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Boss resigns after
The boss of a big Japanese advertising group
has resigned following the suicide of an em-
ployee who had worked hundreds of hours of
Tadashi Ishii said he will step down from Dentsu
Matsuri Takahashi, 24, started working at Dentsu
in April 2015 and was soon doing an additional 100
hours a month.
She jumped to her death in December last year
and in a note left for her mother, she asked: "Why
do things have to be so hard?"
Dentsu has been under pressure to reduce the
amount of overtime its employees do and in November
it was raided by labour regulators.
In September, the Japanese government ruled that
Ms Takahashi's death had been caused by overwork.
According to government figures, about 2,000
people a year kill themselves because of overwork.
stone President's car
The Argentine government says that a group
of protesters has attacked President Mauricio
A group of ten people threw stones at the car and
broke two windows, but Macri was not injured, says
a statement issued by the president's office.
He was on his way to a ceremony in the town of Villa
Traful, 1,000 miles south of Buenos Aires.
Argentine newspaper Clarin says two people have
been arrested in connection with the attack.
Since taking office on December 10, 2015, Macri
has introduced a number of austerity measures to
tackle inflation and boost the economy.
The changes have prompted a series of protests and
strikes called by Argentina's powerful labour unions.
After the attack, Mr Macri went ahead with the
scheduled event in Villa Traful, where he opened a
new tourist information centre, and made a call for
pardons battered woman
who killed husband
PARIS---French President Francois Hollande
has pardoned a woman who was convicted of
shooting and killing her allegedly violent hus-
band, in a case that has drawn public attention
to the issue of domestic abuse.
Hollande said in a statement yesterday that the
69-year-old Jacqueline Sauvage can be immedi-
ately released from a prison southeast of Paris after
spending four years behind bars.
Two different juries had sentenced Sauvage to 10
years in prison for fatally shooting her husband three
times in the back with a hunting rifle in 2012. Dur-
ing the trials, Sauvage said she'd been beaten by her
husband for 47 years. Their daughters also claimed
they'd been abused by him. The husband had never
Official who called Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' fired
of a West Virginia nonprofit
agency who called first lady
Michelle Obama "an ape in
heels" in a Facebook post has
been fired and the institution
put under outside manage-
ment, state officials said on
Pamela Taylor, director of the
Clay County Development Corp
(CCDC), which provides services
to poor and elderly residents, drew
international condemnation after
her comment last month about
Obama went viral.
She resigned in November
but was reinstated last month,
prompting West Virginia to review
its contracts with the nonprofit.
"Following the state's request
for specific assurances that the
CCDC is following anti-discrim-
ination policies, we have been
assured that Pamela Taylor has
been removed from her position
as CCDC director," Democratic
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's of-
Taylor could not be reached for
The nonprofit in Clay, West Vir-
ginia, a small town about 20 miles
northeast of Charleston, the state
capital, receives state and federal
After the November 8 election,
Taylor went on Facebook to praise
the switch from Obama to former
model Melania Trump, the wife of
President-elect Donald Trump, a
"It will be refreshing to have a
classy, beautiful, dignified first
lady back in the White House. I'm
tired of seeing an ape in heels," she
Beverly Whaling, Clay's mayor,
resigned after coming under fire
for replying to Taylor's comment:
"Just made my day Pam." (Reuters)
First lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event welcoming military families
to the White House to view the holiday decorations in Washington, US,
November 29. REUTERS PHOTO
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