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News Headlines - 29 February 2020

Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy newspaper tycoon Jimmy Lai and Labour Party vice-chair Lee Cheuk-yan | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

Hong Kong police have arrested Jimmy Lai, the owner of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily, as well as the vice-chair of the Labour Party Lee Cheuk-yan.
Police descended on the pro-democracy figures’ homes on Friday morning, according to activist Figo Chan and local media. Both were arrested on suspicion of taking part in an illegal assembly during an anti-extradition law demonstration last August 31... According to Now TV, Lai - aged 71 - was also arrested for allegedly blackmailing an Oriental Daily journalist in 2017. Lee, 63, is also a former chair of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, which organises the annual Tiananmen Massacre vigils in Hong Kong.

Display maker Sharp to make masks amid shortage caused by coronavirus - The Mainichi

Display maker Sharp Corp. will start making face masks next month in response to a government request for companies to help boost output to make up for a shortage caused by the outbreak of a new coronavirus, a source close to the matter said Friday.
Sharp will begin production at a pace of 150,000 masks a day, eventually ramping up its daily output to 500,000, the source said.
The company will initially introduce three production lines in dust-free clean rooms at a plant in Mie Prefecture that is usually used to build liquid crystal display panels.

Japanese men detained in Manila over phone scam brought to Japan - The Mainichi

Nine of 36 Japanese men detained in Manila over alleged phone scams were transferred to Japan and arrested by Tokyo police on Monday.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said Ryo Imaizumi, 27, and eight other men are members of a fraud syndicate which may have scammed some 1.5 billion yen ($13 million) from about 1,700 people in Japan since 2018... The police suspect that their syndicate operated a phone scam out of an abandoned hotel in Manila and other locations in the Philippines, targeting mainly elderly people in Japan.

Discovering who's behind Japan's English rail announcements | The Japan Times

Thankfully, announcements in English can be heard on many railway lines, with narrators providing information about upcoming stations in a deliberately enunciated fashion.
Such announcements have helped people for years, but who are the people behind the voices? Thanks to a recent post on social media, we can finally put faces to the voices we’re hearing while traveling.
Donna Burke, an Australian narrator who provides announcements in English on the Tokaido Shinkansen, posted a video on Twitter of herself with fellow narrators Chris Wells and Christelle Ciari taking turns to recite their most recognized lines on Feb. 8.

No guarantee Liverpool would be crowned Premier League champions if season curtailed by coronavirus

Liverpool would not necessarily be crowned Premier League champions if the season was curtailed by the coronavirus, Telegraph Sport can reveal.
The bottom three clubs would also not necessarily avoid relegation, with no specific regulation in place governing such a scenario.
The rapid spread of the virus has raised the prospect of the Government ordering the cancellation of all sporting events in the UK for more than two months, something that could mean some fixtures never being played.

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世界のリスク、最高に引き上げ 最大級の対応勧告―新型ウイルスでWHO:時事ドットコム


20年のスマホ出荷、新型コロナで前年割れへ 米IDC  :日本経済新聞


新型コロナウイルス 旧ソ連3カ国で初感染者 オランダ、ルーマニアも - 産経ニュース



東京新聞:イタリアでコカイン3トン超押収 港停泊の船から480億円相当


ロシアン・ルーレットで死亡 仏:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 28 February 2020

Running out of time: East Africa faces new locust threat - Reuters

Countries in East Africa are racing against time to prevent new swarms of locusts wreaking havoc with crops and livelihoods after the worst infestation in generations.
A lack of expertise in controlling the pests is not their only problem: Kenya temporarily ran out of pesticides, Ethiopia needs more planes and Somalia and Yemen, torn by civil war, can’t guarantee exterminators’ safety.
Locust swarms have been recorded in the region since biblical times, but unusual weather patterns exacerbated by climate change have created ideal conditions for insect numbers to surge, scientists say.

Digital bank Revolut becomes UK's most valuable fintech startup | The Guardian

The digital bank Revolut has become the UK’s most valuable financial technology startup after a funding round that more than tripled its value to £4.2bn.
The valuation puts it ahead of rival digital bank Monzo, which was valued at £2bn last year, and that of small business lender OakNorth, which previously held the top spot at £2.2bn.
It comes after Revolut, which is headquartered in London, announced it had raised $500m (£387m) from a group of investors led by the US fund Technology Crossover Ventures, ending months of speculation around the deal. TCV was an early backer of companies including Airbnb, Netflix and Spotify.

Japan minister flying to Lebanon to make case for Ghosn's return - Reuters

Japan’s deputy justice minister is traveling to Lebanon this weekend to try to make the case that fugitive ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn should stand trial in Japan.
Hiroyuki Yoshiie will leave Tokyo on Saturday and meet with Lebanese Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm on Monday, Japan’s justice ministry said.

Syria war: Alarm after 33 Turkish soldiers killed in attack in Idlib - BBC News

At least 33 Turkish soldiers have died in a Syrian government attack in opposition-held north-western Syria, in a major escalation of the conflict.
Turkey, which backs the opposition, says it hit 200 government targets in response, "neutralising" 309 soldiers.
Russia, Syria's key military ally, says Turkish troops were attacked in Idlib province by Syrian forces while operating alongside jihadist fighters.

Plácido Domingo apologizes; opera guild cites pattern of misconduct - Los Angeles Times

Fallen opera star Plácido Domingo released a statement to The Times late Monday night apologizing for the behavior that led to a series of sexual harassment allegations last summer and culminated in his resignation as general manager of Los Angeles Opera in October... Some of the allegations against Domingo date to his tenure at Washington National Opera in Washington, D.C. One accuser, singer Angela Turner Wilson, said that during that company’s 1999-2000 season, Domingo grabbed her bare breast under her robe. Former singer Patricia Wulf also has said she was harassed by Domingo while working in Washington.

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NY株 1190ドル超下落、過去最大の下げ幅 TBS NEWS


世界自動車販売、20年は2.5%減へ ムーディーズ予測  :日本経済新聞


ファーウェイ、仏で欧州初の5G工場建設へ 各国の対応割れる - ロイター


ハリー王子とメガン妃の警護費、カナダ政府が負担停止へ - BBCニュース


ローマ教皇が2人? 退位から7年、バチカンを悩ます前教皇の影:AFPBB News

7年前に退位したローマ・カトリック教会の前教皇ベネディクト16世(Benedict XVI、92)は、加齢によって体は衰えているものの知的には今も健在で、後継者の現教皇フランシスコ(Pope Francis)の陰に隠れていることはできないようだ。その結果、「2人の教皇」が対立するような状況となっている。
 2013年2月11日、当時85歳だったドイツ出身の知識人、ヨゼフ・ラッツィンガー(Joseph Ratzinger)枢機卿(ベネディクト16世の本名)はラテン語で、ローマ教皇を退位する意向を表明した。存命中のローマ教皇の退位は約700年ぶりで、カトリック教会の枢機卿らをがくぜんとさせた。

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News Headlines - 27 February 2020

PM Abe asks all schools in Japan to temporarily close over coronavirus

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday the government will request all elementary, junior high and high schools in Japan to close from Monday until the end of a spring break through early April amid concern over the spread of the new coronavirus... Abe also asked schools to take the best possible steps to prevent infection, such as minimizing the number of participants, if they are to hold entrance exams and graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks.

Iranian vice president said infected with coronavirus | The Times of Israel

A state-owned newspaper in Iran says Masoumeh Ebtekar, a vice president in the Islamic Republic and a spokeswoman for the 1979 Islamic revolutionary hostage-takers, has the new coronavirus.

Malaysia parliament to vote for a prime minister on Monday - Nikkei Asian Review

The Malaysian parliament will vote to pick a prime minister on March 2, and a snap election will be called if no one emerges a clear winner, interim premier Mahathir Mohamad announced on Thursday.

Thai court dissolves opposition party Future Forward | The Guardian

One of Thailand’s most popular opposition parties has been disbanded after it was found to have violated electoral rules by receiving an illegal loan, a decision analysts say is likely to heighten political tensions.
The constitutional court dissolved Future Forward on Friday and banned 16 of its leaders from politics for 10 years... Future Forward’s anti-establishment message, and its charismatic leader, the billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, appealed especially to younger voters. But the party has been dogged by legal charges, which it says are politically motivated.

Uzbekistan: Karimova makes fresh bid to buy freedom | Eurasianet

The imprisoned daughter of Uzbekistan’s late president has said in a statement that she is prepared to relinquish claims to $686 million held in frozen Swiss banks accounts in exchange for clemency in her case.
Gulnara Karimova said in a letter addressed to the Uzbek president, and posted to Instagram on February 25 by her daughter, Iman Karimova, that $131 million were already being released for charitable use in Uzbekistan.

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トランプ陣営、ニューヨーク・タイムズを名誉毀損で提訴:AFPBB News

 執筆者のマックス・フランケル(Max Frankel)元編集主幹はコラムにおいて、「トランプ陣営とウラジーミル・プーチン(Vladimir Putin)の間には、選挙をめぐるきめ細かな共謀は不要だった。なぜなら両者には、ヒラリー・クリントン(Hillary Clinton)に対抗するための選挙運動への支援の見返りに新たな親ロシア的な外交政策を、という何よりも大事な取り決めがあったからだ」とつづっている。

テスラとパナソニック、太陽電池の共同生産解消へ  :日本経済新聞


南米ブラジルでも初の感染者 TBS NEWS


東京五輪「1年延期」に言及 新型コロナでIOCの最古参委員 | 共同通信


CNN.co.jp : シャラポワが引退表明、4大大会で5回優勝 女子テニス


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News Headlines - 26 February 2020

As coronavirus looms over Olympics, Japan PM urges two-week curbs on sports events - Reuters

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Wednesday for sports and cultural events to be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks, as two more coronavirus deaths heightened concerns the contagion might scupper the summer Tokyo Olympics.
Abe’s call came as Tokyo’s baseball league said it would hold games without spectators until March 15. Two businesses in central Tokyo confirmed infections a day after the government told firms to get staff to work from home or stagger commutes.

Toyota says Japan plants may be affected by virus-related supply issues - Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday said that operations at its plants in Japan may be affected by supply chain issues linked to the new coronavirus outbreak in the coming weeks, as the global outbreak gathers pace.
The automaker, which operates 16 vehicle and components sites in Japan, said that it would decide on how to continue operations at its domestic plants from the week of March 9, after keeping output normal through the week of March 2.
Plants may be affected by potential supply disruptions in China as some plants in the epicentre of the virus outbreak remain are unable to produce and transport goods, while some plants remain closed under orders by regional authorities.

