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News Headlines - 31 October 2019

Fire destroys Okinawa's Shuri Castle | NHK WORLD

The fire department in Naha City, the prefectural capital, received an emergency call about a fire shortly after 2:40 a.m. on Thursday... They say the fire is abating more than seven hours after it started, but the Hoshin Gate is still burning.
Firefighters who rushed to the site reported flames rising from the main hall. The fire later spread to the north and south halls.

Japan Justice Minister Kawai resigns, second minister to quit in a week - Reuters

Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigned on Thursday following media reports of election irregularities by his wife, who is a ruling party lawmaker, becoming the second cabinet minister to step down in less than a week.

Japan beer exports to South Korea down 99.9% over boycott - CNA

Exports of beer from Japan to South Korea fell 99.9 percent year-on-year in September, Japan's finance ministry said Wednesday (Oct 30), as a boycott spurred by a bilateral dispute drags on... The countries have implemented retaliatory trade restrictions, and in South Korea citizens have called for a boycott of Japanese goods.
Japanese beer had long been a local favourite, topping the import tables since 2010. But in August it fell to 13th place.

These 17 iPhone apps are malware-infested, delete them immediately

Researchers at the mobile security company, Wandera, singled out 17 apps listed on Apple's App Store as malicious in a new report published on Thursday, Oct. 24. The firm advised iPhone users to delete the apps immediately as they were found to contain Trojan malware.
All of the listed apps belonged to the same developer but varied in nature... The term "Trojan" malware derives its name from the ancient Greek tale about soldiers sneaking through the gates of Troy by hiding inside a wooden horse. Like the Greek soldiers, some malware can slip into your device through seemingly harmless apps that you have installed.

Mount Fuji death: Body found after man live streams plunge to his death from side of mountain | The Independent

The livestream, broadcast over Japanese video-sharing service Niconico under the title “Let’s Go to Snowy Mt Fuji”, showed the climber’s point of view as he ascended the summit on Monday.
In a clip posted to social media, he is heard repeatedly complaining about his cold fingers, saying: “My fingers are killing me. But I have to operate my smartphone. I should have brought a hot pack.”
...He then says, “Wait, I’m slipping,” as the sound of him sliding can be heard on the video.
The climber is seen slipping down the mountain with his hiking sticks hurtling away, before the footage ends abruptly.

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FRBが3連続利下げ 0.25%、先行きは休止示唆  :日本経済新聞


大手自動車メーカー FCAとPSAが合併へ 世界4位に | NHKニュース


日経・米子会社が32億円流出 詐欺被害か|日テレNEWS24


東京新聞:東芝、不正で米従業員を解雇 水増し発注、被害額は調査中


東京新聞:「静粛に!」の英下院議長勇退 在任10年 政府に「待った」も


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News Headlines - 30 October 2019

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot Owner PSA in Talks to Combine - WSJ

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Peugeot maker PSA Group of France said they were in merger talks, discussions that could lead to the creation of a roughly $46 billion trans-Atlantic auto giant that would rank as the world’s fourth largest by volume.
The talks come as the world’s largest auto makers try to restructure their businesses as cost pressures mount and the global car market slows down after a period of heady growth.

Honda, Hitachi to Form $17 Billion Car-Parts Maker in Merger - Bloomberg

Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Ltd. agreed to merge four of their car parts businesses to create a components supplier with almost $17 billion in sales, joining a wave of partnerships sweeping the global auto industry.
Honda, Japan’s second-biggest carmaker, and Hitachi, one of the country’s biggest industrial conglomerates, said Wednesday they will combine Hitachi Automotive Systems and Honda affiliates Keihin Corp., Showa Corp. and Nissin Kogyo Co. Following a tender offer and an interim consolidation, Hitachi will own two-thirds of the new entity, with Honda owning the rest, the companies said.

Chile won't host APEC and COP25 summits, after weeks of street protests - CNN

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced Wednesday that his country, which has been paralyzed by protests over the last two weeks, will no longer host two major international summits.
Clashes at demonstrations in the capital of Santiago have left at least 20 people dead and led to the resignation of eight key ministers from Pinera's cabinet.
The President has now canceled the hosting of the economic APEC forum and COP25 environmental summit, which were both due to take place later this year.

Lebanon's Hariri steps down after nearly two weeks of nationwide protests - CNN

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Tuesday he was resigning, succumbing to the demands of protesters who have staged nationwide demonstrations for nearly two weeks... On October 17, the government proposed imposing a tax on Whatsapp calls, along with other austerity measures, sparking protests that paralyzed the country.
Lebanon has been under lockdown since the protests began. Banks and schools have been closed for 12 days, while protesters blocked major routes throughout the tiny eastern Mediterranean nation.

Portuguese doctor suspended after baby born without a face - BBC News

A Portuguese obstetrician has been suspended after a baby was born without a nose, eyes or part of his skull.
The parents of baby Rodrigo had not been aware of their son's severe physical abnormalities until he was born earlier this month.
Medical council officials have voted to suspend Dr Artur Carvalho over allegations of negligence.

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英 12月に総選挙実施へ EU離脱の是非が改めて争点に | NHKニュース


ドイツ経済相が講演後に転倒、鼻を骨折 一時意識失う - ロイター


ボーイング、737MAX過失を初めて認める CEOが議会証言で謝罪 | ニューズウィーク日本版


英ヘンリー王子 ラグビーW杯決勝に来日へ|日テレNEWS24


刑務所に猫の「運び屋」 首に大麻樹脂くくり付け…


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News Headlines - 29 October 2019

Japan tax agency finds Ghosn used Nissan money for private use: report - Reuters

Japan’s tax authorities have determined former Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T) boss Carlos Ghosn used company money for private use, bolstering the automaker’s case that he diverted corporate funds for personal gain, the Yomiuri reported on Tuesday.
The Japanese newspaper, without citing sources, said the National Tax Agency found Ghosn used Nissan money for several years to pay consultant’s fees to his sister for fictitious work and to make donations to a university in Lebanon.

Defense Minister Kono apologizes for joking about typhoons - The Mainichi

Defense Minister Taro Kono apologized on Tuesday after he was widely criticized for joking about his moniker as a "rain man" at a time when Japan is reeling from the impact of multiple typhoons that hit the country in recent months... "I was often called 'ame-otoko' by local residents," Kono joked Monday, using a term meaning a man who seems to attract rain wherever he goes. "After I became defense minister, there have already been three typhoons."
His remarks, which elicited laughs from some in the audience, were made in an address meant to express thanks to Self-Defense Forces members who assisted in typhoon-hit areas.

Japan and South Korea deny reports of joint fund to address wartime labor issue | The Japan Times

High-ranking Japanese officials denied a media report Tuesday that Tokyo and Seoul are considering setting up a joint “economic cooperation fund” to resolve the thorny issue of wartime forced labor compensation, which has repeatedly rocked bilateral relations over the past year.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga emphatically denied the report, saying during a news conference on Tuesday that it is “not factually true.”
A senior Foreign Ministry official claimed separately that the report is “an outright lie.”

Umbrella Movement icon Joshua Wong barred from Hong Kong election

A returning officer notified Wong his nomination as a candidate in next month's elections was ruled invalid, according to a copy of the letter Wong posted on his Twitter account .
The government confirmed Wong's disqualification, without identifying him. It indicated the problem was related to a candidate advocating "self-determination" for Hong Kong, which it said conflicts with the requirement for candidates to declare they'll pledge allegiance to the city and uphold its constitution.

Edward Snowden searched the CIA's networks for proof that aliens exist. Here's what he found - CNN

As a former employee of the CIA and contractor for the National Security Agency, Snowden had access to some of the nation's most closely held secrets.
And, like any curious mind with access to the CIA's version of Google might do, he went in search of answers to some of society's most pressing questions.
As it turns out, the US government is not aware of any intelligent, extraterrestrial life, he says.

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英議会、解散総選挙を3度目の否決 首相は別の法案表明:朝日新聞デジタル


クラレ、和解金100億円 米工場火災の従業員らに - 産経ニュース


LVMH、ティファニー買収提案発表 1.6兆円で計画か :日本経済新聞


NZのハカに「V字」で対抗 イングランドの意図は - BBCニュース


タイガー・ウッズが82勝目 米男子ツアー最多タイ:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 28 October 2019

Japan minister apologizes for comments downplaying inequality among university test takers - The Mainichi

Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda apologized on Oct. 28 after saying that students should "compete for university places in accordance with their standing."
Hagiuda had made the comment in response to questions on a TV show about the introduction of private English tests for university entrance exams from the 2020 academic year.

NHK sues leader of anti-NHK party over unpaid subscription fees - The Mainichi

Japan's public broadcaster NHK sued on Monday the head of a minor opposition party, who has been a vocal critic of the organization, for not paying his subscription fees.
NHK filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court demanding Takashi Tachibana, 52, to pay two months of subscription fees totaling 4,560 yen ($42).

Death of Montreal model and artist known as Zombie Boy ruled accidental | CBC News

The death of Montreal model and artist Rick Genest, also known as Zombie Boy, was an accident, not a suicide, according to a coroner's report released Monday.
Genest fell off a third-floor balcony in Montreal's Plateau-Mont-Royal borough on the afternoon of Aug. 1, 2018, the report said.
Coroner Mélissa Gagnon concluded he died of head trauma resulting from the fall. He was 32.

Elaborate attempt to outsource murder ends in prison time - CNN

The chain of outsourcing continued for over six months until the job reached a fifth person, Ling Xiansi. By that point, Ling was offered just 100,000 yuan ($14,100) to murder Wei, the court said.
Ling also got cold feet. But rather than killing Wei or finding another supposed hitman, he met with the intended target directly -- and offered to help fake his death.
Wei agreed to let Ling take some photos of him tied-up in an attempt to stage the murder.
Ling later reported his "success" up the chain, all the way to Tan -- the original contractor.

Five Watford fans rescue man in Japan during Rugby World Cup visit | Hillingdon Times

Three of them took turns holding the man's hand to stop him drifting away while two others ran off to get help.
By luck, Mr Dowdall, or 'Ladder Man' as his friends have since nicknamed him, found a ladder in a nearby alleyway and they rushed back to the river with it.
The ladder was lowered into the river and the friends began shouting instructions to the stranded man.
Despite the language barrier, he understood what the Watford supporters were trying to get him to do and he managed to climb up the ladder and to safety.
Minutes later, the group heard the sound of sirens.

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IS最高指導者のバグダディ容疑者死亡 米国が発表:朝日新聞デジタル


GMスト、6週間で収束 3工場閉鎖・待遇改善で合意:朝日新聞デジタル


「欧州フェリー受注へ弾み」 三菱造船・大倉社長 LNG船はコスト競争力強化 長崎で国内向け2隻建造 | 長崎新聞


イギリスのEU離脱、延期へ EUが来年1月末への延期で合意 - BBCニュース




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News Headlines - 27 October 2019

Twitter Elitists: Three-Quarters Of All US Political Tweets Come From Very Few

A small but prolific pocket of Twitter users, just 6 percent of all U.S. adults with public accounts, account for 73 percent of tweets regarding American politics, the latest Pew Research Center study finds. The small share of tweeters stand in contrast to the median user who never tweets about politics. About 69 percent of U.S. adults on Twitter only tweeted about politics once or not at all.
This elite 6 percent of frequent political tweeters were found to share a series of civic-minded characteristics such as being political donors, campaign rally attendees and identify strictly as either a "liberal" or "conservative." An overwhelming majority of these politically active Twitter users, 92 percent, said they follow the news all of the time on a social media platform in which news is perpetually breaking.

