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News Headlines - 31 August 2019

IMF board to meet amid crisis in Argentina | Financial Times

The board of the IMF is expected to meet informally on Friday afternoon to discuss the crisis in Argentina, people familiar with the matter said, after the embattled reformist government led by president Mauricio Macri called for a reprofiling of the country’s debt.
The gathering of executive directors of the IMF is expected to include an update from staff, but no decisions are expected to be taken affecting the Fund’s $57bn rescue package for Argentina. The IMF declined to comment.

Tesla leads foreign charge into China's electric vehicle market - Nikkei Asian Review

Tesla is leading the foreign pack accelerating its foray into China's electric vehicle market as Beijing loosens joint venture rules to spur growth, while local startups struggle with a rollback of state subsidies.
Tesla is bringing China's first entirely foreign-owned plant online as early as this year while Toyota Motor, Volkswagen and other foreign rivals are stepping up releases of new energy vehicles.
As Beijing's policy shift on new energy vehicles -- electric, fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles -- brings foreign competition into the market, domestic players being propped up by government subsidies face a war of attrition amid the dwindling support.

Russian spacecraft carrying humanlike robot docks at ISS | DW

An unmanned space capsule carrying Russia's first humanoid robot successfully docked at the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday.
The Soyuz MS-14 had previously failed to dock on its first attempt over the weekend.
The life-size robot Fedor, short for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, mimics human movements and has elements of artificial intelligence... The spacecraft is also carrying 670 kilograms (1,477 pounds) of scientific equipment and other goods to support life on the ISS.

Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey’s Account Hacked - The New York Times

Hackers took over the Twitter account of Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, on Friday and used the account to broadcast a string of racist messages and bomb threats.
In the posts, the attackers claimed that Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters would be bombed, and used Mr. Dorsey’s account to retweet posts from several individuals appearing to claim responsibility for the hack.
The brief takeover of Mr. Dorsey’s Twitter account is a reminder of the risks facing celebrities, businesses and public officials that use Twitter.

Pensioner, 69, waits 53 YEARS to shoot dead ‘childhood bully’ at school reunion - The Sun

A PENSIONER took revenge on his childhood bully by shooting him dead at a school reunion party 53 years later.
Thanapat Anakesri is wanted by police after blowing his old foe, Suthat Kosayamat, away in Ang Thong, Thailand.

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アップル、中国外へ生産移転は困難 データで浮き彫り - ロイター



30日の外国為替市場では、欧州単一通貨ユーロが下落し、対ドルで2017年5月以来約2年3カ月ぶりに1ユーロ=1.10ドルの節目を割り込んだ。 欧州景気への懸念がユーロ安の背景だ。市場では、欧州中央銀行(ECB)の9月の利下げが確実視されており、国債買い取りを通じた量的緩和を再開するとの観測も強まっている。

トヨタ、英工場一時停止へ EU離脱の混乱に備え :日本経済新聞




英国で赤ちゃんの名前「アレクサ」の人気低下、アマゾン製品が影響か - ロイター


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News Headlines - 30 August 2019

Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow hit with protest-related charges after citywide raids - The Straits Times

A wave of arrests has swept the city, with several Hong Kong activists and three lawmakers hauled to the police station for their roles in protests since June 9, ahead of news that authorities upheld a police ban on a proposed rally and march on Saturday (Aug 31).
The arrests included Demosisto’s secretary-general Joshua Wong and member Agnes Chow, and coincided with claims of attacks on activists, including mass rally organiser Jimmy Sham, by unknown men.
Both Wong and Chow, arrested on Friday morning, are accused of taking part in a June 21 unauthorised demonstration outside Wan Chai police station and inciting others to join it. Wong, a founder of the pro-self determination party Demosisto, faces a further charge of organising the illegal demonstration.

Indo-Pacific initiative included in TICAD declaration - The Japan News

The seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) on Friday adopted the Yokohama Declaration, which for the first time spells out the free and open Indo-Pacific initiative (see CLIP) that Japan aims to realize, as it concluded in Yokohama.
TICAD is cosponsored by the Japanese government along with the United Nations, the African Union and other organizations.

World's safest city for 2019 revealed | CNN Travel

The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Safe Cities Index (SCI) has ranked 60 destinations across the world in terms of their digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety.
Topping the list is Tokyo. The most populated metropolis on Earth earns a score of 92.0 out of a possible 100... European cities including Amsterdam -- busy fighting overtourism issues -- and Copenhagen, known for its picturesque waterside houses and laid back "hygge" lifestyle, also made the top 10, at number four and number eight respectively.
The only US city to hit the top 10 was capital Washington DC (number 7), although Chicago just missed out, coming in at number 11.

Apple won't listen to Siri recordings without your permission anymore - CNET

Your conversations with Siri won't be going directly to Apple anymore. The tech giant said Wednesday that it will stop retaining voice recordings by default.
Apple announced the Siri privacy changes after The Guardian reported in July that contractors were regularly listening to conversations from people giving voice commands. While the data is anonymized, those conversations included identifiable details like a person's name, medical records, drug deals and people having sex, according to the report.

2020 Democrats: Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of presidential race

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that she's ending her bid for the White House.
Gillibrand becomes the fifth, and perhaps highest-profile, Democrat to end her candidacy as a once unwieldy field of candidates vying to take on President Trump begins to thin.
The senator from New York announced the end of her campaign after she failed to meet the Democratic National Committee's polling and donor qualification threshold to appear in next month's debate in Houston.

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米が「宇宙軍」を発足 中国・ロシアに対抗 :日本経済新聞


ロシアに400万円支払い命令 汚職追及の法律家不審死で :日本経済新聞


“同性愛遺伝子”存在せず 国際的なグループが発表 | NHKニュース


実験室で培養の「ミニ脳」に神経活動、人の脳に類似 米研究:AFPBB News

実験室で培養した脳から、人のものに似た電気的活動を初めて検出したとする研究論文が29日、発表された。……米カリフォルニア大学サンディエゴ校(University of California, San Diego)の生物学者アリソン・ムオトリ(Alysson Muotri)氏と研究チームが医学誌「セル・プレス(Cell Press)」で発表した論文によると、今回の飛躍的進歩は二つの要因によって可能となったという。一つ目の要因は、培地製法の最適化などを含む幹細胞培養過程の向上だ。

「アマゾンは地球の酸素の20%を生産」は誤り | ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版サイト


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News Headlines - 29 August 2019

U.S. Prosecutors Probe Huawei on New Allegations of Technology Theft - WSJ

U.S. prosecutors are looking into additional instances of alleged technology theft by Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the matter, potentially expanding beyond existing criminal cases against the Chinese telecommunications giant.
Among the situations being examined are episodes in which Huawei was accused of stealing intellectual property from multiple people and companies over several years, as well as how the company went about recruiting employees from competitors, these people said.

S Korea top court orders new trial of Park Geun-hye bribery case | Al Jazeera

South Korea's top court on Thursday sent back jailed former President Park Geun-hye's corruption case to a lower court for separate trials for her previously-convicted charges, a ruling that could increase her already-lengthy prison term... An appellate court earlier sentenced Park to 25 years in prison over bribery, extortion, abuse of power and other charges. That was an extension of a 24-year prison term set by a district court.
South Korea's Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years in jail (2:23)
But the Supreme Court ordered the Seoul High Court to deal with Park's bribery charge separately from other charges.

Osaka University team conducts world's first iPS transplant for corneal disease | The Japan Times

A research team from Osaka University said Thursday it had conducted the world’s first transplant of corneal tissues using artificially derived stem cells in July.
The university’s team, led by Koji Nishida, may have created a new treatment for those suffering from corneal disease, as current treatment procedures involve waiting for corneal donations from deceased donors... The patient in the July surgery, a woman in her 40s who suffered from corneal epithelial stem cell deficiency, was discharged from the hospital Aug. 23 after receiving the operation on her left eye on July 25. Her eyesight has improved considerably and there have been no problems detected so far, the team said.

Saga hospital stranded as torrential rain in southwestern Japan leaves three dead, one missing | The Japan Times

In Omachi, Saga Prefecture, Juntendo hospital was isolated due to flooding, with 215 people including patients becoming stranded, according to the prefectural government. The prefectural government also said water that contains oil leaking from a nearby plant was flowing into the hospital. It is gathering information on the situation.

Arctic team maps five islands found by Russian student - BBC News

A Russian Arctic expedition has mapped five small islands in the far north, discovered by a student analysing a glacier's retreat in satellite photos.
Before Marina Migunova's discovery in 2016 the islands were hidden under the Nansen Glacier, also known as Vylka, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.
Her discovery was part of her final coursework at the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St Petersburg.

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「私は彼の奴隷だった」 エプスタイン裁判終了前に女性十数人が証言:AFPBB News

未成年の少女らを性的目的で人身取引したとして起訴され、勾留中に自殺した米富豪のジェフリー・エプスタイン(Jeffrey Epstein)被告(当時66歳)について、被害を訴える十数人の女性たちが27日、法廷で涙ながらに証言した。



是枝裕和監督「真実」ベネチア映画祭OP上映 海外記者絶賛「感動的」「カトリーヌ・ドヌーヴ圧巻」― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


配達中つまみ食い、3割が経験 米飲食サービス調査 :日本経済新聞


伊コンテ首相続投で合意、左派の連立発足に前進 :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 28 August 2019

Boris Johnson asks Queen to suspend parliament | The Guardian

Boris Johnson has set up an extraordinary confrontation with MPs when they return to Westminster next week by announcing that he has asked the Queen to suspend parliament for five weeks from mid-September.
The prime minister claimed there would be “ample time” to debate Brexit, as he wrote to MPs on Wednesday, saying he had spoken to the Queen and asked her to suspend parliament from “the second sitting week in September”. Later on Wednesday the Queen approved the order.
MPs will then not return to Westminster until 14 October, when he said there would be a new Queen’s speech, setting out what he called a “bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda for the renewal of our country after Brexit”.

Jeffrey Epstein accuser urges Prince Andrew to 'come clean' - BBC News

A woman who accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex abuse and alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old has urged the UK royal to "come clean".
Speaking after a hearing for alleged victims in the wake of Epstein's death, Virginia Giuffre told reporters the prince "knows what he's done".
The Duke of York denies the accusation.

About 160,000 People in New York to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear - The New York Times

New York began the process of expunging many of those records, as part of a new state law to reduce penalties associated with marijuana-related crimes, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed... Under the new law, which was passed in June and took effect on Wednesday, about 160,000 people with marijuana convictions in the state will have those convictions cleared from their record, according to a spokeswoman for the State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Toyota pulls Suzuki firmly into its orbit through stake deal - Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp will take small equity stakes in each other, the Japanese car makers said on Wednesday, as they seek to develop newer technologies and meet sweeping changes upending the global auto industry... Toyota will pay around 96 billion yen ($910 million) for a 4.94% stake in Suzuki, while Suzuki will acquire in the market around 48 billion yen worth of shares in Toyota. That is equivalent to 0.2% of Toyota’s shares as of Wednesday’s closing price, before the announcement.

French investigators focus on Dentsu partner in sports corruption probe - Reuters

French authorities investigating corruption in international sports believe a Swiss partner of Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc played a “central and essential role” in deals used to embezzle sponsorship money and have asked Switzerland to raid its office and seize evidence, according to a person with knowledge of the probe and documents related to the case reviewed by Reuters.

