This Carousel Has Had Quite a Ride. Will Anyone in Japan Save It?
by Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida on 2020-09-26 in Carousels, Historic Buildings and Sites, Amusement and Theme Parks, Tokyo (Japan), Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY), Germany
The 113-year-old merry-go-round, which arrived in Tokyo after stints in Germany and Coney Island, is now in storage, its fate uncertain in a country that tends to preserve only the very old.
Under 10 Percent of Americans Have Covid-19 Antibodies, Study Finds
on 2020-09-26 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
At least six U.S. states reported records for new cases. The French Open is scaled back. A top Australian health official resigned amid questions about Melbourne’s second wave of infections.
Japan Is Paying Firms to Make Things at Home. But China’s Pull Is Still Strong.
by Ben Dooley and Makiko Inoue on 2020-09-26 in Economic Conditions and Trends, International Trade and World Market, Japan, China, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), International Relations
Japan is attempting a delicate balancing act as the pandemic has underlined the risks of the world’s economic reliance on Beijing.
Kim Jong-un Offers South Korea Rare Apology for Killing of Official
by Choe Sang-Hun on 2020-09-26 in North Korea, South Korea, Defense and Military Forces, Politics and Government, Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
“I am deeply sorry that an unexpected and unfortunate thing has happened in our territorial waters,” the North Korean leader said in a message, according to officials in the South.
Putin Wants a Truce Between Russia and U.S. in Cyberspace
by Anton Troianovski and David E. Sanger on 2020-09-26 in Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates, Cyberwarfare and Defense, Presidential Election of 2020, Embargoes and Sanctions, Biden, Joseph R Jr, Prigozhin, Yevgeny V, Putin, Vladimir V, Trump, Donald J, Moscow (Russia), United States
With an eye to a possible Biden presidency, the Russian leader called for a “reboot” on information security but offered no concessions.
Stalled Talks Over Covid-19 Stimulus in the U.S. Show Signs of Life
on 2020-09-26 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
It was far from clear that Republican and Democratic negotiators would be able to reach a deal. Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival parade will be delayed for the first time in decades.
Ukrainian Military Plane Crashes, Killing 22
by Reuters on 2020-09-25 in Aviation Accidents, Safety and Disasters, Deaths (Fatalities), Ukraine
The plane was carrying students from an aviation university. At least two more people were critically injured.
Options Dwindling, Palestinian Leader Calls for U.N. Peace Conference
by Rick Gladstone on 2020-09-25 in Palestinians, Politics and Government, General Assembly (UN), Palestinian Authority, United Nations, Abbas, Mahmoud, Guterres, Antonio, East Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East, West Bank
President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority asked the United Nations to convene a conference in early 2021 to help solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ang Rita, Who Conquered Everest Again and Again, Dies at 72
by Bhadra Sharma on 2020-09-25 in Ang Rita Sherpa (1948-2020), Deaths (Obituaries), Mountaineering, Mount Everest, Oxygen, Nepal, Records and Achievements
Earning the nickname Snow Leopard for his agility, he climbed the world’s highest mountain 10 times without supplemental oxygen between 1983 and 1996.
Justin Trudeau Offers Wide Array of Promises With Few Specifics
by Ian Austen on 2020-09-25 in Speeches and Statements, Liberal Party (Canada), Trudeau, Justin
The prime minister laid out an ambitious legislative agenda without saying much about what it will cost or how he will pay for it.
Cardinal Dismissed Over Corruption Says He’s Innocent
by Elisabetta Povoledo on 2020-09-25 in Embezzlement, Priests, Roman Catholic Church, Becciu, Giovanni Angelo, Francis, Rome (Italy)
A day after Pope Francis dismissed Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu without explanation, the once-powerful prelate disclosed the reason, and denied reports accusing him of corruption.
Paris Knife Attack: 2 Wounded Near Charlie Hebdo’s Former Office
by Aurelien Breeden and Constant Méheut on 2020-09-25 in Paris Attacks (November 2015), Paris (France), France, Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism
French authorities labeled the attack as “Islamist terrorism” because of its location and timing — as a trial is underway over the massacre at the satirical newspaper in 2015.
Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today
by Jonathan Wolfe on 2020-09-25 in Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Officials are warning of a surge in coronavirus cases in some Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.
