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News Headlines - 31 May 2019

'Sordid Chapter' Ends As Philippines Sends Back Canada's Trash : NPR

Shipping containers of Canadian trash have moldered in the Philippines for years, in a situation so irksome to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he threatened to personally sail it back to Canadian waters.
Now, much of the trash that arrived in 2013 and 2014 is on its way back to Canada. The Canadian government says that 69 shipping containers of rubbish have left the Philippines and are expected to reach Canada by the end of June.

Did Kim Jong Un Actually Execute His Nuclear Negotiators? - Foreign Policy

An unconfirmed report that North Korea executed senior diplomats following failed nuclear talks between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un has underscored how badly negotiations have run aground, and it suggested that Pyongyang may be reverting back to past practices... But the Chosun Ilbo report was based on a single anonymous source, prompting former U.S. intelligence officials and longtime North Korea watchers to urge caution.

Merkel Has Harvard Cheering Attack on Trump Politics of Lies - Bloomberg

Angela Merkel delivered a forensic takedown of Donald Trump and his presidency to Harvard University’s class of 2019 on Thursday as she urged graduates to act with integrity and self-control as they embark on their careers.
Without ever mentioning the U.S. leader by name, the German chancellor checked off a list of policy issues where she has clashed with Trump -- from trade, to immigration and climate change -- that left her audience in no doubt as to whom she might mean.

MPs elect ex-Soviet dissident with Jewish roots as Latvian president | The Times of Israel

Levits and his parents, Latvian patriots of Jewish origin, were expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 because the KGB viewed them as a threat to the Communist regime.
His father, Jonas, was Jewish but his mother was not, he said in an interview last month for the Delfi news channel... Levits helped write the country’s 1990 declaration of independence following the end of the Soviet occupation.

Big Ben’s Great Clock celebrates its 160th Birthday - UK Parliament

The world’s most iconic clock turns 160 today, as vital conservation work continues to ensure its future for generations to come... In 1846 a competition to design and build the clock mechanism was held, overseen by the Astronomer Royal, Sir George Airy. Airy wanted to see the most accurate turret clock in the world, and stipulated that it must be accurate to within one second.
Clockmaker Edward John Dent was subsequently appointed to build the clock to the design of Edmund Beckett Denison, a barrister and amateur clockmaker. Dent died soon after, and his stepson, Frederick, completed the clock in 1854.
The clock was installed in the Tower in 1859, after Denison had made many refinements, including inventing the 'Double Three-legged Gravity Escapement'. This was a revolutionary mechanism, ensuring the clock's accuracy by making sure its pendulum was unaffected by external factors, such as wind pressure on the clock's hands.

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米、メキシコ全輸入品に追加関税5% 不法移民流入で :日本経済新聞


オーストリアで初の女性首相誕生 暫定政権率いる:AFPBB News

オーストリアのアレクサンダー・ファンデアベレン(Alexander Van der Bellen)大統領は30日、憲法裁判所のブリギッテ・ビアライン(Brigitte Bierlein)判事(69)を首相に任命した。同国初の女性首相となるビアライン氏は、年内に予定されている総選挙までの期間、暫定政権を率いる。
 同国では27日、汚職スキャンダルに見舞われたセバスティアン・クルツ(Sebastian Kurz)前政権が、議会での不信任案可決により崩壊した。不信任案の可決により首相が退陣したのは同国史上初めて。



仏リヨン爆発事件の容疑者、ISに忠誠 爆弾製造認める=司法筋 - ロイター


ベルギー前国王、DNA鑑定 「隠し子」認知訴訟で | 共同通信


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News Headlines - 30 May 2019

Uber’s First Earnings Report After I.P.O.: $1 Billion Loss - The New York Times

In its first earnings report since listing its shares on the stock market this month, the ride-hailing giant on Thursday reported its slowest growth in years and steep losses for the first three months of 2019.
Uber’s loss totaled more than $1 billion for the quarter, compared with a profit a year ago that was driven by divestitures. Revenue rose 20 percent to $3.1 billion, slower than the 25 percent annual growth it had recorded in the prior quarter. It was the company’s lowest quarterly growth rate since it began disclosing its results in 2017.

MUFG offers all London managing directors redundancy - Financial News

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has offered all of its 500 directors and managing directors in London voluntary redundancy as part of an initiative being overseen by John Winter, who only arrived to run its European securities business five weeks ago.
A spokeswoman for the Japanese bank confirmed those managers leading both back- and front-office teams were informed of the move on May 30. Those who do not take redundancy will have to wait until the summer to discover whether or not they will remain at the bank.

Japan to buy 105 F-35 U.S. stealth warplanes: Trump - Japan Today

Japan plans to buy 105 U.S.-made stealth warplanes, Donald Trump said on Monday, which the U.S. President said would give Tokyo the largest F35 fleet of any US ally... Trump appeared to be referencing a deal first announced by the F35's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, in December.
Japan's government announced in its latest defense budget in December plans to buy 105 units of the F35A, which performs conventional take-off and landings.
Local media said at the time that the purchases could total more than one trillion yen ($9.1 billion).

White House Wanted USS John McCain ‘Out of Sight’ During Trump Japan Visit - WSJ

The White House wanted the U.S. Navy to move “out of sight” the warship USS John S. McCain ahead of President Trump’s visit to Japan, according to an email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The ship was named after the father and grandfather of the late senator-a war hero who became a frequent target of Mr. Trump’s ire-and the senator’s name was added to the ship in 2018.

Hungary boat capsizes: Seven South Koreans die on Danube - BBC News

Thirty South Korean tourists and three tour guides, as well as two Hungarian crew, were on the tour boat when it collided with another vessel.
The incident occurred just after 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT) on Wednesday.
Seven people have been rescued, and a massive search operation is continuing on a river swollen by heavy rainfall.

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英労働党の元著名広報官が除籍、欧州議会選で他党に投票 - ロイター


イスラエル総選挙、初の再選挙へ 首相の連立交渉失敗:朝日新聞デジタル


全エアバス機ファミリーが編隊飛行! 50周年を記念 | 乗りものニュース


英次期首相目指すジョンソン氏に冷や水、判事が出廷命令-虚偽の主張 - Bloomberg


タランティーノ、女性記者からの質問に回答拒否 不適切な振る舞いだったのか?議論が紛糾:第72回カンヌ国際映画祭 - シネマトゥデイ

1969年にカルト集団マンソン・ファミリーが起こした女優シャロン・テート殺人事件という史実を前提に、落ち目のテレビ俳優リック(レオナルド・ディカプリオ)と長年にわたる彼のスタントマンで親友のクリフ(ブラッド・ピット)の姿を描いた本作。シャロン役は『スーサイド・スクワッド』や『アイ,トーニャ 史上最大のスキャンダル』のマーゴット・ロビーで、会見で女性記者から「あなたはとても才能のある女優を起用しました。でも、彼女にあまりセリフを与えませんでした。なぜなのでしょうか?」と聞かれたタランティーノ監督は、「あなたの仮説は受け付けません」と回答を拒否した。

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News Headlines - 29 May 2019

Greek government sets national election date for July 7

The Greek government has set July 7, a week later than expected, as the date for early parliamentary elections.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the early election after his party’s heavy defeat in the weekend’s European parliamentary polls.

Mexico Charges Former Oil Official With Bribery in Anticorruption Drive - The New York Times

The administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico has launched its first major anticorruption prosecution, delivering on a central campaign promise by taking aim at corruption inside the ailing state-owned oil company.
Bribery and tax fraud charges have been filed against Emilio Lozoya Austin, the former head of the state-run oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, who was a top ally of the former president, Enrique Peña Nieto, officials said Tuesday.

Porsche CEO reportedly the target of a criminal investigation in Germany - Autoblog

German prosecutors are investigating the chief executive of Volkswagen's Porsche business, Oliver Blume, over a possible breach of fiduciary trust tied to payments made to a Porsche works council member, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.
By approving the payments, Blume and other Porsche staffers may have contributed towards a misuse of corporate funds, the Stuttgarter Nachrichten said, without citing sources.

Apple refreshes the iPod touch with the iPhone 7’s processor - The Verge

iPod touch fans, your day has finally come. Apple just announced an updated version of the iPod touch that bumps up the processor to an A10 Fusion chip (for reference, that’s the same one that’s found in the iPhone 7) along with a new 256GB storage option.
It’s the first update to Apple’s iPod product since the sixth-generation iPod touch was released in July 2015.

Techno teachers: Finnish school trials robot educators - Reuters

Elias, the new language teacher at a Finnish primary school, has endless patience for repetition, never makes a pupil feel embarrassed for asking a question and can even do the “Gangnam Style” dance. Elias is also a robot... The robot is able to understand and speak 23 languages and is equipped with software that allows it to understand students’ requirements and helps it to encourage learning. In this trial however, it communicates in English, Finnish and German only.

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オーストリア首相が退任へ 下院が不信任、再起に意欲 :日本経済新聞


ロシア、対日戦勝記念日を認めず 政府委、日本に配慮か:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


ベゾス夫人、資産の半分を寄付へ 離婚で巨額の財産分与:AFPBB News

米アマゾン・ドットコム(Amazon.com)創業者ジェフ・ベゾス(Jeff Bezos)氏との離婚が間もなく成立するマッケンジー・ベゾス(MacKenzie Bezos)さんが、他の大富豪たちに続き、保有する資産の半分を慈善事業に寄付することを決めた。慈善団体「ギビング・プレッジ(Giving Pledge)」が28日、明らかにした。
 著名投資家ウォーレン・バフェット(Warren Buffett)氏とマイクロソフト(Microsoft)創業者ビル・ゲイツ(Bill Gates)氏が立ち上げたギビング・プレッジは、新たに同団体の活動に参加する19個人・夫婦の氏名を公表。これにはマッケンジーさんの他、米英や中国、スイス、アラブ首長国連邦の富豪が含まれる。



UAEの富豪がニューカッスル買収か 「条件面で合意」:AFPBB News

アラブ首長国連邦(UAE)の富豪、シェイク・ハレド・ビン・ザイド・アル・ナハヤン(Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan)氏が率いるグループの代表者は27日、イングランド・プレミアリーグに所属するニューカッスル・ユナイテッド(Newcastle United)のマイク・アシュリー(Mike Ashley)オーナーとの間で「条件面で合意に達し」、同クラブの買収が近づいていると認めた。

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News Headlines - 28 May 2019

US Boycotts Venezuela's Presidency of UN Conference on Disarmament

The United States walked out of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament to protest Venezuela assuming the one-month rotating presidency of the body. The U.S. ambassador said his delegation will boycott the conference for the duration of the period.
U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood says he will stay away from the deliberations of the U.N. body for as long as Venezuela holds the presidency.

Far-right wins French vote in EU election, but Macron limits damage - Reuters

Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National rode a wave of nationalist sentiment to win the most votes in France’s election to the European Parliament on Sunday, but the margin of victory over President Emmanuel Macron’s party was narrow.
An Elabe exit poll showed Rassemblement National, formerly known as the National Front, securing 23.6% of the vote, a little over one percentage point ahead of Macron’s La Republique En Marche list on 22.4%.