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元グーグル幹部を起訴 自動運転技術盗んだ罪で米検察 :日本経済新聞


米J&Jに600億円の支払い命じる、鎮痛剤危機の企業責任めぐる初の判決:AFPBB News


ブラジル、アマゾン火災の寄付 英国からは受け入れ :日本経済新聞


アマゾン火災、無関係の写真がネットの怒りあおる:AFPBB News


キム・カーダシアンが'文化の盗用'と批判された矯正下着のブランド名を「SKIMS」と再命名|ハーパーズ バザー(Harper' BAZAAR)公式


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News Headlines - 27 August 2019

U.S. Plans to Open Direct Talks With Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen - WSJ

The Trump administration is preparing to initiate direct talks with Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen in an effort to end the four-year-old war, a conflict that has become a volatile front line in the conflict with Tehran, according to people familiar with the plans.
The U.S. is looking to prod Saudi Arabia into taking part in secret talks in Oman with Houthi leaders in an effort to broker a cease-fire in Yemen, according to these people.

BP to Exit Alaska With $5.6 Billion Sale - WSJ

BP PLC is exiting Alaska after six decades, marking the latest blow to the state’s oil industry, which has diminished amid the rise of shale drilling in the continental U.S.
The British oil company is selling all of its Alaska assets, including its share of the giant Prudhoe Bay oil field and its interests in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, to Hilcorp Energy Co. for $5.6 billion. Privately held Hilcorp, based in Houston, is Alaska’s largest private operator.

Ferdinand Piech, Porsche patriarch and VW saviour, dies at 82 | The Guardian

Ferdinand Piech, the Porsche family patriarch who transformed Volkswagen from a struggling carmaker into a global powerhouse, has died at the age of 82.
Piech, the grandson of sports car and VW Beetle pioneer Ferdinand Porsche, died on Sunday in Rosenheim, Bavaria, his wife said.

Notting Hill tower block fire caused by sunlight with cigarettes also a suspected factor, officials say | London Evening Standard

A fire that broke out in a tower block in Notting Hill was caused by sunlight, with cigarettes also a possible factor, officials have said... Fire investigators said initial findings suggest the blaze was accidental and caused by sunlight refracting through a "glass item" on the balcony.
They added that the "unsafe disposal of cigarettes" could not be ruled out.

CITES votes to ban trade in two endangered otter species

A trade ban is looming for two endangered otter species after some 100 countries voted to increase protections following a social-media fuelled craze for acquiring the silky mammals as pets.
Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted overwhelmingly in Geneva Sunday to place the smooth-coated otter on the treaty's most endangered list. On Monday they voted to do the same for the Asian small-clawed otter.

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G7 合意内容を1枚の宣言文書に マクロン氏、土壇場で作成にこだわる - 毎日新聞


G7がデジタル課税めぐり合意 仏米が共同記者会見で発表:AFPBB News

フランスのエマニュエル・マクロン(Emmanuel Macron)大統領は26日、仏南西部ビアリッツ(Biarritz)でドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領と共同記者会見を行い、先進7か国(G7)は米グーグル(Google)、米フェイスブック(Facebook)などテクノロジー大手への課税について合意したと述べた。



竹島での韓国軍訓練を米が批判 国務省「生産的ではない」 - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


中国、スパイ容疑でオーストラリア人作家を逮捕 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 26 August 2019

Carlos Ghosn Ran a Tech Fund-Using Millions From an Executive at a Nissan Partner - WSJ

Nissan Motor Co. boss Carlos Ghosn built a parallel business as an investor in Silicon Valley with his son, using millions of dollars he received from an executive at a Nissan business partner in Oman.
The operation, known only to a handful of people, adds crucial new details to what is seen as the most serious criminal charge in a broad financial-crimes investigation against Mr. Ghosn.

Trump, Iran's president talk of possible meeting to solve nuclear impasse - Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would meet Iran’s president under the right circumstances to end a confrontation over a 2015 nuclear deal and that talks were underway to see how countries could open credit lines to keep Iran’s economy afloat.

Jokowi to announce new Indonesia capital to replace Jakarta - The Jakarta Post

Indonesian President Joko Widodo will announce the site of the country’s new capital on Monday, ending months of speculation about the location of the new city to replace Jakarta as the administrative headquarters.
The announcement will be broadcast live from 1 p.m. Jakarta on the official YouTube channel of the president’s secretariat. Jokowi, as the president is known, recently sought lawmakers’ approval to move the capital to Kalimantan island after first proposing the relocation in April.

NASA Astronaut Anne McClain Accused by Spouse of Crime in Space - The New York Times

Ms. McClain acknowledged that she had accessed the bank account from space, insisting through a lawyer that she was merely shepherding the couple’s still-intertwined finances. Ms. Worden felt differently. She filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and her family lodged one with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, accusing Ms. McClain of identity theft and improper access to Ms. Worden’s private financial records.

One year countdown begins for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games | The Japan Times

Sunday marked exactly one year until Tokyo becomes the first city to host the Paralympic Games twice.
Following close on the heels of the Olympics, the Paralympics will begin next year on Aug. 25 and, over the course of 13 days, feature a record 4,400 athletes in 540 events across 22 sports including, for the first time, badminton and taekwondo.

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日米首脳、貿易交渉で基本合意 9月下旬に署名へ :日本経済新聞




北朝鮮のミサイルは「違反」? 日米首脳間で見解に相違:朝日新聞デジタル


フィンランド、ブラジル産牛肉禁輸をEUで提起へ アマゾン火災の対応非難:AFPBB News

フィンランドのミカ・リンティラ(Mika Lintila)経済相は23日、ブラジル・アマゾン(Amazon)の熱帯雨林で発生している大規模な火災をめぐる同国のジャイル・ボルソナロ(Jair Bolsonaro)大統領の対応に対する抗議として、同国産牛肉の輸入禁止措置を欧州連合(EU)で提起すると発表した。……フィンランドは現在、輪番制の欧州理事会(European Council)議長国。

サニブラウン、10秒05で3位 陸上国際大会男子100 :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 25 August 2019

Boris Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure ahead of Brexit | The Guardian

Boris Johnson has asked the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from 9 September in what appears to be a concerted plan to stop MPs forcing a further extension to Brexit, according to leaked government correspondence.
An email from senior government advisers to an adviser in No 10 - written within the last 10 days and seen by the Observer - makes clear that the prime minister has recently requested guidance on the legality of such a move, known as prorogation. The initial legal guidance given in the email is that shutting parliament may well be possible, unless action being taken in the courts to block such a move by anti-Brexit campaigners succeeds in the meantime.

G7 summit: Iran foreign minister makes surprise Biarritz appearance | The Guardian

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has made a surprise appearance in Biarritz meeting Emmanuel Macron, in the midst of a G7 summit where western policy towards Iran has been one of the most contentious issues.
On Sunday evening, Zarif posted a picture on Twitter of his meeting with the French president and the foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, reportedly in the office of the Biarritz mayor, across the road from a building where G7 leaders had been meeting. The Iranian foreign minister said he had also provided a briefing for British and German officials.

Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh to challenge Trump in 2020 GOP primary - Los Angeles Times

Former Rep. Joe Walsh, once a backer of President Trump, said Sunday he would mount a Republican primary challenge to the president because “we can’t take four more years of Donald Trump.”
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” the former Illinois congressman, now a radio talk-show host, called Trump “completely unfit to be president.” He said he was launching his quixotic bid because “nobody in the Republican Party stepped up” despite what he described as deep dismay over Trump’s performance.

Amazon struggles to police safety of products sold by third parties on its site, WSJ investigation finds | The Seattle Times

Thousands of items for sale on Amazon “have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, are deceptively labeled or are banned by federal regulators,” according to a Wall Street Journal investigation published Friday... The Journal’s investigation found that Amazon “exercises limited oversight over items listed by millions of third-party sellers,” and documented 4,152 individual products deemed dangerous, deceptively labeled or banned. The company pushed back with a blog post Friday describing its efforts to improve product safety and compliance - on which it says it spent $400 million last year - and calling safety “a top priority at Amazon.”
The company’s statement did not dispute the main findings of the newspaper’s investigation and the company mostly declined to comment on the specific incidents and products in the report...

Attack on Japanese woman criticized in S.Korea | NHK WORLD

People in South Korea are going online to post criticisms of violence following reports that a South Korean man allegedly assaulted a Japanese woman tourist... The reports say the man approached the woman walking with a friend. He reportedly followed and swore at her after she ignored him.
When she tried to film him with her mobile phone, the man allegedly pulled her hair and pushed her to the ground.

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東京新聞:日本車関税、撤廃見送り 日米貿易交渉 大枠合意


ルノーとFCA 経営統合への交渉継続、伊メディア報道 TBS NEWS




ウィリアム王子一家、格安航空で休暇へ 一方の弟夫妻は :朝日新聞デジタル


八村塁よ、NBAはそんなに甘くはない 米記者が見た課題 〈週刊朝日〉


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News Headlines - 24 August 2019

Major book publishers sue Amazon’s Audible over new speech-to-text feature - The Verge

Publishers are taking issue with Audible’s new Captions feature, first unveiled last month and set to go live in September through partnerships with US public schools. The feature uses machine learning to transcribe spoken words into written ones, so users can read along while they listen to an audiobook. The issue, however, is that Audible is doing this based on audiobook recordings, which have separate licenses to physical books and ebooks. The company is not apparently obtaining the necessary licenses to reproduce the written versions of these works.

Vaping death: Person who used e-cigarettes died after severe lung illness, Illinois officials say - The Washington Post

Illinois officials said Friday that a person who had recently used an e-cigarette and was hospitalized with severe lung illness had died. The death appears to be the first among a spate of mysterious lung illnesses now under investigation by state and federal health officials in connection to vaping - at least 193 cases in 22 states, many in teens and young adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Reports of the number of people hospitalized for vaping-related lung illnesses have doubled in the past week, Illinois officials said in a statement. At least 22 people, ranging in age from 17 to 38, have experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping, it said. State officials are working with local health departments to investigate another 12 individuals.

David Koch, billionaire industrialist and libertarian activist, dies at 79

David Koch, the billionaire, industrialist, philanthropist, political activist and onetime vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, died Friday. He was 79... Koch and his 83-year-old brother, Charles, ran Koch Industries, one of the nation’s largest privately held conglomerates. Its investments include subsidiaries involved with manufacturing, refining and distribution of chemicals, fibers and minerals.
Their father, Fred Koch, founded the company in 1940, the year David was born.

Nissan shows off self-driving tech with golf putts that never miss the cup | The Japan Times

Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday it has developed a system in which any golf putt will lead the ball into the cup, by capitalizing on its self-driving technologies... A camera in the system recognizes the location of a putted ball, which is embedded with a motor, and the cup. A computer calculates the correct trajectory for the ball by taking into account the strength of the putt and other factors, to guide it into the cup using wireless data transmissions.

NASA Names Record-Setting Mars Rock After The Rolling Stones | Space

The team behind NASA's InSight Mars lander has named a particularly peripatetic Red Planet rock after the legendary band.
The moniker "Rolling Stones Rock" was announced Thursday night (Aug. 22) by actor Robert Downey Jr. at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California - the home city of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which manages InSight's mission - just before the Stones took the stage. The unveiling came after hours of anticipation after a cryptic video Downey Jr. posted on Twitter.