Two babies among eight Afghans found with hypothermia in refrigerated ‘smuggler’ lorry heading for UK through Calais - The Sun

TWO babies were among eight Afghans found suffering from hypothermia in the back of a UK-bound refrigerated "smuggler" lorry this morning... Two Romanian truckers were arrested when they tried to drive on to a ferry heading to England.
It comes after 39 bodies were found in the back of a similar refrigerated lorry in the UK after it was picked up from Purfleet, Essex, on October 23.

Hidden Renaissance masterpiece discovered hanging in a French woman's kitchen sells for £20.7million | Daily Mail Online

An old painting found in the kitchen of an elderly French woman who hung it above her oven has made her a multimillionaire.
The work, a masterpiece attributed to the 13th-century Italian painter Cimabue that was discovered earlier this year, sold for 24 million euros (£20.7 million).
Dominique Le Coent of Acteon Auction House, who sold the work to an anonymous buyer near Chantilly, north of Paris, said the sale represented a 'world record for a primitive, or a pre-1500 work'.

Catholic bishops back limited relaxation of celibacy rule - BBC News

Roman Catholic bishops have voted to allow married men to become priests in the Amazon region, exempting them from the centuries-old rule on celibacy.
The vote came at the end of a Vatican assembly on the Amazon, where there is a severe shortage of priests.
For the proposal to take effect, it must be backed by Pope Francis, who is due to make his position clear soon.

Tiny beetle named after climate activist Greta Thunberg | The Guardian

A tiny species of beetle discovered more than 50 years ago has been named after environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg.
Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London have officially called the insect Nelloptodes gretae to honour the 16-year-old Swedish activist’s “outstanding contribution” in raising global awareness of climate change.
The arthropod, which has no eyes or wings, is less than 1mm long and belongs to the Ptiliidae family, which is made up of some of the world’s smallest beetles.

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韓国にGSOMIA破棄見直し求める考え 米国務省高官 | NHKニュース


ベルギー首相、初の女性に 少数与党の暫定政府 - 産経ニュース


欧州議会、中国で服役中のウイグル族学者にサハロフ賞 :日本経済新聞


豪「ウルル」、恒久的に登山禁止 直前まで大勢の客:AFPBB News

オーストラリアにある世界最大級の一枚岩「ウルル(Uluru)」(英語名「エアーズロック、Ayers Rock」)への登山が、25日夜から恒久的に禁止された。登山が最後に認められた同日には、閉鎖直前まで数百人の観光客がウルルに登った。……登山禁止はウルルを所有する先住民アボリジニのアナング(Anangu)人が長年求めてきたもので、2017年に発表された。アナング人とウルルとのつながりは数万年前にさかのぼるとされる。

海岸の浸食から救え! 灯台の移動作業実施中 デンマーク:AFPBB News

デンマーク・ユトランド(Jutland)半島で22日、浸食により崖が6メートルの位置まで迫っていた灯台を、北海(North Sea)沿岸から内陸に約80メートル移動させる作業が実施されている。

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News Headlines - 26 October 2019

Wife of South Korea's former justice minister arrested in corruption scandal - CNA

South Korean authorities arrested the wife of a former justice minister on Thursday (Oct 24) who was at the centre of a graft scandal and was a close political confidant of President Moon Jae-in after a court upheld prosecutors' request for a warrant.
The arrest of Chung Kyung-shim, a college professor and the wife of former justice minister Cho Kuk, comes as part of an investigation by prosecutors into Cho's family's financial investments and his children's college admissions.
Cho stepped down last week after just one month in office. His appointment triggered a crisis for Moon that brought protesters from both sides of the political spectrum to the streets in numbers not seen in two years.

BBC News launches 'dark web' Tor mirror - BBC News

The BBC has made its international news website available via the Tor network, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts... The browser can obscure who is using it and what data is being accessed, which can help people avoid government surveillance and censorship.
Countries including China, Iran and Vietnam are among those who have tried to block access to the BBC News website or programmes.
Instead of visiting bbc.co.uk/news or bbc.com/news, users of the Tor browser can visit the new bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion web address. Clicking this web address will not work in a regular web browser.

In tweet, President Trump laments loss of iPhone home button - Reuters

“To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!” Trump tweeted on Friday.
The tweet appeared to be directed at Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook, who has dined with Trump at least twice and has discussed trade issues with the president on multiple occasions.
Apple started selling iPhones without home buttons with the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017. The company still sells one model - the iPhone 8 - that retains the home button.

Electric scooters: France introduces new rules to 'restore tranquillity' - BBC News

From Saturday, riders will be required to be at least 12 and will not be able to ride their scooter on the pavement.
The two-wheeled vehicles' top speed will also be capped by next year.
E-scooters, which can travel at more than 50km/h (30mph), are growing in popularity, in part because of their low environmental impact.

Meghan Markle reveals British friends warned her not to marry Prince Harry | London Evening Standard

The Duchess of Sussex said her British friends warned her not to marry Prince Harry and that the past year as a member of the royal family has been "hard".
Meghan said she had tried to cope with the pressures of her new life since her wedding in May 2018, by putting on a "stiff upper lip" but she was not prepared for the intensity of tabloid interest.
She told ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey: "It's hard.

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ロシア トルコ シリア合同でクルド人勢力を国境地帯から排除へ | NHKニュース




富士ゼロックス、豪IT企業に買収提案 販路を活用:日本経済新聞



マルタ政府、新婚の英女王が住んだ邸宅を購入 観光名所として活用 - ロイター


米副大統領、NBAを痛烈批判 中国の「完全子会社」呼ばわり:AFPBB News

マイク・ペンス(Mike Pence)米副大統領は24日、香港の民主派デモ参加者を支持すると言明し、中国に対する批判を撤回したとして米プロバスケットボール協会(NBA)と選手らを中国の「完全子会社」呼ばわりし痛烈に批判した。……「NBAの最も知られた選手やそのオーナーの中には、自国を批判するためには常に自分たちの自由を行使しながら、他国の人々の自由と権利になると声を出さなくする人がいる」と指摘。「NBAは中国共産党に加担し表現の自由を抑圧して、あたかもあの権威主義的体制の完全子会社のように振る舞っている」と述べた。

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News Headlines - 25 October 2019

Bolivia election: Protests as Evo Morales officially declared winner - BBC News

Bolivian President Evo Morales has been declared the winner of Sunday's election, despite disputed results that have sparked riots and claims of fraud.
Officials said Mr Morales had won 47.1% of the vote and beaten his closest rival by more than 10 percentage points, thereby avoiding a run-off... Second-placed candidate Carlos Mesa has called for a second-round vote as have the US, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.
But Mr Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president and already Latin America's longest-serving leader, is now set to govern the country until 2025.

UN to probe abuses in Chile as strike continues

The United Nations said Thursday it would send a special mission to investigate human rights abuses in Chile, where a general strike went into its second day following a week of street protests that left 19 dead.
President Sebastian Pinera tried to ease tensions by announcing a plan to end a highly unpopular state of emergency and nighttime curfews that have lasted six days... The protests erupted on Friday against a metro fare hike, but evolved into a wider rebellion over low salaries and pensions, high education and health care costs and a yawning gap between rich and poor.

Bangladesh sentences 16 to death for murder of teenager burned to death in sex harassment case

Sixteen people were sentenced to death on Thursday for burning alive a Bangladeshi teenager who refused to withdraw sexual assault charges against her head teacher.
The case highlights what activists say is a culture of impunity over sexual violence in the South Asian country of 168 million people, as well as abuse rife in around 20,000 seminaries that educate mostly poor and rural students.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused in kerosene and set on fire on April 6 after she made a sexual harassment complaint against the principal of her rural Islamic seminary.

Iran parades jailed Instagram star on TV - BBC News

Sahar Tabar gained worldwide fame on social media for her eerie likeness to American actress Angelina Jolie - a look she is rumoured to have achieved by having as many as 50 plastic surgeries.
She was arrested on 5 October on a raft of charges including blasphemy, instigating violence, insulting the Islamic hijab dress code and encouraging corruption among young people. The hardline Tasnim news agency reported at the time that her arrest was based on "numerous messages from the public calling for the case to be pursued".
Almost a month later, Iranian Channel Two (IRTV2) has shown an interview with the star, in which she was introduced as a "zombie" and an example of how "the madness to become famous on social media has ruined a real life".

Japan and Korea promise to work on bilateral ties, trade tensions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon agreed on Thursday on the need to cooperate on North Korea despite frigid bilateral ties, but Abe repeated that Seoul needed to keep its promises for relations to improve.
Ties between Tokyo and Seoul, two Asian allies of Washington, have deteriorated since South Korea’s top court last October ordered some Japanese firms to compensate Koreans forced to work in their wartime mines and factories.
Japan, which says the matter was settled by a 1965 treaty, calls the decision a violation of international law, and the feud has spilled over into trade and security matters.

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ジョンソン英首相、12月12日総選挙を示唆 ブレグジット延期で - BBCニュース


スペイン フランコ総統の墓 国の慰霊施設から移す | NHKニュース


日本人のローマ字表記 来年1月から「姓・名」の順 - 産経ニュース


日本承認195カ国 即位礼に9割 :日本経済新聞


エムバペが約20分でハット、大勝のPSGが欧州CL3連勝:AFPBB News

サッカー欧州チャンピオンズリーグ(UEFA Champions League 2019-20)は22日、グループA第3節が各地で行われ、パリ・サンジェルマン(Paris Saint-Germain、PSG)は途中出場のキリアン・エムバペ(Kylian Mbappe)がハットトリックを記録するなどし、敵地でクラブ・ブルージュ(Club Brugge)を5-0で下した。……同組の他の試合では、レアル・マドリード(Real Madrid)がガラタサライ(Galatasaray)に1-0で勝利。無敗だったブルージュに大勝して3連勝を飾り、2位レアルに5ポイント差をつけているPSGは決勝トーナメント進出にまた一歩近づいた。

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News Headlines - 24 October 2019

50% support impeaching Trump and removing him from office - CNNPolitics

Half of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, a new high in CNN polling on the topic and the first time that support for impeachment and removal has significantly outpaced opposition.
As support for impeachment has inched upward, however, Trump's approval ratings overall and for handling major issues have not taken a hit. Overall, 41% approve of his handling of the presidency and 57% disapprove, similar to his ratings in early September and August polls conducted before the House of Representatives formally launched an impeachment inquiry in late September.