Athletes ask doping agency to take marijuana off banned list - Reuters

More than 150 current and former athletes signed a letter sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency, asking the organization to remove marijuana from its list of prohibited substances.
Boxer Mike Tyson, retired football players Jake Plummer and Ricky Williams, and cyclist Floyd Landis are among the athletes who submitted the letter through Athletes for CARE. The nonprofit organization advocates for research into using cannabis to treat a variety of health issues.

Over 600 people test HIV positive in Pakistan city | AFP.com

Pakistan said on Sunday over 600 people, most of them children, had tested HIV positive in a city in the southern Sindh province.
Concern grew after hundreds of people were allegedly infected by a doctor using a contaminated syringe in Rato Dero city and surrounding villages of Larkana district.

Knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2

A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring at least 17 before killing himself, officials said.

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独社民党、欧州議会選・地方選で敗北 政権に打撃 :日本経済新聞


東京新聞:ギリシャ、前倒しで総選挙へ 首相表明、6月30日か




エベレストで死んだ登山家、「渋滞」の危険を警告していた | ニューズウィーク日本版


スペインで八百長発覚…“銀河系最強軍団”の一員、元レアルDFら逮捕 | ゲキサカ


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News Headlines - 27 May 2019

Petition calling for impeachment of South Korea's Moon to force a response - Reuters

A petition calling for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to be impeached had gathered more than 217,000 signatures as of Monday, passing a threshold that will require a government response and underscoring Moon’s sagging approval ratings.
The author of the online petition has not been identified but says he or she is a citizen who took part in candlelight protests in 2017 that helped lead to the impeachment and ouster of Moon’s predecessor, Park Geun-hye.

Venezuela's opposition leader Guaido plays down prospects for Oslo mediation - Reuters

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Sunday played down the prospects for success at a new round of mediation with the government to be hosted by Norway next week, saying protests would continue until President Nicolas Maduro resigned.
Norway said on Saturday that representatives of Venezuela’s government and opposition will return to Oslo next week following an initial round of preliminary talks about how to address a long-running political crisis.

Pope likens abortion to 'hiring a hitman' at anti-abortion conference - CNN

Pope Francis likened having an abortion to hiring a "hitman" while speaking at the "Yes to Life" anti-abortion conference in Rome Saturday.
The Pontiff stated that abortion was never acceptable -- not even in instances when fetuses are seriously ill -- and urged doctors to support women to complete all pregnancies.

Strike over staff shortage shuts Louvre in Paris

Staff at the Louvre in Paris went on strike Monday, forcing the museum to close and disappointing tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa and other masterworks.
The museum said staff were striking on the grounds that their numbers were no longer sufficient to cope with ever increasing visitor numbers.

Bull gores matador up the BACKSIDE leaving him with ten inch wound in rectum - Mirror Online

The French bullfighter, Juan Leal, was lifted off the floor for a few seconds as the bull drove its right horn into his bottom.
Blood covered the back of Mr Leal's torn trousers after the horn went straight through his gluteal region.
The matador carried on despite suffering the painful ten inch (25cm) wound to his rectum and a possible fracture of his sacrum, or sacral spine, and he later killed the bull and posed with its severed ear.

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欧州を震撼させた極右の汚職スキャンダルとその「黒幕」  WEDGE Infinity(ウェッジ)


トランプ氏 「衆参同日選」想定? 複数形「elections」ツイート波紋 - 毎日新聞

来日中のトランプ米大統領が日米貿易交渉に関し、「7月の選挙後まで待つ」と26日にツイートした際、「選挙」を「elections」と複数形で表現したことが波紋を呼んでいる。……参院選は複数の選挙区で行われるため参院選単独でも複数形で表現するのは一般的。……トランプ氏は26日、ゴルフと昼食を首相と共にした後、「Much will wait until after their July elections」(7月の選挙後まで待つ)とツイートした。

米大統領杯、来年以降も贈呈へ 夏場所の優勝力士に:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 26 May 2019

Germany's SPD chief vows to stay in Merkel coalition after Bremen rout - Reuters

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) suffered a humbling blow on Sunday, failing to win the most votes in the state of Bremen for the first time in 73 years, but their leader vowed to stay in government with Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

Trump climbs into a sumo ring to present a 60-pound ‘President’s Cup’ in highlight of Japan trip - The Washington Post

Indeed, Trump spent his first full day in Japan largely as a tourist. Earlier in the day, the president and Abe had played golf at Mobara Country Club in Chiba - complete with selfies and double cheeseburgers made with U.S. beef - and after the sumo championship, the two leaders and their wives headed for dinner of traditional Japanese grilled fare known as robatayaki. (The menu seemed specifically designed for Trump’s generally bland tastes - a five-course meal that included buttered potatoes, grilled chicken, Wagyu beef with vegetables and vanilla ice cream).

EU net migration to UK reverses decline, ONS figures show | Financial Times

The Office for National Statistics said net immigration from the bloc rose to 74,000 for the year to December, from 57,000 for the year to September. This was on the back of 201,000 EU citizens moving long-term to the UK, compared to 202,000 for the year ending in September.
The net EU arrival figures are sharply down on a peak of 189,000 for the year to June 2016, when the referendum was held.

Venezuela government, opposition will return to Norway for talks, Oslo says - Reuters

Representatives of Venezuela’s government and the opposition will return to Norway for a second round of talks to help resolve their months-long conflict, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Goo Hara attempts suicide | The Korea News Plus

On the previous night, the 28-year-old posted a goodbye message on her Instagram account, which prompted her manager to contact her several times.
As she did not pick up, the manager rushed to her house to find her unconscious in a room filled with smoke.
Koo is known to have no life-threatening injuries although she still remains unconscious.

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FCAがルノーと提携協議、実現なら日産との連合に参加も-関係者 - Bloomberg


ゲーム依存は病気 WHO、国際疾病の新基準 :日本経済新聞




米研究所、今年2月に臨界前核実験 TBS NEWS




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News Headlines - 25 May 2019

Judge Orders Donald Trump to Stop Building Border Wall | Time

A federal judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump from building key sections of his border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, delivering what may prove a temporary setback on one of his highest priorities... While the order applied only to those first-in-line projects, the judge made clear that he felt the challengers were likely to prevail at trial on their argument that the president was wrongly ignoring Congress’ wishes by diverting Defense Department money.

US court adds 2 experts to immunotherapy patents - NHK WORLD

A US district court has ordered that two US experts should be named as co-inventors for immunotherapy patents held by 2018 Nobel Prize laureate Tasuku Honjo and a Japanese pharmaceutical company.
The patents for the cancer drug Opdivo were granted to Honjo of Japan's Kyoto University and Ono Pharmaceutical. Opdivo is used across the world to treat cancer by boosting the immune system.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the United States filed a lawsuit in 2015, claiming that the researchers, Gordon Freeman and Clive Wood, should also be recognized as inventors of the treatment.

Russia says its navy held missile drill on Etorofu - NHK WORLD

The Russian Defense Ministry's newspaper says the military fired new surface-to-ship missiles in a drill last autumn on one of the four Russian-controlled islands that Japan claims.
Krasnaya Zvezda reported on Wednesday that a missile unit belonging to the Russian Pacific Fleet conducted the exercise on Etorofu Island with the Bal system.
The system has a range of about 130 kilometers and is used for coastal defense. It has been installed in the islands, which Japan calls the Northern Territories, from 2016.

Huawei: ARM memo tells staff to stop working with China’s tech giant - BBC News

UK-based chip designer ARM has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC.
ARM instructed employees to halt "all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei and its subsidiaries to comply with a recent US trade clampdown... ARM is a chip designer founded in 1990. In September 2016 it was acquired by Japanese telecoms giant Softbank, but remains based in Cambridge, UK.

Claims Viking Symbols and Runes May Be Banned - The Fuller Picture | Ancient Origins

This week reports emerged claiming that depictions of the runes and Norse symbols such as Thor’s hammer may soon be banned in Sweden. Hate groups have been using many of these symbols for years and there are stories circulating that the government is discussing whether the ancient symbols may be offending ethnic minorities. However, when we delve deeper we see that the Swedish government presents another side of the story . It seems that the initial reports are exaggerations by political groups in order to stir up trouble. What’s the real story on the alleged ban?

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トランプ氏、日米貿易「数カ月内に大きな発表を」  :日本経済新聞


中東に米軍1500人増派 トランプ氏、対イラン緊張「防衛目的」 - 産経ニュース


販売不振の日産「A3」に格下げ…米ムーディーズ : 読売新聞オンライン


3時間半ほぼ尻のクローズアップの映画、カンヌで途中退席者が続出…監督「気にしない」:第72回カンヌ国際映画祭 - シネマトゥデイ

『アデル、ブルーは熱い色』で最高賞パルムドールに輝くも、後に大胆なラブシーンの撮影手法をレア・セドゥら主演女優に批判されたことで知られるケシシュ監督。新作は『メクトゥーヴ、マイ・ラブ:カント・ウノ(原題) / Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno』(日本未公開)の続編で、……ストーリーらしいストーリーはない。3時間半の上映時間のうち3時間は大音量の曲が流れるナイトクラブのシーンで、女たちが振り続ける尻がひたすらクローズアップで映し出される。……性的すぎて不快な部分もあり、多くの人が最後まで観ずに席を立ったことを指摘されるも、ケシシュ監督はこの取り組みが失敗に終わったとは「全く思わない」ときっぱり。……上映時間は「長すぎるかもしれない」と心配になって最後の最後でセリフ部分をカットし、3時間48分から3時間半に減らしたものの、「実際、後悔している。公開時には戻したいと思っている」とのこと。

五輪会場、自撮り動画ダメなの? SNS投稿禁止に波紋:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 24 May 2019

Theresa May announces she will resign on 7 June | The Guardian

Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close... May’s announcement came after a meeting with Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench Tory 1922 Committee, which was prepared to trigger a second vote of no confidence in her leadership if she refused to resign.
Her fate was sealed after a 10-point “new Brexit deal”, announced in a speech on Tuesday, infuriated Tory backbenchers and many of her own cabinet - while falling flat with the Labour MPs it was meant to persuade.

Vivid 2019: Artist behind Opera House projection had never seen the sails before

The Opera House burst into life this evening in a display of Australian flora to celebrate the opening of Vivid 2019.
Los Angeles artist Andrew Thomas Huang created the artwork, which combines floral imagery with motion-captured movement from a dancer.

Japan downgrades prospects for economy due to China-U.S. trade war | The Japan Times

The government on Friday downgraded its assessment of the economy, adding to signs that China’s economic slowdown amid its trade conflict with the United States has been weighing on production and exports... It maintained its view that the economy is seeing a moderate recovery on improving employment conditions and robust corporate earnings, but slightly changed its wording on exports and production from the previous report. It had said last month that “weakness is seen recently in exports and industrial production in some sectors.”
The downgrading followed a lowered assessment in March, when the Cabinet Office cut the headline assessment for the first time in three years.