Hong Kong to give cash gift of $1,200 to residents - BBC News

Hong Kong will hand out cash to adult permanent residents, to help boost spending and ease financial burden.
As part of the annual budget, $10,000 Hong Kong dollars ($1,280; £985) was announced for about seven million people over the age of 18.
The territory's economy has been battered by months of violent political unrest, and more recently suffered from the impact of the coronavirus.

Milwaukee Miller shooting: Six killed in Molson Coors brewery rampage

In one of the worst shootings in Wisconsin history, a gunman killed five people - and then himself - during a rampage Wednesday afternoon on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors.
The shooter was identified as a 51-year-old man who worked for the company, the home of Miller Brewery for more than a century.
All of the shooting victims died. There were no reports of injuries.
The identities of the victims and the shooter were not released Wednesday. Police did say, however, that the victims' families have been notified.

Patient plays violin during her brain surgery - BBC News

A patient at King's College Hospital in London played the violin while surgeons operated on her brain to remove a tumour. Dagmar Turner, 53, played the violin so surgeons could ensure parts of the brain which control hand movements and coordination were not damaged during the millimetre-precise procedure... Her tumour was located in the right frontal lobe of her brain, close to an area that controls the fine movement of her left hand.

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新型ウイルス、欧州3か国で初確認 WHO、世界の準備不足に警告:AFPBB News




NYダウ連日で大幅下落 879ドル安、新型コロナ警戒 :日本経済新聞


東京五輪、判断期限は5月下旬 IOC委員が見解 :日本経済新聞


「英国のラスプーチン」政権揺るがす 首相側近・カミングス氏暗闘 - 産経ニュース


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News Headlines - 25 February 2020

Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak dies at 91

The former Egyptian strongman was under house arrest since he was ousted on February 11, 2011 after three decades in power. Mubarak suffered from health problems following his ouster and arrest, and his medical state was the cause of several often contradictory reports. Earlier this week, his son, Alaa Mubarak tweeted that his father was still in an intensive care unit, weeks after undergoing surgery.
Until the day he stepped down, Mubarak kept an absolute grip on power with routine security crackdowns and human rights violations against opposition members, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Disney C.E.O. Bob Iger Hands Keys to Magic Kingdom to Its 7th Chief - The New York Times

Robert A. Iger, who delayed his retirement four times in recent years, abruptly stepped down as Disney’s chief executive on Tuesday. But he will not be going far.
The Walt Disney Company said that Mr. Iger, who has run Disney for nearly 15 years, would be replaced as chief executive by Bob Chapek, a 27-year veteran of the entertainment conglomerate who has most recently served as chairman of Disney’s theme parks and consumer products businesses. Mr. Chapek will report to the Disney board, which will continue to be led by Mr. Iger, who will also take on the title of executive chairman and “direct Disney’s creative endeavors,” the company said, until the end of his contract on Dec. 31, 2021.

NASA’s InSight lander officially detects ‘marsquakes’ on Mars - The Verge

NASA’s InSight lander has detected hundreds of “marsquakes” on Mars, including about 20 tremors that were relatively significant. Compared to quakes here on Earth, the marsquakes were pretty puny, but the new data could provide planetary scientists with more information about the interior of Mars.
The initial results of the mission were published on Monday in the journals Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications. The lander, which touched down on Mars via supersonic parachute in 2018, detected its first possible marsquake in April 2019.

Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai meet at Oxford University | The Guardian

The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has met Malala Yousafzai at the University of Oxford where the Nobel peace prize winner is a student.
Yousafzai, 22, posted a photo on Instagram of herself and Thunberg sitting on a bench with their arms around each other on Tuesday, with the caption: “Thank you, @gretathunberg” and a heart emoji.
Thunberg, 17, is in the UK to join a school strike in Bristol on Friday.

FA guidelines: Children to no longer head footballs during training - BBC News

Children aged 11 and under will no longer be taught to head footballs during training in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The new football association guidelines for coaches also puts limits on how much heading older children should do... The guidance, which will not yet apply in Wales, will affect training only.

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NYダウ、史上3番目の下げ幅に 終値1031ドル安:朝日新聞デジタル


死者6人、感染200人超 北部州封鎖、拡大阻止に全力―イタリア:時事ドットコム


ルノー、ゴーン被告疑惑で損害賠償請求 :日本経済新聞


Kダグラスさん、遺産88億円ほぼ全額チャリティに - ハリウッド : 日刊スポーツ


CNN.co.jp : 大物プロデューサー、ワインスタイン被告に有罪評決 「#MeToo」運動の契機


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News Headlines - 24 February 2020

Malaysia's Mahathir quits at 94 but agrees to stay as interim PM - Reuters

Mahathir Mohamad unexpectedly quit as Malaysia’s prime minister on Monday, leaving the country in political turmoil, but agreed to a request by the Southeast Asian nation’s king to stay on as interim premier until a successor is named.
The resignation of Mahathir, 94, broke apart a coalition with old rival Anwar Ibrahim, 72, that had scored a surprise election victory in 2018, and was not part of a pre-election promise that Mahathir would eventually cede power to Anwar.
The decision, which Mahathir did not explain, followed weekend talks between members of his coalition and the opposition on forming a new government.

Around 30 hurt as car rams Germany carnival procession - The Local

Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 29-year-old suspect was a German national who faces charges of attempted homicide over the incident in the western state of Hesse.
The investigation was continuing "in all directions", they said in a statement, after police stopped short of calling the incident an attack.

Morgan Stanley is buying E-Trade for $13 billion - CNN

Morgan Stanley is buying online broker E-Trade for $13 billion in an all-stock deal, a move that shows how serious the Wall Street giant is about catering to everyday consumers.
Shares of E-Trade (ETFC) rose 24% in early trading on the news while Morgan Stanley (MS) fell more than 4%. The deal comes nearly three months after E-Trade rivals Charles Schwab (SCHW) and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) announced a $26 billion merger.

Brazil's 'last samurai' seeks to keep tradition alive in South America - Reuters

The sturdy gray-haired Suemitsu said he first became interested in producing katanas when his Japanese-born grandfather would forge blades as a tool to defend against venomous snakes at their frontier farm.
Upon moving to Curitiba in the late 1960s, he learned the art of making katanas, largely, he says, by trial and error.
Eventually, his work gained widespread acceptance. Suemitsu has made around 1,000 swords over 42 years, ranging in price from 6,000 reais ($1,400) to about 20,000 reais. He said his clients come from as far away as Egypt.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo blasts Tampa Bay Rays first home run of the spring - DRaysBay

Since making his debut during Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees, Tsutsugo has walked twice, singled, and has now crushed his first home run of the spring as he launched a ball beyond the wall in left-center field.
During the 4th inning of Monday’s contest against the Boston Red Sox at Port Charlotte, Tsutsugo barreled up a pitch and sent it skyward with tremendous carry to the left-center field alley. Eventually the outfielders ran out of room and the ball cleared the wall for a solo home run. Tsutsugo’s home run was also the Tampa Bay Rays first home run of the spring.

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独ハンブルク議会選、メルケル氏の党敗北へ 党内混乱など影響 - ロイター


最古原発、1号機を停止 6月に完全閉鎖―仏:時事ドットコム


英に管轄権、日本は入港拒否も可能だった…感染症対策の権利や義務なし : 読売新聞オンライン


漫画の海賊版サイト対策で和解 大手出版4社と米IT企業 | 共同通信


9年前のニュージーランド地震 市長が遺族らに正式謝罪 | NHKニュース


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News Headlines - 23 February 2020

Roger Stone: 'Disgusted' judge jails Trump ally - BBC News

A judge has expressed "disgust" at US President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone, as she sentenced him to 40 months in prison.
Stone, 67, was found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering... Speaking in her Washington DC court on Thursday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone had engaged in "threatening and intimidating conduct" towards her.
She said Stone "knew exactly what he was doing" when he posted an image on social media last year of a gun's crosshairs next to her head.

Slovak PM Pellegrini cancels schedule due to illness - Reuters

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini canceled his agenda because of sudden illness, his office said on Sunday, just one week ahead of a parliamentary election in which his party might lose power.
Pellegrini was due to appear in a televised debate later on Sunday with leaders of all other parties taking part in the European Union member country’s Feb. 29 vote.

Iran hard-liners win election, but with record low-turnout of 42.57% - The Jerusalem Post

Iranian hard-liners won the parliamentary election by a landslide, capturing around 200 out of its 290 seats, but the regime was embarrassed by a record low voter turnout of 42.57%, Iran’s Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.
Recent elections have seen voter turnout at levels of between 60-66%, and the previous lowest turnout was around 52% in 2004.

Neanderthal 'skeleton' is first found in a decade - BBC News

An articulated skeleton is one where the bones are still arranged in their original positions.
The new specimen was uncovered at Shanidar Cave in Iraq and consists of the upper torso and crushed skull of a middle-aged to older adult.
Excavations at Shanidar in the 1950s and 60s unearthed partial remains of 10 Neanderthal men, women and children.

Tokyo Olympics: Sportswear maker unveils Japan's official casual attire - The Mainichi

The official casual clothing Japan's athletes will wear at medal ceremonies and around the athletes' village this summer at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics was unveiled Friday.
Sportswear maker Asics Corp., the same company that provided Japan's clothing four years ago for Rio de Janeiro, showed off the bold 2020 designs featuring Japanese motifs using "sunrise red."

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ネバダ州党員集会、サンダース氏が勝利 先頭走者としての立場強固に - 産経ニュース


GM、アジア事業大幅縮小 タイ苦戦で撤退 長城汽車に工場売却、EVなど投資優先 :日本経済新聞


英政権、メディアに圧力? 首相官邸、一部記者を排除 BBC受信料廃止検討か :日本経済新聞


AI開発に年2.4兆円 「欧州データ圏」構築、規制も重視―EU:時事ドットコム


Jリーグが世界11カ国でも放映へ!イギリスや豪州でもJ1の放映開始…中国ではJ2も対象に | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 22 February 2020

Clint Eastwood shows support for Michael Bloomberg - CNNPolitics

Actor and director Clint Eastwood, a longtime supporter of Republican candidates, appeared to back Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg for president and criticized President Donald Trump's behavior in office in an interview published in The Wall Street Journal Friday.
"The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there," the Hollywood conservative said of the former New York mayor, according to the Journal.
Eastwood told the newspaper that he approves of "certain things" that Trump has done as President, without going into further detail.
He said, however, that he wishes Trump would behave "in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names," the Journal reported.

Michael Bloomberg would sell his company if elected president, adviser says - CNNPolitics

Michael Bloomberg would sell his financial information and media company if he's elected president in an effort to be "180 degrees away from where Donald Trump is on these issues," an adviser to his campaign said Tuesday.
The comments come amid a barrage of attacks on Bloomberg from his Democratic rivals over how he's used the vast fortune he built through Bloomberg LP into a barrage of breathless advertising and an enormous campaign staff in the 2020 presidential race.

