News Headlines - 31 May 2021

China Moves to Three-Child Policy to Boost Falling Birthrate - Bloomberg

China will allow all couples to have a third child, a surprise move aimed at slowing the nation’s declining birthrate as risks to the economy’s long-term prospects mount because of a rapidly aging population.
In a meeting presided over by President Xi Jinping Monday, the Communist Party’s Politburo decided to ease the current two-child restriction, saying “allowing every couple to have three children and implementing related support policies will help improve the population’s structure,” according to a report by the official Xinhua News Agency. It wasn’t clear when the move would take effect, although the meeting discussed major policy measures to be implemented in the period to 2025.
China has been gradually reforming its stringent birth policy that for decades limited most families to only having a single child, with a second child allowed since 2016. However, that reform did little to reverse the declining birthrate and further relaxation of the limits is unlikely to lead to a sustained increase.

Malaysia declares total lockdown to stop COVID-19 surge - Nikkei Asia

Malaysia will enter a nationwide lockdown from June 1 to halt rising COVID-19 infections in the country, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Friday.
All areas of economic and social activity will be shut down for two weeks, apart from a few essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants, according to a statement from Muhyiddin's office
If new COVID-19 cases decline, the lockdown could be eased after the initial 14 days to second and third phases of controlled movement.

Japan's seafood production hits record low for 2nd straight year - Xinhua

Production of seafood in Japan has hit a record low for the second consecutive year, owing to falling demand for certain types of seafood amid the COVID-19 pandemic as well as changes in water conditions, the government said in a report on Monday.
According to the fisheries ministry, seafood production in 2020 slipped 0.5 percent from the previous year to 4.175 million tons... According to the data, the figure for 2020 marked the lowest number on record since comparable data became available in 1956.

Tokyo tree battle further damps Japanese Olympic enthusiasm | Financial Times

But in mid-2021, with the Olympic spectacle just 50-odd days away and its momentum now seemingly impervious to medical, media or public calls for cancellation, the woodsmen have become convenient villains. The park must be readied as an “Olympic Live Zone”.
A few dozen trees have to be cut back to make space for the site, whose usage, as with everything else, will ultimately be dictated by coronavirus. And however limited the tree-surgeons’ activities may be in practice, to their fiercest online detractors they are vandalous, ecology-hating stooges for an Olympic project that is eroding Japan’s sanity and sovereignty.
The rising indignation at the Olympic tree-cutting offers a neat encapsulation of much (beyond the global pandemic) that has gone wrong with the games at this point.

Copa America has no host: Argentina dropped due to COVID

Copa America is without a host country only two weeks before kickoff after South American soccer body CONMEBOL ruled out Argentina amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
The announcement Sunday night casts doubt on a tournament which has faced major hurdles since the start of the pandemic in March of last year.


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デンマークなど欧州のメディアは30日、米国が2012~2014年にデンマークの情報機関の支援を受け、ドイツのアンゲラ・メルケルAngela Merkel)首相ら欧州諸国の首脳や高官に対するスパイ活動をしていたと報じた。
 2019年6月に就任したデンマークのトリーネ・ブラムセン(Trine Bramsen)国防相がこの「スパイ活動」について報告を受けたのは、2020年8月だったという。

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News Headlines - 30 May 2021

Covid: Wuhan lab leak is ‘feasible’, say British spies | The Sunday Times

British intelligence agencies now believe it is “feasible” that the global pandemic began with a coronavirus leak from a Chinese research laboratory.
In a significant sharpening of tension with Beijing, they are investigating a possible leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which Beijing angrily insists was not the source of the virus that has caused more than 3.5 million deaths and is still raging globally.
They do so as controversy grows about the alleged silencing of scientists who wanted an investigation of the lab-leak theory.

UK PM Johnson marries in low-key, surprise ceremony | Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancee Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, capping a week of political drama with a wedding kept so under wraps that his office did not confirm it until the following day.
The event was not announced in advance and media reports on Saturday evening said guests were invited at the last minute to the Roman Catholic cathedral in central London, adding that even senior members of Johnson's office were unaware of the wedding plans.

