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  Story 274 -   Wednesday October 21, 2020
111 dead, 22 missing in central Vietnam, another storm on the way HANOI, Vietnam - More than 100 people have died and 20 others are missing in central Vietnam after weeks of constant rain, severe flooding and landslides. And Vietnam is getting ready for another storm this weekend. The deaths were caused by the relentless downpouring of rain throughout Vietnam. 111 people have died and 22 others are missing in Vietnam's central and central highlands regions since early October.

  Story 273 -   Tuesday October 20, 2020
EDITORIAL: Effective policy actions needed to tackle growing plastic waste Environmental groups in Japan recently urged the Japanese government to focus more on creating a society that produces and consumes much less plastic in its policy efforts to tackle the dire problem of plastic waste.

Twenty organizations devoted to environment protection including the World Wildlife Fund Japan, Greenpeace Japan and the Nature Conservation Society of Japan on Oct. 13 handed their joint policy proposal to Environment Minis ...

  Story 272 -   Tuesday October 20, 2020
Japan agrees to protect warships, military assets of Australian forces Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his Australian counterpart, Linda Reynolds, agreed to create a framework for Japan to protect Australian Defense Force assets, including warships, on Oct. 19.

The move to further strengthen the countries' bilateral defense collaboration was made during a meeting of the ministers at the Defense Ministry's building in Tokyo.

?We should strengthen the interoperability between the SDF and Australian ...

  Story 271 -   Tuesday October 20, 2020
Suga takes barb at China in vow for 'free and open Indo-Pacific' HANOI--Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc reached agreement on a wide range of issues that included a pledge by Japan to cooperate with ASEAN nations to establish a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The talks were Suga's first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since he took office in September.

Afterward, Suga described the meeting to reporters as one that represents ?a very i ...

  Story 270 -   Sunday October 18, 2020
'People think you are stupid if you have a different accent’

It is the workforce that needs to change, she said, as she cited the diversity of the British workforce. When an employer decides to hire it is their job to make sure they dont look down upon or intimidate a candidate.
Rabbis clients have physiological and behavioural conditions.

Many believe there is something wrong with their speech, from mumbling to stuttering. Some have asked her to address their accent. But she said attemp ...

  Story 269 -   Sunday October 18, 2020
Three, two, one liftoff: Bezos space firm tests new lunar landing Jeff Bezos?s Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time Tuesday, testing new lunar-landing technology for NASA that could help put astronauts back on the moon.

The entire flight ? barely skimming space with a peak altitude of 106km ? lasted just 10 minutes and was launched from a remote corner of Texas in the United States. The booster landed vertically back at the launch complex after liftoff, and the cap ...

  Story 268 -   Sunday October 18, 2020
US woman faces first federal execution since 1953 Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004.

She is due to be given a lethal injection in Indiana on 8 December.

The last woman to be executed by the US government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The federal execution of Brandon Bernard, who with his accomplices murdered two youth m ...

  Story 267 -   Sunday October 18, 2020
Coronavirus: Empty streets in France as curfew enforced The streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Saturday night as a new curfew was enforced.

The controversial overnight curfew is aimed at curbing the soaring Covid infection rate in France, which is one of Europe's coronavirus hotspots.

There have been complaints from restaurant owners, whose businesses are already suffering after the two-month lockdown in the spring.

New measures are also to be an ...

  Story 266 -   Saturday October 17, 2020
France begins Covid-19 curfews as Parisians create new restrictions PARIS ? The French government's decision to impose a curfew on almost a third of the population has prompted cries of alarm and anger in the country's capital.

"For us it's catastrophic," Alain Fontaine owner of "Le Mesturet" bistro said of the Covid-fighting measures announced Wednesday night. "It's hard financially and it's hard psychologically...We cannot survive this."

Georges de la Rocherochard, who runs the "Vieux Paris d' ...

  Story 265 -   Saturday October 17, 2020
In Photos: Autumn colors splash across central Japan's scenic alpine route

Autumn reds and yellows blanket the northern alps and Tateyama mountain range, as the trees along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route begin to change color in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, on Oct. 16, 2020, in this image taken from a Mainichi helicopter. (Mainichi)
  Story 264 -   Saturday October 17, 2020
Japanese gov't seeks to make NHK fee legal responsibility for everyone with TV OKYO -- Every household and business with a television would be explicitly legally required to pay reception fees to public broadcaster NHK under an Oct. 16 recommendation from Japan's communications ministry to a ministry expert committee considering NHK's future.

