Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Let's Do The News! (February 24, 2015)

Welcome back. Here is your current sitrep:

- Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that the war with Ukraine is "unlikely" during an interview for Russian television. He also stressed his support for the current Minsk ceasefire agreement as the best way to normalize the situation in the eastern Ukraine.

- The Japanese government aims to legally expand the use of weapons by the Self Defense Forces personnel that provide logistic support to foreign troops in action linked to the nation's security.

- Japan and China engaged in a heated argument in an open debate at the UNSC reform, which was organized on Monday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the establishment of the United Nations. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said there are historical facts regarding the world's fight against fascism while Japanese UN ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa responded that Japan has made serious efforts to contribute world peace and prosperity ever since this nation became part of the UN.

- Some Democrats and Republicans are opposing requests from US leader Barack Obama over enhanced powers to make trade deals and to deploy the military, forcing him and his allies to build centrist majorities in a Republican-controlled Congress whose ideological middle has nearly vanished.

- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano  and MILF chief negotiator Mohagner Iqbal are arguing during the Senate probe of the Mamasapano clash. Cayetano blamed Iqbal for tagging uploaders of the SAF shooting video as criminals. That video shows a gunman mercilessly killed one of the SAF members in the head twice.

- Due to system upgrades, releasing passports from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Filipino travelers will take longer time than expected, according to reports.

- The very last Bugatti Veyron has been sold out and to be more precise, it was the 450th Grand Sport Vitesse model ordered by a Middle Eastern customer that is known to be the last of its kind. They even called it "La Finale" and this last Veyron ever made and sold will be displayed at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

La Finale
- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. named Takahiro Hachigo as the new CEO of the Japanese car company, replacing Takanobu Ito effectively.

- Aquaman from the DC Universe will spawn a movie version due Summer 2018.


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