Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Let's Do The News! (June 17, 2015)

- The government of Hong Kong is set to present a controversial political reform package this week that will, for the first time, give citizens the right to vote for its chief executive within the next two years but candidates will be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.

- 16 people are reportedly killed by an airstrike that bombed a town in the Deraa province of Syria, according to activists. Those killed were attending lessons on the Koran in Ghariyah. Syrian government officials have no comments yet on the recent attack.

- The Japanese Diet approved a bill to lower the legal voting age from 20 to 18. The lowering of the voting age will be applied on the Lower House and Upper House elections, gubernatorial, mayoral, and local assembly elections as well as the national electoral review of Supreme Court Judges.

- As the death toll of MERS in South Korea reaches 20, the World Health Organization has held an emergency meeting to discuss the recent outbreak in the Asian nation. Experts examined the current situation and discussed the risks of the MERS coronavirus spreading further and ways to stop it.

- Ghadzali Jaafar, the 1st Vice Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, says that they are not going to disarm another batch of their troops unless the government OKs the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law.

- Veteran actor, Sir John Hurt, is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

- Check out the trailer for the rebooted NEED FOR SPEED game that is coming this fall on PC, PS4, and XBOX One.

- The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUV has now been updated for the 2016 model year and for the first time, the Prado has been given a diesel variant starring Toyota's brand new 1GD-FTV 2.8L clean diesel engine. This is the first time Toyota offered a diesel variant in the Japanese market after almost two decades. This new diesel engine develops 177PS of power and 450Nm of torque. Mated with a new six-speed automatic gearbox and the fuel economy is rated at 11.2 to 11.8km/L on the JC08 Mode scale.

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

1GD-FTV engine

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