North Korean leadership is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday... The deputy foreign minister blamed the breakdown of talks in Hanoi on the US side, who "were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result."
She also said that during an extended meeting, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US National Security Adviser John Bolton "created the atmosphere of hostility and mistrust and, therefore, obstructed the constructive effort for negotiations between the supreme leaders of North Korea and the United States."

China says Xinjiang has 'boarding schools' not 'concentration camps' | Reuters

China is running boarding schools not concentration camps in the far western region of Xinjiang, its governor said on Tuesday, as the United States called conditions there “completely unacceptable”.
China has faced growing international opprobrium for what it says are vocational training centers in Xinjiang, a vast region bordering central Asia that is home to millions of Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities.

Chinese parents storm primary school in rotten food row | The Guardian

Hundreds of parents have stormed a primary school in south-western China after learning their children were being fed rotten food, clashing with riot police and refusing to leave.
Parents of students attending the Chengdu No 7 Experimental school, a private institution with an intake of about 6,000, discovered issues with school lunches after their children experienced breathing problems and stomach pains.
A doctor who inspected one student said the child appeared to have been eating rotten food for a prolonged period of time, according to one parent’s social media post. Some parents discovered supplies of frozen meat and produce growing mould and posted about them online.

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「合意なきEU離脱」拒否 英議会が可決:朝日新聞デジタル


北朝鮮公館襲撃に米関与か スペインでCIAと報道 - 産経ニュース


仏ルノー、ゴーン被告側近の執行役員3人の退任発表 | ロイター


CNN.co.jp : トランプ陣営の元選対本部長にまた実刑判決、禁錮期間7年半に


米カリフォルニア州知事、死刑執行を一時停止 TBS NEWS

13日、死刑執行の一時停止を命じる文書に署名したカリフォルニア州のニューサム知事。……カリフォルニア州の死刑囚は全米の州で最も多い737人で、アメリカ全体の死刑囚の4分の1にあたります。 ニューサム知事は、刑務所内にある死刑執行のための施設も閉鎖することも決めましたが、カリフォルニア州では3年前に住民投票で死刑廃止が否決されているため、民意を無視しているとの批判が出ている

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News Headlines - 13 March 2019

Spotify: Apple is harming competitors and the EU should act - CNN

Spotify says Apple isn't playing fair when it comes to competing for music fans.
The Swedish music streaming company has filed a complaint against Apple with European antitrust officials, accusing it of giving its own music service an unfair advantage over competitors.

Airbiquity announces strategic investment from Toyota Motor Corporation, DENSO Corporation, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation | Automotive World

Airbiquity, a long-standing global leader in connected vehicle services, today announced a $15 million minority investment in the company from Toyota Motor Corporation, DENSO Corporation, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation. This investment will support Airbiquity’s expansion of the development of connected vehicle software technology and cloud-based services.
Additionally, the four parties will collaborate to accelerate the development and commercialization of an automotive grade over-the-air (OTA) system enabling remote vehicle software updates and management; increased production and operational efficiencies throughout the vehicle lifecycle; and new mobility services powered by data and analytics. Central to this alliance is Airbiquity’s market-leading OTAmatic software and data management offering for connected vehicles.

Japan Sega game sales halted after cocaine arrest - BBC News

Games firm Sega is to stop sales of its video game Judgment in Japan, after actor Pierre Taki, who appears in it, was arrested for alleged drug use.
Mr Taki, who plays a gangster in the game, was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of using cocaine.
Judgment had been on sale in Japan since December 2018, and is due to be published worldwide later this year.

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free woman accused of Kim Jong Nam's poisoning | Reuters

Vietnam called on Malaysia on Tuesday to free a Vietnamese woman accused of the 2017 VX poison murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother, a day after a Malaysian court dropped the same charge against an Indonesian woman... Huong’s co-defendant, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, was freed on Monday.
She and Huong had been accused of poisoning Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with liquid VX at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Conviction could carry the death penalty.

Ebola treatment center attacked again as Congo battles a deadly epidemic - CNN

Militants attacked an Ebola treatment center in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing a police officer as the nation battles a growing epidemic that has killed hundreds.
The World Health Organization said a staff member was injured in the Saturday attack by armed groups that targeted the center again last week. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was in the nation on a three-day visit and spoke to officials and staff at the center after the attack.

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英国、合意なし離脱の場合の輸入関税引き下げ・国境管理案発表 | ロイター




米航空当局、ボーイング737MAXの運航停止せず EUは停止 | ロイター


Facebook、ウォーレン議員の政治広告を削除 ロゴ無断使用のポリシー違反で - ITmedia NEWS




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News Headlines - 12 March 2019

MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes | The Guardian

Theresa May has suffered a second humiliating defeat on her Brexit deal, as MPs voted it down by a crushing majority of 149, dealing a fresh blow to her shattered authority.
With just 17 days to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, backbenchers from both sides of the Brexit divide immediately began manoeuvring to take control of the next steps of the process, in a series of key votes in the coming days.
MPs ignored the prime minister’s pleas to “get the deal done” and voted the deal down for a second time, after the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) said it was not convinced by last-minute assurances won from Brussels on Monday.