Japanese police arrest 15 phone scam suspects transported from Thailand

Japanese police on Friday arrested 15 suspects transported from Bangkok in connection with a large-scale phone scam, to which hundreds of people are believed to have fallen victim.
The 15 Japanese men in their 20s to 50s are suspected of having called people across Japan from a rented luxury house in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya, claiming they had failed to pay subscription fees for a website and swindling more than 200 people out of over 200 million yen ($1.83 million) in total.

Taika Waititi's 'Akira' Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

A live-action “Akira” is finally coming to the big screen.
“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi is set to direct the remake of the Japanese anime film that is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and released by Warner Bros.
The event film will open on May 21, 2021.

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メイ英首相、6月7日辞任を表明 次期党首選実施へ - 産経ニュース


イタリア・ポピュリズム連立2党  支持率逆転で確執 - 産経ニュース


人気ユーチューバーの批判に大慌て 独与党、異例の対応:朝日新聞デジタル


ルーマニアで「空飛ぶ円盤」がテスト飛行 | jp.reuters.com


エンゼルスナインが、水原通訳Tシャツ着用…発案者はまさかの大谷 : スポーツ報知


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News Headlines - 23 May 2019

Daimler offers wheel to new CEO amid tricky gear change

Flamboyant Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche was set bow out after 13 years on Wednesday, leaving successor Ola Kallenius to tackle problems brewing under the bonnet of the Mercedes-Benz maker.
Zetsche, 66, is credited with saving Daimler, skillfully managing the 2007 divorce from Chrysler, but his successor faces challenges as the German car industry struggles to convert to electric vehicles... Zetsche's departure marks the end of an era, as the 49-year-old Swede becomes Daimler's first foreign CEO in over five decades.

Brits meditate at top of London's iconic Gherkin - The Washington Post

As part of World Meditation Day, Beeja Meditation founder Will Williams led an intimate session above the bustle of London's financial district on May 21.

'You can't cheat then?' Queen asks, as she learns to use self-service Sainsbury's check out

As Queen, she has had little opportunity to get to grips with the mundane reality of modern supermarket shopping.
So when she was taught to use a self-service scanner today, she only had one question on her mind: could it be tricked?
The Queen, who was visiting a Sainsbury's store to celebrate the chain's 150th anniversary, was given a demonstration of a new till and weighing scale, asking: "And you can't trick it? You can't cheat then?"

50 children saved after police bust paedophile website: Interpol | AFP.com

International police group Interpol said Thursday that nine people had been arrested in Thailand, Australia and the US and 50 children had been rescued after investigators took down an online paedophilia ring... Fifty children were rescued following the arrests. Police are trying to identify an additional 100 in images that had been shared on the internet's uncharted corners.
Interpol said its Operation Blackwrist began after it found material that was traced back to a subscription-based site on the dark web, where people can use encrypted software to hide behind layers of secrecy.

Banksy crashes Venice Biennale with street stall - CNN Style

treet artist Banksy appears to have turned up unannounced at the Venice Biennale, and may have even been kicked out of one of the city's most famous piazzas for running a stall without a permit.
Banksy posted a short video on his verified Instagram account showing a man with a series of paintings depicting a huge cruise ship looming over the Italian city, before local police appear to move him on.

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「再投票は争いの種」英下院総務、抗議の辞任 : 読売新聞オンライン


オランダ移民担当相辞任=難民申請者の犯罪、議会に隠す?:AFPBB News


仏伊石油大手、ロシア産汚染原油の代金支払い中止 - ロイター


英ブリティッシュ・スチール、経営破綻 - ロイター


CNN.co.jp : 英、プラスチック製のストローやマドラー禁止に 来年4月から


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News Headlines - 22 May 2019

Mysterious spike of ozone-destroying chemical is traced to east China - The Washington Post

A troubling spike in emissions of a globally banned chemical that damages the Earth’s protective ozone layer has been traced to two provinces in eastern China, according to a study published Wednesday that has alarmed scientists who monitor the planet’s atmosphere.
The study, published in the journal Nature, comes one year after another report revealed that air samples had shown a startling excess of a type of chlorofluorocarbon known as trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, since 2012... The new report underscores the need for enforcement of international environmental agreements even when the hazards are clear and profound. And it is a reminder that China’s intensifying environmental challenges have global consequences.

Indonesian election: Prabowo Subianto supporters killed, attacked with tear gas at Jakarta rally

Six people have been killed on the streets of Jakarta while protesting against the election victory of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the worst political violence in the country in decades.
Joko assured Indonesians that "the situation is under control" at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon and said he would not tolerate any disruptions to the country's security.

Jamie Oliver restaurant chain collapse costs 1,000 jobs - BBC News

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is "devastated" after his restaurant group went into administration, with 1,000 jobs being lost.
The group, which includes the Jamie's Italian chain, Barbecoa and Fifteen, has appointed KPMG as administrators.
Twenty two of the 25 restaurants in Jamie Oliver's restaurant group have now closed.

Belgian monks resurrect 220-year-old beer after finding recipe | The Guardian

It has taken more than 220 years but an order of monks at Grimbergen Abbey, producers of a fabled medieval beer whose brand was adopted by mass producers in the 1950s, have started to brew again after rediscovering the original ingredients and methods in their archives.
In a sign of the significance of the news for beer-loving Belgians, the announcement was made by the abbey’s subprior, Father Karel Stautemas, in the presence of the town’s mayor and 120 journalists and enthusiasts.

Japan wants you to say its leader's name correctly: Abe Shinzo - CNN

In Japanese, people are referred to by their family name first, followed by a given name, the same pattern as used by Chinese and Korean.
For almost a century and a half, however, Japanese names have been written in English the opposite way round, with the given name first. This practice was adopted during the Meiji Era as a part of broader attempts at internationalization and has now become standard, though exceptions exist and many historical names are still written with the family name first... Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said the government hoped going forward that the Prime Minister's name "would be written Abe Shinzo, just like Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in."

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EU離脱巡る2回目の国民投票 メイ英首相、下院で採決方針 - 毎日新聞


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オーストリア、極右・自由党の閣僚辞任 連立崩壊 - ロイター


アサンジ被告の拘束令状を請求 スウェーデン検察、裁判所に:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


大英博物館で「マンガ展」、海外では“過去最大規模” TBS NEWS

21日、ロンドンの大英博物館でマンガ展の展示内容が公開されました。展覧会では、尾田栄一郎さんの「ONE PIECE」など現代の人気漫画家の作品から、葛飾北斎の「小幡小平次」、河鍋暁斎の全長17メートルにおよぶ「新富座妖怪引幕」といった江戸時代の作品まで、およそ170点が展示されます。作品以外にも「進撃の巨人」のオブジェや漫画の読み方の解説、コスプレの体験ゾーンなど、マンガを普段読まない人にも楽しんでもらえる仕掛けが用意されています。

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News Headlines - 21 May 2019

Ex-Ritsumeikan teacher, a suspect in 2016 Dhaka terror attack fatal to 22, held in Iraq | The Japan Times

A Bangladeshi academic believed to have played a role in planning a July 2016 terror attack in Dhaka that killed 22 people, including seven Japanese, is being detained in northern Iraq, a Bangladesh intelligence official said Monday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said information received through informal channels suggests that Mohammad Saifullah Ozaki, who once taught at Japan’s Ritsumeikan University, is being held in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah.
Ozaki, alias Sujit Debnath, was among 10 Bangladeshi militants who surrendered to the Kurds in the former Islamic State stronghold of Baghouz, Syria, after it fell to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on March 15, according to the information.

Japanese man gets 15-year prison sentence in China for spying - The Mainichi

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Japanese man convicted of spying to 15 years in prison, Sino-Japanese sources revealed Monday.
The man, in his 50s, was also fined 100,000 yuan (about 1.6 million yen) by the court in Hainan Province for having illegally obtained state secrets, analyzed them and disseminated them abroad. they said.
Since 2015, at least nine Japanese people have been indicted in China for alleged involvement in spying activities, and this marks the seventh time for a court to render a verdict.

Japan gov't decides on route of Oct. parade to celebrate imperial couple

The Japanese government said Tuesday it has decided on the October parade route to be taken by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako to celebrate his enthronement earlier this month.
The open motorcade is expected to take 30 minutes to drive 4.6 kilometers through the capital on Oct. 22 from the Imperial Palace to the Akasaka Palace to be cheered by the public... The route for the imperial couple's wedding parade in 1993 was also considered but rejected.

Indonesia election: Joko Widodo re-elected as president - BBC News

Joko Widodo has been re-elected as Indonesia's president after last month's vote, beating former general Prabowo Subianto.
The result was released a day ahead of schedule in the early hours of Tuesday, amid fears of unrest... Mr Prabowo rejected the result and said he would pursue "legal avenues", but urged his supporters to stay calm.

Washington becomes first US state to legalise human composting - BBC News

Washington has become the first state in the US to legalise human composting.
Under the new law, people there can now choose to have their body turned into soil after their death.
The process is seen as an alternative to cremations and burials, and as a practical option in cities where land for graveyards is scarce.

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バノン氏、欧州議会選で極右にテコ入れ 仏与党は戦々恐々 - 産経ニュース

欧州議会選を前に、トランプ米大統領の首席戦略官だったスティーブン・バノン氏が極右「国民連合」をテコ入れするため先週末、パリ入りした。…… バノン氏は欧州の右派ポピュリズム(大衆迎合主義)勢力を支援しており、パリではメディアの取材に相次いで応じている。……フランスの選挙は、共和国前進を中心とする中道連合と国民連合が首位を争う展開。最新の世論調査では、国民連合が24%の支持率で首位に躍り出た。

Instagramインフルエンサーの何百万もの個人情報がネットに晒される | TechCrunch Japan

そのデータベースは、Amazon Web Servicesによってホストされていて、パスワードも付けず誰でも中身を見られる状態で公開されていた。……そのデータをざっと見てみると、各レコードにはインフルエンサーのInstagramアカウントから抜き出した公開データ、つまり履歴、プロフィール画像、フォロワー数、検証状態、国、都市レベルの住所、などが含まれている。しかし、それに加えて非公開の連絡先情報、つまりアカウント所有者の電子メールと電話番号も含まれているのだ。
このデータベースを発見したのは、セキュリティ研究者のAnurag Sen氏だ。

フォード、7000人削減計画-全世界ホワイトカラーの10% - Bloomberg


米FCCがスプリントとTモバイルの合併をついに支持、でも残る次の壁 | 日経 xTECH(クロステック)

米連邦通信委員会(FCC)は2019年5月20日(米国時間)、ソフトバンクグループ傘下で米携帯電話4位のスプリント(Sprint)と同3位のTモバイルUS(T-Mobile US)の経営統合を支持する委員長らの声明を公表した。今後、数週間以内に承認される見通し。もっとも米国では米司法省(DOJ)が承認しない方向とする報道が依然として続き、予断を許さない状況だ。

眞子さまと婚約内定の小室圭さん NYの大学を卒業


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News Headlines - 20 May 2019

Japan's unexpected GDP growth in January-March leaves plenty of reasons for caution | The Japan Times

The economy unexpectedly grew at an annualized 2.1 percent in the January-March quarter, government data showed Monday, but it is likely to give little comfort to policymakers worried about economic momentum ahead of the looming consumption tax increase.
The biggest driver of the expansion was imports falling even faster than exports, meaning that net exports technically drove growth in the economy. Yet falling imports is actually a sign of underlying weakness in demand, so the result is somewhat misleading.

