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News Headlines - 31 December 2019

Putin weighs future options as he marks 20 years in power

As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks two decades in power , he boasts about his achievements but remains coy about his political future - a reticence that fuels wild speculation about his intentions.
Putin points to the revival of Russia’s global clout, industrial modernization, booming agricultural exports and a resurgent military as key results of his tenure that began on Dec. 31, 1999. On that day, Russia’s first President Boris Yeltsin abruptly stepped down and named the former KGB officer his successor, paving the way for his election three months later... Kremlin watchers are trying to predict what will happen after Putin’s current six-year term ends in 2024. They agree on one thing: Putin, Russia’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, will likely stay at the helm.

S. Korean prosecutors indict Moon's key ally over corruption - The Mainichi

South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday indicted a key ally of President Moon Jae-in on a dozen charges including bribery as they concluded a monthslong probe into a political scandal that rocked Seoul's liberal government and sparked huge protests.

China decouples from US in space with 2020 'GPS' completion - Nikkei Asian Review

China announced Friday that it is just months away from completing its Beidou satellite-based positioning system as it moves to reduce its reliance on America's GPS in both in telecommunications and for its military.
The final two satellites will be launched by June, completing the 35-satellite network, Ran Chengqi, spokesperson for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, told reporters in Beijing. The number of satellites in operation will trump the roughly 30 used by the U.S.-owned Global Positioning System.
From modern farming to smart ports to a text messaging service, China is trying to build an ecosystem independent of the GPS and open it to Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Three jailed in China's "gene-edited babies" trial - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Chinese researcher He Jiankui and two others on Monday were convicted of illegal medical practice in a first-instance trial held in a district court in south China's Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province.
In accordance with a ruling handed down by Nanshan District People's Court of Shenzhen City, He was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan (about 430,000 U.S. dollars) for illegally carrying out human embryo gene-editing intended for reproduction, in which three genetically edited babies were born.

Iraq president offers to quit after rejecting PM nominee

Iraq’s president refused on Thursday to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc and offered to resign, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests... Al-Eidani’s name was proposed on Wednesday by the Fatah bloc, which includes leaders associated with the Iran-supported paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces. His nomination was promptly rejected by Iraqi protesters who poured into the streets Wednesday demanding an independent candidate.

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「大脱走」 仏メディア、ゴーン被告出国に驚き伝える:朝日新聞デジタル


宇宙レーダー、不安噴出 防衛省、山口に建設中:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)

宇宙空間を漂う「ごみ」や「不審な人工衛星」から衛星を守るためとして、防衛省が宇宙を監視するレーダーを山口県に建設している。 同じ県内が候補地となっている地上配備型迎撃システム「イージス・アショア」の陰で静かに進み、米主導で宇宙の軍事利用に足を踏み入れつつある。

米、シーア派武装組織拠点を空爆 イラクの基地攻撃受け | 共同通信


英MI6、文書紛失で痛手 改装業者作成の間取り図 - 産経ニュース


ロンドン地下鉄の廃駅ツアー 地下に隠された驚きの世界:AFPBB News

映画のロケやコウモリの保護、ブロッコリー畑――「チューブ」の愛称で知られる英ロンドン地下鉄(London Underground)の廃駅が、さまざまに再利用されている。ロンドン交通博物館(London Transport Museum)では、地下に広がる驚きの世界をめぐるガイドツアー「Hidden London(隠されたロンドン)」を実施している。

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News Headlines - 30 December 2019

Pentagon Eyes Africa Drawdown as First Step in Global Troop Shift - The New York Times

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper is weighing proposals for a major reduction - or even a complete pullout - of American forces from West Africa as the first phase of reviewing global deployments that could reshuffle thousands of troops around the world, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations.
The discussions of a large-scale pullback from West Africa include abandoning a recently built $110 million drone base in Niger and ending assistance to French forces battling militants in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. The deliberations stem from a push to reduce post-9/11 missions battling terrorist groups, and instead to refocus Pentagon priorities on confronting so-called Great Powers like Russia and China.

False air raid siren causes brief chaos at US Army camp in South Korea

A US Army camp in South Korea mistakenly blasted out an emergency air raid siren Thursday night instead of the usual playing of taps - sparking alarm after threats from North Korea about a mysterious “Christmas gift” for President Trump, according to a report.
Taps, the bugler’s song played at military funerals, was supposed to be sounded at Camp Casey at 10 p.m., Army Lt. Col. Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for the 2nd Infantry Division, told Stars and Stripes.

False alarm: NHK reports nonexistent North Korean missile off Hokkaido | The Japan Times

NHK published an erroneous report saying a missile from North Korea appeared to have fallen into the Pacific Ocean east of Hokkaido early Friday but quickly corrected it, saying the message was posted on its website by accident.
Shortly after midnight Thursday, NHK posted an alert on its news website saying that the missile had landed in the Pacific an estimated 2,000 kilometers east of Cape Erimo in southern Hokkaido.
About 20 minutes later, the broadcaster corrected the message. NHK also said on a news program aired shortly after the report that the posted message was designed for training purposes and did not contain accurate information. It also apologized for the false alert.

Russia Frees 24 Japanese Fishermen Seized Near Disputed Islands | Voice of America

Russia has released five Japanese fishing boats and their 24 crewmen after detaining them for a week for allegedly violating fishing agreements near a group of disputed islands.
The five ships and their crews were accused of exceeding their catch quota for octopus when they were detained on December 17. The boats were released after a Russian court ordered the crews to pay a fine of $100,000.

China, Russia and Iran hold joint naval drills in Gulf of Oman - CNN

China, Russia and Iran began a four-day joint military exercise in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman on Friday amid ongoing friction in the economically important region between Tehran and Washington.
The Gulf of Oman has been a focal point of geopolitical tensions in 2019, after two oil tankers were attacked in the narrow strait in June by an unidentified party.

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米、シーア派武装組織拠点を空爆 イラクの基地攻撃受け | 共同通信


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ロ独首脳が電話会談、「ノルドストリーム2」への支援で合意 - ロイター


豪森林火災、観光客に足止めの恐れ 新たな熱波到来:AFPBB News

激しい森林火災に見舞われているオーストラリア南東部で30日、観光客らが足止めされる恐れが出てきた。新たな熱波の到来を受け、消防隊員らはさらなる森林火災の発生に備えている。……ビクトリア(Victoria)州の人気観光地、イーストギプスランド(East Gippsland)地域では29日、気温の上昇と強い風で3か所での大規模火災が勢いを増し、まだ通行できている最後の幹線道路が寸断される恐れがあるとして、当局が3万人以上に避難を求めた。

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News Headlines - 29 December 2019

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders holds Muhammad cartoon contest | DW

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders announced on Sunday what he called the winner of a contest for caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, more than a year after he shelved a similar event due to the fear of a violent backlash.
The drawing Wilders called the "winner" was a dark image of a bearded man with a wrinkled brow wearing a black turban and black shirt... In August last year, Wilders canceled a similar contest after Dutch police arrested a 26-year-old man who had threatened to kill him over his anti-Islam stance.

Putin thanks Trump for 'helping foil new year terror attacks' in Russia - ITV News

Russian president Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for helping to foil a terror attack planned over the new year in St Petersburg.
Russian security forces detained two Russians suspected of preparing to carry out terrorist acts after information obtained from their “American partners”.
In a statement released on the Kremlin's website on Sunday, Mr Putin thanked Trump for “information transmitted through the special services that helped prevent the completion of terrorist acts in Russia”.

Japan OKs controversial plan to send naval forces to Mideast

Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval personnel to the Middle East to ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region.
The Cabinet's decision reflects tensions that have escalated between Iran and the U.S. since President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal.

Video released of Fukushima No.3 reactor interior | NHK WORLD

Japan's nuclear regulator has released a video of the interior of the No.3 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The reactor suffered a meltdown and a hydrogen explosion that blew off the upper part of the building.
Workers have finished removing debris from the fifth and highest floor of the building. They are now transferring nuclear fuel from a cooling pool in the building to a storage facility on the compound.

Tom Hanks receives honorary Greek citizenship | Euronews

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed an honorary naturalization order allowing the actor to claim citizenship, his office told The Associated Press on Friday.
Hanks' wife, actress and producer Rita Wilson, is of Greek and Bulgarian ancestry and the couple often spend their summer vacations on the Greek island of Antiparos. They've also produced a number of films in the country.
Wilson and Hanks produced the 2002 comedic hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and its sequel that was released in 2016. Hanks was also the executive producer of the 2008 musical "Mamma Mia!" and the 2009 comedy "My Life in Ruins."

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英政府、叙勲千人の住所情報流出 エルトン・ジョンさんら | 共同通信


米LAで「全自家用車の3割をEV化」計画、2028年までに達成へ | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)

エリック・ガーセッティ市長をトップに、ロサンゼルス市や周辺コミュニティ、民間企業などで構成される交通の電動化を目指す団体「Transportation Electrification Partnership」は、今回発表された「Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap」の中で9年後に向けた具体的な目標を設定した。

米アラスカ、今年は史上最も温かい年に - ロイター


「ホーム・アローン」テレビ放映でトランプ大統領の出演シーンがカット ネット上で賛否飛び交う - 産経ニュース


アメリカで渡す「チップ」はどれぐらいが適正なのか? | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)


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News Headlines - 28 December 2019

Bolton Criticizes Trump Over Moves on North Korea - WSJ

President Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, has criticized the administration’s efforts to broker the denuclearization of North Korea, saying they have been “more rhetorical” than real policy.
In remarks on Twitter on Monday and in media interviews in recent days, Mr. Bolton said the administration isn’t doing all it can to pressure North Korea.

US mass killings hit new high in 2019, most were shootings

A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there were more mass killings in 2019 than any year dating back to at least the 1970s, punctuated by a chilling succession of deadly rampages during the summer.
In all, there were 41 mass killings, defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator. Of those, 33 were mass shootings. More than 210 people were killed.

Somalia Bombing Kills Nearly 80, Raising Fears of Resurgent Militancy - The New York Times

An explosives-laden truck blew up at a busy intersection in the Somali capital on Saturday and killed at least 79 people, the latest sign of resurgent militant activity in a country plagued by an enduring strain of violent extremism.
A bus carrying university students to their campus was struck by the blast, which left the streets littered with bodies and the mangled frames of vehicles. The attack, which the government said also injured 149 people, was the worst in Somalia in more than two years.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell on the Shabab, a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda which controls large parts of the country and raises considerable funds through local taxation and extortion.

Russian Journalist Fired After Asking Putin a Question at Presser - The Moscow Times

A Russian state journalist who asked President Vladimir Putin a question during his end-of-year press conference last week has been told to resign, the Znak.com news website reported Monday, sparking speculation about the causes for her dismissal.
At the press conference on Thursday, Alisa Yarovskaya, a Yamal-Region television channel correspondent, had asked Putin to help speed up construction of a bridge in her republic that would increase shipments to Russia’s Arctic.