U.S. official suggests Italy avoid China's Belt and Road plan | Reuters

The Italian government should not support China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan, a spokesman for the White House’s group of national security advisers said on Saturday, calling it a “vanity project.”
On Friday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that he might sign an accord with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month, despite reports that the United States was concerned at the prospect of a key ally joining the venture.

French prosecutors open inquiry into Carlos Ghosn's lavish Versailles wedding party, source says | The Japan Times

French prosecutors have begun an inquiry into the lavish wedding party at the Palace of Versailles for former Renault and Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, part of which was billed to the French automaker, a legal source said.
Renault SA disclosed last month that the chateau had waived the usual €50,000 (¥6.3 million) rental fee for the October 2016 party under a sponsorship fee signed a few months earlier.
The waived bill could amount to the misuse of company resources, as well as tax evasion, if the benefit-in-kind was not declared to French authorities.

Toyota and JAXA plan to send space rover to the moon in 2029 | The Japan Times

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will jointly develop a rover to be sent to the moon in 2029, amid fierce global competition to explore Earth’s natural satellite.
Toyota unveiled the project with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to build a rover that can be powered by fuel cells and enable astronauts to live inside it for a certain period without wearing space suits, in what would be the first such development in the world.
JAXA is planning to send manned missions to the moon between 2029 and 2034.

Venezuela's Power Outage Continues, Situation Grows Desperate : NPR

Venezuela has been in the grip of a crippling blackout for four days - and the humanitarian situation there is growing increasingly dire.
Signs of the crisis are everywhere you look in the Venezuelan capital. "Drive around Caracas, and you see long lines of cars waiting for hours at the few gas stations still operational," NPR's Philip Reeves reported from the city.

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日仏連合、新会議体設立 ルノー会長「日産会長にならず」  :日本経済新聞


最新鋭小型機が5カ月で2機墜落 ボーイング株価急落の衝撃|日刊ゲンダイDIGITAL


ベネズエラ、グアイド氏支持の独大使を追放 米は制裁強化:AFPBB News

ベネズエラ政府は6日、野党指導者のフアン・グアイド(Juan Guaido)国会議長に対する国際社会の支持に反発し、同国駐在のドイツ大使を国外追放処分とした。……ドイツのダニエル・クリーナー(Daniel Kriener)大使は4日に帰国したグアイド氏を首都カラカスの空港で出迎えていた。ベネズエラ外務省は、ベネズエラの内政に「干渉」したとして、クリーナー大使に48時間以内の退去を命じたと発表。……50か国以上からベネズエラ暫定大統領として認められているグアイド氏は十数人の各国代表から出迎えられていたが、「ペルソナ・ノン・グラータ(好ましからざる人物)」として指定されたのは今のところクリーナー大使のみ。

ユダヤ博物館銃撃、実行役に終身刑 欧州初の「ISテロ」 - 毎日新聞


フランス語学術団体、ついに職業名詞の「女性形」受け入れ ミソジニー批判に直面(The Telegraph)

仏国立学術団体でフランス語保護団体として知られる「アカデミー・フランセーズ(Academie Francaise)」が言語面での「改革」に乗り出し、職業を表す単語の女性形をついに受け入れることを発表した。……職業を示す男性名詞に「e」を付けて女性名詞化してしまうと、「フランス語の精神に反する提議を招く」と反発してきた。……アカデミーは2月28日、職業を表す単語について、長年使用されてきた男性形に併せ、「女性名詞化」した形も含める意向を発表する予定だと報じた。

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News Headlines - 11 March 2019

Bells and sirens as Japan marks tsunami anniversary, pledges recovery | Reuters

Bells rang and sirens sounded on Monday as Japan observed a moment of silence to commemorate the eighth anniversary of a massive earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or missing, and triggered triple nuclear meltdowns.
The quake of magnitude nine on March 11, 2011 struck north of the Japanese capital, unleashing a tsunami that engulfed large swathes of the Pacific coast and caused the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

South Korean plaintiffs may seek seizure of Mitsubishi Heavy assets in Europe over wartime forced labor | The Japan Times v

A team of lawyers representing South Korean plaintiffs who won a case against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. over wartime forced labor is considering seeking a seizure of the Japanese manufacturer’s assets in Europe, one of them has said.

Ethiopian Airlines crash kills 157, spreads global grief - Boston Herald

An Ethiopian Airlines jet faltered and crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff, carving a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people who were killed.
There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on a flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. The crash was strikingly similar to that of a Lion Air jet in Indonesian seas last year, killing 189 people. Both accidents involved the Boeing 737 Max 8, and China ordered a temporarily grounding of those planes for Chinese airlines Monday.

May wins ‘improved’ Brexit deal but it may not be enough for MPs | The Guardian

Theresa May has called for MPs to “come together” to back her deal after claiming to have secured the legally binding changes parliament wanted to ensure the EU cannot trap the UK in the Irish backstop and a permanent customs union.
But within minutes of the start of a late-night joint press conference in Strasbourg, those words rang hollow, as Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, conceded the EU had not agreed to the prime minister’s central demand.
Juncker told reporters that a freshly negotiated legal add-on to the Brexit deal, emphasising the temporary nature of the Irish backstop, “complements the withdrawal agreement without reopening it”.