French ADP buys 49% of India's GMR Airports for 1.34bn euros - Nikkei Asian Review

French airports operator ADP, which operates Paris airports Roissy and Orly, has bought a 49% stake in India's GMR Airports for 1.34 billion euros ($1.45 billion), ADP said on Thursday.
GMR Airports has a portfolio of seven airports in three countries: India, the Philippines and Greece. ADP said the Delhi and Hyderabad airports in India and the Mactan-Cebu airport in the Philippines together handled a total of 102 million passengers in 2019.

The HondaJet is the Most Delivered Aircraft in its Class for Third Consecutive Year

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the HondaJet was the most delivered aircraft in its class in 2019, based on numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). During 2019, Honda Aircraft Company delivered 36 aircraft to customers globally, becoming the most delivered very light jet for the third consecutive year.

Japanese mission to land a rover on a Martian moon and bring back a sample is a go | TechCrunch

A bold mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to Mars’ two moons, including a lander component for one of them, is all set to enter the development phase after the plan was submitted to the Japanese government’s science ministry this week.
Dubbed the “Martian Moons Exploration” (MMX) mission, the goal is to launch the probe in 2024, using the new H-3 rocket being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is expected to launch for the first time sometime later in 2020. The probe will survey and observe both Phobos and Deimos, the two moons that orbit the Red Planet, which are both smaller and more irregularly shaped than Earth’s Moon.

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新型ウイルス、イタリアでも死者 入院中の78歳男性 欧州人感染者初の死亡例:AFPBB News

イタリアのロベルト・スペランツァ(Roberto Speranza)保健相は21日、新型コロナウイルスの検査で陽性になっていた78歳の男性が死亡したと発表した。イタリアで新型コロナウイルス感染者が死亡したのは初めて。また、新型ウイルスに感染したヨーロッパ人が死亡したのもこの男性が初めて。

中国へ渡航歴なし・感染者と接触なし…経路不明増加、WHOが危機感 : 読売新聞オンライン


中期予算で合意できず、EU首脳会議 英離脱後も亀裂 :日本経済新聞


ヘンリー英王子夫妻、「ロイヤル」の名称使わず 王室離脱後 - ロイター


英国、来月から青い表紙の旅券復活 ただし製造はポーランドで:AFPBB News

英国は来月、欧州連合(EU)離脱(ブレグジット、Brexit)に伴い、ほぼ30年ぶりに青い表紙のパスポートを発給する。英政府が22日、発表した。……パスポートの製造を請け負っているのはフランスの多国籍企業、タレス・グループ(Thales Group)で、英国の新しいパスポートはEU圏内のポーランドでつくられている。

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News Headlines - 21 February 2020

Taliban's 'reduction of violence' deal to start tonight, U.S. says | Fortune

The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence" promised by the Taliban will go into effect, a senior U.S. State Department official said. The deal will be signed on Feb. 29.
The official did not specify the exact hour when the reduction of violence will commence. He spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deal and its details.
After the seven-day reduction of violence, the long sought-after peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban will be signed on Feb. 29 in Doha, Qatar, paving the way for a withdrawal of U.S. troops and intra- Afghan negotiations, the official told The Associated Press.

Aussie court says police raid legal, raising secrecy fears | WTOP

The Australian Federal Court ruled Monday that a police raid last year on the country’s national broadcaster was legal, prompting fears of increasing secrecy in Australia’s institutions.
The Australian Federal Police raided the state-backed Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Sydney headquarters last June over the leaking of classified documents. Dubbed “The Afghan Files,” ABC had reported in 2017 allegations of unlawful killings and misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

Coronavirus outbreak to cost airlines almost $30bn - BBC News

Airlines stand to lose $29.3bn (£23.7bn) of revenue this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the global airline industry body has warned... In total, airlines in the Asia Pacific region are set to see a $27.8bn revenue loss in 2020, while those outside Asia are expected to lose $1.5bn in revenue, IATA has forecast.
Of that figure, IATA predicts that carriers in China are set to lose revenue of $12.8bn in their home market alone.

2 elderly passengers of virus-hit ship die in Japan - The Mainichi

Two elderly Japanese passengers from the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-hit cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, have died, the health ministry said Thursday.
The deaths of the 87-year-old man from Kanagawa Prefecture and the 84-year-old woman from Tokyo raised the number of fatalities in Japan of people infected with the COVID-19 virus to three, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said.

IMF calls Argentine debt 'unsustainable,' says bondholders must help resolve crisis - Reuters

The International Monetary Fund warned Argentina’s bondholders on Wednesday that they would likely need to take a hit to help resolve the country’s “unsustainable” debt burden.
The fund, wrapping up a week-long visit to Argentina, said rising public debts meant the country needs a definitive plan to restore debt sustainability, which would require a “meaningful contribution from private creditors.”
Argentina is battling to restructure its debts to avoid defaulting on around $100 billion in loans and bonds - including to the IMF - after a biting recession, high inflation and a market crash pummeled the country last year.

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日系人強制収容 米カリフォルニア州議会が謝罪決議 | NHKニュース


独で銃撃、9人死亡 移民標的テロか、「絶滅」主張:時事ドットコム


米スリーエム、マスク「最大限増産」 新型肺炎で :日本経済新聞


デンマークのダンスケ銀、6月から富裕層顧客にマイナス金利適用へ - ロイター


ベルリン映画祭が開幕 Jデップ主演「ミナマタ」初上映:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 20 February 2020

Coronavirus: Hong Kong, Japan have new CDC travel notices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new advisories on Wednesday for travelers going to Hong Kong and Japan in the wake of the deadly coronavirus spreading across the world.
The advisories are notably only a "level 1," a "watch," meaning travelers should exercise "usual precautions," unlike the "level 3" issued for China Jan. 27, which warns to "avoid nonessential travel." China's "level 3" advisory excludes Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In the new Japan and Hong Kong advisories, the CDC specifically mentions it "does not recommend canceling or postponing travel."

Ex-S. Korea President Lee sent back to jail over corruption - The Mainichi

Nearly a year after he was bailed out of jail while facing corruption charges, former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was taken back into custody on Wednesday after an appeals court sentenced him to a lengthier prison term of 17 year over bribery, embezzlement and other convictions.
The Seoul High Court also ordered the 78-year-old to pay 13 billion won ($10.9 million) in fines and forfeit another 5.78 billion won ($4.6 million) over the alleged crimes that took place while he was president from 2008 to 2013 or when he was a candidate before winning the 2007 election.

How North Korea’s Leader Buys Purebred White Horses From Russia’s Stud Farms - The Moscow Times

On a chilly April morning in 2019, four North Korean men arrived unannounced at the Verona stud farm in Moscow’s elite suburb of Rublyovka in search of a perfect white Welsh pony for the son of their Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.
They settled on Sansa, an exceptional three-year-old that had won awards across Russia... A few months later, the same group visited the neighboring Moscow Stud Farm No. 1, founded by the first Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and known for breeding Russia’s most famous horse, the Orlov Trotter, developed in the late 18th century by Russian aristocrat Alexei Orlov. They bought two white animals - named Druzhba and Dubrovnik - for 1.5 million rubles ($23,400).
Russia supports the UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea. However, the export of horses and other livestock is not prohibited.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Palace office shuts in April | Daily Mail Online

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace from April, it was revealed today as preparations for 'Megxit' continue.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be represented by their UK foundation team going forward following their decision last month to step down as senior royals.
Harry will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander, and Squadron Leader - but his honorary military positions will not be used during a 12-month trial period.
The couple are expected to complete their final duties on March 9 before they official leave the firm on March 31.

Donald Trump 'offered Julian Assange a pardon if he denied Russia link to hack' | The Guardian

The extraordinary claim was made at Westminster magistrates court before the opening next week of Assange’s legal battle to block attempts to extradite him to the US, where he faces charges for publishing hacked documents. The allegation was denied by the former Republican congressman named by the Assange legal team as a key witness.
Assange’s lawyers alleged that during a visit to London in August 2017, congressman Dana Rohrabacher told the WikiLeaks founder that “on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC [Democratic National Committee] leaks.”A few hours later, however, Rohrabacher denied the claim, saying he had made the proposal on his own initiative, and that the White House had not endorsed it.

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英、低賃金・単純労働の移民排除へ 新制度の概要発表  - 産経ニュース


ゴーン被告捜査、仏予審判事が引き継ぐ-オマーン、結婚披露宴が焦点 - Bloomberg


「コピペ」の発明者、ラリー・テスラー氏死去 74歳:AFPBB News

現在も幅広く使用されている「カット」「コピー」「ペースト」のコマンドを発明したコンピューター科学者、ラリー・テスラー(Larry Tesler)氏が死去した。74歳。同氏の元勤務先である米事務機器大手ゼロックス(Xerox)が19日、明らかにした。……米スタンフォード大学(Stanford University)卒業生であるテスラー氏は人間とコンピューターの双方向性を専門とし、アマゾン(Amazon)、アップル(Apple)、ヤフー(Yahoo)、 ゼロックスのパロアルト研究所(PARC)に勤務。

英20ポンド新札、「20」日から流通 肖像は画家ターナー - ロイター


今夏の五輪「ロンドン開催を」 新型肺炎で市長選候補名乗り:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 19 February 2020

China Expels Three Wall Street Journal Reporters - WSJ

China revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters based in Beijing, the first time the Chinese government has expelled multiple journalists simultaneously from one international news organization since the country began re-engaging with the world in the post-Mao era.
China’s Foreign Ministry said the move Wednesday was punishment for a recent opinion piece published by the Journal.
Deputy Bureau Chief Josh Chin and reporter Chao Deng, both U.S. nationals, as well as reporter Philip Wen, an Australian national, were ordered to leave the country within five days, said Jonathan Cheng, the Journal’s China bureau chief.

Moritomo Gakuen couple in Abe cronyism scandal found guilty of fraud | The Japan Times

The former head of a nationalist school operator and his wife, who were at the center of a cronyism scandal linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, were found guilty Wednesday of receiving ¥56.4 million ($512,000) in central government subsidies illegally for the construction of an elementary school.
At the Osaka District Court, Yasunori Kagoike, the 67-year-old former chief of Moritomo Gakuen, was also convicted of unlawfully receiving local government subsidies and sentenced to five years in prison. His 63-year-old wife Junko was given a three-year jail term suspended for five years.

