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2017.12.15

News Headlines - 15 December 2017

Window falls from U.S. Marine chopper onto Okinawa school - The Japan News

A window frame fell from a U.S. military aircraft on Wednesday onto the grounds of an elementary school in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, leaving one student slightly injured.

U.S. court removes creditor hurdle to a Westinghouse bankruptcy plan

Westinghouse can now begin negotiating with Toshiba to hammer out details of a plan to bring the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the coming months.
The company filed for bankruptcy in March after two nuclear power plants it had designed and was constructing in the U.S. Southeast had gone billions of dollars over their fixed-cost contracts.

First glimpse inside new £750,000,000 US embassy with views of London | Metro News

These are the first photos taken from inside the brand new £750 million American embassy in London. The new HQ on London’s South Bank isn’t set to open until January, but a glimpse inside the building shows state-of-the art open spaces complete with picturesque views of the capital’s skyline.

F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules - The New York Times

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.
The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service.

At Least 6,700 Rohingya Died in Myanmar Crackdown, Aid Group Says - The New York Times

Doctors Without Borders estimated on Thursday that at least 6,700 members of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, including 730 children below age 5, had met violent deaths there in the month after a military crackdown on their villages.

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2017.12.14

News Headlines - 14 December 2017

Disney is buying most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

Disney is buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that promises to reshape the media industry and help the entertainment giant fend off digital rivals such as Netflix.
The $52.4 billion deal will combine two of the biggest players in Hollywood.

Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans point fingers

Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections, while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the country’s most conservative states... Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the Alabama outcome would not affect his policy agenda. Republicans are rushing to pass a tax overhaul package by the end of the year.

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election - BBC News

Venezuela's President, Nicolás Maduro, says the country's main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year's presidential election.
He said only parties which took part in Sunday's mayoral polls would be able to contest the presidency.

Chaplin family plead to save London Cinema Museum - BBC News

Charlie Chaplin's family have written an open letter to ask for London's Cinema Museum to be saved.
The museum, housed in the former Lambeth workhouse where Chaplin once lived, could be under threat when its lease expires next March.

Video of Starving Polar Bear ‘Rips Your Heart Out of Your Chest’ - The New York Times

The polar bear, though, was not dead — at least not yet. And when it managed to stand up, Mr. Nicklen, a visual storyteller, snapped a photo. When he published it on Instagram, the image garnered such a strong response that he knew he needed to return with other members of his conservation organization and the proper filming equipment. Mr. Nicklen, 49, wanted to show people what a starving polar bear really looked like — he wanted to make a scientific data point something real.

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2017.12.13

News Headlines - 13 December 2017

Toyota Deepens Panasonic Battery Ties in Electric-Car Rush - Bloomberg

Toyota Motor Corp. deepened a partnership with battery producer Panasonic Corp. as Asia’s biggest carmaker, which bet big on hydrogen for clean technology, accelerates efforts to make its presence felt in electric cars.
The largest supplier of electric-car batteries and Toyota together are exploring the development of prismatic cells, and the collaboration will include solid-state batteries, the two companies said at a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday. The agreement builds on a joint venture Toyota and Panasonic have had for over two decades.

Nintendo Switch sells 10 million worldwide - Nintendo Official Site

Despite launching in March, a month not usually reserved for home console launches, and with the busy holiday shopping season still in full swing, the Nintendo Switch system has already sold 10 million units to consumers around the world, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures... The robust and diverse library on Nintendo Switch features two of the most acclaimed video games of all time in Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. At The Game Awards last week in Los Angeles, Super Mario Odyssey won the award for Best Family Game. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was honored with the awards for Game of the Year, Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Game Direction.

Schoolchildren start voting for Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots - Japan Today

Voting for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots kicked off Monday, with 6.5 million children at elementary schools across Japan given the opportunity to choose their favourite from three shortlisted pairs – each containing one mascot for the Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games. Each class can cast a single vote for their chosen mascots at any time in the 10-week voting period.

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation - The New York Times

Watching cable, he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff he summons via a button for lunch or for one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day.

Putin orders partial withdrawal of Russian troops in Syria - France 24

President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.

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2017.12.12

News Headlines - 12 December 2017

Brexit: City of London will lose 10,500 jobs on day one, says EY | The Guardian

City firms plan to move 10,500 jobs out of the UK on “day one” of Brexit, with Dublin and Frankfurt the financial centres most likely to benefit from the UK’s departure from the EU.
The job tracker compiled by the accountants EY, which counts job announcements to the end of November, found that the number of roles likely to be affected had fallen from estimates of 12,500 a year ago. But it also concluded that the jobs being affected by Brexit were not just the “back office” ones initially forecast, but “front office” staff who deal directly with clients.

Pentagon says it will allow transgender recruits after judge's order - UPI.com

The Pentagon on Monday said it will abide by a judge's decision that transgender military recruits must be accepted into the military by Jan. 1.
Earlier Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia refused to give the military more time to implement her October injunction that opposed the transgender ban President Donald Trump announced in July.

Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam

Apple Inc on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

Saudi Arabia to lift 35-year ban on cinemas | The Guardian

Saudi Arabia is to allow cinemas to open for the first time in 35 years as it continues a push to overhaul its society and image after decades of hardline rule.
The first movie theatres will be opened by March and it is intended that up to 2,000 screens will be in place within 12 years.

US Army deserter who wed Japanese abductee in N. Korea dies at 77 - The Mainichi

A former U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea and later married a Japanese woman who had been abducted by the isolated state died Monday, aged 77.

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2017.12.11

News Headlines - 11 December 2017

Suicide bomber strikes New York City at rush hour | New York Post

An ISIS-inspired would-be suicide bomber set off a homemade explosive device at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station Monday morning, seriously wounding himself and injuring three others, law enforcement sources said.
The man — a 27-year-old Brooklyn man identified by high ranking police sources as Akayed Ullah — had wires attached to him and a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his midsection as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub.

Trump links New York bomb attack to immigration debate - LA Times

President Trump cited the suspect in the New York subway bombing on Monday as an argument for his crackdown on legal as well as illegal immigration, after the administration said the man entered the country in 2011 on a family immigrant visa.

Uber appeal case against London licence loss planned for April or June next year

Uber’s appeal against the loss of its London licence should begin on Apr. 30 for five days but might be delayed until June, a British judge said on Monday at a preliminary hearing.

GVC in Talks to Buy Ladbrokes Coral for Up to $5.2 Billion - Bloomberg

GVC Holdings Plc is in advanced talks to acquire U.K. bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc for as much as 3.9 billion pounds ($5.2 billion), as gambling companies seek greater scale in a business that’s shifting online.

China opens criminal case against former rising star Sun Zhengcai on graft charges | South China Morning Post

China’s prosecutor has begun formal legal proceedings for alleged corruption against the former senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender to be one of the nation’s top leaders.

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2017.12.10

News Headlines - 10 December 2017

Iraq Prime Minister Declares Victory Over ISIS - The New York Times

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State on Saturday, announcing the end of more than three years of battles to regain control over nearly one-third of the country that had been under the terrorist group’s dominion.

This is how nuclear war with North Korea would unfold - The Washington Post

When a South Korean airliner strayed into North Korean airspace, a Northern air defense crew, already jumpy and anticipating the allied maneuvers in the Sea of Japan, mistook it for an American bomber. The crew fired a surface-to-air missile, sending the plane plunging into the ocean, killing all 250 people on board.
The South Korean public was outraged. Within hours, Moon ordered South Korean missile units to strike the air defense battery, as well as select leadership targets throughout North Korea. Moon’s limited missile strike might have been enough by itself to start the nuclear war of 2019...

Obayashi suspected of bid-rigging for maglev project:The Asahi Shimbun

Investigators searched a leading general contractor over allegations of bid-rigging in connection with construction of the 9-trillion-yen ($79.3 billion) super-high speed magnetically levitated train line.

Bitcoin jumps after futures trading begins

Cboe Global Markets, a top U.S. owner of financial exchanges, on Sunday began offering bitcoin futures, allowing investors to speculate on whether the digital currency's price will go up or down... It's the first time a government-regulated exchange has given the green light to trading for a bitcoin-backed security.

Heavy snow sparks travel disruption as four major Tube lines crippled by weather-related problems | London Evening Standard

Heavy snow caused disruption for Londoners travelling across the capital, with major routes affected by the weather conditions.

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2017.12.09

News Headlines - 09 December 2017

Israel airstrikes, Gaza rockets amid Jerusalem tensions - CNN

Two Palestinians were killed Saturday in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, as tensions rose in the region after US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Queen declares HMS Queen Elizabeth ready for duty | Daily Mail Online

It was more than 70 years ago, in the closing months of the war in Europe, that Princess Elizabeth launched her first warship at the age of 18... And yesterday, aged 91, the Queen commissioned Britain’s biggest ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy.

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.
It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led to perceptible changes in their brains. The finding is also one of several factors fueling growing skepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.

Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe

The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler.

'Plague' of bats wreaks havoc in Charters Towers - ABC News

Charters Towers Regional Council estimates there are about 200,000 bats in the town, numbers it has called "plague proportions".

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2017.12.08

News Headlines - 08 December 2017

Japan seeks longer-range cruise missiles amid North Korea threat - BBC News

The missiles will be deployed on Japan's fleet of fighter jets and have a range of up to 1,000km (621 miles).
The move is likely to be controversial, as Japan limits its military to self-defence.

Hirohito's WW2 memoir bought by Japanese accused holocaust denier - BBC News

A memoir by former Japanese Emperor Hirohito about World War Two has been bought by a Japanese surgeon accused of denying the Holocaust and the Nanjing massacre.

Ishiguro praises role of literature in divided world: Nobel lecture

Japan-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro warned of the dangers of an increasingly divided world and called on literature to help "break down barriers" during his Nobel lecture Thursday at the Swedish Academy.

Female chief priest and her two attackers dead in Tokyo Shinto shrine stabbings | The Japan Times

A violent attack with Japanese swords and survival knives at Tokyo’s famed Tomioka Hachimangu shrine has left three dead — including the chief priestess and her brother — in an apparent family feud that turned deadly.

Two Palestinians 'killed by Israeli fire' in clashes on 'Day of Rage' | The Independent

Two Palestinians have been killed in clashes over US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, after Hamas called for a “Day of Rage” in protest against Donald Trump’s decision.
Israeli soldiers shot the two men dead on Friday near the Gaza border, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement, while the Red Cross said scores were wounded in clashes across the West Bank.

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2017.12.07

News Headlines - 07 December 2017

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump's announcement - BBC News

Traditional US allies are among a growing chorus condemning President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Hamas has called for a new ‘intifada’ against Israel. Here’s what that means. - The Washington Post

The beginning of the “third intifada” has been predicted repeatedly in the past, but when the leader of Hamas called for a renewed uprising against Israel on Thursday, there was a sense that this time it could be for real.

Lebanon's Saad Hariri withdraws resignation - BBC News

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has officially withdrawn his resignation, a month after saying he was quitting in a shock announcement in Saudi Arabia.

Judge Seeks Arrest of Ex-President of Argentina on Treason Charges - The New York Times

A federal judge asked Argentina’s Senate on Thursday to allow the arrest of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the former president, on treason and other charges relating to Iran’s possible involvement in the unsolved 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.

Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany by refusing to fly | The Independent

Pilots have stopped 222 deportations of asylum seekers from Germany by refusing to take off with them on board.
Many of the pilots refused to take control of flights taking people back to Afghanistan, where violence is still rife following years of war and occupation by Western forces.

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2017.12.06

News Headlines - 06 December 2017

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing longtime U.S. policy

President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike.
Trump announced his administration would begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step expected to take years and one that his predecessors opted not to take to avoid inflaming tensions.

Google, Amazon still tussling over YouTube on shopping giant's gadgets - CNET

The Google-owned video service is cutting access to the Amazon device on Jan. 1, a Google spokeswoman said on Tuesday. YouTube is also cutting access Tuesday for a second time to Amazon's Echo Show video device.
The moves signal that the ongoing battle between the world's biggest search engine and the world's largest online retailer may get messier in 2018.

Disney and Fox are closing in on deal, could be announced next week: Sources

Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox are closing in on a deal, and it could come as soon as next week, according to sources familiar with the matter.
CNBC has been reporting that Disney has held talks with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company to acquire its studio and television production assets, leaving Fox with its news and sports assets. Fox is also talking with CNBC parent company Comcast, but the talks with Disney have progressed more significantly.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations after a half-century in Congress - The Washington Post

Facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) resigned as Congress’s longest-serving member Tuesday, becoming the first lawmaker to step down as Capitol Hill grapples with allegations of inappropriate behavior by lawmakers.

Government threatens to use law to force Channel 4 out of London | The Independent

The Independent understands action could be taken in the new year if the broadcaster continues to refuse to shift operations from the capital.
The Government wants the broadcaster to move as part of a plan to boost jobs and growth in the regions, but has faced resistance from senior management who claim it might damage the channel’s income.

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2017.12.05

News Headlines - 05 December 2017

Yemen Houthi rebels kill former president Ali Abdullah Saleh | The Guardian

Yemen’s civil war has taken a dramatic turn after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels killed the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, punishing him for switching sides and seeking peace with Saudi Arabia.
Pictures of Saleh’s corpse appeared on Houthi-run television after the militia said it had killed him as he fled the capital, Sana’a. He had ruled Yemen for more than 30 years and was forced to resign in 2011 as part of the Arab spring political revolution.

North Korea has nearly completed second SLBM test stand barge: 38 North | The World On Arirang

Recent data shows North Korea is advancing its submarine launched ballistic missile program.
The U.S.-based North Korea watchdog 38 North says the regime has almost completed a second submersible ballistic missile test stand barge at its Nampo Navy Shipyard.
This is based on analysis of commercial satellite imagery from three separate days in mid-November.

Japanese supercomputer venture chief arrested for alleged fraud

Tokyo prosecutors on Tuesday arrested the president of a tech venture known as one of the developers of the world's fourth-fastest supercomputer on suspicion of defrauding a governmental institution of 431 million yen ($3.8 million) in subsidies.
The special investigation squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office also arrested another official connected with the case and raided the Tokyo headquarters of PEZY Computing, which was part of the team that developed the "Gyoukou" supercomputer.

Japanese shogi pro Habu becomes first to qualify for 7 lifetime titles - The Mainichi

Japanese shogi master Yoshiharu Habu became the first person to qualify as a lifetime holder of seven of Japan's major shogi titles by earning a Lifetime Ryuo qualification with his seventh Ryuo tournament victory on Dec. 5.

Nippon Paint's U.S. hopes dashed after deal with Buffett-backed Axalta falls through | The Japan Times

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. has failed to reach an agreement to buy Axalta Coating Systems Ltd., halting the Japanese paint-maker’s plans to expand sales to automobile manufacturers and bolster its U.S. footprint.

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2017.12.04

News Headlines - 04 December 2017

Indian tycoon faces extradition hearing in London | Fox News

The extradition hearing for Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya is set to begin in a London court... He is sought by India on money-laundering charges related to the demise of several of his high-profile businesses, including an airline.

Egyptian lawyer jailed for saying women in ripped jeans should be raped - BBC News

An Egyptian lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison for saying that women who wear ripped jeans should be raped in punishment... The lawyer made the remarks on a TV panel show in October, during a debate on a draft law on prostitution.

Five Star Movement asks international observers to monitor Italy's election - The Local

Luigi Di Maio, the party's candidate for prime minister, sent a letter making the request to several officials at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The OSCE often sends observers to monitor elections, including in the recent French, German and Austrian votes.

Growing mass of sex crime cases chased in Los Angeles, London, New York City | Fox News

Police in Los Angeles, New York City and London are working to investigate an ever-growing mass of sexual assault and harassment complaints against powerful men.
Most of the cases stem from claims against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, although investigators say they’ve also received complaints about other men at society’s upper echelon.

London Olympic Stadium taken over by mayor Sadiq Khan - BBC News

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has agreed to take over the former Olympic Stadium amid "financial challenges".
Mr Khan says a "catalogue of errors" by his predecessor Boris Johnson led to the costs of transforming it into West Ham United's new ground soaring... Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said Mr Johnson left the stadium's finances in a "dreadful mess".

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2017.12.03

News Headlines - 03 December 2017

Police kept secret copy of porn file on Damian Green | The Times & The Sunday Times

A secret file containing details of the pornography on Damian Green’s computer was preserved by police despite a command from senior officers that the data should be deleted.
The disclosure raises the prospect of decisive evidence coming to light — and is likely to further widen divisions between police and MPs. Senior Downing Street aides are now understood to want Green to resign, rather than forcing Theresa May to decide whether to sack or clear him.

Top FBI official assigned to Mueller’s Russia probe said to have been removed after sending anti-Trump texts - The Washington Post

Peter Strzok, as deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI, was a key player in the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server to do government work as secretary of state, as well as the probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.
During the Clinton investigation, Strzok was involved in a romantic relationship with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for Deputy Director Andrew McCabe... The extramarital affair was problematic, these people said, but of greater concern among senior law enforcement officials were text messages the two exchanged during the Clinton investigation and campaign season in which they expressed anti-Trump sentiments and other comments that appeared to favor Clinton.

Met Opera to Investigate James Levine Over Sexual Abuse Accusation - The New York Times

The Metropolitan Opera announced Saturday night that it would open an investigation into its famed conductor, James Levine, based on a 2016 police report in which a man accused Mr. Levine of sexually abusing him three decades ago, beginning when the man was a teenager.

Yemen's former president Saleh offers talks to Saudi-led coalition - France 24

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he was ready for a "new page" in relations with the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen if it stopped attacks on his country.
The call came as his supporters battled Houthi fighters for a fourth day in the capital Sanaa as the two sides traded blame for a rift between allies that could affect the course of the civil war.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in first joint royal event - CNN

Less than a week after her engagement to Britain's Prince Harry was announced, the American actor Meghan Markle got her first taste of the "walkabout" on Friday, in near-freezing temperatures in the English city of Nottingham.

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2017.12.02

News Headlines - 02 December 2017

ABC News corrects bombshell Flynn report

ABC News on Friday evening corrected an explosive special report that aired in the morning saying that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, had asked Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians.

Record fall in net migration to UK in year after Brexit vote

Net migration tumbled by 106,000 to 230,000 people in the 12 months to June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Some 82,000 of the decline was due to EU citizens, cutting net migration from the bloc to its lowest level since June 2013.
The total fall in net migration was the largest since people moving to Britain started to outnumber those leaving in the 1980s.

Amazon staff complain about conditions in Tilbury | Daily Mail Online

Amazon's staff are falling asleep on their feet and being taken away in ambulances as they struggle to meet warehouse targets, an investigation has claimed.
Cameras monitor every move as employees try to process up to 300 items an hour, it has been alleged. Screens remind them if they are falling short.
Exhausted staff are said to cover clocks so they are not reminded how long there is to go on their shifts, and have to walk up to a third of a mile to use the toilet.

Action Hunger to unveil vending machine for homeless people - BBC News

A vending machine for the homeless is being set up in the UK by a new charity that wants to provide 24-hour access to food and clothing.
Action Hunger will work with Tesco and other partners to stock the machine in Nottingham with items such as fresh fruit, socks and toothpaste.
The machine will be activated by a key card handed out to street people by homeless charity The Friary.

James Cameron on Titanic’s Legacy, the Avatar Sequels’ Progress, and the Impact of a Fox Studio Sale | Vanity Fair

Cameron spoke with Vanity Fair recently about some of Titanic’s unanswered questions, what a sale of the 20th Century Fox movie studio would mean for him, and how his work on the Avatar and Terminator franchises is progressing.

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2017.12.01

News Headlines - 01 December 2017

Akihito to become first Japanese emperor to abdicate in 200 years | The Guardian

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate in spring 2019, almost three years after he suggested his age and health were affecting his ability to carry out his official duties.
The 83-year-old will officially retire on 30 April 2019 in the first abdication by a Japanese emperor for 200 years. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will become the 126th occupant of the chrysanthemum throne the following day.

Japan could pump 1,000,000 tons of radioactive water into the sea from Fukushima | Metro News

Experts have advised the government to carry out a gradual release into the Pacific Ocean... Local fishermen have objected to the move saying that the water, no matter how clean, has a dirty image... People have been reluctant to eat the fish and the fishermen believe that any release of water would be devastating to their recovery.

How a former New Zealand MP became a gay icon in Japan - BBC News

This is Maurice Williamson. He was an MP in New Zealand who has now gained a following in Japan.
It appears that Mr Williamson's rising popularity as a gay icon among many Japanese people is thanks to a video of a speech he made four years ago on the subject of same-sex marriage.
The footage seems to have become a battle cry for marriage equality among Japanese social media users.

Christians should pray for Prince George to be gay, says minister | The Guardian

Christians should pray for Prince George to be gay to force support for same-sex marriage in the Church of England, a senior Scottish Episcopal church minister and LGBTQ campaigner has said.

Serious charges await bare-butts Americans | Bangkok Post

Police on Wednesday prepared serious computer crime and religious insult charges with possible imprisonment for two American men arrested at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night for posting photos of their...

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2017.11.30

News Headlines - 30 November 2017

North Korea: US urges all nations to cut ties - BBC News

The US has urged all nations to cut diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea after the country's latest ballistic missile test.
Speaking at the UN Security Council, US envoy Nikki Haley said President Trump had asked his Chinese counterpart to cut off oil supplies to Pyongyang.

Russia rejects Trump's calls to cut ties with North Korea - CBS News

The only two countries that have any real ties with North Korea are China and Russia, and on Thursday Russia rejected Mr. Trump's call to cut ties with the Kim Jong Un regime. Instead, Moscow wants the U.S. to try diplomacy, even though North Korea seems more intent on testing missiles than talking, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.

The FARC Peace Deal: A year in review-the good, the bad and the politics - The Bogotá Post

It’s important to keep in mind that it’s election season and that the race for the upcoming 2018 presidential election is changing the political climate. The current government is eager to show off their good work. On the other hand, as the peace deal wasn’t publicly backed by a second referendum, political opponents are arguing that the current peace deal isn’t broadly supported either and they have used this claim as electoral ammunition to their own benefit. This includes politicians who had previously backed the peace negotiations and converted into hardline critics of the deal.

Amid bitcoin surge, Dudley says offering digital currency on Fed's radar

The Federal Reserve is in early stages of considering “what it would mean” to offer digital currencies sometime in the future and whether it may be necessary as an alternative to cash, a top U.S. central banker said on Wednesday.

Matt Lauer fired from NBC News after complaint about 'inappropriate sexual behavior'

Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

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2017.11.29

News Headlines - 29 November 2017

North Korean missile was new Hwasong-15 and can hit all of United States, state media says - ABC News

North Korea claims it has completed its nuclear and missile development program with the launch of a new type of missile capable of reaching mainland United States.
A statement released by the regime claims the new "Hwasong-15" rocket was successfully fired this morning.

Trump Shares Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos, and Britain’s Leader Condemns Them - The New York Times

President Trump touched off another racially charged furor on Wednesday by sharing videos from a fringe British ultranationalist group purportedly showing Muslims committing acts of violence, a move that was swiftly condemned by Britain’s prime minister as well as politicians across the spectrum.

Theresa May accuses BBC of 'misleading' public about £50 billion Brexit divorce bill - Business Insider

A spokesperson for the prime minister Theresa May has accused the BBC of "misleading" the public about the size of Britain's Brexit divorce bill.
The BBC, along with other outlets, reported UK and EU sources confirming that Britain had agreed a financial settlement with the EU of around £50 billion when it leaves in March 2019.

Uzbekistan incident raises suspicions of Russian involvement in Cuba attacks - CBS News

A newly revealed incident reported by a USAID officer who is based at the American embassy in Uzbekistan is raising suspicions Russia may have been involved and could have had a hand in bizarre attacks targeting U.S. diplomats in Cuba, according to American sources.
In September, the officer and his wife reported, according to one source familiar with the incident, what may have been at least one acoustic attack similar to those experienced by the diplomats in Havana.

Japanese sumo star Harumafuji retires after 'violent assault' - BBC News

Sumo grand champion Harumafuji has said he will retire from the sport, in a scandal that has rocked Japan's highly ceremonial sport.
Harumafuji is being investigated for an alleged assault on a junior wrestler.

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2017.11.28

News Headlines - 28 November 2017

Britain and the EU agree Brexit divorce bill

Sources on both sides confirmed that an agreement-in-principle has now been reached over the EU’s demand for a €60bn financial settlement ahead of a crucial lunch meeting next Monday between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president.

Powell Suggests Fed Is Likely to Raise Rates in December - WSJ

Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell signaled Tuesday he would stick to the same monetary-policy course his predecessor charted if he is confirmed as the central bank’s next leader, likely raising short-term interest rates in December and lifting them gradually higher in the next two years.

Water entered missing Argentine sub's snorkel, causing short circuit

Water entered the snorkel of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan, causing its battery to short-circuit before it went missing on Nov. 15, a navy spokesman said on Monday as hope dwindled among some families of the 44-member crew.

Mount Agung eruption: Bali airport closed, flights cancelled - Channel NewsAsia

Flights to Bali were cancelled as Indonesia authorities closed the island's airport and raised the alert on Mount Agung volcano to the highest level, amid fears a significant eruption could be imminent.
Indonesia's national disaster agency said on Monday (Nov 27) that the exclusion zone around the volcano, which is 75km from Bali's tourist hub of Kuta, had been widened to 10km, with people living in the zone being urged to evacuate.

Kate Middleton's uncle branded a "nasty drunk" as he's sentenced for knocking out wife during drunken row in street - Mirror Online

Kate Middleton 's uncle was branded a "nasty drunk" as he was sentenced today for knocking out his wife during a drunken row in the street... Goldsmith was given a 12 month community order and told to undergo 20 rehabilitation sessions after pleading guilty to one count of assault by beating.

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2017.11.27

News Headlines - 27 November 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: BBC Interview Transcript | Time

BBC: Some of that scrutiny — and you ended up making a very public statement about it — was centered on your ethnicity, Meghan. When you realized that, what did you think?
Markle: Of course it’s disheartening. It’s a shame that that is the climate in this world to focus that much on that or that that would be discriminatory in that sense.

Pope meets Myanmar's military chief in shadow of Rohingya crisis

Pope Francis held talks on Monday with Myanmar’s military chief at the start of a delicate visit to a majority-Buddhist country that the United States has accused of “ethnic cleansing” against its Muslim Rohingya people.

Eight bodies found as second suspected North Korean boat washes up in Akita Prefecture | The Japan Times

Eight bodies were discovered in a wooden 7-meter boat that washed ashore in Oga, Akita Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan coast facing North Korea, the Japan Coast Guard said Monday.
The grisly discovery came just four days after eight men, believed to be North Koreans, were found drifting in a 20-meter fishing boat off the coast of Yurihonjo, also in Akita, on Thursday.

Royal Navy steps in to perform Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace | The Times & The Sunday Times

Royal Navy sailors performed the Changing the Guard ceremony yesterday outside Buckingham Palace for the first time in its 357-year history.
Thousands of tourists gathered outside the palace gates in the crisp wintry weather as 86 sailors from 45 ships performed the routine following a month of practice.

More than 100 reindeer killed by freight trains in Norwegian 'bloodbath' | The Guardian

More than 100 reindeer have been killed by freight trains in northern Norway in the past days in what has been called a “bloodbath”.
One train killed 65 deer on a track on Saturday while 41 died between Wednesday and Friday, the public broadcaster NRK reported late on Sunday.

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2017.11.26

News Headlines - 26 November 2017

White S.Africa farmers in new protest over murders | THE DAILY STAR

Hundreds of white South African farmers on Saturday took to the streets of Pretoria, demanding government action over a wave of murders targeting their communities in rural areas.
The march is the latest protest staged over the murder of at least 72 white farmers so far this year, according to figures from campaign group AfriForum.

Trudeau apologizes to Newfoundland residential school survivors left out of 2008 apology, compensation | Toronto Star

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has “humbly” apologized for abuse and cultural losses at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador, saying the gesture is part of recognizing “hard truths” Canada must confront as a society.

Argentine navy not giving hope of submarine survivors - ABC News

Argentina's navy says it's not giving up hope that crew members could be alive 11 days after a submarine vanished off the Atlantic coast with 44 people aboard.

Govt eyes manned lunar surface mission - The Japan News

The government plans to launch a project to send astronauts to the moon’s surface on an exploration mission in cooperation with a similar U.S. space project, sources close to the government said.

Jonathan, St Helena's ancient tortoise, awaits visitors - Channel NewsAsia

He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see - Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world's oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St Helena.
Aged at least 185 - though no one knows for certain - Jonathan should prepare himself for an influx of visitors now that an airport has opened on the small island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

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2017.11.25

News Headlines - 25 November 2017

Egyptian air raid kills 'terrorist' mosque attackers | Al Jazeera

The Egyptian army says an air raid killed some of the attackers involved in Friday's massacre when at least 305 people died in a bomb-and-gun attack on a mosque.

Another Day, Another 'Bitcoin': Diamond Launches As Gold Passes $400

The Bitcoin community has woken up to another hard fork of the network, this time called Bitcoin Diamond (BCD)... BCD’s abrupt entry into the market comes less than two weeks after Bitcoin Gold (BTG) released trading, with the earlier forked Bitcoin Cash (BCH) even hard forking itself during the same period.

Time magazine says Trump's got it wrong on his 'Person of the Year' claim

In a Friday evening tweet, Trump says the magazine informed him he was "probably" going to be granted the title for the second year in a row. He tweets: "I said probably is no good and took a pass."
Later that evening, Time tweeted that Trump "is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year." The magazine says it doesn't comment on its choice until publication.

Donald Tusk: Britain has 10 days to fix the Irish border issue if it wants Brexit breakthrough

The Prime Minister met Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, in Brussels as she signalled she is prepared to give ground on the Brexit divorce bill if the EU commits to trade talks.
Mr Tusk said that a breakthrough at the European Council summit on December 14 is "possible" but will still be a "huge challenge". He added that progress must be made "on all issues, including on Ireland".

Tiger shot dead in Paris while roaming streets a mile from Eiffel Tower

A tiger escaped from a circus and onto the streets of Paris before being shot dead and its owner arrested.

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2017.11.24

News Headlines - 24 November 2017

Egypt attack: Gunmen kill 235 in Sinai mosque - BBC News

Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say.
The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers.

Morocco prays for rain as shortage threatens agriculture - BBC News

The king of Morocco called for all mosques in the country to pray for rain on Friday, amid a shortage threatening the country's agriculture.
King Mohammed VI had issued a royal decree asking Moroccans to "to implore the Almighty to spread his benevolent rains on the earth".

Woman raises more than $40,000 for charitable homeless man in Pennsylvania | FOX59

An online campaign has raised more than $40,000 for a homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist outside Philadelphia.
The GoFundMe.com campaign was started Nov. 10 by 27-year-old Kate McClure after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate-95 and a homeless man named Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered to walk a few blocks to buy her some.

Man with Swedish Academy ties accused of sexual assault - DN.SE

18 women have told DN’s reporter Matilda Gustavsson that the artistic director of the Club has sexually assaulted and harassed them over many years. Several of the events took place in flats owned by the Swedish Academy. One in Paris, another one in the Old Town of Stockholm. The events have taken place between 1996 and 2017, and several people in the cultural sphere say that similar incidents have happened since the 80’s.

8 Suspected North Korean Fisherman Washed Ashore in Japan | Time

Japanese police said Friday they are investigating eight men found on Japan’s northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down. Akita prefectural police found the men late Thursday after receiving a call that suspicious men were standing around at the seaside in Yurihonjo town. Police said they also found a wooden boat at a nearby marina.

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2017.11.23

News Headlines - 23 November 2017

Workers at Amazon's main Italian hub, German warehouses strike on Black Friday

Workers at Amazon’s main distribution hub in Italy are planning their first ever strike for Friday, trade unions said, while they are also striking at six warehouses in Germany, threatening to disrupt one of the year’s busiest shopping days.

Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last - The New York Times

To better understand it I flew to Riyadh to interview the crown prince, known as “M.B.S.,” who had not spoken about the extraordinary events here of early November, when his government arrested scores of Saudi princes and businessmen on charges of corruption and threw them into a makeshift gilded jail — the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton — until they agreed to surrender their ill-gotten gains.

Only known war memoirs by Emperor Hirohito to go up for auction in New York | The Japan Times

What may be the only existing copy of Emperor Hirohito’s account of World War II and the era leading up to the conflict is set to go on the auction block in New York next month.
The 173-page, two-volume document — known in Japan as “Showa Tenno Dokuhakuroku”(“Emperor Showa’s Monologue”) — was dictated by the Emperor to several of his aides soon after the war and transcribed word-for-word by senior diplomat Hidenari Terasaki. It was published by the monthly Bungei Shunju magazine in 1990, causing a national sensation.

The world of sumo wrestling turned upside down by yet another abuse scandal involving a grand champion | The Independent

A probe into an assault by a sumo grand champion against a junior wrestler threatens to stain the image of Japan's ancient national sport just as its popularity was recovering from previous scandals and a shrinking fan base.

Italy or Chile could be handed World Cup reprieve at Peru's expense | MARCA in English

There remains a glimmer of hope of seeing either Italy or Chile at next year's World Cup in Russia, all thanks to a bill which is set to be presented by a Peruvian congresswoman to parliament and which could see the nation's football federation lose its autonomy.

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2017.11.22

News Headlines - 22 November 2017

Dramatic video shows North Korean soldier's escape across border - CNN

Dramatic video showing a North Korean soldier fleeing across the border into South Korea while being shot at by his former comrades was released by the United Nations Command Wednesday.

April 30 most likely date for Emperor Akihito's abdication: government sources | The Japan Times

The government looks likely to choose April 30, 2019, as the date for Emperor Akihito’s abdication, with Crown Prince Naruhito’s succession to the throne to follow on May 1, a government source said Wednesday.

Wage theft endemic across Australia

The new report presents the most comprehensive Australian research conducted into the systemic underpayment of international students, backpackers and other temporary migrants around the country. It paints a bleak picture of the conditions experienced by a high proportion of the more than 900,000 temporary migrant workers who represent more than 10 per cent of the Australian labour market.

Belgium's Justice Minister calls for loot box ban in Europe | PC Gamer

According to Belgian news site RTBF, Belgium's Gaming Commission has not actually finalized its decision on whether loot boxes are gambling. The site says the statement that appeared in the original report, stating that the "mixture of money and addiction is a game of chance," is descriptive of the investigation's intent rather than its conclusion.

Lu Wei: China has detained a key architect of its massive internet censorship regime — Quartz

State media outlet Xinhua reported late Nov. 21 that the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), China’s main corruption-busting agency, has placed former internet czar Lu Wei, under investigation. The revelation marks the fall of a once high-flying political figure who was one of the leading figures behind China’s efforts to police the internet within its borders. But there should be no illusion the move to investigate him signals a change in policy—almost as a reminder of that, news surfaced that Skype disappeared from China’s app stores around the same time as the investigation was announced.

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2017.11.21

News Headlines - 21 November 2017

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year rule - BBC News

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule and sparking jubilant celebrations in the nation's streets.
A letter from Mr Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament said the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power.

Iraqi Federal Court nullifies 'unconstitutional' Kurdish referendum - UPI.com

The Iraqi Federal Court ruled the Kurdish independence referendum as "unconstitutional" on Monday, officially making the results as null and void.
Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said the ruling was made "unilaterally and without the presence of Kurdish representatives."

Jose Manuel Maza, Spanish prosecutor leading case against Catalans, dies | DW

Spain's top prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza has died unexpectedly at the age of 66 while in Argentina for a conference. Maza had been leading the probe against members of Catalonia's ousted regional government.

Eight women say Charlie Rose sexually harassed them — with nudity, groping and lewd calls - The Washington Post

Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

How Sony Nabbed Quentin Tarantino's Manson Movie | Hollywood Reporter

In the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, his career-long collaborator Quentin Tarantino’s next movie became one of the hottest projects in years on Hollywood’s auction block... It’s a significant win for Sony, given its currently anemic slate, but to acquire the project, the studio had to contend with Tarantino’s lofty demands, including, sources say, a $95 million production budget, final cut and “extraordinary creative controls,” plus a whopping 25 percent of first-dollar gross. Another demand was that the rights to the movie revert to him after 10 to 20 years.

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2017.11.20

News Headlines - 20 November 2017

Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism - The New York Times

President Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a provocative diplomatic move that he said was aimed at drastically increasing pressure on the rogue nation to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
North Korea will join Sudan, Syria and Iran as countries that the State Department identifies as those that have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”

Queen and Prince Philip portraits released to mark 70th anniversary | The Guardian

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been pictured in three more photographs as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
The photographs, taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak, show Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November.

Toshiba looks to raise more than $5bn, end risk of delisting- Nikkei Asian Review

Toshiba's board of directors decided to raise some 600 billion yen ($5.35 billion) in capital, the Japanese electronics maker said Sunday, in a move to ensure that the company remains listed if plans to sell its memory chip unit do not proceed as expected.

London buses to be powered by coffee - BBC News

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply... Biofuel made using waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing is already used in many of the capital's 9,500 buses.
However, this is thought to be the first time a coffee-derived biofuel has been added to London's public transport system.

Syria army, allies retake Albu Kamal from Islamic State - Channel NewsAsia

Syria's army and loyalist militiamen on Sunday (Nov 19) ousted the Islamic State group from its last urban stronghold in the country as regime strikes claimed more lives in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus... Government forces announced the capture of the town near the Iraqi border earlier this month but lost it to a blistering IS counter-attack a week ago.

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2017.11.19

News Headlines - 19 November 2017

Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight, but Germany’s president told parties they owed it to voters to try to form a government.

Robert Mugabe sacked as leader of ZANU-PF | Al Jazeera

Zimbabwe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, has voted to sack President Robert Mugabe as its leader.
Members also voted to name sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe fired on November 6, as new party leader.

