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Hiroshima angry about atomic-bomb memorial park becoming 'Pokemon Go' site
29.07.16 - TEAM PT
Hiroshima angry about atomic-bomb memorial park becoming 'Pokemon Go' site



Add Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to the growing list of inappropriate Pokemon Go-playing venues that includes the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The park commemorates the dropping of the first atomic bomb at the end of World War II, and city officials are hoping to avoid Poke-scavengers wandering through the annual ceremony to remember bombing victims on August 6.

The officials of the western Japanese city have asked game developer Niantic Inc. to remove the virtual PokeStops and gyms from the site before the annual ceremony to remember the victims of the bombing on August 6.

The expansive Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is meant as a solemn memorial to the victims but has been visited by Pokémon Go players since the augmented reality game’s delayed launch in Japan on July 22.

It follows a request by the operators of the Fukushima nuclear plant - highly radioactive after its 2011 meltdown - to keep Pokemon out of its plants.

The wildly popular Pokemon Go was released in Japan on lastFriday.

It superimposes virtual characters on a smartphone's view of the real world, with players catching monsters in physical places designated "Pokestops" and training them in "gyms" .

Unlike most smartphone games, it requires players to walk around in their hunt, leading to official requests around the world for people to be kept away from locations for safety or sensitivity reasons.

Nintendo's augmented-reality game has become a worldwide megahit, scoring over 75 million downloads in less than a month. The obsession has spread to pretty much every corner of the globe, leading to some awkward moments for Poke-players wandering onto an Indonesian military base or off a cliff, among other fails.

Commuters in the UK have also warned about dangers of playing Pokémon Go at train stations.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum also recently told visitors that playing the game there was "extremely inappropriate", while Auschwitz, where millions of people were murdered by the Nazis, has also banned the game.

Hiroshima's Peace Park, which includes a memorial and a museum dedicated to the 140,000 people killed in the world's first nuclear attack, occupies a large, quiet area in an otherwise crowded city.

Niantic offers a form to request exclusions, but it's neither automatic nor guaranteed. It has not commented on this particular case.

The location-aware app gives digital rewards for visiting real places that have been designated Pokestops and Gyms in the game.

Pokemon Go has not been officially launched in India but people are using VPNs to play game in India.
 
Gamers in India have used hacks or accounts linked to U.S. or U.K.-based app stores to download the game. No launch date has been announced for India. 




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Indian convict Gurdip Singh not among those executed in Indonesia
29.07.16 - TEAM PT
Indian convict Gurdip Singh not among those executed in Indonesia



External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that Indian convict Gurdip Singh, who was supposed to be executed on Thursday night in Indonesia, was reprieved when four other convicts were executed for drug crimes.

"Indian Ambassador in Indonesia has informed me that Gurdip Singh whose execution was fixed for last night, has not been executed," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

However, it was not clear why the Indian was not executed while four other convicts were put to death by the firing squad.

Singh was among 10 convicts who were to be executed but were not put to death.

Four executions went ahead on a remote prison island in Indonesia despite strong protests from international rights groups, UN and the European Union.

Deputy Attorney-General Noor Rachmad said one Indonesian and three Nigerians were executed by firing squad not long after midnight local time.

Deputy attorney general also said that 10 more executions "will be carried out in stages", but the timings had not yet been decided.

MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup had yesterday said that Indian Embassy officials in Jakarta were reaching out to the Indonesian foreign office and the senior leadership of the country on the issue. Swaraj had said government was making last minute efforts to save Singh.

"Afdhal Muhammad, the legal representative of Singh was of the view that he can file for Presidential clemency under the relevant law before the President of Indonesia. The Embassy sent a Note Verbale to Indonesia's Foreign Ministry requesting that all legal recourse should be exhausted before the death penalty is carried out," Swarup said.

Singh was arrested on August 29, 2004, at the Soekarno Hatta Airport on charges of drug trafficking. The Tangerang Court awarded him capital punishment in February 2005, against the prosecutors' request for 20 years imprisonment.

His appeal against the death penalty was turned down by the High Court of Banten in May, 2005. He then appealed to the Supreme Court which also upheld his death penalty.

Last year, Indonesia executed 14 people convicted of drug crimes, mostly foreigners, sparking an international outcry.

President Joko Widodo has defended dramatically ramping up the use of capital punishment, saying that Indonesia is fighting a war on drugs and traffickers must be heavily punished.




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Stabbing spree in Japan leaves at least 19 dead
26.07.16 - TEAM PT
Stabbing spree in Japan leaves at least 19 dead



A knife-wielding former employee went on a stabbing rampage at a residential care facility for the disabled in Kanagawa Prefecture west of Tokyo early Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 26 others, 20 of them seriously, police said.

