Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of ‘when, not if’: Israel’s prime minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of “when, not if” he moves his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. source

Venezuela offers help probing alleged planned attack on Colombia president

Venezuela’s government is willing to help investigate a plot to assassinate Colombian President Ivan Duque, in which three Venezuelan nationals arrested in Colombia may be suspects, foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said. source

U.N. says Yemen Houthis’ redeployment in Hodeidah should respect Stockholm deal

The United Nations welcomed on Sunday any redeployment of Yemen’s Houthi forces in the port city of Hodeidah, but said this should be independently verified to ensure it is in line with the Stockholm ceasefire agreement. source

Afghanistan to delay presidential election to July: election body

Afghanistan’s presidential election will be postponed by three months to July 20 to give authorities more time to organize the ballot, election authorities announced on Sunday, following mounting speculation of a delay. source

Bangladesh PM takes big lead as opposition rejects poll alleging vote rigging

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party took a big lead over the opposition in a national election on Sunday, early results and trends showed, in a poll that was marred by allegations of vote rigging and violence that killed 17 people. source

Delays blight Congo’s presidential vote as opposition cries foul

Long queues, broken-down machines and torrential rain in the capital disrupted voting in Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-anticipated presidential poll on Sunday, as the opposition alleged widespread irregularities. source

Germany’s Kramp-Karrenbauer more popular than mentor Merkel: poll

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats, heads into 2019 more popular than Chancellor Angela Merkel, who supported her rise to the top of their party, an opinion poll showed on Sunday. source

Man in Japan orders female store clerk to prostrate herself over misunderstanding with his change

”I’ll kill you! Get down on your knees!” customer orders convenience store cashier. While it’d be an exaggeration to call them “rules,” Japan has lots of little manners points that customers are expected to follow when shopping at convenience stores. And on the flip side, there are certain operating procedures that the employees generally follow […]

NewsWatch: Here’s why stock-market bulls are banking on January to steady the ship

Investors say further clarity on U.S.-China trade negotiations, the Federal Reserve’s policy intentions next year, and a raft of strong economic data could finally give investors the confidence to dive back into equities – but that could be months away source

Xi Jinping steers clear of US trade war and slowing economy in glowing review of China’s ‘extraordinary’ 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to talk up the country’s achievements over the past 12 months in a year-end speech that ignored or downplayed some of the major challenges, including the trade war with the US, that has put the Communist Party’s leadership to the test. In Saturday’s address to members of Chinese People’s Political […]

China’s supreme court forced to admit it lost documents in long-running contract dispute

The Supreme Court of China said on Saturday it had started an investigation into the disappearance of a series of case documents relating to a high-profile contract dispute between two mining companies. The loss of the documents, which took place in late 2016, did not come to public attention until prominent former television host Cui […]

エミリー・ブラントはジュリー・アンドリュースを超えられる? 主演女優が明かす、今、“メリーポピンズ”を演じる理由。(VOGUE JAPAN)


10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • The Five ‘Universal Laws of Success’ (Bloomberg Businessweek) see also 4 things you need to know about soft skills (MIT Sloan) • Kind or Hostile (Of Dollars And Data) • One Year Later, Benefits From Corporate Tax Cut Seem Muted (Wall Street Journal) • Surprise DNA Results Are Turning Customer-Service Reps Into Therapists (Bloomberg) • Wonder how the Trump… […]

Something to hide? This Christmas, it was not a rights lawyer on trial, but the Chinese legal system itself

After more than three and a half years of incommunicado detention, Wang Quanzhang has finally faced trial, but little is known of exactly what happened during the closed-door proceedings other than he fired his state-approved lawyer within minutes. We had only first learned about his closed-door trial two days before, on Christmas Eve, along with […]

Torrential rain, delays blight Congo’s presidential vote

Long queues, broken-down machines and torrential rain in the capital disrupted voting in Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-anticipated presidential poll on Sunday, as election officials scrambled to deploy missing voters’ rolls. source

India university official urges students to kill instead of complaining

A top official at a Indian state-run university urged his students to “murder” fellow students if confronted instead of complaining to him, amid a wave of violence being reported from across the state where the school is based. source

Sacked Macron bodyguard defends use of diplomatic passports

Emmanuel Macron’s former security aide, who was sacked this summer after his violent conduct fueled a political scandal, acknowledged on Sunday he was still traveling on a diplomatic passport, in an affair that has rattled the French presidency. source