Search for Missing Argentine Submarine Raises Grim Scenarios - The New York Times

As search teams raced against time, and stormy seas, to find a missing Argentine submarine, officials said on Sunday that earlier hopeful reports that the crew might have tried to make satellite calls in recent days appeared to be wrong.

Scotland first country to introduce minimum alcohol price – Channel 4 News

Scotland will become the first country in the world to charge a minimum price for alcohol. Ministers said the 50p-per-unit minimum would help tackle Scotland’s “unhealthy relationship with drink”. The Scottish government can now introduce the measure after the Supreme Court ruled that the legislation did not breach European Union law, five years after it was first proposed.

VW Accelerates Electric Car Effort With $40 Billion Investment - WSJ

Volkswagen AG plans to invest around $40 billion over the next five years to develop electric vehicles, self-driving cars and Uber-like mobility app services in the clearest sign yet that auto makers are betting the future of their industry on the new technology.

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2017.11.18

News Headlines - 18 November 2017

Belgian court defers ruling on Carles Puidgemont extradition | The Guardian

A Belgian court has deferred a decision on Spain’s extradition request for the exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his former government to next month.
Puigdemont’s lawyer, Paul Bekaert, said no decision had been taken during Friday’s short hearing and the case would resume on 4 December.

South Korean ex-spy chiefs arrested over corruption scandal | SBS News

Two former heads of South Korea's spy agency were arrested on Friday on suspicion of paying millions of dollars in bribes to aides of ousted president Park Geun-Hye, as a widening corruption scandal rocks the country.

North Korean soldier stable, but riddled with parasites | The Japan Times

A North Korean soldier shot multiple times while defecting to the South is in a stable condition but riddled with parasites that could complicate his chances of survival, his doctor said Thursday.

sexual assault: US military reports 20,348 sexual assaults in 4 years - The Economic Times

The US military has reported a total of 20,348 sexual assaults from 2013 to 2016 at the country's defence installations around the world, the Pentagon said in a new report.

Rare Tintin art fetches $500,000 at Paris auction - BBC News

A rare India ink drawing of young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost $500,000 (£380,000) at auction in Paris.
The picture from the 1939 comic album King Ottokar's Sceptre was among items by Hergé, the Belgian artist who created Tintin, to go under the hammer.

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2017.11.17

News Headlines - 17 November 2017

Comcast Has Approached 21st Century Fox About an Acquisition - WSJ

Comcast Corp. has approached the media company to express interest in buying a substantial piece of it, according to people familiar with the situation. Verizon Communications Inc. is also kicking the tires on Fox assets, though a person familiar with its thinking cautioned the expoloration was in the early stages. And Sony Corp.'s entertainment unit has also informally approached Fox,

The Upstart Saudi Prince Who’s Throwing Caution to the Winds - The New York Times

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the arrest of 11 princes in his royal family and nearly 200 members of the Saudi business elite, and has begun to take power from the kingdom’s conservative clerics... As many as 17 people detained in the anti-corruption campaign have required medical treatment for abuse by their captors, according to a doctor from the nearest hospital and an American official tracking the situation.

Navy says it will hold Whidbey Island aircrew accountable for tracing giant phallus over Okanogan County | The Spokesman-Review

Okanogan residents told The Spokesman-Review that they saw the male genitalia deliberately being drawn in the skies above their town by a jet around noon Thursday... The Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island has claimed responsibility for the drawing, calling it “unacceptable” and “of zero training value.”

North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint U.S-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang’s atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a U.S. nuclear threat.

Anne Frank Foundation buys Anne's other home, now a refuge for writers - DutchNews.nl

Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Foundation has bought the flat where Anne and her family lived prior to going into hiding during World War II. The second floor flat at 37 Merwedeplein was home to the Franks from 1933 until July 1942, when they moved to the secret annex on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht. Anne began writing her famous diary at the flat in the south of the city after she received it on her 13th birthday.

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2017.11.16

News Headlines - 16 November 2017

Everything you need to know about 'Gucci' Grace Mugabe

Only a few months ago, Grace Mugabe, the volatile and tenacious First Lady of Zimbabwe, was seen as a potential kingmaker in her country’s succession politics. Last week, it seemed almost certain that she would become the heiress herself... After a night of gunfire and explosions in Harare that has seen the military take control, President Robert Mugabe, ruler of Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980, is apparently safe at home – if a little ousted.

Cambodia's main opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Cambodia’s highest court dissolved the main opposition party on Thursday, leaving authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen clear to extend more than three decades of power in next year’s election as rights groups decried the death of democracy.

Trump calls Chinese envoy to North Korea 'a big move' - LA Times

President Trump is calling China's plans to send an envoy to North Korea a "big move." ...Following Trump's visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors.

Scandal-hit Nissan loses quality certification for domestic plants | The Japan Times

Nissan, reeling from recent revelations over improper vehicle inspections, said Wednesday that it had lost an internationally recognized certification — which indicates quality vehicle production management — at all six of its domestic plants.

U.S. Soccer exploring pre-World Cup matches with Netherlands Italy - ESPN FC

The U.S. Soccer Federation is looking into the possibility of hosting pre-World Cup international matches involving the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Ghana and Chile.

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2017.11.15

News Headlines - 15 November 2017

Russia used Twitter bots and trolls ‘to disrupt’ Brexit vote | The Times & The Sunday Times

More than 150,000 accounts based in Russia, which had previously confined their posts to subjects such as the Ukrainian conflict, switched attention to Brexit in the days leading up to last year’s vote, according to research for an upcoming paper by data scientists at Swansea University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe 'under house arrest' after army takeover - BBC News

Zimbabwe's military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says.

Rare quake measuring 5.4 in magnitude rocks southern South Korea | The Indian Express

A rare 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit South Korea’s southeast today, the second most powerful quake on record in a country that seldom experiences significant tremors. The quake, felt across much of the country including in the capital Seoul, struck at the shallow depth of nine kilometres (six miles) near the industrial city of Pohang at around 2:30 pm (05:30 GMT), the Korea Meteorological Administration said.

40 years since abduction of Megumi Yokota - NHK WORLD

Wednesday marks 40 years since a Japanese schoolgirl was abducted by North Korean agents.
Megumi Yokota was 13 years old when she was taken while walking home from school in Niigata City, on the Sea of Japan coast, on November 15th, 1977.

Scientists discover new planet 11 light-years from Earth - and it could be habitable | London Evening Standard

Scientists in Chile found the planet orbiting Ross 128, a red dwarf star, which is among the coolest stars in the universe.
The planet, known as Ross 128 b, has a surface temperature that may be close to that of Earth, meaning it has the potential to sustain life.
It is also expected to become Earth's closest stellar neighbour in just under 80,000 years as Ross 128 moves towards our planet.

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2017.11.14

News Headlines - 14 November 2017

West to Russia’s Putin: ‘We Know What You Are Doing and You Will Not Succeed’

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the Kremlin “is seeking to weaponize information, deploying its state-run media organizations to plant fake news stories and Photoshopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions.”
May had a “simple” message for Russia. “We know what you are doing, and you will not succeed,” she said Monday during a major foreign policy address at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London.

Suitcase full of gems worth £1m stolen from jewellery dealer on train

A suitcase containing rubies, emeralds, and sapphires worth £1m has been stolen from a London to Birmingham train.
A jewellery dealer boarded the 7.03pm Euston train on Wednesday 8 November, travelling to Birmingham New Street.

France mulls setting age of sexual consent at 13 after man acquitted of raping 11-year-old - The Local

France could introduce a law to rule that anyone aged under 13 is automatically considered unable to consent to sex after a 28-year-old man was acquitted of raping an 11-year-old because the relations were deemed consensual.

Japan-based name 'Chibanian' set to represent geologic age of last magnetic shift | The Japan Times

The name “Chibanian,” based on a stratum discovered in Chiba Prefecture, is set to represent the geological age when the latest reversal of the Earth’s magnetic fields is believed to have occurred, a Japanese national research institute said Monday.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba to retire from playing football at the end of the season - Mirror Online

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he is retiring from playing football.
The 39-year-old, who is playing for Phoenix Rising in America's USL where he also owns a stake in the club, has revealed that he is to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

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2017.11.13

News Headlines - 13 November 2017

ISIS retakes key Syrian border town after fierce fightback - The Straits Times

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group recaptured Albu Kamal in eastern Syria after a fierce fightback to save the last urban bastion of its collapsing "caliphate".
The rebound last Saturday came as the United States and Russia issued a surprise joint presidential statement saying there was "no military solution" to Syria's grinding six-year war.

France mourns Paris attack victims, two years on | AFP.com

France marked two years Monday since its worst ever terror attacks, releasing colourful balloons into the sky to remember the 130 people killed on a Friday night out in Paris.

7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Area Around Iran-Iraq Border | Time

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.

North Korean soldier, shot and wounded, defects to South

A North Korean soldier defected to the South on Monday after being shot and wounded by the North Korean military, South Korea said.

Sean Parker Says Facebook Was Designed to Be Addictive - AdAge

Sean Parker, the billionaire early Facebook investor and Napster founder, says Mark Zuckerberg knowingly created a monster with addictive social media.
Parker, speaking at an Axios event, pulled back the curtain on Facebook's early days, saying it was designed to consume people.

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2017.11.12

News Headlines - 12 November 2017

Tory turmoil as 40 MPs say May must go | The Times & The Sunday Times

Forty MPs have agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in Theresa May as European Union negotiators threaten to block trade talks until March unless Britain agrees to settle the Brexit divorce bill.
The embattled prime minister is facing a fight on three fronts following another week of Tory turmoil in which Priti Patel become the second cabinet minister to resign and two other cabinet ministers — Damian Green and Boris Johnson — faced pressure to quit.

Calls mount for Boris Johnson to be sacked after Iranian gaffe - France 24

The storm began after remarks made by Johnson about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British Iranian woman currently detained in Iran on charges of sedition. Johnson said that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been in Iran “training journalists”, a diplomatic blunder that could well see the Iranian judicial system increase the 5-year sentence already handed down to Zaghari-Ratclife.

Police chief 'was told of Damian Green pornography claims' - BBC News

A former Scotland Yard chief was aware pornography had allegedly been found on Damian Green's office computer during a 2008-9 police probe, he has said.

Man held in Germany over 1993 Ayr killing of Ansar Shah | The Times & The Sunday Times

A man has been arrested in Germany over the alleged murder of a Scottish restaurant owner almost 25 years ago... Europol, French and German authorities, Police Scotland, the Crown Office and the UK National Crime Agency were involved in arresting a man aged 51 in Frankfurt.

Teen Girl Posed For 8 Years As Married Man To Write About Baseball And Harass Women

For the last eight years, baseball fan-turned-writer Becca Schultz has presented herself online as Ryan Schultz, a false identity she assumed when she was 13 years old, duping and harassing women on Twitter along the way.
On Wednesday night, a woman named Erin tweeted a series of screenshots announcing that Schultz is not actually Ryan, a married father of two studying to become a pharmacist. Instead, Schultz is a 21-year-old college student in the Midwest, whose entire career as an aspiring baseball writer has been under a fraudulent byline.

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2017.11.11

News Headlines - 11 November 2017

France postpones target for cutting nuclear share of power production

Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Tuesday it was not realistic to cut nuclear energy’s share of electricity production to 50 percent by 2025 from 75 percent now and that doing so in a hurry would increase France’s CO2 emissions, endanger the security of power supply and put jobs at risk.

Armistice Day: Big Ben breaks silence to mark two minutes' silence remembering lives lost in the UK's wars | London Evening Standard

The bells of Big Ben chimed again at 11am on Saturday to mark Armistice Day commemorations in the capital.
The chimes marked two minutes’ silence in remembrance of those who died in World War One.

UN to Host Talks on Use of 'Killer Robots'

The United Nations is set to host talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed "killer robots" will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday.

Richard Browning sets world record in jet engine 'Iron Man' suit

It wasn't Hollywood but Richard Browning's bid to make world history was straight out of a superhero film.
Browning set a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine power suit this week.
The founder and chief test pilot of British tech company Gravity Industries reached a speed of 32.02mph on his third attempt at Lagoona Park in Reading.

Amazing Apollo 4: NASA's 1st Saturn V Moon Rocket Test Flight in Photos

On Nov. 9, 1967, NASA launched the first Saturn V moon rocket test flight: Apollo 4. See photos of the launch, and Earth from space, from the amazing Apollo 4 mission here.

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2017.11.10

News Headlines - 10 November 2017

Mueller Probes Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey - WSJ

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn’s alleged role in a plan to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and deliver him to Turkey in return for millions of dollars, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Yemen missile attack: Weapon fired by Houthi rebels at Saudi capital was Iranian, say US officials | The Independent

The ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels that targeted the Saudi Arabia capital was from Iran and bore “Iranian markings,” a top US Air Force official in the Middle East has said.

Brexit day revealed: Britain will leave the EU on THIS date  | Express.co.uk

Ministers will seek Parliament's backing to amend the EU (Withdrawal) Bill so that it explicitly states that the UK will leave the bloc on March 29, 2019.
It will also spell out that Britain will leave at 11pm UK time on that date – which is midnight on the Continent.

Philippines' President claims to have killed someone when he was a teen - CNN

Ahead of APEC meetings with regional leaders, President Rodrigo Duterte told the group, in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, that he stabbed someone to death when he was 16.

Italy lowdown ahead of World Cup play-off with Sweden | Daily Mail Online

When Italy were paired with Spain in World Cup qualification Group G, optimism was still high thanks to the Azzurri's solid performances at Euro 2016. That run included a victory against Sergio Ramos and Co in the second round... Dumped into a play-off, the Blues face Sweden in Stockholm on Friday and then at San Siro three days later. The last time the four-time World Cup winners had the same ordeal was 20 years ago, when they met Russia over two legs. Gianluigi Buffon made his debut in the first match, and the Azzurri sneaked through 2-1 on aggregate.

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2017.11.09

News Headlines - 09 November 2017

Japan says TPP trade deal talks "agree in principle"

Japan said ministers of countries remaining in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal had agreed in principle on Thursday on a path forward after the United States' withdrawal

Inside the drive to ‘make a deal’ with North Korea - The Washington Post

In South Korea, President Trump abruptly shifted position on negotiations with North Korea, saying he wanted to “make a deal” with the Kim Jong Un regime. If he means it, there may be an opening, because his State Department has been working on a new initiative to break the diplomatic stalemate with Pyongyang, starting with a proposed 60-day freeze in nuclear and missile tests.

Saudi Arabia tells citizens to leave Lebanon at once - BBC News

Saudi Arabia has told its citizens in Lebanon to leave the country immediately... Tensions between the two countries have risen since Lebanon's Saudi-backed PM Saad Hariri resigned on Saturday, saying he feared for his life.

Lift up your hearts, not your smartphones, pope tells priests

Pope Francis on Wednesday chastised priests and bishops who take pictures with their smartphones during Masses, saying they should focus on God instead.
"The priest says 'lift up your hearts'. He does not say, 'lift up your mobile phones to take pictures,'" Francis told tens of thousands of people at his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square, referring to a communion prayer in the Roman Catholic Mass.

Kevin Spacey: Completed film to be reshot without accused actor - BBC News

US actor Kevin Spacey is to be erased from a completed Hollywood film following the allegations of predatory sexual behaviour against him... Spacey, who was late oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty in the film, will be replaced by Christopher Plummer.

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2017.11.08

News Headlines - 08 November 2017

Priti Patel forced to resign over unofficial meetings with Israelis | The Guardian

Theresa May’s government was rocked on Wednesday by a second cabinet resignation in a week after Priti Patel was forced to step down as international development secretary.
The minister quit after being summoned back from a trip to Uganda and Ethiopia by Downing Street after it emerged she failed to be candid with May about 14 unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers, businesspeople and a senior lobbyist.

Plans for new bridge crossing River Thames in London | Metro News

Transport for London has today launched plans for a new bridge across the River Thames in London. The river crossing – proposed to be built between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf – will be available for cyclists as well as those on foot.

On the golf course, Japan’s Abe did a ninja stunt — and Trump didn’t even notice - The Washington Post

The Japanese prime minister, dressed in a white sweater, had just hit his ball out of the sand and was running up out of the bunker. But when he got up onto the grass, he apparently lost his balance and rolled backward into the sandy hole. An aide quickly rushed to help the prime minister.

Nissan cuts full-year profit estimates amid inspection scandal | The Japan Times

Nissan now expects its group operating profit to stand at \645 billion ($5.6 billion) for fiscal 2017 — compared with an earlier estimate of \685 billion — due to costs related to the scandal.

Spain's constitutional court annuls Catalan declaration of independence

Spain’s Constitutional Court officially annulled the Catalan parliament’s Oct. 27 unilateral declaration of independence on Wednesday, a widely expected ruling after the move was suspended by the court.

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2017.11.07

News Headlines - 07 November 2017

Disney ends blackout of LA Times after boycott from media outlets | The Guardian

The studio last week banned the LA Times from access to its screenings and talent, citing “biased and inaccurate” coverage – only to trigger a boycott on Monday by several media outlets in solidarity.
But on Tuesday Disney said it had ended its ban.

Sacked Labour minister Carl Sargeant found dead - BBC News

An ex-Welsh Labour minister who faced a party investigation into allegations about his personal conduct has taken his own life, it is understood... He was suspended from Labour after the first minister learned of a number of alleged incidents involving women.

South Korea invites wartime 'comfort woman' to state banquet for Trump | The Japan Times

South Korea announced Tuesday that a wartime ‘comfort woman,’ who has spoken widely of her suffering due to being forced to work in a wartime Japanese military brothel, had been invited to attend a state banquet for U.S. President Donald Trump.

'Black Widow' sentenced to death for several murders - Japan Today

A Japanese court on Tuesday sentenced to death a one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow", who tricked elderly lovers into drinking cyanide and pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance.

Twitter to Roll Out 280-Character Tweets Worldwide - The New York Times

Microblogging website Twitter Inc, known for its iconic 140-character tweets, said on Tuesday it would roll out 280-character tweets to users across the world... User posting in languages including Japanese, Korean and Chinese, which do not face the issue of "cramming", will continue to have a limit of 140 characters, Twitter said.

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2017.11.06

News Headlines - 06 November 2017

Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies | The New Yorker

In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women. He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations. According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies.

Paradise Papers: Commerce chief Wilbur Ross's links with sanctioned Russians - BBC News

A top member of Donald Trump's administration has business links with Russian allies of President Vladimir Putin who are under US sanctions, the Paradise Papers have revealed.

Trump plays golf with Japanese hero Matsuyama - CNN

Trump hit the course Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and world No. 4 golfer Hideki Matsuyama, playing nine holes before retiring to the clubhouse.

Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border - BBC News

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of Asir province, was returning from an inspection tour when his aircraft came down near Abha late on Sunday, the interior ministry said.

Silvio Berlusconi set to return to Italian politics after Sicilian election victory | The Guardian

Silvio Berlusconi looked poised for a stunning political comeback as his rightist bloc claimed victory in an election in Sicily that puts it in pole position for a national vote due by next May.
The regional Sicilian ballot, held on Sunday, was seen as a dry run for the nationwide election, with many of the island’s problems reflecting those of the country as a whole: high unemployment, a debt mountain and sluggish economic growth.

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2017.11.05

News Headlines - 05 November 2017

Paradise Papers: Your guide to four years of offshore revelations - BBC News

The Paradise Papers is another massive leak of secret files, the most significant of them belonging to a single offshore law firm, detailing the taxation activities of the wealthy and the famous. It's the latest in a rich pedigree of such leaks.

Texas Church Shooting Leaves at Least 26 Dead, Officials Say - The New York Times

A gunman clad in all black, with a ballistic vest strapped to his chest and a military-style rifle in his hands, opened fire on parishioners at a Sunday service at a small Baptist church in rural Texas, killing at least 26 people and turning this tiny town east of San Antonio into the scene of the country’s newest mass horror.

Carles Puigdemont bailed pending Brussels ruling | The Guardian

A Belgian judge has released the ousted Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, and four of his ministers on bail after a hearing lasting more than 10 hours... The judge decided to grant them conditional release late in the evening pending a ruling by a court within the next 15 days whether to execute the European arrest warrant issued by Spain. The five have been told they must not leave the country and stay in a fixed address.

Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes and four ministers in extraordinary 'consolidation of power' | The Independent

Saudi Arabia has arrested 11 princes, four officials and tens of former officials as part of a sweeping anti-corruption probe which further cements control in the hands of its young Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman.

Libyan Salafist-led force breaks up comic festival for 'indecency'

A Libyan force that acts as an anti-crime unit in Tripoli said it had arrested the organisers of a comic festival for “acts of indecency and against public morals”.

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2017.11.04

News Headlines - 04 November 2017

Securing North Korean nuclear sites would require a ground invasion, Pentagon says - The Washington Post

The only way to locate and secure all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons sites “with complete certainty” is through an invasion of ground forces, and in the event of conflict, Pyongyang could use biological and chemical weapons, the Pentagon told lawmakers in a new, blunt assessment of what war on the Korean Peninsula might look like.

Apple shares hit record high as Street bullish iPhone X launch

The company reported better-than-expected September quarter earnings results and gave a December quarter sales guidance range above Wall Street expectations at the midpoint Thursday evening.
Apple shares hit an all-time high, opening up 3.5 percent Friday as notes poured in from Wall Street that were positive on last quarter's earnings and even more optimistic about the iPhone X.

'Victory declared' over 130 tonne Whitechapel fatberg - BBC News

A 250-metre long fatberg weighing 130 tonnes which was blocking an east London sewer has been cleared after a nine-week "battle".
The solid mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies, oil and condoms was found in the Victorian-era tunnel in Whitechapel in September.

How I threw away a work of modern art - BBC News

To me, it looked like a child's crude attempt at a mosaic. About a dozen small square tiles of different colours. Glued to the wall in a geometric design vaguely resembling a face with two square eyes.

Jose Mourinho has settled his case with the Spanish tax authorities - and says 'I did not argue' - Manchester Evening News

Jose Mourinho has said that 'everything was closed' after agreeing to settle his high-profile tax fraud case following a hearing in Madrid on Friday morning.
The Spanish authorities alleged that the former Real Madrid manager owed the state almost £2.9million in undeclared revenue related to image rights in 2011 and 2012.

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2017.11.03

News Headlines - 03 November 2017

A note to readers - LA Times

This year, Walt Disney Co. studios declined to offer The Times advance screenings, citing what it called unfair coverage of its business ties with Anaheim. The Times will continue to review and cover Disney movies and programs when they are available to the public.

Trump Twitter account shut down by employee on last day of work | The Guardian

A Twitter employee deactivated Donald Trump’s personal account on their last day of work, the company said on Thursday, likely meaning the action was deliberate.

2 Navy SEALs Under Suspicion in Strangling of Green Beret in Mali - The New York Times

Navy criminal authorities are investigating whether two members of the elite SEAL Team 6 strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment, military officials say.

Moors Murders: Ian Brady's ashes disposed of at sea - BBC News

The ashes of Moors Murderer Ian Brady have been disposed of at sea in the middle of the night after a cremation last week, it has been revealed... It was reported that Brady wished to have his remains burnt and ashes scattered in Glasgow, where he grew up. But the city's council said it would refuse any request for Brady to be cremated in the area.

Royal Antwerp confirm youth player Joel Lobanzo has died following a cardiac arrest | Sky Sports

Royal Antwerp have confirmed that youth player Joel Lobanzo has died following a cardiac arrest during a training session.
The Belgian side released a statement on their website saying the 17-year-old became unwell during U19s training on Tuesday, with medical personnel attending to him, before he was transferred to hospital.

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2017.11.02

News Headlines - 02 November 2017

Yellen’s Legacy: Economic Progress but a Sense of a Job Unfinished - The New York Times

Unemployment fell steadily during her term, inflation stayed in check and the Fed began backing gradually away from the extraordinary steps it took in the wake of the financial crisis.
That wasn’t enough to save her job, however. President Trump nominated Jerome H. Powell to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, which means that Ms. Yellen will be the first person in nearly 40 years to serve no more than a single four-year term as head of the central bank.

London's property market to be worst hit after Brexit as houses prices plunge | London Evening Standard

London's property market will suffer the most over the next five years as Brexit fears and increasing interest rates limit price rises, a leading estate agent warned today... Overall, between 2018 and 2022, London prices will go up by only 7.1 per cent, half the pace of the UK as a whole and below inflation.

Lenovo buys controlling stake in Fujitsu PC unit; second-quarter profit drops

Lenovo Group has agreed to buy a majority stake in Fujitsu Ltd’s personal computer unit for up to $269 million, in a bid to corner a larger share of a market that is battling weak sales as more people switch to mobile devices.

On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London's streets - BBC News

Across England and Wales an incident involving a blade or sharp object takes place, on average, every 14 minutes. Of the 37,000 incidents in the past 12 months, more than 13,000 offences were committed in London.

Black cab shape not distinctive enough to be trademark, say judges | The Guardian

New-style taxis could soon roll on to city roads after court of appeal judges ruled that the shape of the traditional London black cab was not distinctive enough to be a trademark.
The London Taxi Company wanted to claim exclusive rights to the black cab shape and thwart a rival firm. But Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Floyd have upheld a ruling made last year by a high court judge.

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2017.11.01

News Headlines - 01 November 2017

Michael Fallon quits as defence secretary, saying his behaviour has 'fallen short' | The Guardian

Fallon apologised earlier this week over an incident 15 years ago in which he made unwanted advances to the journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer, repeatedly placing his hand on her knee – although Hartley-Brewer herself insisted: “No one was remotely upset or distressed.”... Allegations of inappropriate behaviour have been swirling around Westminster since the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal encouraged women to speak out about their experiences of sexual abuse or harassment.

Sony's aibo robot is back, ready to learn new tricks- Nikkei Asian Review

Sony said Wednesday it will roll out a new robot dog on Jan. 11, 2018, the year of the dog, that will be packed with the latest robotic technologies, including sensors to help it recognize its environment, and artificial intelligence to help it "think," plus the mechanics to act on its thoughts.

Netherlands to hold referendum on new surveillance law

The Netherlands will hold a referendum on legislation giving law enforcement authorities far-reaching surveillance powers, the Dutch Voting Commission said on Wednesday.

Lady Gaga Is Engaged to Christian Carino

A source tells Us the Grammy-winning singer, 31, and the CAA talent agent, 48, secretly got engaged over the summer after Carino asked the singer’s father for his permission. Due to her current health state, they are focused on her recovery and don’t have any wedding plans just yet.

Two Russian Skiers Banned For Life From Olympics Over Doping In Sochi

Two Russian cross-country skiers have been banned from attending any future Olympics over doping at the 2014 winter games in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on November 1 that Aleksandr Legkov, who won an individual gold medal and relay silver, was also disqualified from all his events in Sochi.

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2017.10.31

News Headlines - 31 October 2017

Sex pest dossier names six Cabinet ministers and senior allies of PM - throwing parliament into panic

PARLIAMENT was in a panic last night after it was revealed a dossier of alleged Tory sex pests names six Cabinet ministers and other senior allies of the Prime Minister.
The bombshell document, drawn up by anonymous female and male staff who work for and with Conservative MPs, details claims about 36 Tories in total — 21 of them serving or former ministers.

New York terror attack: Truck crash in lower Manhattan leaves many dead, injured; suspect in custody - CBS News

Police and witnesses say a man deliberately drove a rented truck onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring at least 12 others, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and brandishing imitation firearms before being shot by police. The suspect was wounded and taken into custody.

Japan Police Find 9 Dismembered Bodies in Tokyo Apartment

Japanese police found nine dismembered bodies hidden in coolers in an apartment southwest of Tokyo, an apparent serial killing case that is transfixing and horrifying the nation.

Apple Is Designing iPhones, iPads Without Qualcomm Parts, Source Says - Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is designing iPhones and iPads for 2018 that don’t use components from Qualcomm Inc. amid an escalating dispute between the companies, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Germany marks 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation in Wittenberg | DW

Germany celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Tuesday with a national holiday and ceremonies in the eastern city of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther began a split in the Catholic Church that transformed Christianity and Europe.

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2017.10.30

News Headlines - 30 October 2017

Former Trump Aides Charged as Prosecutors Reveal New Campaign Ties With Russia - The New York Times

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, announced charges on Monday against three advisers to President Trump’s campaign and laid out the most explicit evidence to date that his campaign was eager to coordinate with the Russian government to damage his rival, Hillary Clinton.
The former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, surrendered to the F.B.I. and pleaded not guilty to charges that he laundered millions of dollars through overseas shell companies — using the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antique rugs and expensive clothes. Rick Gates, Mr. Manafort’s longtime associate as well as a campaign adviser, was also charged and turned himself in.
But information that could prove most politically damaging to Mr. Trump came an hour later, when Mr. Mueller announced that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and was cooperating with investigators.

Why George Papadopoulos Is More Dangerous Than Paul Manafort - The New York Times

Most Americans had never heard of the adviser, George Papadopoulos, before Monday afternoon, but his is the name to remember. That’s because his guilty plea is far more immediately ominous to the president and his inner circle than the charges against Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates.

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies | The Guardian

Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families... The announcement is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reforms shaking up the kingdom, including the historic decision to allow women to drive from next June.

Top Russian child model dies from exhaustion while working for Chinese modelling agency

A 14-year-old Russian model who had worked long hours without medical insurance died of sepsis and a nervous system infection in Shanghai this weekend, Russian authorities have said.

Kevin Spacey apologises over Anthony Rapp 'sexual advance' claim - BBC News

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has made an apology after being accused of making a sexual advance toward a child actor... Spacey also revealed he was now living as a gay man after years of refusing to address rumours about his sexuality.

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2017.10.29

News Headlines - 29 October 2017

Heathrow's secret security data found on memory stick in London street | The Independent

Heathrow Airport’s secret security planning has been revealed in files on a memory stick found in a London street.
The documents outline routes and safeguards for the Queen, foreign dignitaries and top politicians using Britain’s busiest airport. The USB drive also includes maps showing where CCTV cameras are located, and escape routes for the Heathrow Express railway serving the airport.

Kurdish leader Barzani resigns after independence vote backfires

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said he would give up his position as president on Nov. 1, after an independence referendum he championed backfired and triggered a regional crisis.

North Korea's global threat needs global response: NATO chief- Nikkei Asian Review

North Korea's nuclear and missile program is a "global threat" and "requires a global response," the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Friday, while cautioning that "war would be disastrous."

First Rock From Outside the Solar System Sails Past Earth

Astronomers around the world are scrambling to study an object unlike anything they’ve ever seen: a chunk of rock and ice seemingly fired our way from another solar system.
Discovered on October 19, the object is several hundred feet across and is currently speeding away from us at more than 98,000 miles an hour. At that speed, the space rock is moving fast enough to outrun the sun’s gravitational tug—implying that it was never part of our solar system to begin with.

Teenager's life 'ruined' by Live.me and Twitter 'trolls' - BBC News

A teenager claims internet trolls "ruined her life" by superimposing her face on pornographic messages that were shared on social media.

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2017.10.28

News Headlines - 28 October 2017

Spain's third quarter unemployment rate falls to lowest since 2008

Spain’s unemployment rate soared to nearly 27 percent at the beginning of 2013, the height of the economic crisis, after a burst property bubble and sliding consumer spending almost forced Spain to request a full sovereign bailout... In the third quarter, the unemployment rate fell to 16.38 percent, according to the National Statistics Institute, down from 17.22 percent in the previous quarter

British security minister says North Korea was behind WannaCry hack on NHS | The Independent

A report released by the National Audit Office (NAO) on Friday found that hospital trusts were left vulnerable to the attack because basic recommendations on cyber-security were not followed.
Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, the security minister Ben Wallace said the government now believes a North Korean hacking group was responsible, but stopped short of suggesting the UK could carry out retaliatory attacks.

Harry Potter still casting his spell over Bloomsbury revenues

Bloomsbury released new editions of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” with covers dedicated to wizarding school Hogwarts’ houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw to mark the anniversary in June... Revenue from Harry Potter grew 40 percent in the period, the company said on Tuesday, and the young wizard and his magical world will feature strongly in the publisher’s assault on the important Christmas market.

Cambridge News 'received anonymous JFK assassination tip-off' - BBC News

A British local newspaper received an anonymous call about "some big news" in the US, shortly before President John F Kennedy was assassinated, according to documents.
A memo dated 26 November 1963 said the call was made to the Cambridge News at 18:05 GMT on 22 November 1963. This was 25 minutes before Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas.

Journalist in alleged rape case calls for change in Criminal Law:The Asahi Shimbun

A journalist whose high-profile rape case was dropped by prosecutors has called for an overhaul of the Criminal Law and authorities’ handling of sexual assault cases to make it easier for victims to find justice.

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2017.10.27

News Headlines - 27 October 2017

Catalans declare independence as Madrid imposes direct rule - BBC News

The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, while the Spanish parliament has approved direct rule over the region... Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return "law, democracy and stability" to Catalonia.

Theresa May rents out her central London flat | Daily Mail Online

Theresa May is earning at least an extra £10,000 a year renting out a central London flat she own with husband Philip... It means the rental began just two months after she narrowly survived being kicked out of No 10 and a week after returning from her three week summer holiday.

Ukraine to probe MP's three national lottery victories

Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency said on Wednesday it would investigate the case of an opposition leader who declared in his income statement that he had won the national lottery three times, earning a combined 571,045 hryvnias ($21,335).

United Nations News Centre - Plausible that ‘attack or threat’ led to crash that killed former UN chief Hammarskjöld – new report

A new United Nations-mandated report has found it “appears plausible” that an external attack or threat may have led to the fatal plane crash that killed former UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld... The chartered DC6 plane registered as SE-BDY crashed just after midnight on 17-18 September 1961, near Ndola (then Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia), killing Mr. Hammarskjöld and 14 of the 15 members of the party accompanying him, with the sole survivor succumbing to injuries a few days later.

Subaru admits improper checks on Japan cars, expects recalls

Subaru Corp on Friday said it had failed to follow proper inspection procedures for vehicles for the domestic market, an issue likely to result in a product recall and adding to a list of compliance problems at Japanese companies.

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2017.10.26

News Headlines - 26 October 2017

A Second Woman Has Accused George H.W. Bush of Sexual Harassment | Vanity Fair

On Tuesday, actress Heather Lind posted a now-deleted Instagram post in which she accused former president George H.W. Bush of sexually harassing her during a photo op four years ago. Now a second woman has come forward with a remarkably similar story. New York actress Jordana Grolnick told Deadspin Wednesday about a more recent alleged incident involving the former president.

U.N. Panel Points Finger at Syria in Sarin Attack on Village - The New York Times

The Syrian Air Force was responsible for a lethal sarin chemical attack on a northern rebel-held village on April 4, a United Nations investigative panel said Thursday.
Its report represented the first time that a politically independent investigation had concluded which side in the Syrian civil war had carried out the attack on the village, Khan Sheikhoun.

Butter shortfall leaves French croissants half-baked

France is running short of butter, with some supermarket shelves sitting empty and the price of croissants on the rise, creating a headache for the government just as it tries to make the food chain fairer for farmers.
The shortage is the result of falling milk production and rising butter demand globally, with consumer attitudes toward the spread, once shunned as unhealthy, turning more positive.

New wave of cyber attacks hits Russia, other nations

Cyber attacks using malware called “BadRabbit” hit Russia and other nations on Tuesday, affecting Russian Interfax news agency and causing flight delays at Ukraine’s Odessa airport.

Pope discusses life's biggest questions with International Space Station crew | The Guardian

The Earth is a fragile thing that could even destroy itself, Pope Francis told astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, saying they had an opportunity to see the planet “from the eyes of God”.

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2017.10.25

News Headlines - 25 October 2017

George H. W. Bush Apologizes to Actress After She Claims He 'Sexually Assaulted' Her

The actress, Heather Lind, wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was standing next to the former president when he “touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side.” Lind also alleges Bush told her a “dirty joke.”... The former president’s spokesman Jim McGrath said in the statement, “President Bush would never — under any circumstance — intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”

Kurds offer to freeze independence vote to end conflict with Iraq

The Kurdistan Regional Government has offered to suspend its drive for independence in return for a promise from Iraq to halt its military activity, which has seen it seize huge swathes of territory in recent days.

Berlin security staff pushed young refugees into prostitution | DW

Security workers at Berlin's refugee accommodation centers are pushing young refugees into prostitution, public broadcaster ZDF reported on Tuesday.

Nicaragua to join Paris climate accord, leaving US and Syria isolated | The Guardian

Nicaragua is set to join the Paris climate agreement, according to an official statement and comments from the vice-president, Rosario Murillo, on Monday, in a move that leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries outside the global pact.

Channel 4 move from London could create 7,500 jobs, report says | The Guardian

Forcing Channel 4 into a full relocation outside of London and making more programmes for the broadcaster outside the capital could create nearly 7,500 jobs and deliver almost £600m in economic benefits, according to a new government report... However, the chief executive, David Abraham, and the chairman, Charles Gurassa, have ferociously rejected a wholesale move of Channel 4 and its 800 staff, saying it would be catastrophic for its business.

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2017.10.24

News Headlines - 24 October 2017

Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier - The Washington Post

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, people familiar with the matter said.

China’s Communist Party enshrines “Xi Jinping Thought” in its constitution | Taiwan News

On the closing day of its 19th Congress, China’s Communist Party wrote the ideology of its current leader, Xi Jinping (習近平), into a constitution, a feat elevating him to the same level as Mao Zedong (毛澤東), reports said Tuesday.

Gov't-linked bank to punish 1,000 staff over illicit loans to smaller firms - The Mainichi

The government-linked Shoko Chukin Bank is set to punish about 1,000 employees and managers for involvement in document falsifications and other irregularities regarding low-interest loans extended to "crisis-hit" companies that did not meet eligibility criteria, it has been learned.

