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TOKYO---A video clip of a weeping
Japanese politician accused of dubious
spending on trips to a hot springs has
gone viral, leaving many outraged and
The video shows Ryutaro Nonomura,
47, a Hyogo Prefectural assemblyman,
bursting into tears, uttering
nonsensical phrases and banging on
"To change Japan and society," he
said in a choked voice, stopping mid-
sentence, sometimes sobbing so loud
he was shouting. "I'm putting my life
on the line."
One site for the video drew nearly
640,000 views, as of yesterday.
His news conference Tuesday
followed a Kobe Shimbun newspaper
report this week that raised questions
about Nonomura's visiting the hot
springs 106 times last year, using
public money. Such visits were not
illegal and had been reported to the
assembly office, but totalled three
million yen (US $30,000).
Calls are rising for Nonomura to give
The appalled public response is also
due to the fact Japanese politicians
here are generally staid. (AP)
Ukraine's army to 'win back Crimea'
New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey
has vowed to hold "a victory parade" in Crimea,
restoring the country's territorial integrity.
Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "Believe me,
there will be a victory parade---there will be for sure---
in Ukraine's Sevastopol."
Russia annexed the peninsula in March after a con-
In eastern Ukraine, a government offensive against
pro-Russian separatists is continuing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French
President Francois Hollande have urged Russian
President Vladimir Putin in a conference call to use
his influence to put pressure on the rebels in the
Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Putin said he was "deeply concerned about the rise
in deaths among the civilian population and sharp in-
crease in refugees" entering Russia from south-east-
ern Ukraine, according to the Kremlin.
Lt Gen Heletey's remark about Sevastopol was ap-
plauded by the chamber.
Israel mobilising forces around Gaza
JERUSALEM---The Israeli military mobilised
troops around the Gaza Strip yesterday after Pales-
tinian militants there fired some 30 rockets at south-
ern Israel over 24 hours, three of which hit homes in
the border town of Sderot, causing property damage
but no injuries.
Lt Col Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said that
despite the mobilisation, Israel was not interested in
further escalating the violent exchanges with Gaza
that have been building for more than two weeks.
Overnight, 15 Israeli airstrikes hit sites the military
said were associated with Hamas, the Islamic mili-
tant group that dominates Gaza; Palestinian health
officials said ten people were wounded, including a
pregnant woman and a 65-year-old man.
"We are moving, and we have moved, forces to
serve defensive activities and forward preparations,"
Col Lerner told reporters on a conference call.
"The main issue is how Hamas is reading the situa-
tion," he added. "We don't want to take it further, but
we will be prepared for the developments."
The deteriorating situation in the south comes
against the backdrop of heightened tensions in
Jerusalem, where the burned body of a 16-year-old
Palestinian, Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, was
found in a Jerusalem forest on Wednesday.---New
Cuba criticises US$9b fine
for French bank
HAVANA---Havana is denouncing US penalties
levied against France's largest bank over allegations
it processed financial transactions for Cuba and other
blacklisted states in violation of US trade sanctions.
A Foreign Ministry statement released yesterday
says the penalties "violate rules of international law."
It calls the US embargo against Cuba a "criminal
and failed policy against our nation." The Ministry ac-
cuses Washington of ignoring opposition to the 52-
year-old embargo by a majority of the world's
The US Justice Department announced Monday
that BNP Paribas had agreed to pay $9 billion to set-
tle the allegations.
Justice officials said the French bank handled bil-
lions of dollars in transactions for clients in Cuba,
Sudan and Iran. (AP)
Within a dense cluster
of flimsy shacks made
mostly of plastic tarp
and wooden planks, a
young mother cradles
her sick, whimpering
toddler while trying to
guard against a fierce
Delimene Saint Lise
says she s doing her best
to comfort her two-year-
old daughter and control
her spiking fever during
what has quickly become
a familiar agony in their
makeshift community of
shanties by a trash-
clogged canal in the
This latest scourge in
Haiti is chikungunya. It s
a rarely fatal but intensely
virus that has spread rap-
idly through the
Caribbean and Latin
America after local trans-
mission first started in
French St Martin late last
year, likely brought in by
an infected air traveller.
Haiti is proving to be
because so many people
live like Saint Lise and
her neighbours, packed
together in rickety hous-
ing with dismal sanita-
tion and surrounded by
ideal breeding grounds
for the mosquitoes that
carry the illness.
been merciless in Haiti.
Lack of basic infrastruc-
ture, poor mosquito con-
trol measures, and deep
social and economic dis-
parities hampered pre-
vention and treatment
efforts," says a new report
on Haiti s epidemic by
the Igarape Institute, a
Brazil-based think tank.
Since the virus was
first documented in Haiti
in May, there have been
nearly 40,000 suspected
cases seen by health
workers, the Pan Amer-
ican Health Organization
NORTH CAROLINA---A hurricane
off the US East Coast strengthened
yesterday, threatening to upend
Americans plans for today s Inde-
pendence Day holiday.
The southern state of North
Carolina braced itself for a glancing
blow from Hurricane Arthur ahead
of the Fourth of July holiday,
prompting the governor of the
southern state to warn vacationers
along its coast not to risk their
safety by trying to salvage their
picnics and barbecues.
The National Hurricane Center
predicted Arthur would swipe the
coast early today with winds of
up to 136 kph. The storm would
be off the coast of New England
later today and eventually make
landfall in Canada s maritime
provinces as a tropical storm, the
Hurricane Center predicted.
Up north in Boston, one of
America s signature Fourth of July
events, the annual Boston Pops
outdoor concert and fireworks
show, was moved up a day because
of potential heavy rain ahead of
Arthur, the first named storm
of the Atlantic season, prompted
a hurricane warning for much of
the North Carolina coast. Tropical
storm warnings were in effect for
coastal areas in South Carolina and
Forecasters expect Arthur to
whip past the North Carolina s
Outer Banks islands on Friday
without making landfall, but Gov
Pat McCrory warned vacationers
along the coast not to risk their
safety by trying to salvage their
picnics, barbecues and pre-paid
beach cottage vacations.
Outer Banks residents and out-
of-town visitors who fail to evac-
uate ahead of the hurricane s
expected arrival should prepare for
possibly getting stuck for several
days without food, water or power,
National Hurricane Center fore-
caster Stacy Stewart said yester-
"We want the public to take this
system very seriously, go ahead
and start their preparations because
time is beginning to run out," he
Video of Japan politician weeping goes viral
Beach goers at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, stand in the water yesterday. Residents along the coast of
North Carolina are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Arthur, a category one storm. AP PHOTO
Picnics, barbecues threatened...
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