Billionaire Robert F. Smith vows to pay off debt of Morehouse College graduates. Here is what it means - CNN

Billionaire investor Robert F. Smith's commitment to pay off the student loan debt for graduates of the historically black Morehouse College covers millions of dollars, the school said... Smith's gesture, which Thomas called "a liberation gift," will enable graduates to have more capital to do things like start businesses and support their families.

Watch as Nigel Farage hit by milkshake during Brexit Party campaign - The Scotsman

The Brexit Party leader became the latest victim of a protest which has seen other European election candidates such as Ukip's Carl Benjamin and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson suffer similar attacks... Last week, police apparently ordered a McDonald's outlet near a Brexit Party campaign rally to stop selling milkshakes and ice cream, the restaurant's staff have said.

Spina bifida: Keyhole surgery repairs baby spine in womb - BBC News

In a UK first, doctors have used keyhole surgery to successfully repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while it was still inside the womb.
Surgeons at King's College Hospital say the procedure is not a cure, but could be the difference between some children learning to walk or not.
Sherrie Sharp and her son Jaxson had the operation 27 weeks into the pregnancy.

Germany legalises e-scooters but bans them from the pavement | Euronews

German lawmakers voted on Friday to allow e-scooters to take to the streets making the UK the last major European economy to still ban them.The text approved by the Bundesrat on Friday enables battery-powered scooters to circulate on roads and cycle paths but forbids them from being used on the pavements. Users must be 14 or over and must respect a 20 kilometres per hours speed limit.

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米グーグル、ファーウェイとの一部ビジネス停止=関係筋 - ロイター


トヨタ、米政権に不満…輸入車規制に反対声明 : 読売新聞オンライン


[FT] ベルサイユ動画が見せたゴーン被告の「勘違い」


CNN.co.jp : 独バイエルに2200億円の賠償認定、除草剤めぐる米訴訟で




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News Headlines - 19 May 2019

Brexit: My Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be a bold new offer to MPs | The Sunday Times

When the government puts the Withdrawal Agreement Bill - the law that will take the UK out of the EU, deliver Brexit and allow us to move forward after three years of hard work - before parliament in a couple of weeks, it will truly be decision time for MPs.
Before that happens, the British people will go to the polls in the European elections on Thursday. I hope that everyone who wants to see Brexit delivered in a responsible way as soon as possible will vote for the only party that can actually deliver that: the Conservative Party.

GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to say Trump 'engaged in impeachable conduct' - CNNPolitics

Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed "impeachable conduct" and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public.
Amash's comments recommending Congress pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the first instance of a sitting Republican in Congress saying the President's conduct meets the "threshold for impeachment."

Bomb blast targets tourist bus near Egypt's famed pyramids

At least 17 people were injured on Sunday in a blast targeting a tourist bus near the new Egyptian museum close to the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian officials said.
The roadside bomb went off as the bus was being driven in Giza, also causing injuries to Egyptians in a nearby car, medical and security sources said.

Detective Pikachu Tops Overseas Box Office, Endgame Hits $2.6 Billion - Variety

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu” remained the top film at the international box office for the second weekend in a row, amassing $53.8 million from 72 foreign markets.
The Pokemon adaptation, featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds, is nearing the $200 million mark overseas. It has currently earned $193.4 million abroad, taking its worldwide bounty to a strong $287.4 million.
“Detective Pikachu” had another solid outing in China, earning $17.2 million and bringing ticket sales in that territory to $70.3 million. Other top markets include Russia, where it opened with $4.3 million, as well as the United Kingdom with $3.5 million, Germany with $2.1 million, and Mexico with $2.25 million.

Zagitova faces administrative penalty for driving car

Olympic champion Alina Zagitova faces an administrative fine in the amount of 5 to 15 thousand rubles ($77 - 231) for driving a car without a license. To recall, the athlete is only 16 years old, and the Russian law prohibits her from driving.
Sports.RU reported that employees of the State Traffic Inspectorate are already conducting an inspection on the grounds of the violation of Article 12.7 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (Driving a Transport Vehicle by a Driver Who Has No Right to Drive the Transport Vehicle).
The girl had previously published a video on her Instagram showing her driving a car in the countryside.

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CNN.co.jp : 豪総選挙、与党連合が予想外の勝利 モリソン首相続投へ


北極海の漁業協定を承認 日米中ロなど10カ国・機関で  :日本経済新聞


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いま「くじ引き民主主義」がヨーロッパで流行中、その社会的背景 | 現代ビジネス


容赦ないマンC、8年ぶりFA杯制覇!イングランド史上初の国内3冠を達成 | ゲキサカ


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News Headlines - 18 May 2019

President Trump says foreign cars are a national security threat. Will Congress stop him in before it's too late? - CNNPolitics

Republicans on Capitol Hill at first breathed a sigh of relief this week when they learned President Donald Trump was planning to delay a decision on tariffs for foreign cars and auto parts by six months.
But their initial reaction overlooked a key implication of the move: Included in Trump's announcement was his first formal assertion that imported cars and parts are in fact a national security threat.

Man in German crossbow deaths reportedly led 'Medieval cult' - The Local

Germany has been baffled by the bizarre case since the man and two women killed with crossbows were found Saturday in a hotel in Passau, followed by Monday's discovery of two more dead women in the town of Wittingen.
The figure at the core of the group, Torsten W., 53, appeared to have controlled the four women like a harsh sect leader who used physical force and psychological manipulation, Bild daily and RTL television reported.

Glasgow and Edinburgh fight to become the UK's first 'net-zero' city - BBC News

Glasgow and Edinburgh are going head-to-head to try to become the UK's first "net zero" city.
Both cities have now unveiled ambitious plans to cut greenhouse emissions to a neutral level.
Glasgow wants to reach the target "well before" 2045, while Edinburgh has set its target to 2030.

More than half of Madagascar MPs suspected of corruption: enquiry

Madagascar's anti-corruption agency has begun legal action against more than half of the country's parliamentary deputies who are suspected of taking bribes, just two weeks ahead of legislative elections, a source said Friday.
After a year-long enquiry, a dossier on 79 MPs was sent to the prosecutor's office this week "to begin legal action against the accused", the source told AFP.

WATCH: Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked with flying kick at Sandton event | Sunday Tribune

Former movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked by an unknown person during an event in Sandton on Saturday... A man is seen attacking the former governor of California from the back with a flying kick. The attacker hits the floor, as the 71-year-old Schwarzenegger stumbles momentarily after contact. It is not clear why the man attacked Schwarzenegger... On Twitter, Schwarzenegger said he was fine and only realised after seeing the video that he had been kicked. He was more concerned about his Snapchat being interrupted.

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米、鉄鋼アルミ関税撤廃で加・メキシコと合意 新協定に前進 - ロイター


ウォルマート純利益80%増 2~4月期 ネット通販拡大  :日本経済新聞


妊娠中絶禁止法、アラバマ州で成立 禁錮最大99年 :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : 英与野党協議が決裂、EU離脱で溝埋まらず


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News Headlines - 17 May 2019

Taiwan gay marriage: Parliament legalises same-sex unions - BBC News

Taiwan's parliament has become the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday.
In 2017, the island's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry.
Parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May.

Vodafone reveals mammoth £6.6bn loss and slashes dividend | The Independent

Vodafone has revealed a mammoth £6.6bn annual loss and has cut shareholder dividends for the first time.
The mobile phone giant slashed its payout by 40 per cent, dealing a blow to millions of investors, as it sought to reduce its mountain of debt.
Vodafone swung to a huge loss from £2.8bn a year earlier, after it wrote down the value of some of its assets and took a hit on the sale of Vodafone India.

Microsoft, Sony partner on streaming games, chips and AI - Reuters

Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp on Thursday said they struck a strategic partnership in which Sony would use Microsoft’s cloud for streaming games and media and the two would work together to develop image sensors.
The deal is in its early stages, with many specifics yet to be determined. But the owners of two major consumer interactive entertainment franchises - Microsoft’s Xbox platform and Sony’s PlayStation - would collaborate to stream games and content to consumers and offer game makers new development tools.

UK to scrap passenger landing cards - BBC News

Landing cards are currently filled in by passengers arriving by air or sea from outside the European Economic Area.
Border Force director general Paul Lincoln, in a letter to staff, said it would "help meet the challenge of growing passenger numbers"... The Home Office had agreed to scrap them for seven countries, including the US and Australia, from June, but has now decided to go further.

Bulgarian boxer suspended in California for kissing broadcaster - Reuters

A Bulgarian boxer who grabbed a female broadcaster’s face and kissed her on the lips during a post-fight interview was suspended until July by the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday following tearful testimony by the interviewer... Pulev, who has only one loss in 27 fights, grabbed Jennifer Ravalo’s face and kissed her in the middle of a live interview moments after knocking out Romania’s Bogdan Dinu in the seventh round of a March fight in Costa Mesa, California.

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メイ首相の退陣日程6月に確定、与党党首選へ-ジョンソン氏出馬 - Bloomberg


欧州委、5行に制裁金 三菱UFJは80億円超  :日本経済新聞


富士フイルム、ドイツの内視鏡器具メーカー買収  :日本経済新聞




隠し子訴訟で前ベルギー国王に支払い命令、DNA鑑定に応じるまで - ロイター


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News Headlines - 16 May 2019

ISIS announces new India and Pakistan provinces, casually breaking up Khorasan

Islamic State, in a continuation of its Wilayah restructuring, causally announced the creation of a Wilayah Pakistan on Wednesday, May 15 when claiming two attacks in Pakistan. This followed the creation of Wilayah al-Hind (India) in a May 10 statement claiming an attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Venezuela government talking with 'democratic' opposition in Norway - Reuters

Talks are underway in Norway between Venezuela’s government and “democratic” opponents, an envoy said on Thursday, in a possible search for a mediated solution after the opposition’s failure to spark a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro... Guaido, who denounces Maduro’s 2018 re-election as fraudulent, called for Venezuela’s military to rise up on April 30, but his push quickly petered out and the military’s top brass has since then sworn allegiance to Maduro.

