News Headlines - 28 February 2021

Japan's Mizuho Bank reports large-scale ATM system failure

Mizuho Bank said Sunday a glitch affecting more than half of its 5,400 automated teller machines had prevented customers from withdrawing cash.
The system failure apparently occurred nationwide, one of Japan's largest banks said. In some cases, ATMs stopped functioning and cash cards were not returned... The system started to recover after being rebooted, but the work was not completed as of 9 p.m., the bank said.
Mizuho was informed of problems with its ATMs from Sunday morning. Of the 5,395 ATMs, 2,956 had stopped functioning by 7:40 p.m.

Fish contaminated with radiation caught off northeastern Fukushima Prefecture - The Mainichi

Radioactive cesium five times above permitted levels in Japan has been detected in black rockfish caught in northeastern Fukushima Prefecture, according to a Feb. 22 announcement by a local fishing association.
Some 500 becquerels per kilogram of cesium was found in black rockfish caught at a depth of 24 meters about 8.8 kilometers off the town of Shinchi, exceeding the national standard level of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

Hong Kong detains 47 activists on subversion charges

Hong Kong police on Sunday detained 47 pro-democracy activists on charges of conspiracy to commit subversion under the city’s national security law, in the largest mass charge against the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s opposition camp since the law came into effect last June.
The former lawmakers and democracy advocates had been previously arrested in a sweeping police operation in January but were released. They have been detained again and will appear in court on Monday, police said in a statement.
They allegedly violated the national security law that was imposed by Beijing for participating in unofficial election primaries for Hong Kong’s legislature last year.

IAEA report: Iran uranium program violates accord | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has been producing uranium enriched to 20 percent purity, breaching a 2015 nuclear deal between the country and the world's major powers.
The IAEA sent its latest report on Iran's program to its board member states on Tuesday.
The report said as of February 16, Iran had produced 17.6 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent, which is far higher than the 3.67 percent purity limit set under the deal.

Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister's kidnap case - BBC News

Princess Latifa, the captive daughter of Dubai's ruler, has appealed to UK police to re-investigate the kidnap of her older sister from a Cambridge street more than 20 years ago.
In a letter shared with the BBC, Latifa tells Cambridgeshire police this could help free Princess Shamsa, who was captured on the orders of their father.
Shamsa, who was just 18 then and is now 39, has not been seen in public since... A High Court judge ruled in 2019, that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum had abducted both daughters and held them against their will.