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TOKYO (Reuters) -An American father and son pleaded guilty in Tokyo on Monday to charges that they illegally helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan hidden in a box aboard a private jet in December 2019. U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son Peter replied no when the judge asked them if there was anything wrong with the charges submitted by the Tokyo Prosecutors' office. Extradited to Japan from the United States in March, father and son are being held at the same jail in Tokyo where Ghosn was detained.
A Frenchman accused of inspiring the kidnapping in eastern France of a girl whose mother had lost custody was expelled by Malaysia on Sunday. France had issued an Interpol arrest notice for Remy Daillet-Wiedemann, who was detained on immigration charges by Malaysia after living in the Southeast Asian country for several years. Daillet, his pregnant partner and children were placed on a commercial flight on Sunday, a Malaysian official said.
The trend started from the most elite university campuses in the country when pictures of students taking hard work to the extreme went viral on the internet last year. In one of the photos, one student from Tsinghua University was operating on his laptop while riding a bike. The student was crowned as "Tsinghua's Involuted King", and the idea of involution began trending across China's young generation, resonating especially with millennials born after the 1990s and Gen Z. On the country's social media platform Weibo, hashtags related to involution have been viewed more than 1 billion times.
Former President Donald Trump has made no secret of his long list of political enemies. It just wasn't clear until now how far he would go to try to punish them.
Tory MPs were vowing to vote against extensions to the laws that enshrine Covid rules on Sunday night, which had been due to expire at the end of the month but will now be renewed. Senior ministers, including Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, and Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary are understood to have signed off on the plans to delay June 21 after being briefed by Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser. Well-placed figures across Whitehall expect Mr Johnson to announce a four-week delay in the final step of reopening, taking the reopening date to July 19, with a review after two weeks.
The head of the EU drug regulator's COVID-19 task force said on Sunday that AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine had a favourable risk-benefit profile for all age groups and particularly for those aged over 60. Italian newspaper La Stampa earlier quoted European Medicines Agency (EMA) task force chief Marco Cavaleri as saying countries should avoid giving the vaccine to people aged over 60 in addition to younger age groups, amid fears over very rare blood clotting and as alternative vaccines become available. "Unfortunately my words have not been interpreted correctly in a recent interview with La Stampa," Cavaleri said in a statement to Reuters.
Aupito William Sio recalled the terrifying day during his childhood when police officers holding German shepherd dogs turned up at his family home before dawn and shined flashlights into their faces while his father stood there helpless. Now the minister for Pacific peoples, Sio and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday the government would formally apologize for an infamous part of the nation's history known as the Dawn Raids. It's when Pacific Island people were targeted for deportation in the mid-1970s during aggressive home raids by authorities to find, convict and deport overstayers.
The US has laid fresh charges against fugitive Jho Low and an ex-member of the Fugees as part of an investigation into the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal. Mr Low and Prakazrel "Pras" Michel have been accused of running a back-channel campaign to get the then-Trump administration to drop the investigation. 1MDB was an investment fund set up by the Malaysian government that lost billions of dollars due to fraudulent activity.
A Chinese spacecraft will blast off from the Gobi Desert on a Long March rocket in the coming days, ferrying three men to an orbiting space module for a three-month stay, the first time China has sent humans into space for nearly five years. Shenzhou-12, meaning "Divine Vessel", will be the third of 11 missions needed to complete China's space station by 2022. Among them, four will be missions with people on board, potentially propelling up to 12 Chinese astronauts into space - more than the 11 men and women that China has sent since 2003.
Iranians this week are preparing to vote in — or perhaps to boycott — a presidential election that many fear will only underscore their powerlessness to shape the country's fate. Hopefuls are running to replace the term-limited President Hassan Rouhani, whose promises of a bright economic future withered as Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers collapsed. The backlash of disappointment in Rouhani's relatively moderate administration has given hard-liners an edge this time, analysts say, even as the U.S. and Iran now negotiate a return to the landmark accord.
The latest recall of type 2 diabetes drug metformin was made Friday by Viola Pharmaceuticals, which pulled two lots of 750 mg tablets. This is Viola's first metformin recall. But, the cause is the same as the many previous metformin recalls over the last 13 months: too much NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine), a probable carcinogen (cancer-causing ingredient) in the tablets.
Wasabi, a fuzzy Pekingese with a black and brown face and soulful eyes, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday in Tarrytown, New York. A Whippet named Bourbon came in second, winning the Reserve prize at the 145-year-old competition. This year marked the first time the show was not held in Manhattan.