The ministry's request is bound to stir opposition as it would fundamentally alter the current fee system, based on the contractual consent of viewers.

Also at the Oc ...

  Story 263 -   Saturday October 17, 2020
France teacher had received 'days of threats' before his brutal killing The teacher who was beheaded in a street in France had received threats after showing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French media report.

He has been named as 47-year-old Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher.

Nine people have been arrested, including the parents of a child at Mr Paty's school, judicial sources are quoted as saying.

Police say the attacker was an 18-year-old man of ...

  Story 262 -   Saturday October 17, 2020
Salisbury novichok-poisoned officer Nick Bailey quits A police officer who was poisoned in the Salisbury novichok attack has quit because he "can no longer do the job".

Det Sgt Nick Bailey was contaminated with the nerve agent at the home of Sergei Skripal - the main target of the poisoning operation - where it had been sprayed on a door handle.

But, after returning to duty in 2019 following the attack in 2018, he tweeted he "had to admit defeat".

He had worked for Wiltshi ...

  Story 261 -   Friday October 16, 2020
How President Trump can still win the US election Recent polls suggest Joe Biden has a significant and steady lead over Republican Donald Trump in this year's presidential race in both national preference and key swing-state surveys.

Due to record-shattering fundraising, the Democrat also has a sizeable financial advantage, which means he'll be able to blanket the airwaves with his campaign message in the final weeks.

Electoral analysts have been increasing their odds that Trump wi ...

  Story 260 -   Thursday October 15, 2020
Nursing Home Residents With Dementia Enjoy Very Special Guest When Visits Are Restricted – a Miniature Horse Residents at Rosevale Care Home in York, England, always ?benefit greatly? from pet therapy, which allows them to interact with animals.

Sarah Fearn, lifestyle and activities co-ordinator at the home, said many residents who normally spend most of the day in their rooms were eagerly interacting with others when they got the chance to stroke a pony.

?Different pets come every month into the care home,? said Sarah. It brings back ...

  Story 259 -   Thursday October 15, 2020
First Lady Melania Trump: 'My personal experience with COVID-19.' It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received?I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation?s Commander-in-Chief, received the same news.

Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn?t help but think ...

  Story 258 -   Thursday October 15, 2020
New virtual reality software allows scientists to 'walk' inside cells Virtual reality software which allows researchers to 'walk' inside and analyse individual cells could be used to understand fundamental problems in biology and develop new treatments for disease.

The software, called vLUME, was created by scientists at the University of Cambridge and 3D image analysis software company Lume VR Ltd. It allows super-resolution microscopy data to be visualised and analysed in virtual reality, and can be used ...

  Story 257 -   Thursday October 15, 2020
Roman Polanski honors Poles who saved him from the Holocaust WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski returned to Poland, the country of his youth, and paid tribute on Thursday to a Polish couple who took him in and protected him when he was a child, saving him from the Holocaust.

Stefania and Jan Buchala were posthumously declared as ?Righteous Among the Nations,? an honor bestowed by Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, in a ceremony attended by their grandson.

T ...

  Story 256 -   Thursday October 15, 2020
Thai protests: Tens of thousands gather again in mass defiance of government Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered again in the Thai capital Bangkok on Thursday in mass defiance of the government which had issued a decree banning demonstrations.

The protesters cheered and chanted peacefully, eventually dispersing several hours after a new 6pm curfew.

They called for the release of at least 20 activists arrested on Thursday in a sweeping crackdown by police.

Many made a three-fin ...

  Story 255 -   Thursday October 15, 2020
What does it mean to 'pack' the Supreme Court? Has it been done before? Democratic nominee Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris have faced growing pressure from Republicans to say whether they'd try to 'pack' the Supreme Court if Democrats were to win the White House and control of Congress in November, after both candidates have repeatedly dodged questions on the issue.

"You will know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over," Biden has said. "The moment I answer that question, the hea ...

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