U.S. judge dumps 'Pooey Puitton' lawsuit against Louis Vuitton - Reuters

Louis Vuitton has won the dismissal of a lawsuit by a California toy company that accused the French luxury goods maker of trying to interfere with its sales of a poop-shaped toy purse for children, Pooey Puitton... MGA had contended that no reasonable consumers would mistake Pooey Puitton, which retailed for $59.99, for costlier handbags from Louis Vuitton, a unit of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE.

GozNym cyber-crime gang which stole millions busted - BBC News

A complex police operation conducted investigations in the US, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The gang infected computers with GozNym malware, which captured online banking details to access bank accounts... The details of the operation were revealed at the headquarters of the European police agency Europol in The Hague.

Eiffel Tower celebrates 130th anniversary with laser show | Euronews

The Eiffel Tower celebrated 130 years since it opened to the public with a laser show on Wednesday, 15 May.
Rising 324 metres (1,063 feet) above the French capital, the "Iron Lady" was designed by Parisian engineer Gustave Eiffel and built for the 1889 Universal Exhibition.

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トランプ米大統領、“Huawei締め出し”大統領令に署名 - ITmedia NEWS


「曙ブレーキ工業」アメリカ工場閉鎖も含め事業見直し検討 | NHKニュース


アサド政権と露 イドリブで攻撃強化 トルコとの思惑の違い鮮明に - 産経ニュース




「バロン」滋野清武氏、日仏をつなぐ ランス大が奨学金、名大と交流 | 中日新聞プラス


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News Headlines - 15 May 2019

Novartis gets approval to sell Kymriah in Japan for $306,000 - Reuters

A Japanese government panel approved on Wednesday a price of 33.5 million yen ($305,800) for Novartis’ cancer treatment Kymriah, allowing the Swiss drugmaker to press ahead with a campaign to kick-start sluggish sales of the treatment.
The one-time, personalized therapy, which was approved in Japan in March, will be available in the country for young people with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and adult patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).
The so-called CAR-T therapy, which Novartis believes could treat up to 216 Japanese patients a year, potentially generating annual sales of 7.2 billion yen ($65.7 million), has been a hailed as a revolutionary, last-ditch hope for people whose cancer advanced after previous treatment.

Nissan forecasts profit will drop to 11-year low - The Japan News

Nissan Motor Co. forecast a 28 percent plunge in its annual operating profit, setting it up for the weakest earnings in 11 years and underscoring its struggle to turn the page after the ouster of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn... The automaker reported an operating profit of ¥318 billion in the year just ended, down 45 percent from a year earlier. It also booked ¥4.4 billion in expenses to reflect previous misstatements involving Ghosn’s compensation.
Sluggish profitability would likely result in a 30 percent cut to full-year dividend to ¥40 per share, Nissan said.

Duterte allies crush opposition in Philippine midterm elections - Nikkei Asian Review

Senate candidates backed by President Rodrigo Duterte are on track to take over most of the 12 seats contested in the Philippines' midterm elections, resulting in a crushing defeat for the country's opposition... With 94.26% of votes tallied as of 10:26 a.m. local time on Tuesday, nine of the 12 candidates with the most votes were allied with Duterte or with a coalition supportive of his administration, according to data from the Commission on Elections' transparency server. The commission is scheduled to begin the official count on Tuesday.

eSwatini king did not order men to have two or more wives, or face jail | IOL News

The government of eSwatini on Tuesday angrily denied viral online reports that King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch who has 14 wives, had ordered men to have at least two marriages or face jail.
The story, carried by the Zambian Observer and picked up by several other online publications, said that Swazi men would have to marry several wives starting from June.

Germany mulls 'mosque tax' to cut out foreign funding - The Local

Support is growing in Germany for a "mosque tax" to make Islamic institutions less dependent on potentially anti-democratic or "radical" foreign funding sources, a media report said on Sunday.
The federal government sees it as "a possible path", according to an answer to a parliamentary query, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported.

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米ディズニーがHuluの経営権取得 動画配信を強化 :日本経済新聞


ルノー、排ガス浄化装置を意図的に操作 仏機関が結論:朝日新聞デジタル


ホンダ、英工場の閉鎖を正式発表 欧州販売の低迷受け:朝日新聞デジタル


日立製新型車両「AZUMA」、15日から英の鉄道で運行 - 毎日新聞


「ケ・セラ・セラ」 米女優 ドリス・デイさん死去 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 14 May 2019

Nippon Ishin no Kai lawmaker ousted from party over Russia 'war' gaffe | The Japan Times

An opposition lawmaker was expelled from his party Tuesday amid growing criticism over his remarks on the possibility of Japan waging war with Russia to regain control of a group of islands at the center of a territorial spat.

Ramadan rules: Full-length pants required in Kirkuk at night

Security forces in Kirkuk city have arrested at least 20 males for not wearing pants longer than three-quarter-length, also known as "Bermuda" style shorts, following the implementation of a strict evening dress code or for riding a motorcycle at night during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan... The original decree - dated on April 28 - is signed by Ali Kamal Abdulrazaq, the head of the Kirkuk Provincial Police.

Houthi rebels attack Saudi oil pipeline | DW

A Saudi minister says that a crude oil pipeline in Riyadh province has been attacked by Yemeni drones. The attack follows Saudi claims of sabotage attempts on two of its oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates.

Trump plans to present sumo winner with own namesake trophy:The Asahi Shimbun

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has stamped his name on virtually every product and property in his business empire, plans to leave his mark on the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, which began May 12.
He will present a custom-made trophy called the "Trump Cup" to the winner.
The president, who will visit Japan from May 25 to May 28 as a state guest, is expected to watch the final day of the tournament on May 26 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in the capital. He plans to stay to the awards ceremony afterward to climb in the dohyo and hand the cup to the champion wrestler.

Shohei Ohtani home run: Angels DH blasts dinger vs. Twins | SI.com

Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani blasted his first homer of the season on Monday, unleashing a 429-foot moonshot in the third inning against the Twins.
Ohtani returned from the Injured List on May 7 after missing the start of the seson as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.

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中国、米に最大25%の報復関税…6月1日発動 : 読売新聞オンライン


日産に対してルノーが経営統合を具体的に提案 TBS NEWS


英仏独がイラン核合意維持一致  | 沖縄タイムス+プラス


仏軍、ブルキナファソで人質4人救出 兵士2人死亡:AFPBB News


ノルウェー人女性が狂犬病で死亡、旅先のフィリピンで助けた子犬にかまれる:AFPBB News

休暇で訪れていたフィリピンで、24歳のノルウェー人女性が助けた子犬にかまれ、狂犬病により今週亡くなった。……カレスタッドさんは帰国後、体調を崩し、自身が勤める病院で集中治療を受けた。だが6日夜、この病院でカレスタッドさんは息を引き取ったという。……ノルウェー公衆衛生研究所(Norwegian Institute of Public Health)によると、ノルウェー本国で人間が狂犬病に感染した最後の記録は1815年にさかのぼり、動物への感染例は1826年が最後だという。

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News Headlines - 13 May 2019

Dow plunges 617 points after China retaliates with higher tariffs - CNN

China hiked tariffs on $60 billion of imports from the United States. It first imposed the tariffs last year.
Worries over the escalation of the trade spat with China just aren't going away.
US stocks ended the day sharply lower. The Dow closed down 617 points after falling as much as 719 points earlier in the day. The S&P 500 (SPX) fell 2.4% and the Nasdaq (COMP) dropped 3.4%.

Ghosn Didn't Receive Any Money Via Oman, Lawyer Tells TV Asahi - Bloomberg

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn did not receive any money sent by the Japanese automaker through Oman to his personal accounts, his lawyer said on Sunday.
“He doesn’t have a company, he doesn’t control a company there, formally or effectively,” Junichiro Hironaka, the former global auto executive’s attorney, said in an interview on TV Asahi when asked about payments made though the Middle Eastern country. “Ghosn told me that is impossible.”

Noted scholar cut loose for plagiarism and making stuff up:The Asahi Shimbun

A private educational institution famed for instilling Christian values into its curriculum fired its own head for what was described as egregious fabrication of materials used in a book about Weimar Germany.
Tomoaki Fukai, who has published a number of well-regarded scholarly works on Protestant theology that have won awards, came under a cloud of suspicion when another scholar raised doubts last year about materials he used in a book published in 2012 about the relationship between German nationalism during the Weimar Republic and Protestantism.

More than 100 neglected lions found in a South African breeding facility

When NSPCA inspectors visited the facility, at Pienika Farm, they saw 27 lions afflicted with mange, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites. It was so severe that they’d lost almost all their fur. The inspectors reported that the animals were held in filthy, overcrowded enclosures, with more than 30 held in spaces meant for two. At least three cubs were suffering from a neurological condition called meningoencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, that left them unable to walk. One was subsequently euthanized by a veterinarian at the facility.

Scores killed in Syria as bombs target last major rebel area - Channel 4 News

More than 100 people have now been killed in a bombing campaign by President Assad and his allies, targeting the last major rebel-held area.
Eight months ago, the Russians and Turks agreed a ceasefire in Idlib with their troops monitoring a buffer zone around the province. The Syrian government and jihadist rebels blame each other for breaking the truce.

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欧州議会選、英で新「ブレグジット党」が支持率首位=世論調査 - ロイター


アサンジ被告の捜査再開へ…スウェーデン検察 : 読売新聞オンライン


植物状態の男性、医師が近く延命装置外す決断 フランス:AFPBB News

2008年の交通事故で脳に重度の損傷を負って以来四肢まひとなり、フランスの病院で植物状態にあるバンサン・ランベール(Vincent Lambert)さん(42)の担当医が、ランベールさんの生命維持装置を近く外す決断をし、家族に通知した。弁護士が11日、明らかにした。……担当医はランベールさんの脳の損傷に回復の見込みはないとして生命維持装置を外すことを決めた。今年になってから、フランスの裁判所がこの決定を認め、最高行政裁判所である国務院も先月、この決定を支持する判断を下していた。



マンチェスター・シティが14連勝でプレミアリーグ連覇! “歴代最高の優勝争い”を制す | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 12 May 2019

South Africa's ANC wins re-election with reduced majority | Al Jazeera

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has won South Africa's parliamentary elections with 57.5 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said, announcing the official results.
Saturday's win assured a sixth straight term in power for the ANC. But the result was the worst-ever electoral showing for the party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid 25 years ago.

Wide divide remains among NPT states - NHK WORLD

Disagreement between nuclear and non-nuclear countries has prevented the meeting of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or NPT, from adopting a consensus document.
About 190 member states took part in the preparatory session for the 2020 review conference of the treaty which was held over two weeks at UN headquarters in New York. It ended on Friday.

Mexico will produce all its own gasoline in three years: president - Reuters

Mexico will be self sufficient in its gasoline needs in three years, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday, once a major new refinery he wants to build is due to be completed... Many oil industry analysts believe a three-year time frame for the refinery is optimistic, but the president doubled down on the target during his news conference.