New wave of cyber attacks hits Russia, other nations

Cyber attacks using malware called “BadRabbit” hit Russia and other nations on Tuesday, affecting Russian Interfax news agency and causing flight delays at Ukraine’s Odessa airport.

Berlin Zoo hopes sex will cure distressed panda's habit of walking backwards | The Independent

Zookeepers at Berlin's main animal park are hoping to cure a young female panda's habit of walking backwards by introducing her to one of life's most precious pleasures: sex.

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2017.10.23

News Headlines - 23 October 2017

Seven dead as Typhoon Lan lashes Japan | The Japan Times

Typhoon Lan blazed through Tokyo on Monday morning after making landfall along the central Pacific coastline earlier in the day, leaving seven people dead as it pummeled Honshu with heavy rain and strong winds.

North Korea blasts Japan for using election to 'pave groundwork' for invasion | The Japan Times

North Korea on Monday blasted “Japanese reactionaries” for working to “pave the groundwork for a reinvasion of the Korean peninsula” after Sunday’s Lower House election that saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc secure a sweeping victory.

Japan’s Biggest Bitcoin Exchange Reveal Bitcoin Gold Hard Fork Plans

Tokyo-based bitFlyer, Japan’s largest and best-funded bitcoin exchange, has revealed its intention to distribute Bitcoin Gold (BTG) to users prior to the split of the bitcoin blockchain – expected to occur on October 25th. The exchange also revealed its intention to launch trading services in support of the new cryptocurrency, enabling users to sell, deposit and send BTG from their bitFlyer accounts.

US-backed SDF captures Syria′s largest oil field from ′Islamic State′ | DW

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, on Sunday captured one of Syria's largest oil fields in the Deir el-Zour province. Riding on the heels of victory against the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Raqqa, the SDF is racing to seize parts of Syria's oil-rich province.

Skeletons reveal perils of moving to London | The Times & The Sunday Times

Reaching across the centuries, the skeletons unearthed by London’s vast Crossrail construction project have exposed the perils of city life up to 450 years ago.
An archaeological study of more than 3,000 skeletons retrieved in recent years from the site of the new Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street has shown that many belonged to people who migrated to the capital from rural areas but died in their late teens or as young adults.

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2017.10.22

News Headlines - 22 October 2017

Abe to push reform of Japan's pacifist constitution after election win

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition won a combined 312 seats, keeping its two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-member lower house, local media said.
A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012, will secure a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. It also means his “Abenomics” growth strategy centered on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue.

Labour demands changes to Brexit repeal bill - BBC News

Sir Keir Starmer wants six changes to the bill, which aims to transfer EU legislation into British law.
If these are not accepted Labour will back Tory rebels in an attempt to force a vote on the final EU deal, he said.

Why Soviet prison tattoos are popular - BBC News

The Gulag prison system of the Soviet Union produced a tattoo culture with dark, political and religious themes.
Badges of pride for the hardest in society, they became commonplace throughout the criminal fraternity.

Élysée puddle: Macron's dog Nemo filmed urinating in president's office | The Guardian

But two-year-old Nemo brought a whole new meaning to the term presidential leaks this weekend when he cocked his leg for a long and abundant wee against an ornamental fireplace in Macron’s gilded office during a filmed meeting between the president and junior ministers.

Unsent letter from Titanic passenger sets auction record

The selling price for the document, believed to be one of the last letters written before the ocean liner hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic, surpassed expectations.
British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son had predicted the item would go for £60,000 to £80,000 ($79,000 to $106,000). The identity of the buyer, who outbid rivals on Saturday with a £120,000 ($166,000) offer, wasn't disclosed.

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2017.10.21

News Headlines - 21 October 2017

President Trump plans to release classified JFK documents | FOX59

President Donald Trump says he doesn’t plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Steve Bannon delivers blistering attack on former President George W. Bush - CNNPolitics

Steve Bannon delivered a withering attack on George W. Bush Friday night, bluntly questioning the former President's intelligence and his grasp of the concepts that he outlined in a speech that he gave New York this week.

Japanese Company Sues Apple Over 'Animoji' Trademark | The Recorder

Susman Godfrey on Wednesday filed suit against Apple Inc. on behalf of a Japanese company that says the tech giant ripped off the trademark for “Animoji” when it announced a feature for the moving graphics at last month’s iPhone X launch.

Will Australia's 'miracle economy' keep on winning? - BBC News

The economy is growing by about 1.9% per year, according to the Reserve Bank. In 2012, that figure was 3.7%. Weaker growth means that pay packets are shrinking for many workers when adjusted for the rising cost of living, and near-record levels of underemployment are stifling wage increases.

Jose Mourinho: Man Utd attitude at Huddersfield was worse than a friendly - BBC Sport

United had kept seven clean sheets in their previous eight league games, but mistakes from Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof in the space of five first-half minutes were punished with goals by Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre.
Despite almost 80% possession, United managed just three shots on target.

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2017.10.20

News Headlines - 20 October 2017

Spanish government aims for January regional elections in Catalonia - PSOE | Euronews

The Spanish government has agreed with the country’s opposition Socialists (PSOE) to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January.

EU anti-trust investigators raid BMW headquarters in Munich - The Local

EU anti-trust regulators have raided the offices of automaker BMW in Munich, the company said, in a fresh blow to the German car industry already hit by the Dieselgate scandal.

Northern Ireland boss admits drink-driving in Edinburgh - BBC News

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill has pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to drink-driving.
The court heard he was caught by police in the early hours of 10 September at three times the Scottish drink-drive limit.

Thailand’s royal cremation: Last farewell to King Bhumibol Adulyadej - The Straits Times

After Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Oct 13, 2016, his body was moved to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Over 12 million people have travelled there to pay their respects since.
The final rites will take place from Oct 25 to Oct 29, with the actual cremation taking place on Oct 26.

Chris Coleman begins informal talks with FAW chiefs over his Wales future - Wales Online

Coleman, who has this week been linked with the vacant Leicester City job , sees his current contract expire after next month’s international camp following the disappointment of missing out on a place in Russia.
The existing deal, signed just before Euro 2016, would have automatically extended to this summer’s finals had they managed to overcome the Republic of Ireland and a play-off.

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2017.10.19

News Headlines - 19 October 2017

Nissan to suspend domestic production of cars for Japan market

Nissan Motor Co Ltd is suspending domestic production of vehicles for the Japanese market for at least two weeks to address misconduct in its final inspection procedures that led to a major recall, it said on Thursday.

Fukushima sake promoted in London - NHK WORLD

Sake brewers from Fukushima Prefecture, in northeastern Japan, have pitched their products in London. They wanted to show that they are rebounding from the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.

Insect and bird populations declining dramatically in Germany | DW

Two separate studies highlight a dramatic trend in Germany: the number of flying insects has declined by 76 percent over the past 27 years. There are 15 percent fewer birds than just twelve years ago.

LA Police Department Investigates Disgraced Producer Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police department says it has opened an investigation into movie producer Harvey Weinstein after someone made allegations of sexual assault.
The LAPD announced the news via Twitter Thursday.

PSG's Khelaifi to be quizzed in Swiss World Cup probe on October 25 - lawyer | AFP.com

Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi will be questioned by Swiss prosecutors on October 25 in a World Cup media rights probe, his lawyer told AFP Wednesday.

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2017.10.18

News Headlines - 18 October 2017

Dow Closes Above 23000 for First Time - WSJ

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23000 for the first time, driven by soaring shares of International Business Machines.

French parliament adopts controversial anti-terror bill - France 24

The French parliament on Wednesday adopted a tough new anti-terrorism bill that gives authorities vastly expanded powers to search homes, restrict movement and close places of worship.

Attempted murder trial jury shown how to sabotage a parachute | The Guardian

The court hearing the trial of a soldier accused of trying to kill his wife with a sabotaged parachute has been shown a video demonstrating how it could be done in a toilet cubicle in just over five minutes.

Russian Mayor Tells Citizens Not to Beat Up Foreigners During World Cup

As Russia gears up to host the World Cup next year, the mayor of Kaliningrad is calling on citizens to be friendly toward foreign fans who will be in town for the world’s most important sporting event.

Brazil's former Olympic chief charged in 2016 Games bribes investigation

Brazilian prosecutors charged the former head of the national Olympics committee (COB), Carlos Nuzman, and five other people on Wednesday with corruption based on an investigation of alleged bribery to have Rio de Janeiro host the 2016 Games.

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2017.10.17

News Headlines - 17 October 2017

SDF captures Syria's Raqqa city from ISIL | Al Jazeera

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the United States, have announced the capture of Raqqa after a four-month operation to drive out ISIL.

Mercedes-Benz could become a separate Daimler division

Mercedes-Benz could become an independent division of German luxury automaker Daimler AG, the company said Monday.
Daimler's trucks-and-buses division and its financial services business could also become independent divisions in a potential change aimed at giving the units "greater entrepreneurial responsibility," the company said in an announcement to investors.

U.S. authorities seeking Kobe Steel documents related to data scandal

U.S. authorities are seeking Kobe Steel Ltd documents related to the company’s data cheating scandal, the Japanese steelmaker said on Tuesday.

US tells Japan it wants to start FTA talks- Nikkei Asian Review

The U.S. has for the first time told Japan it has a "strong interest" in starting talks over a potential free trade agreement between the two countries.

'Psychic' who claimed to be Dalí's daughter ordered to pay for exhumation - The Local

A Spanish court has dismissed a paternity lawsuit brought by a psychic who claimed to be Salvador Dalí's illegitimate daughter and ordered her to pay for the exhumation of the surrealist painter's remains.

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2017.10.16

News Headlines - 16 October 2017

U.S. Military to Begin Drills to Evacuate Americans From South Korea - The New York Times

The United States military said on Monday that it would practice evacuating noncombatant Americans out of South Korea in the event of war and other emergencies, as the two allies began a joint naval exercise amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Asia | whitehouse.gov

As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. This update provides further details about the President’s itinerary.

Fault delays new high-speed train's first journey from Bristol to London - BBC News

Broken air conditioning and a 41-minute delay have overshadowed the launch of the UK's new fleet of high-speed trains.
The Hitachi 800 engine will be faster and carry more passengers and will run on GWR for the next 27 years.
But passengers on the first Bristol to London service arrived late and some had to dodge drips as water leaked from an air conditioning unit.

Tears and joy on Britain’s St. Helena as 'world's most useless airport' finally opens

One of humanity’s most isolated outposts joined the 21st century on Saturday when the British island of St. Helena, home to “the world’s most useless airport”, welcomed its first commercial flight.

Tiangong-1: Chinese space station will crash to Earth within months | The Guardian

But in 2016, after months of speculation, Chinese officials confirmed they had lost control of the space station and it would crash to Earth in 2017 or 2018. China’s space agency has since notified the UN that it expects Tiangong-1 to come down between October 2017 and April 2018.

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2017.10.15

News Headlines - 15 October 2017

Hustler publisher offers $10 million for dirt on Trump | AFP.com

Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt offered $10 million Sunday for dirt to help remove from office US President Donald Trump, in a full page ad in the Washington Post.

Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Expanding Apple Legal Fight - Bloomberg

Qualcomm Inc. filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker’s biggest shot at Apple Inc. so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight.

Hitachi unveils first UK built commuter trains at Newton Aycliffe factory | The Northern Echo

TRAIN builder Hitachi has unveiled the first UK built commuter trains to be completed at its Newton Aycliffe factory... A fleet of 70 Class 385 trains will, say Hitachi, transform journeys for the ScotRail commuter routes, including Edinburgh to Glasgow.

Bangkok Hit With the Heaviest Rainfall in More than 30 Years | Chiang Rai Times

Residents in Bangkok city woke up to knee-deep water and severe flooding after the capital was hit with the heaviest rainfall in more than 30 years.
At least 55 major roads were flooded but most had dried up by the late afternoon, Bangkok Post reported.

Viking Funeral Clothes Reveal Surprising Arabic Lettering

In a surprising find by Swedish researchers, Arabic characters were found woven into the burial costumes found from Viking boat graves, as well as the chamber grave clothing of central Viking Age sites, such as Birka. The garments were kept in storage for more than a century—dismissed as being typical Viking Age funeral clothing—until a new investigation yielded much more intriguing results.

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2017.10.14

News Headlines - 14 October 2017

Iran attacks 9,000 email accounts in parliament | The Times & The Sunday Times

Some 9,000 email accounts, including those belonging to Theresa May and other cabinet ministers, were subjected to a sustained attack on June 23. Ninety accounts were compromised.
Russia was initially blamed but investigators have traced the attack to the Tehran regime, The Times can reveal. It is believed to be Iran’s first significant act of cyberwarfare on Britain and underlines its emergence as one of the world’s biggest cyberpowers.

EU to ban business ties with Pyongyang over nuclear tests

North Korean workers in the EU, of which Brussels estimates there are about 400 mainly in Poland, will face a lower limit on the amount for money they can send home and their work visas will not be renewed once they expire.

Scientists Find $1.8 Million Worth of Gold in Swiss Wastewater - Bloomberg

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology estimate that about 43 kilograms of gold -- worth about $1.8 million -- passes through the country’s wastewater every year... The study involving 64 water treatment plants also found about 3,000 kilograms of silver -- equivalent to about $1.7 million -- going to waste every year, much of it residue from the chemical and medical industries.

English student fell 200ft to her death at Seven Sisters clifftop while jumping up and down for a photo | The Independent

An English student plunged 200ft to her death at Seven Sisters after she hopped into the air for a photo just inches from the edge of the scenic cliffs, an inquest heard.

Hertha Berlin players 'take a knee' before match against Schalke - BBC Sport

Hertha Berlin's players and officials "took a knee" to show their support for "an open-minded world" before their 2-0 loss against Schalke on Saturday.

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2017.10.13

News Headlines - 13 October 2017

Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas sign reconciliation accord

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war.

Hundreds to be freed from Raqqa in Isis ‘surrender deal’ | The Times & The Sunday Times

Forces backed by the West are negotiating an Isis surrender in the battle for Raqqa and safe passage for civilians, according to activists in eastern Syria.
The US-led coalition confirmed yesterday that its allies were attempting to arrange for thousands of residents still trapped in the jihadists’ former capital to leave.

UK lawmakers join protest tea party to support medicinal marijuana

Several British lawmakers lent their support to a cannabis tea party on the lawns outside parliament on Tuesday, protesting against legislation that criminalizes use of the drug for medical purposes.

Princess Mary divides opinions with kimono-style outfit in Japan | Starts at 60

This time, Mary has gone for something darker than her usual style with a kimono-like ensemble that might have been perfect for the occasion: an official celebration of 150 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Tokyo.

Hong Kong Soccer Fans Defy Warnings And Boo Chinese National Anthem

Hong Kong's supporters defied warnings and booed the Chinese National Anthem at the start of Hong Kong's Asian Cup Qualifier against Malaysia.
Before the match, the city’s chief secretary warned that Hong Kong’s soccer team may have to play future matches behind closed doors if supporters continue to boo the Chinese national anthem.

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2017.10.12

News Headlines - 12 October 2017

Trump may meet parents of North Korea abduction victim Megumi Yokota during visit to Japan | The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that Tokyo is arranging a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the parents of a Japanese national abducted by North Korean agents during the president’s planned visit to Japan early next month.

Toyota seeking to halve Japan car models as domestic market shrinks

Toyota Motor Corp is aiming to halve the number of car models it sells at home by 2025, a person briefed on the matter said - the second time this month that a Japanese automaker has emerged with plans to sharply scale back in a shrinking domestic market.

Documents indicate former president lied about her role during Sewol sinking: Cheong Wa Dae

The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday that it has found documents from the former administration that show the former president may have lied about her role in dealing with the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry three years ago.

Pope Francis: 40 million Twitter followers and counting - Vatican Radio

Pope Francis’ Twitter account - @pontifex – has reached a milestone: 40 million followers in 9 languages. The figure is significant not only in itself, but in what it represents for the Holy Father, himself, who, like his predecessor, desires to be a Christian witness among many on the “Digital Continent”, especially through social media.

North Yorkshire's The Black Swan 'best restaurant in world' - BBC News

The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, beat Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck and Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir.
TripAdvisor said it was the first time a British restaurant had won the title since the awards began in 2012.

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2017.10.11

News Headlines - 11 October 2017

Clinton, Obama finally appalled by Weinstein as The New Yorker runs sexual assault allegations | Fox News

For nearly six days, Hillary Clinton’s silence was deafening.
She finally spoke out against Harvey Weinstein yesterday, just as the allegations against him reached a more disturbing level. Clinton is "shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein," and "the behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated."
...Barack Obama, also the beneficiary of a Weinstein fundraiser, spoke out late yesterday. He said in a statement: "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status."

U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO, Again | Foreign Policy

The United States plans to formally withdraw from UNESCO, the U.N.’s Paris-based cultural, scientific and educational organization, to save money and protest what it views as the organization’s anti-Israel bias.
The move, which could be announced as early as next week, marks America’s further estrangement from an organization that it helped establish after World War II to widen access to education and ensure the free flow of ideas. The United States will maintain its presence at UNESCO as an observer state.

Japan Stocks Hit 21-Year High as Investors Shrug Off Concerns - The New York Times

In large part, Japan’s stronger stock market is part of a global rise in optimism... But Japan has some of its own good news to share.
Japan’s gross domestic product has expanded for six consecutive quarters, the first time it has gone that long without a contraction in 11 years. Unemployment is at multidecade lows, and corporations are experiencing a surge in profits. Even Japan’s longtime economic bugbear — persistent wage and price deflation — has eased, with both consumer prices and incomes showing modest gains.

Air pollution causes even more than 500 000 deaths a year in Europe

The figures give measure of health emergency. In 2014, air pollution caused premature death (before 65 years) of 520 400 people in forty-one country of European continent, including 487 600 in European Union. This is grisly record of 2017 report on air quality, published on Wednesday 11 October by European Environment Agency (EEA).

Da Vinci portrait of Christ expected to fetch $100 million at auction

The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie’s announced on Tuesday.

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2017.10.10

News Headlines - 10 October 2017

Britain could join trans-Atlantic trade alliance bigger than the EU if there is no deal on Brexit

The Telegraph understands that the Government is examining the possibility of joining the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as Nafta, as part of its planning for a “no deal” scenario.

Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms - The Washington Post

Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company's investigation.

Kim Jong-nam had 1.4 times lethal dosage of nerve agent on his face, says chemist at murder trial | TODAYonline

The estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked at a Malaysian airport, a government chemist testified Tuesday (Oct 10).

82% of Saudi women intend to get driving license, says survey | ZAWYA MENA Edition

As a result, 82 percent of the women are contemplating on getting a license and this is likely to fuel their ambition. The move is expected to uplift the sentiments of females. The biggest emotions expressed by women were related to the feeling that society was progressing the right way (61 percent), a sense of empowerment (55 percent) and enhanced career opportunities (46 percent).

Turkey's President Erdogan appears to nod off in briefing | Daily Mail Online

Footage has emerged appearing to show Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan falling asleep during a live news conference. The 63-year-old could be seen yawning as his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko spoke to reporters in Kiev.

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2017.10.09

News Headlines - 09 October 2017

Merkel says to start coalition talks on Oct 18 - Yahoo7 News

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who won an election with a reduced majority two weeks ago, said Monday she would start talks to form a coalition government with two smaller parties on October 18.

Six in 10 voters want Theresa May to stay on as Prime Minister until after Brexit

Nearly six in 10 members of the public want Theresa May to remain as Prime Minister until the end of the Brexit process, a new survey says.
The study by ORB International found that 57 per cent of voters agreed that Mrs May should stay at least until the Brexit negotiations are completed in March 2019.

North Korea’s leader boosts his family’s power by promoting his younger sister - The Washington Post

Kim Jong Un has taken another key step to consolidate his family’s control over North Korea, elevating his younger sister to the powerful political bureau of the ruling Workers’ Party and moving her closer to the center of the leadership.

New court complex planned to bolster City of London after Brexit | The Guardian

A major court complex specialising in cybercrime and fraud cases is to be built in the City of London to promote the UK’s financial and legal services post-Brexit.
The scheme – likely to costs tens if not hundreds of millions of pounds – is being backed by the City of London Corporation, HM Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS), the Ministry of Justice and senior judges.

Rare 'fire devil' blazing tornado caught on camera in Portugal - ITV News

A rare phenomenon known as a "fire devil" has been captured on camera in Portugal as five more wildfires swept across the country.
The spectacular fire tornado forms when flames are mixed with dust and wind.

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2017.10.08

News Headlines - 08 October 2017

Vice President Mike Pence Leaves Colts Game After Anthem Protest - WSJ

Vice President Mike Pence attended and then left Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game in response to players protesting during the national anthem, he explained in a string of tweets Sunday afternoon.

Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports - The New York Times

The Weinstein Company fired its co-founder Harvey Weinstein on Sunday, after a New York Times investigation uncovered allegations that he had engaged in rampant sexual harassment, dealing a stunning blow to a producer known for shaping American film and championing liberal causes.

Dove apologises for ad showing black woman turning into white one | The Guardian

Dove has apologised after publishing an advert on its Facebook page which showed a black woman turning into a white woman... The advert showed a black woman removing her top to reveal a white woman underneath supposedly after using Dove body lotion.

Kobe Steel admits it falsified data on aluminium and copper parts

Kobe Steel has admitted to falsifying inspection data on about 20,000 tonnes of metals used in aircraft and automobiles in the latest quality scandal to hit corporate Japan.
The company said the issue affected shipments from four domestic factories to about 200 customers in the year to August 2017. End users included the troubled Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

Sony jumps back into robotics after 12-year hiatus- Nikkei Asian Review

Twelve years after abandoning its robot business, Sony will relaunch it next spring with a robot for homes that resembles a dog.
The company is now forming a development team of people formerly involved with Aibo, a robotic pet dog that captured media attention years ago.

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2017.10.07

News Headlines - 07 October 2017

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades - The New York Times

Dozens of Mr. Weinstein’s former and current employees, from assistants to top executives, said they knew of inappropriate conduct while they worked for him. Only a handful said they ever confronted him.
Mr. Weinstein enforced a code of silence; employees of the Weinstein Company have contracts saying they will not criticize it or its leaders in a way that could harm its “business reputation” or “any employee’s personal reputation,” a recent document shows. And most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.

Las Vegas shooting victim's family files petition to freeze gunman's assets - ABC News

The family of a California man who was killed Sunday night during the mass shooting in Las Vegas is petitioning a court to freeze the gunman's assets.

Dutch defense minister, military chief resign over peacekeeper deaths | DW

A Dutch safety board report into the deaths of two UN peacekeeping troops in Mali last year claimed two political victims on Tuesday.
Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and military chief Tom Middendorp both resigned after the report condemned the country's Defense Ministry of "serious shortcomings" in its care for peacekeeping troops stationed in the African country.

France backs tough anti-terrorism bill after wave of attacks

France’s parliament adopted an anti-terrorism bill on Tuesday that will bolster police surveillance powers and make it easier to close mosques suspected of preaching hatred, but rights groups warned it would lead to civil freedoms being infringed.

ISIS surrenders in Hawija, one of its last Iraqi strongholds.

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces announced Thursday they have retaken one of the Islamic State's remaining strongholds after about 1,000 militants surrendered amid fresh signs the terror group is collapsing and unable to defend its territory.

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2017.10.06

News Headlines - 06 October 2017

Nobel prize: Chronicle of wound-up 'Harukists' as Murakami fails to win - BBC News

And this year's Nobel Prize for literature goes to... someone who's not Haruki Murakami again. The BBC delves into the dejected world of his long-suffering fans whose sole desire - to see the Japanese writer win the prize - is thwarted every year.

CIA: N. Korea's Kim Jong Un not a madman - CNNPolitics

...it may be easy to agree with President Donald Trump's recent assessment that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "madman" who is "on a suicide mission for himself."
But top officials from the CIA said Wednesday that Kim's actions are not those of a maniacal provocateur but a "rational actor" who is motivated by clear, long-term goals that revolve around ensuring regime survival.

Tuk-tuks targeted in EV subsidy scheme | Bangkok Post

Energy policymakers have promoted the first commercial launch of electric vehicles (EVs), starting by offering a 106-million-baht subsidy to encourage tuk-tuk owners to switch over from liquefied petroleum...

U.S. Will Return to the Moon, Pence Says - Scientific American

The Trump administration is committed to sending astronauts to the moon as part of a broader push to prioritize human spaceflight and firm up U.S. dominance in the final frontier, Vice President Mike Pence said.

AOL Instant Messenger Is Shutting Down for Good | Fortune

AOL Instant Messenger, the chat app that was a hallmark of the fledgling Internet-era in the 1990s, is about to come to an end. AOL is shutting down AIM on Dec. 15... The death of AOL Instant Messenger, which began in 1997, marks the end of an era—and a nostalgic reminder of a time when the Internet was a shiny, new, and uncharted territory that the masses were just beginning to explore.

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2017.10.05

News Headlines - 05 October 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro: Nobel Literature Prize is 'a magnificent honour' - BBC News

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.
The novelist was praised by the Swedish Academy as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

Brazil's Olympic Committee President Arrested For Corruption | Brazil News

Federal Police in Brazil arrested Carlos Arthur Nuzman this morning (Thursday, October 5th), the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), as well as the general director of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Leonardo Gryner.

Honda to cut Japanese production by a quarter as domestic sales stagnate:The Asahi Shimbun

Honda Motor Co. plans to end production at its Sayama plant in Japan by 2022, cutting domestic capacity by around 24 percent as it shifts focus to electric cars (EVs) and other new technologies.
The automaker has seen stagnant domestic sales and said on Wednesday it was streamlining its Japanese operations as it takes a more nimble approach to development and manufacturing in the face of fierce competition from carmakers and technology companies to make EVs and self-driving cars.

Two women deny murdering North Korean leader's half-brother

He also said the he had wrongly recorded Kim Jong Nam’s nationality as South Korean.
“The police report I made showed the nationality as South Korean, while on the passport, it was written DPR Korea, whereby I did not know what DPR meant. I was only sure that Korea was South Korea,” he told the court.

Gunman had stayed at high-rise overlooking another Las Vegas music festival - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper

The gunman in Sunday’s massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near Mandalay Bay had stayed in a downtown high-rise in the days leading up to the Life is Beautiful festival in September... Paddock departed the Ogden after the conclusion of the festival’s last day on Sept. 24, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

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2017.10.04

News Headlines - 04 October 2017

Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days' - BBC News

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.
In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

Japan transport ministry raids two Nissan plants over improper checks

The two inspections on Tuesday followed inspections at four more factories last week, the ministry said. The initial four found the automaker had conducted unauthorized final vehicle checks for most domestic models which had not yet been sold, prompting Nissan to suspend new vehicle registrations with the government.

Amazon and Apple caught in latest EU tax crackdown - BBC News

Amazon has been ordered to repay €250m (£221m; $293m) in back taxes after the European Commission said it had been given an unfair tax deal in Luxembourg.
The Commission also plans to take Ireland to court over its failure to collect €13bn of back taxes from Apple.

Yahoo admits that all 3 BILLION of its accounts were hacked in 2013 cyber attack - Mirror Online

Yahoo has admitted that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked as part of a cyber attack in 2013 - tripling its earlier estimate.
The company, now part of Verizon subsidiary Oath, had previously said that personal information relating to one billion accounts was accessed by a "third-party" in the largest data breach in history.

Why do Australia play football in Asia and do Fifa rules allow nations to switch continents?

Australia had competed in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) until 2006, but grew frustrated with Fifa's continued reluctance to grant the continent an automatic World Cup qualifying spot... Since Australia left, New Zealand have qualified for the 2010 World Cup while Tahiti qualified for the 2013 Confederations Cup and Fiji were represented at the 2016 Olympics.

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2017.10.03

News Headlines - 03 October 2017

Toshiba buying back 10 percent stake in Westinghouse unit for $522 million

Japan’s Toshiba Corp (6502.T) said on Thursday it is buying back a 10 percent stake in Westinghouse Electric Co from minority shareholder Kazatomprom for 59 billion yen ($522 million), taking full ownership of the bankrupt U.S. unit.

Nissan to recall all new cars sold in Japan in last 3 years

Nissan Motor Co Ltd will recall all 1.2 million new passenger cars it sold in Japan over the past three years after discovering final vehicle inspections were not performed by authorized technicians, it said on Monday.
The recall is the second major misconduct incident involving a Japanese automaker in as many years, after Mitsubishi Motors Corp admitted in April 2016 it had falsified the fuel economy for some of its domestic market models.

GM to launch 20 EV models by 2023 - NHK WORLD

General Motors has announced plans to launch at least 20 models of electric vehicles by 2023.
Officials at the US automaker say they will speed up the development of electric, as well as hydrogen fuel-cell cars.

Catalan referendum: Spanish government could impose direct rule on Catalonia | The Independent

A top Spanish opposition party has called on Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, to implement article 155 of the country’s constitution in Catalonia, which allows for direct rule from Madrid in Spain’s autonomous regions.

'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie Races to Paramount | Hollywood Reporter

Paramount Pictures has nabbed the movie rights to Sonic the Hedgehog, the popular SEGA video game franchise... Paramount plans on making a movie that will blend live action and CGI animation as it brings Sonic to the big screen for the first time.

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2017.10.02

News Headlines - 02 October 2017

Monarch Airlines goes BUST: 110,000 passengers stranded abroad - ALL flights CANCELLED | Express.co.uk

Passengers booked on the first wave of flights had already arrived at five UK airports when they realised they were unable to check-in... The airline’s collapse has cost the jobs of 2,750 staff while 300,000 future bookings involving 750,000 customers have also been axed.

Madrid vows to 'do everyting' to stop Catalan independence declaration - The Local

Spain will do "everything within the law" to prevent Catalonia from declaring independence, Justice Minister Rafael Catala said Monday, a day after Catalonia's regional government declared victory in a banned secession referendum.

Trump: Las Vegas shooting 'was an act of pure evil'

President Donald Trump on Monday called the mass shooting in Las Vegas "an act of pure evil," and said he would visit Las Vegas on Wednesday to meet with victims' families and first responders.

2 women plead not guilty to killing Kim Jong Nam; prosecution says they practised act overseen by 4 others - The Straits Times

Lawyers for the two women accused of killing Mr Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, are questioning if he was killed by the deadly VX nerve agent or by other means.

Edano plans to form new party as liberal force in election:The Asahi Shimbun

Yukio Edano, deputy president of the main opposition Democratic Party, on Oct. 2 announced plans to form a liberal-leaning party that could become a third major force in the Oct. 22 Lower House election.

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2017.10.01

News Headlines - 01 October 2017

Italy says to expel North Korea envoy over nuclear, missile tests

North Korea’s ambassador to Italy will be expelled from the country in protest over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano was quoted on Sunday as saying.

Kim Jong Un’s Nephew Was in Danger After Father’s Killing, North Korean Group Says - WSJ

When Kim Jong Nam, the exiled half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was killed with nerve gas in a Malaysian airport on Feb. 13, it was evident who might be targeted next.
His 21-year-old son, Kim Han Sol, had similarly criticized the regime in Pyongyang, which was suspected of carrying out the attack.

Oxford University college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied removes portrait of her after Rohingya crisis | The Independent

A portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi has been removed from the Oxford college where she studied... The Swan student newspaper reported the painting was taken down on Thursday and replaced with a painting by Yoshihiro Takada.

Is 16th-century charcoal sketch a naked Mona Lisa?

A French art expert believes a charcoal drawing kept in a collection for more than 150 years may be a preparatory sketch made by Leonardo da Vinci of the Mona Lisa.

Celtic legend Shunsuke Nakamura is better than Cristiano Ronaldo at free-kicks according to FIFA 18 - Daily Record

Celtic icon Shunsuke Nakamura, however, does force his way into the rankings just like one of his deadball efforts used to blast the back of the net while wearing the green-and-white hoops.
The Japanese playmaker scored all kind of stunning free-kicks. Who could forget his goal at Old Trafford or his winner against Manchester United at Celtic Park?

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2017.09.30

News Headlines - 30 September 2017

Toshiba Memory sale treads a precarious path- Nikkei Asian Review

After many twists, turns, and delays, Toshiba was finally able to put together a deal to sell its flash memory unit -- but the drawn-out saga isn't over, with a number of hurdles still standing in the way.

Japan's Nissan suspends selling of 60,000 cars due to uncertified safety inspection - Xinhua

Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said on Friday that it has suspended the selling of some 60,000 new cars due to problematic safety inspection process.
The automaker said it would redo the safety inspections of the cars because their safety inspections were conducted by uncertified personnel.

Suzuki mulls joining EV development venture led by Toyota, Mazda

Suzuki Motor Corp. is considering joining an electric vehicle development company recently set up by Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp., people familiar with the matter said Saturday.

Thousands march in Dublin calling for end to Ireland's abortion ban | The Guardian

Thousands of people have protested in Dublin, calling for an end to Ireland’s strict abortion laws... The government recently set a potential timescale of early summer 2018 for a referendum on the eighth amendment, the section of Ireland’s constitution imposing tight legal restrictions on terminations.

Anti-IS 'sheikh sniper' killed in battle for Iraq's Hawija | AFP.com

A veteran fighter known as "the sheikh of snipers" has been killed in Iraq's battle to retake the town of Hawija from the Islamic State group, his paramilitary force announced Saturday.
Abu Tahsin al-Salhi, who took part in conflicts dating back to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and said he had gunned down at least 320 IS jihadists, died on Friday.

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2017.09.29

News Headlines - 29 September 2017

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria: The Air Force Academy boss whose racism speech went viral - The Washington Post

Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school in Colorado Springs had found racial slurs written on the message boards on their doors.
Silveria, who took over as the school’s superintendent in August, urged cadets to reach for their phones.
“I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together,” he said, surrounded by 1,500 of the academy’s faculty, administrators and athletic coaches.

Teenager arrested after six injured in ‘noxious substance attack’ in London | The Guardian

Six people have been injured after a noxious substance was thrown during an incident at a shopping centre in east London.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident on Saturday evening.

Prayut says Yingluck in Dubai, UAE source says London | Bangkok Post

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while according to a source in the UAE, she left Dubai for London on Sept 11.

Hundreds of Species Arrive in US on Japanese Tsunami Debris

Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers reported Thursday.

Eiffel Tower celebrates 300 million visitors | Euronews

It’s the world’s most-frequented monument and on Thursday it celebrated its 300-millionth visitor.
The Eiffel Tower in Paris has withstood numerous wars and disasters since it opened to the public in back in 1889.

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2017.09.28

News Headlines - 28 September 2017

Japan Election Turmoil Sets Up Two-Horse Race: Abe Versus Koike - Bloomberg

Japan’s main opposition party agreed to merge with a new group created by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, setting her up as the main challenger to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he dissolved parliament ahead of an Oct. 22 election.

Toyota, Mazda, Denso creating company to hasten electric car development- Nikkei Asian Review

Toyota Motor, Mazda Motor and Denso on Thursday announced they are jointly setting up EV C.A. Spirit, a company to promote the development of electric vehicles.
Toyota will own a 90% stake in the company. Mazda and Denso will equally split the remainder. EV C.A. Spirit will be capitalized at 10 million yen ($88,386).

Munich prosecutors arrest ex-Porsche executive in Audi emissions probe: source

Munich prosecutors have arrested a former board member of Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) unit Porsche in connection with an emissions scandal at carmaker Audi, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Wolfgang Hatz, former Research and Development chief at Porsche and head of powertrain development at Audi and parent Volkswagen in previous roles, was taken into custody, the person said, marking the first arrest of a former board member of one of Volkswagen’s units in Germany.

Microsoft is releasing Office 2019 next year - The Verge

Microsoft is announcing its next major release of Office today at Ignite in Orlando, with a planned release for next year. Office 2019 (arriving in the second half of 2018) will include the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook client apps, alongside server versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business. Microsoft is planning to release preview copies of Office 2019 in the middle of 2018, and the software is primarily designed for organizations that aren’t using the cloud Office 365 versions.

EasyJet says it could be flying electric planes within a decade | The Guardian

EasyJet could be flying planes powered by batteries rather than petroleum to destinations including Paris and Amsterdam within a decade.
The UK carrier has formed a partnership with US firm Wright Electric, which is developing a battery-propelled aircraft for flights under two hours.

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2017.09.27

News Headlines - 27 September 2017

King Salman issues decree allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia | Arab News

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it would allow women to drive in the Kingdom, in the latest move in a string of social and economic reforms underway in the country.

Former Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years' jail for negligence - Channel NewsAsia

Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday (Sep 27) after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme.

Ukraine ammunition depot explosion: 24,000 people evacuated after Kalynivka blasts | The Independent

Ukranian emergency services said the blasts occurred at a military base near Kalynivka in the Vynnytsya region, 270km (168 miles) west of Kiev... More than 30,000 people have been bussed out of the area by authorities. The electricity and gas supply has also been switched off.

New Zealand's kingmaker party defers govt decision until October 7

The leader of the New Zealand First Party, which emerged as the kingmaker after an inconclusive weekend election, said on Wednesday he would not make a decision on who should form government until after the Oct. 7 release of a final count.

Paul Horner, writer of fake news about 2016 election, dead at 38 - CBS News

A leading purveyor of fake news in the 2016 presidential election has died outside Phoenix at the age of 38.
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Casey said Tuesday authorities discovered Paul Horner dead in his bed on Sept. 18.

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2017.09.26

News Headlines - 26 September 2017

Dyson plans to release its own EV by 2020

An unlikely player has stepped onto the electric vehicle playing field. Vacuum cleaner and hairdryer producer Dyson announced today that it has already begun working on its own EV and that it should be ready for launch by 2020.

Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280 - The Verge

Twitter said today that it has started testing 280-character tweets, doubling the previous character limit, in an effort to help users be more expressive... Now Twitter hopes to ease that burden by doubling the character limit in what it calls “languages impacted by cramming,” which includes every language except for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

BBC launches Korean news service - BBC News

A primary focus of the service is North Korea, where government censorship restricts access to independent news.
Korean is one of 12 new BBC language services funded by a £291m ($400m) grant from the British government.