Iran won't hand over 'damaged' black box of Ukraine plane-ministers - Reuters

The black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane accidentally shot down over Iran last month is damaged but Iran will not hand it over to another country despite pressure for access, top Iranian ministers said on Wednesday, according to state media.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week he had “impressed upon” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that a complete and independent investigation into the shooting down of the airliner had to be carried out.
Many of the 176 who perished in the disaster were Iranians with dual citizenship, which is not recognised by Iran. Canada had 57 citizens on board.

Afghanistan presidential election: Ashraf Ghani re-elected - BBC News

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of last September's election following delays due to allegations of vote-rigging.
Mr Ghani was re-elected with 50.64% of the vote, officials said.
But his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, who came second with 39.52%, contested the result, declared victory, and vowed to form his own parallel government.

Queen bans Harry and Meghan using 'Sussex Royal' brand | Daily Mail Online

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex must drop their 'Sussex Royal' label after deciding to step down as working royals.
Following lengthy and complex talks, the Queen and senior officials are believed to have agreed it is no longer tenable for the couple to keep the word 'royal' in their 'branding'... It has now been made clear that they will need to 're-brand'.

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北アイルランド、過半数が英国離脱に反対=世論調査 - ロイター


ユタ州議会上院、一夫多妻制にかかる刑罰の軽減化法案を可決 - ロイター


スペインも巨大ITにデジタル課税、単独徴収は先送り - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


ルノーをジャンク級に格下げ、営業利益を懸念-ムーディーズ - Bloomberg


米ボーイスカウト連盟が破産申請 性的虐待被害者に賠償へ:AFPBB News

米ボーイスカウト連盟(Boy Scouts of America、BSA)は18日、性的虐待の被害者に支払う賠償金を保護するため、破産法の適用を申請した。

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News Headlines - 18 February 2020

Nissan CEO tells angry shareholders he is ready to be sacked if no turnaround - Reuters

Nissan’s new chief executive said on Tuesday he would accept being fired if he fails to turn around Japan’s second biggest automaker which is grappling with plunging sales in the aftermath of the scandal surrounding ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn.
Makoto Uchida, who took over the top job in December, put his job on the line at a raucous shareholders’ meeting, where he faced demands ranging from cutting executive pay to offering a bounty to bring Ghosn back to Japan after he fled to Lebanon.

HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs worldwide as profits plunge | The Guardian

HSBC has said it will slash 35,000 jobs over three years as part of a major shake-up as it issued a warning over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in Asia.
The interim chief executive, Noel Quinn, confirmed on Tuesday that plans to cut $4.5bn (£3.5bn) worth of costs would involve slashing about 15% of the group’s global workforce. “We would expect our headcount to decrease from the current level of 235,000 to be closer to 200,000 in 2022,” Quinn said.

Malaysia PM Mahathir says he will only step down after November, no matter what PH leaders say - The Straits Times

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (Feb 18) that he does not know if the date of Malaysia's most anticipated power transition will be fixed at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council meeting on Friday (Feb 21).
But he reiterated that he will step down as premier as he had promised, but will do so only after Malaysia hosts November's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit.

EU rejects Facebook’s proposals for online regulation | Financial Times

The EU immediately rejected Facebook’s latest vision of how online content should be regulated, warning that the social media company will have to assume more responsibility for illegal material on its platforms... Thierry Breton, the French commissioner overseeing the bloc’s data strategy, rejected the plans after meeting Mr Zuckerberg, saying Facebook was being slow in coming forward with ideas on how to remove illegal content and warning that the EU was preparing to act.

The Queen sent a firm letter to Princess Diana telling her she should divorce Prince Charles, says her butler

THE Queen is said to have sent a strongly-worded letter to Princess Diana telling her she should divorce Prince Charles, according to Di’s butler.
The letter was sent a few weeks after Diana gave her tell-all interview with Martin Bashir saying there were “three of us” in her marriage, referring to Charles’s affair with Camilla.
Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell said a royal messenger arrived at her front door carrying a letter in the Queen’s handwriting bearing the House of Windsor crest.

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英首相の顧問が辞任 過去の差別発言めぐり - BBCニュース


仏保健相、パリ市長選に立候補へ わいせつ動画で撤退のグリボー氏に代わり:AFPBB News

フランスのアニエス・ビュザン(Agnes Buzyn)保健相は16日、来月予定されているパリ市長選に、先週わいせつ動画の流出を受けて立候補を撤回したバンジャマン・グリボー(Benjamin Griveaux)氏に代わって与党「共和国前進(REM)」から立候補することになったと明らかにした。……血液学者のビュザン氏はマクロン氏が当選した2017年の仏大統領選後に政界入り。閣僚としての手腕が認められていた。ビュザン氏には、世論調査でリードしている社会党のアンヌ・イダルゴ(Anne Hidalgo)現市長と差を縮めるための厳しい戦いが待っている。

伊上院、極右党首の免責特権剥奪を可決 起訴に道筋:AFPBB News

イタリア上院は12日、反移民を掲げる極右政党「同盟(League)」の党首、マッテオ・サルビーニ(Matteo Salvini)上院議員の免責特権の剥奪を賛成多数で可決した。これにより、サルビーニ氏は裁判で違法に移民を海上で拘束した罪に問われる見通し。

IOCのツイッターアカウント、一時ハッキング被害 - ロイター


アップル売上高、見通し未達の見込み 新型肺炎が影響:朝日新聞デジタル


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News Headlines - 17 February 2020

Japan GDP shrinks 6.3% in October-December | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

New figures from the Japanese government show that GDP shrank in the final quarter of last year, as the consumption-tax increase weighed on consumer spending.
GDP fell by an annualized 6.3 percent in the October-December period. It was the first contraction in five quarters. It was also the biggest fall since the tax was last raised in 2014. In the second quarter of that year, GDP fell 7.4 percent.
Personal consumption makes up more than half of Japan's GDP. It fell by 2.9 percent following the increase in the tax from 8 percent to 10 percent at the beginning of October last year. Sales of cars and electrical appliances tumbled. A warm winter and a series of powerful storms contributed to the drop.

Tokyo Marathon to restrict entry to elite athletes due to coronavirus

Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon said Monday they will allow only some 200 elite athletes, including wheelchair racers, to take part in the upcoming pre-Olympic event, as Japan steps up efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Roughly 38,000 people who were scheduled to compete on March 1 in the "general entry" category can no longer take part because of the virus outbreak in China and its spread to other countries, which has already affected a number of other sports events.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike expressed sympathy for runners in the general category, who gained entry to the race via lottery, saying the move was necessary for public safety.

China postpones year’s biggest political gathering amid coronavirus outbreak | South China Morning Post

China’s annual parliamentary meeting, which was scheduled for early March, will almost certainly be postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The state news agency Xinhua reported that the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) would discuss the delay later this month - effectively indicating that it would be put back.

Chinese Activist Detained After Calling on Xi to Resign | Voice of America

Prominent Chinese legal academic and activist Xu Zhiyong, who has urged President Xi Jinping to step down over China’s major crises including the coronavirus epidemic, has been detained by authorities in South China, activists said Monday.
His detention is the latest in a crackdown on free speech as China maneuvers to control the narrative on the growing coronavirus epidemic.

South Korea's biggest opposition party changes name again - CNA

South Korea's main opposition party changed its name for the second time in three years on Monday (Feb 17) as it seeks to forge a conservative alliance against left-leaning President Moon Jae-in ahead of April polls.
The Liberty Korea Party - a name it only began using in 2017 as it sought to distance itself from a corruption scandal swirling now-ousted president Park Geun-hye - has declared itself the United Future party while absorbing into its ranks two minor conservative allies.

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英、BBC受信料の廃止検討 課金制に移行、政府改革案:時事ドットコム


新型コロナ パリで中国人男性死亡 アジア以外で初


FCA、セルビア工場を停止 新型肺炎で部品調達に支障:時事ドットコム


暴風雨「デニス」の被害拡大 英当局が「大規模災害」を宣言 - BBCニュース

イギリス当局は16日、暴風雨「デニス」による被害を受け、ウェールズ南部とイングランドの一部地域に「大規模災害(major incidents)」が発生していると宣言した。

米学生ローン あえぐ中高年 総額1.5兆ドル、返せず破産・離婚も 民主予備選の争点に :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 16 February 2020

No 10 tells BBC licence fee will be scrapped | The Sunday Times

Downing Street turned on the BBC last night - vowing to scrap the television licence fee and make viewers pay a subscription. The national broadcaster could also be compelled to downsize and sell off most of its radio stations.
In a plan that would change the face of British broadcasting, senior aides to the prime minister insisted that they are “not bluffing” about changing the BBC’s funding model and “pruning” its reach into people’s homes.

New York Drops Fight Against T-Mobile-Sprint Merger - The New York Times

New York on Sunday dropped its fight against the $40 billion merger of U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp, saying the state would not appeal a judge's approval of the deal.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office would end the court challenge to the 2018 merger agreement between the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers.
Instead, she said her office hopes "to work with all the parties to ensure that consumers get the best pricing and service possible, that networks are built out throughout our state, and that good-paying jobs are created here in New York."

Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step Down - The New York Times

More than 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday to step down after he intervened last week to lower the Justice Department’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr.
They also urged current government employees to report any signs of unethical behavior at the Justice Department to the agency’s inspector general and to Congress.

Henoko base work should halt after report of unstable seabed : The Asahi Shimbun

Data has been revealed to show that the extremely soft ground under the seabed in parts of the reclamation area may be deeper than 70 meters, the maximum possible depth for work to shore up the ground, according to the government.
At a location in the eastern tip of the reclamation area where embankment work is to be conducted, a Defense Ministry contractor used the samples it had collected for a “physical test” to identify the type of underground soil also for checking the strength of the seabed. The contractor found that the strength of the ground was the second lowest on a scale of six in some parts deeper than 70 meters.
The Defense Ministry has downplayed the implications of the finding, pointing out that the samples were collected for a different purpose and that the test was a simple one carried out on a ship.

Elton John cuts short New Zealand gig after catching pneumonia | The Guardian

Sir Elton John has said he is “deeply upset and sorry” for cutting short a concert in New Zealand after being diagnosed with a mild form of pneumonia.
The musician, 72, was performing at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday when he lost his voice and broke down in tears on stage.
In footage shared by fans on social media, he is seen crying as he is escorted from the stage while thousands of concertgoers give him a standing ovation.