Datsun brand set to go as Nissan rolls back Ghosn's expansionist strategy - sources - Reuters

Nissan Motor Co Ltd is likely to axe its Datsun brand, drop some unprofitable products and close a number of assembly lines worldwide as it seeks to boost profits by getting smaller, two company sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Toyota's luxury Lexus brand plans battery EV launch in 2020 - Reuters

Toyota Motor’s Lexus will launch its first all-battery electric vehicle next year, as the luxury brand races to market a battery-operated car amid growing competition to develop zero-emissions vehicles, the head of the brand said on Wednesday.

Carlos Ghosn accuses Japan of unlawful conspiracy - BBC News

Carlos Ghosn's lawyers have accused the Japanese government of conspiring against him, along with prosecutors and Nissan executives.
Mr Ghosn, who was arrested last year over claims of financial misconduct, faces several charges in Japan.
His lawyers say the Tokyo court should drop all charges against him because of "unlawful breaches" by prosecutors.

Japanese comedian Tokui apologizes over $1 million in unreported income - The Mainichi

Yoshimi Tokui of the famous Japanese comedy duo "Tutorial" apologized at a press conference on Oct. 23 for not reporting his one-person company's income totaling over 100 million yen ($1 million) over three years... According to his employer Yoshimoto Kogyo Holdings Co., the National Tax Agency (NTA) pointed out that his company "Tulip," which the comedian established in 2009, had withheld some 118 million yen in income from 2016 to 2018. Furthermore, roughly 20 million yen in travel expenses and other fees that Tokui included in company expenses between 2012 and 2015 were regarded as concealed income.
Some 34 million yen of additional tax was imposed on Tokui as a penalty. He said he has already filed an amended tax return.

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米・トランプ氏トルコへの制裁解除 シリアへの攻撃停止で - FNN.jpプライムオンライン


暗号資産「リブラ」“承認得るまで発行せず ” CEOが議会で | NHKニュース


Google、量子コンピュータで「量子超越性」を実証 特定の計算で“スパコン超え” - ITmedia NEWS

米Googleは10月23日(現地時間)、量子コンピュータの計算能力が、スーパーコンピュータなど従来型のコンピュータを上回ることを示す「量子超越性」(Quantum Supremacy)を実証したと発表した。同日付の英科学誌「Nature」(電子版)に論文が掲載された。





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News Headlines - 23 October 2019

Hong Kong officially withdraws controversial extradition bill from legislature | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

ong Kong’s government has officially withdrawn the controversial extradition bill which sparked over 20 weeks of protest and civil unrest. The move came a week late due to protests at the Legislative Council during the Chief Executive’s policy address.
The second reading for the bill resumed on Wednesday afternoon. Secretary for Security John Lee then announced the bill was withdrawn.

Beijing denies plans to replace Carrie Lam in Hong Kong | Al Jazeera

China has denied it is planning to replace Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam with an "interim" chief executive, rubbishing a report from the Financial Times (FT) as "a political rumour out of ulterior motives".

Hong Kong murder suspect at centre of extradition bill crisis begs for public forgiveness upon release from jail | South China Morning Post

A Hong Kong murder suspect whose politically loaded case ignited the city’s extradition bill crisis begged for public forgiveness as he was released from prison on Wednesday amid an escalating row with Taiwan.
After spending 19 months in custody on money-laundering charges, Chan Tong-kai, wanted for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan, walked out of Pik Uk Correctional Institution in Clear Water Bay at 9am.

NBA boss Adam Silver says Chinese government asked him to fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey | South China Morning Post

NBA commissioner Adam Silver revealed in his first interview since returning to the United States that Chinese government officials tried to pressure him into firing Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey after he tweeted support for the Hong Kong protesters.

Thai King fires 6 palace officials for 'extremely evil' conduct days after dismissing consort for disloyalty - The Straits Times

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has dismissed six palace officials for "extremely evil" conduct, a palace announcement said on Wednesday (Oct 23), in a shake-up that comes days after the sacking of the King's royal consort.
The six included a woman, a senior police official and two royal guards, all of whom worked in the palace. AFP reported that "a nurse at the bedroom guard service" and a veterinarian were among those fired.
Two separate announcements published in the official royal gazette accused the six of severe disciplinary misconduct that caused harm to the royal service, and said they had been fired and stripped of all their official ranks.

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英議会、首相の日程案を否決 EU離脱の延期濃厚に:AFPBB News


英トラックのコンテナ内に39人の遺体発見、運転手逮捕:AFPBB News


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2024年パリ五輪のロゴ発表 金メダル、聖火に自由の女神 | 共同通信

 組織委によると、五輪とパラリンピックで同じロゴを使用するのは初めて。……また「PARiS 2024」の文字と数字は、アールデコ風とした。

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News Headlines - 22 October 2019

Companies slow to disclose financial costs of climate change: report - Reuters

U.S. and European companies in polluting industries rarely disclose the financial risks they face related to climate change even though a global task force called on them to do so two years ago, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report on Monday... Though 80 percent of the companies in the Moody’s sample said climate change was affecting strategic decisions, just two of the 28 linked their climate projections with an effect on cash flows and balance sheets, the report said.

Four dead in Bangladesh riot over Facebook post - CNN

Four people were killed Sunday when Bangladesh police fired on a crowd after clashes erupted over a Facebook post that angered Muslims.
Thousands of people took to the streets in the town of Borhanuddin, in Bangladesh's southern Bhola district, to protest the post that allegedly criticized the Prophet Muhammad... The offending post was published Friday from the account of a 25-year-old Hindu man in the area, said Shafin Mohammed, additional superintendent of police in Bhola.
The man had told police his Facebook account was hacked.

Indian students wear boxes on their heads to prevent cheating - CNN

The Bhagat Pre-University College in Haveri, in India's southwestern Karnataka state, implemented a trial run of the new measure last Wednesday, according to school management head M.B. Sateesh.
A staff member photographed the students sitting in neat rows, their heads obscured by cardboard boxes.
The front of the boxes had been cut out, allowing students to see their desks and exam sheets but restricting their vision, similar to blinkers used on a horse.

Former Google vice president Yoky Matsuoka joins Panasonic executive team | The Japan Times

Panasonic Corp. said Thursday it had appointed Yoky Matsuoka, Google LLC’s former vice president and an expert on software and robotics, as a fellow with the electronics maker’s executive team, tasking her to drive innovation... She will be based in Silicon Valley, the company added. Matsuoka formerly led Google’s smart home division, known as Google Nest, as chief technical officer, and worked for Apple Inc.
The appointment of Matsuoka, effective Thursday, is the latest in Panasonic’s efforts to bring in diverse personnel as it hopes to shift from its traditional business model based on hardware sales.

China Cancels Release of Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' | Hollywood Reporter

The critically acclaimed movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, had been approved for release in China on Oct. 25, but regulators have abruptly reversed course... But the story swirling through the executive ranks of China's film industry Friday was that the decision stemmed from Tarantino's somewhat controversial portrayal of martial arts hero Bruce Lee, the only character of Chinese descent in the movie. Friends and family of the late Lee have blasted the director for the depiction, saying the real-life action star didn't behave as he's portrayed in the film.
According to sources close to Bona and China's Film Bureau, Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, made a direct appeal to China’s National Film Administration, asking that it demand changes to her father's portrayal.

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イスラエル首相が連立樹立を断念、第2党に組閣委任へ - ロイター




豪の主要新聞、そろって1面に黒塗り文書 報道規制に抗議 - BBCニュース


サモアで管理の北朝鮮貨物船、米政府没収へ 地元は歓喜:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 21 October 2019

TikTok is the latest platform to pull ISIS propaganda videos | Engadget

TikTok may have a terrorism problem. According to The Wall Street Journal, Islamic State militants have been posting short propaganda videos to the platform. That's especially concerning because TikTok is so popular with impressionable teenagers.
According to WSJ, the videos showed things like corpses being paraded through the streets, ISIS fighters and women who call themselves "jihadist and proud." Some videos were set to catchy songs, and some used TikTok filters with stars and hearts. They were shared by nearly two dozen accounts... Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have fought their own battles against terrorist content, and now that TikTok has become one of the most popular apps in the US, it will likely face similar challenges.

Hong Kong protests: police fire water cannon, blue dye at mosque, tear gas - The Washington Post

Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, defying a ban on assembly before being violently dispersed by police tear gas and a water cannon.
A police water cannon filled with stinging blue dye blasted protesters along a major thoroughfare in Kowloon. It also hit a small group standing guard outside a mosque - an important spiritual nexus for the city’s largely South Asian Muslim community - leaving bystanders choking and vomiting and eliciting a rare apology from authorities.

Thailand's king strips consort of royal, military titles for undermining the queen - UPI.com

Thailand's King Maha Vajirallongkorn on Monday stripped his consort of her royal and military titles, saying she tried to undermine the queen.
A royal order issued on Monday stated that Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, 34, was unsatisfied with her position as royal consort and asserted pressure on Queen Suthida by acting like the queen herself, which caused confusion and obstructed both the nation and the monarchy.

Japan refused to grant Natalia Poklonskaya visa without giving any reason

The deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the Crimean region, Natalya Poklonskaya, was refused a visa for a tourist visit to Japan... The deputy stressed that she wanted to go to Japan with a tourist visit. Her documents from the Moscow embassy were sent to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo. After that, it transpired that the Japanese side decided not to provide the Russian parliamentarian with a visa.

UK among most generous countries in World Giving Index

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) study asked people if they had helped a stranger, given money or volunteered for a good cause in the month before being interviewed.
The research, which took place over a decade, surveyed 1.3 million people in 128 countries in total.
Figures from annual surveys taking place between 2009 and 2018 were combined to make the findings.
The World Giving Index 10th edition report identified the United States as the most generous country, while China was ranked bottom.
Here are the top 10 highest scoring countries in the CAF report:
1. United States
2. Burma
3. New Zealand
4. Australia
5. Ireland
6. Canada
7. UK
8. Netherlands
9. Sri Lanka
10. Indonesia

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スイス総選挙で緑の党躍進、極右は第1党維持 - ロイター


関税同盟残留案は支持しない=北アイルランドDUP - ロイター




ダークウェブ国際捜査、児童ポルノ取引で337人を検挙:AFPBB News

 各国当局はまた性的搾取の被害を受けた少なくとも23人の未成年者を救出した。加害者らは被害者らを撮影した動画を今回閉鎖されたダークネット上の児童ポルノサイト「ウェルカム・トゥ・ビデオ(Welcome to Video)」で販売していた。同サイトでの支払いにはビットコインが使われていたため、購入者の追跡が極めて難しくなっている。

ロシア違法金山で堰堤が決壊 30人超が死傷7人が行方不明(AP通信)

シェチンキノ、ロシア、10月21日(AP)― ロシア北部シベリアで10月19日、違法金山の堰堤が決壊、鉱山作業員らの宿舎が濁流に飲み込まれ、少なくとも作業員ら15人が死亡、16人が負傷した。
 ロシア非常事態省によれば、死傷者の他に7人が行方不明となっている。 モスクワから3400キロ離れたシベリア中部にある同金鉱は、環境・技術・原子力監督庁に無届け、無許可で違法操業しており、現地時間19日の午前6時ごろに降った大雨で堰堤が決壊。鉱山作業員の宿舎2棟が濁流に飲み込まれた。

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News Headlines - 20 October 2019

Brexit: PM sends letter to Brussels seeking further delay - BBC News

Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit - but without his signature.
The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, saying he believes a delay would be a mistake.
The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote.
EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received the extension request and would consult EU leaders "on how to react".