Norwegian news agency accidentally reports death of King - The Local

Norway’s Royal Palace has confirmed King Harald V is in “fine form” after news agency NTB erroneously released an obituary of the monarch on Tuesday.

Guard shot dead near Philippines Presidential palace amid Duterte war on drugs | Express.co.uk

The body of the man from the Presidental Security Group (PSG) was found with a gunshot wound to his chest at 8.50am local time.
The incident took place in Malacanang Park, Manila, the base of Duterte's guard unit and close to his Bahay ng Pagbabago residence.

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2017.09.25

News Headlines - 25 September 2017

North Korea accuses US of declaring war - BBC News

North Korea's foreign minister has accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country and said Pyongyang had the right to shoot down US bombers... The White House dismissed the statement as "absurd". The Pentagon warned Pyongyang to stop provocations... Mr Ri's comments were a response to Mr Trump's tweet that the North Korean leadership would not "be around much longer" if they continued their rhetoric.

'300 Rohingyas kidnapped 100 Hindus, killed 92 of them on August 25'

In a stunning disclosure, it has been revealed that 300 Rohingyas abducted 100 Hindus on August 25 and eliminated 92 of them... The revelation comes a day after the Myanmar's Army discovered two mud pits filled with 28 Hindu corpses, including women and children, outside a village in northern Rakhine.

Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption | AFP.com

Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated their homes for fear of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said Monday.

Instant karma for vandal caught smashing a shop window | Daily Mail Online

This is the moment a vandal caught smashing a shop window gets his comeuppance - when he is hit by a car while fleeing the scene.
CCTV footage shows a man in a hooded blue sweatshirt and jogging bottoms throwing a brick through the window pane in Lubliniec, Poland, before breaking the glass with his fists.

Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi says sorry and promises to 'make things right' for Londoners... as he pledges to fight TfL ban | London Evening Standard

Uber today issued a dramatic apology for mistakes that led to it being stripped of its licence to operate - but pledged to fight the decision “on behalf of millions of Londoners”.

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2017.09.24

News Headlines - 24 September 2017

Kushner used private email to conduct White House business - POLITICO

Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business.

New travel ban adds North Korea, Venezuela

The Trump administration unveiled new restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, after its ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expired Sunday.

China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea: sources

China’s central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid U.S. concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyang’s repeated nuclear tests.

ISIS challenge Prince Harry to a fight in a new video | Daily Mail Online

Islamic State has challenged Prince Harry to fight the jihadis in a disturbing new extremist video.
In the English-language clip a man who has been identified as Abu Uqayl from Singapore takes issue with the royal - who during his visit to the country spoke about terror attacks in London.

Pee'd off: Dutch women test urinals in public loo protest

By mid-afternoon, more than 160 largely discreet images had been posted on Instagram under the hashtag #zeikwijf -- a Dutch word meaning "a woman who urinates" -- many showing protesters attempting ambitious gymnastic poses to get the angle right.
While admitting the protest would be somewhat "tongue in cheek", organisers have a serious message, saying they want to prove "that it isn't possible for women to urinate in a decent, hygienic and dignified manner in a public urinal designed for me."

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2017.09.23

News Headlines - 23 September 2017

North Korea: Quake detected near nuclear test site, China suspects 'explosion' caused tremor - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chinese earthquake officials said the magnitude-3.4 quake detected about 6:30pm AEST on Saturday was a "suspected explosion" but both the CTBTO, which monitors nuclear tests, and a South Korean meteorological agency official said they believed it was a natural quake.

Catalan leader says will proceed with October 1 independence referendum

The leader of Catalonia’s regional government, Carles Puigdemont, said on Thursday his administration would push on with a banned Oct. 1 referendum on a split from Spain, in defiance of a court order banning the vote.

Saudi Arabia accidentally prints textbook showing Yoda sitting next to the king

The Saudi government is scrambling to withdraw a history textbook that accidentally included a doctored photograph of King Faisal sitting next to the little green Star Wars character.
The picture was supposed to illustrate a section on the King’s rule but somehow the book’s editors used a version that showed Yoda perched next to the monarch as he signed the UN charter.

Rodrigo Duterte tells Philippines police to kill his son if drug allegations are true | The Independent

Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to kill his eldest son if drug trafficking allegations against him are proven true.
The Philippine President added he would make sure those who carried out the execution would be protected from prosecution.

Three people held in Brazil on suspicion of British kayaker's murder | The Guardian

Three people have been arrested over the murder of a British woman who went missing in Brazil while kayaking alone from the source of the Amazon to the Atlantic.
Emma Kelty, a 43-year-old primary school headteacher, was last heard from when she triggered a distress signal last Wednesday while in a notoriously dangerous area.

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2017.09.22

News Headlines - 22 September 2017

South Korea's approach to North could challenge US, Japan

South Korea on Thursday approved $8 million worth of humanitarian aid for Pyongyang in a move likely to muddle international efforts aimed at isolating the nuclear-armed state... The news indicates South Korean President Moon Jae-In isn't backing down from direct engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even as other major players in the long-simmering crisis push for a tougher approach.

Puerto Rico evacuates 70,000 after dam fails in Hurricane Maria's wake | The Guardian

Officials are rushing to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes in western Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria inflicted structural damage on a dam and unleashed “extremely dangerous” flash floods.
Some 70,000 residents in the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being evacuated by bus after a crack appeared in the nearly 90-year old Guajataca dam.

Dentsu chief admits failure to stop illegal overtime work:The Asahi Shimbun

The president of advertising giant Dentsu Inc. admitted in court on Sept. 22 that the company failed to prevent illegally long overtime hours that led to the suicide of a rookie employee.

Google bets anew on smartphones, pays $1.1 billion for HTC's Pixel division

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said it would pay $1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp (2498.TW) that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones - its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure.

Toshiba seals $18bn memory chip sale to Bain-led group

Bain Capital, Apple and other US tech groups have agreed a $18bn acquisition of Toshiba’s prized memory chip business, marking one of the biggest private equity-led buyouts since the end of the financial crisis... The acquisition of Toshiba Memory — the world’s second-largest producer of NAND flash memory chips — could yet be delayed, however, by both antitrust scrutiny and legal action by Toshiba’s joint venture partner in the chipmaking business, US group Western Digital.

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2017.09.21

News Headlines - 21 September 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells UN that the time for talk is over on North Korea | South China Morning Post

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes.

Google, Facebook and Twitter told to take down terror content within two hours or face fines

Google, Facebook and Twitter are to be hauled in front of world leaders and given a month to take down terrorist websites within two hours or face heavy fines... Separately the Government is also talking to Amazon and Ebay about the sale of items on their websites could help terrorists launch attacks.

Harvard Withdraws Fellowship Invitation To Chelsea Manning : NPR

The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School announced Wednesday that Chelsea Manning would be one of its visiting fellows, but less than two days later, the school's dean withdrew the invitation.

Qatar burns $38 billion in reserves as Gulf boycott bites

Three months after it was cast into unprecedented isolation by its neighbors, Qatar is counting the economic cost.
The gas-rich nation burned through $38.5 billion of its vast financial reserves in June and July, ratings agency Moody's estimated this week. And there's no sign of the dispute being resolved any time soon.

UAE bans US-made Kikkoman soy sauce - Khaleej Times

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued a decision to withdraw the US-made low sodium Kikkoman soy sauce product due to its intoxicating content. The decision followed the results of the specialised and accredited laboratory tests that confirmed the product's violation of safety standards.

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2017.09.19

News Headlines - 19 September 2017

If threatened, U.S. will 'totally destroy' North Korea, Trump vows

U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a “rocket man.”

Cory Gardner launches push to expel North Korea from UN - CNNPolitics

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who chairs the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, is asking 21 countries with embassies in Pyongyang to cut economic and diplomatic ties and support an expulsion of North Korea from the United Nations.

Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya, sparks storm of criticism - CNN

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally broke her silence on the Rohingya refugee crisis Tuesday, insisting that her country was not "afraid of international scrutiny."
But her speech in the nation's capital of Nyapyidaw drew widespread criticism: Suu Kyi did not denounce alleged atrocities against the Rohingya community and claimed the government needed more time investigate the exodus from Myanmar of more than 400,000 members of the minority Muslim group.

The Mexico City Earthquake, Through Residents' Eyes - CityLab

On September 19, just 12 days after the second-largest earthquake in Mexican history shook the state of Chiapas and Oaxaca, another one struck the country’s capital... The earthquake hit on the 32nd anniversary of the country’s deadliest shock. Thousands of people died in the earthquake that hit in September 1985. The damages totaled more than $4 billion.

Toyota GR Performance Sub-Brand Launched in Japan | Automobile Magazine

Toyota has announced that it will launch the GR Sport Series sub-brand in Japan to bolster its lineup of sporty cars. The debut of the GR Series follows that of the Yaris GRMN in Europe earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. In addition to the Japanese market, Toyota plans to expand the GR Series of vehicles outside of its home market with Europe being a likely candidate.

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2017.09.18

News Headlines - 18 September 2017

Rohingya crisis: Meeting Myanmar's hardline Buddhist monks - BBC News

Six months after they were banned by Aung San Suu Kyi's government the monks are still actively promoting their chauvinist agenda. I was granted an interview with eight leading clergy at the Kim Win Min Gyi monastery in Mandalay... In this view of the world, the brutal crackdown which has sent more than 370,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh is part of a long struggle against Islamic invasion of Buddhist lands.

Ugandan Minister Sarah Opendi disguises as patient, catches hospital workers demanding bribes - The Standard

Uganda's Health State Minister is an agitated woman after she visited a public hospital and caught health workers demanding bribes to attend to patients. Ms Sarah Opendi said on Saturday that she had received many complaints about the corrupt deals that go on in the public health sector and decided to confirm the reports.

Skin patch that melts fat in mice holds promise to treat obesity, diabetes in humans | The Japan Times

U.S. researchers have developed a skin patch that can melt fat in mice, and future tests will reveal whether it can treat obesity and diabetes in people, a study said Friday.
The patch uses nanotechnology to raise the body’s metabolism and transform energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat, according to the report in ACS Nano, a publication of the American Chemical Society.

Nintendo's Switch is secretly hiding a copy of NES 'Golf'

As it turns out, the company's latest console may carry a NES emulator. Hackers have found the system wrapped around an existing game hidden inside the Switch. The title in question is dubbed "FLOG," and it looks just like Golf (the 1984 sports sim for the NES).

Fatberg in London sewer: Monster fatbergs and how to get rid of them | Express.co.uk

This week it was revealed that the world's largest fatberg has been discovered in the sewers of Whitechapel, east London.
At 240 metres long, the monstrous mound of grease, oil, wet wipes and nappies stretches the length of Tower Bridge and weighs 130 tons - the equivalent of 11 double-decker buses, a blue whale, or 520,000 packets of lard.

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2017.09.17

News Headlines - 17 September 2017

Abe poised to dissolve Lower House for snap general election | The Japan Times

The Japanese political world was rocked Sunday after media reports emerged that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to dissolve the Lower House as early as Sept. 28 and call a snap election to take advantage of a disorganized opposition.

Trump Administration Seeks to Avoid Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord, International Climate Officials Say - WSJ

Trump administration officials said Saturday the U.S. wouldn’t pull out of the Paris Agreement, offering to re-engage in the international deal to fight climate change, according to multiple officials at a global warming summit.

FT journalist killed by crocodile while washing his hands in Sri Lankan lagoon

A Financial Times journalist was killed by a crocodile whilst washing his hands in a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with friends.

TfL tube platform paint which to be in place for two more months | London Evening Standard

Bright green markings have been painted on one platform at King’s Cross station, which Transport for London (TfL) hopes makes it easier for passengers to move around the platform when busy.
But scores of commuters have complained about the green zone, with seasoned Underground users claiming the scheme rendered years of working out where to stand “useless”.

FTC demands endorsement info from Instagram 'influencers'

U.S. truth-in-advertising enforcers have sent letters to supermodel Naomi Campbell, actresses Lindsay Lohan and Vanessa Hudgens and other celebrities asking whether they have paid deals to endorse products on the photo-sharing app Instagram.

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2017.09.16

News Headlines - 16 September 2017

Jets strike U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria

U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield.

Support for German SPD slumps to lowest this year: poll

Support for Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) has slumped to its lowest level this year just 10 days before an election in which conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel looks set win a fourth term, a poll showed on Thursday.

World's oldest person dies - Moss Brown passes away at MoBay medical facility | Jamaica Gleaner

Violet Moss Brown, who had the enviable distinction of being the world's oldest person for just over five months, is dead. She died at a medical facility in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday afternoon, three days after she was controversially removed from her Duanvale home, in Trelawny, where she resided with her grandchildren and other family members.

Fanged creature found on Texas beach after Hurricane Harvey - BBC News

A mysterious fanged sea creature that washed up on a beach in Texas following Hurricane Harvey has been identified... The fangtooth snake-eel, also known as a "tusky" eel, is usually found in waters between 30 and 90 metres deep in the western Atlantic ocean.

I.O.C. Investigation of Russian Doping Might Soon Yield Penalties - The New York Times

The first group of Russian athletes suspected of being part of the country’s sophisticated doping program at the 2014 Sochi Games may soon face the prospect of banishment from the Olympics, an official leading an investigation for the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.

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2017.09.15

News Headlines - 15 September 2017

North Korea launches missile over Japan - CNNPolitics

In a major show of defiance to the international community, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday.
The launch is the second to fly over Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea's sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country.

North Korea missile test splits world powers - BBC News

China earlier accused the US of shirking its responsibilities, while Russia called US rhetoric "aggressive".
The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the missile test, but no new sanctions have been announced.

Japan split over how to deal with North Korean missile launches - CNN

Friday's launch has widened a growing fault line in the ideological war over how Japan should deal with the North Korean threat to the region.

Home-made bomb injures 29 on packed London commuter train

A home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 29 people on Friday, but apparently failed to fully explode, in Britain’s fifth major terrorism incident this year.

Theresa May scolds Trump for terror tweets - BBC News

British Prime Minister Theresa May has rebuked US President Donald Trump for suggesting suspects in Friday's London train blast were known to police.

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2017.09.14

News Headlines - 14 September 2017

Bitcoin is dropping right now after a big Chinese exchange said it is closing

Bitcoin prices plunged about 13 percent Thursday after one of the biggest exchanges in China said it will shut down its operation... BTC China said in a tweet Thursday that it will close down its operations by Sept. 30 as Chinese authorities crack down on cryptocurrencies.

Samsung enters autonomous driving race with new business, funding

Samsung announced on Thursday at the Frankfurt Motor Show that it has set up a strategic business unit for autonomous and advanced driver assistance services (ADAS), together with a $300 million fund to invest in automotive start-ups and technology.

Google Sued For Gender Discrimination By Female Former Employees

Three former employees of Google have filed a class action lawsuit against the internet company, alleging a pattern of discrimination against women workers, including systemically lower pay than their male counterparts.

Woman arrested on suspicion of trying to break in to Prince George's school

Security arrangements at Prince George's school are being reviewed after a woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.

Goodbye Cassini: Why NASA crashed this spacecraft into Saturn - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Cassini had run out of fuel. And without fuel, NASA can’t control it. So instead of letting the spacecraft orbit around Saturn, operators used its last fumes of fuel to purposely crash it instead of running the risk of letting it hit a moon and potentially contaminate it, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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2017.09.13

News Headlines - 13 September 2017

Fresh claims that Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid teams bought votes | The Guardian

The Brazilian federal prosecutors office, which compiled the documents based on French prosecutors’ investigations, drew the conclusion that payments could have been made to Massata Diack by Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 “with the intention to buy votes and the support of Lamine Diack, who held particular influence within the IOC”.

White House Considering at Least Six for Fed Chair - Bloomberg

The breadth of the search goes against the narrative that has taken hold in Washington and on Wall Street that the Fed chair nomination is a two-horse race between National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, whose term expires in February.

Jamie Dimon Slams Bitcoin as a ‘Fraud’ - Bloomberg

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said he would fire any employee trading bitcoin for being “stupid.”
The cryptocurrency “won’t end well,” he told an investor conference in New York on Tuesday, predicting it will eventually blow up. “It’s a fraud” and “worse than tulip bulbs.”

McLaren agrees deal to leave Honda for Renault in 2018 F1 season - Autosport

McLaren has reached agreement with Honda to be released from their partnership and switch to Renault power from the 2018 Formula 1 season, Autosport has learned.

Belgian mayor Alfred Gadenne found dead in cemetery with throat slashed | The Independent

Alfred Gadenne, the mayor of Mouscron in western Belgium, was found dead early on Monday evening. His throat is believed to have been cut with a box cutter.
Belgian authorities are questioning an 18-year-old man suspected of killing the elderly mayor.

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2017.09.12

News Headlines - 12 September 2017

How Honda lost its mojo - and the mission to get it back

Honda was once a leader in innovation. Its engines dominated Formula One and set new standards for fuel efficiency and clean technology. But in recent years the firm has lost its edge. Now Honda is trying to rediscover its ‘racing spirit.’

This tiny sensor could sleep for years between detection events | TechCrunch

It’s easy enough to put an always-on camera somewhere it can live off solar power or the grid, but deep in nature, underground, or in other unusual circumstances every drop of power is precious. Luckily, a new type of sensor developed for DARPA uses none at all until the thing it’s built to detect happens to show up. That means it can sit for years without so much as a battery top-up.
The idea is that you could put a few of these things in, say, the miles of tunnels underneath a decommissioned nuclear power plant or a mining complex, but not have to wire them all for electricity. But as soon as something appears, it’s seen and transmitted immediately. The power requirements would have to be almost nil, of course, which is why DARPA called the program Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operation.

Russia offers a bridge across history to connect Tokyo to the Trans-Siberian railway

The ambitious plan gave a welcome dose of optimism to a region engulfed by tension over the North Korean nuclear tests.
Such a road and rail bridge would tie together two countries - Russia and Japan - that have not signed a formal peace agreement ending the Second World War due to a dispute over the Kuril Islands.

Interpol posts fugitive Red Bull scion 'wanted' notice | Bangkok Post

Interpol has posted its red notice for Vorayuth Yoovidhya online publicly, informing the world the scion to the Red Bull energy drink fortune is wanted in Thailand for reckless driving causing the death of a policeman five years ago.

Bodyguard shot dead in apparent Kobe yakuza feud | The Japan Times

A man believed to be a bodyguard of the head of a yakuza splinter group linked to the largest crime syndicate in the country was shot dead during a violent ambush Tuesday in Kobe, police said.

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2017.09.11

News Headlines - 11 September 2017

U.N. Security Council approves weakened resolution for new sanctions on North Korea - LA Times

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to impose new economic sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear weapons buildup but the proposed penalties were weaker than the Trump administration had sought.

Donald Trump Honors 9/11 Victims for First Time As President | Time.com

President Trump marked the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks Monday with a pledge of support for the families of those killed that day.

Ghost Jihadis: ISIS Fighters Have Thousands Of Blank Syrian Passports That Could Be used to Provide Fake Identities

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has some 11,000 blank Syrian passports that could be used to provide fake identities for jihadists, German authorities believe... German authorities have created a list of the passport serial numbers that could be used by the group, German weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday. It cited German federal police and interior ministry documents.

Dalai Lama Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to Resolve Rohingya Crisis

The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, has again called on his fellow Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi to peacefully end the Rohingya crisis.

Malay woman to be Singapore President - The Hindu

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of Parliament, will be formally named to the mostly ceremonial post on Wednesday, media reported, after other candidates fell short of the criteria set for contesting the election. Ms. Yacob (63) was born to an Indian Muslim father and a Malay mother.

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2017.09.10

News Headlines - 10 September 2017

Bangladesh minister speaks of ‘genocide’ in Myanmar’s Rakhine | Arab News

Bangladesh’s foreign minister said Sunday that genocide was being waged in Myanmar’s violence-racked Rakhine state, triggering an exodus of nearly 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to his country.
“The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide,” A.H. Mahmood Ali told reporters after briefing diplomats in Dhaka.

YouTube Removes North Korea Propaganda Channel

YouTube, citing violation of "community guidelines," removed the state-run North Korea propaganda channel, Uriminzokkiri, from its website.
"This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's community guidelines," YouTube said.

Shoppers Seem To Have Fallen Out Of Love With The Gap, And The Gap Appears To Agree

Just as shoppers ditch the namesake brand for its younger spinoff chains, so is the Gap. The retailer will shutter about 200 underperforming Gap and Banana Republic stores over the next three years, while adding about 270 Old Navy and Athleta locations.

Has the Voynich Manuscript Really Been Solved? - The Atlantic

This week, the venerable Times Literary Supplement published as its cover story a “solution” for the Voynich manuscript. The article by Nicholas Gibbs suggests the manuscript is a medieval women’s-health manual copied from several older sources. And the cipher is no cipher at all, but simply abbreviations that, once decoded, turn out to be medicinal recipes... “Frankly I’m a little surprised the TLS published it,” says Lisa Fagin Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy of America. When she was a doctoral student at Yale—whose Beinecke Library holds the Voynich manuscript—Davis read dozens of theories as part of her job. “If they had simply sent to it to the Beinecke Library, they would have rebutted it in a heartbeat,” she says. She told me that, by coincidence, she had dinner recently with Beinecke’s curator, who had not heard from TLS about the article.

Deadly flash floods in Tuscan port city of Leghorn Italy after heavy rain

Four of the victims were family members - a four-year-old boy, his parents and grandfather - whose bodies were found in the flooded basement of their home in the port city of Leghorn in Tuscany.
Mayor Filippo Nogarin warned there could be more casualties because several people were missing.

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2017.09.09

News Headlines - 09 September 2017

A Sneak Peak at America’s War Plans for North Korea | Foreign Policy

Put fears of full-blown nuclear war aside for a moment. We’ve never been closer to a conventional North Korean attack on South Korea, and I can attest that the U.S. military knows how devastating the consequences would be. We can expect a massive humanitarian crisis, enormous loss of life, and economic disaster. There’s almost no doubt that the North would lose — but in going down Pyongyang could take much of the Korean Peninsula with it.

Ferrari celebrates 70 years | Euronews

In Milan, around 500 cars were on show as owners and collectors gathered from across Europe to party and parade.
Later they were due to head to Modena, the hometown of founder Enzo Ferrari... Events are also due to take place at Maranello, home of the Ferrari factory and the site where founder Enzo Ferrari fired up his first car in 1947, the 125 S.

French pranksters replace holy water with alcohol - The Local

Tourists visiting a church in the picturesque French town of Chateau-Chalon were surprised to discover that local pranksters had replaced the fonts' holy water with alcohol, the local tourism office said on Friday.

Paraplegic girl found 'in pool of blood' after attack by rats in bed

A paraplegic teenage girl in northern France was found in a pool of blood after being attacked in her bed by rats which bit and scratched her hundreds of times.
The 14-year-old, who was defenceless in her medical bed when the attack occurred last Friday night, suffered 225 wounds all over her body, including her face. Several of her finger tips were gnawed off.

Stunning Northern Lights illuminate northern skies | Daily Mail Online

The auroras were seen as far south as Akansas and Edinburgh in Scotland, with stunning images showing capturing their beauty in incredible detail.
And those in the northern latitudes may have yet more chance to see the lights over the next few days as the aftermath of the solar flare continues to pummel Earth.

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2017.09.08

News Headlines - 08 September 2017

Republican senator to unveil new Obamacare repeal bill on Monday

A new Republican bill to replace Obamacare will be unveiled in the U.S. Senate on Monday with backing from President Donald Trump, according to one of two Republican senators who have crafted the legislation.

'Mafia links' halted Trump plan to build Sydney casino » Capital News

Donald Trump’s plan to build and operate Sydney’s first casino were killed off due to his consortium’s “mafia connections”, according to documents made public Thursday after 30 years.
The now US president was in the running for the contract in 1987 with joint venture partner the Kern Corporation, but Australian police were so concerned they recommended it be excluded.

Prince Charles and Camilla dance to Elvis on visit to Scotland | London Evening Standard

The Princes of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall danced to Elvis during a visit to Scotland.
An amusing clip, filmed during a tea dance at Dumfries House in East Ayreshire, showed Prince Charles twirl Camilla around as impersonator John Reid performed the rock and roll god’s hits.

GPS disruptions feared as particles from huge solar flares wash over Earth - The Mainichi

Authorities warned of satellite service disruptions and GPS data errors as particles from the largest solar flares in 11 years began washing over Earth on the morning of Sept. 8, Japan time.
The particles have no impact on the human body, but past major flares have caused GPS trouble, damaged satellites and triggered blackouts, prompting the warning from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes - The New York Times

Between the first weekend in May and Labor Day, a sequel-stuffed period that typically accounts for 40 percent of annual ticket sales, box office revenue in North America totaled $3.8 billion, a 15 percent decline from the same span last year. To find a slower summer, you would have to go back 20 years. Business has been so bad that America’s three biggest theater chains have lost roughly $4 billion in market value since May.
Ready for the truly alarming part? Hollywood is blaming a website: Rotten Tomatoes.

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2017.09.07

News Headlines - 07 September 2017

May's government pushes Brexit bill to avoid 'chaotic' departure

Brexit minister David Davis called on parliament on Thursday to back legislation to sever Britain’s political, financial and legal ties with the European Union, saying that opposing the bill would lead to chaos.

Amazon Plans Second Headquarters, Opening a Bidding War Among Cities - The New York Times

Amazon took the unusual step on Thursday of announcing it wants a second home outside Seattle, starting what is sure to be a fierce bidding war to lure Amazon — and the thousands of high-paying jobs it will bring to town — using a combination of tax breaks and other sweeteners.
By the end of the day, cities including Chicago, Dallas and San Diego, along with states like Michigan, were vocal about their interest, the first of many places expected to consider submitting proposals.

Jaguar Land Rover to make only electric or hybrid cars from 2020 | The Guardian

The UK-based manufacturer promised that all new models from 2020 will be fully electric or hybrid, a year later than Volvo’s target, but a big step beyond its unveiling last November of a single electric concept car.

Engine problem, not bird strike forced JAL flight's return - ABC News

Engine flames that forced a Japan Airlines plane to make an emergency landing earlier this week were caused by damaged turbine blades, not a bird strike as initially believed, Japanese transport officials said Thursday.

Donald Trump 'crushed' by departure of long-serving bodyguard | The Independent

President Donald Trump’s allies are worried that the most damaging of the many recent departures from his White House may be that of Keith Schiller, a little-known former bodyguard who’s one of the President’s closest confidants outside his family.
Schiller is leaving the White House soon to return to the private security business, according to three people familiar with his plans, for a job that will pay far more than his $165,000 government salary.

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2017.09.06

News Headlines - 06 September 2017

Navy Seals training South Korean ‘assassination’ squad to deal with Kim Jong-un | The Times & The Sunday Times

South Korean commandos will work with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden to create a special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war.

Nissan targets new Leaf global sales of more than 90,000 a year

Nissan Motor Co Ltd is targeting annual global sales of more than 90,000 units for its new Leaf electric vehicle, the company said on Wednesday.

Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors - BBC News

A four-year-old Italian girl has died of cerebral malaria in northern Italy, a region free of the disease, in what doctors see as a very mysterious case.

Salvador Dalí’s ‘daughter’ unrelated to him, DNA tests show | The Guardian

DNA evidence taken from the recently exhumed body of Salvador Dalí has shown that he is not the father of a woman who had claimed to be the only child and heir of the eccentric surrealist.

Hurricane Irma destroys 90 percent structures, vehicles on Barbuda - ABC News

Hurricane Irma ripped into the Caribbean island of Barbuda Wednesday morning, killing at least one person and destroying 90 percent of its structures and vehicles, according to Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

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2017.09.05

News Headlines - 05 September 2017

Grenfell Tower: 'Twenty suicide attempts' since blaze as victims suffer from 'survivor guilt'

At least 20 people who survived or witnessed the Grenfell Tower fire have since tried to kill themselves, according to a charity.
A former nurse who is working with victims suggested that "survivor guilt" was among the factors for why victims of the west London blaze were attempting suicide.

McDonald’s faces strike for first time in UK as workers take action over pay and zero-hour contracts | The Independent

Fast food giant McDonald’s is facing strike action on British soil for the first time in history, as workers at two restaurants walk out in a dispute over pay and conditions.
Staff in Cambridge and Crayford in south-east London voted in favour of a walkout, amid concerns over working conditions and the use of zero-hour contracts.

Cambodia Daily Announces Immediate Closure Amid Threats - The Cambodia Daily

Facing imminent threats of closure and legal action over a disputed $6.3 million tax bill, The Cambodia Daily will cease operations as of today, bringing to a close more than 24 years of independent journalism.

JAL plane makes emergency landing at Tokyo's Haneda after engine fire

A Japan Airlines plane bound for New York made an emergency landing shortly after leaving Tokyo's Haneda airport Tuesday morning as flames were seen coming from the left engine, the transport ministry said.

Mother finds baby's coffin empty after 42 year battle to discover what happened to her son

A mother who won a court order to find out what had happened to her baby's remains has discovered that his coffin was buried without a body.
Lydia Reid's 42-year quest looked to have come to a conclusion when a court granted her an order for an exhumation.

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2017.09.04

News Headlines - 04 September 2017

Bitcoin: Digital currency price falls on China ICO ban

The price of bitcoin fell sharply after Chinese regulators announced a ban on organizations from raising funds using initial coin offerings (ICOs).
ICOs allow start-ups to raise investment by selling new cryptocurrencies, which are similar to bitcoin, in return for cash. However, the People's Bank of China says this practice, which has become popular around the world as well as in China, constitutes illegal fundraising.

Trump to scrap protection for 'Dreamers,' give Congress six months to fix

President Donald Trump has decided to scrap a program shielding from deportation immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children but will give Congress six months to craft legislation to replace it, sources familiar with the situation said.

Foreign service group concerned by 'sonic harassment' of diplomats in Cuba - CNNPolitics

The State Department announced Friday that incidents of acoustic attacks on US diplomats in Havana, Cuba, which have led to a variety of serious medical symptoms, continued until as recently as last month.

Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child - BBC News

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced.
The Queen and both families are said to be "delighted with the news".

TASS: Russian team wins 7 out of 8 gold medals at 2017 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

Team Russia has won seven out of eight possible gold medals of the 2017 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships that ended in Italy’s Pesaro on Sunday.
Thus, Russia tops the championship’s medal standings, with seven gold, five silver and one bronze medals. Italy is second, with one gold medal and Japan is third, with one silver and three bronze medals.

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2017.09.03

News Headlines - 03 September 2017

It's official: Princess Mako to marry former university classmate | The Japan Times

Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, will marry a former classmate at her university, the Imperial Household Agency announced in a much-anticipated news conference Sunday.

Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump - CNNPolitics

During his final moments in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama folded into thirds a handwritten letter to Donald Trump, slid it into an envelope, and in neat capital letters addressed it to "Mr. President."

Funding battle looms as Texas sees Harvey damage at up to $180 billion

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday challenged Congress to raise the government’s debt limit in order to free up relief spending for Hurricane Harvey, a disaster that the governor of Texas said had caused up to $180 billion in damage.

Rare Ferrari found after 40 years in Japanese barn - CNN

Between 1969 and 1973, Ferrari produced over 1,200 units of its 365 GTB/4, a two-seat grand tourer capable of 174 mph and unofficially nicknamed "Daytona"... This is that very car, bearing the chassis number 12653 and featuring an all-aluminum body by renowned car designer Sergio Scaglietti, whose "Carrozzeria" has been doing chassis and body assembly on Ferrari cars since the 1950s.

Frankfurt WW2 bomb defused after mass evacuation - BBC News

Bomb disposal experts in Frankfurt have successfully defused a massive unexploded bomb from World War Two, officials have announced.
The news was greeted with spontaneous applause among some of about 65,000 people who were evacuated to enable experts to make the bomb safe.

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2017.09.02

News Headlines - 02 September 2017

DOJ confirms Obama did not wiretap Trump during 2016 campaign

The Justice Department confirmed in a court filing there is no evidence that Trump Tower was targeted for surveillance by the Obama administration — contradicting President Trump's controversial claim first made in March.

Honda reaches $605 mln U.S. settlement over Takata air bags

Honda Motor Co said it agreed to a $605 million so-called economic loss settlement on Friday covering up to 16.5 million U.S. vehicles with potentially faulty Takata air bag inflators.

YouTube has a new look and, for the first time, a new logo - The Verge

For the last 12 years, YouTube’s logo has been a pair of anachronisms wrapped inside each other. “We have the word tube in a tube,” says Christopher Bettig, the head of YouTube’s art department. “This is weird. No one know what this is.” Tube is slang for a television set, which used to be powered by vacuum tubes... And so today the brand is getting its biggest aesthetic makeover ever. The YouTube logo is being refreshed, shifting the emphasis away from the word “Tube” and onto the familiar play button which has already become an iconic shorthand for the company. The service is also getting a new typeface, color scheme, and a bunch of major changes to the look, feel, and functionality of its desktop and mobile app.

Bitcoin $5,000: Currency Hits New Record High | Fortune.com

There appears to be no single reason for the recent run-up. Instead, it can likely be explained by the same factors driving this year's cryptocurrency bull run: Publicity-driven speculation; New financial products creating unprecedented liquidity; Trading surges in Asian markets; Institutional investors treating digital currency as a permanent new asset class.

Spain tells North Korean embassy to reduce staff - The Local

Spain told the North Korean embassy on Thursday to reduce its staff in the country in protest against Pyongyang's repeated missile launches and nuclear weapons tests.

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2017.09.01

News Headlines - 01 September 2017

Majority of Germans expect Brexit to hurt Britain and EU: poll

Two thirds of Germans believe Britain’s exit from the European Union will have negative consequences for the bloc, with only 20 percent seeing the potential for long-term benefits, a Forschungsgruppe Wahlen poll for ZDF television showed.

Theresa May meets Japanese emperor on final day of visit - ITV News

Downing Street has described the PM's visit to Japan as "highly successful" after Mrs May and counterpart Shinzo Abe agreed to boost defence links.
The British delegation will also leave Tokyo having secured Japanese agreement to model a future UK trade deal on the EU deal that is already in train.

Kenya Supreme Court Nullifies Presidential Election - The New York Times

In a historic ruling and a first in Africa, Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified on Friday the re-election of a sitting president, ordering a new vote to be held within 60 days after finding that the outcome last month had been tainted by irregularities.

Huge Asteroid 'Florence' Zooms Past Earth in Record-Breaking Flyby

At 8:06 a.m. EDT (1206 GMT) today, the roughly 2.7-mile-wide (4.4 kilometers) asteroid 3122 Florence came within a mere 4.4 million miles (7 million km) of Earth — just 18 times the distance from our planet to the moon.

Everton striker Wayne Rooney charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police close to Cheshire home - Mirror Online

Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink-driving, after being arrested on early Friday morning... Mirror Sport exclusively revealed Rooney was arrested, shortly after 2am, and has now been charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit, Cheshire Police have confirmed.

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2017.08.31

News Headlines - 31 August 2017

Diana is still in our hearts 20 years on | Border - ITV News

Tributes have been paid to Diana, Princess of Wales, 20 years after she was killed in a car crash in Paris aged just 36... Mourners left flowers, posters and messages outside Kensington Palace to remember her, just as they did 20 years ago.

Britain Looks to Address Inequality With Executive Pay Measures - The New York Times

The proposals include plans to force all publicly listed companies to publish their wage ratio, comparing their chief executive’s salary with that of the average worker, as well as the creation of a register that “names and shames” firms that faced shareholder opposition over executive pay levels.

Meeting between Swedish and Norwegian ministers scrapped following 'no-go zone' claims - The Local

Sweden's Migration Minister cancelled a meeting with her Norwegian counterpart at the last minute after judging that the trip was part of campaigning for Norway's forthcoming election.

China web users debate new rules on online identity - BBC News

Chinese social media users have been debating new rules requiring internet platforms to verify a user's true identity before letting them post online content.
The new rules were issued on 25 August by the Cyberspace Administration of China.
They will take effect on 1 October.

Sea Shepherd to suspend pursuit of Japanese whalers - CNN

In a statement Monday, the group's founder Paul Watson said "Japan is now employing military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite," making it nearly impossible for them to intercept them.
"We cannot compete with their military grade technology."

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2017.08.30

News Headlines - 30 August 2017

'I'm not a quitter': Theresa May says she could fight another election as PM | The Guardian

Theresa May insisted she could fight another general election as prime minister, arguing that she is “not a quitter” despite June’s disastrous election result and repeated criticisms of her leadership style.

Sky stops broadcasting Fox News in UK - BBC News

21st Century Fox, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, said the channel was being withdrawn as it was not commercially viable.
The decision was not related to Fox's takeover bid for Sky, a source told the BBC.

China Bans Weird, Long, and Sensitive Company Names - China Briefing News

The Rules for the Prohibition and Restriction of Enterprise Names, released by China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), ban businesses from registering company names authorities consider “weird”, overly long, politically sensitive, or mimicking existing brands. Businesses already registered with names authorities deem inappropriate may be compelled to alter them. The new rules came into effect on July 31, 2017.

La Tomatina festival: Spain tomato festival kicks off with giant food fight | Express.co.uk

Around 165 tons of the fruit were thrown, squished and splatted in an hour of fun in the annual event in the small town of Bunol.
Five thousand locals and 17,000 tourists gathered at the town, 25 miles west of Valencia, for the festival, which takes place on the last Wednesday of August.

Thousands more Rohingya flee to border as Myanmar violence flares

More than 18,000 Rohingya Muslims, many sick and some with bullet wounds, have fled the worst violence to grip northwest Myanmar in at least five years, while thousands more are stuck at the Bangladesh border or scrambling to reach it.