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英新財務相は「ハゲタカ」出身 日本企業にも要求―39歳スナク氏:時事ドットコム


クルーズ船から米国民退避 チャーター機、16日に日本着:時事ドットコム


ロシア改憲で領土割譲禁止明記か プーチン大統領が検討指示:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


仏 マクロン大統領側近 性的動画流出でパリ市長選立候補撤回 | NHKニュース


EUベトナムFTAを承認、欧州議会 今夏にも発効へ :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 15 February 2020

Judge allows Melbourne dentist to try new tactic to more quickly unmask negative online reviewer - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Melbourne dentist who claims he was defamed in an anonymous online review has convinced a Federal Court judge to order technology giant Google to unmask the disgruntled customer so he can launch "groundbreaking" legal action... The order by Justice Bernard Murphy compels Google to turn over identifying information of "CBsm 23", including any names, phone numbers, IP addresses and location metadata.
The technology giant has also been ordered to provide any other Google accounts, including full name and email addresses, which may have originated from the same IP address during the same period of time.

Justice Department charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets, again | Engadget

The US Justice Department has charged Huawei and two US subsidiaries with racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets. A 16-count superseding indictment, filed yesterday in Brooklyn, New York, adds to previous US charges filed against Huawei last January. The indictment names several defendants, including Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Wanzhou Meng, who is already facing fraud accusations and could serve years in prison.

Former Russian official shoots himself dead in courtroom after corruption sentence | The Independent

A former department head at Russia’s federal prison service shot himself dead in a courtroom on Wednesday after being handed a three-year sentence on corruption charges.
Local court and investigative officials at Moscow’s Chertanovsky court said Viktor Sviridov took out his pistol and fatally shot himself in the head moments after hearing the verdict and being remanded to custody.
Police are now looking into how Sviridov was able to bring the alleged service weapon into the building. Officers are reportedly investigating court security following the shooting, Russia’s RIA news agency said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shut UK office and axe all staff | Daily Mail Online

Harry and Meghan are axing 15 staff and closing their Buckingham Palace office... The Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke the news to their team in person in January following the announcement that they were stepping down as senior working royals.
While one or two may be absorbed back into the royal household, most are now negotiating redundancy packages.

The ‘French Oscars’, under fire, brace for a Polanski showdown

French cinema’s annual showcase event, the local equivalent of Oscars night, is just two weeks away – but for beleaguered organisers at the Académie des Césars, it couldn’t come soon enough.
The run-up to the glitzy event has once again been upset by a growing fracas centred on Roman Polanski – this one involving the mother of all “affaires”, the late 19th-century Dreyfus Affair, which the Franco-Polish director has turned into a hugely successful, and controversial, film.
Polanski, now 86, has been wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl since 1978. He is a fugitive under American law and persona non grata in Hollywood. But his latest film, “An Officer and a Spy” (or “J'accuse” in French) has received 12 nominations at the César Awards, topping the field and sparking outrage among feminist groups who had called for a boycott of the film.

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ルノー、10年ぶり赤字 前期最終 日産不振、高級車も低調 :日本経済新聞


米連邦裁、国防総省とマイクロソフトの契約履行を一時差し止め - ロイター


豪、森林火災の制圧宣言 最悪被害州の消防当局:中日新聞(CHUNICHI Web)


EU、カンボジアに経済制裁 「深刻な人権侵害」:時事ドットコム




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News Headlines - 14 February 2020

Vision Fund losses drag down SoftBank profits by 99% - CNN

SoftBank profits have been almost entirely wiped out, as the company continues to feel the pain from big losses in its massive tech fund.
The Japanese tech conglomerate on Wednesday reported operating income of 2.59 billion yen ($23.6 million) for the three months ended in December, a plunge of 99% compared to the same period a year earlier.

Record bribery fine fuels Airbus loss of €1.4bn | The Guardian

Airbus has slumped to a €1.4bn (£1.17bn) annual loss after receiving record fines for bribery, but raised its dividend as aircraft deliveries hit an all-time high.
The European aerospace group’s 2019 loss contrasts with a net profit of €3.1bn the previous year.
The Toulouse-based company had to set aside €3.6bn last month to cover settlements with authorities in the US, France and Britain after admitting it had paid huge bribes on an “endemic” basis to secure contracts in 20 countries. The penalties amount to the largest-ever corporate fine issued for bribery.

Two largest teachers unions call for schools to revise or end active shooter drills

The nation's two largest teachers' unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting Tuesday that they can harm students' mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting.
The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association joined with the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund in calling for an end to unannounced drills or drills that simulate gun violence.

Freddie Mercury’s kimono to go on display at V&A | The Independent

A kimono worn by the late Freddie Mercury is to be shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The garment, which was worn by the Queen frontman in his home, is going to be put on display for the first time, having previously been kept in a private collection.
The museum said Mercury’s kimono will “provide audiences with a glimpse into the personal life of the singer”.

Valentine’s Day art in Bristol confirmed by Banksy as his work | The Guardian

A street artwork showing a young girl firing a slingshot of flowers at a building in Bristol is by Banksy, the elusive artist has confirmed... Banksy confirmed the piece by posting two images of it on his official Instagram account and website in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

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英財務相が辞任、首相官邸と確執 内閣改造で波乱 :日本経済新聞


日本が拒否のクルーズ船、カンボジアで下船開始 「人権に配慮」とフン・セン首相:AFPBB News


経済損失、SARS以上か 新型肺炎で成長率下げ相次ぐ|佐賀新聞LiVE

肺炎を引き起こす新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大で、欧米のシンクタンクや大手金融機関が2020年の世界経済の実質成長率予測を相次いで引き下げた。…… 英調査会社オックスフォード・エコノミクスは中国の生産活動停止などを理由に0・2ポイント引き下げ2・3%に修正した。

米国2位の大手新聞チェーン「マクラッチー」が破産申請 | Forbes JAPAN(フォーブス ジャパン)

米国で第2位の規模を誇る新聞チェーンの「マクラッチー(McClatchy)」が2月13日、米連邦破産法11条の適用を申請した。マクラッチーは新聞の売上の劇的な低下により、巨額の債務を抱えていた。……マクラッチーが発行する30の日刊紙は今後も発行を続けるが、同社は5000万ドルの資金をEncina Business Creditから借り入れるという。

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News Headlines - 13 February 2020

14th American diagnosed with new coronavirus after CDC warned spread was 'likely' - ABC News

In Japan, where travelers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship have been quarantined for over a week, the mood among passengers shifted Wednesday as dozens more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus... At least 174 people aboard the vessel had tested positive for the new coronavirus by Wednesday -- with 39 new cases in the past 24 hours. One quarantine officer has also been infected, according to Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare... Some experts questioned whether the cruise ship quarantine was doing more harm than good.
"The issue with quarantine remains the lack of ability in a closed environment like this to maintain infection prevention measures on a ship," said Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, director of global health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York. "We are seeing numbers increase dramatically, which likely means that there is ongoing spread of the virus on these ships. That’s concerning, as it's creating a second epicenter of the infection in a Japanese port."

Coronavirus: Japan confirms first death, but unclear if virus is direct cause of death - The Straits Times

A woman in her 80s is the first person infected with the coronavirus to die in Japan, the Health Ministry said on Thursday (Feb 13), though it stressed that it was not clear if the virus had caused her death.
The woman, who lived in Kanagawa prefecture, to the south of Tokyo, was being treated for pneumonia, having first developed symptoms on Jan 22. She was hospitalised on Feb 1.
Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said that it was only during the post-mortem that doctors found that she tested positive for the disease, officially named Covid-19.

China's Hubei, Wuhan Communist Party chiefs removed amid epidemic

China's Communist Party has replaced the party heads in the coronavirus stricken province of Hubei and its capital Wuhan, state media said on Thursday, reporting the most high profile officials to be dismissed in the wake of the epidemic.
The removal of Jiang Chaoliang, the leading Communist Party official of Hubei province, and Ma Guoqiang, his counterpart in Wuhan, follows the dismissal of two provincial health officials on Tuesday, and is part of a wider effort by Beijing to remove bureaucrats it accuses of shirking their duties.
The central government has set up a special cabinet task force under Premier Li Keqiang to handle the crisis, and the new appointments in Hubei suggest that China's senior leaders are taking greater control.

Taiwan says it didn't need China's permission for WHO meeting - Reuters

Taiwan’s presence at a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting this week on the new coronavirus was the result of direct talks between the island and the body, and did not require China’s permission, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday... But in a small diplomatic breakthrough for the island, its health experts were this week allowed to attend an online technical meeting on the virus.
China’s Foreign Ministry said that was because China gave approval for Taiwan’s participation. Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said China was trying to take credit for something it didn’t deserve.

Putin: referendum to be held on a working day, which will be announced weekends | KXan 36 Daily News

a Nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution will be held on a working day, which will be announced this weekend. This was stated by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the working group on preparation of amendments to the Constitution. The live broadcast is channel “Russia 24”... the date of the vote is not yet known. However, previously a number of media with reference to the source in the working group called on April 22, which this year falls on Wednesday.

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ニューハンプシャー州はサンダース氏が勝利確実 民主党予備選 | NHKニュース


独SPD、メルケル首相退陣なら連立解消へ - ロイター


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News Headlines - 12 February 2020

U.K. virus 'super-spreader' says he has recovered | The Japan Times

A British businessman who became known as a “super-spreader” of the COVID-19 coronavirus said Tuesday he had fully recovered but remained in isolation in a central London hospital.
Steve Walsh issued a statement via his company from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital after catching the virus on a business trip in Singapore.
He is believed to have infected at least 11 other Britons - five in a ski chalet in the French Alps and another five who have since returned to his home city of Brighton on England’s southeast coast.

How the CIA used Crypto AG encryption devices to spy on countries for decades - Washington Post

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.
The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II... The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican.
But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence. These spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages.

Nissan files $90 million suit against Ghosn for 'fraudulent activity'

Japanese car giant Nissan on Wednesday filed a civil lawsuit to reclaim some 10 billion yen ($90 million) from former chairman Carlos Ghosn for what it called “years of his misconduct and fraudulent activity”.

Ferrari F1 2020 launch: A grandiose launch for the SF1000 but can Ferrari stop Mercedes? - BBC Sport

The trend in recent years has been for low-key launches - Mercedes and Red Bull, for example, are not holding events at all this year, preferring to run their cars in private at Silverstone this week and release their own pictures and press releases.
But F1's most famous team went grandiose for the car they have called the SF1000, to reflect the fact that the team will reach the landmark of their 1,000th World Championship grand prix this season.

Pope refuses to endorse married priests in the Amazon. Here's why - CNN

Last year, Pope Francis called for "bold proposals" to meet the spiritual needs of Catholics in the Amazon, a vast region with a scarcity of clerics.
But in a papal document released Wednesday, Francis ignored the boldest one: allowing married priests.
Instead, Francis' highly anticipated document on the Amazon region, Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon) focuses mostly on cultural and environmental issues. Francis spices the 32-page document with plenty of poetry, but offers few, if any, pragmatic changes for the church.