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中国、米国関税第4弾に報復 750億ドル分 :日本経済新聞


発動済み対中関税、10月に30%に上げ トランプ氏表明 :日本経済新聞


日米貿易交渉、重要品目で大枠合意 「方向性一致した」:朝日新聞デジタル


日米反応を読み違えた韓国 GSOMIA破棄、同盟暗雲:朝日新聞デジタル


アマゾンやMSが「殺人AI開発で世界を危険に」 調査報告:AFPBB News

 調査はオランダのNGO「パクス(Pax)」がハイテク産業の主要企業を対象に、自律型致死兵器に対する企業姿勢を問うたもの。殺人可能な人工知能(AI)に適用できる技術を開発しているか、AI兵器関連の軍事プロジェクトに携わっているか、AI兵器分野へは今後関与しないと約束しているか、の3点について、12か国50社をランク付けした。……今回の調査で「最善の事例」とされたのは、兵器システムへのAI使用を自粛する指針を昨年発表した米グーグル(Google)や、ヒト型ロボット「Pepper(ペッパー)」で知られるソフトバンクグループ(SoftBank Group)など7社。残る企業は22社が「中度の懸念」に、21社が「大きな懸念」に分類された。

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News Headlines - 23 August 2019

Ukraine, EU oppose Trump's suggestion of readmitting Russia to G7 - Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it would be “appropriate” to have Russia rejoin what used to be the G8. France will host a meeting of G7 leaders this weekend.
But Germany, France, Britain - all G7 members - quickly rebuffed Trump, noting that Russia was excluded after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea and then backed an anti-Kiev rebellion in the industrial region of Donbas in eastern Ukraine.

G-7 summit: US, China and other allies expected not to sign joint communique

The Group of Seven (G-7) summit is set to end without a joint communique for the first time in its 44-year history, after French President Emmanuel Macron decided to abandon the tradition citing “a very deep crisis of democracy.”
It will be the first time since meetings began in 1975 that the forum has failed to end a summit without an agreed statement, laying bare the deepening rift between heads of state from seven of the world’s largest economies.

Fed Chair Powell gives no clear hint on interest rates | PBS NewsHour

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled Friday that the Fed stands ready to cut interest rates further if the economy needs it but wasn’t clear about when or by how much.
Powell had barely finished speaking to central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on the Fed, which he has repeatedly accused of keeping rates too high.

Did Boris Johnson put his foot in it in talks with Macron? - BBC News

A photo of Boris Johnson sticking his foot on a table during talks in Paris with the French president triggered unflattering comments on social media.
But users on both sides of the Channel who called the UK prime minister's actions insulting might have been jumping to conclusions.
A video appears to show Mr Johnson was responding to a joke by his host.
Emmanuel Macron seems to suggest the table could also be used as a footstool before Mr Johnson lifts his right boot.

Dutch government considers major investment push -source - Reuters

The Dutch government is considering pouring billions of euros in a new investment fund to finance future infrastructure and education projects, a source close to the government said on Thursday.
The government would consider borrowing up to 50 billion euros ($55 billion) for the fund as it looks to profit from historically low and even negative interest rates on its loans, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported earlier on Thursday, citing government sources.

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英政府、高速鉄道計画の妥当性検証へ 建設費高騰で :日本経済新聞


テスラは公開会社として失格 急速に価値を喪失 | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)


疑惑の投資家に絡むスキャンダルに揺れるMITメディアラボ--研究者2人が抗議の辞任 - CNET Japan

不祥事を起こした投資家Jeffrey Epstein氏からMITメディアラボが資金を受け取っていた事実が明るみになったことを受けて、同ラボの研究者2人がこの件に抗議して辞任を表明した。MITメディアラボは最近になってEpstein氏に絡むスキャンダルに揺れており、今回の辞任はその最新の展開と言える。……MITシビックメディアセンターの所長で、メディアラボの准教授でもあるEthan Zuckerman氏は20日、Boston Globe紙に対しEpstein氏とメディアラボのつながりを問題視し、同ラボを離れると表明した。……さらに21日には、同ラボの客員教授を務めるJ. Nathan Matias氏もメディアラボの職を辞すると発表した。

タイタニック号の崩壊進む、14年ぶりに撮影 - BBCニュース


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News Headlines - 22 August 2019

South Korea decides to exit intelligence-sharing pact with Japan | The Japan Times

In a stunning move that could further upend already fraying ties between Japan and South Korea, Seoul on Thursday announced that it would scrap a key intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, with the South’s presidential Blue House saying in a statement that it did not meet Seoul’s “national interests” to maintain the deal amid the intensifying spat between the two neighbors.
Citing a “grave change” in security cooperation conditions that it attributed to the recent strengthening of export controls by the Japanese government, the Blue House said it planned to inform Tokyo of the move to end the General Security of Military Information Agreement before a Saturday deadline, the South’s Yonhap news agency said.

Moon hit by trusted aide's scandal

President Moon Jae-in is facing growing calls to withdraw his nomination of Cho Kuk as justice minister due to a widening scandal involving one of his most trusted aides.
The allegations of irregularities regarding his daughter's academic history, in addition to the possible evasion of military service and the dual nationality of his son, who also holds U.S. citizenship, have produced a huge public backlash. A recent poll showed that almost 50 percent of respondents thought Cho was an inappropriate choice for justice minister.
Even some ruling party lawmakers have started to voice concerns about the impact of the Cho scandal on Moon's leadership.

MIT president says school received about $800k from Jeffrey Epstein foundations - The Boston Globe

MIT’s president on Thursday disclosed that the school had received about $800,000 from foundations controlled by Jeffrey Epstein, the deceased financier who was charged with sex trafficking dozens of minors, and offered a “profound and humble’’ apology to Epstein’s victims on behalf of the university... The statement - released Thursday night - follows days of controversy over Epstein’s donations to the MIT Media Lab. Two researchers said recently that they were severing their ties to the lab because of the donations.

Yamaha Motor Partners with Sony to Develop SC-1 Sociable Cart - The Japan Times

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it has developed the SC-1 Sociable Cart, a vehicle that delivers a new low-speed mobility experience, jointly with Sony Corporation. The SC-1 brings together a fusion of Yamaha Motor’s autonomous driving technology and Sony’s entertainment imaging technology. The two companies plan to launch Japanese domestic services using this model in fiscal 2019. The SC-1 was developed solely for the purpose of providing a new mobility experience, and will not be made available for sale.

Mayor of Paris candidate vows to make French fluent in English

The Academie Francaise has long fought to stop English words creeping into common French parlance, but an ally of President Emmanuel Macron is vowing to make Parisians fluent in English.
Benjamin Griveaux made the pledge as part of his campaign to become mayor of Paris... “My aim is for all Parisian children to be bilingual” by the age of 16, he said. Mr Griveaux, who at 41 is the same age as the president, wants to introduce English in nurseries and get schools to organise extra-curricular activities in English.

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ファーウェイCFO、イランオフィスの存在認める-カナダ法廷文書 - Bloomberg




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ツイッターがマンUと話し合いへ、ポグバへの人種差別的投稿を受け:AFPBB News

米ツイッター(Twitter)は21日、サッカー選手に対するソーシャルメディア上での人種差別的な投稿防止を求める声が上がる中、イングランド・プレミアリーグのマンチェスター・ユナイテッド(Manchester United)と話し合いを行うことになったと明かした。……PKを失敗した選手がソーシャルメディアで人種差別の被害に遭うのは、チェルシー(Chelsea)のタミー・アブラハム(Tammy Abraham)とチャンピオンシップリーグ(2部)のレディング(Reading FC)に所属するヤク・メイテ(Yakou Meite)に続き、この1週間でポグバが3人目だった。

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News Headlines - 21 August 2019

Merkel gives Johnson 30 days to find solution to avoid no-deal Brexit | The Guardian

Angela Merkel has challenged Boris Johnson to come up with a solution to avert a no-deal Brexit “in the next 30 days”, putting responsibility for stopping the UK crashing out of the EU firmly at the British prime minister’s door.
After weeks of diplomatic tension, the German chancellor used her first face-to-face meeting with her UK counterpart on Wednesday to emphasise that Britain still has the power to resolve the crisis, suggesting that the backstop was “a placeholder that will no longer be necessary” if a solution to the impasse over the Irish border can be found.

Taliban chief's brother killed in Pakistan blast: militant sources

The Afghan Taliban leader's brother was among four people killed in a blast at a mosque in southwestern Pakistan Friday, insurgent sources and a Pakistani official told AFP.
The Taliban have not officially commented, but an unofficial statement circulating among Taliban fighters on WhatsApp and seen by AFP confirmed the claim.

Man accused of upskirting over 550 women in Madrid - BBC News

The 53-year-old Colombian man allegedly filmed the videos on a mobile phone hidden in a backpack.
Police say he then uploaded at least 283 videos to pornographic websites, racking up millions of views.
Many of the 555 victims - some of which were underage - were targeted on the capital's Metro system.

Satellite data shows Amazon rainforest burning at record rates - UPI.com

Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, data from international space agencies indicate.
The Brazilian National Institute for Space Research on Tuesday said its satellite data showed there have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year -- with more than half in the Amazon region -- an 84 percent increase from the same period in 2018.

Disney-Sony Standoff Spins Doubt On Kevin Feige’s Spider-Man Future - Deadline

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward... Disney asked that future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, and there were discussions that this might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe. Sony turned that offer down flat.

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米ウォルマート、テスラを提訴 太陽光パネル火災で  :日本経済新聞


イタリア首相が辞意表明、政権継続困難と判断 :日本経済新聞






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News Headlines - 20 August 2019

Hong Kong: British consulate worker 'detained at China border' - BBC News

The UK Foreign Office has expressed concern over reports that a Hong Kong consulate employee has been detained at the Chinese border.
Media reports say Simon Cheng, who is thought to be from Hong Kong, is believed to have gone missing on 8 August while on a business trip.
The Foreign Office said it was "seeking further information from authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong".

Hong Kong protests: Twitter and Facebook remove Chinese accounts - BBC News

Twitter and Facebook have taken steps to block what they described as a state-backed Chinese misinformation campaign.
Twitter said it removed 936 accounts it said were being used to “sow political discord in Hong Kong”... Facebook said it had, after being tipped off by Twitter, removed "seven Pages, three Groups and five Facebook accounts.”

Russia refuses to share data on blast that caused radiation spike | The Guardian

Russia has told international nuclear test ban monitors that it does not have to share information on the blast that caused a brief spike in radiation levels in Arkhangelsk region, bolstering speculation that Russia may have tampered with monitoring stations that failed to transmit scientific data after the accident.
Two Russian-operated monitoring stations for the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty ceased transmitting data two days after the 8 August blast, when a projected radioactive plume from the deadly accident would be expected to reach them... On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported another two monitoring stations had also suddenly gone offline, bringing the total to four.

Sony acquires Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games - The Verge

Sony has announced that it’ll be acquiring Insomniac Games, the game development studio behind the Ratchet & Clank series and, most recently, Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4.
The news isn’t totally surprising: Insomniac has long had a close relationship with Sony, developing PlayStation-exclusive titles like Spyro the Dragon, Resistance, and the aforementioned Ratchet & Clank and Spider-Man, so bringing Insomniac in-house as a first-party studio makes a lot of sense.