Biden expands edge in U.S. Democratic nomination race: Reuters/Ipsos poll - Reuters

Former Vice President Joe Biden expanded his lead over more than a dozen other candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination this month as U.S. House Democrats looked into allegations that President Donald Trump tried to pressure a foreign leader to investigate him, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.
The Oct. 17-18 opinion poll found that 21% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in statewide nominating contests that begin next year, up 3 percentage points from a similar poll that was conducted at the end of September... The House could vote to impeach Trump later this year, which would trigger a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate where a conviction and ouster seem unlikely... So far, the inquiry does not appear to have shaken up public support for Biden or the other candidates for the Democratic nomination.

YouTube gets alleged copyright troll to agree to stop trolling YouTubers - The Verge

Alleged copyright troll Christopher Brady will no longer be able to issue false DMCA takedowns to other YouTubers, according to a lawsuit settlement filed today.
Under the new agreement, Brady is banned from “submitting any notices of alleged copyright infringement to YouTube that misrepresent that material hosted on the YouTube service is infringing copyrights held or claimed to be held by Brady or anyone Brady claims to represent.” Brady agreed to pay $25,000 in damages as part of the settlement. He is also prohibited from “misrepresenting or masking their identities” when using Google products, including YouTube.

This football coach disarmed a student with a gun. Then he hugged him - CNN

A high school football and track coach in Portland, Oregon, was celebrated as a hero earlier this year after he disarmed a student with a shotgun.
The student walked into a classroom at Parkrose High School in May, intending to use the firearm to take his own life, the Multnomah County District Attorney's office said in a statement last week.
At the time, reports said the coach, Keanon Lowe, tackled the student. But according to emotional surveillance footage released by the district attorney's office Friday, Lowe did nothing of the sort.
Instead, he embraced the student.

No 'Joker': Bronx 'step street' becomes New York hot spot thanks to hit movie - Reuters

Like most tourists, Patricio Osuna had a list of “must sees” on his trip to New York City: the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and, surprisingly, a steep flight of steps in an out-of-the-way neighborhood of the Bronx that has become a cult-movie landmark... The scene captures the moment that the loner Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, transforms into the Joker as he dances down the steps to Gary Glitter’s anthem “Rock & Roll Part 2,” his hair dyed a menacing green and his face painted like a clown.

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英議会、EU離脱案採決見送り 首相は延期申請を否定 - 産経ニュース




11月スペイン再選挙、第1党の社会労働党は過半数困難=調査 - ロイター


伊予算案がEUルールと整合的か精査中、危機は想定せず=欧州委員 - ロイター


CNN.co.jp : 性別は720種類、脳がないのに学習 特異な生命体、パリ動物園で一般公開


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News Headlines - 19 October 2019

Boris Johnson sends unsigned request to Brussels for Brexit delay | The Guardian

Despite the prime minister’s insistence that he would not “negotiate” a further extension of the UK’s membership of the EU, he confirmed on Saturday evening that he had sought such a prolongation.
Shortly after 10pm London time Tusk tweeted: “The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react.”
Johnson sent three letters: an unsigned photocopy of the request he was obliged to send under the Benn act, an explanatory letter from the UK’s ambassador to the EU and a letter explaining why Downing Street did not want an extension.

Chile President Pinera declares emergency as capital rocked by riots - Reuters

Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera declared a state of emergency in the capital Santiago early on Saturday, as the city of 6 million descended into chaos amid riots that left a downtown building engulfed in flames and its metro system shuttered.

China detains Japanese professor possibly for spying - Japan Today

Chinese authorities in September detained a Japanese professor of Hokkaido University, it was learned Friday from sources familiar with bilateral ties.
The professor, who is in his 40s, was taken into custody in Beijing, with the authorities saying he "violated domestic laws," indicating that he may have been suspected of spying, according to the sources... The professor previously worked for the National Institute for Defense Studies in the Japanese Defense Ministry.

South Korea Protesters Scale Walls Outside US Ambassador’s Residence | Voice of America

Around 20 South Korean protesters broke into the residential compound of the U.S. ambassador to South Korea Friday, prompting U.S. officials to call for tighter security measures around diplomatic missions here... After scaling the compound walls, the intruders attempted to forcibly enter the ambassador’s residence but were detained by Seoul police, according to a statement by the U.S. Embassy issued Saturday.
Some of the protesters carried signs calling for Harris to leave Korea and characterized U.S. troops as an occupying force.

Tokyo governor surprised by 'sudden' marathon switch - Reuters

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said on Friday she is surprised by the International Olympic Committee’s “sudden” decision to move the 2020 marathon to a northern city and there is no change in her thinking the race should be held in the capital.
The IOC on Wednesday announced a plan to move the marathon and race walking events to Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, due to concerns about heat in Tokyo next summer, a switch the Tokyo 2020 president said the city had little choice but to accept.
Koike told a regular news conference on Friday, however, that while she shared the IOC’s emphasis on “athletes first” and putting the priority on their health, she did not agree with the decision and especially its suddenness.

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英経済に「相当厳しい」新ブレグジット協定案 - ロイター




バルセロナ、独立派デモ隊が暴徒化 サグラダ・ファミリア一時閉鎖 - 産経ニュース




「当局にウソ」16年に欠陥認識か ボーイング連続墜落:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 18 October 2019

USTR confirms U.S. tariffs to hit certain EU goods on Oct. 18 - Reuters

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office told industry that its planned 10% and 25% tariffs on selected European Union goods would take effect as planned on Friday, after the World Trade Organization authorized the move this week.
The WTO’s dispute settlement body on Monday cleared Washington to take the record countermeasures against the European Union and Airbus-producing countries Britain, France, Germany and Spain after concluding that Airbus received billions of dollars of illegal subsidies in a case dating back 15 years.
The United States has said it will impose 10% tariffs on Airbus planes and 25% duties on a range of products valued at $7.5 billion, including French wine, Scottish whiskies and cheeses from across Europe.

Turkey's Erdogan 'threw Trump's Syria letter in bin' - BBC News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump's letter "in the bin", the BBC has been told.
In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: "Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!"
President Trump was urging Turkey not to launch a military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria, but Mr Erdogan ignored this request.

BBC names 2 Japanese women to top 100 list | NHK WORLD

The British public broadcaster's list also included climate activist Greta Thunberg and other women from over 50 countries, aged between 15 and 98.
Of the two Japanese named, actress and writer Yumi Ishikawa headed a campaign against women being forced to wear high heels at the workplace.
The campaign is named #KuToo, inspired by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, and is intended to allude to the Japanese words for shoes and pain.

Japan to participate in U.S. lunar exploration program | The Japan Times

Japan’s space policy committee in the Cabinet Office decided Thursday to participate in the U.S. program to land astronauts on the moon by 2024... Japan will offer technical cooperation for the construction of an orbital outpost to be used by astronauts as a base for the Artemis lunar exploration program.
The committee, however, withheld its decision on whether to take part in building the so-called Gateway, a base housing living quarters, laboratories and docking ports for the exploration of the moon as well as Mars, from 2025 due to cost concerns.

ZSL London Zoo Gives Animals Pumpkins Ahead of Halloween | PEOPLE.com

Wild animals enjoy a good gourd as much as the next fall-obsessed individual.
Residents at the ZSL London Zoo were recently treated to a festive snack. The zoo’s pygmy hippos, tigers and lemurs were given their own jack-o-lanterns ahead of Halloween.
Instead of setting the carved pumpkins on the stoops of their exhibits, the animals happily gobbled up the ghoulish goodies.

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米トルコ、シリア停戦合意 5日間でクルド勢力退避 - 産経ニュース


カミングス米下院議員が死去、68歳-トランプ大統領の疑惑追及を指揮 - Bloomberg


硫黄島の星条旗写真で人違い 米軍、歴史家指摘で結論 | 共同通信


オランダ一家監禁、父親を逮捕 背景にカルト集団か:AFPBB News


21世紀にUKで最も売れたアルバムのランキングが明らかに | NME Japan


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News Headlines - 17 October 2019

Japan plans to postpone imperial parade over typhoon - The Jakarta Post

Japan plans to postpone a major imperial parade celebrating the new emperor's ascension to the throne after nearly 80 people were killed in a devastating typhoon, local media said Thursday.
The parade was scheduled for October 22 as part of a series of events marking the official proclamation of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement. The religious rites and imperial banquet associated with the event are still expected to go ahead, national broadcaster NHK said.

Trump Will Host Next G7 Summit at His Doral Resort - The New York Times

President Trump has decided to host the Group of 7 meeting next June at the Trump National Doral near Miami, Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, said Thursday, a decision that prompted immediate questions about whether it was a conflict of interest for him to choose one of his own properties for a diplomatic event.

'Ashamed' and 'depressed' at British politics - BBC News

Renowned British spy author John Le Carré says he is "depressed" and "ashamed" of the state of Britain and "alarmed" at the rise of nationalism in the world.
His new novel is set in a politically turbulent London in 2018 which reflects his thoughts and feelings on the current political situation... He was speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today programme's James Naughtie about his 25th novel Agent Running in the Field.

UNESCO and Perfumer Guerlain join forces in beekeeper training project

As bee mortality reaches alarming levels worldwide, UNESCO and French perfumer Guerlain will launch a five-year training and support project for beekeepers and their know-how on Thursday 17 October.
The project comes under UNESCO’s partnership with LVMH and UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and consists of four aspects: the training of beekeepers in biosphere reserves designated by UNESCO, setting up bee farms, provision of technical support and follow up, assessment of the benefits of pollination in local ecosystems.

Patrick Day: Boxer dies after suffering traumatic brain injury from KO

Boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday after suffering a traumatic brain injury Saturday night during a bout in Chicago. He was 27.
Day was hospitalized and in "extremely critical condition" Saturday night after he was knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round of their USBA super welterweight title fight. Day was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. He lapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness.

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英首相に立ちはだかる数の壁、EUと離脱合意後も議会支持確保は不明 - Bloomberg

目標 :320

CNN.co.jp : 米民主党、トランプ氏が「激高」と説明 ホワイトハウスの会合打ち切り




IOCバッハ会長、札幌に「決めた」 五輪マラソン移転 - 東京オリンピック:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 16 October 2019

Brexit: 'No deal tonight', UK government source says - BBC News

A government source has told the BBC there will be "no deal tonight", as officials continue to work on the technical details in Brussels.
The UK and EU had been hoping to sign off a revised Brexit deal before Thursday's crunch EU council meeting.
Boris Johnson has been trying to get Tory Brexiteers and the DUP to back his revised plan for Northern Ireland.