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新型肺炎は「COVID―19」 WHOが命名:朝日新聞デジタル


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ゴーン氏、自身の半生の映像作品化で大物エージェントと契約へ - Bloomberg


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News Headlines - 11 February 2020

Quarantined Cruise Passengers Have Many Questions. Japan Has Few Answers. - The New York Times

Experts in crisis management said the government was offering a textbook example of how not to handle a public health crisis... The government’s communications strategy has undermined trust, and speculation has sometimes filled the void, including about whether there could be alternatives to keeping so many people locked inside a contaminated vessel.

Philippines Tells U.S. It Will End Military Cooperation Deal - The New York Times

The Philippines said Tuesday it had officially informed the United States that it was scrapping a military pact that has given the longtime American ally a security blanket for the past two decades.
The notice to terminate the pact, the Visiting Forces Agreement, comes as President Rodrigo Duterte has warmed up to China while distancing himself from the United States, the Philippines’ former colonial ruler. The move also comes as the Philippines has shown increasing reluctance to stand up to China over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

UK to implement new global trade tariffs from 2021 - Reuters

Britain plans to develop a new tariff schedule which will enter into force at the start of 2021 and will apply to goods from countries around the world where no other trade arrangements are in place, the government said on Thursday.
The government has launched a four-week consultation to help shape its new most favoured nation tariff regime, which will be known as the UK Global Tariff. This could include simplifying tariffs and removing tariffs completely on goods where Britain has no domestic production, it said.

German digital bank N26 pulls out of UK, blaming Brexit | The Guardian

The German digital bank N26 is has blamed Brexit for its decision to pull out of the UK and close more than 200,000 customer accounts.
The lender has given customers less than two months to move their money, with all UK accounts to be closed by 15 April. It has also stopped offering new accounts to UK residents.
The move comes less than 18 months after the Berlin-based firm launched in the UK. It had about a dozen employees in the UK, with the rest of the business run remotely from the German capital.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands On: A Folding Phone With a Glass Screen | WIRED

There’s a new folding phone in town. Another folding phone. The thing we’re not entirely sure people want yet. No matter! Samsung has just released its second smartphone with a flexible display. This one is called the Galaxy Z Flip, and it will have a base price of $1,380 when preorders start February 14... A folding phone is, of course, a phone with a flexible display. The display itself bends and creases, so that the device can morph into something smaller. But when it’s open, it’s one long display... Samsung’s first folding phone, last year’s Galaxy Fold, had a disastrous start, with devices that broke after a few days.

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シン・フェイン党が躍進、共和党が第1党に アイルランド総選挙 - BBCニュース


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米司法省、大統領弁護士からバイデン親子巡る情報を入手 - ロイター


米司法省、中国軍人4人をEquifax不正侵入で提訴 FBIが指名手配 - ITmedia NEWS

 この事件では、Equifaxの顧客1億4550万人の個人情報が流出した。Webサイトに存在した「Apache Struts」の脆弱性を悪用して侵入したことが調査で判明した。当時のCEOはこの事件で引責辞任している。

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News Headlines - 10 February 2020

Beijing locked down as Wuhan virus continues to spread in China | Taiwan News

As the Wuhan virus continues to spread across China unabated, Beijing authorities on Sunday evening (Feb. 9) announced that the city is being locked down.
As the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to rage across China, 80 cities have been locked down under "closed-off management" measures. On Sunday, Beijing authorities announced an "Epidemic prevention and control notice of strict closed community management" and declared that the city is going under lockdown, reported the Beijing Daily.

Federal Judge Expected to Clear Way for T-Mobile and Sprint Merger - WSJ

A federal judge is expected to approve T-Mobile US Inc.’s merger with Sprint Corp., according to people familiar with the matter, clearing the way for the two wireless rivals to combine and overcoming a state antitrust challenge.
The decision, which these people said is expected to be made public Tuesday, would hand the carriers a victory over a group of state attorneys general who argued the merger could result in higher cellphone bills for customers.

Docs allegedly show Imperial Japanese Army's chemical weapons unit's escape from China - The Mainichi

Official documents have been found that appear to detail the escape by purported members of the former Imperial Japanese Army's chemical weapons research unit from occupied China around the end of World War II.
The documents were introduced on Feb. 8 by Katsuo Nishiyama, a professor emeritus at Shiga University of Medical Science, at a symposium held at Kyoto University in the west Japan city's Sakyo Ward.
During World War II, Unit 731 is believed to have carried out secret research including human experiments on Chinese prisoners of war, and developed biological weapons and poisonous gases. The official documents Nishiyama presented were originally compiled by the postwar Japanese government, and include information on how the unit pulled out of Manchuria (present-day Northeast China).

Russian sisters reunite 78 years after wartime separation | The Guardian

As teenagers, the sisters lived with their parents in Stalingrad, the city now known as Volgograd that was the site of one of the bloodiest battles the war. They were separated in 1942 during the civilian evacuation to escape Nazi encirclement.
Yulia, who was born in 1928, was evacuated with her mother to the city of Penza, about 310 miles (500km) to the north. And Rozalina was evacuated with her factory colleagues to the industrial city of Chelyabinsk, about 870 miles to the north-east in the Urals.

Apple reportedly enters in iPhone SE 2 trial production, device may launch in March

The much-anticipated affordable iPhone SE2 has reportedly entered in trial production and is likely to be released in March, reports stated.
The information about the launch of the iPhone was leaked by the famous tipster Evan Blass, who goes by user name @evleaks.
As per the reports, the device is expected to be named as iPhone 9 and it will be priced around $399.

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アイルランド、3党が大接戦 左派躍進―総選挙開票:時事ドットコム


英政府、年内に自由港を決定へ 来年の稼働目指す - ロイター


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アカデミー作品賞に韓国「パラサイト」 英語以外で初 :日本経済新聞

米映画界最大の祭典であるアカデミー賞の第92回授賞式が9日(日本時間10日)にハリウッドで開かれた。作品賞に選ばれたのは、ポン・ジュノ監督の韓国映画「パラサイト 半地下の家族」。裕福な家庭に"寄生"する貧しい一家を描いた作品で、格差社会への批判もにじませた。外国語(英語以外の言語)の映画が作品賞を受賞するのは初めて。

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News Headlines - 09 February 2020

29 dead after 'unprecedented' mass shooting: Thai PM - CNA

A Thai soldier who killed at least 29 people before being shot dead in a mall by commandos went on the rampage because of a debt dispute, the kingdom's prime minister said on Sunday (Feb 9), offering the first official motive for the "unprecedented" shooting spree.
Sharp-shooters brought an end to a 17-hour-ordeal when they killed the gunman on Sunday morning after a night which seesawed between heavy exchanges of gunfire and terrifying dashes for mall exits by shoppers trapped in the Terminal 21 mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat.

Two American Soldiers Killed in Shootout With Afghan Forces - The New York Times

A shootout between Afghan and American soldiers during joint operations in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday resulted in deaths on both sides, with two Americans killed, officials said... Six other American service members were wounded, Colonel Leggett said in a statement early Sunday. He said an investigation was underway and that the motive for the attack was unclear.

Bernie Sanders holds lead in second release of CNN's New Hampshire tracking poll - CNNPolitics

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' lead in New Hampshire continues to hold, according to the second release from a tracking poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire for CNN.
The poll, conducted from Wednesday through Saturday, finds Sanders with 28% support to former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 21%, both holding even with their performance in the previous day's release. Former Vice President Joe Biden lands at 12%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 9%, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar at 6%, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at 5% and entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 4%.

Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell apologises for ‘Greta syndrome’ remarks on youth activists | South China Morning Post

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, apologised on Saturday for dismissive comments about youth climate activists during a television interview, in an about-turn a few months into his role as top EU diplomat.
Borrell recently said on Spanish television that he doubted “the idea that young people are seriously committed to stopping climate change - we could call it the ‘Greta syndrome’”.

Plane travels in record time from New York to London behind hurricane-force winds from Storm Ciara - Chicago Tribune

Named by the U.K. Met Office weather agency, the storm brought massive gusts that hit 93 mph at the northern Welsh village of Aberdaron and 86 mph at the Welsh town of Capel Curig. A British Airways plane is thought to have made the fastest ever flight by a conventional airliner from New York to London.
The fierce winds propelled a Boeing 747-436 to make the 3,500-mile transatlantic journey from New York to London in just 4 hours and 56 minutes, landing 102 minutes early and reaching a top speed of 825 mph, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24. Two Virgin Airlines flights also roared across the Atlantic, with all three smashing the previous subsonic New York-to-London record of 5 hours and 13 minutes, Flightradar24 reported.

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ドイツ経常黒字、19年も世界最大 日本は2位=IFO - ロイター


NYタイムズ電子版、有料読者約343万人に :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 08 February 2020

Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia's zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions - The Jakarta Post

Almost a month after the first novel coronavirus case outside of China was confirmed in Thailand on Jan. 13 and amid the virus’s subsequent spread to a number of other countries, Indonesia seems to remain free of the fast-spreading illness.
While the fact that there are zero known cases in the country has brought relief, it has also raised questions about what sets Indonesia apart from countries with confirmed cases, especially as 85 cases had been recorded across six neighboring Southeast Asian countries as of Friday.
A study by a group of researchers from Harvard University suggests that Indonesia should have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus by now, given the high number of airline passengers traveling between the country and Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China.

Nippon Steel to cut 10% of steel output capacity, faces record loss - Reuters

Japan’s Nippon Steel Corp said on Friday it will shut nearly 10% of its production capacity, an unprecedented move in the once-dominant Japanese steel industry hit by falling demand at home and competition from China.
The world’s third-biggest steelmaker is setting aside $3.6 billion in charges and will close three blast furnaces in Japan, as it confronts a period of waning demand as Japan’s population declines.
Nippon expects to book a record loss of 440 billion yen ($4 billion) this financial year, as a result of the charges from the closures, which also include smaller facilities in Japan and some production capacity overseas.

Subaru Effectively Joins Toyota Group - JIJI PRESS

-Japanese automaker Subaru Corp. said Thursday Toyota Motor Corp. has raised its stake in Subaru to 20.0 pct from 16.8 pct, effectively making it a Toyota group company.

Apple now sells more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry - The Verge

The Apple Watch wasn’t just the best-selling smartwatch last year, but also put the Swiss watch industry to shame, according to new sales estimates compiled by Strategy Analytics. The report estimates Apple shipped nearly 31 million units in 2019, a 36 percent jump over last year. The Swiss watch industry, which includes brands like Swatch and TAG Heuer, only shipped an estimated 21.1 million units, a 13 percent decline, Strategy Analytics says.