Chinese court hands Japanese man 5 1/2 years in prison over spying - Japan Today

A court in northeastern China's Liaoning Province has sentenced a Japanese man in his 60s to five years and six months in prison for spying, sources well-informed about Sino-Japanese relations said.
The Intermediate People's Court in Dalian also ordered the man, an executive of a company in Shikoku, to forfeit personal assets totaling 200,000 yuan (about $29,000), the sources said... He was in May 2017 detained in the province on suspicion of spying, and indicted in March last year.

Suga, in rare official overseas trip, discusses N Korea, abductees with Pompeo, Shanahan - Japan Today

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed Thursday to closely coordinate their response to North Korea's recent launches of projectiles.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Washington, Suga said he briefed Pompeo about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's intention to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- without preconditions -- to try and resolve the issue of Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.
Suga and Pompeo also agreed to jointly seek a swift resolution to the abduction issue, and to effect the full enforcement of U.N. sanctions on North Korea in tandem with the international community to force Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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世界の供給網を直撃 米の対中関税第4弾、13日公表へ :日本経済新聞


ギリシャ議会、チプラス政権を信任 - ロイター


独右派政党がポスターに女性の「奴隷」 差別的と批判 - 毎日新聞




ベッカムが免停 運転中に携帯電話を操作 半年間は運転できず― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 11 May 2019

China indicts former Interpol chief on bribery charges:The Asahi Shimbun

Chinese prosecutors indicted former Interpol president Meng Hongwei on Friday on charges of accepting bribes, the latest development in a case that began with his disappearance while on a journey to Beijing.
The announcement from the prosecutor's office in the northeastern city of Tianjin said Meng had abused his positions, including as a vice minister of public security and head of the maritime police to "illegaly accept cash and property in return for performing favors for others."

Hong Kong lawmakers scuffle in parliament | The Guardian

Hong Kong’s legislative assembly descended into chaos on Saturday as lawmakers for and against amendments to the territory’s extradition law clashed over access to the chamber... The amendments have been widely criticised as eroding the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s judicial independence by making it easier to send criminal suspects to mainland China, where they could face vague national security charges and unfair trials.

2 Nissan execs to escape charges under plea bargaining deal:The Asahi Shimbun

Two executives of Nissan Motor Co. who entered into a plea-bargaining deal with prosecutors investigating suspected financial wrongdoing by Carlos Ghosn will not be indicted, sources said... The pair who cooperated with prosecutors are a foreign senior executive and a Japanese official who once headed the company's secretariat.
Sources said the foreign executive approached prosecutors through lawyers on Oct. 10 about a plea bargain, and the Japanese official did the same on Oct. 26.

Algerian police arrest brother of former president, two former intelligence chiefs - sources - Reuters

Algerian police have arrested Said Bouteflika, the youngest brother of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and two former intelligence chiefs, Generals Bachir Athmane Tartag and Mohamed Mediene, security sources said on Saturday... Said Bouteflika, who served as a top advisor to the presidency for more than a decade, acted as Algeria’s de facto ruler after his brother suffered a stroke in 2013 which left him in a wheelchair.

Nearly all countries agree to stem flow of plastic waste into poor nations | The Guardian

Almost all the world’s countries have agreed on a deal aimed at restricting shipments of hard-to-recycle plastic waste to poorer countries, the United Nations announced on Friday.
Exporting countries - including the US - now will have to obtain consent from countries receiving contaminated, mixed or unrecyclable plastic waste. Currently, the US and other countries can send lower-quality plastic waste to private entities in developing countries without getting approval from their governments.

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NY株、週間で562ドル安 米中摩擦で連日乱高下 :日本経済新聞


カルソニックカンセイ、「マレリ」に社名統一  :日本経済新聞


独シーメンス、火力発電機部門を分離上場へ 20年9月 :日本経済新聞


富裕かたりNYセレブ生活 ドイツ人の女に禁固刑 : 日刊スポーツ


菊池に機構は罰則科さず 「不正」騒動は収束へ:イザ!


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News Headlines - 10 May 2019

North Korea launches two short-range missiles, at same time as U.S. ICBM test - The Washington Post

North Korea launched two short-range missiles Thursday in its second such test in under a week, part of a calibrated escalation of pressure on Washington that coincided almost exactly with a U.S. test of an intercontinental ballistic missile... North Korea’s possible endgame remains difficult to decipher. Since Hanoi, there has been little apparent movement to restart talks on a potential deal to dismantle the North’s nuclear program in exchange for international development opportunities and the lifting of international sanctions.

Samsung Confirms Sudden Galaxy Fold Smartphone Cancellation

Today the company has announced it is going to start automatically cancelling orders for the once revolutionary Galaxy Fold. Now plagued with reliability problems, Samsung is looking to pull the world’s first commercial screen folding smartphone and the company has provided no date when the phone might go back on sale.
This is a dramatic fall from grace... The only people who will still get a Galaxy Fold are those who have already ordered the $2,000 device and who tell Samsung specifically that they still want to receive it.

JAL and Malaysia Airlines aim to form 'joint venture' - Nikkei Asian Review

Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines are entering a flight-sharing and marketing tie-up, as the Japanese carrier takes another step to expand its Asian alliances since it was freed from government restrictions in 2017.
The restrictions were imposed after the airline in 2010 was bailed out under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law. The tie-up with Malaysia Airlines is expected to strengthen its network of international flights.
The carriers are calling their collaboration a "joint venture." In the aviation industry, the wording carries specific meaning -- tie-ups that allow partners to share income like a single company as well as adjust flight and fare schedules.
The joint venture allows for more than code-sharing operations and enables passengers to more easily make connections.

Japan health ministry orders Ono Pharmaceutical to add warning to Opdivo cancer drug after death | The Japan Times

The health ministry said Thursday that a patient taking the cancer drug Opdivo has died and that it has ordered the manufacturer to add a warning on the package insert about a serious side effect.
The patient was among 11 who experienced pituitary disorders after being treated with Opdivo, which is made by Ono Pharmaceutical Co.

Two children killed after car ploughs into crowd of kindergarteners in Japan | South China Morning Post

A car ploughed into a group of kindergarten children in western Japan’s Shiga region on Wednesday, killing two toddlers and injuring others, police said.
Police said the car veered onto the pavement after making “contact” with another larger vehicle that was turning at a junction in Otsu City.
The accident killed a girl and a boy, both two years old, a police spokesman said.

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米が対中追加関税率を25%に引き上げ、22兆円相当が対象 - Bloomberg


イラン、米挑発を指示か 空母派遣の引き金と報道 - 産経ニュース


スリーマイル島原発、9月30日までに閉鎖へ 40年前に米史上最悪の原発事故:AFPBB News

1979年に米史上最悪の原発事故を起こした米ペンシルベニア州のスリーマイル島(Three Mile Island)原子力発電が、今年9月いっぱいで閉鎖されることになった。同原発を運営する米電力大手エクセロン(Exelon)が8日、明らかにした。

「お友達は日本だけ」? 米軍の地位協定、日本と欧州ではこんなに違う | 沖縄タイムス+プラス


連夜の逆転劇!…トッテナム、ルーカス3発でアヤックス撃破し初のCL決勝へ | サッカーキング


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News Headlines - 09 May 2019

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran may increase uranium enrichment - BBC News

Iran has suspended commitments under the 2015 international nuclear deal, a year after it was abandoned by the US.
President Hassan Rouhani said he would keep enriched uranium stocks in the country rather than sell them abroad... The 2015 accord was aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for relief from sanctions.
But since the US left the deal it has imposed new sanctions, hitting Iran's economy and raising Iran-US tensions.

Amazon (AMZN) Hackers Stole Merchant Funds in 2018 - Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. said it was hit by an "extensive" fraud, revealing that unidentified hackers were able to siphon funds from merchant accounts over six months last year.
Amazon believes it was the victim of a "serious" online attack by hackers who broke into about 100 seller accounts and funneled cash from loans or sales into their own bank accounts, according to a U.K. legal document. The hack took place between May 2018 and October 2018, Amazon’s lawyers said in a redacted filing from November that can now be made public.

Home of controversial plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu burglarized | TokyoReporter

A home of controversial plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu burglarized of gold valued at more than 30 million, investigative sources revealed on Wednesday, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (May 8).
At around 3:00 a.m., a security firm reported the break-in at a second home of Takasu in Nisshin City. The lost property included seven one-kilogram plates of gold and a personal computer.

Emperor performs 1st rituals at Imperial Palace sanctuaries - The Japan News

The Emperor performed rites in his first ceremonies in relation to his succession to the throne at the Kyuchu Sanden three sanctuaries in the Imperial Palace on Wednesday.
During the Kashikodokoro-ni-Kijitsu-Hokoku-no-gi ceremony, the Emperor reported to his ancestors the date of the Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi ceremony in October to disseminate at home and abroad the fact of his enthronement, as well as that of the Daijosai, a ceremony performed only once for each emperor, in November.

Shohei Ohtani Returns To Los Angeles Angels' Lineup After Six-Week Absence

Shohei Ohtani’s long-awaited return as designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels was a big event in a 5-2 win over the Tigers in Detroit's Comerica Park Tuesday night even though the results may have been mundane.
For the record, he went 0-4 with a walk and two strikeouts, driving in his first run of the season with a third-inning ground ball.

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トヨタ「次世代の移動基盤に」 売上高は日本初30兆円台  :日本経済新聞


日産:インフィニティのトップが就任4カ月で退社-止まらぬ人材流出 - Bloomberg


武田、ドライアイ薬を売却 ノバルティスに最大5800億円  :日本経済新聞


シリコンバレー有力者の集まるTEDで彼女はフェイスブックを断罪した | ニューズウィーク日本版


レスターが岡崎の退団を発表 プレミアリーグ - 毎日新聞


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News Headlines - 08 May 2019

UK confirms participation in EU elections in May | DW

Despite talks with the opposition Labour Party to try to find an alliance to get the Brexit withdrawal agreement through Parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy David Lidington conceded on Tuesday there was not enough time left to get the deal through the assembly.
"It is regrettably not going to be possible to finish that process" before May 23, Lidington said in a statement, promising to make the delay "as short as possible."
... This means that the UK will have to take part in European Parliament elections, which will take place from May 23 to 26.

Mike Pompeo warns UK over Huawei 'security risks' - BBC News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the UK to prioritise its security interests and those of its allies when dealing with Chinese firm Huawei.
Speaking in London, he said the US had "made its views well known" on Huawei's potential role in the UK's 5G network.
He said the US must protect its UK operations from "security risks" and ensure data partners were "trusted".

Japan to call on N. Korea to realize summit 'without conditions'

Tokyo plans to convey Abe's message that he is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "without conditions," through the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and other various channels, according to the sources... Abe apparently lowered that hurdle amid fears of seeing the issue take a backseat to North Korea's nuclear and missile issues. While U.S. President Donald Trump has raised the abduction issue during his meetings with Kim, no substantial progress has been seen.

