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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