. . welcome to nhk world newsline. i'm gene otani in tokyo. here's a look at some of the stories we're following this hour. iraqi leaders have launched full scale military operations to fight against al qaeda linked insurgents. natural gas supplies to ukraine from russia have been cut off due to delayed payment. a court in china has sentenced three people to death in connection with a fatal car crash knee tiana men square last
year. fighting is intensifying in iraq where the military's launching full-scale operations against al qaeda linked militants. insurgents have responded with an attack on a military facility. leaders of neighboring countries and the united states say they're ready to provide support to help fight the militants. nhk world's yuri ito has more. >> reporter: military helicopters have been conducting a series of air strikes on insurgent positions and vehicles. on sunday they bombarded at least five locations including areas close to tikrit and the western city of fallujah. the military says the attacks have killed more than 200 people. meanwhile the militants have posted photos on twitter showing group of men being led away by gunmen. the men in civilian clothes are believed to be iraqi security forces. other photos appear to show them being shot. the islamic extremists have been advancing south toward baghdad
since capturing iraq's second largest city of mosul last week. the al qaeda-linked militants have strengthened their base in the civil war in neighboring syria. the group joined syria's anti-government forces and became significantly stronger. they recruited foreign fighters and secured arms and money from other countries. the militants have also been gaining more influence because of growing antagonism between iraq's shia muslims and sunnis. the sunnis have been unhappy with prime minister nuri al maliki's preferential treatment of the shia majority. sectarian divisions deepened after a political bloc led by maliki won parliamentary elections in april. analysts say the militants have played on sunni dissatisfaction and managed to gain ground in sunni-populated areas. u.s. president barack obama has
suggested he needs several days to figure out how to respond to the iraqi insurgency. he ruled out sending ground troops. >> we will not be sending u.s. troops back into combat in iraq, but i have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support iraq security forces. >> reporter: the pentagon has ordered aircraft carrier "u.s.s. george h.w. bush" to go to the persian gulf to give the u.s. more military options in iraq. obama says the u.s. will intervene only if iraqi leaders overcome sectarian divisions and work toward political stability. iraq's neighbor, iran, also a shia-dominated country, did not rule out the possibility of cooperating with the u.s. >> translator: if the u.s. is going to fight the terrorists in iraq, iran will consider cooperating.
>> rouhani's statement comes despite ongoing differences with the u.s. over iran's nuclear development program. but analysts say iran's involvement would highlight the shia-sunni conflict and risk it spills over to other countries in the middle east. they say obama faces a tough decision as he needs to stop the insurgency from becoming a full scale civil war while trying to launch a military intervention. yuri ito, nhk world. ukraine's energy minister says the country's supply of natural gas from russia has been cut off, but it's still being sent through his nation to europe. prodan guaranteed that the west ward flow will continue. the russian control gas company say they will now ukraine to prepay. they rised raised their prize considerably in april. russia had threatened to stop
its supply unless iran ukraine paid his bill by monday. they negotiated prices but last-stitch efforts failed to produce a break drew. >> a group of gunmen have attacked police stations and hotels in eastern kenya and killed at least 48 people. about 50 militants stormed the coastal town on sunday night. witnesses say they raided the police station to steal weapons and shot residents trying to flee. police blame an al qaeda linked group in somalia. they say the attackers carried a symbolic black flag of muslim extremists. the group has retaliated for the military intervention through repeated terrorist attacks, one at a nairobi shopping center last september left more than 60 dead. kenyan police have been on high alert and detained some malis expected of involvement with the group.
a court in china has handed down death sentences in connection with a car crash that occurred in tianemen square. investigators concluded the incident was an act of terrorism, they say it was advocating for independence. six people were killed, including three in the car. 39 others were injured. investigators concluded the incident was an active terrorism. they say the group behind it were advocating for the uighurs. they report that a court gave death sentences to three people. five others report etly received death sentences between five years and life in prison. the report says the defendants had set up a terrorist group three years ago. it says they prepared for the attack by purchasing gasoline and swords and visiting the side. site. the government's swift conclusion on terrorism raised questions inside and outside china. the beijing based academic il al
toji said the conclusion lacked sufficient evidence. he was arrested in january for advocating uighur independence and threatening national secure. pakistani military officials say the country's forces have launched more air strikes on militant positions in the northwest. the tribal area of north waziristan borders afghanistan and serves as a base for islamic extremists. roslyn has more. the air raids came one day after pakistan announced a major military operation targeting extremists. it was in response by last week's attack on insurgents in karachi. dozens of residents in north waziristan have fled the area. >> translator: the people of waziristan are fleeing but no houses are available. no arrangements have been made. it is extremely hot. we have children and elderly
people with us. >> the pakistan military says at least 27 militants. media access to north waziristan is highly restricted. the prime minister shareef has been trying to have peace talks about the largest islamist organization, the pakistani taliban. a government delegation opened negotiations with representatives of the extremist group earlier this year. the dialogue stalled. earlier this month, militants launched a deadly attack on the international airport in ka raychy. pakistani military officials announced on sunday the s.t.a.r.start of a full-scale operation. ground troops have been dispatched. the mission will include targeting militant hideouts. this is the largest counter insurgency maneuver by the pakistani military since 2009.