GM Self-Driving Cruise Raises $1.15 Billion With T. Rowe Joining - Bloomberg

General Motors Co.’s self-driving unit drew $1.15 billion in fresh investment, with T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. joining existing backers including Honda Motor Co. and SoftBank Vision Fund.
In what is GM Cruise LLC’s third major investment in the last year, the unit is now valued at $19 billion, according to a statement. Cruise raised $2.25 billion from the SoftBank Vision Fund and $2.75 billion from Honda last year.

Royal baby Archie: Prince Harry and Meghan name their 'bundle of joy' - Reuters

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced on Wednesday they had named their newborn son Archie as they showed him off to the world, saying their “little bundle of joy” was magic.

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トランプ氏支持率、最高の46%に ギャラップ社世論調査 :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : 米グーグル、低価格帯のスマホ「Pixel 3a/3a XL」を発表

米グーグルは7日、米カリフォルニア州マウンテンビューで開催された開発者向けのイベントで、低価格帯のスマートフォン「Pixel(ピクセル)3a」と「3a XL」を発表した。世界市場での存在感を高め、新規顧客を引き寄せるためのより大規模な取り組みの一環。
5.6インチの3aは399ドルと、前モデルの3の約半分の価格となった。6インチの3a XLは479ドル。

排ガス規制で不正 ポルシェに660億円余の罰金 独検察当局 | NHKニュース


動植物100万種が絶滅危機、国連の科学者組織が報告 :日本経済新聞


アヤックス指揮官が本拠地での“史上最大の一戦”へ自信/欧州CL - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 07 May 2019

Pompeo makes unannounced trip to Iraq to discuss tensions with Iran - CNNPolitics

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Tuesday after abruptly canceling a planned trip to Berlin amid escalating tensions with Iran.
The top US diplomat met with Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, President Barham Salih and other officials while on the ground in the Iraqi capital in a roughly four-hour visit, according to the pool traveling with Pompeo.

Turkey's election board orders rerun for Istanbul mayor - CNN

Turkey's election board has ruled in favor of a revote for Istanbul's new mayor -- just weeks after the opposition candidate won the contest -- in a decision denounced by opposition leaders as "plain dictatorship."
The country's Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced its 7-4 decision on Monday due to allegations of electoral fraud, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party lost the race by a razor-thin margin.

Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA Are All Black Women for the First Time - The New York Times

Last week, for the first time, black women wore the crowns of all three major pageants simultaneously.
Cheslie Kryst, 28, won the Miss USA contest, and Kaliegh Garris, 18, won Miss Teen USA. They joined Nia Franklin, 25, who was crowned as the 2019 Miss America in September.

Emperor Naruhito and Japan's lonely republicans - BBC News

After Japan was defeated, Hirohito, who sat on the Chrysanthemum Throne from 1926 to 1989, renounced his divinity.
Under the constitution written by the US, Japan became a constitutional monarchy with the emperor kept on as "symbol of the state" who is forbidden from being involved in politics... In the later years of Hirohito's reign, anti-monarchy feelings were more pronounced. Leftist radicals carried out occasional small attacks on places associated with the emperor.
But his son Akihito, who abdicated this Tuesday because of his age and ill health, succeeded in establishing the royal family as a symbol of peace after coming to the throne in 1989.

Wild raccoon moves into German zoo, can't be thrown out by law | The Japan Times

The German daily Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung reported Friday that zoo staffers recently discovered the uninvited guest inside the raccoon enclosure, where he seemed to be getting along fine with the seven original residents.
The newspaper reported that the interloper - nicknamed Fred - can expect free board and lodgings for life because European Union rules forbid him from being released back into the wild. Under a 2015 EU directive, raccoons are considered an invasive alien species that might pose a threat to European plants and animals.
Wild raccoons in Europe are the descendants of animals that escaped from fur farms decades ago.

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ハマスとイスラエルが停戦で合意、ガザ巡る攻撃の応酬停止へ - ロイター


プチデモン氏、欧州議会選に出馬可能 スペイン裁判所が判断 - ロイター


元検事ら500人超が声明「大統領でなければ訴追されていた」 TBS NEWS


小さなIT大国エストニアに熱視線 スカイプ発祥、丸紅は拠点づくり:イザ!


シティ、史上初の国内3冠に肉薄 偉業達成で総額21億円超のボーナス支給と英報道(Football ZONE web)


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News Headlines - 06 May 2019

Royal baby: Meghan gives birth to boy, Harry announces - BBC News

A beaming Prince Harry said they were "absolutely thrilled" and thanked the public for their support.
He said Meghan and the baby were doing "incredibly well", adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, who was delivered at 05:26 BST... The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - and Prince Harry.

Theresa May in secret discussions on second Brexit referendum

Theresa May has held secret discussions over a three-way second referendum ahead of a crunch meeting with Labour this week to agree a cross-party Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister has carried out “scenario planning” with aides and ministers in case the Government cannot prevent a Parliamentary vote on a second referendum.

Dow makes major recovery, rebounding from 471-point plunge - CNN

The Dow closed just 66 points lower on Monday, recovering from a plunge of as much as 471 points. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also erased their sharp losses, ending just 0.5% lower.
The comeback signals investors don't believe President Donald Trump's surprise threat to impose higher tariffs on China will spark a painful deepening of the trade war. Optimists are even hoping an historic trade deal will still be reached.

Boeing Discovered Problem With Warning Light But Didn't Notify For A Year : NPR

Boeing knew that there was a problem with one of the safety features on its 737 Max planes back in 2017 - well before the Lion Air crash in October 2018 and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March. But it did not disclose the issue to airlines or safety regulators until after the Lion Air plane crashed off the Indonesian coast, killing all 189 aboard.

Firefox Addons Being Disabled Due to an Expired Certificate

Mozilla Firefox users are discovering that all of their addons were suddenly disabled. It turns out that this is being caused by an expired intermediary certificate used to sign Mozilla addons.
In numerous reports on Reddit, Twitter, and bug reports on bugzilla, users were stating that their Mozilla addons were suddenly disabled with a message stating that they "could be verified for use in Firefox".

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トランプ氏、対中関税25%に上げ表明 最終盤で威嚇か :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : ロシア旅客機が炎上、死者41人 モスクワの空港




従業員35人が相次ぎ自殺、旧フランステレコム経営陣のモラハラ裁判始まる:AFPBB News

仏通信大手の旧フランステレコム(France Telecom、現オランジュ、Orange)で2008~09年に従業員35人が相次いで自殺した問題で、ディディエ・ロンバール(Didier Lombard)元最高経営責任者(CEO)ら当時の経営陣の「モラルハラスメント」の罪を問う裁判が6日、パリの裁判所で始まる。

ユベントスが縦縞でなくなる? 不信感か、新しいものへの興味か(footballista)


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News Headlines - 05 May 2019

Newly crowned Thai king carried through Bangkok in royal procession - Reuters

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn visited Buddhist temples and greeted his subjects for the first time since his crowning in a royal procession around the old quarter of Bangkok on Sunday, as part of intricate coronation ceremonies held over three days.

Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro cancels New York trip as companies pull out of event | South China Morning Post

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro cancelled a trip to New York Friday after several companies pulled out of an event where he was to be honoured.
In April, the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce named Bolsonaro 2019 Person of the Year, inviting him to take part in a gala dinner in New York the following month.
The chamber rented space at the American Museum of Natural History for the event. The museum later said it would not be hosting the gala honouring Brazil’s far right president amid backlash. Companies including Delta Air Lines and the Financial Times also said they would not attend.

North Korea Urgently Needs Food Aid After Worst Harvest in Decade, U.N. Says - The New York Times

About 40 percent of North Korea’s population is in urgent need of food aid after the country suffered its worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday, even as its regime defied international sanctions in order to keep its nuclear weapons program.
The bad harvest left North Korea with a 1.36 million ton shortage of grain, forcing its government to reduce daily state rations to less than 11 ounces per person in January, compared with 380 grams a year earlier, the World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization said in their joint assessment.

Xi Jinping Tries to Crash the May Fourth Movement’s Centenary | The New Yorker

For China’s aging political leadership, certain anniversaries teeter between the emblematic and the problematic. On Tuesday, President Xi Jinping stood in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the May Fourth Movement, one of the most consequential social protests in Chinese history, in which students agitated against the incompetence of the country’s authoritarian leaders. Xi told “China’s youth” today to love their motherland, and to “obey the party and follow the Party.” He also urged them to study the May Fourth Movement, and added that “those who are unpatriotic, who would even go so far as to cheat and betray the motherland, are a disgrace in the eyes of their own country and the whole world.”
Xi was taking a risk: the legacy of the May Fourth Movement is a complicated one, and to study its history is to confront the central hypocrisy of the Communist Party.

Jet stream pattern responsible for heatwaves, droughts in 2018: study - Xinhua

The extreme weather conditions were "directly connected to the emergence of a re-occurring pattern in the jet stream that stretches around the entire Northern Hemisphere," said lead author Kai Kornhuber from the University of Oxford and the PIK.
At a height of about 10 kilometers within the atmosphere, the air current formed a stalled wave pattern, which made weather conditions more persistent and thus extreme in the affected regions, the PIK study found.
According to the study, the same pattern had also occurred during the heat waves in Europe that occurred during the summers of 2015, 2006 and 2003.

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米失業率、49年ぶりの低水準に 3.6%で底堅い景気:朝日新聞デジタル


フェイスブックが極右活動家らに利用停止措置 憎悪対策の一環:AFPBB News

米フェイスブック(Facebook)は2日、反ユダヤ的・黒人至上主義的な主張で物議を醸してきた活動家のルイス・ファラカン(Louis Farrakhan)氏や、極右主義者として有名なアレックス・ジョーンズ(Alex Jones)氏ら数人を対象に、同社傘下の交流サイト(SNS)の利用を停止する措置を取った。憎悪表現を含む投稿への対策強化の一環。

化石燃料車は市内走行禁止 オランダ首都、2030年から - 産経ニュース


元主審モレノ氏、韓国対イタリア戦の誤審を17年越しで認める。「あのファウルは…」 | フットボールチャンネル


『翔んで埼玉』イタリアで大ウケ!観客の反応は? - シネマトゥデイ

映画『翔んで埼玉』が現地時間3日、北イタリアのウディネで開催中の第21回ウディネ・ファーイースト映画祭で上映された。“埼玉ディスり”が話題になった同作はイタリアでウケるのか? 上映後の会場で映画を観た観客たちに感想を聞いた。

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News Headlines - 04 May 2019

140,000 people greet Japan's Emperor Naruhito as he makes first public appearance since accession | The Japan Times

Emperor Naruhito expressed his hopes for progress toward world peace on Saturday at the Imperial Palace, where tens of thousands of people gathered to witness his first public greeting since ascending to the throne on May 1... More than 140,000 people gathered for greeting sessions scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Imperial Household Agency, in which members of the imperial family made roughly five-minute appearances once every hour. The figure exceeded around 109,800 for the former emperor’s first public appearance in November 1990 following his ascension to the throne, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

Momo-3 is Japan's first private rocket to reach space | The Japan Times

A Japanese aerospace startup successfully launched a small rocket on Saturday, making it the country’s first privately developed model to reach outer space.
Interstellar Technology Inc. said the unmanned Momo-3 launched from its test site in Hokkaido and reached about 110 kilometers (68 miles) in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean after 10 minutes of flight time.