'World's oldest' rhino dies in Ngorongoro sanctuary in Tanzania | The Guardian

A black rhino believed to be the oldest in the world has died in Tanzania at the age of 57, according to authorities in Ngorongoro where the animal was living.
The female rhino, named Fausta, died of what is believed to be natural causes on 27 December in a sanctuary, after living most of her life in the wild, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority said in a statement on Saturday.

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米、北朝鮮への警戒維持 CNN「1月8日まで挑発の可能性」 - 産経ニュース


「失速」トランプ4業種 保護政策でも雇用・利益減少 :日本経済新聞


認知症の早期発見支援 エーザイ、自分で調べるアプリ  :日本経済新聞


ファーウェイに疑念 欧州委員長:時事ドットコム




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News Headlines - 27 December 2019

China fines Toyota 87.6 million yuan over Lexus price-fixing - Reuters

China’s market regulator on Friday has fined Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor 87.6 million yuan ($12.5 million) for price-fixing on its premium Lexus cars in eastern Jiangsu province, according to a document on its website... The anti-monopoly bureau of State Administration for Market Regulation said that between 2015 and 2018, the Japanese carmaker set a minimum sales and resale price for its cars in coastal Jiangsu province, which deprived dealers of pricing autonomy and harmed customers’ rights.

Korean court declines to rule on landmark 2015 'comfort women' agreement; doubt cast on treaty status | The Japan Times

South Korea’s Constitutional Court declined Friday to rule on the validity of a 2015 diplomatic agreement with Japan that aimed to provide funds to the Korean “comfort women” but was deeply unpopular with the Korean public and may have fallen short of being an official treaty.
The court said the bilateral agreement is a “political deal” and its legal power is unclear. Thus, the legal rights of the plaintiffs have not been infringed, the court said, adding that it does not need to judge whether, by concluding the deal with Japan, the South Korean government had violated the Constitution.

3 Japan Post leaders to resign over improper insurance sales - The Mainichi

Japan Post Holdings Co. said Friday its three leaders will resign en masse to take responsibility for the scandal involving a huge number of faulty sales of insurance products, vowing to restore the public's damaged trust in the former state-owned postal and financial giant.
The group said its president and heads of the units Japan Post Insurance Co. and Japan Post Co. will resign, effective Jan. 5, after the Financial Services Agency ordered the subsidiaries to suspend new sales of insurance products for three months from Jan. 1 and also slapped business improvement orders on all three companies.

Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest - 'Do whatever it takes to end it' - Reuters

After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them... About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on Nov. 15. The toll, provided to Reuters by three Iranian interior ministry officials, included at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police.
The toll of 1,500 is significantly higher than figures from international human rights groups and the United States.

Sue Lyon, Star of ‘Lolita,’ Is Dead at 73 - The New York Times

Sue Lyon, who at 14 was cast in the title role of Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita,” a film version of Vladimir Nabokov’s eyebrow-raising novel about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 73.
Phil Syracopoulos, a longtime friend, announced her death. He said she had been in declining health for some time.
Ms. Lyon accumulated more than two dozen film and television credits from 1959 to 1980, but she was known primarily for one: Mr. Kubrick’s 1962 film of the Nabokov novel, which was adapted for the screen by Mr. Nabokov himself.

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移行期間「延長検討を」 英離脱後の貿易交渉に懸念―欧州委員長:時事ドットコム


ノートルダム大聖堂、足場撤去の準備再開 さらなる崩壊の危険も - ロイター


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アステラス、新規がん免疫薬開発に参入 米社を130億円で買収  :日本経済新聞


井上尚弥-ドネア戦が年間最高「達人による闘い」 : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 26 December 2019

Ari Behn: Ex-husband of Norwegian princess dies by suicide - CNN

Ari Behn, an author and the former husband of a Norwegian princess, died by suicide on Christmas Day, Behn's family's spokesman Geir Håkonsund announced... Behn, 47, was the ex-husband of Princess Martha Louise, the eldest child of Norway's King Harald V and Queen Sonja, and the fourth in line to the throne. They married in 2002 and announced they were separating in 2016, according to Behn's website. The divorce was finalized in 2017.

Hong Kong protests: Christmas marked by demonstrations and tear gas - CNN

Anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong over the Christmas holiday, clashing with riot police in malls and busy shopping districts across the semiautonomous Chinese territory... Hundreds of black-clad protesters, many wearing reindeer antlers, occupied malls and other shopping areas on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as part of the months-long campaign for democratic and police reforms in the city.
Police accused the protesters of "rioting" and vandalism, and attempted to disperse them using pepper spray and batons while indoors, and firing tear gas and deploying water cannons on the streets.

Chinese man executed for killing family of four in Fukuoka:The Asahi Shimbun

Justice Minister Masako Mori holds a news conference in Tokyo after a Chinese man was executed in Fukuoka on Dec. 26. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
A Chinese man was executed on Dec. 26 for his involvement in murdering a family of four and dumping their bodies into the sea in Fukuoka in 2003, the Justice Ministry said.
Wei Wei, 40, a former vocational school student in Japan, was the first person executed under Justice Minister Masako Mori, who assumed the post in October. It was also the first death penalty carried out in Japan since August.

Annular solar eclipse observed in Southeast Asia | NHK WORLD

People in some Southeast Asian nations have been treated to a celestial show known as a "ring of fire" when the moon moved in front of the sun.
The annular solar eclipse was observed in large areas near the equator, including Singapore and Malaysia on Thursday.

Japan set to break record for highest yearly average temperature - The Mainichi

Japan's average temperature for 2019 is expected to hit an all-time high since records started to be kept in 1898, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced on Dec. 23... Relatively high temperatures continued to be observed across the country this year, with the average temperature estimated to be 0.92 degrees Celsius higher than the mean temperatures between 1981 and 2010.

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ロシア反政府団体の幹部、北極海に「徴兵」で強制移送…電話も禁止 : 読売新聞オンライン


ロシア、クリミアに鉄道開通 ウクライナが非難声明 :日本経済新聞


サッポロHD、米国の清涼飲料事業から撤退へ  :日本経済新聞


米出版界を震撼させる楳図かずおの傑作ホラー『漂流教室』 | ニューズウィーク日本版


追跡警官は短距離記録保持者 ひったくり犯あえなく御用―スペイン:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 25 December 2019

LDP lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto arrested for alleged receipt of bribe from Chinese gambling firm | The Japan Times

A ruling party lawmaker who has been a proponent of casino resorts in Japan was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of receiving \3.7 million in bribes from a Chinese gambling operator... In late September 2017, the lawmaker is suspected to have received \3 million in cash from the Chinese company in Tokyo.
Later, in mid-February 2018, Akimoto traveled to Hokkaido at the invitation of the Chinese firm, and expenses for the trip - amounting to some \700,000 - were allegedly provided by the company, according to Tokyo prosecutors.
Prosecutors have also arrested three people related to the company on suspicion of providing bribes to Akimoto, who resigned from the LDP following his arrest.

Gov't eyes regrouping markets at Tokyo Stock Exchange - The Mainichi

The Financial Services Agency on Wednesday called for cutting the number of markets at the Tokyo Stock Exchange to three from the current four to streamline its structure and attract more investment... Citing complaints from market participants about the overlapping of functions at some of the four markets, the FSA proposes integrating the Second Section and the Jasdaq to make clear the roles of each market.
At present, the TSE consists of four markets: the First Section for big companies, the Second Section for medium-sized firms, the Jasdaq comprised of a variety of companies, and the Mothers dedicated to startups.

Number of babies born in Japan falls below 900,000 for first time in 2019 - Xinhua

The estimated number of new births in Japan fell below 900,000 for the first time this year, the lowest since comparable data began some 120 years ago, government data showed on Tuesday.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, an estimated 864,000 babies were born this year, 54,000 fewer than the previous year, while deaths reached a postwar high of 1,376,000, with the largest-ever natural population decline of 512,000.
The declining speed is faster than projections by the government's National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, which had forecast 860,000 births in 2021. The number of new births in Japan, which fell below the one million barrier for the first time in 2016, is now falling two years faster than forecasts.

Vietnam-linked Hacking Group Targets Toyota, Other Companies - Bloomberg

A Vietnam-based hacking group is learning from China’s playbook, using increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks to spy on competitors and help Vietnam catch up to global competitors, according to cybersecurity experts.
In the last two years, the group, which is believed to be tied to the Vietnamese government and known as APT32, has ramped up its cyber-espionage, particularly in southeast Asia, according to the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc... The automotive industry has been a key target for APT32, according to multiple experts. For example, APT32 created fake domains for Toyota Motor Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. in an attempt to infiltrate the automakers’ networks, according to a researcher familiar with the matter who requested anonymity discussing companies. In March, Toyota discovered that it was targeted in Vietnam and Thailand and through a subsidiary -- Toyota Tokyo Sales Holdings Inc -- in Japan, according to spokesman Brian Lyons. A Toyota official, who requested anonymity discussing the hacking group, confirmed that APT32 was responsible.

No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time since French Revolution | DW

For the first time in over 200 years, there will be no Christmas Mass at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, the Archdiocese of Paris said Monday.
The church is still being restored after suffering severe damage in a fire earlier this year.

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キリスト教福音派の雑誌が再び米大統領を批判、「権力を乱用」 - ロイター


ローマ教皇がイブのミサ 「神は一番の悪人をも愛する」 - BBCニュース


ウーバー創業者が取締役退任 株式売却し料理宅配ベンチャーに注力 - 毎日新聞


北磁極の移動速度が加速している......シベリアに向けて移動し続ける | ニューズウィーク日本版


英サッカー、人種差別に揺れる 首相官邸「必要なら行動」:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 24 December 2019

Nissan Vice COO Jun Seki to resign in blow to turnaround plan

The executive tasked with leading a recovery at Nissan Motor Co. said he had decided to resign just weeks into his new job, a move that could disrupt the automaker's push to turn the corner on scandal and slumping sales.
Jun Seki, Nissan's vice COO and a former contender for CEO, told Reuters he was leaving to become the president of Nidec Corp., a Kyoto-based manufacturer of automotive components and precision motors.

SoftBank-backed Nemaska Lithium files for bankruptcy protection | Financial Times

Nemaska Lithium, a Canadian lithium producer backed by SoftBank, has filed for bankruptcy protection as it scrambles to raise emergency funding to keep its flagship project alive.
The Toronto-listed company has been struggling to finance development of Whabouchi, a lithium mine and processing facility in Quebec, amid a cost blowout and a steep fall in the price of the metal, a constituent of electric car batteries.
Nemaska on Monday said it was seeking protection from its creditors to give it sufficient time to complete a refinancing. The company also said it might ask for court approval to sell assets or enter into a joint venture.

Japan, China and South Korea trade ministers agree to seek FTA:The Asahi Shimbun

Trade ministers from Japan, China and South Korea agreed to continue working toward a free trade agreement (FTA) in their first talks in three years held here on Dec. 22.
The ministers also agreed to bolster cooperation against protectionism and adopted a joint statement aiming to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement in 2020.