Prince Hisahito pays courtesy visit with parents to Bhutan royals:The Asahi Shimbun

Twelve-year-old Prince Hisahito paid a courtesy visit to Bhutan's king and queen on Aug. 19 with his parents, Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko, during his first overseas trip.
The three met the Himalayan kingdom’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Tashichho Dzong, which houses government agencies and a Buddhist monastery.

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ドイツ政府が財政出動準備、深刻な景気後退に備え緊急計画-関係者 - Bloomberg




フィジー首相、豪首相を「無礼」と非難 中国人の方が善良とも:AFPBB News

フィジーのボレンゲ・バイニマラマ(Voreqe Bainimarama)首相は16日、南太平洋地域の独立国・自治政府が加盟する「太平洋諸島フォーラム(PIF)」の首脳会議の閉幕を受けて、オーストラリアのスコット・モリソン(Scott Morrison)首相を「とても無礼」と非難し、より友好的な外交を持ちかけているとして中国を持ち上げた。

米政府、ファーウェイへの禁輸猶予を90日延長--関連46社をリストに追加 - CNET Japan

 商務省は、中国通信機器大手のファーウェイを米国の通信ネットワークから事実上締め出すDonald Trump米大統領の行政命令を受けて、同社をブラックリストに追加した。これにより、米国企業は、ファーウェイと取引するのにライセンスの取得が必要となった。ファーウェイは、中国政府との緊密な関係を理由に、米国の国家安全保障上の懸念材料となっている。

英王子、米富豪の児童買春疑惑への関与否定 「報道許し難い」 - ロイター


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News Headlines - 19 August 2019

US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss - ABC News

The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela’s socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle seek guarantees they won’t face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has told The Associated Press.
Diosdado Cabello, who is considered the most-powerful man in Venezuela after Maduro, met last month in Caracas with someone who is in close contact with the Trump administration, said the official. A second meeting is in the works but has not yet taken place.

Emperor Hirohito stopped from expressing remorse over war

Emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse over World War II in 1952 but was stopped from doing so by the prime minister at the time, newly disclosed documents showed Monday.
The records detailing exchanges between the emperor, known posthumously as Emperor Showa, and Michiji Tajima, the first grand steward of the Imperial Household Agency, provide further evidence to support the view that the emperor may have sought to apologize over the war.

Secrets of ′Pan-European Picnic′ still shrouded in mystery 30 years later | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW

History's great moments sometimes start out small - like on August 19, 1989. The day certainly didn't seem promising: Heavy, gray clouds filled the sky near the Hungarian town of Sopron, just a short walk from the Austrian border. A picnic had been planned - but not any ordinary picnic. This was to be a "Pan-European Picnic," a political, symbolic gathering right by the border fence, a show of support for a Europe free of barriers... By the end of the day, almost 700 East Germans had crossed over from Hungary to the West. They stormed the flimsy wooden gate at the border and stumbled to freedom in the Austrian town of Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland.

Didcot power station demolition caused mass power outage, SSEN says | The Guardian

The demolition of a disused power station’s cooling towers caused a power outage that affected 40,000 homes in Oxfordshire on Sunday, an energy company has confirmed.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) had said that initial information suggested the demolition was not linked to the outage, but later admitted it was the cause.
Explosive charges were used to bring down the 375ft (114.3m) towers of Didcot A at 7am on Sunday.

Harry and Meghan 'flew to Ibiza on private jet for her birthday' | Metro News

The eco-friendly royals stayed in a luxury private villa in Ibiza to mark Meghan’s 38th birthday away from prying eyes... The secret holiday comes just days after Prince Harry attended Camp Google in Sicily, where he gave a speech about climate change to a group of celebrities. Their decision to use a private jet is likely to raise eyebrows as the journey would have emitted six times more carbon dioxide than a scheduled flight to the Spanish island.

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トランプ氏「天安門再来なら貿易交渉困難」 中国けん制  :日本経済新聞




IOCも想定外? 五輪テスト大会でわかった日本の暑さ:朝日新聞デジタル


アリババ副会長、NBAネッツを買収 2500億円で :日本経済新聞


DFアシュリー・コールが38歳で現役引退、指導者の道へ:AFPBB News

 コールはチェルシーでの8年間で再びプレミアリーグ制覇を果たし、欧州チャンピオンズリーグ(UEFA Champions League 2011-12)やヨーロッパリーグ(UEFA Europa League 2012-13)でも優勝を経験した。

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News Headlines - 18 August 2019

Operation Chaos: Whitehall’s secret no-deal Brexit preparations leaked | The Sunday Times

Britain faces shortages of fuel, food and medicine, a three-month meltdown at its ports, a hard border with Ireland and rising costs in social care in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to an unprecedented leak of government documents that lay bare the gaps in contingency planning.
The documents, which set out the most likely aftershocks of a no-deal Brexit rather than worst-case scenarios, have emerged as the UK looks increasingly likely to crash out of the EU without a deal.
Compiled this month by the Cabinet Office under the codename Operation Yellowhammer, the dossier offers a rare glimpse into the covert planning being carried out by the government to avert a catastrophic collapse in the nation’s infrastructure.

Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul - BBC News

Burials are taking place in the Afghan capital, Kabul after a bomb exploded at a wedding hall killing 63 people and wounding more than 180.
The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack.
The blast happened on Saturday during a wedding ceremony at around 22:40 local time (18.10 GMT).

Bangladesh fire: Thousands of homes destroyed in Dhaka slum | Al Jazeera

A fire in a crowded slum in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka has destroyed thousands of homes and left thousands of people homeless, officials have said.
The fire started on Friday in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood and destroyed about 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain told AFP news agency.
Several people were injured but nobody was killed in the fire, authorities said, who confirmed thousands of people were left homeless.

Organisers say 1.7 million joined Hong Kong pro-democracy rally against police use of force, as protesters reiterate 5 demands | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Organisers say at least 1.7 million people attended a mass pro-democracy rally against the police use of force in Hong Kong on Sunday. Protesters marched peacefully from Causeway Bay to Central, as the city entered its 11th consecutive week of demonstrations.

Man arrested for road-rage assault | NHK WORLD-JAPAN

Police in Japan have arrested a man on a national wanted list who is suspected of forcibly stopping a car and beating the driver on a highway.
Police say they arrested Fumio Miyazaki, whose address and occupation are unknown, on Sunday in Osaka, western Japan, on suspicion of causing injury.
A nationwide manhunt had been underway since police obtained an arrest warrant for the 43-year-old Miyazaki in relation to a road-rage incident on August 10 in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

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EU委員長が緊急手術 胆のう切除、休暇短縮 - 産経ニュース


アンネ・フランクを密告したのは誰なのか | ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版サイト


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News Headlines - 17 August 2019

Prince Andrew pictured inside paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's £63million mansion of depravity | Daily Mail Online

Standing by the towering 15ft-high solid oak front door, Prince Andrew gives a nod and a cheery wave to the pretty brunette as she leaves the £63 million Manhattan mansion.
He appears entirely at ease but then, for a split second, glances around the door as if to check that no one had witnessed the brief encounter... For these exclusive pictures come from a never-before-seen video of the Duke of York staying at the New York home of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. And some of the other images caught on camera make for disturbing viewing.

Autopsy finds broken bones in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck, deepening questions around his death - The Washington Post

An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein suffered multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.
Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.

Fitch, S&P downgrade Argentina debt as default risk grows - Reuters

Ratings agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s downgraded Argentina’s sovereign debt rating on Friday, flagging higher chances of a default in the wake of a shock primary election result that plunged the country into its latest economic crisis.

French waiter shot dead for being 'too slow with sandwich'

A customer shot a waiter dead at an eatery on the outskirts of Paris, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, a source close to the investigation said Saturday.
The waiter's colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb east of Paris on Friday night, the source said.
Attempts to revive the 28-year-old failed and he died at the scene.

Tokyo Para-triathlon World Cup: High levels of E. coli found in water - BBC Sport

Organisers reduced the Tokyo Para-triathlon World Cup to a duathlon - two runs and a bike race - after tests showed levels of E. coli were more than twice the accepted standard.
Great Britain won three golds, three silvers and a bronze medal.
Because of the format change, the GB team will now be selected in October.

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米入国審査システムに障害 休暇シーズンの各空港混乱 | 共同通信


CNN.co.jp : ピーター・フォンダさん死去、79歳 「イージー・ライダー」に出演


フランス版実写「シティーハンター」11月に日本公開決定!特報も初披露 - 映画.com

大ヒット漫画「シティーハンター」をフランスで実写映画化した「ニッキー・ラルソン」こと「Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon」が、11月に全国公開されることが発表された。邦題は「シティーハンター THE MOVIE 史上最香のミッション」に決定し、日本版ティザービジュアルと特報映像が初披露された。

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News Headlines - 16 August 2019

Jeffrey Epstein had a painting of Bill Clinton wearing a blue DRESS and red heels in his home | Daily Mail Online

The picture depicting the former president apparently lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress redolent of Monica Lewinsky was in a room off the stairway of the Upper East Side townhouse.
The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
The original painting is called 'Parsing Bill' and is by Australian-American artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, although it is unclear if Epstein had bought the canvas or had a print mounted. Ryan-Kleid exhibited for her degree show when she graduated with an MFA in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art.

Indonesia's Jokowi formally proposes relocating capital to Borneo | Al Jazeera

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has formally proposed to parliament a plan to move the country's capital from Jakarta, on the crowded island of Java, to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.
Widodo, also known by his nickname Jokowi, made the proposal during his state of the union speech at parliament, a day before the country celebrates its 74th independence anniversary.

Cathay Pacific CEO resigns after Beijing pressure

The CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent companies, resigned Friday following pressure by Beijing on the carrier over participation by some of its employees in anti-government protests.
Rupert Hogg became the highest-profile corporate casualty of official Chinese pressure on foreign and Hong Kong companies to support the ruling Communist Party’s position against the protesters.
Beijing jolted companies last week when it warned Cathay Pacific employees who “support or take part in illegal protests” would be barred from flying to or over the mainland. Cathay Pacific said a pilot who was charged with rioting was removed from flying duties.

Brown bear shot and killed in Sapporo after roaming around residential area | The Japan Times

A brown bear that had been roaming around a residential district in Sapporo since the beginning of August was shot dead Wednesday morning, the Sapporo Municipal Government said Wednesday.
According to the government authority, members of a local hunting association found a bear in the mountains in the city’s Minami Ward and shot it. The female bear with a white neck was 140 cm tall, weighing 128 kg, and experts later determined that it was likely the same bear that had recently been spotted in residential areas.

Mystery HOLE in Sphinx 'leading down to hidden chambers' could reveal 'lost Pharaoh's treasures', top historian claims

SECRET chambers hidden below the Great Sphinx of Giza could lead to undiscovered treasures, a top historian has claimed.
Hopeful theories of lost loot buried below the Sphinx have been around for centuries, but archaeologists now want to dig deep and uncover the truth.

