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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