analysts point out that north waziristan is a base for not only the pakistani taliban but also other international terrorist groups. >> translator: i think we will be able to establish over there, clean these sanctuaries and then i think the incidents of terrorist attacks within pakistan and outside will also reduce. >> in a statement on monday, the pakistani taliban warned foreign companies to leave pakistan immediately. it said the government is using taxes collected from them to fund their military action. the move is seen as an apparent attempt to hurt pakistan's economy and put pressure on the government. >> people in afghanistan are waiting for the results of the runoff presidential election. they are expected on july 2nd. there are two candidates in the running. former foreign minister abdullah abdullah is from the ethnic
tajik minority. he enjoys strong sport in the northern part. the other candidate, ashraf ghani is from the ethnic pashtan majority. he has brought support in the eastern and southern parts. the election campaign has only served to highlight the difficulties the eventual president will have in uniting the country. nhk world masika i suda reports. >> it is hard not to notice that the foreign minister is popular in the northern area of afghanistan. the towns are plastered with posters and signs calling on people to vote for him in the election and prizing his achievements. many people in northern afghanistan are ethnic tajiks and they fully support him. they have a deep-rooted mistrust of those that made up the former
taliban government. mohammed sadik is a tajik. he says during the 1990s when afghanistan was under taliban rule, they ordered him to leave his home. when sadik refused, the taliban forced him out. his father was tortured to death. after that, he developed a strong hatred for the taliban which eventually grew to include all pashton people. >> i fear that the pashtan government might be established in this country again. they killed my father. i strongly oppose the kind of government that destroys our lives. >> members of the tajik
organization will say they reject the results if abdullah fails to win the runoff on saturday. >> abdullah couldn't win the first round of election in april due to wrong dogs. we must go out to the street to protest if the injustice happens again. >> reporter: this is the eastern province of man da har. most residents are p sachashtos. this is the campaign office for ashraf gani. they are using social media to send out messages critical of abdullah. >> the entire country will fall into a chaos if abdullah takes power. we are sending out these messages to stop such a misfortune from happening. >> reporter: the pashtan have a deep-rooted hatred for the tajiks. this has become more pronounced since the collapse of the
taliban regime in 2001. this man is a pashtan, shortly after they were removed from power, a group broke into his house. they claim his son was a member of the taliban, something he denied. he eventually had to abandon his home and work and flee for safety. tajiks condemned us as taliban members even though we are not. we experienced a lot of mistreatment. i'm sure this country will face another civil war if abdullah comes to power. >> the ethnic divisions in afghanistan run deep. it's going to take someone with
a skilled hand to achieve reconciliation between the various groups and unite the entire country. >> that wraps up our bulletin. i'm roslyn debhavalya in bangkok. the japanese government is looking at ways to keep the economy on track for steady growth. it has drawn up a draft of a new economic growth strategy. the measures reflect calls for business leaders such as corporate tax cuts. the government presented the draft at a meeting of a panel on industrial competitiveness. this is the second time for prime minister shinzo abe's administration to prepare such a strategy following one last year. >> translator: economics has brought about a virtual cycle in
our economy. we need to proceed with the plans in the draft to achieve a sustained growth trajectory. >> now the new strategy includes a plan to reduce the corporate tax rate to below 30% from the current 35% within several years beginning in the next fiscal year. the government will also review as soon as possible the investment portfolio of a public pension fund to put more money into stocks. the fund is the biggest of its kind in the world managing more than 1.1 trillion dollars. now the draft also calls for legislation to set up a new labor system. it would include the introduction of performance based salaries for employees with special skills. the government plans to submit it for approval at a cabinet meeting on june 27th. boeing executives hope to develop closer production ties with japanese companies. the u.s. aircraft giant said that one-fifth of the fuselage for the new passenger plane will be built in japan. boeing's japan president made the comment at a meeting of 30
japanese firms. george mafao said boeing hopes to expand beyond fuselage production to develop closer ties with japanese partners. nissan motor is among the companies that said the offer has potential. >> translator: we haven't done business with companies in the aircraft industry. but our cutting edge automobile technology might be valuable for airliners. >> japanese companies build about 35% for boeings 787 and are set to build about 21% of the wide body 777 x jets. economy officials say japanese companies have made little headway in sales for electronic equipment for cockpits. governments are facing challenges of protecting
confidential and personal data from new types of computer viruses. now n.e.c. unveiled it's latest facility against cyberattacks. n.e.c. engineers are able to monitor clients computer networks in tokyo. once virus infections and information leaks are detected they take appropriate steps. >> translator: the initial response speed is crucial. we must quickly find holes in the system and respond. that's the key to protecting our customers from data leaks. >> n.e.c. is planning to build similar facilities in and outside of japan. another electronicsmaker set up an organization in january to head off cyberattacks. here are the latest market figures.