Sky is launching a new 'Brexit-free' TV news channel - Manchester Evening News

The pop up channel will be on air from tomorrow and will cover all aspects of the news - except Britain's impending departure from the European Union.
A recent study suggested that a third of people in the UK are avoiding the news entirely and more than 70 per cent of them blamed the political debate surrounding Brexit, according to Sky News.
The main Sky News channel will continue to cover Brexit, bosses say, but the additional channel will allow the public to "apply a filter" to the headlines they see.

14 police officers killed in an ambush in Mexico, testing president's security strategy - The San Diego Union-Tribune

A police convoy was passing through a small town in western Mexico on Monday morning when bullets began to fly. It was an ambush by one of Mexico’s most violent criminal groups.
In a matter of minutes, 14 police officers were killed and several of their vehicles set on fire. Handwritten messages left at the scene were signed “CJNG” - short for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel - and accused the police of working with rival groups.
The assault in El Aguaje in the state of Michoacan was the latest in a series of spectacular high-casualty attacks attributed to the cartel, one of Mexico’s most ascendant and audacious criminal organizations.

A state trooper pulled a man from his car seconds before it was hit by a train - CNN

With only seconds to go before a train barreled through, a Utah state trooper pulled an unconscious driver from his car after it got stuck on the tracks.
Trooper Ruben Correa, who has been with the Utah Highway Patrol for two years, was responding to a routine traffic stop when he got a call from dispatch about a car on train tracks not far from him, according to Sgt. Nick Street, the spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol.
The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, was unconscious, and a medical issue contributed to him driving off the nearby highway and onto the tracks, said Street.

Storm Warning In Effect As Former Typhoon Brings Strong Winds To Aleutian Region | KUCB

After causing extensive flooding and record rainfall in Japan, former typhoon Hagibis is generating strong winds and stormy weather across the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
The National Weather Service has clocked high winds above 50 miles per hour around the region. Forecasters have also issued a storm warming for much of coastal southwest Alaska, including Unalaska Bay.

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米下院、香港人権法案を可決 「一国二制度」を毎年検証:朝日新聞デジタル


ノートルダム大聖堂、遠い再建の道のり 火災から半年:時事ドットコム




「ロシア版ウィキペディア」作成へ 露政府、情報統制懸念も - 産経ニュース


小泉環境相のセクシー発言「正確な訳出困難」…政府答弁書 : 読売新聞オンライン


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News Headlines - 15 October 2019

Typhoon Hagibis: Homeless men denied shelter in middle of typhoon - BBC News

The Japanese prime minister has said typhoon shelters "should be open to everyone" - after two homeless people were turned away during the country's worst storm in decades.
Typhoon Hagibis brought heavy rain and winds of 225km/h (140mph) to Japan at the weekend, killing 72 people.
But when two homeless men tried to use a shelter in Tokyo, they were turned away as they did not have addresses.

North, South Korea's World Cup Qualifier in Empty Stadium | Time

North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang. Specific details of the game weren’t immediately available. South Korean soccer officials were unable to watch a telecast of the historic game at Kim Il Sung Stadium and South Korean spectators and media were denied entry.

Father goes to bury dead baby, finds alive infant girl buried inside earthen pot

A newborn girl was found buried alive inside an earthen pot in a cremation ground in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly.
The infant was found and rescued on Saturday by a man who had gone to bury his daughter.

NASA shows off patriotic new spacesuits for moon and Mars astronauts - CNET

The space agency broadcast a demonstration of new spacesuit designs for the Artemis moon mission at a Tuesday press conference, where NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine hosted a dramatic catwalk-style unveiling of the new suits.
The public event showcased two prototypes. The orange Orion Crew Survival System suit is meant to be worn during launch and reentry on board the Orion spacecraft. The red, white and blue Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) is for moonwalking.

Facebook forms its cryptocurrency council after key backers drop out

Facebook’s embattled cryptocurrency project has just announced its 21 founding members, a group that lacks many of the high-profile companies that originally voiced support for the effort.
The members, including Uber, Lyft and Spotify, met in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday to sign onto the Libra Association charter, which will govern the libra cryptocurrency.

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英国女王「最優先は10月末のEU離脱」 英議会で演説:朝日新聞デジタル


CNN.co.jp : トランプ大統領、対トルコ制裁を発表 議会や軍からの批判受け


トランプ氏が報道関係者や政敵を虐殺? ホワイトハウスがフェイク動画を非難:AFPBB News

米ホワイトハウス(White House)は14日、ドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)大統領になぞらえた人物が報道関係者や政敵を虐殺するフェイク動画が支持者の集会で流されたことについて、トランプ氏が「強く非難している」と発表した。
 問題の動画は、トランプ氏がフロリダ州に所有するリゾート地の一つで支持者が開いた集会で流された。2014年の米スパイ映画『キングスマン(Kingsman: The Secret Service)』の1シーンを加工し、頭の部分にトランプ氏の画像を重ねられた人物が、「フェイク(偽)ニュースの教会(Church of Fake News)」の中で発砲し、次々に人を殺していく内容。

スコットランドの台風めぐる発言を検証へ、法的措置示唆にWR「残念」:AFPBB News

ワールドラグビー(World Rugby)は15日、超大型の台風19号(アジア名:ハギビス、Hagibis)の影響でW杯日本大会(Rugby World Cup 2019)のプール突破が懸かる試合が中止になった場合、法的措置も辞さないとしていたスコットランドチームの発言に関して、紛争委員会に持ち込む方針を示した。

流行中の「ランチパック」を英BBCまで紹介 元イングランド代表が堪能「これは芸術品」 | THE ANSWER


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News Headlines - 14 October 2019

South Korean Justice Minister Cho Kuk quits post amid scandal | The Japan Times

Embattled South Korean Justice Minister Cho Kuk resigned Monday as a scandal swirled over academic privileges allegedly given to his children... Cho’s relatives have been at the center of probes involving educational privileges allegedly granted to his children, and also investments in an equity fund suspected of dubious operations.
Cho’s wife, Chung Kyung-sim, a university professor, has been indicted for allegedly forging a college award for their daughter, with a trial slated to begin Friday.
His two children have also been questioned by prosecutors.

SNP holds firm as pressure grows for second independence vote | Financial Times

Leaders of the Scottish National party on Sunday easily fended off a challenge to their strategy for a second independence referendum from SNP members impatient at the lack of progress on the issue amid the UK’s political chaos.
Delegates to the three-day SNP conference in Aberdeen voted overwhelmingly against a highly unusual attempt at its opening session to change its agenda to allow debate on an independence “Plan B”.
Under the proposal, the SNP would treat an election victory for pro-independence parties as a mandate to start negotiating independence with the UK government if Westminster continued to refuse to approve a second Scottish referendum on the issue.

Spain jails separatist leaders for up to 13 years for 2017 Catalan independence bid | The Independent

Spain has jailed nine Catalan separatist politicians over a failed 2017 declaration of independence for Catalonia.
The country’s supreme court on Monday sentenced the leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison after finding them guilty of sedition... The longest prison sentence of 13 years went to former Catalan deputy leader Oriol Junqueras. Four of the politicians were also convicted of misuse of public funds.

New German rules leave 5G telecoms door open to Huawei - Reuters

Germany has finalised rules for the build-out of 5G mobile networks that, in a snub to the United States, will not exclude China’s Huawei Technologies.
Government officials confirmed that Germany’s so-called security catalogue foresaw an evaluation of technical and other criteria, but that no single vendor would be barred in order to create a level playing field for equipment vendors.

5 detained over deadly knife attack at Paris police HQ | The Times of Israel

French police on Monday detained five people linked to a radicalized employee at the Paris police headquarters who killed four colleagues in a knife attack earlier this month, sources said.
Police staged raids at three locations in the northern suburbs of Paris, judicial sources and those close to the investigation said, confirming a report by the broadcaster RTL.
Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert, stabbed to death four colleagues at the police headquarters on October 3 before being shot and killed.

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シリア北部から撤退、トランプ氏指示 米国防長官明かす:朝日新聞デジタル


ノーベル経済学賞、米の大学の3氏に 貧困との戦い前進:朝日新聞デジタル


Blizzard、香港発言プレイヤーのペナルティを軽減し、「中国への配慮ではない」と説明 - ITmedia NEWS


日本が初のベスト8 強豪スコットランド破り4連勝で決勝Tへ | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 13 October 2019

Saudi Arabia says it is not behind Iranian tanker struck in Red Sea - Reuters

A Saudi minister said on Sunday that Riyadh was not behind a suspected strike against an Iranian-owned oil tanker in the Red Sea, which Iranian state-run television said was hit on Friday by missiles but denied reports they came from Saudi Arabia.

SoftBank Seeking to Take Control of WeWork Through Financing Package - WSJ

SoftBank Group Corp. has prepared a financing package that would give it control of WeWork and further sideline its founder Adam Neumann in exchange for relieving the shared-office startup’s looming cash crunch, according to people familiar with the matter.

Woman falls to death in rescue operation | NHK WORLD

A woman in her 70s has died after accidentally falling from a helicopter in a rescue operation for Typhoon Hagibis.
The Tokyo Fire Department has apologized for the accident, saying that rescuers forgot to attach the hook of her safety harness.
The accident occurred at around 10 a.m. on Sunday in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. The 77-year-old woman fell from a height of 40 meters, and was confirmed dead after being taken to hospital.

Chequered flag shown one lap early at Japanese Grand Prix, investigation begins - The National

World motorsport body Fia launched an investigation after the chequered flag was shown a lap early at Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.
The error means that under Formula One rules the finishing positions and points will be calculated at the end of lap 52, and not the full race distance of 53 laps at Suzuka.
It turned out to be good news for Racing Point's Sergio Perez who crashed at the start of lap 53 while in ninth position. As a result of the mistake, he is now classified as finishing and with two championship points.

Eriksson lifts lid on shocking row with Sir Alex Ferguson over Wayne Rooney World Cup 2006 inclusion | Daily Mail Online

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has lifted the lid on his extraordinary bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson after including an injured Wayne Rooney in his 2006 World Cup squad.
Rooney, then a Manchester United striker, famously fractured his metatarsal bone during a game against Chelsea shortly before the tournament in Germany.
The striker was considered a major doubt for the World Cup, but was rushed back to fitness in order to be named in Eriksson's 23-man squad... It was a decision that ruffled the feathers of the then United boss Ferguson, who was so furious he threatened to 'kill' Eriksson during a heated phone call between the two."

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Appleが修正したWindows版iTunesの脆弱性、ランサムウェアに悪用されていた - ITmedia エンタープライズ

セキュリティ企業のMorphisecは2019年10月10日、Appleが「Windows版のiTunes」(以下、iTunes for Windows)で修正した脆弱(ぜいじゃく)性について、以前からランサムウェアの「BitPaymer」に利用されていた「ゼロデイの脆弱性」だったことを明らかにした。



ノーベル賞作家の本持参で運賃無料 ポーランドの市公共交通 - 毎日新聞


ラグビーW杯 日本対スコットランド戦 今夜実施へ | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 12 October 2019

Typhoon Hagibis batters Tokyo with fierce winds, rain after making landfall - The Mainichi

Large and powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which made landfall on the Izu Peninsula in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka shortly before 7 p.m. on Oct. 12, reached Tokyo later in the evening, striking the capital with fierce winds and heavy rain.