Germany has recorded its lowest number of new daily coronavirus infections in nearly nine months, and officials are floating the possibility of loosening mask-wearing rules. The Robert Koch Institute, the national disease control center, said Monday that 549 new cases were reported over the previous 24 hours. Germany has reported more than 3.7 million cases since the pandemic began.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Biden will warn President Putin against further "aggressive actions." Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said President Joe Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin against committing future "reckless and aggressive actions" when he meets with him in Geneva later this week.
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by employees of a Houston hospital system over its requirement that all of its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Houston Methodist Hospital system suspended 178 employees without pay last week over their refusal to get vaccinated. Of them, 117 sued seeking to overturn the requirement and over their suspension and threatened termination.
Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. The documents show the cremated ashes of Tojo, one of the masterminds of the Pearl Harbor attack, were scattered from a U.S. Army aircraft over the Pacific Ocean about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Yokohama, Japan's second-largest city, south of Tokyo. It was a tension-filled, highly secretive mission, with American officials apparently taking extreme steps meant to keep Tojo's remains, and those of six others executed with him, away from ultra-nationalists looking to glorify them as martyrs.
Volunteers at a Texas state park recently ran into a dark, squirming mass of “creepy critters,” video shows — and they're hungry. “What IS this?” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials asked the public in a Facebook post on Friday. The writhing blob of bugs, spotted at Mother Neff State Park, has commenters stumped, and grossed out, in equal measure.
Nasa has been developing a huge rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS) to launch astronauts to the Moon - and eventually Mars. Set to make its debut in late 2021, the SLS is the most powerful launch vehicle built since the 1960s. Nasa has plans to send a man and woman to the lunar surface this decade, in what will be the first landing with humans since Apollo 17 in 1972.
A U.S. judge on Friday ordered the daughter of Mexican drug lord "El Mencho" to serve two years and six months in prison in a rare criminal case involving the Kingpin Act. Jessica Johanna Oseguera González, known as "La Negra," had urged Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, with the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., to free her after more than 15 months in jail so she could return to her daughter, age 5, and her older son at their family home in Guadalajara, Mexico. Prosecutors had lobbied for a prison sentence of four years and three months, arguing the 34-year-old California native has lied about the degree of her involvement with her father, drug lord Rubén Oseguera Cervantes — still on the Drug Enforcement Administration's Most Wanted list — and his drug dynasty, the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken has said that China “has to cooperate” with an additional US and World Health Organisation-led investigation into how the Covid-19 outbreak began. He made the comments while being interviewed by John Dickerson on CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday while emphasising the importance of Beijing joining in an investigation into what led to the virus that has disrupted the world for more than a year. Mr Blinken said, “One of the things that's coming out of the G7 is an insistence that the WHO be able to move forward with China cooperating on this so-called Phase-two report to build on the initial report, which had real problems with it, not the least of which was C...
Over 69 pounds of cocaine wrapped in garbage bags were discovered in a cruise ship's cargo space. The drugs were seized by the ship's security and handed to the authorities at Port Everglades, Florida. Over 69 pounds of cocaine wrapped in garbage bags were discovered on a cruise ship in Florida and seized by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The impending lift on the payment pause, coupled with rising interest rates, doesn't bode well for millions of borrowers, who have been able to stay financially afloat during the pandemic without the burden of paying off their student-loan debt. That's especially true for millennials, for which student-loan debt has been one of many balls in a long-time juggling act of financial challenges. Many have been hoping they wouldn't have any student-loan debt at all come fall - or at least, a much lighter load.
Her ex-partner, Tomás Gimeno, vanished with 6-year-old Olivia and 1-year-old Anna on April 27, leaving behind a message that Zimmermann would never see them alive again. Last week, it became clear the message was not an empty threat when search crews found Olivia in a bag, and a second empty bag—weighted down by an anchor—thousands of feet below the water's surface off Tenerife. The discovery ignited public outrage at every strata of Spanish society.
Police have arrested one suspect and are still searching for a second following a mass shooting that injured more than a dozen people in Austin, Texas. A little before 1:30am on Saturday, a person or persons opened fire in a busy bar district of downtown Austin, injuring 14 people. “Most of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we're still sorting out all of the victims to see what their involvement is in this case,” Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at a 4am press conference.
A 10-year-old boy was mauled by a shark while snorkeling with his dad in Western Australia, The Sun reported. Jackson Bartlett was airlifted to Perth's Children Hospital after being bitten three times by a seven-foot bronze whale shark on Friday, MailOnline said. He's now recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery, the media outlet reported.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”