Sotheby’s celebrates 275 years of history with London exhibition | Culture | The Guardian

On 11 March 1744, Samuel Baker, a “joyous fellow” with a “fondness for plum-coloured coats”, who for a decade had sold books from his corner table in Covent Garden’s Angel and Crown pub, brought the hammer down on his first auction... Exactly 275 years on, the international auction house Sotheby’s, which grew out of Baker’s entrepreneurial endeavours and is one of the UK’s oldest businesses, marks its anniversary by ringing the opening bell on the New York stock exchange trading floor. Sotheby’s is almost 50 years older than the stock exchange itself.

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強国ドイツは景気後退の瀬戸際か、関税と離脱の二重苦で | ロイター


トルドー首相、女性議員に敵対的態度か カナダ首相府は疑惑否定:AFPBB News

カナダ首相府は9日、ジャスティン・トルドー(Justin Trudeau)首相が与党・自由党所属の女性議員に敵対的な態度を取ったとされる疑惑を否定した。汚職疑惑が強まる中、トルドー首相のイメージは最近悪化している。
 トロント選挙区選出のセリーナ・シーザーシャバンヌ(Celina Caesar-Chavannes)議員は現地紙グローブ・アンド・メール(The Globe and Mail)の取材に対し、10月の総選挙で再選を目指さない意向をトルドー氏に伝えたところ、トルドー氏が自分に激怒したと話した。

トモダチ作戦の訴え却下 原発事故で米裁判所  :日本経済新聞




スウェーデンの銀行同盟入り、ユーロ圏加盟次第=規制当局トップ | ロイター

スウェーデン金融監督庁(FSA)トップのErik Thedeen氏は8日、欧州銀行同盟入りはユーロ圏に加盟するかどうかで判断するとの認識を示した。

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News Headlines - 10 March 2019

Police are 'increasingly concerned' for Japanese musician, 19, after he goes missing from UK tour | Daily Mail Online

Concerns have risen for the welfare of a 19-year-old Japanese musician who disappeared mid-way through a tour of the UK with his world-famous drumming group.
Sho Teshigawara was last seen at Dorking train station at 6.30pm - two hours before an 8pm performance was booked for his group the Yamato Drummers. The Yamato drummers are a group of dozens of Japanese performers who use their whole bodies to hit a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400 year-old tree.

Crime Agency Freezes Bank Accounts of Chinese Students Studying in U.K.

Authorities in the U.K. have frozen dozens of bank accounts belonging to Chinese nationals studying in the county, citing money-laundering concerns.
The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) said it would seek to freeze 95 bank accounts containing an estimated £3.6 million (U.S.$ 4.7 million) in funds "suspected to be either the proceeds of crime or intended to be used for criminal purposes."
It said the accounts were held mainly by overseas students studying in the U.K. who may be unaware that their operation of their accounts was "potentially illegal."

Mario Batali sells his stake in his restaurants, more than a year after sexual-harassment allegations | The Seattle Times

Disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali relinquished his stake in his company on Wednesday, more than a year after numerous women alleged that he sexually harassed them, resulting in a criminal inquiry against the chef. The New York Times reported that longtime partners Joe Bastianich and his sister, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, have bought the chef’s shares in the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, the company behind his popular restaurants like Babbo and Del Posto, for an undisclosed price.

IS group runaway teen's baby son dies in Syria camp

The baby son of Shamima Begum, a British-born teenager who left London to join the Islamic State group, has died in Syria, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has said.
Begum, 19, who was stripped of her citizenship for joining IS by the British government despite her wish to return, gave birth last month in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria.
The baby died of pneumonia, according to a medical certificate, the BBC reported Friday.

Korean forced labor victims seek court seizure of Mitsubishi assets

Four Korean victims of wartime forced labor are seeking seizure of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s local assets as the company refuses to comply with the Supreme Court ruling that ordered the firm to compensate them.
The plaintiffs, including 88-year-old Yang Geum-deuk, on Thursday filed the request with the Seoul Central District Court to seize several Mitsubishi trademarks and patents, according to a civic group that represents the victims.
If approved by the court, the Japanese company will be forbidden from selling or transferring the assets.

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英“北”の瀬取り警戒監視へ 仏も参加発表 計7カ国に - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


トヨタ「英生産撤退 選択肢」 合意なき離脱なら23年以降 :日本経済新聞


ドイツ銀、コメルツ銀と統合交渉 独政府が後押し:日本経済新聞


スイス中銀、2018年はマイナス金利で20.5億フランの利益 | ロイター


ロシアに「イルカ監獄」、97頭の運命は?  解放か死か、混迷極まる | 47NEWS


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News Headlines - 09 March 2019

UN Panel Says North Korea Obtained $670 Million in Crypto and Fiat via Hacking: Report

North Korea has reportedly amassed $670 million in fiat and cryptocurrencies by conducting hacking attacks, Asia-focused financial newspaper Nikkei Asian Review reports on Friday, March 8. The publication cites a U.N. Security Council report.
The report, prepared by a panel of experts, was presented to the Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee ahead of its annual report. According to the documents obtained by Nikkei, the hackers attacked overseas financial institutions from 2015 to 2018 and purportedly used blockchain “to cover their tracks.”