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art investigators in italy have put a name to a face featured in a century's-old portrait. they have determined the subject of painting from the late 1500s was a devout japanese christian and despite challenges, he stayed true to his faith. nhk world's juntagasha has the story. >> reporter: the identity of this young man remained a mystery for generations. that is until five years ago when the painting's owner asked him to investigate.
she only had one clue to work with. the name mansio that was written on the back of the painting. >> translator: the painting was very beautiful. i was fascinated. i felt like i had fallen in love. >> she traced the owners historical records and she domenico retto. the venice artist was the son of the renowned 16th century painter. >> translator: the workshop of tentorito agreed to paint this portrait. this means he received special treatment because this workshop was the most famous in venice.
>> she identified him as mansho ito. he was one of four japanese christian boys that travelled to europe and met
pope gregory xiii in 1585. mansho was the son of a warrior that used to have a castle here. the castle fell in the battle in 1577 and mansho had to free. when he was around 10, he was baptized and studied with a spanish missionary. three years later, he was chosen to lead a group of four japanese christians. it took them eight years to reach vatican and then back to japan. they brought back various
european technologies including a printing press of gutenbergs. in his hometown, people were excited about discovery of the portrait. mansho is a well-known figure here. and the children learn about him from their teachers. >> translator: he went to rome and brought knowledge of technology back to japan. >> translator: he's a brilliant and famous man. >> after he came back to japan, his life was full of hardships. rulers increasingly oppressed christianity as they feared european powers would invade. but mansho refused to abandon his faith. he spent his life as a missionary helping the sick and the poor. residents of his birth place are now collecting signatures to ask that the painting be brought to
japan. >> translator: he is our pride. i think it's interesting for people of japan. >> translator: we want something real about mansho. nothing real is left here. everything we have had about him so far is a replica. >> mansho died at the age of 43 after more than four centuries since his death, many local people feel that mansho has come back alive through the portrait. jun takahachi, saito, nhk. strong thunderstorms erupted in parts of japan this past weekend. our meteorologist, robert speta, is here with the details and the
forecast. robert? yes. we did see across much of japan on saturday and sunday is some strong to severe storms actually in akita prefecture on saturday, we saw a report of a tornado out here. now, even starting off the workweek, we are seeing more severe weather. this most recent case is into northern portions of the plain there into toe shi gee preif he can juprefecture where we saw hl and rain. about 7 millimeter in diameter hail coming out. very rough go for many residents. it wasn't just that. all this rain came down in a very short period of time. a tremendous amount of that. it caused some flooding. like i said, there were several reports of landslides recently. about 30 families having to be evacuated. so the showers are still ongoing. mainly due to the heating during the day and you have cold air
aloft. it creates some very unstable conditions in the atmosphere. as we head out through tuesday and even into wednesday, should dwindle down into wednesday. that threat is going to be here. specially during the afternoon, central and northern portions of japan, be ready for the strong to potentially severe thunderstorms. western japan, not just due to daytime heating. we have the rainy season brought over here in a low pressure area formerly known as habibez which made landfall sunday night. still bringing some showers across southeastern china as well. about 120 millimeters expected in a few locations in guangdong and fuzhou provinces. shantou where the storm came on shore, rain expected wednesday to thursday. hong kong, a little lighter on tuesday. it is going to kick back up by the end of your workweek.
let's move on over towards the americas talking about severe thunderstorms. we have a new low pressure area pushing across the high plains over towards the midwestern states. this is bringing large hail. we already saw tornadoes this past weekend. that threat is still there as well. the hardest hit areas likely here over towards the midwestern states, in and around nebraska, over towards south dakota and extending off here toward the east. also, back towards the west. dryer, swooping in behind this. we are going to have very low relatively humidity locations. you have your low off towards the north. these move counter clockwise in rotation with the winds. it is pumping warm, moist air from the south. if you are along the eastern a seaboards. if you like hot and humid. up to 34 into tuesday and wednesday. up to 31 into tuesday and wednesday as well. remaining steamy out here. northern portions of brazil for the world cup remaining hot and humid as well. what we are going to be
expecting is these afternoon thunderstorms popping up in the tropical portions here. for ghana, versus usa, don't be surprised if we see heavy rain showers. down toward the south we still have that tropical activity. clearing up into southern brazil. partly cloudy skies, extending towards tuesday. still expecting those rain showers off toward the north. we do want to wrap things up very quickly. we have a low pressure area pushing across italy toward the balkan peninsula. it is going to be bringing scattered showers and a few thunderstorms out there for you. here is the extended outlook.
at the time of the disaster, children are very vulnerable and unable to evacuate by themselves, so it's the role of kindergarten and nursery school teachers to help them escape to safety. drawing lessons from the great east japan earthquake, new protective measures are being reviewed at kindergartens and nursery schools all over tohoku. >> translator: on a routine basis, we need to check th