Tears, grief mark 17th anniversary of Indonesia's Bali bombings | AFP.com

Hundreds of mourners and survivors on Saturday commemorated the 17th anniversary of the Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people on the Indonesian resort island, as Islamic militant attacks continue to plague the country.
Grieving families, attack survivors and representatives from several embassies laid flowers and lit incense sticks at a memorial in the popular tourist hub of Kuta, where radical Islamists detonated bombs in 2002.

Volkswagen Is Said to Consider a Lamborghini IPO or Sale - Bloomberg

Volkswagen AG is weighing options for its Lamborghini supercar brand, as the German manufacturer moves ahead with an overhaul aimed at more than doubling its market value and getting ahead of an expected industry shakeout, according to people familiar with the matter.
The options VW is mulling include a sale or stock listing, said the people, who asked not to be named because the deliberations are confidential and no decisions have been made.

Facebook's Libra Loses Mastercard, Visa in Cascade of Exits - Bloomberg

Facebook Inc.’s effort to create a cryptocurrency was dealt a blow on Friday after several key partners, including Mastercard Inc., Visa Inc., EBay Inc., Stripe Inc. and Mercado Pago, abandoned the project. The defections followed fierce criticism from global regulators and lawmakers, and have prompted some industry-watchers to question whether the Libra program can survive.
The news comes days before the Libra Association, the group that will oversee the digital currency, prepares to convene its members and ask them to sign a charter agreement. The meeting is slated to take place on Monday in Geneva.

Syrian Observatory: 30 civilians killed in Turkish offensive - Reuters

The civilian death toll resulting from Turkey’s offensive into northern Syria has risen to 30, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

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米中貿易協議が部分合意、15日関税上乗せ先送り-来月署名目指す - Bloomberg


EU資金の支出誤り、昨年は40億ユーロ超と推計=欧州会計検査院 - ロイター






「ムーランルージュ」130周年、花火の下でフレンチカンカン:AFPBB News

パリ・モンマルトル(Montmartre)にある老舗キャバレー「ムーランルージュ(Moulin Rouge)」が6日、オープンからちょうど130年を迎え、大勢の人が集まる中、盛大な花火とフレンチカンカンの踊りが披露された。……ムーランルージュはエッフェル塔(Eiffel Tower)が完成したのと同じ1889年にオープン。……1回2時間のショーが毎晩2回行われる。週7日1年365日を通じてチケットはほぼ完売。ショーの観客は、観光客と地元住民がおよそ半分ずつとなっている。

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News Headlines - 11 October 2019

Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins - BBC News

The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made peace last year with bitter foe Eritrea.
He was awarded the prize for his efforts to "achieve peace and international cooperation".
Mr Abiy's peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.

EU challenges Poland over judicial independence | The Guardian

Poland is being taken to the EU’s highest court over a law said to violate the principle of judicial independence.
Just three days before parliamentary elections on Sunday, the European commission announced it was referring Poland to the European court of justice over its disciplinary regime for Polish judges.
Under the law Polish judges can be investigated and sanctioned for their court rulings.

Principal apologizes about case of bullied teacher | NHK WORLD

The principal of a public elementary school in the city of Kobe, western Japan, has apologized about a case of a teacher who was repeatedly bullied by four other teachers at the school. She said she decided to remove the four teachers from their official duties... A male teacher in his 20s at Higashi Suma Elementary School was reportedly bullied by three male colleagues in their 30s and a female colleague in her 40s. He is said to have been forced to eat extremely spicy curry on multiple occasions while being physically restrained.

New £20 note featuring painter Turner revealed as Bank of England’s most secure | The Independent

The Bank of England has unveiled the design of the new £20 note, which features the painter JMW Turner as announced previously. The bank said it will be its most secure note yet.
The hard-wearing polymer note, which will be issued from 20 February 2020, has two windows and a two-colour foil. This design, used for the first time, makes the note very difficult to counterfeit, the central bank said on Thursday.
The new note, like the polymer £10, will also contain a tactile feature to help vision-impaired people identify the denomination.

Humpback whale found dead in Thames was hit by a ship | The Guardian

A humpback whale that died after swimming into the Thames was hit by a ship, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has said.
However, it is not clear whether the wound on the juvenile female was inflicted before or after its death.

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ルノー、ボロレCEOの解任を決定 ゴーン時代と決別:日本経済新聞


トヨタ・GM・アームなどが自動運転で連携 システム共通化へ - ロイター


英ダイソン、電気自動車開発を中止 「商業的に実現不可能」 - BBCニュース


ノーベル化学賞に輝いた電池技術、負の側面にも留意を - ロイター


米政府、巨大ITを保護 日米協定に訴訟回避条項 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 10 October 2019

Arrest warrant for Nobel winner Yunus - The Japan News

Bangladeshi economist and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has been issued with an arrest warrant after failing to appear at a hearing over the sacking of workers at a company he heads, officials said Thursday.
A judge at a court in Dhaka issued the order Wednesday as sacked workers from Grameen Communications (GC) lodged a complaint saying they were fired because they set up a trade union, court clerk M. Nuruzzaman told AFP.
Yunus, who is chairman of GC, did not attend the hearing, as he was abroad. The chief executive officer and a senior manager at the company appeared at the court and secured bail, Nuruzzaman said.

Nissan Warns U.K. Plant Unviable If Brexit Triggers Tariffs - Bloomberg

Nissan Motor Co. issued its starkest warning yet against a no-deal Brexit, saying any tariffs on auto exports to the European Union are likely to render its U.K. operations unviable.
The imposition of World Trade Organisation rules with a 10% duty on U.K.-built cars shipped to the EU would be impossible to offset through cost cuts, Nissan Europe Chairman Gianluca de Ficchy said Thursday at the company’s Sunderland factory in northeast England.
While it is impossible to say how disruptive a hard Brexit would be, the impact of tariffs is more certain and would put the future of Britain’s biggest auto plant in doubt, De Ficchy said.

Yoshitomo Nara's decade-old doodles at East Village dive bar could be worth millions

A Japanese pop artist tipsily scribbled on the walls of an East Village dive bar a decade ago - and the mural could now be worth millions.
The value of Yoshitomo Nara’s doodles at Alphabet City hipster mecca Niagara skyrocketed after his painting “Knife Behind Back” sold for $25 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Sunday, shattering his previous sale record.

V&A hosts Europe's first major exhibition on kimono | The Guardian

A rare 17th century treasure from Kyoto, the costume worn by Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and an haute couture gown designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior will be among the exhibits in Europe’s first major exhibition on the kimono, the ultimate symbol of Japan... The story of the kimono traces Japanese society from the style-conscious celebrity culture of 19th century Japan in which kabuki actors and courtesans were, says Jackson, “the heartthrobs and fashion icons of the day” to its disappearance from daily life in postwar Japan, where it become a codified costume mothballed in nostalgia and unwrapped only for special occasions.

Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to Sun | The Guardian

Coleen Rooney has claimed to have caught another footballer’s wife passing her private information to the Sun, after apparently running an elaborate sting operation that involved placing false stories in the tabloid newspaper.
Rooney, an online influencer who is married to the former England international Wayne Rooney, said she was forced to act after a series of posts on her private social media account appeared in the media. She has publicly accused Rebekah Vardy, the wife of fellow England footballer Jamie Vardy, of being the individual who was leaking the private information.

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トルコ軍、対クルド作戦でシリア侵攻 民間人に死者:AFPBB News

トルコは9日、シリア北部のクルド人勢力に対する軍事作戦を開始した。国境地帯では空爆や砲撃に続き地上部隊が越境作戦を開始。数千人の住民が避難しているほか、在英NGOのシリア人権監視団(Syrian Observatory for Human Rights)によるとトルコ軍の爆撃により民間人8人を含む少なくとも15人が死亡した。
 トルコのレジェプ・タイップ・エルドアン(Recep Tayyip Erdogan)大統領はツイッター(Twitter)で、「平和の春作戦」と銘打った攻勢の開始を発表。トルコ国防省によると、同国軍は同日夜に地上作戦を開始した。

独ユダヤ教施設で銃撃、2人死亡 ネットに犯行動画:AFPBB News

ドイツ東部ハレ(Halle)で9日、シナゴーグ(ユダヤ教の会堂)などを狙った銃撃事件があり、少なくとも2人が死亡した。同日はユダヤ教の祭日「大贖罪(しょくざい)日(ヨム・キプール、Yom Kippur)」。銃撃犯は襲撃の様子を撮影し、インターネット上に投稿していた。

ノーベル文学賞に欧州の2氏 - 産経ニュース


ラグビーW杯、2試合中止を決定 日本戦は13日判断:朝日新聞デジタル


大坂なおみが日本国籍選択 来年の東京五輪に向け手続き - SANSPO.COM(サンスポ)


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News Headlines - 09 October 2019

Kansai Electric's top two executives to resign over graft scandal - Reuters

Kansai Electric Power Co Inc’s chairman and president said on Wednesday they would resign to take responsibility for a graft scandal that has rocked Japan’s second-largest utility, in a reversal of their stated intention to stay on.
The announcement comes only a week after the pair said they would remain in their roles to regain trust after revelations that 20 company officials had received payments and gifts worth $3 million from a local government official.

A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5-Haptics, UI Facelift, and More | WIRED

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan is still ready to answer it. The console, he tells me, will be called PlayStation 5. "It's nice to be able to say it," he says. "Like a giant burden has been lifted from my shoulders."
So. There you go. PlayStation 5, holidays 2020.
Sony hasn't said too much about the console since April, when WIRED broke the story about development efforts on what was then known only as the "next-gen console." In fact, the company hasn't said anything.

Tiffany removes photo after Chinese consumers accused jeweller of supporting Hong Kong protests | Daily Mail Online

Tiffany & Co. have removed a tweet showing a woman covering one eye after Chinese consumers accused the jeweller of supporting the Hong Kong protesters.
The photo posted on Monday showed Chinese model Sun Feifei wearing a Tiffany ring on her right hand as she covers her right eye.
Angry Chinese buyers believed it was a deliberate echo of the pose adopted by Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators to denounce police violence in the semi-autonomous city after protesters were struck in the eye.

Samuel Little: FBI confirms 'most prolific' US serial killer - BBC News

The FBI has confirmed an imprisoned murderer who confessed to 93 murders over four decades is the most prolific serial killer in US history.
Police have matched Samuel Little, 79, to 50 cases from 1970 to 2005 thus far.
He has been serving life in prison since 2012 for the murders of three women.

Judge's order releasing Trump's tax returns and blasting 'repugnant' immunity claim put on hold - Reuters

A federal judge on Monday said eight years of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns must be provided to Manhattan prosecutors, forcefully rejecting the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigations.
Trump’s returns will not be turned over immediately, after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan granted the president’s request to temporarily block the order, handed down by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero.