Hyundai Heavy signs formal deal to take over Daewoo Shipbuilding | Yonhap News Agency

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. on Friday signed a formal deal with the state-run Korea Development Bank to buy its smaller local rival Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., heralding the world's largest shipbuilding group with a some 20 percent market share.
Hyundai Heavy became the sole bidder for Daewoo Shipbuilding after another local shipyard, Samsung Heavy Industries Co., turned down an offer to bid for Daewoo Shipbuilding.

UK, Japan scientists study radioactive Fukushima particles | Reuters

Eight years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, radioactive particles collected from the site are undergoing new forensic investigation in Britain in an effort to understand the exact sequence of events.

IHI finds 211 cases of improper engine inspections - NHK WORLD

Japan's IHI Corporation says it has found more than 200 cases of improper inspections of aircraft engines over the past two years... IHI President Tsugio Mitsuoka offered his apologies on Friday. He said the company examined about 40,000 inspection records from the past two years, and found 211 cases of misconduct... The misconduct involved 32 employees. IHI managers had received a whistle-blower report in April last year, but failed to confirm the wrongdoing.

Hello Kitty headed for Hollywood after years of talks on film rights | The Japan Times

Sanrio announced on Wednesday that it will team up with New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo. to create an English-language Hello Kitty film for global audiences, with Warner Brothers as distributor.
The iconic cat, first designed in 1974 with a trademark pink bow, will be turned into a movie character after nearly five years of talks to secure the film rights. The new partnership also includes film rights to Sanrio’s other creations, including the pink rabbit My Melody and Gudetama, a slouching egg-shaped cartoon character.

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北朝鮮、仮想通貨5億ドル超奪う 国連報告独自入手  :日本経済新聞


米雇用2万人増どまり 2月、1年5ヵ月ぶり低水準:日本経済新聞


英議会、離脱協定案の再採決は12日に 過半数見通せず:朝日新聞デジタル

3月末に予定される欧州連合(EU)からの離脱をめぐり、英国政府は7日、離脱条件を定めた協定案の英議会下院での再採決を12日に行うと発表した。…… 仮に12日の採決で協定案がまた否決された場合、EUとの合意がないまま3月末に離脱する「合意なき離脱」の是非を問う採決を13日までに行う。議会が「合意なき離脱」の回避を求めた場合は、3月に予定される離脱の延期の是非を14日に採決するとしている。

マナフォート被告に禁錮3年11月 トランプ氏元選対幹部:AFPBB News

米裁判所は7日、2016年米大統領選でドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)陣営の選対本部長を務めたポール・マナフォート(Paul Manafort)被告(69)に対し、脱税や銀行関連詐欺の罪で禁錮3年11月を言い渡した。……トランプ氏の側近に対して言い渡されたものとしてはこれまでで最も厳しい量刑だが、大勢の予想よりははるかに軽い量刑となった。

JAL中長距離LCC「ZIPAIR」、787で成田-バンコク・ソウル20年就航 米西海岸も視野

日本航空が100%出資する中長距離LCCの準備会社「ティー・ビー・エル(TBL)」は3月8日、新社名を「ZIPAIR Tokyo(ジップエア トーキョー)」に決定したと発表した。ブランド名は「ZIPAIR(ジップエア)」で、サービス内容や制服のお披露目は4月ごろを予定している。

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News Headlines - 08 March 2019

Japan fourth-quarter GDP revised up on investment rebound but trade clouds outlook | Reuters

The Japanese economy grew faster than initially estimated in the fourth quarter as capital expenditure staged a quick recovery from a series of natural disasters in the previous quarter.
However, despite the upward revision to growth, economists are likely to temper their optimism on the outlook given a recent batch of disappointing data on exports and factory output and the economy expected to weaken due to the Sino-U.S. trade war.

Renesas to halt six plants in Japan for up to two months | The Japan Times

Major Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp. will halt six domestic plants for up to two months due to China’s economic slowdown reflecting the country’s trade spat with the United States, informed sources have said.
The Chinese slowdown has dented demand for semiconductors for industrial machinery and consumer electronics, according to the sources.

Honda workers travel to Parliament as campaign to save Swindon plant ramps up - ITV News

Honda workers and union representatives have travelled to Parliament as part of their campaign to save jobs in Swindon.
The group plan to lobby politicians and meet MPs. They hope a question will be raised at Prime Minister’s Questions so the issue remains on the political agenda.
3,500 jobs are at risk after Honda announced plans to close the Swindon plant and build their new electric models in North America and Asia, where they have a larger customer base.

70% of anti-Meghan tweets sent in two month came from just TWENTY trolls | Daily Mail Online

More than 3,600 hateful tweets directed at, or about, the Duchess of Sussex were sent in just two months by just 20 accounts, new analysis has revealed.
The handful of accounts, most of which seem to have been set up explicitly and exclusively to spew vile posts about Meghan Markle, were responsible for 70 per cent of more than 5,200 abusive messages.
The research, by campaign group Hope Not Hate and CNN, examined tweets in January and February featuring anti-Meghan hashtags including #megxit, #bumpgate, and #mmtcd - believed to mean 'Meghan Markle, the Charlatan Duchess'.

