News Headlines - 20 April 2021

Chad President Idriss Deby dies visiting front-line troops: Army | Al Jazeera

Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby has died of wounds suffered on the front line in the country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, the armed forces said.
Deby, 68, “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television on Tuesday, a day after Deby was declared the winner of a presidential election.

Police Investigate Fatal Tesla Crash Near Houston - The New York Times

Federal safety officials and the Texas police are investigating a fatal crash of a Tesla vehicle that had no one behind the wheel, the authorities said Tuesday, as the company comes under heightened scrutiny over its automatic steering and braking system.
The National Transportation Safety Board sent two investigators to Texas on Monday to focus on the vehicle’s operation and a fire that followed the crash on Saturday, said Keith Holloway, a spokesman. The police in Precinct 4 of Harris County, Texas, are also investigating, according to Constable Mark Herman.
Constable investigators were working with the N.T.S.B., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Tesla, which was “helping with our investigation,” Constable Herman said in a statement.

Oppo tops Huawei to regain title of China's top phone brand - Nikkei Asia

Oppo outstripped compatriot Huawei Technologies to become China's No. 1 smartphone brand in January and likely stayed at the top during the first quarter of 2021, as its latest models won customers away from a rival hit hard by U.S. sanctions.
Oppo held a 23.6% market share in China during January, edging up to 24.8% in February, data from U.S. market research firm IDC shows. Huawei, which commanded around 40% of the market until the July-September quarter of last year, likely saw its share shrink to a little over 10%.
Oppo appears to have remained the leader for the first three months of 2021 to reclaim the quarterly crown the company last held in July-September 2016.

China's PLA allegedly behind cyberattacks in Japan | NHK WORLD

NHK has learned that the Chinese military is suspected of ordering hackers to attack hundreds of targets in Japan, including the country's space agency and defense-related firms.
Investigative sources say the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, suffered a cyberattack in 2016. Tokyo police have identified a Chinese man who had leased several servers in Japan that were allegedly used in the attack.
The man is said to be a computer engineer in his 30s, and a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He allegedly rented a server five times under false names. Police found that the servers' ID and other credentials were then passed on to a Chinese hacker group, known as "Tick."

Artistic swimming Olympic qualification tournament to be held in Tokyo in July -

The Artistic swimming Olympic operational test and Olympic qualification meet will both be held in July in Tokyo, Japan, swimming's world governing body FINA announced on Monday.
According to a FINA press release, the decision was jointly made between FINA, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Japanese authorities and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The previous plan was to move the Artistic swimming Olympic Qualification event to June 2021 to a location outside Japan, while the meet was originally to be held from May 1 to 4 in Tokyo.