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吉野彰氏にノーベル化学賞 リチウムイオン電池を開発 - 産経ニュース




日本人向け「北方領土観光ツアー」延期 「ロシア側の事情」で - 毎日新聞




スウェーデン国王、孫5人を王室から除名 「増え過ぎ」の声うけ - BBCニュース


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News Headlines - 08 October 2019

Brexit: Deal essentially impossible, No 10 source says after PM-Merkel call - BBC News

A No 10 source has said a Brexit deal is "essentially impossible" after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel.
Boris Johnson and the German chancellor spoke earlier about the proposals he had put forward to the EU - but the source said she made clear a deal based on them was "overwhelmingly unlikely"... But the BBC's Adam Fleming said there was "scepticism" within the EU that Mrs Merkel would have used such language.

Trump wishes Abe 'a very happy birthday' - on day of Putin's birth | The Japan Times

U.S. President Donald Trump wished Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his golf buddy and close ally, a “very happy birthday” on Monday, at the start of a formal signing ceremony for his country’s recently reached trade deal with Japan.
But there was just one problem - Abe’s birthday is on Sept. 21.
Rather, Monday was the birthday of another leader often associated with Trump: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Nissan Names a C.E.O., Makoto Uchida, to Lead Post-Ghosn Era - The New York Times

In a surprise announcement, Nissan said Tuesday that it had selected a new chief executive to lead the embattled Japanese automaker as it tries to recover from deteriorating profits and crumbling leadership.
The new chief, Makoto Uchida, has worked at the company since 2003 and was named to lead its China operations last year. China is considered a key market for Nissan.

Controversial Japan art exhibit reopens with tighter controls - The Mainichi

The exhibition titled "After 'Freedom of Expression?'" will be open for seven days through next Monday, the last day of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival in which it is included.
It showcases 23 works including the statue symbolizing women, many of them Korean, who were recruited to work in Japan's wartime military brothels against their will, as well as a piece on the Japanese imperial system.
The tighter security measures include baggage inspections with metal detectors. The exhibit had been canceled three days after the Aug. 1 opening, with organizers citing security reasons after receiving numerous complaints and threats.

Extremely large typhoon draws bead on Japan, could hit main islands this weekend | The Japan Times

The extremely large Typhoon Hagibis is gaining force over the Pacific south of Japan and is forecast to approach the main islands of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu during the upcoming three-day weekend, the Meteorological Agency said.
On Tuesday, the agency urged caution and called for early preparations in anticipation of the season’s 19th typhoon hitting the country’s main islands.

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日米、貿易協定に正式署名 20年1月にも発効 :日本経済新聞


トランプ大統領 米軍シリア撤退方針で釈明 与党内からも反発 | NHKニュース


イラン系ハッカー集団、米大統領選など標的にサイバー攻撃 マイクロソフト発表:AFPBB News


ラスベガス銃乱射、米MGMが855億円で遺族と和解 :日本経済新聞


欧米の3人にノーベル物理学賞 宇宙の構造解明で - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 07 October 2019

US troops start pullout in Syria as Turkey prepares operation | Al Jazeera

US troops began withdrawing from northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion that Kurdish fighters say will overturn the victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group.
Washington's forces "will not support or be involved in the [Turkish] operation" and "will no longer be in the immediate area", White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
It was not clear whether that meant the United States would withdraw its 1,000 or so troops completely from northern Syria.

GE to freeze, pre-pay pensions to save up to $8 billion, cut debt - Reuters

General Electric Co said on Monday it would freeze pensions for about 20,000 salaried U.S. employees and take other related moves to help the ailing conglomerate cut debt and reduce its retirement fund deficit by up to $8 billion.
Analysts said the move would largely offset the rise in GE’s pension obligations due to lower interest rates and was in line with other steps Chief Executive Officer Larry Culp has taken over the past year to raise cash and pare down $105.8 billion in debt.

Facebook to be subject to tougher controls after EU court ruling | The Guardian

Facebook will be subject to tougher controls over online content after the EU’s highest court ruled the social media company can be ordered by member states to remove defamatory material worldwide... The decision followed a complaint by the Austrian Green politician Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek to Facebook Ireland - the company’s European headquarters - seeking the removal of comments posted by a user.

Outrage as effigy of teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg is found hanging from a bridge in Rome - The Sun

AN effigy of climate activist Greta Thunberg found hanging off a bridge in Rome has been branded “shameful” by the city’s mayor.
The dummy reportedly had a sign saying “Greta Is Your God” on it and had pigtails attached, mirroring the hairstyle of the climate activist.

Philippine President Duterte says he has chronic neuromuscular disorder - Reuters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has a chronic neuromuscular disorder called myasthenia gravis that is causing one of his eyelids to droop.
Duterte made the comment about his condition while speaking on Saturday to the Filipino community in Russia, where he was on a working visit.

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ポルトガル総選挙、与党が第1党 首相続投の公算 :日本経済新聞


コソボ議会選、野党が勝利 連立政権協議が焦点  :日本経済新聞


ウクライナ疑惑で2人目の告発者、弁護士が確認-トランプ氏弾劾調査 - Bloomberg


暗号資産リブラから米ペイパル離脱 主要な創業メンバー:朝日新聞デジタル




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News Headlines - 06 October 2019

Over 100 Dead, Thousands Wounded in Iraq as Unrest Continues | Time

Seven anti-government demonstrators were killed Sunday in ongoing protests in the capital Baghdad, the latest fatalities in six days of clashes that have left more than 100 dead and thousands wounded... In the first official statement from the government accounting for the violence, Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said Sunday that 104 people had been killed in the six days of unrest, including eight members of the security forces, and more than 6,000 wounded.

Chinese soldiers in Hong Kong warn protesters as emergency rules fail to quell unrest - Reuters

Protesters concealed their faces in defiance of colonial-era emergency laws invoked by the authorities on Friday, which banned face masks. Protesters face a maximum of one year in jail for breaking the mask ban.
Police made their first arrests under the new rules, detaining scores of people. Officers tied their wrists with cable and unmasked their faces before placing them on buses. Some protesters lay in foetal positions on the ground, their wrists tied behind their backs, after being subdued with pepper spray and batons.

Manhattan real estate prices take biggest tumble since Great Recession

Prices for Manhattan real estate took their biggest plunge since the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report.
The average sale price for a Manhattan apartment fell 14% in the third quarter, according to a report from Douglas Elliman and Miller Samuel. That was the steepest drop since 2010, when the city was still in the grips of the financial crisis, according to Jonathan Miller, CEO of Miller Samuel, the appraisal and research firm.
The average price of a Manhattan apartment is still not cheap - falling to $1.7 million. But brokers and real estate analysts say there is little sign of a bottom after nearly two years of declines.

The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ Returns to Top 3 on Billboard 200 Chart After Nearly 50 Years | Billboard

The Beatles’ former No. 1 album Abbey Road zooms back into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since 1970, as the set vaults from No. 71 to No. 3 after the album was reissued on Sept. 27 to commemorate its 50th anniversary. It earned 81,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 3 (up 803%) with 70,000 of that sum in album sales (up 3,091%).

Prince George jumps for joy as royals watch Aston Villa win | Sky News

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pictured cheering on Aston Villa with their parents on Saturday afternoon.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took the youngsters to the away match at Carrow Road and saw their side win 5-1.

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英スコットランド首都で独立派が大規模デモ、旧市街を行進:AFPBB News


英王室初の同性婚から1年、本人が明かす王室メンバーの反応(The Telegraph)


米HP、今後3年間で最大9000人削減へ  - WSJ


物議を醸した映画『ジョーカー』、全米が本作に震撼した理由 | Rolling Stone Japan(ローリングストーン ジャパン)

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News Headlines - 05 October 2019

North Korea breaks off nuclear talks with U.S. in Sweden - Reuters

Working-level nuclear talks in Sweden between officials from Pyongyang and Washington have broken off, North Korea’s top negotiator said late on Saturday, dashing prospects for an end to months of stalemate.
The talks, at an isolated conference center on the outskirts of Stockholm, were the first such formal discussion since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and agreed to restart negotiations that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February.

China brands Hong Kong protests a 'colour revolution', experts expect more hardline approach soon - The Straits Times

The protests in Hong Kong are a "Hong Kong-version of a colour revolution" and cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely, China has said in its harshest comments yet on the violence in the city.
The comments from the central government's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) signal a turning point and show that Beijing's patience is wearing thin, said experts who believe they could herald increasingly hardline actions from the mainland in the days ahead.
On Friday (Oct 4), Hong Kong's embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers to ban face masks at public protests, effective Saturday.

Death toll from KyoAni fire rises to 36 | NHK WORLD

The death toll in the arson attack on a Kyoto Animation studio in July rose to 36 on Friday.
Police say a woman in her 20s died from her burns in hospital. The victim was a studio employee and had been on the first floor of the building at the time of the attack.
She suffered burns all over her body before escaping the building.

Six elephants die at Khao Yai waterfall

A team of park officials who were pushing elephants back into the forest from Highway 3077 in Prachin Buri heard loud elephant calls coming from Samor Poon creek near the waterfall at around 3am on Saturday.
At around 6am, they went to check and found an elephant calf, aged around 3 years, drowned on the first tier of the waterfall. Two elephants were spotted trying to help the calf. They looked exhausted.
The officials went down to the area below the waterfall and found five more elephants drowned, said Khanchit Srinoppawan, chief of the national park.

Nigeria's royal tortoise said to have lived to the age of 344 in Oyo state - BBC News

A royal palace in Nigeria has announced that its resident tortoise has died following a short illness, saying it was a remarkable 344 years old.
The tortoise, named Alagba, meaning elderly one, lived in the palace of Ogbomoso in Oyo state... The revered reptile was apparently brought to the palace by the kingdom's third leader, Isan Okumoyede, who reigned from 1770 to 1797.
However, Isan Okumoyede reigned just over 200 years ago. This means the tortoise would have already been 100 when she was found, for her to have reached the grand old age of 344.

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ロシア、北朝鮮漁船を相次ぎ摘発 570人以上の乗組員拘束 - 毎日新聞


16歳の活動家グレタさん プーチン大統領の批判に強く反発 | NHKニュース


「iPhoneのせいで同性愛者に」、ロシア人男性がアップルを提訴:AFPBB News


第2次大戦時の爆撃機、米国の空港施設に衝突 7人死亡:朝日新聞デジタル


バンクシー作品で過去最高額 「猿の議会」絵画に13億円:AFPBB News

議員の代わりにチンパンジーが着席している英議会を描いた英国の覆面ストリートアーティスト、バンクシー(Banksy)の絵画が3日、競売に掛けられ、バンクシー作品で過去最高額となる約990万ポンド(約13億円)で落札された。……「退化した議会(Devolved Parliament)」と題された2009年作の絵画は、13分間にわたって10人による入札合戦が繰り広げられた後、987万9500ポンドで落札された。

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News Headlines - 04 October 2019

Hong Kong Invokes Emergency Powers to Ban Masks at Protests - Bloomberg

Hong Kong invoked emergency powers for the first time in more than half a century to ban face masks for protesters after months of unrest, prompting demonstrators to occupy downtown streets.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday the move was necessary to stem increased violence in recent weeks, including attacks by protesters using petrol bombs, corrosive liquids and other weapons. The prohibition on face masks will deter violence and help police enforce the law, she said, adding that the measure didn’t mean Hong Kong was under a state of emergency.

