2019.04.29

News Headlines - 29 April 2019

Man arrested over entering Prince Hisahito's school - The Mainichi

A 56-year-old man was arrested Monday on suspicion of entering the premises of the junior high school Prince Hisahito attends, police said, after knives were found on the prince's classroom desk last week.

Japanese bureaucrat in drugs arrest - NHK WORLD

Police in Tokyo have arrested a government bureaucrat for allegedly smuggling illegal drugs into Japan... Police say he received a package sent by international mail containing about 22 grams of stimulants with a street value of more than $11,000.
Customs officials found the drugs stashed inside a fashion magazine while checking a suspicious package sent from the United States.
Police say the shipping address was not Nishida's, but he instructed a post office to deliver it to his home.

Jokowi wants to move capital out of Java - The Jakarta Post

The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) presented its initial study on the relocation plan during a Cabinet meeting led by Jokowi on Monday, where the top executives discussed alternatives to establish a new political and government hub amid environmental concerns and overcrowding in Jakarta... The first was to keep Jakarta as the capital but establish a government district centered around the Presidential Palace and the National Monument to improve efficiency, while the second option was to establish a new capital located 50 to 70 kilometers outside Jakarta.

Experts warn Macron against rushing to rebuild Notre-Dame

Macron pledged to rebuild the cathedral within five years, after a devastating fire destroyed its spire and reduced much of the roof to cinders on April 15.
In the weeks that followed, a special bill was drafted, that - if approved - would allow the government to speed the project along by bypassing public procurement legislation and laws on cultural heritage.
Yet Macron’s apparent determination to rebuild Notre-Dame as quickly as possible has left many experts worried. In an open letter published on Monday by French daily Le Figaro, 1,170 architects, conservationists and academics from around the world called on the French president not to rush into reconstruction.

Ashdown Forest fire: Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood ablaze

Ashdown Forest - the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood - went up in flames overnight as a fire swept across six acres of land... The forest gave birth to AA Milne's famous creation. The Hundred Acre Wood, from the author's children's books, is actually named after the Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest.

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