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August 25, 2016

North Korea fires balistic missile from submarine

North Korea fires balistic missile from submarine

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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North Korea test fired a ballistic missile from a submarine yesterday, which landed in the Sea of Japan after travelling approximately 500 km (about 300 miles), according to officials of South Korea and the US.

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Image: Staff Sgt. Bryanna Poulin.

The missile was fired from a submarine off North Korea’s east coast near Sinpo, officials said, and was reportedly North Korea’s first successful launch after missiles only traveled a small distance in previous tests. The South Korean military accused the North Korean government of using the test to increase military tension during the annual South Korean–US joint military drills, which involve 80,000 South Korean and US troops. North Korea has threatened a preemptive nuclear strike saying the drills were practice for an invasion.

This came on the same day as a meeting between the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea where, according to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, they “urge[d] North Korea to exercise self-restraint regarding its provocative action, and to observe the UN Security Council‘s resolutions”. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the test’s intrusion into Japan’s air defense identification zone “a grave threat to our country’s security.”


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August 3, 2016

Olympics \”Day -2\” includes six women\’s football matches

Olympics “Day -2” includes six women’s football matches

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

It’s two days to go until the opening ceremonies, but the football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Meanwhile, athletes are arriving to the Olympic Village, which has been one of the many lightning rods of controversy for the event.

Wednesday includes six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men face off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

Many athletes are arriving in Rio, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Teams are welcomed with ceremonies, the India, Bahama, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Norway delegations receiving their a 45-minute welcome Wednesday. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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Men\’s, women\’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

Men’s, women’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

Leading up to the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on Friday, football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics began two days before in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wednesday’s schedule included six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men faced off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

When teams arrived at the Athletes Village, they were welcomed with 45-minute ceremonies. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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July 19, 2016

ARM to be bought by SoftBank

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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The United Kingdom‘s (UK) largest technology company, ARM Holdings, confirmed on Monday morning that it had accepted an offer from the Japanese company, SoftBank.

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ARM designs microchips used in many devices, including smart phones made by Apple and Samsung. It is expected to invest in the so-called Internet of Things, where many everyday items are expected to be connected to the internet into the future.

The deal, worth £24 billion (US$32 billion), is now expected to be presented to shareholders. The amount offered per share is 43% above the value at the close of trading on Friday. Shares rose by 45% on Monday morning in response to the announcement. Three-quarters of shareholders will need to approve the deal for it to go ahead.

ARM has said its headquarters will remain in Cambridge. Simon Segars, ARM’s Chief Executive, also said a pledge by SoftBank to double ARM’s workforce on the UK would be legally binding.

Philip Hammond, the UK Chancellor, said it would be the biggest investment into the UK from Asia, as well as showing that “Britain remains one of the most attractive destinations globally for investors to create jobs and wealth”. Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, had recently questioned the benefit to the nation of such takeovers, but has said this one shows the UK can remain successful outside the European Union.



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June 9, 2016

IUPAC proposes four new chemical element names

IUPAC proposes four new chemical element names

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

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The periodic table as it stands today. The four newly discovered elements are officially added by IUPAC following the five months of public review. The new names would replace the current placeholder names.
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The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced yesterday the proposed names of four chemical elements recently discovered by scientists around the world. According to the rules of IUPAC, the four names — nihonium, moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson — are to be subject to a five-month period of public scrutiny which ends November 2016. IUPAC allows the teams of scientists who discover and synthesize new elements to name them, subject to process.

Element number 113, nihonium, is named after the Japanese name for the country of JapanNihon — where it was first synthesized and discovered by researchers at the RIKEN institute.

Elements 115 and 117, moscovium and tennessine, were co-discovered by researchers in the United States and Russia. Moscovium’s name comes from the Moscow-based Joint Institute of Nuclear Research where researchers discovered the element. Similarly, tennessine is named after the US state of Tennessee where chemical research is commonly conducted.

Lastly, element number 118, oganesson, is named for a Russian physicist, Yuri Oganessian, team leader from the synthesis of tennessine, element 117.

Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 complete the bottom row of the current periodic table. Further discoveries would likely add a new row on the table. Currently, these elements are given the systematic placeholder names ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium, respectively.

The elements are formed as a result of colliding two smaller atoms together to form a larger atom. These resultant atoms are made in small amounts, are generally unstable, and decompose into smaller components in periods of time less than a second.

