Two Hitachi Group Companies to Merge to Expand Robotic SI Business in Japan and ASEAN Countries

       

TOKYO, Jan 30, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) today announced that it has been accelerating the global development of its line building business leveraging industrial robots (“the robotic SI(1) business”) and will merge Hitachi Automation, Ltd. (“Hitachi Automation”) and Kyoto Robotics Corporation (“Kyoto Robotics”), Hitachi Group companies in Hitachi’s Industrial Digital Business Unit, on April 1, 2023 to …

President Joko Widodo Launches Indonesia’s 2023 ASEAN Chairmanship

       

JAKARTA, Jan 30, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The Kick Off of Indonesia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2023 was held at the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout on Sunday (29/01) morning. The event was marked by a rebana biang musical instrument struck by President Joko Widodo at the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout, witnessed by thousands of people. President Joko Widodo expressed optimism that ASEAN will remain …

Scholz seeks to secure more critical minerals on S. America tour

       

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) poses for a media with Chile's President Gabriel Boric during a ceremony at the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, Jan 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) SANTIAGO DE CHILE – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a new, expanded commodities partnership with Chile on Sunday during a tour of South America that Berlin hopes will help secure more access to …

UK PM Sunak sacks party chairman Zahawi over tax affairs

       

In this photo dated Jan 24, 2023, former Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi leaves the Conservative Party head office in Westminster, central London. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Zahawi on Jan 29, 2023 after an investigation revealed he had committed a serious breach by not being open about a tax probe. (PHOTO / AP) LONDON – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Conservative Party …

Tunisia sees 11.3% election turnout

       

A Tunisian votes in the second round of the legislative elections in Tunis, Tunisia on Jan 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) TUNIS – The preliminary turnout of Tunisia's second round of legislative elections was 11.3 percent, the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) said on Sunday."The turnout in the second round of legislative elections in Tunisia has reached 11.3 percent, as 887,638 out of 7,853,447 …

Death brings calls for US police reform

       

A group of demonstrators protest outside a police precinct in response to the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, in Memphis, Tennessee on Jan 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) Memphis, a city in the US state of Tennessee, disbanded on Saturday the special police unit whose officers fatally beat a young black man, after graphic videos of the …

Protester dies in Lima as Peru’s political crisis continues

       

Demonstrators light a fire at the Añashuayco bridge, near the Rodriguez Ballon airport, in Arequipa, Peru, during a protest against the government of President Dina Boluarte and to demand her resignation on Jan 20, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) A man in Peru's capital Lima died on Saturday and others were hospitalized as nationwide clashes between protesters and police continued in the eighth week of the …

Italy’s Eni signs $8b Libya gas deal as PM Meloni visits Tripoli

       

(Left to right) Italian multinational oil and gas company ENI's CEO Claudio Descalzi, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Libya's Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah and National Oil Corporation chief Farhat Bengdara attend an agreement-singing ceremony in the Libyan capital, on Jan 28, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) ROME/TRIPOLI – Italian energy company Eni and Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) signed an $8 billion gas production deal on …

Polls open in Tunisian election with turnout under scrutiny

       

A Tunisian voter casts their ballot in the second round of parliamentary elections on Jan 29, 2023, in the capital Tunis. (PHOTO / AFP) TUNIS – Tunisia opened polls on Sunday for run-offs in a parliamentary election that drew only 11 percent turnout in the first round last month. With political parties boycotting the vote, most candidates are independents and attention is likely to focus …

Peru bus plunges off cliff, killing at least 24

       

This handout picture released by GP Canal news agency shows a bus accident in the Peruvian region of Piura, north of Lima, on Jan 28, 2023. (PHOTO / GP CANAL / AFP) At least 24 people died in northern Peru after a bus carrying 60 passengers plunged off a cliff in early on Saturday, police told local media. Peru's transportation supervisory agency (SUTRAN) confirmed the …

Sweden’s NATO process paused, says foreign minister

       

In this file photo taken on Jan 27, 2023, Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tobias Billstrom holds a joint press conference with Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs in Riga. (PHOTO / AFP) STOCKHOLM – Sweden's Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said on Saturday that the country's North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) process has paused, local media reported. "The events of the last few weeks have temporarily …

Trump kicks off presidential campaign with low-key events

       

Former US president Donald Trump speaks at a 2024 election campaign event in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan 28, 2023. Trump hits the campaign trail Saturday for the first time in a third bid for the US presidency overshadowed by intensifying criminal investigations and a firestorm of political controversy. The twice-impeached Republican, whose party lost the White House and both chambers of Congress during his …

Memphis disbands police unit in fatal beating as protests mount

       

Protestors rally against the fatal police assault of Tyre Nichols, at Washington Square Park in New York City, on Jan 28, 2023. The city of Memphis on Jan 27, 2023 released a graphic video, depicting the fatal police assault of Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man. (PHOTO / AFP) MEMPHIS, Tenn – The specialized police unit that included at least some of the Memphis officers involved …

Retired general Pavel wins Czech presidential election

       

Presidential candidate Petr Pavel, former Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, and his wife Eva arrive for a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic on Jan 28, 2023, after Pavel became the fourth president of the Czech Republic according to official results. (PHOTO / AFP) PRAGUE – The second round of the Czech presidential election concluded Saturday, with retired general Petr Pavel …

Peruvian president urges Congress to approve early polls

       

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte addresses lawmakers after being sworn-in at Congress in Lima, Peru on Dec 7, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) LIMA – Peruvian President Dina Boluarte on Friday called on Congress to move general elections forward to December 2023, in order to get the country out of the "quagmire" with near-daily protests. The Peruvian government initially proposed holding the elections in April 2024, rather …

Greek govt survives motion of censure over wiretapping affair

       

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks during a parliament debate in Athens, Aug 26, 2020. (PHOTO / AP) ATHENS – A motion of censure against the Greek government over allegations of extensive wiretapping was outvoted on Friday, Greek national broadcaster ERT has reported. The motion was tabled by the main opposition party, SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, over alleged surveillance of ministers, legislators, military officers, journalists, and businessmen …

Video shows Memphis police officers kicking, beating Tyre Nichols

       

This still image from a Memphis Police Department body-cam video released by the city of Memphis on Jan 27, 2023, shows Tyre Nichols handcuffed on the ground surrounded by police officers, in Memphis, Tennessee. (PHOTO / AFP) MEMPHIS, Tenn – Tyre Nichols, a Black motorist stopped by Memphis police earlier this month, is seen pummeled into submission while crying "Mom, mom," as five police officers …

Moscow orders Latvian ambassador to leave Russia

       

This photo taken on March 10, 2022 shows the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (PHOTO / XINHUA) MOSCOW – The Latvian ambassador to Russia, Maris Riekstins, should leave Russia within two weeks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. Latvian Charge d'Affaires Dace Rutka was summoned to the ministry in protest over Latvia's decision to lower the level of Russian-Latvian diplomatic relations, the ministry said in a …

Czechs vote in 2nd round of presidential election

       

People cast their ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections on Jan 27, 2023 in Cernoucek village, Czech Republic. (PHOTO / AFP) PRAGUE – Voters in the Czech Republic began to cast their ballots on Friday afternoon in the second round of this year's presidential election. The first round was held on Jan 13-14. Since postal ballots is not an option, Czechs living …

Rwanda accuses DR Congo of abandoning peace deal

       

In this Aug 11, 2022 photo, Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta speaks during a news conference with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not in photograph) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Kigali, Rwanda. (PHOTO / POOL / AP) KIGALI – Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta has accused Democratic Republic of Congo authorities of abandoning last year's agreement …