2019.12.03

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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