Tokyo court rules against 2016 deportation order for 'Cove' dolphin activist Ric O'Barry | The Japan Times

The Tokyo District Court ruled Thursday against a government deportation order issued to a U.S. activist opposing dolphin hunts when he tried to enter Japan three years ago... According to the ruling, O’Barry sought to enter Japan on Jan. 18, 2016, at Narita International Airport for sightseeing but was denied entry.
He was deported on Feb. 5 after his appeal to enter the country was turned down.

Brexit: Boris Johnson will send extension letter - court document - BBC News

Boris Johnson will send a letter to the EU asking for a Brexit delay if no deal is agreed by 19 October, according to government papers submitted to a Scottish court.
The document was revealed as campaigners sought a ruling forcing the PM to comply with the law... But the prime minister said the UK would still be leaving on 31 October, deal or no deal, "but no delay".

The first marijuana cafe in the U.S. opens in Los Angeles, weed available at Lowell Farms - CBS News

The first-ever cannabis cafe in the U.S. has officially opened in Los Angeles. The Lowell Cafe declared an end to "prohibition" as it opened the doors of the West Hollywood weed haven to the public Tuesday... Lowell Cafe is a hybrid weed lounge and restaurant where you can order up some pot along with your meal. The cafe boasts a "Dab Bar" for the more experienced cannabis consumer as well as a "Flower House" with hosts who can help customers, including novices, choose their perfect "flower."

Ethiopian 18th-century crown hidden for 21 years in Dutch flat to be returned | Sky News

An Ethiopian crown from the 18th century is to be returned to its home country after being hidden in a flat in the Netherlands for 21 years.
Ethiopian Sirak Asfaw fled to the Dutch port city of Rotterdam as a political refugee in the late 1970s and discovered the crown in a visitor's suitcase.
Mr Asfaw confronted the visitor about it when he realised it was stolen and has protected it since, but now feels it is safe to return the crown to Ethiopian authorities.

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東京新聞:米、対EU25%報復関税 WTO承認受け、18日発動へ


イスラエル検察、汚職疑惑 ネタニヤフ首相弁護団への聴取開始 TBS NEWS


パリ警視庁本部で職員が同僚4人刺殺 - BBCニュース


米ハーバード大、入学者選考のアジア系差別訴訟で勝訴:AFPBB News

米国の連邦裁判所は1日、ハーバード大学(Harvard University)がアジア系米国人の志願者を差別していると訴えられた民事裁判で、同大が入学者選考で人種を考慮に入れているのは適切だとして原告の主張を退けた。……裁判は保守派の白人活動家エドワード・ブラム(Edward Blum)氏が率いる団体「SFFA(Students for Fair Admissions)」が2014年に起こしたもの。……この裁判の判決はかねて注目を集めてきた。アリソン・デール・バローズ(Allison Dale Burroughs)判事は、ハーバード大の選考手続きは完璧とは言えないものの、現時点では、同大が多様な学生層を形成するために志願者の人種を考慮に入れるのは適切であるとの判断を示した。

ドミンゴ氏がLAオペラ総監督辞任、セクハラ告発で「責務果たせず」 - ロイター


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News Headlines - 03 October 2019

Shot Hong Kong protester prosecuted for assaulting police, rioting

The high school student who was shot by police during a clash on Tuesday was prosecuted for assaulting police and rioting, according to police Thursday.
Tsang Chi-kin, 18, the first victim shot at by police with a live round since the anti-government demonstrations began in June, and six other men were being prosecuted in court for rioting and other crimes in relation to the Tuesday protest... The male teenager was critically wounded in the chest when he was shot by a riot police officer at close proximity, but he has been in stable condition since Wednesday after surgery, according to local media.

Cambodian court convicts 2 Japanese in murder of taxi driver - The Mainichi

Two Japanese men in their 20s were on Thursday convicted in the murder of a taxi driver in Cambodia's northwestern province of Siem Reap earlier this year and sentenced to at least a decade in prison.
Handing down the verdict, Um Chanthol, presiding judge of the Siem Reap Provincial Court, meted out a 13-year term to Ryuji Nakakuki and a 10-year term to his friend Reimon Ishida.
The pair were also ordered to pay compensation of 100 million riels (about $25,000) to the bereaved family.

North Korea says it test fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile - CNN

North Korea said it test fired a new type of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang and Washington agreed to resume nuclear talks.
The launch marks a departure from the tests of shorter range missiles North Korea has carried out in recent months.
State-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the new-type of SLBM was a "Pukguksong-3."

Appeals court orders former French president Sarkozy to stand trial for illegal campaign financing

France’s highest appeals court on Tuesday rejected a bid by former President Nicolas Sarkozy to avoid facing trial over the alleged illegal financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012.
The decision by the French “Cour de Cassation” means the case will now return to prosecutors who will decide whether Sarkozy should be tried. He denies any wrongdoing.

Trump administration targets Russians over attempted 2018 election interference - CBS News

The Trump administration has issued new sanctions against Russia over attempted interference in the 2018 midterm elections, a move that comes as the president faces increased pressure from an impeachment inquiry over his call with Ukraine's president. The new sanctions are the first imposed under an executive order the president signed a year ago warning countries against interfering in elections.

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英首相のEU離脱最終提案、ポイントは何か - ロイター


米民主党のサンダース氏が手術 胸に痛み、選挙運動を中断 | 共同通信




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News Headlines - 02 October 2019

Hong Kong protests: Rubber bullet blinds journalist in one eye - BBC News

An Indonesian journalist has been left permanently blinded in her right eye by a rubber bullet said to have been fired by police during unrest in Hong Kong.
Veby Mega Indah was covering protests in the Chinese territory on Sunday when the bullet hit protective glasses she was wearing, her lawyer says.

Kansai Electric details nuclear execs' acceptance of massive gifts - The Mainichi

Kansai Electric Power Co. said Wednesday two executives who were responsible for its nuclear business both received more than 100 million yen ($929,000) as gifts from a former official of a town hosting one of its nuclear plants, as the utility disclosed additional information on the money scandal involving more than a dozen officials.
The disclosure has re-exposed the collusive ties between Japan's nuclear industry and government officials. Of the 318.45 million yen worth of gifts 20 people at Kansai Electric received, the largest amount of 123.67 million yen went to managing executive officer Satoshi Suzuki, followed by 110.57 million yen for former deputy president Hideki Toyomatsu, the company said.

Aichi Triennale exhibition may trigger legal battle | NHK WORLD

The Japanese government decided to withhold planned subsidies for the Aichi Triennale international art festival underway in the central part of the country. It made the announcement shortly after one of the exhibitions, a statue symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women, was closed following controversy.
Aichi Governor Hideaki Ohmura, who heads the organizing committee, says the decision is unacceptable. He suggested he will take the case to court.

U.S. Stocks Drop on Worries About Growth - WSJ

U.S. stocks fell sharply for a second consecutive session Wednesday as worries intensified about slowing U.S. manufacturing activity that could presage a possible economic downturn.
The start of the fourth quarter has tested investors’ confidence-the Dow Jones Industrial Average has slumped about 840 points, or 3.1%, over the past two sessions. The blue-chip index has now given up what were already meager gains over the prior 12 months, a period that encompassed both last year’s fourth-quarter rout and this year’s bounceback.
Despite a plethora of concerns this year-a U.S.-China trade war, uncertainty over the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate path, and a slowdown in corporate earnings-U.S. investors consistently bet on continuing economic growth, even as markets overseas faltered.

Microsoft unveils Surface Duo folding smartphone

Microsoft made a surprise announcement Wednesday of a new two-screened Android smartphone, the Surface Duo. The device will launch in late 2020, in time for the holiday season. No pricing details were announced.
The device features two side-by-side 5.6-inch displays that are connected by a 360-degree hinge. Once it’s folded up, the Duo is small enough that it can fit in your pocket.

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EU離脱協定「最終」案、2日に提示へ 英首相官邸:AFPBB News

ボリス・ジョンソン(Boris Johnson)英首相は2日、英国の欧州連合(EU)離脱(ブレグジット、Brexit)に関する新たな協定案を提示する。英首相官邸が明らかにした。新協定案は「最終提案」となり、代替案は合意なき離脱となるという。……ジョンソン氏は、新たな協定案にアイルランドとの国境沿いでの税関検査が盛り込まれるとの報道を否定。一方で、英国がEUの関税同盟と単一市場を脱退すれば、税関検査はいずれ「ただの現実」になると認めた。

ウクライナ東部に特別自治権 紛争めぐりロシアと合意:朝日新聞デジタル


抗議デモで実刑判決のロシア俳優、二審で減刑 世論反発が影響か TBS NEWS


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News Headlines - 01 October 2019

18-year-old Hong Kong student shot in the left shoulder amid protest - The Straits Times

A Hong Kong police officer shot a protester with a live round on Tuesday (Oct 1) after his unit was attacked by demonstrators in Tsuen Wan district during sustained clashes in the city, a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the shot hit the shoulder of an 18-year-old man.
The wounded man received initial first aid from officers before paramedics arrived, and was then taken to Princess Margaret Hospital. He was later transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and underwent surgery. His parents were at the hospital, and sources said the bullet was removed from the man.

China displays new nuclear missiles to mark 70 years of Communist rule

China has displayed new nuclear missiles in a show of military strength to mark 70 years of Communist rule.
In a parade in Beijing to mark seven decades since the founding of Communist China, two new nuclear missiles were on display.
One, the Dongfeng-41, is believed to have a range of up to 9,400 miles, which would make it the world’s longest-range military missile.

Japan's consumers and workers struggle to adjust on first day of consumption tax hike | The Japan Times

With the consumption tax rate rising from 8 percent to 10 percent Tuesday but with different rates for food and other daily items, consumers and store workers struggled to adjust.
Under a system intended to lighten the burden on low income households, tax rates for foods vary depending on where items are consumed. A meal eaten in a shop or restaurant is now taxed at 10 percent, but the rate remains at the previous 8 percent for takeout food.

Announcing Paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

While many of you are well on your way to deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process. With that in mind, today we’re announcing the availability of paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023 for businesses of all sizes. Previously, Windows 7 ESU was only available to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing.
Starting on December 1, 2019, businesses of any size with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise will be able to purchase ESU through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. Solidify your role as a trusted advisor as you work with your customers to ensure they get the security they need while they make their way to Windows 10.

Rome offers free metro travel for plastic recyclers - Reuters

Rome is trying to become more environmentally friendly by offering free metro tickets to travelers who re-cycle plastic bottles using machines set up in three of the Italian capital’s stations.
The initiative, which was launched in July, has proved so popular that 350,000 bottles have been recycled. It will soon be extended across the metro network and run until July 2020, the city’s public transport company ATAC says.

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米下院委、ジュリアーニ氏に召喚状 ウクライナ疑惑で :日本経済新聞


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