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French police to face trial over case against U.K. activist

World / Crime & Legal Jun 10, 2020

French police to face trial over case against U.K. activist

Three French policemen will face trial on charges of falsifying evidence in a case brought against a British activist, prosecutors said Wednesday, a decision hailed by human rights organisations. France's CRS riot place had accused Tom Ciotkowski, a council worker from Stratford upon Avon, of ...

Osaka aims to hold referendum on metropolis plan on Nov. 1

National Jun 10, 2020

Osaka aims to hold referendum on metropolis plan on Nov. 1

Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui said Wednesday he will aim to hold a referendum on Nov. 1 on whether to restructure the city into a metropolis like Tokyo to achieve more effective governance. Matsui said that the referendum for the Osaka metropolis plan will be held ...

Japan to consider mandatory GPS trackers for convicted sex offenders

National Jun 10, 2020

Japan to consider mandatory GPS trackers for convicted sex offenders

The government will consider making convicted sex offenders wear GPS tracking devices in an effort to strengthen measures that prevent recidivism, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The idea, along with tougher punishments for school teachers who commit sexually lewd acts, was added ...

Role of silent virus spreaders remains unclear, WHO now says

World Jun 10, 2020

Role of silent virus spreaders remains unclear, WHO now says

The World Health Organization said it’s still unclear how readily the novel coronavirus is spread by people who don’t develop symptoms, a day after a top official sparked debate by saying such transmission is "very rare.” Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and ...

South Korea's jobless rate jumps to 10-year high amid pandemic

Business Jun 10, 2020

South Korea's jobless rate jumps to 10-year high amid pandemic

South Korea’s jobless rate jumped to a 10-year high in May as businesses continued to reel from the coronavirus pandemic. The unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent last month, from 3.8 percent in April, data from the statistics office showed Wednesday. Economists expected a rise ...

Japan's Lower House passes second extra budget for coronavirus package

National Jun 10, 2020

Japan's Lower House passes second extra budget for coronavirus package

The House of Representatives Wednesday approved a draft second extra budget for fiscal 2020 totaling ¥31.91 trillion ($296 billion), to provide additional funding to front-line medical workers and support people reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. The country's largest-ever supplementary budget, submitted to parliament by the ...