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2017.08.29

News Headlines - 29 August 2017

North Korea fires missile over Japan in sharp escalation of tensions | The Japan Times

The Japanese government said the missile flew over southern Hokkaido for two minutes, later breaking into three segments before plunging into the Pacific Ocean about 1,180 km east of Cape Erimo.

North Korea just fired a missile right over Japan — but here's why the yen is rallying anyway

Despite North Korea launching a ballistic missile that passed over Japan , in what Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called an "unprecedented, serious and significant threat," traders still see the yen as a safe-haven play, and they're pushing the currency higher.
The yen has surged, with the dollar fetching as little as 108.32 yen in early Tuesday trade, down from levels approaching 111 yen earlier in the month.

China expected to take over Japan's second spot in contributions to United Nations - The Straits Times

Japan is expected to drop from its position as the second-largest contributor to the United Nations' general budget in the 2019-2021 period, with China taking over that spot, according to a UN report estimating contributions.
Given the high possibility that Japan's current slot, which it has held since the 1980s, will be overtaken by China, Japan's presence in the UN may wane. The United States is the largest contributor.

The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students - The New York Times

You might think the typical college student lives in a state of bliss, spending each day moving among classes, parties and extracurricular activities. But the reality is that an increasingly small population of undergraduates enjoys that kind of life.
Of the country’s nearly 18 million undergraduates, more than 40 percent go to community college, and of those, only 62 percent can afford to go to college full-time. By contrast, a mere 0.4 percent of students in the United States attend one of the Ivies.

Emotional Sharapova tops No. 2 Halep at Open in Slam return

When Maria Sharapova's first Grand Slam match after a 15-month doping suspension ended with a victory at the U.S. Open, she dropped to her knees and covered her face, tears welling in her eyes.

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2017.08.28

News Headlines - 28 August 2017

Trump on Harvey destruction: 'We are one American family' - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump struck a unifying tone Monday as he addressed the devastation in Texas wrought by Hurricane Harvey at the top of a joint news conference with Finland's president.

Remains of all 10 missing USS John S. McCain sailors recovered - CNNPolitics

The bodies of all 10 sailors reported missing following a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel have been found, according to a statement from the US Navy's 7th Fleet.

White House 'pressuring' intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal | The Guardian

US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former officials and analysts.

Google Removes 300 Apps Used to Launch DDoS Attacks From Play Store

Google has removed roughly 300 apps from its Play Store after security researchers from several internet infrastructure companies discovered that the seemingly harmless apps—offering video players and ringtones, among other features—were secretly hijacking Android devices to provide traffic for large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

France has new 'first dog' as Nemo joins the Macrons at the Elysée

Francehas a new "first dog" - a two-year old black labrador-griffon cross called Nemo adopted by Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron from an animal rescue centre.
The French president paid €250 (£231) for the animal in what French media have dubbed a "canine reshuffle", after he and his wife spent two hours picking one over the weekend.

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2017.08.27

News Headlines - 27 August 2017

Theresa May will reportedy deliver Brexit and then resign as PM | Metro News

Theresa May reportedly wants to deliver Brexit and then quit as Prime Minister on Friday August 30, 2019... The Mirror reports she has been inviting groups of 15 Tories to Chequers and handing them prosecco and homemade chocolates on arrival.

Emmanuel Macron has spent €26,000 on makeup in his first three months as French president

Emmanuel Macron spent €26,000 (£24,000) on makeup during his first three months as president of France, it has emerged.
In potentially damaging news for the 39-year old centrist leader, whose popularity is waning, Le Point reported that his personal makeup artist - referred to only as Natacha M - put in two bills, one for €10,000 and another for €16,000.

Semi-automated truck convoys get green light for UK trials | The Guardian

Up to three wirelessly connected HGVs will travel in convoy, with acceleration, braking and steering controlled by the lead vehicle, a concept named platooning. Each lorry will have a driver in the cab ready to retake control at any time.

Birling Gap beach evacuated after suspected chemical leak - BBC News

People on the beach at Birling Gap reported painful, stinging eyes and breathing difficulties after a "mist" appeared.
Sussex Police said there was an "unknown haze coming in from the sea" affecting the East Sussex coastline.

Eight mountain climbers die in accidents in Austrian and Italian Alps | The Guardian

All five of those killed were believed to be from Germany, and one was identified as a 34-year-old man from the German state of Bavaria, the German news agency dpa reported.
Two Italians died on Sunday after falling into a crevasse on a glacier in Adamello Brenta park near Trento, in northern Italy... Another Italian climber died on Saturday after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine area, further west of Trento near the border with Switzerland.

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2017.08.26

News Headlines - 26 August 2017

North Korea launches three missiles into sea, heightening tensions - The Washington Post

North Korea launched three missiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Saturday morning, reigniting tensions after a month of heated rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington and dispelling President Trump’s assertion that Kim Jong Un had come to “respect” him.

Knife attacks on soldiers, police in Brussels and London | DW

A man armed with a machete has been shot dead after attacking soldiers in the Belgian capital. An hour later in London, two police officers were assaulted by a man with a knife outside Buckingham Palace.

French firm offered spyware to 'find out if your son is gay' - BBC News

A French company offering "invisible PC spy software" has been criticised after it said its product could be used "to find out if your son is gay".
Listing a series of "clues", the company, Fireworld, suggested that "hacking his Facebook account" and seeing if he had visited gay websites could confirm a parent's suspicions.

ESPN Pulls Announcer Robert Lee From Virginia Game Because of His Name - The New York Times

The network announced late Tuesday that the announcer, Robert Lee, a part-time employee who calls about a dozen college football and basketball games a year for ESPN, would no longer participate in the broadcast of the Sept. 2 game in Charlottesville, Va., which became the center of violent clashes this month during a white supremacist gathering.

Far-right smear campaign against Antifa exposed by Bellingcat - BBC News

Far-right activists are using fake Twitter accounts and images of battered women to smear anti-fascist groups in the US, an online investigation has revealed.

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2017.08.25

News Headlines - 25 August 2017

Taiwan ex-president Ma found not guilty of leaking secrets | Taiwan News

Former President Ma Ying-jeou was found not guilty Friday of leaking confidential information during a probe into an opposition lawmaker. Appeals are still possible.
The issue goes back to August 2013, when Ma discussed allegations of influence peddling with the nation’s top prosecutor and senior government officials.

Thailand's former PM Yingluck has fled abroad: sources

Ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled Thailand, sources close to her said on Friday, as the Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant after she failed to attend the court for the verdict in a negligence case brought against her by the ruling junta.

Samsung heir Lee sentenced to 5 years in prison

A Seoul court sentenced Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong to five years in prison Friday, finding him guilty of bribery, embezzlement and other charges in a massive corruption scandal that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye.

Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with serious health conditions, medical records show - CBS News

The diplomats complained about symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance disorders after the State Department said "incidents" began affecting them beginning in late 2016. A source familiar with these incidents says officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of a type of sonic attack directed at their homes, which were provided by the Cuban government. The source says reports of more attacks affecting U.S. embassy workers on the island continue.

Japan's field of dreams: school baseball teams vie for Koshien glory | The Guardian

The occasion is the final, decisive game in the national high school baseball championships. The national broadcaster NHK will screen every inning live, the victors are assured of front-page coverage in the following day’s newspapers and, for a couple of hours at least, Japan will come together in the name of amateur sport.

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2017.08.24

News Headlines - 24 August 2017

Graft-buster Wang Qishan not on China's new leadership line-up: Report - The Straits Times

China's top graft-buster Wang Qishan is not among the latest candidates for China's seven-member apex decision-making body, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from related sources.
Whether Wang would remain on the Political Bureau Standing Committee has been a focus of the reshuffle efforts.

SpaceX just teased a chic new spacesuit

The world just got a glimpse of the suits astronauts may one day wear when they travel to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX craft.

With Galaxy Note 8, Samsung hopes to smother Note 7 debacle - CNET

Less than a year ago, Samsung's Galaxy Note brand was radioactive.
At that point, the Galaxy Note 7, which had the unhealthy tendency to overheat and catch fire, had endured two recalls before Samsung scrapped the line. Travelers got used to hearing airline attendants read a warning before every flight that the phone was banned from all planes... Today marks the debut of the Galaxy Note 8, the official follow-up to 2016's ill-fated phone.

Switzerland landslide: At least eight missing in Val Bondasca - BBC News

Eight people are still missing after a landslide in an alpine valley in south-eastern Switzerland, police say.
The incident in a remote valley popular with hikers and climbers forced the evacuation of a village in the Val Bondasca region, officials said.

Alastair Stewart upstaged by toddler on afternoon news | The Guardian

A discussion on milk allergies went off script during an ITV news broadcast when a little girl started walking round newsreader Alastair Stewart’s desk before climbing on to it.

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2017.08.23

News Headlines - 23 August 2017

Mnuchin’s Wife Mocks Oregon Woman Over Lifestyle and Wealth - The New York Times

Louise Linton, the labels-loving wife of Steven Mnuchin, replied condescendingly to an Instagram poster about her lifestyle and belittled the woman, Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Portland, Ore., for having less money than she does.

Angela Merkel: Ahead, Relaxed, Reflective – Handelsblatt Global

Ms. Merkel said Germany would “not automatically” support the United States if it came to war in the Koreas. On China’s north-western neighbor, North Korea, Ms. Merkel said she’s confident that the room for diplomacy hasn’t been exhausted, insisting she sees “no military solution” to the conflict.” Here, too, Europe could play a larger role in bringing about an end to the conflict. “We can and should involve ourselves more,” she said.

Rescued piglets served up as sausages to firefighters - BBC News

The 18 piglets and two sows survived the fire in Wiltshire in February, which saw 60 tonnes of hay catch fire.
In a controversial move, farm manager Rachel Rivers thanked the Pewsey fire team by giving them sausages.

Rare white koala born at Australia Zoo seeks perfect name from Facebook fans - ABC News

A rare white koala joey has been born at a Queensland zoo, and the search is now on for the right name.

Honda scores in debut for Mexico's Pachuca | The Japan Times

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda made an immediate impression in Pachuca colors as he came off the bench to score a goal on his Liga MX debut in a 4-1 win over Veracruz on Tuesday.

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2017.08.22

News Headlines - 22 August 2017

McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency - The New York Times

The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration after a series of summer crises.

When You Already Have 35 Political Parties, What’s 63 More? - WSJ

Over the past year, a deluge of 63 wannabe political parties have jumped in line to get official status that would allow them to put up candidates for office. Some are hoping to become official in time for the general elections in October next year... Political scientists say the country’s problem is too many parties. With 35 official political parties in existence, and 26 of them represented in Congress, most lawmakers just spend their time coalition-building.

Former Libyan prime minister released after being 'kidnapped in Tripoli'

A former prime minister of Libya has been released after being held for a week by an armed group linked to the country’s UN-backed government, sources said.
Ali Zeidan, 61, had not been seen since the evening of August 13 as he was detained by armed men in at a Tripoli hotel.

Ischia earthquake: Three brothers freed from rubble - BBC News

Rescuers have freed the last of three brothers who were trapped under rubble after a deadly earthquake on the Italian holiday island of Ischia.
The fire service confirmed they had rescued the 11-year-old at 14:12 local time (12:12 GMT), some 16 hours after the quake struck.

Trump Stares at the Sun During the Eclipse: Will It Harm His Eyes?

But on Monday afternoon (Aug. 21), President Donald Trump was spotted breaking the cardinal rule of eclipse viewing: Don't look at the sun without eye protection. For a brief moment, Trump took off his eclipse glasses and stared straight into the sun — even as an aide shouted, "Don't look," according to Ted Mann, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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2017.08.21

News Headlines - 21 August 2017

Pyongyang calls U.S.-South Korean war games a step to nuclear war

The United States and South Korean began long-planned joint military exercises on Monday, heightening tensions with North Korea which called the drills a "reckless" step toward nuclear conflict.

Last American soldier who defected to North Korea is dead, sons say - CNN

James Joseph Dresnok, believed to be the last remaining US soldier in North Korea, died last year, two of his sons said in video posted on a North Korean state-run news site... Dresnok defected to North Korea in 1962 in a daring dash across the heavily fortified demilitarized zone that divides the totalitarian country from South Korea.

U.S. scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff

The United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia on Monday, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff.

Barcelona attack suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub shot dead wearing suicide belt by Spanish police

Younes Abouyaaqoub was shot on Monday by armed police in the town of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia in the district of Subirats, around 30 miles west of Barcelona, bringing to an end a five-day international manhunt.

McDonald's India ends its franchise agreement with Vikram Bakshi's CPRL - India Today

McDonalds India on Monday announced it had terminated its franchise agreement with Vikram Bakshi's Connaught Plaza Restaurants. The 169 restaurants operated by the latter will have to stop using the McDonlad's brand name within 15 days.

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2017.08.20

News Headlines - 20 August 2017

Cambridge University Press limits access to articles in China

Cambridge University Press, the world’s oldest publisher, has blocked access to more than 300 articles from its leading China-focused journal at the behest of Beijing censors... The articles in China Quarterly, which cover a range of topics deemed sensitive by Beijing from human rights to Tibet and Xinjiang, were blocked within China in the past few weeks, according to Tim Pringle, the editor and a lecturer at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Trumps to skip Kennedy honours to avoid 'distraction' - BBC News

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are to skip an arts awards ceremony to allow those taking part "to celebrate without political distraction", the White House says.

Microsoft Co-founder's Team Finds Wreckage of WWII-Era USS Indianapolis - NBC News

The Indianapolis, with 1,196 sailors and Marines on board, was sailing the Philippine Sea between Guam and Leyte Gulf when two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine struck just after midnight on July 30, 1945. It sank in 12 minutes, killing about 300. Survivors were left in the water, most of them with only life jackets.

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91 - The New York Times

Jerry Lewis, the comedian, actor and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Nicolai Muller scores Hamburg winner, celebrates, tears cruciate ligament and rules himself out for seven months | The Independent

Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller has been ruled out for seven months after injuring himself in an elaborate celebration of his match-winning goal on the Bundesliga's opening weekend.
The 29-year-old wheeled away to the corner flag after scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win over Augsburg on Saturday but had to leave the field moments later after falling awkwardly from a jumping pirouette.

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2017.08.19

News Headlines - 19 August 2017

Steve Bannon leaves White House but promises to fight for Trump

Within hours of his departure, Breitbart News - the conservative news website which Mr Bannon headed before joining Trump's team - announced he had returned to his former home, as executive chairman.

President Trump Won't Attend Kennedy Center Honors Amid Planned Boycotts - NBC News

President Donald Trump and the First Lady will not attend the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony this December to allow honorees to celebrate "without any political distractions," the White House announced Saturday... The decision came after multiple honorees said they would boycott the 40th annual gala that is traditionally hosted by the president and first lady and recognizes artists for their contributions to American culture.

Neo-Nazi marchers in Berlin matched by counterprotesters | DW

After a group of neo-Nazis were controversially granted permission to hold a rally on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the death of Hitler's former deputy Rudolf Hess, they were met by a larger gathering of counterdemonstrators.

easyJet to release 10-hour jet noises album to help people sleep | Metro News

Jet Sounds, a 10-hour album of the continuous drone of an airplane engine, will be available to download tomorrow in either single or album format.

Death rates far higher for 'alternative' cancer cures, study finds | The Japan Times

People who choose alternative cures for common cancers are up to five times more likely to die than those opting for standard treatments, the lead scientist of a new study said on Friday.
The risk of death five years after diagnosis “was highest for breast and colon cancer,” said lead author Skyler Johnson from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut — 5.6 and 4.6 times greater, respectively.

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2017.08.18

News Headlines - 18 August 2017

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run - The New York Times

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election by embracing their shared nationalist impulses, departed the White House on Friday after a turbulent tenure shaping the fiery populism of the president’s first seven months in office.

India @ 70: BBC Radio 4 airs ‘dramatisation’ of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children | Hindustan Times

BBC Radio 4 paid a special tribute to India’s Independence on Monday night by broadcasting a seven-part “dramatisation” of author Salman Rushdie’s 1981 Booker prize winning novel Midnight’s Children. The first episode was aired just before midnight on the eve of the anniversary of India’s 70th Independence Day. The rest of the episodes, of differing lengths, would be aired on BBC Radio 4 through August 15.

Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics : Nature

RIKEN’s budget has been cut by more than 20% over the past 10 years. In response, the BSI has reduced its number of principal investigators from 61 to 41 over that period.
Japan’s universities are in similar straits. Following reforms in 2004, their budgets have declined by 1% every year. The move was meant to make universities more responsive to strategic initiatives and more competitive, by aligning their research with industrial or military needs. But it has triggered other, less positive changes. The universities stopped hiring professors. New staff are brought in as contract employees, who flit from grant to grant to stay afloat.

Kei Nishikori is latest injury victim as wrist problem ends his season

Kei Nishikori has become the latest leading player to announce he will miss the rest of the season because of injury.
The world No. 9 withdrew from this week's Masters event in Cincinnati with a right wrist problem and scans have revealed a tear in one of the tendons.

London's female wrestling scene boosted by Netflix show 'Glow' | Reuters.com

There has been more interest in female wrestling and a clearer sense of what it involves since hit Netlfix show 'Glow' came out

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2017.08.17

News Headlines - 17 August 2017

Over $9tn of bonds trade with negative yields

From less than $1tn in 2007, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has more than quadrupled in size. As the financial crisis spread to Europe and Japan, the European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and Bank of England joined in the expansion. All told, the balance sheets of the four central banks have surpassed $14tn. With the Swiss National Bank and Sweden’s Riksbank, that figure climbs to $15tn and accounts for a fifth of the six countries’ total government debt.

Nothing like this has happened in 323 years

Prior to January 2009, the Bank had never lowered its lending rate below 2 per cent. But it was then lowered to 1.5 per cent, on its way to 0.5 per cent in March 2009 and 0.25 per cent in August 2016. This ultra-easy policy was further buttressed by a huge expansion of the Bank’s balance sheet, which now contains £435bn in UK government “gilt-edged” securities and £10bn in corporate bonds.
Throughout this prolonged recent period of ultra-easy monetary policy, the concern has never been one of runaway inflation, but rather of the opposite. This time really has been different. What does it mean for the future? Nobody knows.

Barcelona: 13 killed as van rams crowds in Las Ramblas - BBC News

Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas area, Catalan police and local officials say.

What Science Tells Us About Good and Evil

We at National Geographic have been working on a story about what science tells us about good and evil. Given last weekend’s events, we’ve decided to publish the story now. A version will also appear in a future issue of the magazine.

Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond again | The Guardian

He once said he would rather take his own life than reprise his role as 007. But Daniel Craig may now be regretting his words, as he has confirmed he will, for one final time, play James Bond.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on US TV on Tuesday night, the actor finally put an end to the long-running saga of will he/won’t he play the character for a fifth time.

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2017.08.16

News Headlines - 16 August 2017

Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a "wise" decision not to fire missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries.

Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views - The Washington Post

Trump announced the disbanding of the two councils — the Strategy & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, which hosted many of the top corporate leaders in America — amid a growing uproar by chief executives furious over Trump's decision to equate the actions of white supremacists and protesters in remarks he made at Tuesday at Trump Tower.
But those groups had already decided to dissolve on their own earlier in the day, a person familiar with the process said.

Theresa May condemns far-right views after Donald Trump Charlottesville remarks | The Guardian

Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there was a moral equivalence between the Charlottesville racist protesters and those campaigning against them.
But the prime minister has not agreed to requests to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the UK in the light of his latest comments, despite renewed calls for the honour to be withdrawn.

Euro dips after ECB signals no shift likely at Jackson Hole

The euro fell by as much as half a cent on Wednesday, briefly dipping below $1.17, after sources signalled European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi would not use his Jackson Hole appearance to signal policy change by the bank.

No Cabinet members visited Yasukuni Shrine on war anniversary - The Mainichi

None of the members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet paid their respects to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Aug. 15, the day World War II ended in 1945, marking the first time for any member of cabinets of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-led governments not to have visited the shrine on the war anniversary since 1980.

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2017.08.15

News Headlines - 15 August 2017

Anti-Trump, anti-racism rallies across US draw thousands - CNN

The protests came in the wake of clashes Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, as counterprotesters met white nationalists and other right-wing groups at the site of a "Unite the Right" event. Counterprotester Heather Heyer was killed when a gray Dodge Challenger rammed into a crowd walking down a street.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds off on Guam missile threat - CBS News

North Korean state radio on Tuesday announced that President Kim Jung Un planned to hold off launching missiles at Guam, while the United States said it was ready to defend the territory.

Guam radio stations accidentally broadcast emergency alarm amid North Korea threat

Radio stations in Guam accidentally broadcast an emergency civil danger warning on Tuesday, prompting residents of the U.S. pacific territory to fear the worst after a week of military threats from North Korea.

Gates Makes Largest Donation Since 2000 With $4.6 Billion Pledge - Bloomberg

Bill Gates made his largest gift since the turn of the century, giving away Microsoft Corp. shares that accounted for 5 percent of his fortune, the world’s biggest.
The billionaire donated 64 million of the software maker’s shares valued at $4.6 billion on June 6, according to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing released Monday.

Panda enclosure incident at Edinburgh Zoo prompts safety fears - BBC News

Staff at Edinburgh Zoo have raised safety fears after a panda was let back into its enclosure while a keeper was still inside.

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2017.08.14

News Headlines - 14 August 2017

New Outcry as Trump Rebukes Charlottesville Racists 2 Days Later - The New York Times

Mr. Trump, after two days of issuing equivocal statements, bowed to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody weekend demonstrations in Charlottesville.

Leader of neo-Nazi group linked to Charlottesville attack was a US marine | The Guardian

The leader of the neo-Nazi group that James Fields marched with in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday before allegedly killing a protester with his car served in the US marine corps until earlier this year.

Theresa May seeks interim EU deal to avoid Brexit trade chaos | The Guardian

The government will use a position paper published on Tuesday to reveal that, for a brief period, it will seek a deal allowing the transit of goods across borders to continue as now – perhaps by striking a “temporary customs union”.

Taylor Swift Vindicated by Jury in Groping Trial | Billboard

A jury in Denver awarded Taylor Swift $1 in damages, ruling in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon that former country DJ David Mueller "assaulted" and "battered" the pop superstar during a photo shoot before a 2013 concert at the Pepsi Center. After the judge read the verdict, Swift and her mother, Andrea Swift, blinked back tears and the singer mouthed "thank you" to her attorneys.

Big Ben set to be silenced for FOUR YEARS from next Monday | London Evening Standard

Big Ben’s famous bongs are to be silenced for up to four years for health and safety reasons as restoration work is carried out, parliamentary authorities announced today.

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2017.08.13

News Headlines - 13 August 2017

US tourist beaten for giving Hitler salute in Dresden, Germany | DW

A tourist from the United States was punched in Dresden after he mimicked the Nazi salute multiple times. The incident came a week after two Chinese tourists were taken into custody for the same reason.

Auschwitz survivor who was world's oldest man dies at 113 | The Guardian

Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest man who lived through both world wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family have said.

eSports are real sports. It’s time for the Olympic video games | The Guardian

The image of an Olympian is associated with physical prowess, a sculpted body chipped into perfection by years of careful maintenance and preparation. We expect these people to perform great feats of physicality better than the rest of us. That is why so many are scornful of the notion that competitive video gaming, or eSports as it’s come to be known, should stand alongside other Olympic sports. But this requires rethinking.

Usain Bolt's furious Jamaica team blame London 2017 organisers for heartbreaking injury

Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt sensationally pulled up injured with 50 metres to go of the 4x100 metres relay and fell to the track with Great Britain taking gold just ahead of the USA and Japan... And Blake, who won Olympic 4x100m relay gold with Bolt and Jamaica in 2012 and 2016, believes the lengthy build-up caused Bolt's injury in London on Saturday night.
"I think they were holding us too long in the call room. The walk was too long. Usain was really cold. In fact Usain said to me, 'Yohan, I think this is crazy'," said the 100m world champion from 2011.

Tom Cruise Injured in 'Mission Impossible 6' Stunt | TMZ.com

The 55-year-old actor was in London Sunday when he attempted to leap from a rigging onto a building but he fell short of the mark and hit the building pretty hard.
You see Cruise try to limp away and then collapse. He then limps back to the edge of the building and and is pulled away by crew members on the safety team.

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2017.08.12

News Headlines - 12 August 2017

Widening egg scandal hits 17 countries in Europe - ABC News

The European Union said Friday that it plans to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month over a growing tainted egg scandal as it revealed that products contaminated with an insecticide have now spread to 17 countries.
Millions of eggs have been destroyed or pulled from supermarket shelves since July 20, when it was made public that the pesticide Fipronil, which is dangerous to human health, was found mixed with another treatment sprayed on chickens for ticks, fleas and lice, known as Dega 16.

Sunbathers Look On as Migrants Arrive on Spanish Beach - The New York Times

The footage, recorded Wednesday in Playa de los Alemanes in Cádiz province, Spain, is a reminder of the large number of refugees and migrants making their way into Europe, even as the everyday life of vacationers goes on.

Twitter erases hateful tweets after Israeli artist's stunt | The Times of Israel

An artist tired of seeing hateful tweets ignored by Twitter has managed to get the social network to remove or hide some of them — by spray-painting the offending posts in front of the company’s German headquarters... But a video of it received over 100,000 views in 48 hours and clearly got the company’s attention. By Wednesday, Twitter had deleted three tweets, suspended four accounts and withheld another seven accounts in Germany.

Morocco to challenge North American joint bid to host 2026 World Cup | The Guardian

Morocco has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup, positioning itself as a last-minute challenger to the joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The Moroccan football federation unveiled the bid on Friday with a brief two-sentence statement, confirming it had submitted a formal application to the relevant Fifa committees. The announcement came hours before Fifa’s deadline for countries to confirm their intention to bid, and denies the North American bid an unopposed victory at the eleventh hour.

Sky faces paying extra £1.8bn for Premier League broadcast rights | The Guardian

Sky could be forced to pay an extra £600m annually to retain the lion’s share of Premier League matches when the next rights auction launches this year, with Amazon emerging as a potential competitor for the biggest prize in UK sport broadcasting.
Google, Apple, Facebook and Netflix are other possible rivals for Britain’s most valuable sports rights, which are split between Sky and BT under the current three-year deal.

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2017.08.11

News Headlines - 11 August 2017

Two cabinet ministers 'interested in new anti-Brexit party idea' | The Guardian

A former aide to David Davis and George Osborne claims two serving cabinet ministers have expressed interest in his idea of forming a centrist party aimed at blocking Brexit.
James Chapman stepped up his online campaign for a proposed “Democrats” party he has been mounting while on holiday in Greece, saying Brexit signalled the demise of the Conservatives.

Oxford University employee Andrew Warren in US court over hairdresser's murder | London Evening Standard

An Oxford University employee who spent more than a week as a fugitive with a US professor has appeared in court accused of murdering a 26-year-old hair stylist.
Somerville College's Andrew Warren, 56, and Professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, are suspected of repeatedly stabbing Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in the academic's Chicago apartment.

RBS to issue polymer £10 banknote in October - BBC News

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to issue its first polymer £10 note to the public on 4 October.
The new note features images of Scottish mathematician and astronomer Mary Somerville, her hometown of Burntisland in Fife, and two otters.

Berlin's new toilets: Would you use a women's urinal? - BBC News

All locations that currently have a male-only "pissoir" (public urinal facility) should only exist in combination with unisex toilets, a 99-page city strategy paper called "the toilet concept" concludes.
"In the future urinals which can be used by all genders should be offered," the paper says.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the opening weekend | The Guardian

Spurs should benefit from a settled squad, but could it be a Gray day at Watford and might West Ham’s new signings give Manchester United a tough time?

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2017.08.10

News Headlines - 10 August 2017

Password expert says he was wrong: Numbers, capital letters and symbols are useless

Bill Burr, the author of an 8-page publication released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, told The Wall Street Journal his previous advice of creating passwords with special characters, mixed-case letters and numbers won't deter hackers. In fact, he told the journal, the paper wasn't based on any real-world password data, but rather a paper written in the 1980s.
“Much of what I did I now regret,” Burr told The Wall Street Journal.

Trump to declare opioid crisis a 'national emergency' - Stripes

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency" and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic.

Yoda bat gets happy: New species officially recognised - The University of York

An unusual breed of fruit bat - previously nicknamed ‘Yoda’ due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Jedi Master - has now officially been registered as a new species and renamed the happy (Hamamas) tube-nosed fruit bat.

Controversial film about last tsar approved for release in Russia | The Guardian

The Russian culture ministry has cleared a film depicting a love affair between Russia’s last tsar and a ballerina for nationwide release, despite protests from conservative critics who have demanded it be banned.

Tokyo 2020: English Football Association plans to enter a British women's team - BBC Sport

The English Football Association plans to put together a British women's team for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Great Britain did not field a team in Rio last summer because the four home nation football associations could not come to an agreement.

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2017.08.09

News Headlines - 09 August 2017

Wall Street Journal editorial rips Bannon for White House dysfunction | TheHill

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board blamed senior White House aide Stephen Bannon for chaos in the West Wing, arguing that the top Trump ally's loyalty to the president is in question after his supporters vilified Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

Fed official supports September start for bond reductions - ABC News

A member of the Federal Reserve's interest-setting committee said Wednesday it would be appropriate for the central bank to announce next month that it will begin trimming its $4.5 trillion balance sheet, but wait until December before raising a key interest rate again.

Cannabis company aims to turn California ghost town into an oasis for weed lovers - The Washington Post

Nipton went up for sale last year with a $5 million price tag, and last week, Lang found a buyer: American Green Inc., one of the country’s leading makers of cannabis products.
The company, which announced the sale on Thursday, says it plans to convert Nipton into a weed lover’s oasis in the desert, complete with marijuana retail outlets, cultivation facilities and even cannabis mineral baths. In American Green’s words, it will be a “cannabis-friendly hospitality destination” and a “hub for the production of cannabis-based products.”

Walls of water: Hokusai and the Great Wave of Camberwell - BBC News

A sell-out exhibition at the British Museum has proved once again the popularity of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose Great Wave is said to be the world's most reproduced image. One mural in south London was nearly wiped out when a drug lab exploded next door, but as Alex Marshall explains, there are many more on walls around the world.

Koike aims to help form natl party - The Japan News

Regarding a new political association called “Nippon First no Kai” (Japan First group), which was set up by a House of Representatives lawmaker close to her, Koike said: “It’s important to show [voters] alternatives. [Public opinion] is going through changes because there is no alternative.”

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2017.08.08

News Headlines - 08 August 2017

Full moon: Photo of partial lunar eclipse on August 7, 2017

LAST night’s full moon was accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse, seen right around the world from Australia to France and Pakistan.
These stunning photos show the partial eclipse in full display, from vast locations including the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio in the south of Athens, the sky over Frankfurt in Germany, Turkey, France and Africa.

Helicopter sex film officer Adrian Pogmore jailed - BBC News

A "sex-obsessed" police officer who used his force helicopter to film people having sex has been jailed.

Creators of the CIA's 'enhanced interrogation' program to face trial | The Guardian

A civil lawsuit brought by three victims of the CIA’s torture program against the two psychologists who created it will go to court on 5 September in Washington state, after a judge ruled that more than a year of discovery had yielded sufficient evidence to support the plaintiffs’ claims.

Google Fires Author of Divisive Memo on Gender Differences - Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley.

New 9/11 victim identified, nearly 16 years later

His name was withheld at his family's request, the New York City medical examiner's office said Monday. It said new DNA technology helped identify him after previous tests yielded no results... The remains of 1,641 victims have been identified so far — 40% are still unidentified.

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2017.08.07

News Headlines - 07 August 2017

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S. - The New York Times

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

Cash support to NOK 7,500 every month - Norway Today

On the 1st of August, cash support for stay at home parents will increase from 6,000 to 7,500 kroner per month. The increase is a result of budget negotiations with the government for 2017

Netflix buys comics publisher behind Kick-Ass and Kingsman

You may not be familiar with Millarworld, but you've likely heard of founder Mark Millar's work. Before he created Millarworld, Millar wrote a number of comic books for Marvel including Old Man Logan and Civil War, which were brought to the silver screen as the blockbuster hits Logan and Captain America: Civil War. He also authored the comic book series Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, both of which have been turned into successful feature films.

Rio Olympics planners wanted to memorialize A-bomb attack:The Asahi Shimbun

The organizing committee for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games planned to commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in its opening ceremony that year, but was suggested by the International Olympic Committee to withdraw the plan.

Premier League is 25 years old: Facts and figures behind the first quarter-century - BBC Sport

After 9,746 games and 25,769 goals involving 47 teams across 25 memorable years, BBC Sport crunches the numbers and brings you the story of England's top-flight in facts and figures.

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2017.08.06

News Headlines - 06 August 2017

UK ready to pay £36bn Brexit bill, but only if EU talks trade

Britain is prepared to pay up to £36 billion to the EU to settle the so-called Brexit divorce bill, The Telegraph can reveal... However, the UK will only agree to pay the sum - equivalent to €40 billion - it if the EU agrees to negotiate the financial settlement as part of a deal on future relations, including a trade deal.

Ireland's prime minister tells Theresa May to strike Norway-style Brexit deal with the EU | The Independent

Ireland’s prime minister has suggested that Britain could strike a Norway-style deal with the EU – forging a bespoke customs union with Europe and joining the European Free Trade Association (Efta).

British model drugged, stuffed in suitcase in sex trafficking attempt, police say - CBS News

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in the alleged kidnapping of a young British model who thought she was traveling to Milan for a photo shoot, but instead was drugged, stuffed into a suitcase and handcuffed inside a home in northern Italy before being released, Milan police announced Saturday.

Usain Bolt's loss to Justin Gatlin 'very awkward' for athletics

Olympic silver medallist Roger Black has described Usain Bolt losing his final 100m race to convicted drugs cheat Justin Gatlin as "very awkward" for athletics... A packed crowd at the London Stadium booed Gatlin before the race, but were quietened when he crossed the line in 9.92 seconds.

Cristiano Ronaldo tells Spanish court he wants to return to England | Football News | Sky Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo told a Madrid court last week he wants to return to England, Sky sources understand... Ronaldo told the court he believed he had paid more tax than he should since he moved to Madrid eight years ago.

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2017.08.05

News Headlines - 05 August 2017

Extreme heat warnings issued in Europe as temperatures pass 40C | The Guardian

Eleven southern and central European countries have issued extreme heat warnings amid a brutal heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, with residents and tourists urged to take precautions and scientists warning worse could be still to come... As temperatures in many places hit or exceeded 40C (104F) in the region’s most sustained heatwave since 2003, emergency services are being put on standby and people have been asked to “remain vigilant”, stay indoors, avoid long journeys, drink enough fluids and listen for emergency advice from health officials.

Ikea begins selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK | TechCrunch

Ikea is getting into the domestic solar power generation and storage market in the UK, with new solar panel and home storage battery system products. The products include panels that integrated with existing roofing solutions provided by Solarcentury, a UK solar power company, which includes a 25 year guarantee on the panels themselves, as well as s six-year warranty on installation and every aspect of the system hardware.

Ultra cool vegan restaurant By Chloe is coming to London | Metro News

It’s a casual, fast-food style restaurant where everything on the menu is entirely vegan and plant-based (meaning it’s pretty blimmin’ healthy). Having first opened in Manhattan two years ago, the brand has since expanded to restaurants all over the US.
And now, it’s coming to the UK. London, to start with, and Covent Garden, more specifically.

Giant panda gives birth to twin cubs at French zoo, but one dies - France 24

There was joy and pain for French zookeepers Friday as their female panda gave birth to twins, but one died soon afterwards

German Super Cup: Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties - BBC Sport

Bayern Munich twice came from behind before beating Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties to win the German Super Cup.

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2017.08.04

News Headlines - 04 August 2017

Martin Shkreli Is Found Guilty of Fraud - The New York Times

Martin Shkreli, 34, has confidently courted controversy in recent years, bulldozing his way into Wall Street and the drug industry, raising the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000 percent overnight, boasting that he would outwit prosecutors in his federal fraud case, and live-streaming and tweeting throughout his five-week trial.

Birmingham bin strike: City becoming 'sea of rubbish' - BBC News

About 50 people staged a demonstration outside Birmingham City Council's headquarters to highlight concerns over the city's bin dispute.

Fears for tourists in London as acid attacks escalate in recent weeks

The number of acid-related crimes in the British capital leaped dramatically last year to 454 from 261 in 2015 – a 74 percent rise – according to the Metropolitan Police. Updated figures released by the London police force show that 282 incidents have taken place this year so far.

Moscow court shooting: Three 'Grand Theft Auto gang members' killed in bungled bid to escape trial

A shooting in a courthouse in a Moscow suburb resulted in three assailants dead and two heavily injured on Tuesday afternoon.
Two convoy officers, a man and a woman, also sustained injuries, as did an officer of the National Guard, Russia’s newest law enforcement task force.

Olympic judo champ arrested in Kiev in sexual assault case

Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher of Austria was arrested in Kiev, Ukraine, on sexual assault charges on Tuesday after his whereabouts had been unknown for more than seven months.

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2017.08.03

News Headlines - 03 August 2017

Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on border wall, transcript reveals - The Washington Post

The heated exchange came during back-to-back days of calls that Trump held with foreign leaders a week after taking office. The Post has obtained transcripts of Trump’s talks with Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Shinzo Abe of Japan Reshuffles Cabinet, Hoping to Shore Up Falling Support - The New York Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan appointed a new cabinet on Thursday, hoping to breathe new life into his conservative government, whose support among voters has plunged after a series of scandals and missteps.

China accused of ‘enforced disappearance’ of Liu Xiaobo’s widow | The Star Online

China’s government is responsible for the “enforced disappearance” of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s widow, her US-based lawyer said on Wednesday in a formal complaint filed to the United Nations.