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英自由民主党、挙国一致内閣の首相候補を明らかに - ロイター


英領ジブラルタル、拿捕していたイラン船を解放 - BBCニュース


トランプ氏がグリーンランド購入検討か、デンマークは反発 - ロイター


ノルウェー中銀、政策金利据え置き :日本経済新聞


パリだけじゃない 厳選フランスの美しい都市5選 | ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版サイト


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News Headlines - 15 August 2019

South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list - Japan Today

South Korea said Monday that it has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move following Tokyo's recent decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a diplomatic row.
It wasn't immediately clear how South Korea's tightened export controls would impact bilateral trade. Seoul said some South Korean companies exporting to Japan will be able to receive exceptions from case-by-case inspections that are normally applied on sensitive shipments to nations with lower trade status and go through the same fast-track approval process that they currently enjoy.

Anti-NHK party leader vows to continue protests against celebrity for 'ridiculing voters' - The Mainichi

The leader of a political party critical of public broadcaster NHK said he will continue his protest over celebrity Matsuko Deluxe's comments in a commercial TV program, which he says ridiculed people who voted for the party... In the program called "Goji ni Muchu," Matsuko last month called members of the political party "sickening people" and said, "I think there are a considerable number of people who voted for the party as a joke."
Tachibana reacted sharply to the celebrity's comment. He staged a protest in front of a studio at the TV station when the program was being aired live on Aug. 12 and said, "Don't ridicule voters." He was joined by his supporters who gathered at the scene, leading to a standoff with police officers.
At a news conference, Tachibana explained his criticism is directed at Tokyo MX rather than the celebrity.

Moscow Passenger Plane Makes 'Miraculous' Crash-Landing in Cornfield - The Moscow Times

A Russian passenger plane's emergency landing in a cornfield near Moscow after birds were sucked into its engines has been hailed by state media as a "miracle" and compared to a 2009 U.S. flight's landing after striking a flock of geese.
Russians have said it was a miracle that no one was killed when the Ural Airlines Airbus 321 came down in a field southeast of Moscow with its landing gear up after hitting a passing flock of gulls, disrupting the plane's engines. The plane was traveling from Moscow to Crimea's Simferopol with 234 people on board.

First DJ set in space: The weirdest clubbing locations - BBC News

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano has become the first person to DJ in space... He carried out a set on board the International Space Station on Tuesday night, which was streamed to a cruise ship of clubbers in the Mediterranean sea.
To mark the out of this world occasion we thought we'd look back at the DJs who have also performed in places you might not expect.

Nasty New Malware Waits Until You Visit A Porn Site, Then Starts Recording

At the end of last week, ESET's security researchers disclosed the discovery of a new strain of malware that takes the trend for sextortion to a new level. Varenyky, as the malware was named by its finders, monitors the activity on infected computers, watching until a pornographic website is visited, and then starts recording the screen.
According to the ESET team, Varenyky first came to light in May, when a malware spike was identified in France. And this is the other twist with Varenyky-it has been designed to specifically target French computer users. For now.
Varenyky is aimed at Orange customers in France, sending out fake invoices as Microsoft Word attachments to load the malware.

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英野党、不信任案を早期提出へ 「暫定内閣」樹立にらむ :日本経済新聞


米英貿易協定、ベルファスト合意阻害なら認めず=下院議長 - ロイター


米議会、ネット掲示板管理者を召喚 銃乱射容疑者の犯行声明掲載で:AFPBB News

米議会は14日、インターネット掲示板「8chan」の管理者に召喚状を出した。同掲示板には、今月3日にテキサス州エルパソ(El Paso)で22人を殺害した銃乱射事件の容疑者が、犯行直前に人種差別的な長文の声明を投稿していた。
 下院国土安全保障委員会は、過激主義的なネットコンテンツ対策の一環として、同掲示板管理者のジム・ワトキンス(Jim Watkins)氏に対し、来月5日に同委で証言するよう求めている。……ワトキンス氏は先に同委に対し、自主的に証言する意思のないことを示唆したことから、召喚状が発行された。

オランダ経済成長率、第2四半期は前期比0.5% - ロイター




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News Headlines - 14 August 2019

Notre-Dame cathedral 'still at risk of collapse' after fire

Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is still at risk of collapse after being gutted by a fire in April, with more stonework falling during the recent heatwave in the French capital, the government said on Wednesday.
France's culture ministry insisted that the urgent need to make the cathedral safe had dictated the pace of the works, following criticism that it had ignored the risks of lead poisoning.
Work to secure the cathedral was suspended on July 25 to allow for decontamination of the lead that had spread during the fire. The work should resume next week.

Russian Fighter Jets Push NATO War Plane Away - The Moscow Times

A Russian fighter jet saw off a NATO warplane after it approached a plane carrying Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over neutral waters in the Baltic Sea, the TASS news agency reported Tuesday.
Shoigu's aircraft had been returning to Moscow from the Russian Baltic region of Kaliningrad - which is surrounded by Poland and Lithuania - and was carrying a TASS reporter on board, the agency said.
It said a Spanish F-18 jet based in Lithuania had tried to approach Shoigu's plane, prompting one of two Russian SU-27 fighter jets accompanying him to see it off.

Greta Thunberg: Climate change activist sets sail from Plymouth - BBC News

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has set sail from the UK, bound for UN climate summits in New York and Chile... The 16-year-old made a speech ahead of departing from Plymouth on the Malizia II, a solar-powered racing yacht with underwater turbines.
Greta said she was dedicated "to do everything I can" to tackle climate change which was a "very big problem".
The teenager, who refuses to travel by air because of its environmental impact, said of climate sceptics: "There's always going to be people who don't understand or accept the united science, and I will just ignore them, as I'm only acting and communicating on the science."

Japan braces for powerful storm as Typhoon Krosa threatens to disrupt peak holiday period | South China Morning Post

Japan was bracing on Wednesday for a severe tropical storm expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds during the peak holiday period, with dozens of flights and bullet train services cancelled.
The storm, named Krosa, is expected to churn slowly over western parts of the country, potentially affecting millions of people returning to major cities from their hometowns after the traditional “Obon” summer holidays.
Japan Airlines scrapped 62 domestic flights to and from airports in southern Japan for Wednesday.

Artists Demand Removal of Work from Aichi Triennale Following Censorship Controversy -ARTnews

In an open letter sent to ARTnews on Tuesday morning, a group of artists called on the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan, to remove their work from the show. The open letter comes a week after the triennial took work off view, in a controversy that some have alleged is censorship.
The letter is signed by Tania Bruguera, Pia Camil, Claudia Martínez Garay, Regina José Galindo, and Javier Téllez, as well as an artist who served as a curator to this year’s Triennale, Pedro Reyes... In an August 6 open letter posted to Facebook, 72 of the over 90 participating artists decried the decision to close that show, deeming it censorship. A week later, nine of the artists have called for the removal of their artworks in the Triennale for as long as “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’ ” remains closed, “as a public gesture of solidarity with the censored artists.”

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イタリア連立与党、対立続く 内閣不信任案採決見送り :日本経済新聞


香港境界へ中国部隊展開か トランプ氏、習氏をけん制 | 共同通信


ロシア「五輪を政治利用」 聖火リレー地図の北方領土表記を批判 - 産経ニュース




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News Headlines - 13 August 2019

Argentina's peso falls 15% after surprise election results spook investors - CNN

A surprise result in Argentina's primary election sent the country's currency and stocks plunging Monday, with investors fearing that populists could replace the country's current, business-friendly government.
The Argentina peso fell 15.3% against the dollar. Two exchange-traded funds that track Argentina's stocks fell more than 20%.
Alberto Fernández won more than 47% of the vote in Sunday's primary, a major upset that suggests he's highly likely to win the October 27th election against incumbent Mauricio Macri, who received less than 33%. Fernandez's running mate is his left-wing Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who was Argentina's president before Macri.

China sets yuan mid-point at fresh 11-yr low, but remains firmer than expectations - Reuters

China’s central bank lowered its official yuan midpoint for the ninth straight day to a fresh 11-year low on Tuesday to reflect broad weakness in the local unit.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the midpoint rate at 7.0326 per dollar prior to market open, 115 pips, or 0.16%, weaker than the previous fix of 7.0211 and the weakest since March 25, 2008.

Rocket mystery: What weapon was Russia testing in Arctic? - BBC News

Five Russian nuclear engineers who died in a rocket engine explosion have been buried in Sarov, a closed town 373km (232 miles) east of Moscow, where nuclear warheads are made.
The Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the experts had been testing a nuclear-powered engine. But it gave no further technical details... Russia has previously tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile, "Burevestnik".
But officials did not specify the system involved in Thursday's disastrous test.

Appeal court orders retrial of HIV-positive Ottawa man convicted of attempted murder | CBC News

Ontario's Court of Appeal has quashed three convictions and ordered the retrial of an Ottawa man who was convicted of attempted murder in 2012 after failing to disclose his HIV-positive status to three sex partners.
Steven Boone was originally found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated sexual assault... In a ruling released on Monday, the appeal court found the trial judge did not adequately instruct the jury on what needed to be proven to find Boone guilty of attempted murder. It quashed the convictions and ordered a new trial.

AP: Women accuse opera legend Domingo of sexual harassment - The Mainichi

For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press.
Regarded as one of the greatest opera singers of all time, Domingo also is a prolific conductor and the director of the Los Angeles Opera. The multiple Grammy winner is an immensely respected figure in his rarefied world, described by colleagues as a man of prodigious charm and energy who works tirelessly to promote his art form.

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米、低所得者の移民制限へ 10月実施、人権団体反発 | 共同通信


ノルウェーのモスクで銃撃、1人軽傷 容疑者を逮捕 : 日刊スポーツ




「彼」「彼女」ではなく中性的な代名詞を使うと性的偏見が軽減 研究(The Guardian)


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News Headlines - 12 August 2019

Hong Kong airport grinds to halt; China likens protests to terrorism - Reuters

Hong Kong’s airport halted flights on Monday, blaming demonstrators for the disruption, while China said the anti-government protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to show “sprouts of terrorism”.
The airport authority said it was working with airlines to resume flights from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, but the developments raised the stakes sharply after a weekend of skirmishes during which both activists and police toughened their stances.
The precise trigger for the airport’s closure was not clear, since protesters occupying the arrivals hall for four days have been peaceful.

Versace, Givenchy and Coach say sorry over Chinese T-shirt anger

American fashion brand Coach, French label Givenchy and Italian luxury brand Versace have been boycotted by some Chinese social media stars for suggesting that places like Hong Kong and Macau are separate from China... This isn’t the first time luxury brands have been criticized by Chinese consumers. Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana canceled a fashion show in Shanghai in 2018 after posting a series of videos on Instagram showing a Chinese woman how to use chopsticks.

Concerns rise with Tokyo heat after rowers treated at Olympic test event | The Guardian

Three rowers, including a British competitor, were treated for apparent heat exhaustion and several others appeared to be unsteady on their feet during an Olympic test event in Tokyo at the weekend, underlining concern about the safety of athletes and spectators at next summer’s Games.
The British rower was stretchered to a medical station after he was unable to move following his race during Sunday’s world rowing junior championships at Sea Forest Waterway, the venue for the Tokyo 2020 rowing events.

Former Empress Michiko to have surgery for early-stage breast cancer

Former Empress Michiko has been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and will have surgery as early as September, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.
A lump was found last month in her left breast's mammary gland during an echography exam, the agency said. An imaging scan later found that it could possibly be a malignant tumor.
The 84-year-old will have surgery after taking a rest this month in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, with her husband, former Emperor Akihito, 85, who abdicated at the end of April.