Christian magazine editor quits in row over Trump's evangelical support - BBC News

Evangelical support for US President Donald Trump is back in the spotlight after the resignation of a leading journalist for Christian Post magazine.
Journalist Napp Nazworth's departure follows an op-ed from another Christian outlet calling for Mr Trump's removal.
The ensuing outcry has served as a proxy war among US evangelists over Mr Trump's largely unchallenged grip on the religious right.

Queen acknowledges ‘bumpy’ year for nation in Christmas message - BBC News

The Queen will use her Christmas Day message to acknowledge that 2019 has been "quite bumpy".
She will say the path is never "smooth" but "small steps" can heal divisions.
It comes after a year of intense political debate over Brexit, as well as a number of personal events affecting the Royal Family.

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米ボーイングCEOが辞任 737MAX問題引責 | 共同通信


クレディ・スイスの新たな幹部内偵問題、前COOが関与 - ロイター


「EU離脱の日」鐘鳴らす? 改修中ビッグベンめぐり論争―英:時事ドットコム


クリスマスカードに「助けて」 英スーパー、中国での生産を停止 - BBCニュース


長谷部誠 ドイツ1部リーグで通算300試合出場 13シーズン目、外国人選手では史上19人目― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 23 December 2019

Saudi Arabia sentences five to death over Khashoggi murder, U.N. official decries 'mockery' - Reuters

Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death and three to jail over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but a U.N. investigator accused it of making a “mockery” of justice by allowing the masterminds of last year’s killing to go free.

Thousands protest in southern Iraq, demand independent PM | Al Jazeera

Thousands of protesters have blocked roads and public buildings in southern Iraq, demanding the appointment of an independent prime minister as the latest deadline for choosing a new leader looms.
Anti-government rallies have rocked Baghdad and the Shia-majority south since October 1, with demonstrators calling for a complete overhaul of a regime they deem corrupt and inefficient.

Cuba Names Tourism Minister to Be First PM Since 1976 | Voice of America

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday named Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country's first prime minister since 1976 - a nomination quickly confirmed by the country's parliament.
Marrero, 56, has been tourism minister for 16 years, presiding over a rise in visitors and a hotel construction boom that has made tourism one of the most important sectors of the Cuban economy... The position of prime minister was held by Fidel Castro from 1959 to 1976, when a new constitution changed his title to president and eliminated the post of prime minister.

Hong Kong protesters call for HSBC boycott over fund closure | Financial Times

Hong Kong protesters have called for a boycott of HSBC for allegedly helping the city’s police to shut down one of the main sources of funding for the anti-government movement.
Officers on Thursday arrested four people for money laundering and froze HK$70m (US$9m) held by the Spark Alliance fund, a crowdsourcing operation that raised money to provide aid to anti-government protesters.
Police alleged the fund had taken in about HK$80m from sympathisers of the protests, mainly through an HSBC account that the bank closed last month.

Japanese veteran Keisuke Honda leaves Dutch club after less than two months | The Japan Times

Keisuke Honda has quit Vitesse Arnhem less than two months after signing for the Dutch club... Honda, 33, signed a contract on Nov. 6 that was to last until the end of the season.
As it is, he departs after playing just four matches in the Eredivisie - two defeats, a draw and one win - with his exit coming just weeks after that of coach Leonid Slutsky.

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アマゾン、納税へ方針転換 法人税2年で300億円 売上高を日本法人に計上 - 産経ニュース


NZの日系企業、詐欺事件で当局捜査 30億円余り不明:朝日新聞デジタル


トヨタ、保有特許をウェブで紹介 米国で  :日本経済新聞


ボーイング宇宙船、不具合のため地球帰還 米砂漠に着陸:AFPBB News


デザイナーのエマニュエル・ウンガロ氏、死去 86歳:AFPBB News

フランスのファッションデザイナー、エマニュエル・ウンガロ(Emanuel Ungaro)氏が死去した。86歳だった。……22歳の若さでパリに移り、スペインのデザイナーのクリストバル・バレンシアガ(Cristobal Balenciaga)氏に師事した。その9年後の1965年に、少人数の女性従業員とともに、パリ17区にあるマクマオン通り(Avenue Mac-Mahon)に自らのファッションハウスを立ち上げた。

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News Headlines - 22 December 2019

Volkswagen fined $125 million for misleading customers about emissions - ABC News

Volkswagen has been hit with a double whammy in one day - fined $125 million for misleading consumers about its diesel emissions and hit with allegations that it broke responsible lending laws.
Volkswagen AG, the German parent company, has been slugged with the highest penalty order ever made by the Federal Court for contravening consumer law.
The car manufacturer admitted it did not disclose to the Australian government its cars had two-mode software that hid the true nature of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

Bezos-Backed Fusion Startup Raises $100 Million for Demo System - Bloomberg

A nuclear fusion start-up backed by billionaire Jeff Bezos raised more than $100 million to help design and build a demonstration power plant.
The company lined up $65 million in Series E financing led by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Pte, and is getting another $38 million from Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund, General Fusion Inc. said in a statement Monday. It’s now attracted more than $200 million in financing.

Banksy's 'Scar of Bethlehem' nativity unveiled in West Bank hotel - Reuters

British street artist Banksy has brought a somber Christmas spirit to a hotel he founded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Dubbed “Scar of Bethlehem”, the display (pictured here) features a miniature Jesus, Mary and Joseph under a rendition of Israel’s concrete West Bank barrier punctured by bullet holes, the largest of which resembles a star over the manger.

Vatican's 'vampire' prints of rarely seen 20th century art on show - Reuters

They could be called the Vatican’s vampire prints - works by masters such as Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch and Salvador Dali so delicate that they usually lie dormant for years in dark storage in its museums.
Now, 150 etchings, woodcuts, aquatints, lithographs and other types of 20th century graphic art are being shown in the light of day - many for the first time - at the Braccio Carlo Magno exhibition hall off St. Peter’s Square.

2020 Olympic organizers unveil course for Sapporo marathons | The Japan Times

The course for the men’s and women’s marathon competitions in Sapporo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been set, the organizers announced on Thursday... The races will start and finish at Sapporo Odori Park, which is located in the center of Sapporo. The course consists of an approximately 20-km loop and the majority of it is used for the Hokkaido Marathon, which is held every August. After the athletes go around it once, they will then circle a route of roughly 10 km, using the northern part of the 20-km loop.

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スコットランド、高まる独立機運 英政権に難題 :日本経済新聞


脱原発、独で見直し論 気候変動問題で再評価:時事ドットコム


「日本海」単独表記を尊重 国際機関仲裁案、検討継続 | 共同通信


ローマ教皇、性的虐待の守秘義務を廃止 隠蔽防止へ:AFPBB News

ローマ教皇庁(バチカン)は17日、ローマ・カトリック教会が司祭らに対して定める守秘義務の対象から性的虐待事件を除外する方針を発表した。教会内での小児性愛事件隠蔽(いんぺい)撲滅に向けフランシスコ教皇(Pope Francis)が進める取り組みの一環。

“近代五輪の父”クーベルタン男爵の演説原稿 9億円超で落札 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 21 December 2019

Evangelical Magazine Christianity Today: Trump Must Go | Voice of America

A major evangelical Christian magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham on Thursday published an editorial calling for President Donald Trump’s removal from office.
The editorial in Christianity Today - coming one day after the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives made Trump the third president in American history to be impeached - raised fresh questions about the durability of his support among the conservative evangelicals who have proven to be a critical component of his political base.

Reporters Without Borders: Number of journalists killed at its lowest since 2003 - CNN

Forty-nine journalists were killed this year, 57 are being held hostage and 389 are currently in prison, nonprofit group Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday.
In its annual review, the Paris-based group found that the number of journalists killed in 2019 was the lowest since 2003, representing a "historically low" figure compared with an average of 80 journalists killed per year over the past two decades.
The fall in the number of journalists killed is due to a reduction in the number of journalists killed in war zones, Reporters Without Borders said, noting that 941 journalists have been killed over the past 10 years.

267 Million Names And Phone Numbers Leaked Online - And They’re All From Facebook

Recently, a security researcher named Bob Diachenko found a database of user account info including their name and phone numbers for 267 million Facebook users. It was available in an unprotected format and copied to other hacker forums.
Reports indicate that this presents a treasure trove of data for telemarketers and spam purveyors because the data looks legitimate and comes from the social network itself, not from an untrusted source.

Europe’s CHEOPS satellite blasts off on hunt for distant planets

Europe’s CHEOPS planet-hunting satellite left Earth on Wednesday a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown.
The 30-centimetre (12-inch) telescope has been designed to measure the density, composition, and size of numerous planets beyond our solar system-so-called exoplanets.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA), CHEOPS will observe bright stars that are already known to be orbited by planets.

Russia's Bolshoi rejects Misty Copeland's 'blackface' criticism - BBC News

Russia's Bolshoi Theatre says it will continue using performers who wear blackface make-up despite criticism from US ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
Copeland, an African-American ballerina, posted an image on Instagram of two white female actors in black body paint rehearsing for a show... Bolshoi Theatre director Vladimir Urin said the ballet had been performed the same way for many years.

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NYダウ78ドル高、連日最高値更新 出遅れ銘柄に買い  :日本経済新聞


仏競争当局、グーグルに制裁金180億円 広告で「支配的地位乱用」:AFPBB News


迷走するパナソニック、液晶・半導体も撤退 見えぬ戦略 - 産経ニュース


日露平和条約交渉、解決策は「柔道で言うところの引き分け」…プーチン氏 : 読売新聞オンライン


米 ニューヨークで「スター・ウォーズ」完結編 先行上映会 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 20 December 2019

Top bureaucrat resigns over info leak about Japan Post penalties:The Asahi Shimbun

The top career bureaucrat of the internal affairs ministry was effectively dismissed for leaking information about possible disciplinary measures against the Japan Post group over its questionable sales tactics involving insurance policies.
Sanae Takaichi, the minister of internal affairs and communications, said at a Dec. 20 news conference that Shigeki Suzuki would be suspended as administrative vice minister for three months.
Suzuki, however, submitted his resignation effective Dec. 20.

Scott Morrison returning to Australia after death of two volunteer firefighters - NZ Herald

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is cutting his Hawaii holiday short and returning to Australia after the death of two volunteer firefighters overnight.
He will arrive back in the country tomorrow.
Hours before announcing his return, a photo of the prime minister enjoying himself in Hawaii with fellow Australians was widely criticised as massive bushfires continue to burn across the country.

Panama jail violence: 13 killed in AK-47 gang shoot-out - BBC News

At least 13 inmates were killed and 15 injured in a shoot-out in a prison in Panama on Tuesday.
Officials said they found three AK-47 assault rifles and five pistols.
President Laurentino Cortizo said an investigation would be launched into how the guns got into La Joyita jail east of the capital, Panama City.

Instagram influencers can no longer promote vaping and guns - CNN

Influencers on Instagram and Facebook will be banned from promoting branded content about vaping, tobacco and weapons.
On Wednesday, Facebook (FB) said such products have "long" been prohibited in its advertising policies, but it will start enforcing the ban in the "coming weeks."
Branded content promoting alcohol and diet supplements will require special restrictions, although Instagram didn't specify what those will entail.