South Korea: Belgium recalls ambassador after wife attacks workers | DW

Belgium will end its ambassador's three-year stay in South Korea after the diplomat's wife allegedly attacked two shop staff.
A video of the incident on April 9 went viral in the Asian country. The ambassador's wife, Xiang Xueqiu, attracted fury after claiming diplomatic immunity.
Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes ordered Ambassador Peter Lescouhier to return home from Korea ″in the best interest of our bilateral relations.″

Canadian politician William Amos caught on camera urinating during virtual Parliament session - CNN

A Canadian lawmaker has apologized after being caught urinating on camera during virtual parliamentary proceedings, just weeks after he appeared naked during a video call... Amos is a federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Pontiac, Quebec for Canada's governing Liberal party... This is the politician's second on-camera embarrassment in a matter of weeks.
On April 14, he was spotted in a state of undress during a parliamentary video call. A screenshot from the call circulated widely online.

At least 88 politicians have been killed in Mexico since September - CNN

At least 88 politicians or candidates for office have been killed since last September, according to Mexican consulting firm Etellekt Consultores.
They're part of a group of at least 565 politicians or candidates that have been targeted by some sort of crime, according to the firm.
Mexico's government says this year's midterm elections will be the largest ever. By the time the polls close on June 6, they might also be its deadliest.


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News Headlines - 29 May 2021

Hong Kong changes electoral law, reduces direct public vote : The Asahi Shimbun

Hong Kong’s legislature on Thursday passed a bill amending electoral laws that drastically reduces the public’s ability to vote and increases the number of pro-Beijing lawmakers making decisions for the city.
The new law empowers the city’s national security department to check the backgrounds of potential candidates for public office and a sets up a new committee to ensure candidates are “patriotic.”
The number of seats in Hong Kong’s legislature will be expanded to 90, with 40 of them elected by a largely pro-Beijing election committee. The number of legislators elected directly by Hong Kong voters will be cut to 20, from the previous 35.

Jimmy Lai and nine others jailed for 14 to 18 months over National Day protest | Apple Daily

Ten Hong Kong democracy advocates, including Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai, on Friday received prison terms of 14 to 18 months for their roles in an unauthorized assembly that took place on Oct. 1, 2019, at the height of a citywide anti-government movement.
All admitted last week to organizing the unauthorized protest on China’s National Day more than a year ago.

London man charged in shooting of Black Lives Matter activist | Reuters

An 18-year-old London man was charged with conspiracy to murder in connection with the shooting of Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson, who remained hospitalised in critical condition, British police said on Friday.
Cameron Deriggs will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Deriggs was one of five men arrested in the case on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder. The other four were released on bail until next month.
Johnson, a 27-year-old mother of two, was at a party on Sunday when four men burst in and opened fire, media reports have said.

Lisa Shaw: Radio presenter died 'after suffering blood clots following Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine' - family says | Sky News

An award-winning radio presenter died following blood clots after she received the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, her family has said.
Lisa Shaw, 44, began suffering from "severe" headaches a week after having the jab, which has been linked to clotting, and fell seriously ill a few days later, according to relatives... The benefits of having the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab outweigh the risks associated with taking it, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) had said.
But the MHRA has admitted that, while it has not been proven the vaccine causes clots, the link is getting firmer.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Hyper-Kamiokande held in Hida, Japan | The University of Tokyo

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Hyper-Kamiokande, a new world-leading international scientific research project which is set to start experiments in 2027, was held at its construction site in Hida City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan on May 28, 2021. As nine areas including Tokyo and Osaka were under the COVID-19 state of emergency, about half of the 50 participants attended online.
The Hyper-Kamiokande detector is planned to have a fiducial mass eight times larger than its predecessor detector, Super-Kamiokande, and it is equipped with newly-developed high-sensitivity photosensors. The aim of the project is to elucidate the Grand Unified Theory and the history of the evolution of the universe through an investigation of proton decay and CP violation (the asymmetry between neutrinos and antineutrinos), together with the observation of neutrinos from supernova explosions. The budget of the construction was approved for the first time in the Japanese Diet in February 2020, which marked the official start of the project. The project has been working so far on a geological survey of the site for the cavern excavation and on crafting the newly-developed photosensors.