Siberian street cats limp to new life with prosthetic paws - Reuters

Ryzhik, a scruffy red tabby cat, was found on the streets of the Siberian city of Tomsk in the blistering cold, his four paws completely frozen... Two years later Ryzhik leads a normal life at Gorshkov’s clinic, hobbling around on four prosthetic limbs. They were implanted using a technique similar to one used for dental implants for people.
Ryzhik is one of the first cats in the world to have four titanium paws that were implanted into their bones using the technique, according to Gorshkov.

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ブティジェッジ0.1%の僅差で勝利 米民主アイオワ党員集会の集計が完了 | ニューズウィーク日本版


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エリクソン、携帯見本市「MWC」出展中止 肺炎対策で  :日本経済新聞


東京新聞:新型肺炎 クルーズ船感染者、日本ではなく「その他」 日本が働きかけWHO応じる


前田健太の移籍白紙も、大型トレード再検討浮上 - MLB : 日刊スポーツ


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News Headlines - 07 February 2020

Coronavirus: China's death toll rises to 636, total number of cases nationwide exceeds 31,000 - The Straits Times

The official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Friday (Feb 7) to 636, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 31,000.
The toll was raised by 73 new deaths from the epidemic, the National Health Commission said in its daily update. Out of the total rise in the toll, central Hubei province - epicentre of the outbreak - reported 69 deaths, including 64 in the provincial capital Wuhan.
Another 3,143 new cases of infection were confirmed, bringing total infections in the country thus far to 31,161, it said. More than 4,800 of those people were in serious condition.

Firms including IBM Japan to develop AI 'guide suitcase' for the blind | The Japan Times

A consortium of five companies including IBM Japan Ltd. said Thursday that they will develop a navigation suitcase equipped with artificial intelligence to help guide people with visual impairments.
The suitcase will be mounted with cameras and sensors and will be capable of moving on its own. The product will guide the user to a destination in an indoor environment while detecting and avoiding obstacles. In addition to navigating routes, a feature to detect and notify users of approaching acquaintances is also being considered.

Antarctica logs hottest temperature on record with a reading of 18.3C | The Guardian

Antarctica has logged its hottest temperature on record, with an Argentinian research station thermometer reading 18.3C, beating the previous record by 0.8C.
The reading, taken at Esperanza on the northern tip of the continent’s peninsula, beats Antarctica’s previous record of 17.5C, set in March 2015.
A tweet from Argentina’s meteorological agency on Friday revealed the record. The station’s data goes back to 1961.

Muslim nations reject Trump's 'biased' Mideast peace plan in Saudi meeting | The Japan Times

Days after Gulf Arab states expressed their support for President Donald Trump’s efforts at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, representatives from these same countries and other Muslim nations gathered in Saudi Arabia and rejected the White House’s plan as “biased”... The White House plan heavily favors Israel and ignores many of the Palestinians’ core demands by keeping some 750,000 Jewish settlers in place, recognizing Israel’s sovereignty of the strategic Jordan Valley, and asserting Jerusalem as the “undivided capital” of Israel.

In Turkmenistan men over 40 banned from dyeing hair black | The Times Hub

A law banning hair painting men was adopted only for the residents of the Lebap velayat. February 1, men aged 40 years working in schools, hospitals and other budgetary institutions, must wear a hairstyle with only natural or light shade. For owners of black natural hair there is a requirement to simulate the gray.
The reason for the order is the decision of the President of the country Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov that was no longer shaded gray. It is also known that at a meeting with the head of the state will be allowed mainly people with bleached hair... Many residents of Turkmenistan expressed dissatisfaction with the order. Two years ago, when the President began to dye hair in black color, its citizens demanded the same.

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ルーマニアで政権崩壊、発足からわずか3カ月-不信任決議が可決 - Bloomberg


EU加盟手続きを見直し 西バルカン2国の交渉入り目指す―欧州委:時事ドットコム


ドイツ、州首相1日で辞任 極右からの得票に批判集中 :日本経済新聞


BBC受信料未払い、訴追対象から外す計画 英政府 BBCの将来に懸念も:AFPBB News

 ニッキー・モーガン(Nicky Morgan)デジタル・文化・メディア・スポーツ相は、公共放送はネットフリックス(Netflix)などのストリーミングサービスの時代に「適応しなければならない」と述べ、受信料を支払わなければ罰金や禁錮刑に処される恐れがある現在の制度は「時代錯誤」だという考えを示した。

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News Headlines - 06 February 2020

Mitt Romney speech: senator explains vote in Trump impeachment trial

Sen. Mitt Romney split with his party Wednesday when he voted to convict President Donald Trump on abuse of power in the Senate impeachment trial.
Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump, who was acquitted on both articles of impeachment. Since then, he's drawn praise from Democrats and the ire of Republicans.
In explaining his vote in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, Romney appeared emotional, choking up when he explained how his faith informed his vote.

Nissan Leaf breaks UK record for longest self-driving car journey | The Guardian

A self-navigating car has successfully driven itself for 230 miles, the longest and most complex journey undertaken so far on UK roads by an autonomous vehicle.
The Nissan Leaf, fitted with GPS, radar, Lidar laser measurement technology and cameras, travelled from Nissan’s technical centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, to the carmaker’s manufacturing plant in Sunderland, where the model is made.

Hokusai: World's most powerful passport now features Japanese ukiyo-e art | CNN Travel

Japan is issuing passports featuring art by ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai to Japanese citizens who applied after February 4.
"Ukiyo-e" is a genre of mass-produced Japanese woodblock prints that display everything from theater announcements and landscapes to sumo wrestlers and even salacious erotica... The new passports will feature the "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series created by Hokusai in the 19th century, which features one of Japan's best-known ukiyo-e prints, "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."

Two injured after fire traps 130 workers in Swedish mine - The Local

Around 130 people were trapped in a mine in central Sweden after a fire broke out 850 metres below the surface.
By Thursday afternoon, the fire had been extinguished and two people reported injured in the incident.
The fire broke out around 2pm at the Garpenberg mine in Dalarna. Shortly before 4pm the company running the mine, Boliden, said that all 130 people had been taken out of the mine.

Finland to give dads same parental leave as mums - BBC News

Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave, in a push to get fathers to spend more time with their children.
Paid allowance will increase to a combined 14 months, which works out as 164 days per parent.
Neighbouring Sweden has Europe's most generous system of parental leave with 240 days each after a baby's birth.

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弾劾裁判、トランプ氏に無罪評決 ウクライナ疑惑 :日本経済新聞


中国が14日に関税引き下げ-米国からの輸入品8兆円超 - Bloomberg


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カーク・ダグラス氏死去 「OK牧場の決斗」の名優:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 05 February 2020

Far-right AfD kingmakers in German state election | DW

A huge political upset in Germany's eastern state of Thuringia on Wednesday sparked a widespread outcry across the country as the ruling coalition saw its candidate for state premier lose by a single vote to the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), who had barely cleared the 5% support hurdle to join the regional parliament.
What was even more cause for concern, however, was the historic role of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the victory of FDP candidate Thomas Kemmerich (above), marking the first time a German state premier was able to take office with the help of the nationalist party.

Nancy Pelosi ripping Donald Trump's speech may not have been planned, but it was effective - CNN

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's shredding of President Trump's State of the Union speech was ripped right from Trump's playbook.
It was unprecedented behavior for a speaker, aggressively rude and unapologetically meant to rile up her base. It was divisive, but effective.

'I'll wear it again': Labour MP Tracy Brabin defiant over off-the-shoulder dress in Commons | Sky News

A Labour frontbencher who has faced social media abuse for wearing an off-the-shoulder dress in the Commons has said she will wear the outfit again.
The trolling began on Monday night, when one Twitter user shared a photo of Tracy Brabin MP wearing the outfit and asked: "Is this really appropriate attire for parliament?"... Ms Brabin hit back, tweeting that she was not "a slag, hungover, a tart, about to breastfeed, a slapper, drunk, just been banged over a wheelie bin" - a tweet that also attracted thousands of replies.

Nintendo Switch leaker admits child sex abuse - BBC News

A 21-year-old man has admitted hacking into Nintendo's servers, leaking details about unreleased products and possessing child sexual abuse images.
Ryan Hernandez, known online as Ryan West and RyanRocks, stole and leaked information about the Nintendo Switch before it was released.
When FBI agents seized his devices in 2019, they also found he had downloaded child sexual abuse images and videos.

French prosecutors to investigate rape claim of ice skating champion - BBC News

Prosecutors in France have opened an investigation after a champion figure skater accused her former coach of raping her as a teenager.
In an autobiography released last week, Sarah Abitbol alleges that Gilles Beyer first abused her when she was aged 15... As part of their investigation, prosecutors said they would try to establish if anyone else was abused.

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米民主党のアイオワ州党員集会、ブティジェッジ氏が首位 暫定結果:AFPBB News

米大統領選の民主党指名候補選びの初戦、アイオワ州の党員集会の暫定結果が4日(日本時間5日朝)発表された。……62%の選挙区からの報告が集まった時点で、インディアナ州サウスベンド(South Bend)の市長を務めたブティジェッジ氏は26.9%、サンダース氏は25.1%、エリザベス・ウォーレン(Elizabeth Warren)上院議員は18.3%、バイデン氏は15.6%となっている。

CNN.co.jp : ハーバード大教授ら、中国との関係隠した罪で起訴


英中銀、金利据え置き 緩和には含み残す :日本経済新聞


仏与党から著名数学者追放 パリ市長選「公認受けず立候補」:朝日新聞デジタル




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News Headlines - 04 February 2020

Delays Mar Iowa Caucuses as Democrats Start Nominating Process - The New York Times

A night that was supposed to bring clarity to the Democratic presidential contest turned into a long ordeal of confusion and delays on Monday, as the Iowa Democratic Party failed to report results from more than a handful of precincts for hours after the state’s famed caucuses began.
Struggling to adopt a new byzantine process of tabulating results, Iowa Democrats offered little explanation for the problem for hours after the caucuses began. Eventually, in a 1 a.m. conference call with reporters, Troy Price, the Iowa Democratic Party chairman, said results would not begin to be released until sometime on Tuesday. He said the problem was a reporting issue and stressed it was not a hack.

Nissan drafts plan to double down on UK under hard Brexit | Financial Times

Nissan has drawn up a plan to pull out of mainland Europe if Brexit leads to tariffs on car exports - but to double down on the UK, where the Japanese company believes it could sell one in five cars... Under the scenario, the Sunderland plant in the UK would be maintained as part of an audacious attempt to steal market share from other carmakers.
If carmakers that import to Britain such as Ford and Volkswagen face tariffs that make their cars more expensive, Nissan’s UK-made models would have a competitive edge, allowing the company to grow from 4 per cent of the market currently to as high as 20 per cent, according to the two people.