Is Russia Using North Korean Slave Labor To Build Stadiums?

Russia has denied using forced labor from North Korea to build facilities for the World Cup in 2018, after U.S. lawmakers called for a probe into reports of workers from the country not only spotted at the stadium sites but also of North Korean migrants dying under mysterious circumstances in Russia.

Angkor Wat temple statue uncovered in Cambodia excavation | Metro News

The government agency that oversees the complex, the Apsara Authority, said on its website that the 6ft 3in, 23in wide statue was discovered on Sunday by its team, working with experts from Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

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2017.08.02

News Headlines - 02 August 2017

Eurozone unemployment falls to fresh post-crisis low

Unemployment in the eurozone fell to a fresh post-crisis low in June in a further sign that the economic recovery in the 19-nation bloc is gathering momentum.
The jobless rate fell to 9.1pc last month, from a downwardly revised 9.2pc in May, according to Eurostat. This is the lowest rate since February 2009.

Prince Philip to carry out final official engagement - BBC News

The 96-year-old announced his retirement in May, after decades of supporting the Queen, as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations.
Prince Philip has completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

Chinese AI calls Communist Party 'incompetent' - NHK WORLD

A Chinese IT firm has suspended its artificial intelligence service after the program criticized China's Communist Party for being "corrupt" and "incompetent."

Splatoon 2's Lobby Is Full Of Furries

Furries are people who imagine alter egos in the form of humanoid animals. A lot of the time, it’s good, clean fun. It’s also a sex thing. Mascot costumes are involved. So when Splatoon 2 players noticed that its lobby has been veritable furry con for the last day or so, several fans balked. Sure, the Wii U’s Miiverse, and especially the original Splatoon’s lobby, got a little raunchy sometimes. Without a Miiverse, Splatoon 2 would surely have a bit more curation. Wouldn’t it?

Baby calf and KISS have something in common | ABC10.com

A newborn calf in Kerrville bears a striking resemblance to a legendary rock star.
"As soon as we saw her, we noticed the resemblance immediately," said Heather Taccetta, a waitress at the Cowboy Steak House in Kerrville.

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2017.08.01

News Headlines - 01 August 2017

Nirmal Sethia warns Darjeeling could run out by December | Daily Mail Online

Unrest in the Darjeeling region of India have wiped out this year's harvest of premium 'second flush' tea leaves, with suppliers set to run out of stock by the end of this month.

Bitcoin split in two, here's what that means

It's a bit complicated for those who aren't in the bitcoin weeds. Essentially, political, technological, and ideological debates about growing bitcoin have come to a head. And some say that an entirely new currency called Bitcoin Cash could help scale bitcoin and bring it to the masses.

The Great Peanut Butter Escape Of 2017 : NPR

Inmates in Alabama used peanut butter to alter the numbers over a jail door, tricking a guard into thinking a door to the outside was a door to a cell. They rushed out, but most were later captured.

World’s longest suspension footbridge opens in Switzerland - SWI swissinfo.ch

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world was officially opened in Switzerland today, measuring in at just under half-a-kilometre long.

Trainee priests turned away from Cardiff pub after being mistaken for stag party | London Evening Standard

The seven Roman Catholic seminarians were initially barred from the City Arms in Cardiff on Saturday despite insisting their clothes were not fancy dress.
But they managed to get their celebratory pints on the house after the bar manager realised they were genuine.

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2017.07.31

News Headlines - 31 July 2017

John Kelly, Asserting Authority, Fires Anthony Scaramucci - The New York Times

John F. Kelly, President Trump’s new chief of staff, firmly asserted his authority on his first day in the White House on Monday, telling aides he will impose military discipline on a free-for-all West Wing, and he underscored his intent by firing Anthony Scaramucci, the bombastic communications director, 10 days after he was hired.

Venezuela‘s President Nicolas Maduro claims huge victory in vote to grant socialist party virtually unlimited powers | The Independent

Venezuela's National Electoral Council has said more than eight million people voted to grant President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers with a constitutional assembly - a turnout more than double the estimates of both the government's political opponents and independent experts.

Why bitcoin and its digital cousins are under increasing scrutiny | The Guardian

Cryptocurrencies are under the microscope as never before. Financial regulators in the US are concerned about the emergence of bitcoin and its digital cousins as speculative investments and have hinted that much tougher regulation is in the pipeline.
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which regulates the New York financial markets, issued an alert, saying it was “cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by ‘virtual’ organisations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws”.

L.A. Olympic bid committee agrees to wait, giving Paris the 2024 Games - The Washington Post

Los Angeles has decided its Olympic aspirations can wait four years, which means Paris is poised to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The two cities had both been awarded hosting rights by the International Olympic Committee and have been negotiating for the past three weeks on which city would go first and which would wait until 2028. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that a deal between the three parties has been struck with Los Angeles agreeing to stage the 2028 Summer Games.

Jeanne Moreau: the intelligent, complex star who lit up the French New Wave | The Guardian

Jeanne Moreau is probably best known for a movie in which she was perhaps most atypically cast – as Catherine, the entrancing free spirit who has ensnared two men in François Truffaut’s sensational hit Jules et Jim (1962).

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2017.07.30

News Headlines - 30 July 2017

Boy Scouts official apologizes for 'political rhetoric' of Trump speech - CNNPolitics.com

An official with the Boy Scouts of America apologized to the Scouting community on Thursday for the political content of President Donald Trump's speech at the National Scout Jamboree.

Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources

About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former financier as he sought to defeat far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and other opponents in the two-round election, the sources said. Macron won in a landslide in May.

Rome, City of Ancient Aqueducts, Faces Water Rationing - The New York Times

A severe drought and sweltering temperatures have led city officials to consider rationing drinking water for eight hours a day for a million and a half Rome residents.

Barcelona train crash: more than 50 injured as commuter service hits station buffer

More than 50 people were injured on Friday when a train crashed into the buffers at a Barcelona station, a collision that passengers said felt like “an earthquake”.

London's underground post train back on track - BBC News

The problem got so bad that by 1915 the Post Office started to dig tunnels as part of an ambitious scheme to build a fast rail network which would carry letters underground.
It ran from east to west for 80 years using miniature trains. Although it was forbidden, it’s an open secret that staff, family and friends often used the trains to catch a lift across London alongside the post.

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2017.07.29

News Headlines - 29 July 2017

Trump urged Washington to stop bank mergers in 2004 letter

President Donald Trump warned the administration of George W. Bush in 2004 that big U.S. bank mergers were "totally out of control" and should be stopped as they were forcing businesses to borrow money from foreigners, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

Kyiv Cuts Electricity Supply To Separatist-Held Parts Of Donetsk Region

Ukraine's state power company says it has terminated electricity supplies to the parts of the Donetsk region that are controlled by Russia-backed separatists.

Hormonal beef and chlorine chicken could be coming to UK if trade deal with US goes ahead

First it was chlorine-rinsed chicken. Now the Americans want to get another culinary delicacy into UK supermarkets - hormone-pumped beef.
The item is explicitly mentioned in a list of trade barriers the United States wants to reduce in an official document published this year.

England Lost: sardonic Mick Jagger releases two songs responding to Brexit

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has released two politically charged songs targeting what he sees as the uncertainty and surrealism permeating politics in the age of Brexit and Donald Trump.
One song, titled "England Lost", represents Jagger's mocking take on Britain's split from the European Union. The second, "Get a Grip", describes an "upside down" world full of "lunatics and clowns".

Arsenal pay Alexis Sanchez a visit to confirm sickness | Daily Mail Online

Arsenal doctors have visited Alexis Sanchez and have confirmed that he has flu, easing the fears of fans who saw the Chilean's Instagram post advertising his illness as a ruse.

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2017.07.28

News Headlines - 28 July 2017

20 years on from inaugural event, RoboCup 2017 is back in Nagoya:The Asahi Shimbun

Robot admirers and experts from around the world gathered here on July 27 for Robocup 2017, the annual international robot sports tournament, which Nagoya last hosted for its inaugural edition in 1997.

North Korea tests another ICBM, putting US cities in range - The Straits Times

North Korea fired a missile on Friday (July 28) that experts said was capable of striking Los Angeles and other US cities and the United States and South Korea responded by staging a joint missile exercise, the South Korean news agency Yonhap said.

Foundation under probe over sex slave deal

Any moves over the controversial 2015 sex slave deal reached between Korea and Japan will be decided after a team completes its investigation into the deal, Minister of Gender Equality and Family Chung Hyun-back said Thursday.

Court rules that Stuttgart must ban diesel engines from city centre - The Local

An administrative court ruled on Friday in favour of Stuttgart banning old diesel cars to decrease pollution, much to the dismay of the state's auto industry... Environmental Action Germany (DUH) brought the case against the state of Baden-Württemberg in 2015, arguing that a only a general ban on diesel motors could combat the city’s pollution problems.

‘Urgent wake-up call’ for male health as sperm counts plummet

The sperm count of men in the western world has fallen by more than half over a period of 40 years, according to an international study described by its authors as “an urgent wake-up call” about declining male health.

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2017.07.27

News Headlines - 27 July 2017

Japan defense minister to quit over alleged coverup of logs- Nikkei Asian Review

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and the chief of staff of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Forces will step down following allegations of a coverup involving logs that recorded the daily activities of Japanese ground troops serving as U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan, government sources said Thursday.

First female head of Japan's opposition Democratic Party resigns

The first female leader of Japan's opposition Democratic Party, Renho, said on Thursday she was resigning after her party failed to capitalize on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sinking support rates and suffered a heavy defeat in a Tokyo election.

Ex-chief of scandal-hit school operator summoned for questioning over subsidy fraud | The Japan Times

Prosecutors on Thursday summoned the former chief of a scandal-mired nationalist school operator and his wife for questioning in relation to allegations of soliciting fraudulent public subsidies for their businesses.

Divorcee destroys ex's $1m violin collection in Japan - BBC News

A woman has been arrested for destroying her former partner's violin collection and 70 bows, together worth 105.9m yen ($950,700, £770,000).
The 34-year-old suspect broke into his apartment in Nagoya and wrecked the instruments, police said.

Toyota’s new solid-state battery could make its way to cars by 2020 | TechCrunch

Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The car maker said that it’s near a breakthrough in production engineering that could help it put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020

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2017.07.26

News Headlines - 26 July 2017

Turkey: Opposition newspaper journalists go on trial - CNN.com

The trial of 17 staff members from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper -- one of the country's last remaining opposition publications -- began on Monday in what many are calling a crucial test of press freedom.

Ex-Pakistani Pres. Musharraf mulled using nukes against India after 2001 attack - The Mainichi

He revealed that amid tensions between India and Pakistan following the 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament, he contemplated the use of nuclear weapons, but decided against doing so out of fear of retaliation.

‘The Battleship Island’ headed towards big opening at box office – The Korea Times

“The Battleship Island,” a new South Korean World War II blockbuster film, is set to make an opening day splash on Wednesday, with nearly 600,000 tickets having been reserved on the release date.

Nelson Mandela book withdrawn after outrage from widow | The Guardian

A new book detailing Nelson Mandela’s last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his widow, the publisher Penguin Random House has announced.

Premier League’s missing men: where have all the Scottish managers gone? | The Guardian

For the first time since England’s top division rebranded there will not be a Scottish manager in charge of one of its clubs when the season gets under way. In 2011 there were seven, so why has their star fallen?

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2017.07.25

News Headlines - 25 July 2017

Lighthizer, Fox open U.S.-UK working group highlighting potential FTA | InsideTrade.com

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox opened the first meeting of the U.S.-UK Trade and Investment Working Group on Monday by highlighting the group's goal of preparing both side to formally launch negotiations on a trade agreement once the UK formally leaves the European Union.

China opens first cinema on disputed South China Sea island - BBC News

China this weekend opened what it called a state-of-the-art cinema hall in Sansha, a city it formed on Woody Island, the largest of the disputed Paracel Islands, from where it administers the area and has a military garrison.

Data From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search Shows Indian Ocean in Never-Before-Seen Detail | The Weather Channel

While the search for remains of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 remains suspended, crews that searched for the plane have collected an extensive trove of data from the depths of the Indian Ocean.
“It is estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the world's oceans have been surveyed with the kind of technology used in the search for MH370, making this remote part of the Indian Ocean among the most thoroughly-mapped regions of the deep ocean on the planet,” Geoscience Australia's Environmental Geoscience Division Chief Dr. Stuart Minchin said in a release.

In nod to Hollywood, Italian bank robbers don Trump masks for heists

Italian police said on Monday they had arrested two brothers suspected of robbing dozens of cash machines while wearing masks of U.S. President Donald Trump.

‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top Earning Summer Movie at the Domestic Box Office – Variety

As of this weekend, “Wonder Woman” is officially the highest grossing summer film at the domestic box office. With $389 million, the DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. has passed the previous leader, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($387 million). “Guardians,” though, has “Wonder Woman” beat on a global level with $860 million versus $779 million so far.

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2017.07.24

News Headlines - 24 July 2017

CIA and FBI documents on investigation into Kennedy assassination are released - ABC News

More than 3,800 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have been released today by the National Archives.

Why is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe so unpopular? - BBC News

Mr Abe, his critics say, used his position of power to help a personal friend win approval for a private veterinary school.
The case is largely based on allegations by a former official in the education ministry who claims that the approval was influenced by pressure from aides to the prime minister.

N.K. cancels beer festival in Pyongyang: tour agency

A China-based tourist agency that arranges tour programs to North Korea said Monday that the North has informed it of the cancellation of a beer festival slated for late July to the end of next month.
Koryo Tours said that it was informed on Sunday that the 2nd Taedonggang Beer Festival has been canceled for an unknown reason. The fest is supposed to be held from July 26 to late August at an excursion ship and the wharf along the Taedong River running through Pyongyang.

Cat Mayor of Alaskan Town Dies after 20 Years in Office

The beloved cat who came to represent the spirit of an Alaskan town has died at the venerable age of 20 years.
The sad announcement came from Stubbs the cat’s adopted home of Nagley’s General Store in Talkeetna, owned by the Spone family, who asked for privacy in their time of mourning.

Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years | The Guardian

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows experience has been put on the chopping block: Microsoft Paint.
First released with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985, Paint in its various guises would be one of the first graphics editors used by many and became a core part of Windows. Starting life as a 1-bit monochrome licensed version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush, it wasn’t until Windows 98 that Paint could save in JPEG.

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2017.07.23

News Headlines - 23 July 2017

Flooding Strikes Northeast Japan; Tens of Thousands Flee

Tens of thousands of people in northeast Japan were told to evacuate their homes Sunday as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links, authorities said.

9 Die in 'Horrific' Immigrant Smuggling Case in Texas

Police in Texas say they found eight people dead early Sunday in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot. A ninth victim died in a hospital hours later.

William and Harry regret last 'rushed' call with Diana - BBC News

Prince Harry said: "It was her speaking from Paris, I can't really necessarily remember what I said but all I do remember is probably regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was."

K-golf: South Korea's female golfing phenomenon - BBC News

South Korean women have dominated the fiercely-competitive game, claiming victory at the US Women's Open seven times in the past decade. So what makes them so successful?

‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: International Makes Christopher Nolan Film No. 1 | Variety

Christopher Nolan’s latest looks to beat out expectations on the domestic end with $50.5 million. On top of that, the World War II epic is bringing in $55.4 million on 10,775 screens in 46 overseas markets, which will give it a $105.9 global debut.
The U.K. is the top international territory for “Dunkirk,” with an estimated $12.4 million on 1,313 screens. Korea is next, accounting for $10.3 million from 1,252 screens. Other leading territories include France ($4.9 million from 668 screens) and Australia ($4.7 million from 535 screens).

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2017.07.22

News Headlines - 22 July 2017

Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services, VPNs - ABC News

The State Duma on Friday unanimously passed a bill that would oblige Internet providers to block websites that offer VPN services. Many Russians use VPNs to access blocked content by routing connections through servers outside the country.

US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports | TechCrunch

The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”.
It had already lifted the ban for three major airlines, earlier this month. But late yesterday an official tweeted that all restrictions had been lifted for remaining airlines and airports.

India musician plays guitar during brain surgery - BBC News

An Indian musician played the guitar on the operating table to help doctors treat involuntary muscle spasms in his fingers.
Abhishek Prasad was asked to play every time doctors "burnt" a circuit in his brain to treat what is commonly known as "musician's dystonia".

Scientists find bacteria with no clear life-support mechanism:The Asahi Shimbun

Japanese researchers reported the existence of a microorganism that defies conventional understanding of what constitutes life, a discovery that is being hailed as mind-boggling.
The bacteria discovered in California by a team led by Shino Suzuki, a senior researcher at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, has no obvious mechanism to keep it alive.

Pele's son Edson Cholbi Nascimento back in jail for drug trafficking and money laundering - Goal.com

Edson Cholbi Nascimento, former Santos goalkeeper and son of legendary forward Pele, will return to jail to serve more than 12 years on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

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2017.07.21

News Headlines - 21 July 2017

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary - The New York Times

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned Friday after telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.
After offering Mr. Scaramucci the job on Friday morning, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Spicer to stay on as press secretary, reporting to Mr. Scaramucci. But Mr. Spicer rejected the offer, expressing his belief that Mr. Scaramucci’s hiring would add to the confusion and uncertainty already engulfing the White House, according to two people with direct knowledge of the exchange.

Initial investigation blames Navy for USS Fitzgerald collision - CNNPolitics.com

Preliminary findings in the investigation into the collision between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan in June suggest the accident was caused by multiple errors by the Fitzgerald's crew and a failure to take action in the minutes leading to the collision, according to two defense officials.

Fukushima robot finds potential fuel debris hanging like icicles in reactor 3 | The Japan Times

This is the first time Tepco has found something likely to be melted fuel. When the utility sent a different robot into reactor 2 in January, it found black lumps sticking to the grating in the primary containment vessel but said they were difficult to identify.

Ram Nath Kovind: Member of India's lowest caste elected president | The Independent

A member of India’s ‘untouchable’ caste has been chosen as the country's new president... India's constitution provides a largely ceremonial role for the president, with the prime minister and his cabinet holding executive power.

15 of the most beautiful new football shirts from around the globe - Football

Beyond the realms of the Premier League, there have been some bold and tasteful advances in kit design. Some look forward, many glance back to history, but all 15 of these caught our eye...

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2017.07.20

News Headlines - 20 July 2017

France leapfrogs US in 'soft power' rankings - CNN.com

France has been declared the new world leader in "soft power" according to a new report published Tuesday.
According to The Soft Power 30, which is published by PR firm Portland Communications, France ranked top ahead of the United Kingdom and last year's leader, the United States.

Google brings back much-maligned Google Glass headset

The revamped headset will be called Glass Enterprise Edition and is designed for use in industries such as manufacturing and healthcare. It can give augment users' vision with hands free information as they work, Google said.

Saudi prince arrested after video claimed to show him abusing man | The Guardian

King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of the prince on Wednesday, a day after short clips were published on YouTube and shared on Twitter showing what appears to be a rifle pointed towards a man bleeding from the head and pleading.

Security robot drowns in a fountain

Steve started his job last week at MRP Realty's headquarters. He was just learning his way around, preparing to be fully autonomous in the coming days. Soon, he was patrolling Washington Harbour, a Georgetown business complex, prepared to take down (or record) crime.
But Monday, something horrific happened: Steve toppled over and rolled down four steps into a fountain. People came to his rescue, but not soon enough.

Cygames nets Juventus agreement - SportsPro Media

Italian soccer giants Juventus have entered into a three-year commercial agreement with video games developer Cygames.
The Japanese company becomes the first back-of-shirt sponsor in the Serie A champions’ 119-year history. It will also have a strong brand presence at Juve’s home ground, the Allianz Stadium.

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2017.07.19

News Headlines - 19 July 2017

13 Japanese Exchanges Agree to Suspend Bitcoin Service on August 1 - Bitcoin News

The Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association has officially announced its plan on how to deal with the possibility of a Bitcoin protocol split on August 1. Thirteen of the group’s bitcoin exchange members, including Coincheck, Gmo-Z, Bitbank, and Bitpoint, will suspend bitcoin deposits and withdrawals on August 1 at 00:00 Japan time.

Democrats target Ivanka Trump security clearance amid Kushner scrutiny

A group of 20 House Democrats is calling on the FBI to review Ivanka Trump’s security clearance as her husband and presidential adviser, Jared Kushner, is under scrutiny for failing to disclose meetings with Russians during and after her father’s presidential campaign.

EU threatens Poland with sanctions as judiciary stand-off escalates - France 24

The European Union on Wednesday warned Poland's right-wing government to put on hold controversial reforms to the country's courts or risk unprecedented sanctions.

No charges for Saudi woman in viral miniskirt video

Statement says footage of woman walking in public wearing 'immodest clothes' was published without her knowledge.

Alvaro Morata: Chelsea agree £60m deal to sign Real Madrid striker - BBC Sport

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata for about £60m... The 24-year-old would be the Premier League champions' fourth signing of the summer, after goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

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2017.07.18

News Headlines - 18 July 2017

Separatists in Ukraine declare creation of new 'state' Malorossiya

Russian-backed rebels fighting against Kiev announced on Tuesday the creation of a new "state" that they said would take the place of Ukraine and have its capital in their territory.
The proposed country - which has no chance of getting off the ground - would be founded after a referendum and called Malorossiya, a tsarist-era name meaning "Little Russia" that once described most of the area covering modern-day Ukraine.

Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes off the coast of Russia

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Monday evening that a magnitude 7.8 earthquake had occurred off the coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.

Mummified bodies found in Swiss glacier - SWI swissinfo.ch

The frozen, mummified remains of a Swiss couple have been found in a glacier near the Swiss ski resort of Glacier 3000. They were farmers who went missing 75 years ago, reports newspaper Le Matin.

Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye - CNN.com

A 67-year-old woman scheduled for routine cataract surgery in November thought it was just dry eye and old age causing her discomfort, she told her surgeons.
But what doctors at Solihull Hospital in the UK found to be the real cause of her discomfort was much more concerning: 27 contact lenses, stuck in the woman's right eye in a "blue mass."

Saudi Arabia investigates video of woman in miniskirt - BBC News

The authorities in Saudi Arabia are investigating a young woman who posted a video of herself wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public.
The woman, a model called "Khulood", shared the clip of her walking around a historic fort in Ushayqir.

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2017.07.17

News Headlines - 17 July 2017

As London feuds, full Brexit negotiations open in Brussels

Britain's Brexit minister pledged to "get down to work" as he kicked off a first full round of negotiations on Monday, but a year after Britons voted narrowly to leave the EU their government seemed at war with itself over the divorce terms.

Tesla Driver Recants, Says Autopilot Not to Blame for Crash | US News

A Tesla driver says his car's partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn't responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators... But in an email sent Monday afternoon to the sheriff's office, Clark said he was confused in the moments after the crash. After discussing the crash with his fellow passengers, he now believes that he disengaged Autopilot by stepping on the accelerator before the crash.

Winnie the Pooh blacklisted by China’s online censors

Winnie the Pooh has become too politically sensitive to be mentioned on Chinese social media... While no official explanation was given, observers suggested the crackdown was related to previous comparisons of President Xi Jinping with the portly bear created by the English author AA Milne that went viral.

Porn sites told to prove their users are at least 18 | Daily Mail Online

Pornography websites will be forced to prove that users are aged at least 18 under tough new powers to be announced by the Government tomorrow.
The websites will have to install age-verification software or risk being banned in the UK. Sites could also face £250,000 fines if they fail to comply.

Selfie attempt sets off domino effect at L.A. gallery and causes $200,000 in damage - LA Times

The quest for the perfect selfie at a pop-up gallery in Los Angeles known for its Instagram-friendly art took a disastrous turn recently, and it came with a steep price.

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2017.07.16

News Headlines - 16 July 2017

China stages ‘hasty’ cremation of Liu Xiaobo and has his ashes scattered at sea | South China Morning Post

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody on Thursday, was cremated and had his ashes scattered at sea on Saturday in a state-choreographed service that friends and activists said was aimed at preventing supporters from honouring him.

Chinese Authorities Close In on Communist Party 'Elder' in Chongqing

Chinese official Huang Qifan holds the distinction of having served as mayor or vice-mayor of China’s southwestern megalopolis of Chongqing across the successive terms of six Communist Party secretaries overseeing the provincial-level municipality... On July 10, Huang and six other members of the Three Gorges Construction Committee were removed from this posting as well. Huang still retains his seat in the national legislature.

Turkey coup anniversary: Erdogan hails 'defenders of nation' - BBC News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given emotional speeches to tens of thousands of people a year after a coup attempt was faced down in the streets.

Fukushima’s most popular beach reopens for first time since March 2011 disaster - Japan Today

A beach in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, which was long regarded as the most popular swimming spot in the prefecture, has reopened to the public for the first time since the March 11, 2011 disaster.

Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal charge stemming from Rio Olympics incident

An appellate court in Brazil has dismissed a criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, concluding that Lochte did not break the law in exaggerating the details of an incident at a gas station during the Rio Olympics in August.

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2017.07.15

News Headlines - 15 July 2017

EU leaders willing to give UK control over immigration to prevent Brexit, Tony Blair says

The former Labour Prime Minister said political changes on the continent, including the election of Emmanuel Macron, have made an alternative to so-called hard Brexit more likely as he called on Jeremy Corbyn to end his support for leaving the single market.

'Nothing burger' is nothing new. It's been around for decades - CNNPolitics.com

But history sometimes surprises us. The term "nothing burger" (or "nothingburger," if you're feeling compounded) is somewhat of an antique. It first appeared in print in the 1950s, when a gossip columnist used it to dismiss an actor.

Hong Kong brain surgeon drills hole in wrong side of patient’s head | South China Morning Post

A doctor at a Hong Kong public hospital performed surgery on the wrong side of an 86-year-old man’s skull – the second brain surgery blunder in the city in just four months.

Webcam site lets members log in with a 'penisprint' | Daily Mail Online

Webcam sex website CamSoda has launched a 'Dick-ometrics' feature it claims will allow users to access their account by taking a picture of their penis.
The biometric security features uses the penis in a similar way to a fingerprint or retina scanner.

Liga MX Transfer News: Pachuca signs Japan international Keisuke Honda after AC Milan exit - Goal.com

Keisuke Honda has signed with Liga MX side Pachuca, the club announced Friday.
The 31-year-old was a free agent after his contract with AC Milan expired in June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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2017.07.14

News Headlines - 14 July 2017

French army band medleys Daft Punk at Bastille Day parade | The Guardian

A French army marching band medleys Daft Punk at the end of the Bastille Day parade on Friday. Donald Trump looks somewhat bemused as they perform Get Lucky and some of the group’s other hits. French president Emmanuel Macron smiles as other dignitaries clap and dance along

Amelia Earhart mystery: Photo appears taken 2 years before pilot vanished - CNN.com

The blurry photo, used in a History Channel documentary, was alleged to show the groundbreaking pilot and her navigator Fred Noonan alive and well on a dock in the Marshall Islands in 1937.
But two bloggers say they have found the photo in a Japanese coffee-table book from 1935 -- when Earhart was safely in the United States.

Walking Dead Stuntman Dead: John Bernecker Dies After On-Set Accident | Variety

Bernecker fell more than 20 feet off a balcony onto a concrete floor, suffering a serious head injury that required him to be transported to a nearby hospital by helicopter. AMC announced Thursday that they had temporarily shut down production on the show’s eighth season in the wake of the tragedy.

Mom suffocates 3 babies, keeps bodies in freezer | Tempo

The woman admitted being the mother of the children, suffocating them with a cushion, then wrapping their bodies in a plastic bag and placing them in the freezer, where they had spent up to a decade, prosecutor Laureline Peyrefitte said... Based on the mother’s testimony, she had given birth alone at her former home in the western city of Lorient in 1998, 1999 and again in 2003.

Kiwi family's heartbreak over son who died in psychiatric care in Japan - NZ Herald

A young Kiwi living in Japan died after having his legs and waist strapped to a bed in a psychiatric ward for 10 days without release, his family says.

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2017.07.13

News Headlines - 13 July 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody | The Guardian

China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate and democracy icon Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61... Last month he was granted medical parole and moved to a hospital in northeastern China, where he was reportedly treated in an isolated ward under armed guard.

Daimler summoned by Germany to address diesel allegations

A German government committee investigating carmakers has summoned Daimler for a meeting today to address allegations it sold cars with excessive emissions, the transport ministry said.

Repeal Bill: 1,000 'corrections' to EU law will be made without MPs necessarily voting on them | The Independent

A staggering 1,000 “corrections” to EU law will be made without MPs necessarily voting on them, through the controversial “Repeal Bill”... The legislation will also switch across up to 20,000 EU regulations into UK law to prepare for departure day when Brexit is completed in March 2019.

London Tube staff ditch 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings | The Independent

Transport for London (TfL) workers have been told to ditch the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" in a bid to go gender-neutral.
Instead, staff should use inclusive greetings like "good morning everyone" to make passengers feel more welcome.

Clint Eastwood Casts Real-Life Soldiers for ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ | Variety

In an unconventional move, Clint Eastwood has tapped Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in his next movie, “The 15:17 to Paris.” The film will tell the story of the three Americans who stopped a terrorist on a train bound for Paris.

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2017.07.12

News Headlines - 12 July 2017

Drinking more coffee can lead to a longer life, new studies say - CNN.com

One study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study to date on coffee and mortality, and found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person's risk of mortality.
The second study was more novel, as it focused on nonwhite populations. After surveying over 185,000 African-Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Japanese-Americans, Latinos and whites, the researchers found that coffee increases longevity across various races.

North Korea supplies high-voltage electricity to border fence - UPI.com

North Korea has installed high-voltage electric fencing at its border with China, posing even more challenges for people seeking to leave the country or smuggle goods in from the outside world.

Ex-Solidarity leader Wałęsa returns home from hospital - National

Former Polish president and ex-Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa on Wednesday returned home from hospital after undergoing checks.

Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf | The Guardian

A giant iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg has broken off an ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea... The Larsen C ice shelf is more than 12% smaller in area than before the iceberg broke off – or “calved” – an event that researchers say has changed the landscape of the Antarctic peninsula and left the Larsen C ice shelf at its lowest extent ever recorded.

Rip currents swept away a Florida family. Then dozens of beachgoers formed a human chain. - The Washington Post

Six members of a single family — four adults and two young boys — and four other swimmers had been swept away by powerful and deceptive rip currents churning below the water’s surface... On shore, the human chain began forming, first with just five volunteers, then 15, then dozens more as the rescue mission grew more desperate... She and her husband started with the children, passing Noah and Stephen back along the human chain, which passed them all the way to the beach.

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2017.07.11

News Headlines - 11 July 2017

Olympics in 2024 & 2028: Paris & Los Angeles get Games as IOC backs dual host announcement - BBC Sport

Paris and Los Angeles are set to stage the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games - provided they can agree which should go first, as both want to host in 2024.
The International Olympic Committee has voted in favour of naming hosts for successive Games on 13 September with just Paris and Los Angeles bidding.
The IOC - which oversees the Olympic movement - wants the cities to reach an agreement on who hosts in 2028 by then.
If there is no agreement, a vote to select just the 2024 host will be held.

EU money demands for Brexit deal 'seem extortionate': UK's Johnson

The EU wants an agreement on how the "Brexit bill" will be calculated before launching talks on a free trade agreement. It puts Britain's financial settlement at tens of billions of euros and includes covering a share of future EU budget commitments made while it was a member.

Isil leader Baghdadi dead, claims Syrian war monitor

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Islamic State, is dead, according to a Syrian war monitor... Russia's defence ministry said last month that it may have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, but the US said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been sceptical.

Liu Xiaobo: German anger at China over hospital videos - BBC News

Germany has issued a sharp rebuke to China after videos of Western doctors visiting ailing Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo in hospital were posted online.
The German embassy in Beijing posted a statement accusing China of recording the visit against its wishes. One of the doctors was German.

NASA's Juno spacecraft just buzzed Jupiter's Great Red Spot - CNET

NASA's Juno mission just hit a high point with a buzzing flyby on Monday night of one of Jupiter's most notable features: the Great Red Spot, a massive spinning storm that is a focus of fascination for scientists and space fans. This is the closest Juno has been to the distinctive oval-shaped spot, which is twice as wide as Earth.

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2017.07.10

News Headlines - 10 July 2017

Turks stage largest show of opposition against Erdoğan government in years | The Guardian

Hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets of Istanbul on Sunday in the largest opposition rally in years, in a serious rebuke to the government’s large-scale crackdown on opponents since last year’s attempted coup.

Former Martial Arts Star Battulga Wins Mongolian Presidential Election - The New York Times

Populist former martial arts star and businessman Khaltmaa Battulga has won Mongolia's presidential run-off election, according to voter data from the General Election Commission released on Saturday.

Shinzo Abe to Reshuffle Cabinet As Poll Numbers Drop | Time.com

Opinion polls on Monday showed Abe's popularity at its lowest since he returned to power late in 2012, with support of 36% in one conducted by the conservative Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper - tumbling from 49% a month earlier.
Another, in the liberal Asahi, found support of 33%, a slide from 38% from a week earlier.

Donald Trump Jr. Tweets 'Top Gun' Video of Dad Shooting CNN Jet | Hollywood Reporter

Trump Jr. tweeted a video of a doctored clip of the 1986 military thriller Top Gun on Saturday. In it, President Donald Trump's face is superimposed over Tom Cruise's character as he shoots down a Russian jet with a CNN logo on it. Trump is seen in the clip repeating his "you're fired" catchphrase before launching a missile.

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Swinging to $120 Million Debut | Variety

The Sony-Marvel superhero movie is flying to a $120 million opening, surpassing even the most optimistic industry expectations. The sixth Spider-Man film in just over 15 years netted $50.5 million on Friday from 4,248 locations.

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2017.07.09

News Headlines - 09 July 2017

Iraqi Prime Minister Arrives in Mosul to Declare Victory Over ISIS - The New York Times

Dressed in a military uniform, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived here in Mosul on Sunday to congratulate Iraq’s armed forces on their victory over the Islamic State and mark the formal end of a bloody campaign that lasted nearly nine months, left much of Iraq’s second-largest city in ruins, killed thousands of people and displaced nearly a million more.

Vatican outlaws gluten-free bread for Holy Communion - BBC News

Bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Roman Catholic Mass must not be gluten-free - although it may be made from genetically modified organisms, the Vatican has ruled.

Japan to host G20 summit in 2019 - NHK WORLD

The G20 summit was first held in Washington in 2008. It has been held every year since then. It will be the first time for the conference to be held in Japan.

Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton - The New York Times

President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence | HISTORY

Former FBI official Shawn Henry investigates new, shocking evidence that aviator Amelia Earhart was captured by the Japanese military, including a photograph that purports to show Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan alive after their disappearance. Evidence includes documents containing new information indicating that the U.S. government knew that she was in the custody of a foreign power, and may have covered it up.

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2017.07.08

News Headlines - 08 July 2017

Ivanka Trump Sat In for Her Father at the G-20 Leaders' Table - Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, took his seat at a Group of 20 meeting table in Hamburg, sitting in for the president when he stepped away for one-on-one discussions with other world leaders... One official who was watching the session said Ivanka Trump had taken her father’s place at the table on at least two occasions on Saturday, but didn’t speak.

White House identifies Xi Jinping as president of wrong country

Four hours after President Trump's meeting with the Chinese president here Saturday, the White House released a transcript:
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
BEFORE BILATERAL MEETING
WITH PRESIDENT XI OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA
That's the wrong China.

Klan members rally against removal of General Lee statue in Virginia | Reuters

A few dozen Ku Klux Klan members and supporters shouted "white power" at a rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia where they protested against a city council decision to remove a statute honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Sex Robots Expert Noel Sharkey Warning Dangerous Rape

We're all for positive sexual expression. Seriously, we love exploring new sexual positions, kink, and sex toys — even blow-up sex dolls if that's what you're into.
But when Noel Sharkey, Phd, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, issued warnings about the "dark side" of Artificial Intelligence (AI) sex robots, we had to take note.

1,200 Fiat 500s mass for iconic car's 60th birthday - France 24

The Italian classic took its first spin on July 4, 1957.
Eighteen years later, more than 4.2 million had rolled off the factory line. Production then took a 22-year break before the model was relaunched in 2007 with some modern tweaks, although it retained its traditional curves.

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2017.07.07

News Headlines - 07 July 2017

G20 summit protest: Thousands of activists clash with police at 'Welcome to Hell' demo in Hamburg | London Evening Standard

Demonstrators carrying banners that read: “welcome to hell” and “Smash G20” were raised as the protest that attracted scores of activists descended in to chaos. Up to 100,000 protesters were expected to march on the city ahead of the summit as police warned of possible violence, saying they had confiscated a number of homemade weapons.

The EU-Japan EPA, What Does it Mean for U.S. Agriculture?

Despite this success, the U.S. could do better. Japan continues to maintain high tariffs on agricultural goods, especially when compared to other developed economies. Reductions in these tariffs will certainly mean greater sales for the country able to reach and ratify a trade agreement. This is why American Farm Bureau Federation and the vast majority of the U.S. agricultural community celebrated the signing of the TPP on February 4, 2016, and mourned the U.S. withdrawal on January 23, 2017.

Peru leader to consult doctors on Fujimori 'medical pardon' - NY Daily News

Peru's president said Friday night that a group of doctors will help him determine whether a "medical pardon" should be given to ex-President Alberto Fujimori, who is in jail for abuses committed during his 1990-2000 strongman reign.

El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth | The Guardian

A teenage rape victim in El Salvador has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder after having a stillbirth, the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women in the Central American country.

Emma Stone: male co-stars took pay cuts to earn the same as me | The Guardian

Speaking to Out Magazine, the actor addressed the pay disparity between male and female performers in film. Stone did not reveal which male performers had taken pay cuts but said that they had agreed to do so because they felt it was fair.