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喫煙原因で年769万人死亡 日本はワースト6位―英医学誌:時事ドットコム


独政府、ナミビアでの虐殺を認定 20世紀初頭、先住民数万人犠牲:東京新聞 TOKYO Web

ドイツ政府は28日、植民地として支配していたアフリカ南部ナミビアで1904~08年、ドイツ軍が先住民数万人を殺害した事件を虐殺だったと初めて公式に認め、謝罪した。11億ユーロ(約1470億円)を被害を受けた地域の整備などに拠出するとも表明した。……11億ユーロは今後約30年間にわたって拠出され、インフラ整備や医療活動などに使われる。 : ネイマールとの契約解除、理由は「性的暴行調査への協力拒否」 米ナイキ

ナイキはCNN Businessに寄せた声明で、解除の決定はナイキの従業員が2018年に同社に提出した訴えに起因すると説明。問題の出来事は16年に起こったとされる。

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News Headlines - 28 May 2021

Japan extends COVID-19 state of emergency to June 20 as Olympics loom

The Japanese government on Friday extended the COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures by three weeks to June 20 -- just over a month before the Olympics begin in the capital -- as the pace of decline in infections remains slow.
Restrictions such as a ban on restaurants serving alcohol or offering karaoke services and requiring them to close by 8 p.m. as well as a cap on attendance at sports events and concerts will stay in effect beyond the previous end date of May 31.
The seven prefectures are Hokkaido, Aichi, Kyoto, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. Okinawa, the 10th and most recent addition to the state of emergency, is already under the measure until June 20. The areas account for half of Japan's economy and a little more than 40 percent of its population of 126 million.

Japanese cargo ship collides with foreign vessel off Ehime, 3 missing

Three people are missing after a Japanese cargo ship sank early Friday following a collision with a foreign vessel in the Seto Inland Sea, western Japan, coast guard officials said.
The incident, which occurred off Ehime Prefecture and involved the 11,454-ton Japanese ship Byakko and a 2,696-ton Marshall Islands-registered chemical tanker the Ulsan Pioneer was reported at around 11:55 p.m. Thursday, the Imabari Coast Guard Office said.
The Japanese ship had 12 crew aboard and the missing three are male Japanese nationals... The ship sank at around 2:45 a.m. Friday. Of the nine rescued, five were collected by a coast guard patrol vessel and four by a private container ship that was nearby, the office said.

Syria’s al-Assad re-elected for fourth term with 95% of vote | Al Jazeera

Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected for a fourth term as president of war-torn Syria with 95.1 percent of the votes cast in government-held areas, official results have shown, after a vote dismissed by the opposition and Western powers as a sham.
Wednesday’s controversial presidential vote was the second since the beginning of Syria’s uprising-turned-war a decade ago, a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, forced millions to leave the country and wrecked its infrastructure.

Romania ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's plane sold for 120,000 euros | Euronews

A plane once belonging to fallen Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's fleet has been sold for 120,000 euros at an auction in Bucharest on Thursday.
Emblazoned with the words "Socialist Republic of Romania," the aircraft is a representation of Ceausescu's political independence from the Soviet Union... The Rombac Super One-Eleven craft was the first jet passenger aircraft to be produced in Romania, according to Artmark.
It was manufactured in Bucharest under license from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), making Romania an aviation leader in eastern Europe.

Twitter's iOS app confirms $3 'Twitter Blue' subscription | Engadget

It appears Twitter may have unintentionally confirmed its plans for a subscription service. A $2.99/month in-app purchase for “Twitter Blue” was added to the company’s App Store listing, though the feature doesn’t seem to be fully enabled yet.
The update was spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who has previously uncovered details about “Twitter Blue.” According to images shared by Wong, the service includes an “undo tweet” feature as well as a “reader mode” that makes it easier to view long threads. It also adds additional customization options, like new app icons.