Thailand court disbands pro-Thaksin political party for nominating princess | The Japan Times

Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the dissolution of a major political party ahead of this month’s general election because it nominated a member of the royal family to be its candidate for prime minister.
The Thai Raksa Chart Party on Feb. 8 nominated Princess Ubolratana Mahidol as its candidate for the March 24 polls. However, her brother King Maha Vajiralongkorn later that day issued a royal order calling the nomination highly inappropriate and unconstitutional.
The court in its ruling also banned members of the party’s executive board from political activity for 10 years.

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欧州中銀、年内利上げ断念 経済減速、緩和縮小見直し | 共同通信


「ダークマター」検出へ、欧州の原子核研究機関が新たな実験計画:AFPBB News


英女王、インスタ初投稿 科学博物館を訪問 - 産経フォト


映画『ボヘミアン・ラプソディ』が語らなかったフレディの悲劇 | ニューズウィーク日本版


ネットデマ生んだ恐怖人形、昨年に処分 日本人制作者が明かす:AFPBB News

インターネット上で最近拡散している「モモ・チャレンジ(momo challenge)」と呼ばれるデマで使用された不気味な人形を制作した日本人アーティストが4日、AFPの取材に応じ、人形は昨年に処分しており、人を傷つけるためのものではなかったと説明した。……テレビドラマで使われる小道具を制作する東京の企業リンクファクトリー(LINK FACTORY)の相蘇敬介(Keisuke Aiso)代表取締役(43)は、この人形は出産時に亡くなった女性の妖怪「うぶめ」を基に作ったと説明した。

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News Headlines - 07 March 2019

Key index shows Japan economy may already be in recessionary phase - The Mainichi

The government on Thursday downgraded its assessment of a key indicator of economic trends, suggesting Japan may have already entered a recessionary phase rather than marking its longest growth streak since the end of World War II, as previously believed.
The Cabinet Office's coincident index of business conditions for January was down 2.7 points from the previous month at 97.9 against the 2015 base of 100. It was the index's third consecutive monthly decline, prompting the office to say that it was "signaling a possible turning point." Prior to that, it had said conditions were "weakening."

Japan's moon shot: Toyota and JAXA space agency plan to send rover on lunar mission | The Japan Times

Toyota is teaming up with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a planned mission to the moon, with the auto giant expected to develop a lunar rover, officials and local media said Wednesday... Details will be announced by JAXA and Toyota on Tuesday next week when the space agency hosts a symposium in Tokyo, the spokesman said.

China reveals case against two Canadians detained in wake of Huawei arrest - CNN

The case against the two Canadians detained in the wake of the controversial arrest of a Huawei executive was revealed by China's Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission on Monday.
In a statement, former diplomat Michael Kovrig was accused of spying by the Chinese government, including gathering and stealing "sensitive information and other intelligence" since 2017.
Businessman Michael Spavor is accused of providing intelligence to Kovrig, and is described as an "important contact" for the former diplomat.

Brian K. Vaughan To Pen ‘Gundam’ Live-Action Adaptation For Legendary | Deadline

Famed comic book creator and New York Times bestselling author Brian K. Vaughan has signed on to write the screenplay for Gundam, the first live-action film based on the popular mecha anime and science fiction media franchise created by Sunrise. The project hails from Legendary Entertainment, in a co-production with Sunrise. Vaughan, best known for creating comic book series like Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina and Runaways, will also serve as an executive producer on the pic.

How Man Utd produced one of the great European comebacks... and why PSG's furious Neymar called it a 'disgrace'

Marcus Rashford's stoppage-time penalty secured injury-hit Manchester United an extraordinary victory against the odds at Paris St-Germain as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered his side into the Champions League quarter-finals.
Just 22 days after suffering his only defeat as caretaker manager in the first leg, United arrived in France looking to become the first side in the competition's history to progress after suffering a first-leg home loss by two goals.
The odds were stacked against them - but United turned the improbable into reality in an extraordinary Parc des Princes clash, securing a 3-1 victory and progress on away goals.

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世界長者番付、ジェフ・ベゾスが2年連続首位 21歳のビリオネアも誕生 | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)


EU、デジタル課税合意見送りへ 主導役の仏は単独導入へ:日本経済新聞






WWF監視員が拷問か アフリカの密猟者、独調査:日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 06 March 2019

Senate set to reject Trump's national emergency declaration | The Guardian

Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the Mexican border will be rejected by the Senate, the most senior Republican in the US upper chamber has admitted.
The Democratic-controlled House has already voted to reject the national emergency declaration. A rejection in the Republican-controlled Senate would send a powerful signal that Trump’s control of his own party may be slipping.
If his national emergency declaration is rejected, Trump could veto that rejection. A presidential veto can be overruled by both houses of Congress, but only with two-thirds majorities, which is unlikely, meaning the declaration is likely to stand in the end.

Carlos Ghosn: former Nissan chairman released on bail in Tokyo | The Guardian

Carlos Ghosn has been freed from detention in Tokyo, almost four months after the former Nissan chairman was arrested for financial misconduct... Live TV footage showed Ghosn, dressed in a dark blue uniform, light blue baseball cap and surgical face mask, being escorted out of Tokyo detention centre by several officials and taken to a silver van. Reports said that a car from the French embassy had arrived at the detention centre, as media helicopters swirled overhead.