North Korea launches short-range missiles | The Independent

North Korea has fired several short-range missiles from its east coast, South Korea’s military said, amid growing tensions with Washington following a failed nuclear summit in February.
South Korean and US authorities are analysing details of the missiles, which were fired towards the east from the Hodo peninsula at around 9am local time.
The missiles flew distances ranging from 70kms to 200 kms (44-124 miles), according to South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff.

Ebola Deaths Top 1,000 in Congo Amid Clinic Attacks - The New York Times

More than 1,000 people have died from Ebola in eastern Congo since August, the country’s health minister said on Friday, the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history behind the West African one in 2014-16 that killed more than 11,300.
The toll came as hostility toward health workers continued to hamper efforts to contain the virus.

Cyclone Fani kills dozens in India and Bangladesh | Al Jazeera

Cyclone Fani, the strongest storm to hit the Indian subcontinent in five years, has barrelled into Bangladesh after leaving a trail of deadly destruction across the eastern coast of India.
At least 16 people died in India, mostly in the worst-hit state of Odisha, Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler said on Saturday, citing local Indian media reports.

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英与党、地方選で1300議席以上失う 最大野党も後退 - BBCニュース


東京新聞:グアム移転 24年10月にも 沖縄海兵隊 米軍が現地に伝達






イチローさん、マリナーズの指導者に就任  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 03 May 2019

Courts to order sales of Japanese assets for Korean wartime laborers:The Asahi Shimbun

South Korean district courts have accepted the demands of Korean wartime laborers and are expected to soon order Japanese companies to sell assets to pay compensation to them.
The courts’ decisions were announced on May 1 by lawyers and support groups for the former laborers, who said they were forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II when the Korean Peninsula was under Japan’s rule.
The orders will be issued to Nippon Steel Corp. and Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp., both based in Tokyo.

Vietnam suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder trial freed from prison | DW

A woman charged with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been released from prison. She had been in custody for two years before charges against her were dropped.
Doan Thi Huong released from prison (picture-alliance/AP/V. Thian)
Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese woman who was accused of assassinating Kim Jong Nam, was released from a Malaysian prison on Friday.
Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah were put on trial for the killing of Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Nam died in 2017 after having his face smeared with a banned VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

Founder, execs of drug company guilty in conspiracy that fed opioid crisis - Reuters

The founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc on Thursday became the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executive to be convicted in a case tied to the U.S. opioid crisis, when he and four colleagues were found guilty of participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive painkiller.A federal jury in Boston found John Kapoor, the drugmaker’s former chairman, and his co-defendants guilty of racketeering conspiracy for engaging in a scheme that also misled insurers into paying for the drug.

Norway finds 'Russian spy whale' off Arctic coast - BBC News

A beluga whale found off Norway's coast wearing a special Russian harness was probably trained by the Russian navy, a Norwegian expert says... The tame beluga repeatedly approached Norwegian boats off Ingoya, an Arctic island about 415km (258 miles) from Murmansk, where Russia's Northern Fleet is based. Belugas are native to Arctic waters.

Peter Mayhew Chewbacca dead: Peter Mayhew, original "Star Wars" Chewbacca actor, dies at 74, family announces today - CBS News

Peter Mayhew, the actor behind the iconic Chewbacca in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, died this week at the age of 74. His family made the announcement Thursday on Twitter.
"The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away," Mayhew's family said in a statement. "He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home."

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腹心のFRB理事指名を断念 利下げ圧力のトランプ氏:朝日新聞デジタル




NZのアーダーン首相、パートナーのゲイフォードさんとついに婚約 結婚へ:AFPBB News

ニュージーランドのジャシンダ・アーダーン(Jacinda Ardern)首相(38)と長年のパートナー、クラーク・ゲイフォード(Clarke Gayford)さんが婚約した。ニュージーランド首相府が3日、発表した。アーダーン氏とゲイフォードさんの間には一人娘のニーブ(Neve Gayford)ちゃんがいる。

NYに本物のセサミストリートが誕生 | NHKニュース


映画「ソニック・ザ・ムービー」のデザインが変更へ。製作側が折れる | AUTOMATON

セガの『ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ』をもとにした実写映画「Sonic The Hedgehog(ソニック・ザ・ムービー)」の監督を務めるJeff Fowler氏は、Twitterにて同映画のデザインを変更する旨の発表をおこなった。氏はまず、ファンのサポートと批判に感謝。その上で、ファンがデザインに満足しておらず、変えてほしいと願っていることは明らかだとコメント。デザインを変更すると発表した。映画会社Paramount Picturesとセガは、キャラクターをベストに作ることにコミットしているといい、できるだけ早く“修正する”とも言及した。

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News Headlines - 02 May 2019

US Ending Iranian Oil Sanctions Waivers

The United States is tightening its economic sanctions on Iran by ending a set of waivers Thursday that had allowed some of the country’s largest oil buyers to continue their purchases.
With the expiration of waivers for eight buyers, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States would be exerting “maximum pressure” on the Iranian government.

Senate fails to override Trump veto of bill to end U.S. role in Yemen

The Senate on Thursday failed to override President Donald Trump's veto of a resolution that would have required him to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
The 53-to-45 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn Trump's veto, although supports quickly vowed to try to use other legislative tools to try to curb the U.S. role in Yemen. Seven Republican senators bucked the president to join with 44 Democrats and two independents in Thursday's vote.

Carnival Cruise Line is sued over properties seized by Cuban government decades ago - The Washington Post

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line on Thursday became the first U.S. company sued for using property confiscated six decades ago by Cuba’s revolutionary government, after the Trump administration ended a waiver of the law permitting such lawsuits...
The actions, in federal court in Miami, were filed by two U.S. citizens whose parents owned commercial docks in Havana and in the southeastern Cuban city of Santiago. “The communist government,” the claim said, “nationalized, expropriated, and seized ownership and control” of the properties when their families fled the island in 1960.

Brexit boosts support for Scottish independence to 49 percent - POLITICO

Support for Scottish independence has risen to 49 percent, its highest level since 2015, according to a poll released Saturday.
Asked whether Scotland should be an independent country, 49 percent of respondents said "yes," according to a YouGov poll conducted this week for the Times. That's up from 45 percent in June 2018.

Athlete Semenya loses appeal over testosterone rules - Reuters

Olympic 800-metres champion Caster Semenya on Wednesday lost her appeal against rules that mean female athletes with high natural levels of testosterone must take medication to reduce it.

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英首相、国防相を解任 ファーウェイ5G参入の漏えいで:AFPBB News

英政府が中国通信機器大手・華為技術(ファーウェイ、Huawei)による第5世代(5G)移動通信網構築への参入を条件付きで認めたとの情報が漏えいした問題で、テリーザ・メイ(Theresa May)英首相は1日、調査結果を受けてギャビン・ウィリアムソン(Gavin Williamson)国防相を解任した。…… 既に分裂状態にあったメイ政権は、首相がファーウェイによる英国5Gネットワーク構築参入の容認を決定したとの情報の漏えい元をめぐるスキャンダルに見舞われていた。大きな反発を呼んだこの決定は、先月23日の国家安全保障会議(NSC)会合で下されたとされる。

FRB、政策金利を据え置き TBS NEWS


「少人数サイトに」FB刷新、事業モデル転換へ : 読売新聞オンライン


アサンジ被告に禁錮50週 英、保釈中の出頭拒否で  :日本経済新聞


シャーロット英王女4歳に 王室写真公開、急成長 - 産経フォト


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News Headlines - 01 May 2019

One Image of Japan’s Royals Tells a Story of Demographic Crisis - The New York Times

During the short, solemn ceremony on Wednesday in which the new emperor of Japan, Naruhito, 59, accepted the sacred sword, jewels and seals that signify his right to sit on the throne, he was flanked by just two people. Standing ramrod straight to his right was his younger brother, Prince Akishino. To his left was his aging uncle, Prince Hitachi, who sat in a wheelchair.
It was striking visual evidence of the imperial family’s looming existential crisis: It has precious few heirs left.
Like Japan itself, the imperial family has a demographic problem. Just as Japan’s population is shrinking and aging, so is the royal family’s. The line of succession, which is limited to men, is only three people long.

Thailand's King Maha Remarries, Appoints New Wife as Queen | Time

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country’s queen.
An announcement Wednesday in the Royal Gazette said Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya is legally married to the 66-year-old king, and is now Queen Suthida.
Although she has been in the public eye for about three years, there has been little official information released about her and the news was a surprise to many Thais. Suthida is reported to be 40 years old and to have previously worked as a flight attendant for Thai Airways International. The two reportedly met on a flight.

CNN and BBC pulled off the air by Venezuela's government - CNN

CNN was taken off the air by the Venezuelan government on Tuesday moments after the network broadcast a feed that showed military vehicles running over protesters in Caracas.
DirecTV, Net Uno, Intercable, and Telefónica all received orders from Venezuela's government regulator Conatel to block CNN. (DirecTV and CNN are both owned by AT&T.)
A BBC spokesperson told CNN that BBC Global News had also been taken off the air in the South American country.

Poles stage banana protest over removal of 'indecent' artwork - Reuters

Around 1,000 people, many eating bananas to make their point, protested in front of Warsaw’s National Museum on Monday over a decision last week to remove artworks deemed “indecent” by the museum’s director.
One work, a 1973 video “Consumer Art” by Polish artist Natalia LL and stills from the video, show a woman eating a banana in sometimes lascivious poses. Only the video was removed on Friday according to the museum’s officials.

Ifo study casts doubt on electric vehicles′ climate-saving credentials | DW

When the ifo institute released its findings shortly before Easter, its verdict amounted to no less than the slaughtering of a sacred cow of German climate policy: electromobility.
The claims made by former ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn, physics professor Christoph Buchal and ifo energy expert Hans-Dieter Long could deal a big blow to this country's efforts to reduce traffic-related CO2 by 40% over the next decade... The research trio compared the CO2 footprint of a Tesla Model 3 with those of a Mercedes 220d diesel car and a Mercedes C Class model converted from petrol to liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Their focus was on the cars' whole life cycle emissions — from the first nut welded right down to the cars' final kilometer. The life cycle in terms of distance driven was arbitrarily set at 150,000 kilometers (93,205 miles) for better judgement.

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米民主党とトランプ大統領、2兆ドルのインフラ投資推進で合意 - Bloomberg




中道左派が第1党に 国民党は歴史的大敗 スペイン総選挙 - 毎日新聞




ウッドストック50周年記念コンサート、投資家は「中止」と発表 - ロイター


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