Beech Street in London's Barbican to become first to ban all petrol and diesel cars | Metro News

Petrol and diesel cars will be banned from Barbican Estate’s Beech Street as it becomes Britain’s first zero emission street, the City of London Corporation (CLC) said... The measure will be achieved with an 18-month experimental traffic order, CLC said in a statement, which will allow air quality and traffic to be monitored.
Emergency vehicles, refuse collection and deliveries will be excepted from the order on the road which is predominantly a tunnel.

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米下院、新NAFTA法案可決 上院は越年へ―発効にめど:時事ドットコム


スウェーデン、マイナス金利脱却 世界初、5年ぶり正常化:時事ドットコム


英中銀次期総裁にベイリー氏、EU離脱移行期の政策かじ取りへ - Bloomberg


新興国の債務6000兆円 世銀「50年で最も深刻」:日本経済新聞


マカオ返還20年 中国 習主席 「外部勢力の干渉許さず」 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 19 December 2019

Japan ruling party lawmaker quizzed over ties to Chinese firm with eye on Hokkaido casino | The Japan Times

Prosecutors have questioned a ruling party lawmaker over his alleged ties with a Chinese company that showed interest in joining a casino project and is suspected of violating the foreign exchange law, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.
Tsukasa Akimoto, 48, a House of Representatives member of the Liberal Democratic Party, was interviewed on a voluntary basis by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the Chinese company, which allegedly brought into Japan a large amount of cash without notifying customs authorities, the sources said.

Hedge funds eavesdrop on vital Bank of England briefings | The Times

Hedge funds have been eavesdropping on the Bank of England’s press conferences before they are officially broadcast after its internal systems were hijacked.
Following inquiries by The Times the Bank has discovered that one of its suppliers has been sending an audio feed of its press conferences to high-speed traders who hope to profit by acting on the governor’s comments before the rest of the world.
Hearing what Mark Carney, the governor, and other senior Bank officials say mere seconds before others can be highly lucrative for speed traders, who make fortunes from early access to information. Mr Carney’s comments at Bank press conferences frequently move the value of the pound and gilt markets.

Tata Coup Sequel as Indian Court Says Sacking Mistry Was Illegal - Bloomberg

But the appeals judge of India’s corporate law arbiter thinks he can reverse time. Or so it would appear from his order declaring that Cyrus Mistry, deposed three years ago as executive chairman of the holding company of India’s leading conglomerate, must be reinstated because ousting him was illegal.
Here’s the messy business in a nutshell: The closely held Tata Sons, which sits in control of the $111 billion global empire spread across more than 100 firms, is 66% owned by Tata Trusts, charities run by Ratan Tata, the group patriarch. Mistry’s family owns an 18%-plus stake in Tata Sons. That equity has its origin in an unpaid $200 million loan the Tata family took in 1925 to save its then-fledgling steel business. The core dispute is whether the holding company is a quasi-partnership between the Tata Group and the 154-year-old Shapoorji Pallonji, or SP, Group, which is now run by Shapoor Mistry, the elder brother of Cyrus.

South Sudan's Kiir and Machar finally agree to form government - Vatican News

President Salva Kiir and Opposition leader, Riek Machar signed a peace deal last year under pressure from the United Nations, United States and countries in the region to end a five-year civil war and agreed to form a unity government by 12 November 2019.
However, the two leaders pushed the deadline back by 100 days, prompting Washington to recall its ambassador and raising fears the civil war that created the worst refugee crisis in Africa since the Rwandan genocide might resume.

One dead in shooting at Russian intelligence agency in Moscow | The Guardian

One person has been shot dead after an unidentified gunman opened fire on the office of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s main intelligence agency, in the heart of Moscow.
According to Russian media reports, the man attacked the reception of the Lubyanka building, home to the FSB and its communist-era predecessor the KGB. The victim was described as a traffic police officer. Other FSB guards were injured in the shooting, with two in a critical condition, officials said.

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米下院本会議、トランプ氏の弾劾決議案を可決-上院で弾劾裁判へ - Bloomberg


フィアットとPSA、合併で正式合意 世界4位の自動車メーカーに - ロイター


日本の労働生産性、先進7カ国で最下位続く OECD加盟国中21位 - ロイター


ウィーン国立歌劇場バレエ学校、体形維持で生徒に喫煙奨励 虐待として調査:AFPBB News

名門バレエ学校として有名なオーストリアのウィーン国立歌劇場(Vienna State Opera)バレエ学校が、細い体形を維持するためとして喫煙を奨励するなど若い生徒たちの健康を危険にさらしていることが分かった。……同紙は「19世紀流」のしつけ内容に関する詳細な調査結果を公開。若いダンサーたちはたたかれ、出血するまで引っかかれ、髪の毛を引っ張られ、体格について侮辱され、中には拒食症を患った生徒もいると報じた。

南野拓実、欧州王者リヴァプール移籍決定! クラブ初の日本人選手に | サッカーキング


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News Headlines - 18 December 2019

The legendary Nintendo PlayStation prototype is up for auction | Engadget

For years it was the stuff of legend -- a games console that incorporated both a CD drive and SNES cartridge slot made with the official backing of PlayStation and Nintendo? But back in 2015 we saw the magical prototype for ourselves and even had a play with it. Now, after years of touring the world to show off the system to classic gaming fans, the owner of what is believed to be the only remaining Nintendo PlayStation system is putting the console up for sale.

Apple, Google, Amazon, Zigbee partner on smart home

Amazon, Google, Apple and the Zigbee Alliance on Wednesday announced a rare partnership that’s focused on making smart homes easier for everyone.
Amazon, Google and Apple are all competing for people to buy products that work with their in home-systems and are still trying to build a solution that’s simple for everyone to use. But the competition itself has created a really confusing landscape for consumers and manufacturers of smart home products.

Volvo sells struggling Japan unit UD Trucks to Isuzu Motors | Financial Times

Volvo Group is selling its struggling Japanese business to Isuzu Motors as the two truckmakers seek to set up a strategic alliance, the latest in a series of partnerships sweeping through the automotive industry.
The Swedish truckmaker said that its longtime problem child UD Trucks had an enterprise value, which includes equity, debt and cash, of Y250bn ($2.3bn) but that final terms would be agreed with its Japanese rival next year.
The deal to sell its Japanese unit should boost Volvo’s operating income by SKr2bn ($210m) and its net cash position by SKr22bn.

14 Die as Gangs Battle in Panama Prison | Voice of America

Rival gang members opened fire in a crowded Panamanian prison killing 14 inmates and wounding around a dozen others, the government announced Wednesday.
The gun battle, involving AK-47 automatic rifles and other firearms, erupted late Tuesday in La Joyita penitentiary, one of the country's largest prisons, east of Panama City.

Shiori Ito: Japanese #MeToo symbol wins compensation - CNN

A freelance journalist who became a symbol of Japan's #MeToo movement has won a civil case against the high-profile journalist she accused of raping her.
In a packed Tokyo District Court room on Wednesday, a judge ordered Noriyuki Yamaguchi to pay 3.3 million yen, or more than $30,000, in damages to Shiori Ito. Ito sought 11 million yen, or more than $100,000, in damages to compensate for her physical and emotional suffering.

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EU離脱後の移行期間は「延長しない」 英法案に条項追加へ - BBCニュース


英通貨ポンド急落 EU離脱後の大混乱懸念:時事ドットコム


仏年金改革、スト開始以来3度目の大規模デモ 政府は推進姿勢崩さず:AFPBB News


CNN.co.jp : 内相がフィンランド新首相を「売り子」、大統領は謝罪 エストニア


チャウシェスク政権崩壊から30年、革命口火の地で追悼の灯 : 読売新聞オンライン


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News Headlines - 17 December 2019

Open-ended questions for Japan's new university entrance exams scrapped | The Japan Times

The government Tuesday decided against adding open-ended questions for Japanese and math to the country’s new standardized university entrance exams due to start January 2021.
Education minister Koichi Hagiuda said issues such as the potential for errors to be made by private-sector graders, which includes student part-timers, and the difficulty for test-takers to be able to self-assess answers to open-ended questions could not be overcome.

2 Major Opposition Parties to Start Merger Talks | Nippon.com

The leaders of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People agreed Tuesday to launch talks to merge the major Japanese opposition parties.
The negotiations may be tough, however, as the CDPJ aims to absorb the DPFP, while the DPFP calls for talks on an equal footing to work out details, such as the new party name and envisaged posts.

First made-in-China aircraft carrier, the Shandong, officially enters service | South China Morning Post

China’s first home-built aircraft carrier was officially commissioned by President Xi Jinping on Tuesday as Beijing flexed its military muscles.
The new warship will be called the Shandong and its formal entry into service is a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to build up its naval power.

Woman killed on NYC sidewalk by falling building facade

A woman was killed in a freak accident Tuesday when a chunk of building facade fell off a Midtown tower and struck her, according to police.
Architect Erica Tishman, 60, of the Upper East Side, was walking on 49th Street near Seventh Avenue around 10:45 a.m. when she was hit, according to cops, who said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pervez Musharraf: Pakistan sentences former ruler to death for high treason | The Guardian

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military leader who seized power in a coup, has been sentenced to death for high treason and subverting the country’s constitution.
The ex-president was on trial in absentia over charges relating to his suspension of the constitution in 2007 as he attempted to hold on to power... Defying multiple orders, Musharraf, 76, was not present in court to hear the verdict. He was allowed to leave Pakistan in 2016 for medical treatment in Dubai and has remained there since.

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英首相、独立問う再住民投票容認すべき=スコットランド民族党党首 - ロイター


新ゲーム機「Xbox Series X」発表。「処理能力はXbox One Xの4倍」、8K対応も - AV Watch

マイクロソフトは、ゲーム機のXboxシリーズ新モデル「Xbox Series X」を発表した。2020年のホリデーシーズンに登場予定で、「これまでで最速かつ最も強力なコンソール」になるという。
その処理能力はXbox One Xの4倍で、4K/60fpsでゲームを描写できるほか、可変リフレッシュレート(VRR)や、8Kもサポート。フレームレートは最大120fpsまで対応できるという。
AMDの新「Zen 2」アーキテクチャーや、RDNAアーキテクチャを活用したカスタム設計のプロセッサを搭載。

ルノー前CEO、日産の内部調査に疑義 解任数日前=ルモンド紙 - ロイター


73億円相当の宝石盗まれる 「F1のドン」のセレブ娘被害―英:時事ドットコム


中国でアーセナル戦放送中止 エジルが弾圧を批判 : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 16 December 2019

Japan considers bullet train luggage checks during Tokyo Games - SFChronicle.com

As part of efforts to prevent terrorism, the government is considering checking the luggage of passengers on Shinkansen bullet trains during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The plan is to use body scanners and other methods to detect dangerous substances, including bomb-sniffing dogs like those that participated in a trial at Tokyo Station on Dec. 4.
Tokyo Station sees about 180,000 Shinkansen passengers every day. The key to the plan will be how to balance checks with smooth operation of the trains.