Kagoike couple at heart of Japan PM Abe's Moritomo Gakuen cronyism scandal plead not guilty | The Japan Times

The former head of a school operator and his wife, who are at the heart of a cronyism scandal linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of fraud related to public subsidies for their schools, claiming their arrests were politically motivated.

Japan's health ministry approves world's first trials for using iPS cells to treat corneal disease | The Japan Times

The health ministry conditionally approved Tuesday the world’s first clinical study to treat patients with corneal disease by using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
The study, to be conducted by a team of researchers from Osaka University, will be the sixth time the government has authorized clinical studies using iPS cells.

Arata Isozaki Won 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Now See Pictures Of His Work : NPR

Isozaki won the Pritzker Architecture Prize on Tuesday, a lifetime achievement award so prestigious, it's often known as the Nobel Prize for architects. And according to the prize's judges, it was in part Isozaki's endless attempts to rebuild - to make something new from old forms, to experiment on the edge of what's possible - that earned him the honor.

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クリントン、ブルームバーグ両氏が不出馬表明 民主党候補を支援へ - 毎日新聞


またも異例! ロイヤルファミリーがソーシャルメディアをめぐる新ガイドラインを発表


HIV治療でウイルス「消滅」、幹細胞移植で英男性 2例目 - BBCニュース


昨年見送りのノーベル文学賞復活 10月初旬に2年分発表 | 共同通信


さよなら「ベベルレ」 パリ最後の成人映画館、幕下ろす:AFPBB News

 だが、賃料の上昇や社会習慣の変化にのまれ、ベベルレは過ぎしパリの象徴となった。2月23日、モーリス・ラロシュ(Maurice Laroche)館長はカップルで映画観賞する「カップルナイト」の最終上映後、1週間劇場に残り、映画フィルムやポスター、座席など劇場に残ったすべてを売りに出した。

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News Headlines - 05 March 2019

US decision to merge Palestinian mission with Israeli embassy sparks anger | The Independent

The US has officially closed its consulate in Jerusalem, which served Palestinians, and has folded it into the US embassy to Israel.
The consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians for decades, but now that mission will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit under the command of the embassy.

Holland recalls envoy from Iran in escalating murder plot row | The Times of Israel

The Netherlands said Monday it had recalled its ambassador from Tehran after Iran expelled two Dutch diplomats in an escalating dispute over an alleged plot to assassinate regime opponents.
Dutch authorities accused Iran in January of involvement in the murder of two dissidents on Dutch soil in 2015 and 2017, and the European Union slapped sanctions on Tehran over the killings.

Ghosn’s family taps U.N. rights group to show jail violations:The Asahi Shimbun

Carlos Ghosn's lawyers have submitted a dossier to a United Nations' working group which showed that the former head of Renault's rights had been violated during detention in Japan, one if his lawyers said on Monday.
Ghosn has been in custody since his initial arrest in late November over allegations he under-reported his compensation at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., for nearly a decade through 2018. He also has been charged with aggravated breach of trust.

'Haptic baton' offers new hope for blind musicians | Reuters

A conductor’s baton has been created that allows the visually-impaired to follow its movements, opening up the potential for blind people to join more orchestras.
The ‘Haptic Baton’ contains sensors that pick up even slight motions. These are then transmitted via radio signals to vibrating devices attached to musicians’ wrists or ankles.
They vibrate and buzz in different ways to indicate to the player the pace and dynamics the conductor wants.

Japan Releases Incredible Asteroid Landing Footage From Its Hayabusa-2 Spacecraft

Japan has revealed images taken by its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft during last month’s historic asteroid landing, showing the dramatic moment it touched the surface and scooped up material.
Hayabusa-2 landed on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu on Thursday, February 21 at a distance of 310 million kilometers from Earth. This was only the second successful asteroid landing in history, after the Hayabusa-1 mission in 2005.

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ゴーン元会長の保釈認める、東京地裁 検察は準抗告  :日本経済新聞


ボルボ・カー、最高速度180キロメートルに制限 20年から  :日本経済新聞


二重国籍者の市民権の剥奪も 独政府、テロ組織に参加で | 福井新聞ONLINE

ドイツ政府は4日、同国と他国の二重国籍を持ち、過激派組織「イスラム国」(IS)など国外のテロ組織に戦闘員として関与した18歳以上の国民について、将来的にドイツ国籍の剥奪を可能にする法改正を進めるとの考えを明らかにした。…… 一方、政府は法の適用に関して遡及せず、将来の事案に限る考え。



NY・メトロポリタン美術館で「源氏物語展」 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 04 March 2019

£1.6bn 'bribe' for poorer towns as May seeks Labour's backing for Brexit deal | The Guardian

Left-behind towns in England are to get a £1.6bn funding boost as part of a package of measures to win support for Theresa May’s Brexit deal among Labour MPs, who said the new cash would not buy their votes.
Labour MPs including Lisa Nandy and Gareth Snell who have signalled they might back May’s deal criticised the approach and said the cash would do little to tackle the effects of austerity.