‘Thanks, goodbye and good riddance’ - EU’s parting words to UK | Financial Times

The EU’s final words to the UK as it departed the union after nearly half a century were “thank you, goodbye, and good riddance”.
The misspoken farewell, spoken by the Croatian ambassador to her UK counterpart Tim Barrow last week, perhaps sums up 47 years of the Britons being lost in translation in Brussels.
Irena Andrassy, the Croatian ambassador, was chairing the UK’s final meeting of EU envoys as a member state because her country holds the six-month EU presidency. She assumed “good riddance” was akin to “good luck”, said diplomats present in the room.
Despite some feelings running high towards the UK over Brexit, the goodbye was not a barb in disguise, they insisted.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong hospital staff strike to demand closure of China border - BBC News

Hundreds of hospital workers in Hong Kong have gone on strike, demanding the border with mainland China be completely closed to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading.
Hong Kong has suspended cross-border rail and ferry services, but health workers want a total border closure.
Authorities say closing the border completely would go against advice from the World Health Organization.

China gave a rare admission of fault, admitting 'deficiencies' in its response to the Wuhan coronavirus that has now infected more than 20,000 people, Business Insider - Business Insider Malaysia

In a rare admission of fault, China recognized “shortcomings and deficiencies” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak that is ravaging China and spreading around the world... The admission came from the Politburo Standing Committee, the most powerful body of the Chinese Communist Party which rules the country.
An account of the meeting, published by the official Xinhua news agency, said that the epidemic had exposed problems in China’s emergency management, which it pledged to address.

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英、35年にガソリン車販売禁止 ハイブリッドも、日本勢に打撃:時事ドットコム


成田・羽田発着数、年100万回へ 欧米主要都市に迫る  :日本経済新聞


東京新聞:ロシア語学習者、半減 国際地位低下




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News Headlines - 03 February 2020

Teenage climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Two lawmakers in Sweden have nominated Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
Jens Holm and Hakan Svenneling, who are both members of Sweden’s Left Party, said Monday that Thunberg “has worked hard to make politicians open their eyes to the climate crisis” and “action for reducing our emissions and complying with the Paris Agreement is therefore also an act of making peace.”

Hong Kong recession deepens as virus outbreak darkens outlook - Reuters

Hong Kong’s economy contracted for the first time in a decade in 2019 as violent anti-government protests and trade tariffs between Washington and Beijing took more steam out of the economy in the final quarter of last year.
The worst is yet to come, with no end in sight to the protests in the Chinese-ruled city and a new coronavirus outbreak in mainland China.

Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Calls Off TV Search for Moon Trip ‘Life Partner’ - The New York Times

Yusaku Maezawa sought love in the way only a lonely, 44-year-old fashion billionaire could: asking the women of the internet to apply for a chance to accompany him on a spaceflight around the moon - if they had “bright and positive” personalities and were over 20.
But on Thursday, Mr. Maezawa’s dream, and those, apparently, of more than 27,000 hopefuls, appeared to be in question after he called off a documentary about the weeklong, multimillion-dollar journey.
Mr. Maezawa apologized, saying on Twitter that he had asked for the show’s cancellation “due to personal reasons.”

Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe bags campaign with luxury fashion label | The Star Online

Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe has landed a fashion campaign with Kate Spade New York.
The star, who is also an actress and a fashion designer, has teamed up with the fashion and accessories label to front its Spring 2020 handbag campaign.

Tennis rankings: Coco Gauff jumps 16 spots, Kenin now top U.S. player - UPI.com

Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin climbed to No. 7 in the Women's Tennis Association rankings Monday, while fellow American Cori "Coco" Gauff moved from No. 67 to No. 51 after she upset Naomi Osaka in Australia.
Kenin, who beat Gauff in the fourth round of the Australian Open, had been ranked No. 15 entering the tourney. Serena Williams retained her No. 9 spot, but Kenin now is the highest-ranked American player.

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ミドリムシのバイオ燃料、国際規格を取得 ユーグレナ  :日本経済新聞


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つげ義春さんに特別栄誉賞 仏アングレーム漫画祭 :日本経済新聞


米アマゾン売上高 過去最高 プライム会員 1億5,000万人突破:ワールドビジネスサテライト(WBS)


チーフスが大逆転で50季ぶり2度目のNFL王者…第4クオーターで10点差をはね返す:中日スポーツ(CHUNICHI Web)


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News Headlines - 02 February 2020

China builds new hospital in 10 days to combat coronavirus - Xinhua

China has built a makeshift hospital in 10 days to battle against the novel strain of coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province.
Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital was delivered Sunday in Wuhan. It is dedicated to treating patients infected with the virus.
A total of 1,400 medical staff from the armed forces are tasked with treating patients in Huoshenshan Hospital starting from Monday. The medics consist of 950 people from hospitals affiliated to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Joint Logistic Support Force, and 450 from medical universities of the army, navy and air force of the PLA who were sent to Wuhan earlier.

China shuts down city of Wenzhou, far from virus epicentre - The Straits Times

The eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou restricted the movement of residents and closed roads on Sunday (Feb 2) in the most drastic steps taken by authorities outside the epicentre of a deadly virus.
Only one resident per household is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, the authorities said, in the city of nine million, while 46 highway toll stations have been closed.

Streatham shooting: Man shot dead by armed police after two stabbed in south London terror attack | London Evening Standard

A man has been shot dead by armed police after two people were stabbed during a terror attack in south London.
Officers were called to the incident outside an Iceland supermarket in Streatham at around 2.30pm on Sunday.
Witnesses reported seeing a man with a "machete and silver canisters on his chest being chased" by someone who appeared to be an undercover police officer.

Somalia declares national emergency over locust surge | Al Jazeera

Somalia has become the first country in the Horn of Africa to declare a locust infestation sweeping the region as a national emergency.
The country's Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Sunday the desert locust surge "poses a major threat to Somalia's fragile food security situation".

Novak Djokovic says he did not overstep mark when touching umpire's shoe | The Guardian

The Serbian lost his cool when he was handed back-to-back time violations in the one game for taking too long to serve. With the score locked at 4-4 in the second set, the second penalty came at break point and cost him a first serve, with Djokovic losing the game.
A furious Djokovic marched past the umpire’s chair and tapped Dumusois’s foot and sarcastically exclaimed: “You made yourself famous in this match. Great job. Especially in the second one. Great job. You made yourself famous. Well done, man”.
Dumusois did not react. But, according to the official grand slam rule book, Djokovic could find himself hit with a $US20,000 ($A30,000) fine, although penalties are discretionary.

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トランプ大統領の弾劾裁判 ボルトン氏召喚を否決 | NHKニュース


新型肺炎「人から人」12月中旬発生か 米誌に中国チーム :日本経済新聞


東京新聞:デジタル課税 大枠合意 OECD 過度な節税策防止へ


東京新聞:ソ連破れてマックあり 崩壊前年に1号店 米国流スマイル定着30年

ロシアメディアによればオープン当日の客は三万五千人超。それまで記録を持っていたハンガリー・ブダペスト店の九千百人の四倍近かった。当時はバーガー一個一・五ルーブル。平均月給は百五十ルーブルの時代だから高価な食事だった。……ロシア人は初対面の相手にほほ笑み掛ける習慣がない。「意味なく笑うのはばかの証拠」なんてことわざもある。氷の表情を保つか、西側の世界に染まってほほ笑むか-。応募者たちは後者を選んだ。 接客時の笑顔。「いらっしゃいませ/ありがとうございました」のあいさつ。ソ連式の無愛想な接客に慣れていた客は驚き、気味悪がった。客のショックを和らげるため、開店から少したつと、笑みを少し抑えるようマニュアルも変更になったらしい。

人気下降気味!? カンプノウでの今季最少観客動員数を大幅に更新 | スポルト


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News Headlines - 01 February 2020

Airbus resolves global bribery scandal for record $4B | Compliance Week

European plane maker Airbus will avoid criminal prosecution after agreeing to pay a total of €3.6 billion (U.S. $4 billion) in penalties to prosecutors in the United States, United Kingdom, and France over an “endemic” bribery scandal that saw the company pay bribes to win contracts in 20 countries around the world.

Turnaround costs push Deutsche Bank to $6 billion loss - Reuters

Deutsche Bank plunged to a bigger than expected loss of 5.7 billion euros ($6.3 billion) last year, its fifth in a row, as the cost of its latest turnaround attempt hit earnings... The latest attempt, under CEO Christian Sewing, is a 7.4-billion euro drive to cut 18,000 jobs, shrink its investment bank and focus on corporate as well as private banking.

'Happy Brexit Day' signs at Norwich flats say 'only speak English' - BBC News

"Happy Brexit Day" notices telling residents "we do not tolerate" people speaking languages other than English have been posted at a block of flats.
A resident of Winchester Tower in Norwich first spotted them at 06:00 GMT on Friday, as first reported in the Huffington Post.
The man, who does not want to be named, has reported the signs - which he said were on every floor - to the police.

Outrage at BBC Horrible Histories for 'trashing Britain' | Daily Mail Online

The BBC has provoked outrage by screening an 'anti-British' children's programme on Brexit Day.
Hosted by Left-wing comedian Nish Kumar, Horrible Histories Brexit suggested Britain had historically failed to produce anything of note, relying instead on imports... Kumar begins by introducing a series of CBBC 'comedy' clips. In one sequence, Queen Victoria is labelled 'foreign' and portrayed as a dullard who is shocked to discover that sugar, tea and cotton do not come from England.

Coronavirus: Denmark in cartoon bust-up with China over flag - BBC News

A Danish newspaper has rejected China's demand for an apology after it published a satirical cartoon of a Chinese flag with the five gold stars replaced by the deadly coronavirus.
China's embassy in Denmark called the Jyllands-Posten cartoon, published on Monday, "an insult to China".
The paper and cartoonist Niels Bo Bojesen must "publicly apologise to the Chinese people", it said.

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英BBC、編集部450人解雇へ 「視聴者や環境の変化に適応」:AFPBB News

 BBCは1週間前にトニー・ホール(Tony Hall)会長が辞任の意向を明らかにしたばかり。……貯蓄目標額を8000万ポンド(約110億円)としているBBCは、「従来のリニア放送」に支出し過ぎ、デジタル放送に十分に費用を充ててこなかったと同氏は語った。

米IBM、8年ぶりトップ交代 新CEOはインド出身  :日本経済新聞


存在感増す「米国産LNG」 火力巨人、調達本格化へ:朝日新聞デジタル




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