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2017.07.06

News Headlines - 06 July 2017

Japan, European Union Strike New Trade Deal - WSJ

Japan and the European Union agreed on the terms of a new trade deal, hours before U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to clash with them and other world officials over how global trade works.

Trump, in Poland, Asks if West Has the ‘Will to Survive’ - The New York Times

President Trump said on Thursday that Western civilization was at risk of decline, bringing a message about “radical Islamic terrorism” and “the creep of government bureaucracy” to the one European capital he views as most hospitable to his nationalist message.

U.S. prepared to use force on North Korea 'if we must': U.N. envoy | Reuters

The United States cautioned on Wednesday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea's nuclear missile program but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.

United Airlines apologizes after giving away toddler's seat - Hawaii News Now

A Hawaii teacher says she was forced to hold her 27-month-old son on her lap for three and a half hours after United Airlines gave the toddler's seat to a standby passenger.

Muji flagship store, hotel planned in Tokyo's Ginza district- Nikkei Asian Review

Retailer Ryohin Keikaku will launch a new global flagship Muji store and its first domestic Muji Hotel in Tokyo's Ginza district in spring 2019, the company said Wednesday.

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2017.07.05

News Headlines - 05 July 2017

US Commander in South Korea: We're Prepared for War with North Korea

The top U.S. commander in South Korea warned North Korea that the U.S. and its South Korean ally are prepared to go to war on Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang conducted its first intercontinental ballistic missile test.

How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF - CNNPolitics.com

The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted -- one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.

Tim Cook Quotes Roosevelt: We're 'Descended from Immigrants' | Fortune.com

Apple CEO Tim Cook wished everyone a happy Independence Day Tuesday in a tweet that quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt. "Remember always that all of us ... are descended from immigrants and revolutionists," he said.

Panda fever grips Berlin on Chinese president's trip to Germany | The Guardian

Panda fever, which has gripped the city for weeks, reached its peak when the red velvet curtain of their €9m (£7.9m) glass enclosure was drawn to reveal the bamboo-chewing newcomers – a three-year-old female and a seven-year-old male – unaware of the considerable diplomatic responsibility that has been placed upon their shoulders.

Wimbledon 2017: Jack Sock towel throw starts tug-of-war between fans - BBC Sport

Jack Sock has launched a campaign to find the young Wimbledon fan who had Sock’s souvenir towel ripped out of his hands by another spectator on Tuesday.

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2017.07.04

News Headlines - 04 July 2017

North Korea Says It Has Successfully Tested an ICBM - The New York Times

North Korea said on Tuesday that it had successfully conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, claiming a milestone in its efforts to build nuclear weapons capable of hitting the mainland United States.

Slovenian comic's parody has Merkel dancing with 'zombie' refugees | Reuters

A Slovenian comic who has attracted millions of online hits with extravagant musical parodies of such figures as Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and the pope gives Angela Merkel the same satirical treatment in a clip released on Monday.

Yellen Hospitalized During London Visit, Released Monday - Bloomberg

Yellen, 70, was admitted Friday and released Monday from King Edward VII Hospital, the central bank said in a statement Monday. She is returning to Washington and expects to resume her schedule as planned this week, the Fed said.

Einride’s T-Pod self-driving transport EV gets a full-scale prototype | TechCrunch

Swedish tech startup Einride has built a full-scale prototype of its T-Pod, the electric autonomous transport vehicle it hopes will eventually replace smaller heavy-duty trucks, featuring remote control operation and a 200 kWh energy capacity with a maximum range of around 124 miles.

Mitsubishi Aircraft sinks into negative net worth on spiraling MRJ costs | The Japan Times

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. had a negative net worth of \51 billion at the end of March, according to the government’s official gazette.
Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., has seen costs surge from delays in the development of its new regional jet, Japan’s first domestically developed airliner.

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2017.07.03

News Headlines - 03 July 2017

India president calls for calm after spate of lynchings

In recent days, several people — mostly Muslim — have been killed in mob attacks, many of which were carried out in the name of protecting cows, which are sacred to Hindus but commonly eaten by Muslims and adherents of other religions.
The most high-profile of these has been the killing of Junaid Khan, a teenage boy who was stabbed to death a week ago on a train south of Delhi during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Chinese naval surveillance ship enters Japanese waters near Hokkaido | The Japan Times

The ship was sailing eastward in the Tsugaru Strait between the prefectures of Hokkaido and Aomori when it entered Japanese waters southwest off the island of Kojima at around 10:40 a.m. (1:40 a.m. GMT).

Shogi star Fujii's future looks bright despite end to winning streak - The Mainichi

On July 2, the 14-year-old prodigy was finally beaten, by 22-year-old fifth-dan (rank) Yuki Sasaki, preventing Fujii from making it 30 wins in a row since his professional shogi debut. Nevertheless, Fujii's fine feat -- which ultimately culminated in the setting of a new consecutive victory record for the first time in 30 years -- is very impressive.

France is ready for 'radically new path', says Macron as he vows to slash French lawmakers by a third - The Local

French president Emmanuel Macron told a gathering of lawmakers on Monday that France was ready for a "radically new path" which would include "profound changes" including slashing the number of MPs and Senators by a third and ending the state of emergency.

German bus inferno killed 18 in Bavaria motorway crash - BBC News

Eighteen people died when their tour bus collided with a lorry and burst into flames on the A9 motorway in southern Germany, police say.
Another 30 on the bus were hurt and two of them were fighting for their lives.

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2017.07.02

News Headlines - 02 July 2017

Trump Tweets a Video of Him Wrestling ‘CNN’ to the Ground - The New York Times

The video, about 28 seconds long, appears to be an edited clip from a years-old appearance by Mr. Trump in WrestleMania, an annual professional wrestling event. The clip ends with an onscreen restyling of the CNN logo as “FNN: Fraud News Network.”

Japan's Shinzo Abe's Party Suffers Big Defeat in Tokyo Election, Signaling Trouble for the Prime Minister Amid Scandal

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signaling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favoritism scandal.

Government to pull out of EU fishing deal and reclaim UK waters for British fishermen

The move, to be triggered today, will let the UK regain control of waters up to 12 miles from its coast in a major boost to British fishermen.
EU countries currently catch an estimated 10,000 tonnes of fish in those waters every year. Any access after Brexit will form part of negotiations.

E3 2017: SHIGERU MIYAMOTO AND THE LEGACY OF MARIO

It's late on the first day of E3, and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto looks very comfortable. In a small meeting room high above Nintendo's booth, Miyamoto sits under a Super Mario Odyssey poster in what seems like a different, much quieter world than the chaos of the bustling show floor below.

Man held for theft of rocket launchers from French train - The Local

French police have charged a 23-year-old man in southern France for allegedly stealing army rocket launchers and a stock of armour-piercing shells off a freight train, a source close to the case said Saturday.

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2017.07.01

News Headlines - 01 July 2017

Number of fatal shootings by police is nearly identical to last year - The Washington Post

Police nationwide shot and killed 492 people in the first six months of this year, a number nearly identical to the count for the same period in each of the prior two years... Although the number of unarmed people killed by police dropped slightly, the overall pace for 2017 through Friday was on track to approach 1,000 killed for a third year in a row.

Simone Veil: French politician and Holocaust survivor dies - BBC News

The French politician, women's rights champion and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil has died at the age of 89.
Best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s, she went on to serve as the first president of an elected European Parliament.

Venus Williams ‘heartbroken’ by car accident that led to one man’s death - The Washington Post

Venus Williams, who is readying to make her 20th Wimbledon appearance on Monday, opened up about a fatal car crash she was involved in earlier this month that left a 78-year-old man dead.

Third fire ant infestation confirmed at Nagoya port | The Japan Times

A third fire ant infestation has emerged at Nagoya port, following two similar discoveries last month in Kobe, the Aichi Prefectural Government said Friday... The pest, formally known as Solenopsis invicta, is commonplace in United States and reportedly in China and Taiwan.

Russia passes Confederations Cup test but hosts need a team to rally behind | The Guardian

The Confederations Cup is drawing to a close, and overall Russians will feel pleased at how the eight-team warm-up tournament has gone – except for the performance of the home team. On Sunday evening, Germany take on Chile in the late sunlight of a St Petersburg summer evening, and then that will be it until 14 June next year, when the Fifa circus descends on Russia for the main event.

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2017.06.30

News Headlines - 30 June 2017

Germany approves plans to fine social media firms up to €50m | The Guardian

Social media companies face fines of up to €50m (£43m) if they persistently fail to remove illegal content from their sites under a new law passed in Germany
The German parliament on Friday approved the bill aimed at cracking down on hate speech, criminal material and fake news on social networks – but critics warn it could have drastic consequences for free speech online.

France's Marine Le Pen placed under formal investigation | Euronews

Magistrates in France have placed Marine Le Pen under formal investigation.
This comes after preliminary inquiries into allegations that European Union funding had been misused by the leader of the far-right National Front.

Trump: US patience with the North Korean regime 'is over' - CNNPolitics.com

President Donald Trump, speaking alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, declared Friday US patience with the North Korean regime "is over."

China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan | Reuters

China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

Iraq retakes mosque where Isis proclaimed its caliphate

Iraqi forces say they have captured the remains of Mosul’s ancient Grand al-Nuri mosque, the site where Isis declared its “caliphate” three years ago, as they close in on the jihadis last holdouts in the city.

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2017.06.29

News Headlines - 29 June 2017

China-led multilateral lender AIIB gets top-notch credit rating from Moody’s | South China Morning Post

The long-term foreign currency issuer rating of Aaa granted by Moody’s Investors Service will put the Beijing-based multilateral lender on par with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank and pave the way for the bank to sell bonds to international investors.

Records come round again: Sony to open vinyl factory in Japan | The Guardian

Sony Music Japan shut down its in-house vinyl pressing production in 1989 after the advent of CDs, which entered the market in 1982 and were dominantfor the next two decades.
However, in a trend mirrored worldwide, vinyl sales in Japan have rocketed over the past four years and the country’s sole vinyl-pressing factory is unable to cope with demand, prompting Sony to step in.

Emmanuel Macron kicks off controversial attempt to reform France's labour laws | The Independent

Emmanuel Macron’s government has launched a programme of controversial labour reforms designed to make it easier to hire and fire employees, create jobs and spur France’s economic growth... Mass street protests were expected over the summer, but only the hardline General Confederation of Labour (CGT) union has called for a strike in September over Mr Macron’s plans.

Greek garbage workers suspend strike over jobs as trash piles grow in heatwave | Reuters

Hundreds of striking Greek sanitation workers ended a 10-day strike in Athens on Thursday over jobs as steaming mountains of garbage piled up across the country and temperatures soared.

Six arrested in Spain, Britain, Germany for Islamist militant links | Reuters

Six people have been arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany accused of links to the Islamist militant group Islamic State, and the indoctrination and radicalization of potential members, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday.

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2017.06.28

News Headlines - 28 June 2017

Opposition Labour loses vote on UK austerity, pay cap | Reuters

Britain's opposition Labour Party lost a vote to try to force Theresa May to change her austerity agenda and increase public sector pay on Wednesday, in the first of many expected challenges to the prime minister's ability to govern.
May won by 323 votes to 309 in the first parliamentary vote since she secured the backing of a small Northern Irish party to give her a narrow majority in parliament.

Pound jumps on Bank of England Governor's rate rise hint - BBC News

Sterling rose to $1.2936 against the dollar after Mark Carney said that "some removal of monetary stimulus is likely to become necessary"... Mr Carney said it was an issue the Bank "will debate in the coming months".

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019... However, she later said it was still "likely" a referendum would be held by 2021.

Hong Kong in Beijing's shadow 20 years after handover - Channel NewsAsia

For the past 20 years, Hong Kong has been governed under a "one country, two systems" deal which grants it rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech, an independent judiciary and a partially elected legislature... However, a string of incidents, including the disqualification of two pro-independence lawmakers and alleged abductions by mainland security agents, have sparked concerns the tide is turning.

US joins growing calls for China to allow Liu Xiaobo cancer treatment abroad | The Guardian

The US has called for China to completely lift all restrictions on the renowned democracy activist and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, as fears mount he is close to death after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.

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2017.06.27

News Headlines - 27 June 2017

CNN Producer Calls Its Trump/Russia Coverage 'Mostly Bulls***' | TMZ.com

This video clip is swirling around ... showing a CNN supervising producer saying the network's coverage of the Russia/Trump investigation is "mostly bulls***" but it's being covered to death for ratings. John Bonifield, CNN's supervising producer of the network's health unit, is caught on undercover video saying the network is getting great ratings from trying to tie the Trump Administration to the Russian interference in the election.

Image of the United States has plunged under Trump, survey shows | Reuters

Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

Brazilian President Michel Temer Charged with Corruption | The Rio Times

The top federal prosecutor in Brazil, Rodrigo Janot, filed corruption charges against President Michel Temer with the country’s Supreme Court (STF) on Monday. This is the first time in history a sitting President has been charged with a crime in Brazil.

Finance Colombia - FARC Surrenders Weapons in Historic Step for Colombia Peace Process

The largest guerrilla group in Colombia, after more than a half-century of conflict, has now disarmed, the United Nations (UN) has verified. This was a major step forward in the nation’s historic peace accord that, despite some delays, will now move beyond demobilization and disarmament and into the phases focused on the justice process and reintegration of the former combatants into Colombian society.

European Cities Are Just Saying ‘No’ to Scandal-Tinged Diesel Vehicles - WSJ

Large European cities from Munich to Madrid are banning or restricting diesel vehicles amid mounting alarm over toxic emissions, presenting a major challenge to European car makers who sell millions of them.

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2017.06.26

News Headlines - 26 June 2017

DUP-Tory deal secures extra spending in Northern Ireland - BBC News

A deal between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) includes an extra £1bn in public spending for Northern Ireland... Under the "supply and confidence" arrangement, the DUP guarantees that its 10 MPs will vote with the government on the Queen's Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

Takata may cost Toyota, Honda billions- Nikkei Asian Review

Toyota said that the total of 570 billion yen ($5.1 billion) in recall-related and other expenses owed by Takata will either be lost or repaid late... Honda also said that most of the money it is owed by Takata -- estimated at 556 billion yen -- will likely not be collected. But like Toyota, the carmaker said the impact on its earnings outlook would be "limited," as the loss had already been factored in.

Uber hires law firm to probe how it handled India rape case - source | Reuters

Uber Technologies Inc has hired a law firm to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014. The review will focus in part on accusations from some current and former employees that bribes were involved, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Islamic State blows up historic Mosul mosque where it declared 'caliphate' | Reuters

Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq's military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site.
It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled "caliphate" spanning parts of Syria and Iraq.

Taiwan reaffirms desire to join TPP | FOCUS TAIWAN

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) recently reaffirmed that Taiwan wished to join the regional trade bloc Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), even though the United States -- a driving force behind the trade pact -- has withdrawn from the agreement.

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2017.06.25

News Headlines - 25 June 2017

Takata, Unable to Overcome Airbag Crisis, Files for Bankruptcy Protection - The New York Times

Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker crippled by vast airbag recalls, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan and said it would sell its surviving operations to a Chinese-owned American rival, Key Safety Systems.

Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets | Reuters

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.

Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic - BBC News

Qatar's foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable.

Prince Philip cancels London Zoo appearance after hospital stay

The Duke of Edinburgh has cancelled an appearance at a London Zoo event as he continues to recover from an infection.

Hugh Grant offers £1,000 for return of WW2 veteran's medals - BBC News

Hugh Grant has offered a £1,000 reward for the return of a blind WW2 veteran's medals which went missing at a motorway service station.
Alfred Barlow, 95, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was returning from a pilgrimage to Normandy, France, on 8 June when he noticed they were missing.

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2017.06.24

News Headlines - 24 June 2017

UK Parliament hit by cyberattack - CNN.com

The UK Parliament's computer system has been hit by a cyberattack, a spokesperson for the Houses of Parliament said in a statement.

Trump Didn’t Record Comey, White House Tells House Intel Panel - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump didn’t record his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey, the White House confirmed in a notice sent to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.

YouTube claims 1.5 billion monthly users

Google's YouTube unit says it now reaches 1.5 billion viewers every month -- and its users watch more than an hour of mobile videos per day -- as it expands its video programming to sell more digital ads.

Toshiba teeters on brink of delisting- Nikkei Asian Review

With Toshiba's fiscal 2016 results delayed yet again and its shares headed to the Tokyo Stock Exchange's second section, the embattled conglomerate's listing now hangs in the balance.

Friend of former South Korea leader jailed for three years: Yonhap | Reuters

The friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye, who was at the center of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country's business and political elite, has been sentenced to three years in jail, Yonhap News Agency reported on Friday.

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2017.06.23

News Headlines - 23 June 2017

600 households in Camden tower blocks evacuated in wake of fatal Grenfell Tower fire - ITV News

Up to 4,000 people from 600 households on the Chalcots estate in north London have been evacuated to allow "urgent fire safety works" to take place... Despite the safety concerns and ensuing evacuations, 83 people have refused to leave their homes on the estate.

Obama’s secret struggle to retaliate against Putin’s election interference - Washington Post

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands - BBC News

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are asking the Gulf state to shut down its broadcaster, Al Jazeera.
They are also asking Qatar to reduce ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base - all within 10 days.

Hotpoint fridge freezer sparked Grenfell Tower fire

A Hotpoint FF175BP model was found to have been the fridge at the centre of the tragedy which has left 79 people dead or missing presumed dead.

Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34 - BBC News

A former Japanese newsreader who won legions of admirers after deciding to publicly chronicle her battle with cancer has died of the disease.
Mao Kobayashi, who was named one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2016, died late on Thursday at home in Tokyo, aged 34.

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2017.06.22

News Headlines - 22 June 2017

May unveils 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens - BBC News

A new "UK settled status" would grant EU migrants who had lived in the UK for five years rights to stay and access health, education and other benefits.
Proposals were unveiled at a Brussels summit but are dependent on EU states guaranteeing Britons the same rights.

Chagos legal status sent to international court by UN - BBC News

The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands.
The former British colony used to be part of Mauritius but was detached in 1965 and is now home to a US airbase.

Prince Harry on Chaos After Diana's Death and Why the World Needs 'the Magic' of the Royal Family

“We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people…. Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

French fitness blogger and Instagram star killed by exploding whipped cream dispenser - The Local

An Instagram star and well-known French fitness blogger has died in a freak accident after a pressurised cannister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest, her family has said.

Buy-to-let UK property sales fall by almost 50% in a year | The Guardian

The number of properties bought by landlords has almost halved in a year after a tax and regulatory clampdown, prompting a leading banking body to downgrade its forecasts for buy-to-let lending in 2017 and 2018.

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2017.06.21

News Headlines - 21 June 2017

Helmut Kohl to be buried near symbolic Speyer Cathedral | DW

Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor who presided over German reunification and died aged 87 on Friday, will not be buried at his family burial site in the Oggersheim suburb of Ludwigshafen. The state funeral is planned for July 1.

Boy, 14, investigated after Thai king shot with plastic bullets in Germany

The unidentified youth, together with a 13-year-old who is too young to be investigated, is suspected of having fired the gun from a garden or house window at a group of cyclists that included King Maha Vajiralongkorn, a regular visitor to Bavaria, and his entourage.

Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq - The Globe and Mail

A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.

254 percent surge in Britons seeking French citizenship as Brexit looms - France 24

In 2016, 1,363 British nationals applied for French citizenship, compared to 385 in 2015, according to figures obtained by Le Monde.

'Star Wars': Han Solo Film Loses Directors | Hollywood Reporter

"Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it's become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we've decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said Tuesday in a statement.

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2017.06.20

News Headlines - 20 June 2017

Moritomo Gakuen raided for suspected subsidy fraud | The Japan Times

The Osaka District Public Prosecutor’s Office raided school operator Moritomo Gakuen on Monday evening for allegedly receiving unfair subsidies for its kindergarten.

IMF says Japan needs to stick with fiscal, monetary stimulus | Reuters

The International Monetary Fund urged Japan to avoid withdrawing fiscal policy stimulus and said monetary policy should be loosened further if risks to the economy materialize, warning of weak consumption that remains vulnerable to external shocks.

Philippines: ISIS-Linked Militants Storm School as Fighting With Duterte's Government Continues

Pro-Islamic State militants stormed a town and occupied a school in the southern Philippines early on Wednesday, a police officer said, on the same island where fighting between government troops and Islamist militants has entered its fifth week.

Supercomputers: United States Falls Behind China and Switzerland | Fortune.com

Two Chinese supercomputers and an upgraded supercomputer in Switzerland rank ahead of the U.S. in a biannual list of top supercomputers released Monday by the TOP500 organization, which tracks supercomputer speeds.

Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows

In a new comprehensive study of the spread of domesticated cats, DNA analysis suggests that cats lived for thousands of years alongside humans before they were domesticated. During that time, their genes have changed little from those of wildcats, apart from picking up one recent tweak: the distinctive stripes and dots of the tabby cat.

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2017.06.19

News Headlines - 19 June 2017

Otto Warmbier, American Student Released From North Korea, Dies - The New York Times

Otto F. Warmbier, the University of Virginia honors student who was released from a North Korean prison last week after spending 17 months in captivity and more than a year in a coma, died on Monday at the Cincinnati hospital where he had been receiving treatment, his family said.

Japan's Abe apologizes for "unconstructive" discussions in Diet, vows to regain public trust - Xinhua

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday apologized for time being wasted in the latest session of the Diet and pledged to fulfill the government's responsibility to fully explain its policies to a public whose support for his Cabinet has tumbled according to recent polls.

Is Japan’s Top Politician Behind a Shameful Rape Cover-Up?

Japan’s ruling coalition, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has been mired in scandal for several weeks amid allegations Abe personally bent the law or broke it to benefit his political cronies and friends. Even a senior member of Abe’s own Liberal Democratic Party says, “There is nothing this administration wouldn’t do to crush its enemies and reward its pals.”
But new allegations have raised the possibility that the administration may have gone so far as to quash a rape investigation on behalf of a close friend of Abe

Photos show Grenfell Tower devastation - BBC News

Police have released images of what remains of some of the flats inside the fire-ravaged Grenfell Tower.

Police confirm one person has died in Finsbury Park mosque 'terror attack' | Metro News

Police have this morning confirmed that one person died during a terror attack outside a Muslim welfare centre in Finsbury Park, North London... Scotland Yard confirmed that he would undergo a mental health assessment in due course, a standard procedure for investigations of this kind.

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2017.06.18

News Headlines - 18 June 2017

Macron's new party wins majority in parliamentary elections | Euronews

Exit polls predicted that members of the President’s La République en Marche! party and their MoDem allies will win 361 seats. The party needed 289 for an absolute majority so looks as if it will have a comfortable margin.

Queen's speech scrapped next year under plans for a two-year Parliament to deliver Brexit - ITV News

Parliament will sit for a double-length two year term to ensure that it delivers Brexit, the Government has announced.
Next year's Queen's Speech will be scrapped under plans designed to ease the way for a raft of laws taking the UK out of the European Union.

Iran launches missile strike into Syria in response to Tehran attacks | The Times of Israel

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Sunday it launched missiles into eastern Syria targeting Islamic State militants in response to a June 7 attack on Iran’s parliament and a shrine in Tehran. The hardline paramilitary force also warned that it would similarly retaliate against anyone else carrying out attacks in Iran.

Porsche complete Le Mans hat-trick | Reuters

The German manufacturer's 19th outright win at the Circuit de la Sarthe followed a night of drama with Toyota's top two cars retiring and the number one Porsche also suffering a terminal problem while leading with four hours to go.

Nintendo Switch: second comeback

Switch is off to a decent start. In its first month, the system sold 2.74 million hardware units worldwide — and it expects to sell 10 million by the end of this fiscal year.
Nintendo says it is working hard to ensure that anyone who wants to buy a Switch this holiday season can find one in stores – but it can't say with certainty that's going to be the case.

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2017.06.17

News Headlines - 17 June 2017

US Navy destroyer collision near Japan: 7 sailors missing - CNNPolitics.com

Seven US sailors are missing and the commanding officer of a US destroyer is among the injured after the warship and a merchant ship collided off the coast of Japan, the US Navy said.

Queen appears close to tears as she meets Grenfell Tower residents

She and the Duke of Cambridge met volunteers, local residents and community representatives at Westway Sports Centre, close to the charred remains of the building in west London.

Brexit negotiations with European Commission to begin on June 19 - ITV News

The first round of talks on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will start next Monday, the Government has announced.

German reunification architect Helmut Kohl dies at 87 - BBC News

Kohl led Germany for 16 years (from 1982 to 1998). He is credited with bringing East and West Germany together after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Together with his French ally President Francois Mitterrand, he was responsible for the introduction of the euro.

Iraqi forces say about to encircle Islamic State in Mosul's Old City | Reuters

Iraqi forces said they were about to complete the encirclement of Islamic State's stronghold in the Old City of Mosul, after taking control of a neighboring district on Thursday.

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2017.06.16

News Headlines - 16 June 2017

Planning documents for tower in fatal fire omitted safety barriers | Reuters

Planning documents detailing the refurbishment of a residential tower block in West London where at least 12 people died in a fire on Wednesday did not refer to a type of fire barrier that building safety experts said should be used when high rise blocks are being re-clad.

Air bag maker Takata to file for bankruptcy this month: sources | Reuters

Takata Corp, the Japanese company facing billions in liabilities stemming from its defective air bag inflators, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc, sources said on Thursday.

Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy on hold

The decision suggests Haruhiko Kuroda, BoJ governor, is determined to continue monetary stimulus until inflation makes progress towards his 2 per cent goal, despite calls for him to prepare an exit strategy from his aggressive asset purchases.

Japan passes 'brutal' counter-terror law despite fears over civil liberties | The Guardian

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties.

Russian Military Says It Might Have Killed ISIS Leader - The New York Times

Russia’s military said on Friday that it was looking into whether one of its airstrikes in the Syrian desert had killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared caliph of the Islamic State.

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2017.06.15

News Headlines - 15 June 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say - The Washington Post

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

Philippines says U.S. troops near besieged Marawi, but not fighting | Reuters

U.S. troops are on the ground near Marawi City in the southern Philippines but are not involved in fighting Islamist militants who have held parts of the city for more than three weeks, a Philippines military spokesman said on Wednesday.

Turkish court sentences opposition MP to 25 years on spy charges

A Turkish court sentenced an opposition lawmaker to 25 years in prison for espionage on Wednesday in a sensational case that has vexed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for two years.

UK Supreme Court sits in Edinburgh for the first time - BBC News

The Supreme Court will sit in the City Chambers - normally home to the City of Edinburgh Council - until Thursday. It is the first time it has sat outside London in its eight-year history.

NHS launches world's first trial of 3D printed bionic hands for children | The Independent

Bionic hands for children may soon be available on the NHS as the world's first clinical trial of a new type of prosthesis begins this week.

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2017.06.14

News Headlines - 14 June 2017

London fire: Police confirm 12 dead in Grenfell Tower blaze | The Independent

Police have confirmed at least 12 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire in west London.
Commander Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan Police said that number was likely to rise further still.

U.S. lawmaker, others shot on baseball field by man angry with Trump | Reuters

A man who had posted angry messages against President Donald Trump and other Republicans on social media opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game on Wednesday, wounding a senior U.S. House member and three other people.

US blames North Korea for series of cyberattacks - ABC News

U.S. officials are blaming the North Korean government for a series of cyberattacks dating to 2009 against media, aerospace, financial sectors and infrastructure in the United States and around the world.

EU launches antitrust investigation into Nike, Universal Studios and Hello Kitty owner | The Independent

The EU has launched antitrust investigations into Nike, Universal Studios and the owner of the Hello Kitty brand, over their licensing and distribution practices within the single market.

Accusations About Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Lecture Rekindle an Old Debate - The New York Times

A Slate article on Tuesday accused Mr. Dylan of doing what schoolchildren get scolded for every day: cribbing lines from that study guide and passing it off as his own work. The author, Andrea Pitzer, combed through Mr. Dylan’s 4,000-word speech and, in the case of his 78 sentences of commentary on “Moby-Dick,” found at least 20 examples in which phrases from his text closely resemble lines in a SparkNotes online guide to the novel.

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2017.06.13

News Headlines - 13 June 2017

Japan accused of eroding press freedom by UN special rapporteur | The Guardian

The UN’s special rapporteur on freedom of expression has accused Japan of eroding media freedoms and stifling public debate of issues such as the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and the country’s actions during the second world war.

Panama Establishes Ties With China, Further Isolating Taiwan - The New York Times

Panama has severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of recognizing China, the latest in a series of developments adding to the island’s isolation on the world stage and raising questions about waning American influence under President Trump.

EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

There has been a sharp drop in nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest.
Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, compared to 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%.

Finland PM pulls plug on coalition in nationalism row - BBC News

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila says his coalition can no longer go on with the Eurosceptic Finns party, after it elected an anti-immigration hardliner as leader.

Waymo retires Firefly test cars, focuses on Pacificas

Waymo, a leader in the push for driverless vehicles, is moving away from its small first-generation test vehicle in favor of a focus on equipping its fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

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2017.06.12

News Headlines - 12 June 2017

Who are the DUP and will they demand a soft Brexit to prop up the Tories?

Theresa May is understood to be in talks with the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland about forming a minority Government in a move that makes a "hard Brexit" significantly less likely.

Queen's Speech faces delay as DUP talks continue - BBC News

Ministers say they do not know if the Queen's Speech can be delivered on time because of post-election talks between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party.
The set-piece event is scheduled to take place on Monday 19 June.

Fujifilm finds accounting irregularities at Australian unit - The Mainichi

Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said Monday a third-party panel investigating accounting of its overseas operations found irregularities at an Australian subsidiary in addition to those already found at a New Zealand unit.

Russian malware 'likely' to blame for Ukrainian power grid attack | ZDNet

Researchers are now saying that the Industroyer malware was "likely" behind that cyberattack in Ukraine, which left more than 225,000 customers in the dark two days before Christmas.
But the security researchers have warned that the attack may have been a "large-scale test," and could be easily "refitted to target other types of critical infrastructure."

Jaguar Land Rover invests $25 million in ride-share operator Lyft

Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors, is the latest automaker to take a stake Lyft, as the ride-share operator continues to expand Irma partnerships with automakers and tech firms.

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2017.06.11

News Headlines - 11 June 2017

Uber Weighs Leave of Absence for Chief Executive - The New York Times

Facing accusations that Uber executives turned a blind eye to sexual harassment and other corporate misbehavior, the ride-hailing service’s board moved on Sunday to shake up the company’s leadership, ahead of the release this week of an investigation’s findings on its troubled culture.

Puerto Ricans vote overwhelmingly to apply for U.S. statehood | Reuters

Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to apply to Congress to become the 51st state, election officials said, although less than a quarter of eligible voters cast ballots in the plebiscite.

'It's extreme': Proposed legislation says pot producers can't sponsor events, as some do now - CBC News

A few Canadian festivals are making money through sponsorships with licensed pot producers. But this could be the last summer you see them at fests as proposed legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use would also ban producers from sponsoring events.

Japan passes landmark bill for Emperor Akihito to abdicate - BBC News

Japan's parliament has passed a one-off bill to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, the first emperor to do so in 200 years... The government will now begin the process of arranging his abdication, expected to happen in late 2018, and the handover to Crown Prince Naruhito.

The Godfather Tops Empire's 100 Greatest Movies Poll - Empire

It's the most important exercise of democratic voting rights since at least yesterday! We asked Empire readers to vote for the greatest movies of all time – and you voted in your thousands. Now the results are in, and The Godfather has topped the list.

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2017.06.10

News Headlines - 10 June 2017

Sessions Will Testify in Senate on Russian Meddling in Election - The New York Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Congress on Saturday that he would testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about issues related to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Russia says tells U.S. not to strike Syrian pro-government forces again | Reuters

Russia said on Saturday it had told the United States it was unacceptable for Washington to strike pro-government forces in Syria after the U.S. military carried out an air strike on pro-Assad militia last month.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov relayed the message to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call on Saturday initiated by the U.S. side, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Santander rescues rival Banco Popular from collapse - BBC News

Spanish bank Banco Popular has been rescued from the brink of collapse by larger rival Santander for one euro... Banco Popular was described by the European Central Bank (ECB) as "failing or likely to fail" due to its dwindling cash reserves.

Bank rescue hopes, dwindling threat of snap election boost Italian assets | Reuters

Reports Italian banks are considering contributing to a state rescue of the country's weakest lenders, Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca, brought some comfort to investors wary of wider banking sector weakness, political uncertainty and a tightening of monetary policy in the region.

Cowboy Bebop to Receive Live Action Treatment from Tomorrow Studios | Variety

“Cowboy Bebop,” a critically and commercially successful 1998 Japanese anime series, is set to be adapted into a live action television series by Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein.

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2017.06.09

News Headlines - 09 June 2017

Trump's lawyer to file complaint against Comey over memos - CNNPolitics.com

President Donald Trump's legal team, in the wake of damning testimony from James Comey, plans to file a complaint against the former FBI director with the Justice Department Inspector General and the Senate judiciary committee early next week, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

Deutsche Bank Won’t Disclose Trump Dealings Citing Privacy - Bloomberg

Deutsche Bank AG said it can’t comply with a request to hand over information related to its relationship with Donald Trump and trades from the bank’s Moscow operation as political opponents seek to probe the U.S. President’s links with Russia.

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Said to Examine Frankfurt Offices - Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is scouting for office space in Frankfurt that could serve as its new trading hub inside the European Union after Brexit... Morgan Stanley is also looking for office space in the German financial capital

Court in Brazil Clears President Michel Temer in Campaign Finance Case - The New York Times

Brazil’s top electoral court cleared President Michel Temer on Friday night of claims that he violated campaign finance laws, lifting a critical burden on the deeply unpopular leader as he resists calls to resign over a simmering graft scandal.

Sweden’s Ola Toivonen punishes Hugo Lloris with late 50-yard winner | The Guardian

Ola Toivonen took advantage of a Hugo Lloris error to score an injury-time winner from inside his own half as Sweden beat France in their World Cup qualifier in Stockholm.

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2017.06.08

News Headlines - 08 June 2017

Election 2017: Tories to be largest party - exit poll - BBC News

The exit poll suggests the Conservatives would be 12 seats short of an overall majority.
It suggests Labour would gain 34 seats, the Conservatives would lose 17 seats, the Lib Dems would gain six and the SNP lose 22 seats.

Britain Votes as Narrowing Polls Indicate These Five Scenarios - Bloomberg

4. No majority
The chances of a softer Brexit have magnified as May would be unlikely to lead the Tories into another election and Corbyn could try and form a government with the pro-EU Liberal Democrats as well as the Scottish National Party and Welsh nationalists, Plaid Cymru. Suddenly the option of staying in the single market and ceding ground on immigration becomes plausible.

Comey: Trump White House 'lied' about the FBI - BBC News

Ex-FBI chief James Comey told Congress that the Trump administration's comments about him and the FBI were "lies plain and simple".
Mr Comey told a Senate committee they were wrong to denigrate the agency and its leadership.

Everything you need to know about the one-off Rolls-Royce 'Sweptail' | London Evening Standard

Like many of its recent models, the Sweptail takes its name and design cues from Rolls-Royce cars of the past, deliberately invoking the “swept back” tails common on many luxury cars of the 1920s.

Oldest Homo sapiens fossil claim rewrites our species' history : Nature News & Comment

Remains from Morocco dated to 315,000 years ago push back our species' origins by 100,000 years — and suggest we didn't evolve only in East Africa.

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2017.06.07

News Headlines - 07 June 2017

US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis - CNNPolitics.com

US investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency and planted a fake news report that contributed to a crisis among the US' closest Gulf allies, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.

Sadiq Khan's conference with London Bridge killer's friend | Daily Mail Online

Sadiq Khan attended a conference with one of the London Bridge murderers' close friends who is accused of training one of the 7/7 bombers, MailOnline can reveal.
The London Mayor spoke on the same platform as Sajeel Shahid, a militant who is said to have helped to train the ringleader of the July 7 London bomb attacks.

At Least 12 Killed in Pair of Terrorist Attacks in Iran - The New York Times

At least 12 people were killed and 46 were wounded in the near-simultaneous assaults, which lasted for hours, clearly took Iran’s elite security forces by surprise and shattered the self-proclaimed image of calm in a turbulent region.

Workers exposed to radiation at Japan nuclear facility | Daily Mail Online

Five workers at a nuclear research facility in east Japan were exposed to radioactive material on Tuesday after a bag that contained it burst, the plant's state-run operator said.
The incident occurred during a routine inspection on radioactive storage inside a 'controlled' room at the Oarai Research & Development Center, with no radioactive material leaking outside, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) said in a statement.

The hottest planet ever found is KELT-9b, a gas giant 650 light-years away - The Washington Post

The hottest planet ever discovered orbits a massive star so sizzling it burns bluish white. On exoplanet KELT-9b, a gas giant 650 light-years from Earth, temperatures during the day reach 4,300 degrees Celsius, or 7,770 degrees Fahrenheit.

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2017.06.06

News Headlines - 06 June 2017

Qatar: 'No justification' for cutting diplomatic ties | Al Jazeera

Qatar said there is "no legitimate justification" for several nations cutting diplomatic ties after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives announced they would suspend relations with the Gulf state.

Sessions Is Said to Have Offered to Resign - The New York Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign in recent weeks as he told President Trump he needed the freedom to do his job, according to two people who were briefed on the discussion.

China criticises US 'prejudices' over Tiananmen anniversary

The United States should reject its "prejudices" and stop making groundless accusations, China's foreign ministry said, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for a full accounting of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing.

Japanese men take out 'groping insurance' to fight sex pest claims - ITV News

A Japanese insurance company has reported a steep uptake in the "false groping accusation benefit" in recent weeks among men fearful of wrongful prosecution.
The long-standing issue of the crackdown on rush-hour sex pests has heightened after two men died trying to escape capture having been accused of molesting women on packed commuters trains.

Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home - CNET

Apple unveiled the company's long awaited competitor to the Amazon Echo smart speaker at the company's WWDC conference on Monday. Like the Echo and the Google Home, the HomePod is an always-listening speaker that plays music, answers questions and controls your smart home.

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2017.06.05

News Headlines - 05 June 2017

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar | Al Jazeera

The Saudi kingdom made the announcement via its state-run Saudi Press Agency early on Monday, saying it was taking action for what it called the protection of national security.
The news agency released a statement in which it accused Qatar of "harbouring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region".

5 Arab States Break Ties With Qatar, Complicating U.S. Coalition-Building - The New York Times

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries severed all ties with Qatar early Monday, in a renewal of a four-year effort to isolate it and in a sign of a new boldness after a visit to the region by President Trump... Qatar, like other monarchies in the Persian Gulf, is a close ally of Washington, and it hosts a major American military base that commands the United States-led air campaign against the Islamic State.

Feds Arrest NSA Contractor in Leak of Top Secret Russia Document - NBC News

Barely an hour after a news organization published an article about a Top Secret National Security Agency document on Russian hacking, the Justice Department announced charges against a 25-year-old government contractor who a senior federal official says was the leaker of the document.
The May 5, 2017 intelligence document published by The Intercept, an online news organization, describes new details about Russian efforts to hack voting systems in the U.S a week prior to the 2016 presidential election.

India to sell only electric cars by 2030

While the United States is walking away from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, India is making a bold vow to start selling only electric cars by 2030.

One Love Manchester watched by up to 100 million worldwide - and has helped raise over £10million - Mirror Online

The worldwide ratings are expected to top 100million, after the BBC’s coverage of Sunday night’s star studded benefit concert peaked at 14.5million, and drew an average of 10.9million. The three hour broadcast reached 22.6million people who tuned in for at least three minutes at various times.

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2017.06.04

News Headlines - 04 June 2017

Vladimir Putin on Dinner With Michael Flynn: 'I Didn't Even Really Talk to Him' - NBC News

Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that he had limited personal interaction with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, when asked by NBC's Megyn Kelly in an exclusive interview about the nature of their relationship — and a widely circulated December, 2015 photo that shows the two sitting next to each other at dinner during an event to celebrate Russian TV network RT (Russia Today).

Maltese PM Muscat wins second term in snap election | Reuters

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat won a second term in office after calling a snap parliamentary election last month to counter allegations of corruption against his wife and some of his political allies.
Muscat's Labour Party won 55 percent of votes in Saturday's election, handing it an absolute majority in the 65-seat parliament, according to political sources on both sides involved in the vote tally.

Wonder Woman banned in Lebanon due to Israeli lead, Gal Gadot | The Guardian

Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere in Lebanon, which is officially at war with Israel.

‘Last Secret’ of 1967 War: Israel’s Doomsday Plan for Nuclear Display - The New York Times

On the eve of the Arab-Israeli war, 50 years ago this week, Israeli officials raced to assemble an atomic device and developed a plan to detonate it atop a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula as a warning to Egyptian and other Arab forces, according to an interview with a key organizer of the effort that will be published Monday.

Defending champion Muguruza irked at crowd during fourth-round loss | TENNIS.com

Garbine Muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent — her French opponent, mind you — at the French Open.
So after her title defense ended with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at a packed and rowdy Court Suzanne Lenglen on a surprise-filled Sunday that left zero past Grand Slam champions in the women's field, Muguruza walked toward the locker room while wagging a finger toward the stands, as if to say, "Tsk, tsk!"

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2017.06.03

News Headlines - 03 June 2017

UK armed police respond to two incidents in central London | Reuters

British armed police have responded to an incident in the Borough Market area of London on Saturday as well as on nearby London Bridge, police said.

London Attack: Photographs from the scenes

Pictures tell the story from London Bridge and Borough High Street after another terrorist incident.

Trump uses suspected London terror attacks to again make case for US travel ban | Fox News

Trump has tweeted three times since the first incident was reported on the London Bridge shortly after midnight local time.

Cities and states aim to take up Paris Accord after Trump's withdrawal - ABC News

The governors of New York, California and Washington announced in a joint statement Thursday the formation of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking "aggressive action on climate change." The governors urged other states to join the alliance as well.

Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid - BBC Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid retained the Champions League in scintillating style by overwhelming Juventus in Cardiff.
Real's record 12th triumph in this competition - and third in four seasons - was predictably orchestrated by Ronaldo, who has now scored in three different Champions League finals.

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2017.06.02

News Headlines - 02 June 2017

Trump Administration Returns Copies of Report on C.I.A. Torture to Congress - The New York Times

Congressional officials said on Friday that the administration had begun returning to Congress copies of a 6,700-page Senate report from 2014 about the C.I.A. program. The move raises the possibility that most of the copies could be locked in Senate vaults indefinitely or even destroyed — and increases the risk that future government officials, unable to read the report, will never learn its lessons.

UK election: Theresa May sidesteps question on whether she will resign if Conservatives lose seats | The Independent

Theresa May has sidestepped a question over whether she will resign if her decision to take the country to the polls sees the Conservatives lose seats in the Commons.

Denmark's 'Little Mermaid' doused in red paint by whaling protesters | Reuters

Denmark's most famous landmark, "The Little Mermaid", has been doused in red paint by anti-whaling activists.
"Danmark defend the whales of the Faroe Islands" was written in English on the ground in front of the sculpture, using the Danish spelling for the country.

Hamerton Zookeeper dies in 'freak tiger accident' - BBC News

A zookeeper has died in a "freak accident" after a tiger entered an enclosure at a wildlife park.
The death happened at Hamerton Zoo Park, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, at about 11:15 BST.
Cambridgeshire Police said: "A tiger had entered an enclosure with a keeper. Sadly the female zoo keeper died at the scene."

Champions League final to witness huge security operation | Daily Mail Online

Armed police squads, a ring of steel and facial recognition technology will feature in the ‘biggest sporting security operation of the year’ around Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff.

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2017.06.01

News Headlines - 01 June 2017

Trump quits the Paris climate accord, denouncing it as a violation of U.S. sovereignty - LA Times

The U.S. will pull out of the Paris accord on global warming, President Trump announced Thursday, offering a statement of unabashed nationalism as he turned away from a global leadership role in the fight against climate change.

"Covfefe" tells you all you need to know about Donald Trump - CNNPolitics.com

President of the United States tweeted this: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe."
To be clear: This is, on its face, dumb. Trump seemed to be trying to type "coverage" and misspelled it. As he often does. Then he fell asleep and didn't correct the mistake until he got up in the morning.

Duterte jokes that his soldiers can rape women under martial law in the Philippines - The Washington Post

Three days after declaring martial law in the rebellious southern Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush the militants, and gave a speech to inspire them:
This last comment — absolving his soldiers for any future rapes — was widely reported as a joke, and if it was, it wouldn't be the ruler's first attempt at the genre.

Vietnam Seeks South China Sea Assurances in Prime Minister’s US Visit | The Diplomat

Now is the time for U.S. President Donald Trump to reassure Vietnam about Washington’s policy toward the South China Sea. Vietnam, as well as some other countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia, still expect U.S. leadership on one of the hottest points in the South China Sea issue: how to deal with China.

Over 40 people 'die of thirst' in Sahara Desert - BBC News

Survivors say 44 people have died of thirst after their truck broke down in the Sahara Desert in northern Niger, the Red Cross has told the BBC.

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2017.05.31

News Headlines - 31 May 2017

Trump is pulling U.S. out of Paris climate deal - Axios

President Trump has made his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision. Details on how the withdrawal will be executed are being worked out by a small team including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. They're deciding on whether to initiate a full, formal withdrawal — which could take 3 years — or exit the underlying United Nations climate change treaty, which would be faster but more extreme.

CNN Drops Kathy Griffin as New Year’s Eve Program Host - WSJ

CNN fired comedian Kathy Griffin from its New Year’s Eve program Wednesday amid backlash after she appeared in a photo holding a faux bloody severed head of President Donald Trump.

Ireland launches long-awaited AIB IPO in fresh milestone | Reuters

Ireland launched its long-awaited initial public offering of state-owned Allied Irish Banks (AIB) on Tuesday, offering a 25 percent stake in what is set to be one of Europe's largest bank listings since the 2008 financial crisis.

UN aid chief in Yemen warns of cholera rise without more aid - ABC News

Two senior U.N. officials on Tuesday warned of the spread of cholera and malnutrition in Yemen, where millions of civilians have been caught in a two-year-old civil war.

NASA Spacecraft Will Aim Straight for Sun Next Year

The United States space agency NASA says it will launch a mission next year to send a spacecraft directly into the sun’s atmosphere.

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2017.05.30

News Headlines - 30 May 2017

Ariana Grande Announces Manchester Benefit Concert, With Special Guests - The New York Times

An announcement confirms that the 23-year-old pop singer, Ms. Grande, will be joined at the show by Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, along with Usher, One Direction’s Niall Horan and the British boy band Take That.
The concert will be broadcast on BBC Television, live streamed through a yet-to-be-named partner, and available on the radio via the BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks.

Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama, dead at 83 - CNN.com

Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian dictator and convicted drug trafficker who was once one of Central America's most notorious military strongmen, has died, according to a tweet by Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela on his verified Twitter account.

China Detains Activist Who Worked at Manufacturer of Ivanka Trump Shoes - The New York Times

A labor activist who had been working undercover at a Chinese factory that makes shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands has been detained by the police, as concerns rise over a crackdown on the country’s advocacy groups.

U.N. rights expert airs concern about Japan's freedom of expression | The Japan Times

A U.N. rights expert who visited Japan last year noted “significant worrying signals” for the country’s freedom of expression and opinion in a report released Tuesday in Geneva.

High-profile journalist with close Abe ties accused of rape | The Japan Times

A 28-year-old woman has accused a former TV reporter, regarded as one of the journalists closest to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, of raping her two years ago.

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2017.05.29

News Headlines - 29 May 2017

Twitter reacts to hilarious Theresa May song 'Liar' reaching number two in the charts - Daily Record

Social media users have reacted to news that a song about Theresa May made it number two of the iTunes downloads chart.
The song has been performed and produced by the band Captain Ska with all profits being split between food banks in the UK and People's Assembly Against Austerity.

Conservative Party lead continues to shrink in boost for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour | London Evening Standard

A poll for the Sunday Telegraph put the Tories two points down in the past week on 44 per cent, six points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour on 38 per cent – a four point climb.
The Liberal Democrats stay on 7 per cent with Ukip on 5 per cent, down two points.

Prince William on mental health and his mother's death

In the most candid interview he has ever given, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge speaks to GQ's Alastair Campbell almost 20 years on from that car crash in Paris for the July issue. Prince William clearly misses Princess Diana intensely, saying it is only now he feels able properly to talk about her death, the extraordinary week that followed it, and the enormous impact it had on him and his brother Prince Harry.

French president calls on Putin to protect gay Chechens - CNN.com

French president Emmanuel Macron says he has urged Vladimir Putin to ensure that the rights of LGBT people are protected following allegations of a crackdown on gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Alaska's Bogoslof Volcano erupts, triggers highest aviation alert

Alaska's Bogoslof Volcano erupted Sunday, sending a plume of ash at least 35,000 feet into the air and temporarily triggering the highest aviation alert, scientists say.
The Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The eruption lasted 55 minutes.

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2017.05.28

News Headlines - 28 May 2017

Kim's rocket stars - The trio behind North Korea's missile program | Reuters

After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them... They include Ri Pyong Chol, a former top air force general; Kim Jong Sik, a veteran rocket scientist; and Jang Chang Ha, the head of a weapons development and procurement center.

Third US aircraft carrier headed toward Asia-Pacific region amid N. Korean crisis » Manila Bulletin News

A third US aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, will be deployed by Washington in the Western Pacific Ocean in order to join two US warships, stationed near the shores of the Korean Peninsula in the light of the crisis, escalated by Pyongyang’s nuclear tests, media reported, citing sources.

British Airways cancels all flights from Gatwick and Heathrow due to IT failure | The Guardian

British Airways cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday due to a major IT failure causing severe disruption to its global operations that is expected to run into Sunday.

Spanish alpinist Kilian Jornet scale Mt Everest twice in a week without oxygen

Spanish climber Kilian Jornet summited Mount Everest twice in a week without using supplemental oxygen, a statement issued by the climber said.

Cannes Film Festival: The Square wins Palme d'Or - BBC News

Art world satire The Square, directed by Ruben Ostlund, has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Swedish title was one of 19 films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or, in the 70th year of the festival on the French Riviera.

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2017.05.27

News Headlines - 27 May 2017

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin - The Washington Post

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Divided appeals court in Richmond rules against Trump's revised travel ban | richmond.com

A divided Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries.

U.S. ITC investigates Fujifilm magnetic tape imports | Reuters

The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday it would investigate imports of Fujifilm magnetic tape cartridges and components after a patent infringement complaint from Sony Corp.

New Amazon bookstore looks like airport desperation pit-stop | New York Post

The online retailer has launched New York’s first Amazon Books, a glorified airport stall located on the third floor at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Upstairs from Borders’ shuttered flagship bookstore, the cramped, 4,000-square-foot space takes no cash and has no listed prices.

Burger King ad angers real-life Belgian royal family - BBC News

Belgium's royal family says it has contacted the fast food chain Burger King over an ad that invites people to choose between the country's King Philippe and the company's mascot.

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2017.05.26

News Headlines - 26 May 2017

U.S. to carry out first ICBM intercept test | Reuters

The United States will test an existing missile defense system to try to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) next week, U.S. officials said on Friday, at a time when North Korea is trying to develop one.

Ecuador's Moreno takes office vowing to heal divisions - NY Daily News

Lenin Moreno was sworn in as Ecuador's president on Wednesday, promising to try and heal divisions stirred by a decade of polarizing leftist rule.

Former president Barack Obama kicks off Scotland visit with round at St. Andrews | GOLF.com

Former president Barack Obama finally checked a big one off his during his first trip to Scotland this week, teeing it up for a round at St. Andrews, the home of golf.

Hoax paper blaming male genitalia for evil is published | Daily Mail Online

Peter Boghossian and James Liddle, from Portland State University, later confessed to inventing the nonsense article, and said they wanted to expose what they saw as the low academic standards of ‘gender studies scholarship’.

NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter

An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers said Thursday.

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2017.05.25

News Headlines - 25 May 2017

Don't Look Back in Anger becomes symbol of Manchester's spirit | The Guardian

The moment a crowd of Mancunians spontaneously broke into a rendition of the Oasis song Don’t Look Back in Anger has been shared around the world, cementing the song as a symbol of Manchester’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Manchester Arena bomber wanted revenge, says sister | Daily Mail Online

The Manchester bomber's sister has claimed he was driven to murder because he wanted revenge for 'the explosives America drops on children in Syria'... Speaking to the Wall Street Journal she said she thought he was driven by what he saw as injustices.

Greek ex-premier Lucas Papademos wounded in Athens bombing

Lucas Papademos, the Greek former prime minister, was hurt on Thursday when an explosive device went off inside his car in Athens, state agencies said.

Did Donald Trump push this Nato leader out of the way? | Metro News

Donald Trump was at his most assertive today as he shoved a prime minister aside so he could be at the front of a group of world leaders.

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation - The Washington Post

Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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2017.05.24

News Headlines - 24 May 2017

Suicide bomber, policeman killed in Kampung Melayu attack: Police - City - The Jakarta Post

At least five people have fallen victim to a bomb blast near a Transjakarta bus station in Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta, National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin said on Wednesday.

Conspiracy Bill Advances in Japan Despite Surveillance Fears - The New York Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan won a crucial vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday on an anti-conspiracy bill that he said was needed to fight terrorism but that critics feared could give the authorities broad surveillance powers over citizens.

Former President Park Geun-hye makes appearance at first hearing in corruption trial

Korea's first-ever impeached president Park Geun-hye attended her first trial hearing in Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday.

Taiwan's top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage - BBC News

Taiwan's top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions.

Sam Allardyce quits Crystal Palace and ‘has no ambitions to take another job’ | The Guardian

Crystal Palace are looking for their eighth manager in seven years after Sam Allardyce shocked the chairman, Steve Parish, by tendering his resignation as he seeks a break from top-level management after a tumultuous year.

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2017.05.23

News Headlines - 23 May 2017

Manchester Arena terror attack: 22 dead, 120 injured in explosion at Ariana Grande gig - Manchester Evening News

A devastating terror attack on young music fans leaving a concert at Manchester Arena has claimed 22 innocent lives... Thousands of fans were streaming out of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande when the blast exploded shortly after 10.30pm on Monday night.

Manchester Arena attack: Isis claims responsibility for suicide bombing that killed at least 22 people | The Independent

The terrorist group released statements in several languages through its central media body praising the atrocity, claiming more than 100 "crusaders" were killed or wounded at the "shameless" concert.

Trump Budget Would Cut Medicaid, Rely on Rosy Growth Projection | Fox Business

President Donald Trump proposed a $4.1 trillion spending blueprint Tuesday that amounts to a sweeping overhaul of the social safety net. It calls for deep cuts to programs such as Medicaid and food stamps, while projecting a big boost to economic growth that could be difficult to achieve.

German police raid Daimler offices - BBC News

German police have searched 11 offices of carmaker Daimler as part of their investigation into possible fraudulent emissions data by employees.
A total of 23 prosecutors and 230 police officers took part in the search in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Lower Saxony and Saxony,

Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89 - BBC News

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.
He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.

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2017.05.22

News Headlines - 22 May 2017

Trump urges Muslim leaders to lead fight against radicalisation - BBC News

US President Donald Trump has urged Muslim countries to take the lead in combating radicalisation in a major speech in Saudi Arabia... Mr Trump blamed Iran, Saudi Arabia's rival, for instability in the region.

Notre Dame graduates walk out on Pence as he touts free speech | Reuters

Dozens of students walked out of Notre Dame University's commencement exercise on Sunday to protest a speech by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who warned graduates of the prestigious Catholic school against suppressing free speech.

Toyota, tech firms explore blockchain for driverless cars | Reuters

Toyota Research Institute, a wholly owned unit of Toyota Motor North America, said on Monday it has teamed up with MIT Media lab and five other companies to explore blockchain technology for the development of driverless cars... The database would use blockchain, a public online ledger of transactions that first became well known as the software underpinning bitcoin, the first digital currency.

Venezuela protests reach 50 days of marches, unrest - CNN.com

Massive demonstrations, violence and a rising death toll marked 50 consecutive days of anti-government protests in Venezuela.

Marsa Al Arab: Dubai building new $1.7b islands - CNN.com

Global investment company Dubai Holding unveiled this week plans for Marsa Al Arab, a four million square feet pair of man-made islands either side of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the city's iconic sail-shaped hotel.

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2017.05.21

News Headlines - 21 May 2017

N. Korea test-fires another missile: S. Korea

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Sunday afternoon, which flew more than 500 kilometers, the North's second missile launch in a week, South Korea's military announced.

Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations - The New York Times

The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.

Japan scores longest GDP growth run in more than a decade

Sustained expansion signals the Japanese economy has regained its momentum following the consumption tax rise of 2014 and emerging market weakness in 2015 that led to a prolonged slowdown.
The data will boost the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and give Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda renewed hope of eventually hitting his 2 per cent inflation objective.

Led by Japan, Pacific Rim nations agree to pursue revival of TPP | The Japan Times

Trade ministers from Japan and 10 other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement agreed Sunday to try to resuscitate the free trade pact, which was thrown into doubt after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of it earlier this year.

Swiss vote in referendum on gradual nuclear phaseout | DW

Swiss voters have gone to the polls in a referendum on the government's plan to move from nuclear power to renewables. Preliminary results suggest that a majority favors the plan, which critics claim is too expensive.

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2017.05.20

News Headlines - 20 May 2017

US agrees not to bring in Europe-wide laptop ban - for now | The Independent

Washington was determined to close that loophole, and has already briefed the three big US carriers — American, Delta and United — about the imposition of a ban. At present they are not affected, because only Middle Eastern and North African airlines fly the specified routes.

Greek parliament backs reform package

Greece’s parliament has narrowly approved an omnibus reform package needed to unlock more than €6bn of bailout aid and open the way for the country’s international creditors to reach a deal on debt relief.

Iran's President Rouhani secures second term in decisive win | Fox News

The 68-year-old incumbent secured a commanding lead of 57 percent. His nearest rival in the four-man race was hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, who secured 38 percent of the vote.
Rouhani won the presidential election back in 2013 with only 51 percent of the vote.

Brazil’s President Assails His Accuser as Corruption Scandal Intensifies - The New York Times

President Michel Temer of Brazil on Saturday attacked the billionaire whose secret recording of a conversation between the two men has fueled a corruption scandal leading to widespread calls for Mr. Temer’s resignation.

LL Bean's Newest Bootmobile Is Kicking It in Japan - The New York Times

L.L. Bean's Bootmobile is leaving North America for the first time.
The four-wheeled tribute to the Maine-based retailer's iconic boot is rolling across land of the rising sun, visiting L.L. Bean's 25 stores in Japan.

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2017.05.19

News Headlines - 19 May 2017

Julian Assange emerges on embassy balcony to say he will not 'forgive or forget' as Swedish rape investigation is dropped

Julian Assange has said he will remain inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London in order to avoid extradition to the United States, despite being told he no longer faces a sex investigation by the Swedish authorities.

Lloyds Bank 'back in private hands after government sells final stake' - ITV News

Lloyds Banking Group has been fully returned to private hands nearly nine years after the Government bailed out the lender at the height of the financial crisis, sources have said.

Japan and China successfully extract ‘combustible ice’ from seafloor in potential energy breakthrough | The Independent

Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines.

Probe launched into Abe's school scandal over friend's university - Xinhua

Japan's education ministry has begun an internal probe into allegations that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have been complicit in a government plan to allow a heavily subsidized medical school to be opened at a university operated by his friend.

Japan allows Emperor Akihito to become the first ruler in 200 years to abdicate the throne

The Japanese government has approved legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries.

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2017.05.18

News Headlines - 18 May 2017

Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources | Reuters

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters... Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.
Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.

One Dead and 22 Injured as Car Rams Into Pedestrians in Times Square - The New York Times

A driver with a history of drunken driving arrests plowed through crowds of pedestrians on packed sidewalks along three Times Square blocks Thursday, killing one person and injuring 22 others, officials said, touching off mayhem in one of the world’s most famous and busiest plazas.

Toyota, 3 other automakers settle suit over Takata air bags for $553 million - Chicago Tribune

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW have reached a proposed settlement that would compensate owners of 15.8 million vehicles for money they lost due to the massive recall of Takata air bags.

EU fines Facebook 110 million euros over WhatsApp deal | Reuters

European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) on Thursday for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014... "The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook's statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users' identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility," the Commission said.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dies at 52 - The Boston Globe

Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself Wednesday by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city’s medical examiner. He was 52.

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2017.05.17

News Headlines - 17 May 2017

House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump - The Washington Post

A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'We are a cautionary tale': Kansas feels the pain of massive Trump-style tax cuts | The Guardian

In 2012, Kansas did what Donald Trump wants to do: it introduced huge tax cuts to try to boost growth. Today, the state is out of money – and residents are angry

Japanese Princess to give up royal status to marry commoner classmate she met in a restaurant

Japanese Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will wed a former college classmate, Japanese media reported, heating up debate on the ever-shrinking royal family since she must become a commoner after marriage.

Huge bee swarm sparks rush-hour standstill in southeast London

Commuters stopped in their tracks as the swarm filled the air in Greenwich Church Street, close to Greenwich market, on Tuesday evening.

Michael Moore, Harvey Weinstein Reteam for Trump Documentary ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ – Variety

Bob and Harvey Weinstein have bought worldwide rights to Michael Moore’s documentary “Fahrenheit 11/9” on President Donald Trump.
The Weinsteins made the acquisition under their Fellowship Adventure Group. Moore is currently directing the film, with the “11/9” in the title referring to the day Trump was declared President of the United States on Nov. 9.

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2017.05.16

News Headlines - 16 May 2017

U.S. finds Japanese, Turkish rebar exports dumped | Reuters

U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday the department had made a final finding of dumping of steel concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) exports from Japan and Turkey, as well as subsidization by Turkey.
The decision, announced in a statement, could lead to anti-dumping duties being slapped on Japanese exporters ranging from 206.43 percent to 209.46 percent, and on Turkish exporters of 5.39 percent to 8.17 percent. In addition, Turkish exporters face anti-subsidy duties of 16.21 percent.

Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians - The New York Times

The classified intelligence that President Trump disclosed in a meeting last week with Russian officials at the White House was provided by Israel, according to a current and a former American official familiar with how the United States obtained the information. The revelation adds a potential diplomatic complication to the episode.

Donald Trump's poll numbers should terrify Republicans - CNNPolitics.com

The new Gallup tracking poll released Monday afternoon put Trump's job approval rating at just 38%, the lowest mark he has reached since April 1. That jibes with a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday that pegged Trump's job performance at 39% approval. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted before Trump fired FBI director James Comey last Tuesday showed Trump's approval at a meager 36%.

Austria calls October election, far-right FPO could enter government | Reuters

Austria's main parties agreed to hold an early parliamentary election on October 15, Chancellor Christian Kern said on Tuesday, in a vote that might bring the far-right Freedom Party into government.
In the autumn of a year that will have seen Dutch, French, British and German general elections, the Alpine republic will decide its future course on immigration, labour and social policy and its position within the European Union.

38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island | The Guardian

Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn group, is covered by 18 tonnes of plastic – the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world

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2017.05.15

News Headlines - 15 May 2017

Venezuela replaces health minister after data shows crisis worsening | Reuters

President Nicolas Maduro has abruptly dismissed Venezuela's health minister days after the government broke a nearly two-year silence on data that showed the country's medical crisis significantly worsening.

Zika virus: Brazil says emergency is over - BBC News

Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus after a sharp decrease in cases.
The number of cases dropped 95% between January and April, compared to the same period a year ago, officials said.

The MP3 Is Officially Dead, According To Its Creators : NPR

But now, 22 years later, the MP3 truly is dead, according to the people who invented it. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institution that bankrolled the MP3's development in the late '80s, recently announced that its "licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated."

'Moors murderer' Ian Brady, reviled child-killer, dies at 79 | Fox News

Ian Brady, a killer of five children whose role in the 1960s "Moors Murders" made him one of Britain's most reviled people, has died. He was 79.

Viewers in uproar at new McDonald's bereavement advert | Daily Mail Online

The advert, made by London agency Leo Burnett, follows a teenage boy on a walk with his mother as she fondly reminisces about his father, with the boy negatively comparing himself to the man he hardly knew.
It's only at the end that he finds a connection to his late dad when he tucks into a Filet-O-Fish at a branch of McDonald's as it's revealed that the fish burger was his father's favourite too.

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2017.05.14

News Headlines - 14 May 2017

China calls for restraint after North Korea missile launch | The Star Online

China called on Sunday for restraint and for no party to do anything to exacerbate tension after North Korea fired a ballistic missile in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons programme.

Toshiba gives up finding new auditor for now | The Japan Times

Toshiba Corp. has given up finding a new auditor to check its earnings for fiscal 2016 in place of its current auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata LLC, according to informed sources.

Megabank wants to drop 'Tokyo' from its Japanese name- Nikkei Asian Review

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) is considering shortening its Japanese name next spring, possibly by dropping "Tokyo."

Japanese, European Fans Perform Noh Plays Together in Paris - JIJI PRESS

Japanese and European fans have acted plays of the Asian country's traditional performing art of Noh in Paris in what is believed to be the first major overseas Noh event involving non-Japanese amateurs... The performers played 20 dramas, including on Musashibo Benkei, a 12th-century warrior monk who is a popular hero in Japan, during the event, organized by a group of fans in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan.

Julian Assange: Ecuador 'concerned' over lack of progress - BBC News

Ecuador has voiced concern over the "serious lack of progress" by the Swedish government in dealing with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
It said there had been a "serious failure" by Sweden's prosecutor to complete an inquiry into sexual assault allegations dating back to 2010.

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2017.05.13

News Headlines - 13 May 2017

U.S. nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia: White House official | Reuters

United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than $100 billion, a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump's planned visit to Riyadh.

Toyota decides flying cars aren't so crazy after all- Nikkei Asian Review

The project is led by a group called Cartivator. It all started in 2012 when project leader Tsubasa Nakamura won a business contest -- not an internal one. Its 30-odd members donate their free time. They have also received some outside help -- from Masafumi Miwa, a drone expert and associate professor of mechanical engineering at Tokushima University, and Taizo Son, founder of GungHo Online Entertainment, a Japanese online video game developer.

How Abercrombie & Fitch Went From Aspirational To Out-Of-Touch

They clearly wanted their stores to feel that way, too. The sales clerks all looked like your biggest high school crushes. Well before Buzzfeed published the corporation’s “Look Policy Guidelines” in 2013, which provided instructions on everything from the color and length of their employee’s hair to the length of fingernails, and before the Supreme Court ruled that these guidelines sounded an awful lot like discrimination practices, it was clear that the employees were “curated.”

Kyokujitsuki flag not discriminatory despite Frontale’s punishment - The Japan News

The rising sun flag, known as the kyokujitsuki in Japanese, is no longer related to the nation’s prewar militarism. Japan apparently needs to spread this message widely regarding what position the flag currently holds.

Germany Breaks A Solar Record — Gets 85% Of Electricity From Renewables | CleanTechnica

On April 30, Germany established a new national record for renewable energy use. Part of that day (during the long May 1 weekend), 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was being produced from renewables such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. Patrick Graichen of Agora Energiewende Initiative says a combination of breezy and sunny weather in the north and warm weather in the south saw Germany’s May 1 holiday weekend powered almost exclusively by renewable resources.

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2017.05.12

News Headlines - 12 May 2017

NHS cyber attack brings websites down across England | Metro News

Hackers have reportedly taken control of computers and cut off phone lines in hospitals across England on International Nurses Day.
What is Wanna Decryptor the ransomware used in the NHS cyber attack?
The attack is allegedly demanding $300 (£230) worth of the digital currency bitcoin, otherwise the files will be deleted.

Square Enix Fiscal Year Report Shows Major Growth Thanks To Final Fantasy XV And Rise Of The Tomb Raider - Bleeding Cool

In terms of their digital entertainment, which makes up the bulk of Square’s business, they credited the major launches of blockbuster series titles like Final Fantasy XV and the PlayStation 4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider for the success, alongside strong download sales of previously released catalog titles, which led to a material increase of net sales and operating income in the area of console games, compared to the prior fiscal year.

Inside job suspected in \85 million cash heist from Hiroshima police safe | The Japan Times

The \85.72 million ($760,000) in cash was being kept in the division safe as evidence for a fraud case. A police officer noticed the money was missing around 8 p.m. on Monday, according to the police.

Japanese club Gamba Osaka fined for fans' Nazi-like flag - BBC Sport

Japanese side Gamba Osaka have been fined and reprimanded after their supporters waved a flag bearing a symbol similar to a Nazi SS insignia.

Huge Great White Sharks are Being Killed in South Africa | National Geographic

In just a week, three massive great white sharks have washed up largely intact with just their livers removed, two of which, had their hearts removed as well.

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2017.05.11

News Headlines - 11 May 2017

Microsoft reveals new Windows 10 features coming in fall update | ZDNet

On day 2 of its Build 2017 developers conference, Microsoft announced a name for its fall release of Windows 10 and showed off a few new features that will be in that update. A surprise announcement: iTunes is coming to the Windows Store.

U.S. intelligence chiefs say reviewing use of Kaspersky software | Reuters

U.S. intelligence officials told a Congressional committee on Thursday they are reviewing government use of software from Russia's Kaspersky Lab as senators raised concerns that Moscow might use the product to attack American computer networks.

In Firing Comey, Did Trump Unleash the Next Deep Throat? - The New York Times

That’s what happened in 1972, when President Richard Nixon suddenly found himself in a position to replace J. Edgar Hoover, the long-serving and infamous F.B.I. director. Suspicious of the F.B.I.’s independence, Nixon tried to appoint a successor who would bring the bureau under White House influence. To his surprise, he set in motion the events that led to the Watergate scandal — and ultimately to his own resignation.

HIV life expectancy 'near normal' thanks to new drugs - BBC News

Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments, a study in The Lancet suggests.

Eccentric French maths genius Alexandre Grothendieck's 'scribblings' go online | Daily News & Analysis

Nearly 18,000 pages of notes by eccentric French maths genius Alexandre Grothendieck were posted online by his alma mater, Montpellier University in southern France.

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2017.05.10

News Headlines - 10 May 2017

Theresa May had wanted to be prime minister for years, husband says | The Guardian

Theresa May’s husband has let slip that she had wanted to be prime minister for at least seven years, since she was an established member of the shadow cabinet... The banker said his wife had first mentioned wanting to lead the country when she was “well established in the shadow cabinet”, which she first entered in 1999.

Turkey slams Trump plan to arm Kurds - CNN.com

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump had authorized arming the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), green-lighting a US policy that had sat on the backburner for years to avoid confrontation with Turkey, a key NATO ally.

Land Deal For Right-Wing Elementary School Plagues Japanese Prime Minister : NPR

Last year, when Yasunori Kagoike acquired state-owned land to build his new elementary school, he got a nearly 90 percent discount. The government explained that it was because the land was polluted. Kagoike told opposition party lawmakers that the government saw his as a "special case."

Sony relaunching OLED TVs using LG-made panels- Nikkei Asian Review

Sony's high-definition OLED television, which hits domestic stores next month, will mark a return after sales were halted in 2010. But instead of maintaining its fiercely independent streak, the Japanese group is enlisting the aid of South Korea's LG Display this time around.

FIFA Congress confirms 8 Asian berths for 2026 World Cup - The Mainichi

Asia will see its representatives increase from the current 4.5 when the field expands from 32 to 48. The proposal by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his counterparts from six confederations also saw participation jump for Africa (five to nine) and North, Central America and Caribbean (3.5 to six).
The new allotment guarantees at least a place for each continent as Oceania, currently with 0.5 berth, was given one slot, while the increase was marginal for powerhouses Europe (13 to 16) and South America (4.5 to six).

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2017.05.09

News Headlines - 09 May 2017

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump - The New York Times

President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Moon Jae-in seen sure to win S. Korea's presidential election

Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party was believed to have won South Korea's presidential election held Tuesday with an exit poll placing him in the lead with an apparently irreversible gap over his rivals.
Moon was estimated to have garnered 41.4 percent of all votes, according to the exit poll conducted by three major local broadcasters -- MBC, KBS and SBS.

Stephen Hawking says we must leave Earth within 100 years | Daily Mail Online

Humans must leave Earth within 100 years if we want to survive, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.
The renowned theoretical physicist believes that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as asteroid strikes, epidemics, over-population and climate change.

The Sun mistakenly reports Prince Philip is dead | Daily Mail Online

When the story broke at 10am on Thursday in the UK, French media mistakenly published stories incorrectly announcing the Duke of Edinburgh had died... Before the summit, The Sun accidentally posted a prepared story on his death with the headline: 'Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc.'

Real Madrid trouser £850million deal with Adidas, according to Football Leaks

REAL MADRID have signed a staggering kit deal with Adidas thought to be worth £850million over the next seven years.
Football Leaks have reported details of the deal, claiming Los Blancos earn a fixed payment of £59million each year from Adidas.

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2017.05.08

News Headlines - 08 May 2017

Flames, fatality at Venezuela demo over leader's crisis maneuver

Venezuelan police fired tear gas and hooded protesters hurled Molotov cocktails as thousands rallied in anger at President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution.
Flames erupted in the latest of more than a month of clashes that prosecutors say have killed 32 people in the oil-rich nation, stricken by food shortages.

Chinese Rights Lawyer 'Released' After Guilty Plea During Subversion Trial

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan on Monday released rights lawyer Xie Yang on "bail" after he pleaded guilty at his subversion trial and backtracked on previous reports of his torture while in police detention.
Xie, 45, stood trial at the Changsha Intermediate People's Court on Monday, pleading guilty to charges of "incitement to subvert state power" and "disrupting court order."

In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family pushes $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese

Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at a Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey luxury apartment complex that would help them secure what’s known as an investor visa.

Russia's biggest newspaper attacks Manchester over 'disgusting' gay couples and 'many fat people' | The Independent

An article in Russia’s biggest selling newspaper has attacked Manchester for being full of “many fat people” and “disgusting” gay couples... Alisa Titko, a columnist for tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, was shocked when she found herself in Manchester’s Gay Village.

NASA releases stunning images of Saturn from Cassini | The Indian Express

NASA’s has released some stunning images of Saturn and its moons captured from the Cassini spacecraft. Each of these high resolution images were captured by NASA’s Cassini from its 20 year journey. Cassini has already begun its series of 22 weekly dives before it will take the final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15. This will bring the 20-year journey of NASA’s Cassini to an end.

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2017.05.07

News Headlines - 07 May 2017

Emmanuel Macron fends off Marine le Pen to win French presidency | Metro News

He won decisively with around 65% of votes, while far right candidate Marine Le Pen secured 35%... This election was the first in almost 60 years when neither of the established leftwing and rightwing parties made it to the final.

Merkel's conservatives thump rivals in German regional vote | Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won a decisive victory over their Social Democrat (SPD) rivals in a vote in Germany's northern state of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, boosting her prospects of winning a national election in September.

PM’s mantra works wonders with voters | The Times & The Sunday Times

YouGov asked 2,066 British adults on Tuesday and yesterday how they would vote in a general election if it were held tomorrow. The poll put the Conservatives on 48 per cent, up four points on the end of last week, with Labour on 29, down two points, Lib Dems on ten, down one, and Ukip on five, down one.

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