As many as 70 UK opposition Labour lawmakers oppose second Brexit referendum: lawmaker | Reuters

As many as 70 of Britain’s opposition Labour lawmakers oppose holding a second Brexit referendum, Labour lawmaker Caroline Flint said on Sunday.
Earlier this week Labour said it would back a second referendum in order to try to prevent either a ‘no deal’ or Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal.

Virgin Atlantic drops mandatory makeup for female cabin crew | The Guardian

Virgin Atlantic has told female cabin crew they will no longer have to wear makeup in the air.
The airline will also provide female crew with trousers as part of their standard uniform, rather than only providing them on request... Virgin said cabin crew could now work without makeup, but were welcome to follow the palette of lipstick and foundation set out in its guidelines.

Salisbury to be declared decontaminated after 13,000-hour clean-up following Novichok poisoning | London Evening Standard

Salisbury is to be declared decontaminated of Novichok after an almost year-long military clean-up following the Sergei Skripal poisoning... Military teams have spent 13,000 hours on the clean-up after Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were targeted with the nerve agent in March last year and left seriously ill.
During the 355-day operation, they took 5,000 test samples from across Salisbury and nearby Amesbury, where Dawn Sturgess, 44, was fatally poisoned in July.

'Beverly Hills, 90210' Star Luke Perry Dies Of Stroke At 52

Television icon Luke Perry has died at the age of 52, according to his spokesperson. He suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, and had spent the past few days in emergency care at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank... Some of his many stand-out roles included his work on Oz, John From Cincinnati, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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英首相の離脱案、支持には「条約レベルの変更」必要=DUP | ロイター


ファーウェイ副会長が損賠請求へ カナダ政府に不当拘束と(共同通信)


CASE時代に備える新規事業、成功率はわずか1割 | 日経 xTECH(クロステック)


トランスジェンダーの女子競技参加は「インチキ」 ナブラチロワ氏が発言謝罪:AFPBB News

四大大会(グランドスラム)のシングルスで通算18勝を誇る女子テニスのレジェンド、マルチナ・ナブラチロワ(Martina Navratilova)氏(63)は3日、女子競技への出場を望むトランスジェンダー(性別越境者)の選手をインチキだと評したことについて謝罪した。

ジョニー・デップ、元妻アンバー・ハードの「DVに関する寄稿文」で55億円の損害賠償請求 | cinemacafe.net


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News Headlines - 03 March 2019

U.S., China Close In on Trade Deal - WSJ

China and the U.S. are in the final stage of completing a trade deal, with Beijing offering to lower tariffs and other restrictions on American farm, chemical, auto and other products and Washington considering removing most, if not all, sanctions levied against Chinese products since last year.
The agreement is taking shape following February's talks in Washington, poeple briefed on the matter on both sides said.

President of Slovenia says EU could approve short Brexit delay | Sky News

The President of Slovenia has said he believes his country and "a lot of other" EU nations would approve a short delay to Brexit... President Borut Pahor added that Britain needs to show "clarity and consensus" and come back to the EU with a plan MPs can approve.

German public servants to get 8-percent pay increases

Union and government negotiators say they’ve reached a new wage agreement that will give more than a million public servants in Germany a nearly 8 percent pay increase over 33 months.
The deal, announced just before midnight Saturday, comes after disruptive short-term strikes by teachers and others designed to put pressure on the government.

OPCW confirms chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria | DW

The OPCW fact-finding mission said there were reasonable grounds that toxic chemicals had been used in the Syrian town of Douma, near Damascus in April 2018. The investigation did not assign blame.

Italy arrests Camorra 'superboss' after 14 years on run - The Local

Italian police on Saturday arrested top mafia fugitive Marco Di Lauro, the fourth son of ex-Camorra boss Paolo Di Lauro, after over 14 years on the run. Di Lauro, 38, was arrested without a fight at a modest apartment where he lived with his wife in the Chiaiano district in southern city Naples, police said.

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ムーディーズ、ギリシャを2段階格上げ 「B1」に | ロイター




ロボットジャーナリズム、北欧・スウェーデンで活況:ミットメディアでは新規購読者1000人獲得に寄与 | DIGIDAY[日本版]

現在8万人弱の有料購読者を抱える同社の場合、忠実なユーザーをデジタル有料購読者に転向させるのにもっとも効果的だったのは、不動産情報だ。2017年末に同社がローンチした「ホームオーナーズボット(Homeowners Bot)」は、地元市場で売りに出されているすべての家に短文テキストをつけ、注目ポイント(たとえば、その年販売されたなかでもっとも高価であるなど)を紹介し、Googleストリートビューの写真を添付した記事を作成する。



「シティーハンター」実写版がフランスで公開 2週間で動員100万人超 - 映画.com


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News Headlines - 02 March 2019

British prejudice against immigrants is among lowest in Europe, study shows

Just one in 10 Britons would object to neighbours of a different race while only 15 per cent do not want immigrants living next door, a new study has found. Research has shown that British prejudice against immigrants is among the lowest in Europe, and comparable to most other wealthy EU and English speaking nations.
US researchers said the findings challenge the prevailing attitudes about Brexit suggesting that the vast majority of people in Britain do not have an issue with immigration.