Brexit: BNP Paribas raises 'no-deal' probability to 50% - Reuters

BNP Paribas on Friday raised the probability of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union without a deal to 50% from 40%, pointing to a volatile political environment and tight timetable... “With Parliament in recess, the rhetoric is very much in one direction, with no effective counter-balance in the form of MPs actively trying to prevent a disorderly outcome,” the bank’s research team led by Paul Hollingsworth said in a note.

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「違法取材」と罰金要求 露警察、事実なく立ち去る 国後島墓参 - 産経ニュース


キルギス治安部隊が前大統領拘束:AFPBB News

中央アジア、キルギスのアルマズベク・アタムバエフ(Almazbek Atambayev)前大統領が8日、大掛かりな治安作戦の末に拘束された。……数週間前から首都ビシケク郊外の村にある住居に立てこもっていたが、7日に続く2回目の家宅捜索の末、治安部隊に拘束された。同氏支持者らは、出頭命令は政治的動機によるものだと主張している。……キルギスは過去20年足らずの間に2回の革命を経験。現在は、アタムバエフ氏と、同氏の元側近から政敵に転じたソオロンバイ・ジェエンベコフ(Sooronbai Jeenbekov)現大統領の対立が続く中、危機の瀬戸際にある。





大坂なおみ 世界ランキング1位に復帰 約2カ月ぶり― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 11 August 2019

Recession fears grow as UK economy shrinks on back of Brexit chaos | The Guardian

Brexit uncertainty, car plant shutdowns and the running down of stock built up before the original end of March deadline for Britain’s EU exit resulted in gross domestic product shrinking by 0.2% in the three months ending in June.
News from the Office for National Statistics of the first fall in quarterly GDP in six and a half years sparked immediate speculation that a further bout of Brexit jitters leading up to the new 31 October departure date could lead to a second successive quarter of negative growth - the technical definition of a recession.

32 dead after Typhoon Lekima sweeps through east China - Global Times

A total of 32 people have died and 16 remain missing after super typhoon Lekima made landfall in eastern China's Zhejiang Province on Saturday, local authorities said on Sunday... Nearly 1.08 million people have been evacuated to safe places, and close to 5 million people in Zhejiang were affected, said the provincial flood control headquarters.   Lekima, the ninth typhoon and the strongest this year, landed around 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang, packing winds of 187 kilometers per hour and bringing heavy rainstorms.
In Zhejiang, the typhoon damaged more than 173,000 hectares of crops and 34,000 houses. The direct economic loss amounts to 14.57 billion yuan (about 2.1 billion US dollars), the headquarters said. Rescue operations are underway.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters hit and run - Reuters

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters on Saturday - sending tourists fleeing weeping in Kowloon - only for demonstrators to regroup and gather elsewhere during another tense, hot and restive weekend.

Fukushima N-fuel debris removal plan detailed - The Japan News

A government-backed organization in charge of supporting the decommissioning of nuclear plants is considering proposing starting the removal of melted nuclear fuel debris from the No. 2 reactor among three heavily damaged reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, officials said Thursday.
Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp., or NDF, believes that the No. 2 reactor is the most suitable for melted fuel removal work to be conducted based on the results of its investigation into radiation levels at the reactors and the conditions inside them.

Osaka prosecutors close Moritomo Gakuen case after reconfirming no bureaucrats will be indicted over scandal | The Japan Times

The Osaka District Public Prosecutor’s Office decided again on Friday not to indict former senior Finance Ministry bureaucrat Nobuhisa Sagawa and nine others over the Moritomo Gakuen cronyism scandal that hit the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The secondary decision, which cited insufficient evidence, followed a reinvestigation into allegations that included forgery and breach of trust after the initial decision was questioned by a prosecution inquest panel made up of ordinary citizens.
The latest decision puts an end to the case, as it will not be reviewed by such a panel again under the prosecution inquest system.

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少女性的搾取で起訴のエプスタイン被告が死亡、勾留施設で自殺か:AFPBB News

多数の未成年の少女を性的目的で人身取引したとして起訴された米富豪のジェフリー・エプスタイン(Jeffrey Epstein)被告(66)が10日午前6時30分(日本時間同日午後7時30分)ごろ、ニューヨークのメトロポリタン矯正センター(MCC)で意識のない状態で見つかり、搬送先の病院で死亡が確認された。自殺とみられている。司法省が明らかにした。

正恩氏、ミサイル連発で「ちょっとした謝罪の意」 : 国際 : 読売新聞オンライン


米デルタ航空 成田から撤退へ 米路線はすべて羽田に | NHKニュース


露、デモ一転許可 5万人集結 モスクワ市議選の候補排除に抗議 - 産経ニュース


英国で竹ブーム、驚異の繁殖力で近所トラブルも(The Telegraph)

英国では竹ブームの影響で、近所トラブルが増加していると専門家が警告している。……だが、竹は成長が非常に速く、地下茎によって繁殖する。この地下茎は自分の庭だけではなく近所の庭に浸食する可能性もあり、注意深く管理をしないと迷惑になりかねない。英国ではイタドリ(Japanese knotweed)が繁殖力の強さで知られているが、竹は「新イタドリ」と呼ばれるようにまでなっている。

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News Headlines - 10 August 2019

India set to withdraw Kashmir's special status and split it in two | The Guardian

India is set to withdraw the special status of the disputed territory of Kashmir and split the state in two, in a move likely to face major resistance in the Muslim-majority state and escalate tensions with Pakistan.
The proposal, which has been advocated by Hindu nationalists for decades, is the most radical change any government has suggested for Kashmir’s status since the region was granted autonomy in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947.

China demands Cathay Pacific suspend staff supporting protests - Reuters

China’s aviation regulator on Friday issued a major safety alert to Cathay Pacific Airways demanding the carrier to suspend personnel who have engaged in and supported illegal protests in Hong Kong on mainland flights from August 10.

Huawei launches HongmengOS, or HarmonyOS, its own operating system

Huawei has launched its own operating system - the HongmengOS, known in English as the HarmonyOS, said the CEO of the Chinese tech giant’s consumer division, Richard Yu, on Friday.
Speaking at the Huawei Developer Conference in the Chinese city of Dongguan, Yu said the operating system can be used across different devices from smartphones to smart speakers and even sensors. It’s part of Huawei’s play in the so-called Internet of Things, which refers to devices connected to the internet.

'I was terrified': How Epstein allegedly built a network of victims | AFP.com

A month before Jeffrey Epstein's death by apparent suicide in a New York prison, a federal indictment cast light on what prosecutors said was a sprawling network of high school and college students lined up by young recruiters and then forced to satisfy the hedge fund billionaire's insatiable sexual appetite... Epstein allegedly relied upon an army of recruiters, often not much older than their targets, whom they would smoothly approach, presenting the former math teacher as a benefactor... Epstein favored "economically disadvantaged minor girls," said US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.
Epstein's "little black book" eventually included the names of more than 100 recruits from areas where he had residences, including Paris, the Miami Herald reported.

Using drones to watch refugees drown exposes the inhumanity of border enforcement | The Guardian

International law obliges the master of a ship at sea to provide assistance to people in distress, “regardless of the nationality or status of such persons”. At the same time many European countries and the EU itself are trying to restrict such activities, even as the death toll in the Mediterranean rises.
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, appears to have come up with an ingenious solution: use drones. The legal obligation to aid a vessel in distress does not apply to an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV. You can avoid the politically fraught argument about who should take care of rescued migrants if you never rescue them in the first place. This is part of a long trend in policy designed to ensure that migrants are unable to cross the Mediterranean. If we are obliged to rescue those who ask us for help, the solution seems to be to ensure we cannot hear their request.

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ウーバー第2四半期、過去最大の52億ドル赤字 売上高が予想下回る - ロイター




イタリア右派与党が内閣不信任案提出 総選挙前倒しを要請 連立内の対立激化で - 産経ニュース


大坂が26億円弱で2位 米経済誌の女子選手長者番付 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 09 August 2019

Boris Johnson eyes election in ‘days after’ Brexit | Financial Times

Boris Johnson would hold a general election in the “days after” the UK has left the EU on October 31 if he is forced to go to the polls should a parliamentary no-confidence vote succeed against his government, senior aides to the prime minister have said... “We can’t stop them forcing an election but we control the timetable so we will force the date after October 31,” said a senior Downing Street official. “If there must be a general election, then it will be days after October 31.” Another close aide to Mr Johnson did not deny that any election would be held in the first few days of November.

Suicide of Finance Ministry official linked to Moritomo Gakuen scandal recognized as work-related | The Japan Times

The Finance Ministry’s Kinki Local Finance Bureau has recognized the 2018 suicide of an official with links to the Moritomo Gakuen scandal as a work-related death, according to government sources.
The bureau, based in the city of Osaka, made the decision during the winter of last year, recognizing the causal relationship between the death and the official’s work, the sources said.

Shinjiro Koizumi is ready for Cabinet and qualified to succeed Abe as Japan PM, says Suga | The Japan Times

Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising star in the Liberal Democratic Party, is ready to become a Cabinet minister and is qualified to run as a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has said.
Speaking with Koizumi, 38, in an interview to be published Saturday in the monthly magazine Bungei Shunju, the 70-year-old Suga said there is a possibility that Koizumi could land a ministerial post in a Cabinet shuffle expected in mid-September.

Contaminated water tanks in Fukushima will be full in 3 years:The Asahi Shimbun

By the summer of 2022, storage tanks holding processed water on the grounds of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will become completely full, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.
That marks the first timetable the utility has set on when capacity will be reached in the tanks holding the water processed to remove most radioactive substances.
Analysts said setting a deadline for the tank capacity allows TEPCO to push the central government and other entities to take action on the volume of contaminated water that continues to accumulate at a rate of about 150 tons a day.

Cocaine washed up on Bethells Beach likely destined for Australia | RNZ News

The packages of cocaine that washed up on west Auckland's Bethells Beach were likely destined for Australia and could have been at sea for about a year, police say.
Twenty packages containing cocaine were found washed up on the beach on Wednesday evening.
It is believed to have a street value of approximately $3 million.

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米国家情報副長官、長官と同時辞任へ トランプ大統領発表:AFPBB News

ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)米大統領は8日、スー・ゴードン(Sue Gordon)国家情報副長官が15日付で辞任すると発表した。15日には、ダン・コーツ(Dan Coats)国家情報長官が辞任することも、先に明らかになっている。……トランプ大統領はツイッター(Twitter)でゴードン副長官の辞任を発表。長官代行には、退役海軍中将で国家テロ対策センター(NCTC)所長のジョゼフ・マグワイア(Joseph Maguire)氏(67)を起用すると明かした。

米国務省報道官、中国による香港総領事館職員の個人情報流出を非難 - 産経ニュース


米大統領、韓国の米軍駐留費負担「さらに増額も」 協議開始 - ロイター


「Nagasaki」破壊の意味で使う 米ドラマに絶句:朝日新聞デジタル

全米でヒットし、日本でも放送されている連続ドラマ「THIS IS US(ディス・イズ・アス)」の作中で、「Nagasaki」という単語が「人生を壊す」といった意味で使われている。……「ディス・イズ・アス」は、三つ子として育った36歳の男女3人を主人公にした現代群像劇。……制作は米NBCで2016年に始まり、シーズン3まで放映された。

仏俳優アラン・ドロンさんが脳卒中、現在はスイスで療養:AFPBB News

フランスの伝説的俳優アラン・ドロン(Alain Delon)さん(83)が、数週間前に脳卒中を起こしていたことが分かった。長男のアントニー(Anthony Delon)さんが8日、AFPに明らかにした。現在はスイスで「療養中」だという。

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News Headlines - 08 August 2019

Facebook Offers News Outlets Millions of Dollars a Year to License Content - WSJ

Facebook Inc. is offering news outlets millions of dollars for the rights to put their content in a news section that the company hopes to launch later this year, according to people familiar with the matter.
Representatives from Facebook have told news executives they would be willing to pay as much as $3 million a year to license headlines and previews of articles from news outlets, the people said.