Amazon Blocks Sellers From Using FedEx Ground for Prime Shipments - WSJ

Amazon.com Inc. is blocking its third-party sellers from using FedEx Corp.’s ground delivery network for Prime shipments, citing a decline in performance heading into the final stretch of the holiday shopping season.
The ban on using FedEx’s Ground and Home services starts this week and will last “until the delivery performance of these ship methods improves,” according to an email Amazon sent Sunday to merchants that was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Boeing to Suspend 737 MAX Production in January - WSJ

Boeing Co. said it would suspend production of its 737 MAX jetliner, in an escalation of the crisis facing the giant plane maker that will ripple through the global aerospace industry.
The company said Monday that it plans to halt production in January, having assembled around 40 planes a month at its plant near Seattle since the MAX was grounded globally in March following two fatal crashes of the aircraft within five months. The two accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia claimed a combined 346 lives.

Demolition: Power station chimney comes down - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Stunning video shows the towering chimney of a power station on the River Thames being demolished... Littlebrook Power Station was an oil-fired plant built in the 1980s, located in Kent on south bank of the River Thames next to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and the Dartford Tunnel. The original power station first started generating electricity in 1939.

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh named Miss World, and five black women now hold the top pageant titles - The Washington Post

The crowning of Miss World 2019 has closed out this year’s historic pageant circuit, marking the first time the titles for all five top beauty contests were won by black women.
On Saturday, Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was named Miss World, joining a 2019 cohort of advocates for prison reform, women’s rights and music education who used their platform to address conventional beauty standards: Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, Miss America Nia Franklin, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst and Miss Teen USA 2019 Kaliegh Garris.

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イタリアで「イワシ運動」大規模デモ…ポピュリズム・極右に対抗 : 読売新聞オンライン


温室ガス「排出権」ルール合意できず 新興国との溝深く COP25閉幕 - 毎日新聞


グレタさん「帰りの列車は超満員」 ドイツ鉄道とツイッターで小競り合い:AFPBB News

 このグレタさんの投稿に対し、ドイツ鉄道はドイツ語版のツイッター公式アカウントでいら立ち気味に反応。「親愛なるグレタさん、気候変動と闘うわれわれ鉄道労働者を支援してくれてありがとう」「ファーストクラス(1等車)であなたをおもてなししたフレンドリーで有能な弊社スタッフについても触れていただけたら良かったです」と投稿した。 ドイツ鉄道はさらにプレスリリースで、グレタさんら一行は「フランクフルト以降はファーストクラスに座っていた」と補足した。グレタさんはこれに対し再びツイッターで、フランクフルト駅以降は席が見つかったと述べ「問題はなかった」と投稿した。

数百万円の作品も、7歳の天才少年が絵画展 独ベルリン:AFPBB News

ドイツの天才少年ミカイル・アカー(Mikail Akar)君(7)がこのほど、同国の花形サッカー選手、マヌエル・ノイアー(Manuel Neuer)氏とコラボレーションした絵画展を首都ベルリンで開催した。

フランス女優のアンナ・カリーナさん死去 ゴダール監督の元妻 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 15 December 2019

U.S. Secretly Expelled Chinese Officials Suspected of Spying After Breach of Military Base - The New York Times

The American government secretly expelled two Chinese Embassy officials this fall after they drove on to a sensitive military base in Virginia, according to people with knowledge of the episode. The expulsions appear to be the first of Chinese diplomats suspected of espionage in more than 30 years.
American officials believe at least one of the Chinese officials was an intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover, said six people with knowledge of the expulsions.

Now for the Boris Johnson revolution - PM to wield axe in radical cabinet reshuffle | The Sunday Times

Boris Johnson has drawn up plans to run a “revolutionary” government that will see ministers sacked, Whitehall departments abolished and civil servants replaced by external experts in a bid to “reshape” the economy.
Up to a third of the cabinet face the sack in a February reshuffle after Brexit so that fresh faces can be brought in to create a “transformative” government focused on the needs of working-class voters who propelled him to a landslide victory last week.

BBC: TV licence fee decriminalisation being considered - BBC News

Rishi Sunak confirmed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a review of the sanction for non-payment of the £154.50 charge, which funds the BBC.
Prosecution for non-payment of the fee can currently end in a court appearance and potential fine of up to £1,000.
But the BBC warned decriminalisation could cost it £200m a year.

Rod Stewart becomes oldest male artist to top UK album chart - BBC News

The British singer's 10th chart topper You're In My Heart was released on 22 November.
But it rose to the top spot this week in a close race - with a difference of just 750 in sales between Sir Rod, Robbie Williams and The Who.
Sir Rod, who is 74 years and 11 months old, has taken the accolade from American singer Paul Simon.

Yuta Watanabe, Rui Hachimura make Japanese history in Grizzlies vs. Wizards

Yuta Watanabe and Rui Hachimura made Japanese sports history on Saturday as the Grizzlies and Wizards played at FedExForum.
Both players were on the court during a stretch of second quarter play, marking the first time in NBA history that two Japanese players have played against each other in a regular season game.
Hachimura and Watanabe are teammates on the Japanese national team.

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ハンガリー、劇場を政府管理に 演目を管理か  :日本経済新聞


Intel、極低温環境で動作する量子ビット制御チップ「Horse Ridge」 ~スケーラブルな量子コンピュータ実現に向け開発 - PC Watch

 今回のHorse Ridgeは、極低温(約4K)で動作するよう設計されており、量子ビット制御を極低温冷蔵庫に(量子ビット自体にできるだけ近い位置に)統合することを目的として開発。これにより従来の量子コンピュータで必要だった数百本のケーブルを排除し、量子制御工学の複雑さを大きく軽減するという。

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News Headlines - 14 December 2019

Japan's Hoya to launch $1.4 billion counter-bid for Toshiba unit NuFlare - Reuters

Japan’s Hoya Corp said on Friday it would make a $1.4 billion counter-bid for NuFlare Technology Inc in what could become a hostile offer for the Toshiba Corp unit, which the electronics conglomerate plans to buy out.
Hoya’s interest in the manufacturer of chip-making equipment further complicates a deal already being challenged by Japanese activist investor Yoshiaki Murakami, which has amassed a 6.2% stake.
With Hoya offering a sweeter deal, it could also become another test case for Japan’s corporate governance when it comes to seeking higher returns for shareholders. Hoya is offering 12,900 yen - or 1,000 yen more than Toshiba - valuing NuFlare at 147.7 billion yen ($1.4 billion).

Kokuyo's Bid for Pentel Ends in Failure | Nippon.com

Japanese stationery maker Pentel Co. has successfully blocked an unwanted bid from industry leader Kokuyo Co., its largest shareholder.
Pentel said Friday that more than 50 pct of its total outstanding shares are now in the hands of parties against Kokuyo's bid to buy the company, including a Pentel employee shareholder association and industry peer Plus Corp.
Kokuyo, which has purchased more shares in Pentel to make it a subsidiary, failed to secure a majority stake in the target company. To fend off Kokuyo's bid, Pentel has asked Plus for a capital partnership.

UN official: Chilean police abused protester's human rights

A U.N. human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.
The report was released by the U.N. Human Rights Office, which is headed by former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet - a domestic political rival of current President Sebastián Piñera.
The high commissioner’s report, which drew push-back from Chilean officials, urged the government to allow its citizens to peacefully demonstrate without being physically harmed.

John Lennon's sunglasses sell for £137,000 - BBC News

A pair of John Lennon's sunglasses have sold for £137,500.
The Beatles star left the round-rimmed glasses in the back of Ringo Starr's Mercedes in the summer of 1968.
Former chauffeur Alan Herring, who sold them at auction at Sotheby's in London, said he noticed at the time that they were damaged... Mr Herring said he never did get them fixed. They were sold to an unnamed bidder on Friday.

Zagitova takes break from figure skating | NHK WORLD

Olympic figure skating gold medalist Alina Zagitova says she is taking a break from competition this winter.
The 17-year-old told a Russian TV program on Friday that she would not take part in the national championships later this month. That will make her ineligible for the European and world championships early next year.
She spoke of the need to get her motivation back, and also suggested she will focus on non-competitive ice shows in the future.

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トランプ大統領の弾劾訴追決議案を可決 米下院司法委 | NHKニュース


米中、貿易協議「第1段階」合意 追加関税の発動見送り―来月めど署名:時事ドットコム


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COP25 排出権「市場メカニズム」交渉難航 閉会、14日に延期 - 毎日新聞


ロスネフチ、北極圏の油田開発で日本企業に出資打診=関係筋 - ロイター


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News Headlines - 13 December 2019

Honda to debut Japan's first 'eyes-off' self-driving car next year - Nikkei Asian Review

Honda Motor will release a car next summer that can pilot itself with a driver's hands off the wheel and eyes off the road -- a first for a Japanese automaker, Nikkei has learned.
The partial self-driving technology will be incorporated into the Legend, Honda's flagship luxury model. The car is expected to retail for around 10 million yen ($91,000), which would make it 40% more expensive than the standard model.
With Level-3 autonomy, the car can drive itself for extended periods, although the car warns the driver to take over when necessary. Under normal conditions, the person sitting in the driver's seat of the new Legend will not need to keep an eye on the road, leaving the "driver" free to fiddle with a smartphone or watch TV. That level of automation is categorized as Level 3 on a five-tier scale. Level 5 translates to fully autonomous driving.

Japan's dispatch of helicopter carrier to Middle East set for Cabinet approval on Dec. 23 | The Japan Times

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party endorsed a draft plan Friday for an independent mission to the Middle East for Self-Defense Forces ships, including one of its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers, paving the way for Cabinet approval later this month.
The draft, which is likely to be approved Dec. 23 by the Cabinet, stresses the importance of ensuring the safety of navigation for Japan-related vessels operating in the Middle East and stipulates the dispatch of a helicopter carrier and patrol aircraft as well as some 250 SDF personnel to boost intelligence gathering in the region.

Russia Aircraft Carrier Fire: Latest Mishap for Admiral Kuznetsov - Bloomberg

A fire broke out on Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, injuring as many as 12 crew members and killing at least one person, in the latest mishap to plague the Soviet-built vessel.
The blaze started in the ship’s power plant while the vessel was moored at the Arctic port of Murmansk for an overhaul. The fire spread to an area of as much as 600 square meters (6,500 square feet), Russian media reports said.

Labour's 'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner loses seat to Conservatives after 49 years - Derbyshire Times

Labour veteran Dennis Skinner has lost his seat to the Conservatives after almost half a century in last night’s Tory landslide.
The 87-year-old was dealt a devastating blow after 49 years at Westminster as his 5,288 majority was wiped out by the national Tory surge... Mr Skinner saw his vote share drop 16 percentage points as the Conservatives and the Brexit Party picked up huge gains in a 11.4 per cent swing to the Tories.
It means Mark Fletcher has become the first Conservative MP, and only Bolsover's third member of parliament since the seat was created in the 1950s.