SDF draws fire for recruitment poster featuring female anime characters in skimpy costumes | The Japan Times

A Self-Defense Forces recruitment office in Shiga Prefecture has caused a stir by releasing a poster that features female anime characters wearing super-short skirts, which expose what appear to be underwear. Some people have described the image as a form of sexual harassment.

Thailand to apply to join trans-Pacific FTA this month: official - The Mainichi

Thailand will apply this month to join a trans-Pacific free trade agreement, aiming to ensure it is not left behind by its competitors in the vibrant region, according to a senior Thai government official.

Mystery still surrounds break-in at North Korean embassy in Madrid - The Local

A week after a break-in at the North Korean embassy in Madrid, Spanish authorities were on Friday still trying to shed light on the mysterious theft of computers and office equipment...North Korea's ambassador to Spain was expelled in 2017 as a "persona non grata" after nuclear tests and missile firings by Pyongyang.
Since then, North Korea has had diplomatic representation in Madrid but no ambassador.

It’s Spielberg vs. Netflix as the Post-Oscar Academy Wars Continue | IndieWire

Steven Spielberg isn’t basking in the glow of Best Picture Oscar-winner “Green Book,” which he supported in this year’s contentious Oscar race. His Academy Award attention is now devoted to ensuring that the race never sees another “Roma” - a Netflix film backed by massive sums, that didn’t play by the same rules as its analog-studio competitors.
As far as he’s concerned, as it currently stands Netflix should only compete for awards in the Emmy arena; as the Academy Governor representing the directors branch, Spielberg is eager to support rule changes when it convenes for its annual post-Oscar meeting.

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米韓、最大の合同軍事演習「中止」へ:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領が米朝関係改善を目指す中、米軍と韓国は毎年春に実施している大規模な合同軍事演習を中止する計画であることが分かった。米当局者が1日、AFPに明らかにした。
 NBCニュース(NBC News)は匿名の米国防当局者2人の話として、米韓合同軍事演習「フォールイーグル(Foal Eagle)」が廃止される見通しだと最初に報じた。フォールイーグルは、主にコンピューターを使ったシミュレーションを行う指揮所演習「キー・リゾルブ(Key Resolve)」と一部重複する日程で行われる。NBCによると、両演習に代えて「より小規模で、任務に特化した訓練」が行われるという。

米、新宇宙船打ち上げ 民間主導で有人「復活」へ一歩:日本経済新聞




JT、1480億円の賠償命令 カナダの健康訴訟で  :日本経済新聞


W杯、サモアなどボイコット検討 ラグビー日本大会 | 共同通信


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News Headlines - 01 March 2019

Canada allows US extradition of Huawei CFO to proceed

The Canadian government has decided to allow the U.S. extradition process of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to proceed, the country's Department of Justice announced Friday.
It's the first step in what's likely to be a lengthy and revealing legal process. Meng will sit for an extradition hearing in Canada on March 6, during which evidence will be entered into the public record.
Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, in December over allegations that the company defrauded several banks, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, by concealing payments from Iran in violations of sanctions against that country.

Hamza bin Laden: US offers $1 million bounty in hunt for bin Laden's son - CBS News

Eight years after a Navy SEAL team shot and killed Osama bin Laden, the U.S. government is offering $1 million for help tracking down the son of the Sept. 11 mastermind. The State Department announced Thursday it would give out the reward for help locating Hamza bin Laden.

Pakistan set to free Indian pilot to de-escalate tensions | Al Jazeera

Pakistan is set to release a captured Indian pilot in a "peace gesture" aimed at easing tensions with its nuclear archrival, after aerial clashes ignited fears of a dangerous conflict in South Asia.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who has become the face of the crisis between Islamabad and New Delhi, will be handed back to Indian officials at the Wagah border crossing on Friday afternoon, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday.

Shadowy group declares 'government-in-exile' for North Korea - Channel NewsAsia

A shadowy group believed to be protecting the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated brother declared the formation of a government-in-exile Friday (Mar 1), dedicating itself to the abolition of the "great evil".
The Cheollima Civil Defence (CCD) organisation - which offers to assist people attempting to defect from North Korea - emerged in 2017 when it posted an online video of Kim Han Sol, saying it had guaranteed his safety after his father was killed by two women who smeared him with nerve agent.

Korea Commemorates 100th Anniversary of March 1st Independence Protests | The Diplomat

On Friday, the Koreas commemorate the 100th anniversary of the March 1st Movement, a mass demonstration of Korean resistance against Japanese colonial rule. The movement began on March 1, 1919 with a reading of Korea’s “Proclamation of Independence”; within a year, up to 2 million Koreans participated in protests around the country. The movement was met with brutality by Japanese authorities, with thousands killed and as many as 46,000 people arrested for their involvement in the protests, which were eventually quashed the following spring.

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イスラエル首相を起訴へ 収賄罪、総選挙に影響必至:日本経済新聞


GAP、2年間で230店閉鎖へ 低価格品に押され苦戦:朝日新聞デジタル


167カ国の民主主義比較で…韓国は21位、日本は? | 中央日報




大坂なおみの新コーチ決定!女王ビーナス支えた敏腕ジェンキンス氏 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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