Pentagon report says ISIS is 're-surging in Syria' - CNNPolitics

ISIS is "re-surging" in Syria less than five months after President Donald Trump declared the terror group's caliphate there had been 100% defeated, according to a new Pentagon inspector general's report on the fight against ISIS.
"Despite losing its territorial 'caliphate,' the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was re-surging in Syria," the report, which was published on Tuesday, warned.

'Machete' to the rescue: Actor Danny Trejo helps save child trapped in overturned car in Sylmar | abc7.com

Well known for playing villains, actor Danny Trejo got the chance to be a real-life hero on Wednesday when he helped rescue a young special-needs child trapped in an overturned car in Sylmar.
Trejo happened to be in the area when two cars collided Wednesday afternoon in the area of Hubbard Street and Jackman Avenue.
One of the vehicles overturned onto its roof and a young child was trapped inside, strapped into a car seat.
Trejo and another bystander helped rescue the child.

Kate Middleton's Boat Is Disqualified in King's Cup Race, Prince William Won Out

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge competed in a sailing race in 2014 in Auckland, it was Kate who emerged victorious. But today, Prince William's team beat Kate’s in their inaugural King’s Cup charity race, as the Duchess’s team was disqualified... William’s boat, number 02, came in third overall after coming third in the first race and fifth in the second. Kate’s boat, number 01, came seventh place in the first race and was disqualified from the second race after failing to return to the starting line when they began the race too early. Her team came in last overall.

The Scot who took The Beatles' Abbey Road photo - BBC News

On 8 August 1969, one of the most-imitated events in pop music history occurred.
On the morning of Friday 8 August, 50 years ago, The Beatles were photographed walking across a pedestrian crossing in London.
The image of George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon striding across the road outside EMI studios in St John's Wood became the cover shot of their Abbey Road album and probably the most iconic photo of the Fab Four.
It was taken by the late Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan who stood on a ladder in the middle of the street while a policeman blocked the traffic.

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北朝鮮、サイバー攻撃で兵器開発資金20億ドル確保=国連報告書 - ロイター


Windows 7のサポート終了まで残り半年、相変わらず高いシェア | 財経新聞

StatCounterの7月分Windowsバージョン別シェアデータによると、Windows 7のシェアは前月から0.74ポイント減の31.22%。1年前との比較でも、7.84ポイントしか減っていない。1位のWindows 10は0.42ポイント増の58.63%となり、1年前との比較では11.38ポイント増加しているが、60%を前に足踏みしている。最近月初の発表後に調整が行われることの多かったStatCounterだが、6月分は発表直後から変更されなかったようだ。なお、サポート終了半年前のWindows XP(2013年10月)は23.48%、その1年前と比較すると7.33ポイント減少していた。

ディズニーが月12.99ドルの動画配信新プラン-ネットフリックス追撃 - Bloomberg


米バーニーズ、2度目の経営破綻 ネットの台頭逆風  :日本経済新聞


112歳の魚を発見、淡水魚の長寿記録を更新 | ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版サイト

 放射性炭素年代測定法を利用した最新の研究で、なんと112歳のビッグマウス・バッファロー(Ictiobus cyprinellus)がいたことが判明した。論文は5月29日付けで学術誌「Communications Biology」に発表された。これまで知られていたこの種の最高年齢は26歳なので、一気に4倍以上も記録を更新したことになる。

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News Headlines - 07 August 2019

Cathay Pacific forward bookings drop amid Hong Kong protests - Reuters

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd is facing a decline in forward bookings for travel to Hong Kong “in the region of double digits” due to widespread protests in the Asian financial center, a senior company executive said on Wednesday.
There is also some weakness in outbound traffic, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said, adding that transfer traffic had been hit less but that the overall situation was placing pressure on average fares.

LDP lawmaker Koizumi, TV personality Takigawa to tie knot - The Mainichi

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Shinjiro Koizumi and TV personality Christel Takigawa said Wednesday they will get married.
The 38-year-old son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Takigawa, a former anchorwoman known as the multilingual presenter in Tokyo's 2013 Summer Olympic and Paralympic bid, told reporters they are also due to have a baby early next year.
Takigawa, 41, and Koizumi said they decided to make the announcement after her condition stabilized in the second trimester.

Japan's FamilyMart convenience chain apologises for rats in store - BBC News

FamilyMart said it had shut a store and was sorry if the "unsanitary" footage had made customers feel "uneasy".
A video circulated on social media on Monday appears to show as many as six rodents scurrying through a store, near sushi displays and down aisles... The footage shows several rats racing down the side of a refrigerated cabinet storing fresh food like sushi and rice boxes, while another rodent rushes under shelves holding packaged items.

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon | WIRED

The spacecraft was carrying the foundation’s first lunar library, a DVD-sized archive containing 30 million pages of information, human DNA samples, and thousands of tardigrades, those microscopic “water bears” that can survive pretty much any environment-including space... The promising thing about the tardigrades, says Spivack, is that they could hypothetically be revived in the future. Tardigrades are known to enter dormant states in which all metabolic processes stop and the water in their cells is replaced by a protein that effectively turns the cells into glass.

FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures after vaping

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 cases of people suffering from seizures after vaping, the agency announced Wednesday.
The agency received about 92 new reports of people, especially kids and young adults, experiencing seizures after using e-cigarettes since it first announced its investigation into the issue in April. The FDA said it’s unclear whether e-cigarettes caused the seizures and cautioned these cases occurred over a 10-year period.

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イタリア、反移民政策を強化 罰金増額や施設閉鎖 :日本経済新聞


アイルランド首相、英EUに将来的な関係巡る協議開始を呼び掛け - ロイター


ロシアの弾薬庫で火災 1人死亡、8人負傷:AFPBB News


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News Headlines - 06 August 2019

8chan: Where are users going now? - BBC News

On Monday, cyber-security company Cloudflare withdrew its protection services from 8chan and minutes later the site was unavailable... Losing Cloudflare's protection made 8chan vulnerable to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The website was bombarded with traffic that overwhelmed its servers, rendering it inaccessible.
In response, 8chan switched to BitMitigate, a cyber-protection service owned by a web hosting company called Epik.
BitMitigate also provided protection to the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer.

Hundreds at Times Square Ran for Their Lives, Mistaking Bike Backfire for Gunshots - NBC New York

People walking in Times Square were sent into a widespread panic Tuesday night after what sounded like multiple gunshots rang out in the crowded tourist destination - only later to be ruled as motorcycle backfire, police said... Multiple backfires on the road happened near Eighth Avenue and West 42nd Street, according to the NYPD. Several ambulances and police patrol vehicles were still on the scene an hour after the panic calmed down.

148 arrested in Hong Kong during Monday's protests: Police - The Straits Times

Hong Kong police on Tuesday (Aug 6) said 148 people were arrested during running battles with protesters the day before, the largest daily toll since huge pro-democracy protests kicked off two months ago.
On Monday, Hong Kong buckled under a citywide strike followed by the most widespread and sustained clashes so far, with tear gas fired at more than a dozen locations against increasingly violent hardcore protesters.

No more sitting on the Spanish Steps? Rome cracks down on tourist crowds - The Local

Rome's 'tourist police' have been moving people on from the famous Spanish Steps as part of a crackdown on unruly visitors, witnesses say... At mid morning the 135 steps, usually filled round the clock with people taking pictures or simply a rest, were practically deserted, the reporter said. He counted eight police officers moving people along.
The patrols are part of Rome's latest crackdown on bad behaviour in the city centre, timed to coincide with the peak tourist season.

McDonald’s hated ‘eco-friendly’ paper straws cannot be recycled - but axed plastics one can - The Sun

But The Sun can today reveal an internal Mac memo admits the new paper versions - hated by customers - are not actually recyclable and must be binned and burned.
McDonald’s decision to swap recyclable plastic straws for “eco-friendly” paper versions which cannot be recycled was today branded “a silly stunt.”
It dumped the 1.8million plastic straws used by its UK restaurants each day as part of a huge green drive.

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フランス文化相、英語使用を減らすよう国民に呼び掛け - ロイター


スコットランド、独立賛成派が優勢=世論調査 - ロイター


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News Headlines - 05 August 2019

Stocks suffer worst drop of 2019 amid US-China trade war

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by more than 950 points in afternoon trading as China delivered a one-two punch to the US - first by allowing its currency to sink to an 11-year low against the US dollar, and then by halting imports of US crops.
The blue-chip index settled down 767.27 points - or 2.9 percent - at 25,717.74 - marking its steepest drop of the year on a points basis, and the sixth biggest drop in the Dow’s 123-year history, also based on points fallen.

China Halts U.S. Agriculture Purchases as Trade War Heats Up - Bloomberg

The Chinese government has asked its state-owned enterprises to suspend purchases of U.S. agricultural products, people familiar with the situation said. Also, privately run Chinese crushers that had received retaliatory-tariff waivers on American soybeans from Beijing have stopped buying the commodity due to uncertainty over trade relations, other people said.
Chinese buyers have turned to South American soybeans and the Asian nation said it doesn’t rule out for now taxing American agricultural goods that were traded after Aug. 3, the Commerce Ministry said in a statement on its website. The ministry also confirmed relevant Chinese firms have stopped purchasing American agricultural goods.

Trump administration labels China a currency manipulator - CNN

The Trump administration on Monday designated China a "currency manipulator," after the country's central bank allowed its currency to weaken amid the ongoing trade dispute.
The move comes hours after Trump accused Beijing of depreciating its currency on Twitter... The People's Bank of China allowed its currency to fall below 7 yuan to the American dollar, which is considered to be a psychologically important marker, for the first time in a decade.

Pentagon reviewing 'war cloud' contract after Trump claims Amazon favoritism | The Guardian

The US department of defense says the defense secretary, Mark Esper, is reviewing the bid process for the military’s $10bn cloud-computing contract.
Donald Trump has criticized the process, citing complaints from other companies, as potentially biased toward Amazon. The e-commerce giant and Microsoft have been competing for the contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or Jedi... The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing anonymous sources, that the White House ordered the Pentagon review. The Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, owns the Post.

Government Cool Japan Fund Invests $30M in US Anime Distributor Sentai | Hollywood Reporter

The Japanese government's Cool Japan Fund has invested $30 million in U.S. anime distributor Sentai as part of its strategy to expand the global market for Japanese content... Sentai runs the HIDIVE streaming platform, the Anime Network cable service, sells premium anime box-sets, releases features theatrically, supplies merchandise and sub-licenses content internationally.
Sentai Filmworks established a GoFundMe campaign hours after news broke of the Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) arson; it has raised more than $2.2 million since.