IUPAC confirmed discovery of these four elements in December. These were the first confirmed discoveries since IUPAC confirmed elements 114 and 116, flerovium and livermorium, in 2011.



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February 8, 2016

North Korea launches long-range missile

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Monday, February 8, 2016

The South Korean defense ministry said North Korea launched a long-range missile yesterday.

North Korea had announced a plan to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a terrestrial observation satellite launch between February 8 and 25. North Korean state media reported the satellite launch was successful and was ordered by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with more plans to launch satellites.

The launch occurred at 09:31am local time (0031 UTC) and was detected by a South Korean warship, according to ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun. Nations including Japan and South Korea considered the launch a disguised ballistic missile test. Japan, South Korea, and the United States condemned the launch and called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to be held in New York yesterday at 11:00am local time (1600 UTC).

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe called the launch “unacceptable” and said, “We will take action to totally protect the safety and well-being of our people”. South Korean President Park Geun-hye also called the launch “unacceptable” and a “challenge to world peace”. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the rocket passed in Japanese airspace over Okinawa without provoking use of anti-ballistic missiles.

North Korea claimed in January to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.



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December 20, 2015

Fifth trophy for Barça as they beat River Plate 3-0 to win the third FIFA Club World Cup

Fifth trophy for Barça as they beat River Plate 3-0 to win the third FIFA Club World Cup

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Today, Catalonia-based football club FC Barcelona defeated Argentine River Plate FC 3–0 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama in the FIFA Club World Cup final hosted in Japan.

FIFA Club World Cup is a tournament in which football clubs winning in the respective continental confederation championships participate. Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League, and River Plate won the 2015 Copa Libertadores. Barcelona’s Neymar, recovered from groin injury, was included in the squad.

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Barça had a greater ball possession. The match saw six yellow cards, two for River Plate players. A total of 35 fouls were committed in the match. Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the match after breaking the opponents’ defense in the 36th minute, assisted by Neymar. A sliding tackle by Ivan Rakitić in the 43th minute got him a yellow card. Before him, three other players were already booked by the match official. The first half ended in 1–0 for the Europeans.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Uruguayan Luis Suárez scored the second goal of the match, assisted by Sergio Busquets in the 49th minute. In the 68th minute, he scored the third of the night by a header, assisted by Neymar.

River Plate were continuously struggling to break through the defense of Barcelona, but the South American side was not able to tear in. Claudio Bravo made five saves in the match. Interestingly, River Plate faced six South Americans in the match.

This was Barcelona’s fifth trophy of the season, and the third FIFA Club World Cup title.



December 20, 2015
19:30 JST (UTC+9)
River Plate 0–3 FC Barcelona Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Referee: Flag of Iran.svg Alireza Faghani, Iran
Booked after 10 minutes 10′ Matías Kranevitter
Booked after 32 minutes 32′ Leonardo Ponzio
(0–1) HT Scored after 36 minutes 36′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 49 minutes 49′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 68 minutes 68′ Luis Suárez
Booked after 16 minutes 16′ Jordi Alba
Booked after 43 minutes 43′ Ivan Rakitić
Booked after 61 minutes 61′ Neymar
Booked after 72 minutes 72′ Sergi Roberto

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Barça beat River Plate 3-0 to win third FIFA Club World Cup

Barça beat River Plate 3-0 to win third FIFA Club World Cup

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Today, Catalonia-based football club FC Barcelona defeated Argentine club River Plate FC 3–0 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama in the FIFA Club World Cup final hosted in Japan.

FIFA Club World Cup is a tournament in which football clubs winning in the respective continental confederation championships participate. Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League, and River Plate won the 2015 Copa Libertadores. Barcelona’s Neymar, recovered from groin injury, was included in the squad.

File photo of Suárez, who scored five goals in the tournament.
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Barça had a greater ball possession. The match saw six yellow cards, two for River Plate players. More than 30 fouls were committed in the match. Lionel Messi scored the first goal of the match after breaking the opponents’ defense in the 36th minute, assisted by Neymar. A sliding tackle by Ivan Rakitić in the 43th minute got him a yellow card. Before him, three other players were already booked by the match official. The first half ended in 1–0 for the Europeans.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Uruguayan Luis Suárez scored the second goal of the match, assisted by Sergio Busquets in the 49th minute. In the 68th minute, he scored the third of the night by a header, assisted by Neymar.

Interestingly, River Plate faced six South Americans in the match.