8-year jail term sought for ex-top bureaucrat for murdering son

Prosecutors on Friday sought an eight-year jail term for a former top bureaucrat at the farm ministry for killing his socially reclusive son in his high-profile trial in Tokyo... The defense team sought a suspended term, saying the defendant had supported his eldest son with a development disorder for a long time and committed murder to save his own life after his son had threatened to kill him.

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保守党、単独過半数へ 来月EU離脱―ジョンソン首相が勝利宣言・英総選挙:時事ドットコム


英総選挙で歴史的大敗の労働党、コービン氏「次の選挙は率いない」:AFPBB News

12日に投開票が行われた英総選挙で最大野党・労働党の大敗が決定的となったことを受け、ジェレミー・コービン(Jeremy Corbyn)党首(70)は「今後の選挙で労働党を率いることはない」と述べた。……出口調査によると、労働党の獲得議席は改選前から52減らした191議席で、1935年以来最低となった。

欧州株式市場に時短論 「1時間半短縮」金融2団体が提言 :日本経済新聞


温暖化ガス排出、50年に実質ゼロ EU首脳会議で合意  :日本経済新聞


パリ五輪、サーフィンはタヒチで 地球の裏、異例の選定 | 共同通信


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News Headlines - 12 December 2019

Evo Morales Lands in Argentina, Where He Will Be Granted Refugee Status - The New York Times

Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales arrived on Thursday in Argentina, where he will be granted refugee status, Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Sola said.
Mr. Morales was granted asylum to travel to Argentina and had made the request for refugee status to stay, Mr. Sola said on the news channel TN. Four other people had also requested asylum, Mr. Sola said.
Mr. Morales had previously been in Mexico, where he was granted asylum after his resignation in the wake of a disputed election which the Organization of American States said was rigged in his favor.

Koizumi's lack of COP 25 coal commitments 'wins' Japan 2nd 'Fossil' award - The Mainichi

Japan was given a second "Fossil of the Day" satirical award from an international conservation group Wednesday after the country's environment minister failed to commit to the phasing out of coal-fired power generation in a speech at a U.N. climate conference.
The nongovernmental organization Climate Action Network said Japan "rejected yet another opportunity...to end financing for coal," after Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said at the Madrid meeting, "I'm afraid I cannot share any new development on our coal policy today."

Japan's Yamada Denki to acquire feud-torn furniture seller - Reuters

Japanese electronics retailer Yamada Denki Co will take over home furnishing store Otsuka Kagu, the companies said on Thursday, after the furniture chain struggled to compete with cheaper rivals and to overcome a family-and-boardroom feud.

Painting found hidden in Italian gallery wall may be stolen Klimt | The Guardian

Italian police are investigating after a painting believed to be a Gustav Klimt stolen almost 23 years ago was discovered hidden in a wall of the gallery where it had previously been on display.
The location of Portrait of a Lady, one of the world’s most sought-after missing artworks, has been a mystery since it was stolen in 1997.
On Tuesday, a gardener clearing up ivy on an exterior wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery, in the northern city of Piacenza, discovered a metal panel which, when opened, revealed a cavity with a painting in a bag.

NSW fires so destructive thousands of koala bodies may never be found, ecologist says | Australia news | The Guardian

Fires burning around New South Wales have razed koala habitats so extensively “we will probably never find the bodies”, an ecologist has told a parliamentary inquiry.
On Monday the NSW upper house inquiry held an urgent hearing into the state’s koala population and habitat after this season’s “unprecedented” bushfires destroyed millions of hectares of forest.
Some 90 fires continue to burn across the state, half of which are uncontained.

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東京新聞:イスラエル、3月総選挙へ 1年間で3度目 連立不調、政局混乱


9歳で大学卒業か 大学側と父親の意見対立で中退 ベルギー | NHKニュース


CNN.co.jp : スコッチウイスキー、世界最大級のコレクションが競売に


グレタさん、米誌タイムの2019年「今年の人」に:AFPBB News

米誌タイム(Time)は11日、2019年の「今年の人(Person of the Year)」に、スウェーデンの高校生環境活動家グレタ・トゥンベリ(Greta Thunberg)さん(16)を選出したと発表した。……グレタさんの写真が掲載された同誌の表紙には、「若者の力(The Power of Youth)」との副題が添えられている。

ワインスタイン被告、セクハラ訴えた女優ら30人超と和解金27億円で合意:AFPBB News

性的暴行などの罪で起訴されている米ハリウッド(Hollywood)の元大物プロデューサー、ハーヴェイ・ワインスタイン(Harvey Weinstein)被告(67)が、民事訴訟でセクシュアルハラスメント(性的嫌がらせ)被害を訴えた女優や元従業員30人以上と、和解金2500万ドル(約27億円)の支払いで合意したことが分かった。……破産した被告の映画会社ワインスタイン・カンパニー(The Weinstein Company)の保険会社が和解金の支払いを引き受けるという。

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News Headlines - 11 December 2019

Denso to Pay 25 M. Canadian Dlrs to Settle Antitrust Suits | Nippon.com

Japanese auto parts maker Denso Corp. has agreed to pay 25.16 million Canadian dollars to settle antitrust lawsuits in Canada.
The settlement will become final after court procedures are completed, Denso said Monday.
The plaintiffs had claimed that they incurred damages as a result of Denso's alleged violations of the Canadian competition law over auto parts.

Muji ordered to pay Chinese firm US$89,000 and apologise after losing trademark appeal | South China Morning Post

Japanese retailer Muji has been ordered to pay 626,000 yuan (US$89,000) and issue a public apology to a Chinese company after losing its appeal against an earlier court ruling on a trademark infringement.
At a hearing last month, the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing upheld a 2017 ruling in favour of Natural Mill, whose parent company Beijing Cottonfield Textile Corp owns a trademarked name used by Muji.

Teenager, 2 men referred to Tokyo prosecutors over online uranium trade - The Mainichi

Police referred a 17-year-old high school student and two men to prosecutors on Tuesday over their alleged involvement in the online trading of uranium in violation of Japanese law regulating nuclear materials.
The male teenager from Tokyo and a 61-year-old pharmacist in Ibaraki Prefecture are suspected of purchasing the chemicals from a 24-year-old temporary worker in Nagano Prefecture on an online auction site between October 2017 and January 2018, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
The purchasers paid between 5,000 yen ($46) and 30,000 yen for uranium substances that emitted minute amounts of radiation, the police said.

Duterte to end martial law in Philippine south after 2 years

President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to end more than two years of martial law in the southern Philippines after government forces weakened Islamic militant groups there with the capture and killing of their leaders, his spokesman said Tuesday.
Duterte placed the Mindanao region under martial law after hundreds of local militants aligned with the Islamic State group and backed by foreign fighters occupied buildings, a commercial district and communities in Marawi city starting May 23, 2017, in the worst security crisis Duterte has faced... Duterte decided not to further extend martial law, which expires at the end of the year, after his defense and security advisers provided an assessment that “the terrorist and extremist rebellion” has been weakened with the losses of the militants’ leaders and a drop in crime in the region, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

Kosovo declares Peter Handke ′persona non grata′ | DW

Austrian writer Peter Handke has been declared a "persona non grata" in Kosovo over his position on late Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli declared on Wednesday, a day after Handke was handed the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm... Handke has been a vocal supporter of Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, which saw Serb forces commit war crimes in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia. Most notably, he gave a eulogy at the funeral of Milosevic 2006. Milosevic died while on trial for war crimes in The Hague.

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米下院委が弾劾訴追決議案 「権力乱用」「議会妨害」を明記 - 産経ニュース


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アギーレ元監督が無罪、八百長疑惑で日本代表解任 : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 10 December 2019

Former head of defense agency shot in northeastern Japan - The Mainichi

Former Defense Agency Director General Tokuichiro Tamazawa was shot in the northeastern Japanese prefecture of Iwate on Tuesday afternoon, and a man later turned himself in with a handgun, investigative sources said.
The 81-year-old former head of the agency, which was upgraded to the Defense Ministry in 2007, sustained a non-life-threatening wound as he was shot in the leg near his home in the city of Morioka, according to family members... The police and the investigative sources quoted the suspect as saying he "had a grudge" against Tamazawa because of matters related to an election and money trouble.

Seven-Eleven failed to pay wage portions to store workers for years

Seven-Eleven Japan Co. said Tuesday it failed to pay a portion of overtime wages to at least 30,000 employees at its franchise stores for years due to a miscalculation in the convenience store chain's payroll system.
Japan's largest convenience store chain also said the miscalculation was discovered in a probe at one of its franchisees by the government's Labor Standards Inspection Office in 2001, but it has neglected to make the lacking payments or publicize the matter, the company said.
The amount of overtime wages that went unpaid due to an error in the algorithm used for wage calculation totals at least 490 million yen ($4.5 million), according to the company.

Nissan faces $22 million fine for misreporting Ghosn pay | AFP.com

Nissan should be fined $22 million for filing documents that under-reported the compensation of former chief Carlos Ghosn, Japanese regulators recommended Tuesday, with troubled the firm saying it would not dispute the penalty.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SESC) made the recommendation as Ghosn, who was arrested in November last year, awaits trial in Tokyo on four charges of financial misconduct.

Former Fed Chair Paul Volcker dies | NHK WORLD

Former US Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker passed away on Sunday. He was 92.
Volcker was known for raising interest rates to exceptionally high levels around 1980 to fight inflation, and for tackling the 2008 financial crisis.
Born in 1927, Volcker served in key positions, including president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He then headed the central bank's policy board from 1979 for eight years.

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo | Al Jazeera

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has received the Nobel Peace Prize and hailed the role played by former foe Eritrea in resolving the long-running conflict between the two countries.

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ウクライナ和平、完全停戦で合意 4国会議、捕虜交換も | 共同通信


新NAFTA修正合意、10日署名の見通し-3カ国がメキシコ市で - Bloomberg


WTO、上級委が機能不全に 米が委員選任改めて拒否 - ロイター


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ロシア五輪&パラ除外、プーチン大統領反発「憲章違反だ」CAS判断が焦点に― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 09 December 2019

UN Assembly calls on all States to observe Olympic Truce throughout Tokyo Summer Games | UN News

The symbolic Truce would start one week before the XXXII Olympiad, set for 24 July to 9 August 2020, and the XVI Paralympic Game, to be held from 25 August to 6 September 2020.
Adopting a consensus resolution, the 193-Member Assembly underlined the importance of cooperating to “collectively implement the values of the Olympic truce around the world,” and agreed to “cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee in their efforts to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond” the holding of the Games.

NHK to cut online service budget as part of bid to start internet simulcasts | The Japan Times

Responding to a request by the communications ministry, NHK will cut its budget for online services as part of its efforts to win government approval for simultaneous broadcasting of all of its television programs on the internet.
NHK also said Monday it will reduce the number of its satellite TV channels from the current four to three as part of efforts to streamline operations.
The public broadcaster apparently announced the measures to allay criticism over its ballooning operations while aiming to boost support for its full-scale online simulcast service.