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豪カウラ事件75年、照明弾再現 日本兵捕虜脱走:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


米ディズニーが興行収入で史上最高額、年間8200億円を突破 | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)


仏発明家、「フライボード」による英海峡横断に成功:AFPBB News

フランスの発明家・起業家のフランキー・ザパタ(Franky Zapata)氏(40)が4日、立ったまま搭乗する飛行装置「フライボード」で、イギリス海峡(English Channel)の横断に成功した。先月行った1回目の挑戦は、海上での給油の際に海に落下し失敗していた。

渋野、全英女子ゴルフV 日本人メジャー制覇42年ぶり:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 04 August 2019

Honda struck by 40GB data breach - PrivSec Report

Honda Motor Company has suffered a massive data breach after an unsecured Elasticsearch database belonging to the company was discovered to be exposing confidential files.
The lost data relates to the firm’s internal systems and devices, with the firm believing that documents compromised may total 134 million.
The unsecured data mine was found by security researcher, Justin Paine, who said the incident has exposed around 40GB of material concerning Honda’s global networks and company workers.

Iran says it seized Iraqi oil tanker in Gulf, arrested seven sailors - Haaretz.com

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps has seized an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf that was smuggling fuel to some Arab states, Iran's state TV reported, adding that seven sailors onboard of the tanker had been detained.
This is the third such seizure of a vessel in recent weeks.
The vessel was intercepted near Iran's Farsi Island in the Gulf, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said. Lebanon's al-Mayadeen TV station reported that it was seized on Wednesday.

Sudan rivals sign historic constitution declaration for transition to civilian rule

Sudan’s ruling generals and protest leaders have signed a constitutional declaration that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule, a hard-fought agreement that came after a long period of negotiations following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashirin the wake of mass protests.
General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), and Ahmed Rabie, a protest leader, signed the declaration on Sunday at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum, that was attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators, Aljazeera reported.
The document builds on a power-sharing deal agreed to last month and provides for a joint civilian-military ruling body to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian government and parliament to govern for a period of a little more than three years until elections can be held, according to Aljazeera.

Teenager arrested after child 'thrown off' Tate Modern | Metro News

A woman screamed ‘He’s my son! He’s my son!’ after a six-year-old boy was thrown from a tenth floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern.
The little boy was found on a fifth floor roof just before 3pm and flown to hospital in an air ambulance, where he is in a critical condition.
A 17-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Met Police confirmed.

Dolphin mom adopts whale calf - a first

In 2014, researchers spotted a bottlenose mother caring for an unusual-looking male calf, along with what was presumed to be her biological calf, in coastal waters off French Polynesia.
While bottlenose dolphins have slender beaks, the mysterious one-month-old’s beak was short and blunt. Eventually, the scientists identified the orphan as a melon-headed whale-an entirely different species and genus of dolphin.

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モスクワで4週連続デモ、300人拘束 市議会選不正疑惑に抗議 - 産経ニュース


英下院補選で与党敗れる 与野党差は1議席に - BBCニュース


ルノー、出資比率で日産と協議 FCA統合交渉再開も模索 - WSJ


シベリアで記録的山火事、ロシア放置 鎮火不能で雨乞いあるのみ - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 03 August 2019

Aichi Prefecture art festival shutters section of exhibition containing 'comfort women' statue | The Japan Times

A section of a major art festival in central Japan featuring a statue symbolizing wartime “comfort women” shut down Saturday following a flurry of protests, the organizer said.
One of exhibits on display was the “Statue of a Girl of Peace,” which has been receiving harsh criticism since Aichi Triennale 2019 started on Thursday.

Ministry keeps mum on fact that Siberia remains not Japanese:The Asahi Shimbun

In an embarrassing revelation, the welfare ministry learned about a year ago that remains it had brought back from Russia's Siberia purported to be of World War II Japanese prisoners were identified as not being Japanese.
The ministry kept the information from the public until the Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) broadcast it in a news report on July 29.
The ministry has yet to return the remains of the 16 individuals to the Russian side.

How Japan's #KuToo fights pressure to wear high heels - BBC Worklife

Ishikawa, a freelance writer and former model, had been working as a funeral parlour usher at the time. This involved standing up to eight hours at a time in heels, alongside male colleagues wearing comfortable flats. Outraged by the disparity, she created the hashtag #KuToo, a play on the Japanese words for shoes ("kutsu") and pain ("kutsū"), with a nod towards #MeToo.
#KuToo quickly became a movement aiming to stop employers from demanding that women to wear high heels. Ishikawa has collected over 30,000 online signatures for a change.org petition, and in June called for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to ban companies from pressuring women to wear certain types of shoes.
In response, Japan's health minister stated that heels are "necessary and appropriate" in the workplace. While not all Japanese companies demand high heels for female employees, his remarks reflect a pervasive mentality and gendered social pressure.

Kristalina Georgieva selected by EU for IMF top job | Financial Times

Kristalina Georgieva, the Bulgarian chief executive of the World Bank, has been picked as Europe's choice to lead the IMF after a divisive 14-hour round of voting that split EU capitals and descended into fierce recriminations... Ms Georgieva is now favourite to become the next head of the IMF when the fund’s governing board votes on candidates in early October. No other candidates from large emerging economies have declared their candidacy.

Ronaldinho, ravaged by crippling debts and unable to leave Brazil - AS.com

According to el Folha de São Paulo, 57 properties owned by the former player have been seized by authorities - four of them for a 2.2 million euro fine for breaching environmental regulations. On top of that fine, he has other debts totalling 1.8 million euros. Brazilian authorities have revoked both of Ronaldinho's passports (he owns a Brazilian and Spanish passports) so that he cannot leave the country until his creditors are paid.

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米、対中関税「第4弾」9月1日に発動 トランプ氏が表明  :日本経済新聞


ダウ・デュポン分割3社、4~6月期は2社が赤字に  :日本経済新聞


くら寿司の米国子会社、ナスダック上場…出店加速へ : 読売新聞オンライン


ロシアのヘプバーン、惨殺遺体で見つかる 著名インフルエンサー・医師・モデルのマルチタレント | 47NEWS


新天地が決まらないモウリーニョ、オファー'拒否'の理由を告白 「ノーと言うのは難しい」 | Football ZONE WEB


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News Headlines - 02 August 2019

Japan officially approves scrubbing South Korea from 'white list' of countries | The Japan Times

The Cabinet on Friday formally approved ejecting South Korea from the so-called white list of countries entitled to receive preferential treatment in trade, further aggravating an already highly strained bilateral relationship.
In response, South Korean President Moon Jae-in immediately pledged to take “corresponding” countermeasures for what he described as a “reckless” and “selfish” decision by Japan.

U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019 - United States Department of State

On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty.
The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article XV of the treaty takes effect today because Russia failed to return to full and verified compliance through the destruction of its noncompliant missile system-the SSC-8 or 9M729 ground-launched, intermediate-range cruise missile.
Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise. Dating back to at least the mid-2000s, Russia developed, produced, flight tested, and has now fielded multiple battalions of its noncompliant missile.

Gilry Garlic Festivel: Officers who responded to Gilroy mass shooting are 'heroes,' police chief says - CNN

Three veteran officers who quickly responded to the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in northern California on Sunday are "heroes," the city's police chief said.
Chief Scot Smithee on Thursday identified the officers as Eric Cryar, a 23-year law enforcement veteran; Hugo Del Moral, a 17-year veteran and Robert Basuino, a 13-year veteran of the Gilroy department.
The three officers who were already on the scene killed the gunman, who shot dead three people and injured more than a dozen others at the festival on Sunday.

Holiday Inn owner to ditch mini toiletries from 5,000 hotels | Business | The Guardian

InterContinental Hotels Group is ditching miniature shampoo, conditioner and body-wash bottles across its 5,000-plus sites worldwide to reduce plastic waste.
The owner of the Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental chains will switch to bulk dispensers, refillable bottles and ceramic containers by the end of 2021.
Hotels accounting for a third of the InterContinental group, including some Holiday Inn Express sites in the Americas, Kimpton in London, the Six Senses resort spas and newer brands Voco, Even and Avid have successfully switched to bulk dispensers or refillable containers.

Brazil feels pressure over Amazon deforestation data - Reuters

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that if a senior government scientist had betrayed his confidence regarding deforestation data, he would be fired, underlining how growing international pressure to protect the Amazon is weighing on his government.
Bolsonaro made the comments during a tense news conference in Brasilia. He and members of his cabinet pushed back against reports of a recent spike in deforestation in the Amazon, without giving their own assessment of the trend.

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フェイスブックへの反トラスト調査、買収案件が対象に - WSJ


除草成分めぐる訴訟「米国で1万8400件」、独バイエル発表:AFPBB News


オランダ、公共施設内での「ブルカ」着用を禁止 市民には不評:AFPBB News

 新法の法案は、反イスラムを掲げる極右・自由党を率いるヘルト・ウィルダース(Geert Wilders)氏が2005年に提案し、10年以上に及ぶ議論の末、昨年6月に可決・成立していた。

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大リーグ大乱闘、両軍監督選手ら8人に出場停止 - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 01 August 2019

Japan's first severely disabled lawmakers join parliament - BBC News

Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura are both largely paralysed and rely on carers for their physical needs.
Their election last month has been seen as major step for representation and the visibility of disabled people in Japan.
The upper house underwent special modifications to allow for their access.

Exhibits deemed too controversial set for display at show in Nagoya:The Asahi Shimbun

A statue of a girl symbolizing “comfort women,” a poem treasuring the pacifist Constitution and other exhibits that were removed from public display will be featured at an exhibition here on freedom of expression.
The show, “Lack of freedom of expression and thereafter,” will begin on Aug. 1 as part of the Aichi Triennale 2019: Taming Y/Our Passion at the Aichi Arts Center.

Pink seesaws at border wall: Artist installs seesaws at Trump border wall so children in the U.S. and Mexico can play together - CBS News

An artist has installed three pink seesaws at the border wall that divides the United States and Mexico. One side of the seesaw lies in Sunland Park, New Mexico - the other in Anapra, Mexico.
The project was inspired by a drawing from Ronald Real, a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley. Real depicted children on either side of the border wall seesawing with each other in his book, "Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary."

Brazil miners kill tribal leader in Amazon land invasion

Armed miners have reportedly invaded a village in a remote part of Brazil and killed a tribal leader.
Villagers fled but were planning to return, sparking fears of a "bloodbath," according to local reports.
The violence began last week when the indigenous leader was reportedly stabbed to death in an area belonging to the Waiapi tribe in Amapa state, in the north of the country.

K-League angrily hits out at Juventus over Ronaldo’s absence from friendly | The Guardian

The K-League, South Korea’s domestic league, has said it feels “indignation and disappointment” after Juventus refused to apologise for leaving Cristiano Ronaldo out of a pre-season friendly in Seoul last week.
Ronaldo was contracted to play for at least 45 minutes against the K-League All Stars according to event organisers, but did not play. The forward was advised to rest by Juve’s medical staff due to muscle fatigue from a match played 48 hours earlier in Nanjing.
The league sent a letter of protest to Juve over the alleged contract violation and the club’s chairman, Andrea Agnelli, responded on Wednesday. He denied claims that the Italian club had acted irresponsibly, and did not apologise for Ronaldo’s absence.

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FRB10年半ぶり利下げ、0.25% 資産縮小も終了  :日本経済新聞


日本参加の望遠鏡計画、長老逮捕で抗議激化 ハワイ聖地:朝日新聞デジタル


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