This was Barcelona’s fifth trophy of the season, and third FIFA Club World Cup title.



December 20, 2015
19:30 JST (UTC+9)
River Plate 0–3 FC Barcelona Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Attendance: 66,853
Referee: Flag of Iran.svg Alireza Faghani, Iran
Booked after 10 minutes 10′ Matías Kranevitter
Booked after 32 minutes 32′ Leonardo Ponzio
(0–1) HT Scored after 36 minutes 36′ Lionel Messi
Scored after 49 minutes 49′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 68 minutes 68′ Luis Suárez
Booked after 16 minutes 16′ Jordi Alba
Booked after 43 minutes 43′ Ivan Rakitić
Booked after 61 minutes 61′ Neymar
Booked after 72 minutes 72′ Sergi Roberto

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December 18, 2015

Suárez scores a hat-trick, Barcelona advances to FIFA Club World Cup 2015 Final

Suárez scores a hat-trick, Barcelona advances to FIFA Club World Cup 2015 Final

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Yesterday, Catalonia-based football club FC Barcelona defeated Chinese Guangzhou Evergrande FC 3–0 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama in a FIFA Club World Cup semifinal match hosted in Japan.

FIFA Club World Cup is a tournament in which football clubs winning in the respective continental confederation championships participate. Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League, and Guangzhou won the AFC Champions League. Barcelona’s Neymar, suffering from groin injury, was not included in the squad.

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Cquote1.svg We lost 3–0, but it’s not much different to what has happened to other big clubs. At least we didn’t let in four like Real Madrid Cquote2.svg

—Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guangzhou Manager

Barça had greater ball possession. The match saw one yellow card, when Feng Xiaoting was yellow carded in the 16th minute, and at least two dozen fouls were committed in the match. The 2015 AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou prevented the European winners from scoring a goal for more than half an hour. In the 39th minute, Ivan Rakitić‘s shot on the target was saved by the Chinese goalkeeper, but Luis Suárez netted the goal providing Barcelona a 1–0 lead before half-time. The first half ended in 1–0.

In the second half, Suárez scored again in the 50th minute, assisted by Andrés Iniesta. A quarter of an hour later, Guangzhou player Huang Bowen fouled Munir El Haddadi in the penalty area, and Barcelona was awarded a penalty kick. Suárez, in the absence of Lionel Messi, took the penalty and completed a hat-trick.

After the match, Guangzhou coach Luiz Felipe Scolari praised the club’s performance. “We lost 3–0, but it’s not much different to what has happened to other big clubs. At least we didn’t let in four like Real Madrid.”

Barcelona, is now scheduled to play the final on December 20.



December 17, 2015
19:30 JST (UTC+9)
FC Barcelona 3–0 Guangzhou Evergrande FC Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Attendance: 63,870
Referee: Flag of El Salvador.svg Joel Aguilar, El Salvador
Scored after 39 minutes 39′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 50 minutes 50′ Luis Suárez
Scored after 67 minutes 67′ (pen.) Luis Suárez
(1–0) HT Booked after 16 minutes 16′ Feng Xiaoting

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September 19, 2015

A step of tightening relationship between Vietnam and Japan

A step of tightening relationship between Vietnam and Japan

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Friday, a Vietnamese Diplomatic deputation, lead by Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong, finished a four-day trip to Japan. This is the first visit for Mr Trong to Japan since he took office as Communist Party General Secretary. He met with Japanese leaders and signed six memorandums of cooperation, one of which is military cooperation with unilateral action between the two countries in the South China Sea.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Japan will provide Vietnam extra used naval vessels and other equipment to improve its maritime security capabilities, as tension increases in the South China Sea. The exact number of boats was not provided, but the Japanese government pledged to give Vietnam six secondhand patrol ships, during the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s trip last year.

According to the South China Morning Post, two secondhand vessels have been handed over to Vietnam so far. Both Japan and Vietnam shared their serious concern over China’s massive land reclamation and attempts to change the status quo in the South China Sea. They also agreed to strengthen security and defense cooperation by promoting exchanges and training.

“I find it highly meaningful that we have shared serious concerns over the continuation of unilateral behaviors that change the status quo and escalate tensions, such as large-scale reclamation and building of outposts in the South China Sea”, Abe said, without directly naming China.

Also, according to the South China Morning Post on Tuesday, a bilateral accord of extending grant aid worth ¥200 million ($1.7 USD million) to Vietnam was signed at the meeting.



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