Mitsubishi Electric worker investigated over suicide of recruit | The Japan Times

A Mitsubishi Electric Corp. employee has been referred to prosecutors for allegedly abetting suicide after one of the company’s recruits killed himself in August, company and other sources said Saturday.
The Nov. 14 referral of the man, in his 30s, came as police questioned him over information that he had regularly subjected the new employee, in his 20s, to verbal abuse... The trainer told an internal investigation that he did not tell the trainee to go die, but may have said something similar, according to the sources. Other colleagues have testified the trainee had been verbally abused.

NLRB investigating Google over labor practices and employee firings - CNN

Google is under investigation by the US government over its labor practices and the firing of several employees.
The National Labor Relations Board confirmed to CNN Business it launched an investigation following a formal complaint filed by four fired employees alleging they were let go for speaking out against Google and its practices, such as having controversial government contracts. The news was first reported by CNBC.

Pete Frates, A Driving Force Behind The Viral Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies At 34 : NPR

Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball star whose battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis inspired the viral Ice Bucket Challenge and raised millions for ALS research, died Monday at age 34... Frates did not invent the Ice Bucket Challenge, but he helped it gain national attention. The idea originated with another ALS patient, Patrick Quinn, whom Frates met online and later befriended.

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ベラルーシと露「連合国家条約」20年、統合深化 中国は影響力拡大  - 毎日新聞


次期首相に34歳女性 フィンランド史上最年少:時事ドットコム


ジョンソン首相、自身の選挙区で苦戦か 25歳野党対抗馬に勢い―英総選挙:時事ドットコム


認知症新薬、異例の再挑戦 エーザイとバイオジェン  :日本経済新聞




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News Headlines - 08 December 2019

Protesters Mount Largest Rally in Six Months: Hong Kong Update - Bloomberg

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong to mark Human Rights Day and press for greater democracy in the city in the biggest rally in about six months.
The rally and march from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to the Central was the first Civil Human Rights Front-organized event in four months to be given the go-ahead by the government. The front estimated that about 800,000 people took part, while police put the figure at 183,000.

At Japan’s Most Elite University, Just 1 in 5 Students Is a Woman - The New York Times

From a young age, Satomi Hayashi studied hard and excelled academically. It seemed only natural that she would follow in her father’s footsteps and attend the University of Tokyo, Japan’s most prestigious institution... When she arrived three years ago, fewer than one in five undergraduates at the university were women.
The dearth of women at Todai is a byproduct of deep-seated gender inequality in Japan, where women are still not expected to achieve as much as men and sometimes hold themselves back from educational opportunities.

Vienna opera house stages first opera by woman - BBC News

For the first time in its 150-year history, the Vienna State Opera is staging an opera by a woman.
Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth has written a new opera based on Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel Orlando which deals with themes of gender fluidity and duality... Orlando lives for centuries, beginning as a man in Elizabethan England and then changing into a woman.
Olga Neuwirth says androgyny and the rejection of gender stereotypes have inspired her ever since she first read Woolf's novel as a teenager.

Virgin Trains' final service from London to Manchester cut short due to a 'fault' | London Evening Standard

Virgin Trains' last ever service from London to Manchester set off last night - but then failed to reach its destination due to a fault.
Customers on the train, which was the final Virgin would run on the West Coast Main Line, spoke of their journey stopping short at Stockport.
Virgin services on the line will now be taken over by Avanti West Coast, ending more than 20 years of Virgin services on the line.

Missing Polish goalkeeper: Appeal to trace Kamil Biecke from Luton, feared dead - BBC News

Police searching for an ex-professional goalkeeper who went missing a year ago have appealed to people who knew him from casinos or betting shops for help.
Kamil Biecke, 35, played for Polish side Baltyk Gdynia until 2013 before moving to the UK in 2016.
He was last seen on Maple Road in Luton in the early hours of 8 December 2018.

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米とタリバン協議再開 3カ月ぶり、カタールで :日本経済新聞


独SPD、即時の連立離脱は回避 党政策で条件闘争 :日本経済新聞


メルケル独首相、アウシュビッツ初訪問 「深き恥」表明:AFPBB News

ドイツのアンゲラ・メルケル(Angela Merkel)首相(65)が6日、在任中の14年間で初めて、ナチス・ドイツ(Nazi)がポーランドに設置したアウシュビッツ・ビルケナウ(Auschwitz-Birkenau)強制収容所を訪れた。……ホロコースト(Holocaust、ユダヤ人大量虐殺)の象徴である同収容所の跡地を訪れたのは、ドイツ首相としてはメルケル氏が3人目。1945年1月27日に同収容所がソ連軍によって解放されてから来月で75年となり、これを前にしたメルケル氏による同地訪問は重要な政治的メッセージと受け止められている。

BMWがデンソーなど2社を提訴、空調部品の価格操作で=独紙 - ロイター


英 ガーディアン 、次期CEOが直面する「綱渡り」 | DIGIDAY[日本版]

ガーディアン(The Guardian)の現CEOであるデビッド・ペムゼル氏は来年4月よりも前、どこかの段階で現職を離れ、プレミアリーグ(the Premier League)のチーフ・エグゼクティブになる予定だ。……ペムゼル氏のもと、ガーディアン・ニュース・アンド・メディア(The Guardian News & Media)は今年、損益分岐点を達成した。これは20年に渡り、大きな借金を何度も繰り返してきてのことだ。ペイウォールを固めることをせず、一度限りの寄付から定期的な寄付へとシフトすることで、読者からの直接収益をさらに増やすという野心的な戦略には懐疑的な声も挙がったが、この戦略変更が正しかったことを証明した形だ。

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News Headlines - 07 December 2019

Pensacola shooting: Saudi national is suspected gunman in deadly attack at Naval Air Station - CNN

The gunman in a deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian military involved in flight training at the station, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday... Three people were killed in the shooting and at least eight others were injured and taken to a hospital, authorities said.
Two law enforcement sources told CNN the shooter, who was killed, has been identified as Saudi Arabian national Mohammed Alshamrani.

Opec and Russia agree deeper production cuts to prop up oil prices | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia moved aggressively to prop up the oil market, agreeing additional curbs in production on top of sealing a new output deal with Opec and its allies.
The so-called Opec+ alliance, which also includes Russia, agreed curbs of 500,000 barrels per day on Friday after two days of fraught meetings in Vienna, with Saudi Arabia pledging additional voluntary cuts of a further 400,000 b/d.

Climate change: Oceans running out of oxygen as temperatures rise - BBC News

Climate change and nutrient pollution are driving the oxygen from our oceans, and threatening many species of fish.
That's the conclusion of the biggest study of its kind, undertaken by conservation group IUCN... Around 700 ocean sites are now suffering from low oxygen, compared with 45 in the 1960s.

Thunberg arrives at COP25 to lead mass protest | Al Jazeera

Greta Thunberg marked her arrival at the COP25 Conference on Climate Change on Friday with a strongly word plea for it "to lead to something concrete, an increase in awareness, and for people in power to grasp the urgency of the climate crisis - because right now it doesn't seem like they are".

Trump Says He Will Delay Terrorist Designation for Mexican Cartels - The New York Times

President Trump said Friday that he would temporarily hold off on designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations, saying he was doing so at the request of the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador... Mr. Trump did not make clear how long he was prepared to delay the designation or what precisely the Mexican president had requested.

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スロバキア前首相を少数民族ロマ差別で訴追 FBにヘイト投稿 - 毎日新聞


日立、英高速鉄道の車両・保守受注 500億円で  :日本経済新聞


CNN.co.jp : 日産が米工場の操業停止へ、来月2日と3日の2日間


ウーバー、2018年に米国で約3000件の性的暴行事件の報告 - ロイター


米雇用統計、11月は26万人増に回復 利下げ休止へ :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 06 December 2019

EU Confirms its Firm Stance on All Stablecoins, Not Facebook's Libra Only

The EU has taken a firm stance on stablecoins. But a senior government official in Lithuania says the move will not stop stablecoin operators from proceeding with their plans as the EU is not against innovations and simplified payments.
Today, the Council and the Commission adopted a joint statement, warning that no global stablecoin project should receive the green light in the EU “until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and addressed.”

Hard disk drives with taxpayer details sold online | NHK WORLD

Officials of Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, say hard disk drives with taxpayers' personal information were auctioned online. An employee of an outside contractor is suspected of selling the disks.

Pearl Harbor shooting: Gunman identified as Navy petty officer

The shooter was a Navy petty officer who had been standing watch when he used a service weapon to kill two civilians and wounded a third, according to a Defense official who was not authorized to speak publicly because the attack is under investigation.
The shooter, identified as Gabriel Romero, had been facing non-judicial punishment for a minor offense and was considered a disgruntled sailor, the source said.

Ethiopia PM should talk to media when collecting Peace Prize -Nobel committee - Reuters

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will not talk to the news media when he is in Oslo next week to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, drawing rare criticism from the award committee, which says a free and independent press is vital.

Moncler Shares Jump On Reports Of Talks With Gucci Owner Kering

A battle of two of the world’s biggest luxury groups is heating up once more, as Gucci parent company Kering is reportedly seeking to strike a deal with high-end coat maker Moncler, just days after rival LVMH struck a record $16.2 billion deal for American jeweler Tiffany.

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トランプ氏弾劾訴追へ  米民主、決議案作成を指示 月内に採決の構え :日本経済新聞


トランプ氏、他国首脳の笑い草?=延々続く冒頭会見で―NATO:AFPBB News


米、ロシアのハッカー集団に制裁 40カ国で100億円窃取:時事ドットコム


HPEのサーバー向けSAS SSD、稼働32,768時間超えでデータ喪失。復旧も不可 - PC Watch

Hewlett Packard Enterprise(HPE)が11月29日に公開したサポート文書によれば、同社のサーバーやストレージ製品に使われている特定のSAS SSDにおいて、稼働時間が32,768時間を超えると、復旧が不可になる深刻な不具合が発生するとした。
 HPEによると、SSD製造業者から特定のSAS SSDモデルのファームウェア障害についての通知を受けたという。これらのSSDは、ProLiant、Synergy、Apollo、JBOD D3xxx/D6xxx/D8xxx、MSA、StoreVirtual 4335/3200といった多くのHPE製サーバー/ストレージで使われている。

サウジ国営石油アラムコIPO、史上最大の2.8兆円調達:AFPBB News

サウジアラビアの国営石油会社サウジ・アラムコ(Saudi Aramco)は5日、新規株式公開(IPO)の公開価格を仮価格の上限に設定した。複数の情報筋がAFPに明らかにした。同社はIPOで256億ドル(約2兆8000億円)の調達を見込む。

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News Headlines - 05 December 2019

US says Iran protest death toll may surpass 1,000

The United States said Thursday that Iranian authorities may have killed more than 1,000 people in a crackdown on demonstrations, which Washington cast as the clerical regime's worst-ever internal challenge.

Tories promise Brexit and Budget in first 100 days - BBC News

Boris Johnson has promised to pass his Brexit deal and bring a Budget within 100 days if he is elected PM.
The Tory leader said it would include his pledge to raise the National Insurance threshold to £9,500, along with cash for schools and the NHS.