Russia Freezes Navalny’s Assets as He Recovers From Poisoning
by Anton Troianovski on 2020-09-25 in Navalny, Aleksei A, Prigozhin, Yevgeny V, Poisoning and Poisons, Russia, Assets, Frozen, Assassinations and Attempted Assassinations, Coma, Berlin (Germany)
Aleksei A. Navalny was still in a medically induced coma in Berlin when a court in Russia froze his bank accounts and barred him from selling or mortgaging his apartment in Moscow.
‘I Feel Sorry for Americans’: A Baffled World Watches the U.S.
by Hannah Beech on 2020-09-25 in United States International Relations, Presidential Election of 2020, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Trump, Donald J, Bangkok (Thailand), Belarus, Canada, Berlin (Germany), Mexico
From Myanmar to Canada, people are asking: How did a superpower allow itself to be felled by a virus? And why won’t the president commit to a peaceful transition of power?
Her Study Center Was Bombed. She Still Topped Afghanistan’s National University Exam.
by Fatima Faizi and Mujib Mashal on 2020-09-25 in Terrorism, Women and Girls, Colleges and Universities, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Taliban, Afghanistan, Shamsia Alizada
Shamsea Alizada’s story of persistence is a reminder of advances in girls’ education in Afghanistan — and their vulnerability as the government negotiates with the Taliban.
Losing Your Hair Can Be Another Consequence of the Pandemic
by Pam Belluck on 2020-09-25 in your-feed-science, Hair, Anxiety and Stress, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Alopecia Areata, your-feed-healthcare
Doctors are seeing a huge increase in patients who have been shedding abnormal amounts of hair, and they believe it is related to stress associated with the coronavirus.
China Is on a Building Binge, and the Global Economy Could Benefit
by Matt Phillips on 2020-09-25 in Economic Conditions and Trends, United States Economy, Commodities, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), International Trade and World Market, Gross Domestic Product, China
Iron ore, nickel, copper and other metal prices are rising as China restarts construction, and the global economy could benefit.
Former Russian Rock Star Sergei Shnurov Surprises Fans … With a Desk Job
by Andrew Higgins on 2020-09-25 in Shnurov, Sergei, Pop and Rock Music, Television, Russia
After a farewell tour with his band, Leningrad, Sergei Shnurov switched tracks with a day job running a respectable but dull television station.
Swiss to Vote on Paternity Leave: Nice to Have or Essential?
by Noele Illien on 2020-09-25 in Family Leaves, Switzerland, Paid Time Off, Parenting, Referendums, Politics and Government, Law and Legislation
The fate of a law mandating two weeks of paid leave for fathers will be decided at the polls after a conservative backlash forced a referendum.
A Hopeful Forecast: More Accurate Long-Term Weather Predictions
by Sarah Witman on 2020-09-25 in Weather, Satellites, Mathematics, Research, your-feed-science, your-feed-innovation
Improving technology could make it possible to better anticipate weather conditions weeks in advance, especially in the tropics.
Vietnam Confiscates Over 300,000 Used Condoms for Sale
by Chau Doan and Livia Albeck-Ripka on 2020-09-25 in Vietnam, Condoms, International Trade and World Market, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Recycling of Waste Materials
A raid at a warehouse led to the arrest of a woman who said she had been paid by the pound to recycle the prophylactics.
Magawa the Mine-Sniffing Rat Receives Award for Bravery in Cambodia
by Anna Schaverien on 2020-09-25 in Rats, Mines, Explosive, Cambodia, Awards, Decorations and Honors, APOPO (Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling), Rodents
Magawa, a 5-year-old African giant pouched rat, was recognized with a prestigious honor for his work detecting mines and explosives in Cambodia.
Babar Qadri, Lawyer and Defender of Kashmir, is Murdered
by Sameer Yasir on 2020-09-25 in Kashmir and Jammu (India), Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), India
The attorney won fame as a human rights advocate and a vocal defender of his homeland in the Indian media. His killer remains unidentified.
Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, a Fixture of Vatican Intrigue, Resigns
by Jason Horowitz on 2020-09-25 in Cardinals (Roman Catholic Prelates), Roman Catholic Church, Francis, Becciu, Giovanni Angelo, Italy, Rome (Italy)
In a cryptic statement, the Vatican did not explain the reason for Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu’s departure. News reports had connected him to a financial scandal.