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tv   Newsline  NHK World  July 27, 2014 11:00pm-11:11pm JST

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hello and welcome to "newsline." i'm james tengan in tokyo. israeli military officials have resumed offensives in the gaza strip. they say hamas militants ignored a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire requested by the united nations. the israeli military issued a statement saying it will resume aerial naval and ground activities. nhk crew in the area report they hear heavy shelling from several locations. >> translator: i want the two sides to make a truce. the current situation is critical. >> translator: the hope for a
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truce, which gives us an ordinary life. we don't want a short truce. >> the two sides entered a u.n.-brokered 12-hour truce on saturday. israeli leaders decided to extend that until the end of sunday or 2100 utc. but israeli forces continued checking underground tunnels during the cease-fire period. hamas resumed firing rockets towards israel. a spokesperson for the group says they will not accept another truce unless israel withdraws its troops. more than 1,000 people have been killed in gaza since israel began its current military operations earlier this month. officials at the organization for security and cooperation in europe say dutch and australian police have postponed plans to send officers to the site of the malaysia airlines crash in eastern ukraine. australian prime minister tony abbott said a joint team of 49 australian and dutch unarmed officers who were to reach the
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site as early as sunday. the officers would have worked with osce members to secure the area from intrusion by pro-russian militants and recover any human remains. they were also planning to collect wreckage needed to investigate the cause of the crash. but those plans have been postponed at least for one day. the sound of gunfire has been reported near the site. >> unfortunately, the security situation on the spot and on the road to that site is unacceptable for us. we have taken the decision not to dispatch and deploy today. >> 298 passengers and crew members were killed in the downing of the jet on july 18th. 227 bodies have been transferred to the netherlands for identification. authorities believe some remains are still at the site. the united states has temporarily evacuated officials from its capital in libya's capital tripoli as fighting
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between rival local militias escalates. u.s. state department spokesperson marie harf issued a statement saying embassy staff members were moved to tunisia under military escort. the number of casualties has increased in fighting that began two weeks ago between rival militant groups trying to take control of the airport in the capital. a group of islamist militants attacked the u.s. consulate in the eastern libyan city of benghazi in september 2012 killing ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. republicans have blamed the obama administration for allegedly ignoring intelligence that could have prevented the attack. south korean military officials say north korea launched a short-range ballistic missile into the sea of japan on saturday. north korea state-run media reports the country's leader kim jong-un directed a firing drill at the launch site. south korean military officials
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say the north fired a scud missile from a location in south huanghei province on the west coast. >> the country's state-run tv reported that kim jong un also checked on the deployment of u.s. forces in south korea and the north's rocket launch plan. the korean workers party newspaper "rodong sinmun" carried a photo of kim examining a map showing a missile's flight path and its range. another photo suggests he's looking up at a launched missile. the reports appear to be related to the launch on saturday. the launch came the day before the 61st anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the korean war. analysts say the missile launch was intended as a warning to the united states and south korea as well as a way to boost national pride.
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investigators in china say a food processor knowingly sold tons of expired meat. they say workers at shanghai husi food repackaged them with altered production dates and resold them. they are recalling all products made by the subsidiary. investigators for the shanghai municipal office began looking into the allegations after they appeared in the media. the investigators said the company relabeled products it produced in may 2013. then employees came up with new labels claiming they were made in january this year. the original expiration date was in february. officials confirmed the company falsely relabeled more than 20 tons of the meat. they say they will carry out a thorough internal investigation
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of past and present managers to identify the cause of the wrongdoing. a number of companies in hong kong and japan have dropped the supplier. officials are distributing iodine tablets to people living near a nuclear power plant in southwestern japan. the facility is currently offline, but preparations are under way to resume operations. kyushu electric power company operates the sendai plant in kagoshima prefecture. following the accident at the fukushima daiichi plant in 2011, regulators imposed stricter safety standards. all nuclear plants in the country are currently offline as they await screening. the sendai plant may be the first to restart. officials are distributing the tablets as a precautionary measure. they plan to provide them to everyone 3 and older within a five-kilometer radius of the plant. there are nearly 5,000 residents in the area. iodine helps prevent the thyroid
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gland from absorbing radioactive substances which can increase cancer risks. pharmacists explain how iodine can be useful in the case of a nuclear accident. >> translator: it is good to have it in advance, but i hope there won't be an accident which forces me to take it. >> officials are planning to meet with other residents later this year and provide them with iodine tablets. more to come here on "newsline." first, let's see what weather conditions are like in cities across the globe.
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about 4,000 people gathered in shanghai to hear the results of a unique election. it was the first ever vote to choose the most popular member of a shanghai-based all-girl pop group. ♪
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>> snh-48 is a sister unit of japan's hugely popular akb-48. includes young women from across china along with two japanese members. fans who bought the group's cd were invited to cast ballots onli online. >> the winner received more than 19,000 votes. >> translator: it was an event that any fan could attend. i'll always remember it. >> snh-48 started holding concerts in january last year. let's hope bilateral friendship will take flight on the wings of pop music. for all of us here an "newsline," thanks for watching.
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