Police arrested Satoshi Uematsu, 26, who drove to the Police Station and turned himself around 3 a.m. Tuesday, saying "I did it."

"It's better that the disabled disappear," the police quoted him as saying.

The attacker who said he was a former employee of the facility, had a bag full of knives and other edged tools, some bloodstained, when he turned himself in.

Local news Broadcasters said the man told police he had been fired and held a grudge against the care centre.
 
The police arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder and unlawful entry to a building.

The attack began in the early hours of the morning when Uematsu allegedly broke a first-floor window to get into the building. It is reported that he tied up caregivers before starting to stab the residents.

The facility is located about 50 kilometers from downtown Tokyo and is near private residences and an elementary school.

After the news about the stabbing rampage spread, families of the residents as well as neighbors of the facility flocked to the facility to get information about the residents' condition, saying they had received no information from the facility.

Japan has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world, and attacks involving weapons of any kind are unusual.
 
The killing is believed to be the worst such incident since 1938, when a man went on a killing spree armed with an axe, sword and rifle -- killing 30 people.




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Kabul: 50 feared dead after blast hits protest march
23.07.16 - team pt
Kabul: 50 feared dead after blast hits protest march



An explosion ripped through an area of Kabul on Saturday where hundreds of minority Shia Hazaras were protesting over a power line, police said, with eyewitnesses reporting a number of casualties.

Ambulances were struggling to reach the scene as authorities had overnight blocked key intersections with stacked shipping containers to prevent protesters from marching on the presidential palace.

50 dead and wounded taken to Kabul hospital after blast, Health Ministry said.

The nature of the blast was not immediately clear, Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of Kabul's Criminal Investigation Department, told AFP.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, but it comes in the middle of the Taliban's annual summer offensive, which the insurgents are ramping up after a brief lull during the recent holy fasting month of Ramadan.
"I was in the crowd of protesters when a loud bang occurred nearby. Many people have been killed or injured -- I am in deep shock," protest organiser Jawad Naji told AFP.

The demonstrators had gathered to demand that a multi-million-dollar power line pass through their electricity-starved province of Bamiyan, one of the most deprived areas of Afghanistan with a large Hazara population.

The 500-kilovolt TUTAP power line, which would connect the Central Asian nations of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan with electricity-hungry Afghanistan and Pakistan, was originally set to pass through the central province.

But the government re-routed it through the mountainous Salang pass north of Kabul, saying the shorter route would speed up the project and save millions of dollars.




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Hillary Clinton Selects Tim Kaine as a Vice Presidential Running Mate
23.07.16 - team pt
Hillary Clinton Selects Tim Kaine as a Vice Presidential Running Mate



Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground-state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November.

Mrs. Clinton’s choice, which she announced via text message to supporters, came after her advisers spent months poring over potential vice-presidential candidates who could lift the Democratic ticket in an unpredictable race against Mr. Trump.

In the end, Mrs. Clinton decided that Mr. Kaine, 58, a former governor of Virginia who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had the qualifications and background, and the personal chemistry with her, to make the ticket a success.

Tim Kaine's regular-guy presence may also help balance the perception of Hillary Clinton as chilly.
 
Hillary Clinton has chosen Sen. Timothy Kaine (Virginia) as her vice-presidential running mate, completing a Democratic ticket that prizes experience and traditional notions of public service in a political year dominated by Republican rival Donald Trump's unorthodox, highly personal brand of leadership.

Kaine, 58, a former Virginia governor, Richmond mayor and Democratic National Committee chairman, was chosen after a search that included riskier and more unconventional candidates who offered greater appeal to the party's liberal base.

He was a longtime favorite to become Clinton's running mate, however, in part because of the political and personal attributes she considers well-suited to the governing partnership she seeks - and in part because of the calculation that the experience of a Clinton-Kaine ticket would outgun Trump's outsider bombast.

Clinton notified supporters of her selection in a text message.

"I'm thrilled to tell you this first," the text read. "I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate. Welcome him to my team."

Kaine, who was in Rhode Island for a long-scheduled fundraising party, responded to the selection with a Twitter message.

"Just got off the phone with Hillary. I'm honored to be her running mate. Can't wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!"

Kaine is not known for his charisma on the campaign trail; he has called himself the "happy senator" and even "boring" - and Clinton laughingly agreed in a PBS interview earlier this week.

"I love that about him," she said Monday.

"He's never lost an election. He was a world-class mayor, governor and senator, and is one of the most highly respected senators I know," she said.




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