California Recovers $23M From Auto Parts Makers' Bid Rigging - The New York Times

California has recovered more than $23 million from settlements with 52 automobile parts manufacturers for illegal bid rigging that jacked up consumer costs, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Wednesday... The state's largest such settlement, $4.25 million, was reached this week with DENSO Corp., though some settlements with other companies date to 2015.

Dog or wolf? Frozen 18,000-year-old puppy gives scientists pause

An 18,000-year-old puppy buried for centuries in a lump of frozen mud was unveiled on Monday by scientists who hope it can help bridge the connection between dogs and wolves.
The puppy, which was male, was discovered 18 months ago, preserved in a layer of permafrost in Siberia’s Far Eastern reaches, according to Dave Stanton, a research fellow at the Center for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm and one of the scientists who examined its DNA.

Kentucky and Michigan to Play a Game in London Next Season - The New York Times

Kentucky and Michigan will play a game in London next season as part of a new deal between the men’s basketball programs that lets Kentucky showcase its team abroad and gives Michigan a multiyear series against one of the top universities in the sport... The London game is scheduled for December 2020 at the O2 arena, a stadium that has been used by the N.B.A. over the past few seasons.

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ファーウェイが米政府を提訴、安全保障上の脅威指定は不当と主張 - ロイター


独、ロシア外交官2人を追放 殺人事件に関与疑惑:時事ドットコム


スコットランド、独立機運が再燃=地域政党に勢い―英総選挙:AFPBB News


フランスで大スト始まる 年金改革に反対 9割国鉄止まる - 産経ニュース


松本零士さんが退院 イタリアから帰国へ - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 04 December 2019

Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan | NHK WORLD

Afghan officials say at least six people are dead including a well-known Japanese doctor after gunmen opened fire on their car. Tetsu Nakamura was 73.
Nakamura was renowned for his aid work in the country. He led the Japanese based non-governmental organization Peshawar-kai, a group that helped to rebuild the war-torn country.

Trump Administration Considers 14,000 More Troops for Mideast - WSJ

The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East to counter Iran, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops, U.S. officials said.
The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month, those officials said.

Protests spread over gang-rape, brutal murder of Indian doctor | New Straits Times

Protests over the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor spread to cities across India on Monday as people demanded tough and swift punishments, including public lynchings, to stop crimes against women.
The woman was raped, asphyxiated and her dead body then set alight on Nov 27 on the outskirts of the southern city of Hyderabad, according to police. Four men aged between 20 and 28 years have been arrested in connection with the crime.

South Korean prosecutors raid presidential office | NHK WORLD

South Korean media say prosecutors raided the presidential office on Wednesday. They suspect the office of illegally terminating a bribery investigation involving former Busan vice mayor, Yoo Jae-soo.
Prosecutors requested that the office submit related documents voluntarily. Yoo was arrested last month on suspicion of receiving about 40,000 dollars in bribes since 2016.

Google Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to Step Down - Bloomberg

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as leaders of parent company Alphabet Inc., ending day-to-day involvement as regulators intensify scrutiny of an internet industry the two men helped create... In 2015, Google reorganized into the Alphabet holding company, and Page and Brin stepped back by naming Pichai CEO of Google.

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NY株、一時400ドル下落 トランプ大統領の発言受け:朝日新聞デジタル


米司法省、ダンスケ銀マネロン疑惑巡るドイツ銀への調査拡大=関係筋 - ロイター


フィンランド首相が辞任、スト対応巡り連立与党の一部が不信任表明 - ロイター


NATO発足70年、英国で首脳会議 影落とす米欧不和 - 毎日新聞


ロシア、145選手データに改ざん WADA内部報告書  :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 03 December 2019

North Korea warns Donald Trump he’ll receive a ‘Christmas gift’ if US misses nuke talks deadline

NORTH Korea today issued a very chilly festive warning to Donald Trump by saying it is “up to the US what Christmas gift it will get” from the rogue state.
Kim Jong-un has given the White House until December 31 to end what it calls ongoing “hostility” while warning time is running out to salvage nuclear missile talks.

China's facial recognition roll out reaches into mobile phones, shops and homes - Japan Today

China on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services, a move the government says is aimed at cracking down on fraud.
The rules, first announced in September, mean millions more people will come under the purview of facial recognition technology in China.

Japan factory activity shrinks in November as export slump deepens - Japan Today

Japanese manufacturing activity contracted again in November, with export orders at their weakest in five months due to slowing foreign demand, including from China.
The Jibun Bank Final Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) edged up to 48.9 on a seasonally adjusted basis, up a notch from last week's preliminary reading of 48.6 and compared to October's final reading of 48.4.
Despite the slower pace of decline, the index stayed below the 50.0 threshold that separates contraction from expansion for a seventh month, marking the longest such run since a nine-month stretch from June 2012 to February 2013.

ISU apologises after nominating 'offensive' Auschwitz uniform for costume of year | The Guardian

The International Skating Union has reversed its decision to nominate an “irresponsible and offensive” costume made up of Auschwitz uniforms for its end of year awards.
This year, Russia’s Anton Shulepov has competed in the free skate program to the theme from Schindler’s List, wearing a costume that uses elements of prisoner and guard uniforms from Auschwitz, where more than one million Jews, Poles, Roma and prisoners of war were killed by the Nazi regime during the second world war.

Greta Thunberg arrives in Lisbon after three-week voyage from US | The Guardian

The climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in Lisbon after a three-week catamaran voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the US.
The Swedish teenager now plans to head to Spain to attend the UN climate conference in Madrid.

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中国 米の「香港人権法」受け対抗措置 米軍艦船の香港寄港拒否 | NHKニュース


トランプ陣営、ブルームバーグに大統領選の取材許可証出さず - ロイター




CNN.co.jp : カナダで「廃棄」の木製ソーラーボート、大西洋横断しアイルランドに漂着


メッシ、4年ぶりにバロンドールを受賞! 歴代最多6度目の快挙に | サッカーキング


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News Headlines - 02 December 2019

Facebook Removes Seven U.K. Tory Party Ads After BBC Complaint - Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. removed seven Conservative Party social media ads on Sunday after the British Broadcasting Corp. complained they distorted the perception of the news service’s impartiality.
“We have removed this content following a valid intellectual property claim from the rights holder, the BBC,” a Facebook spokesman said in an emailed response to questions.
We’re aware of Conservative Party Facebook adverts using edited BBC content. This is a completely unacceptable use of BBC content which distorts our output and which could damage perceptions of our impartiality. We are asking the Conservatives to remove these adverts.

Trump renews tariff threat on Brazil and Argentina - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump announced Monday that the US will "restore" steel and aluminum tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, citing a "massive devaluation of their currencies."
... Formal notices of the tariffs were not immediately announced by the Treasury or Commerce Departments or the Office of the US Trade Representative. Both Brazil and Argentina were exempted from 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs last year when Trump was attempting to avoid a trade war with those countries.

Hong Kong Unrest Costs GDP Growth 2 Percentage Points - Bloomberg

Hong Kong is expected to record its first budget deficit since 2004 with the economy sustaining damage equivalent to 2 percentage points of output growth, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said... Almost six months of ongoing protests and export pressure from the U.S.-China trade war have put enormous strain on Hong Kong this year.

Second terror suspect returned to prison as officers begin working through list of 69 suspects

A total of 69 violent jihadists, who have been released from prison early, will have their licence conditions tightened as part of the government's crackdown in the wake of Usman Khan's London Bridge attack.
Two convicted terrorists have already been recalled to prison since Friday's outrage and around half a dozen more are expected to join them in the coming days.

Sperm whale dies with 100kg 'litter ball' in its stomach - BBC News

A sperm whale which died after stranding on the Isle of Harris had a 100kg "litter ball" in its stomach.
Fishing nets, rope, packing straps, bags and plastic cups were among the items discovered in a compacted mass.

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EU初の女性委員長が就任 大統領も始動、新体制に:時事ドットコム


カーニー英中銀総裁、年俸1ドルで気候変動国連特使に-金融業界主導 - Bloomberg


ドイツ極右、党首交代 政権獲得へ穏健路線? :日本経済新聞


欧州飲食店、宅配サービスで収益拡大=ウーバーイーツ調査 - ロイター


Foorin team E、「パプリカ」英語版「Paprika」MV公開&全世界配信開始 CD化も決定 | 福井新聞ONLINE

シンガー・ソングライター米津玄師によって選ばれた英語ネイティブの5人組こどもユニット、Foorin team E(フーリン・チームイー)が歌う「パプリカ」の英語詞版「Paprika」のミュージックビデオ(MV)がYouTubeで公開されるとともに、全世界でデジタル配信リリースされた。

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News Headlines - 01 December 2019

Suicide of ex-JDI official in embezzlement case | NHK WORLD

NHK has learned that a former senior official of LCD panel maker Japan Display died in a suspected suicide after having been dismissed for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars of the company's money... Japan Display, or JDI, disclosed last month that the accountant embezzled nearly 580 million yen, or more than 5 million dollars, over a four-year period until October 2018.

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide - BBC News

Daimler, the German carmaker that owns Mercedes-Benz, has said it will shed at least 10,000 jobs worldwide as it seeks to fund the switch to electric cars.
Daimler personnel chief Wilfried Porth told journalists the number of jobs lost would be "in the five figures".
The move comes days after rival Audi said it would cut 9,500 of its 61,000 jobs in Germany for similar reasons.

Apple 'taking a deeper look' at map policies after calling Crimea part of Russia - Reuters

Apple Inc is “taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders” after it referred to the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia in its Maps and Weather apps for Russian users, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Reuters that Apple has not made any changes to its maps outside of Russia and made the change for Russian users because of a new law that went into effect in that country.

Australia’s first underwater hotel opens at the Great Barrier Reef | PerthNow

Newly-released pictures of Reefsuites on the reconstructed pontoon at Hardy Reef - which was badly damaged in 2017's Cyclone Debbie - show aquarium-like partially glass-bottomed rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Guests will be able to observe the reef and all its wildlife after dark when the two rooms open to the public from December 1.

How Edinburgh became the Aids capital of Europe - BBC News

While Glasgow had more users, it was Edinburgh where the Aids epidemic hit hardest.
And Dr Roy Robertson, a GP on the sprawling Muirhouse estate, was among the first doctors to work out why.
He made the connection between addicts' habit of sharing needles and the city's spiralling Aids crisis.

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ドイツ社民党首選、連立懐疑派が勝利 メルケル政権打撃 :日本経済新聞


拿捕された全長20mの麻薬密輸用潜水艇、3人目の乗員逮捕 スペイン:AFPBB News


米IT4強で従業員数100万人超 増す発言力  :日本経済新聞


東京新聞:ロシアの宇宙基地建設で巨大汚職 約187億円、プーチン氏が激怒


ポルトガル、フランス、ドイツの“死の組”誕生!…EURO2020の組み合わせ決定 | サッカーキング


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