russian central bank officials are pledging to support government financial institutions after a new round of western sanctions. he was a ninth highest ranking member of the committee and in november 2012, the state run news agency says a party disciplinary commission decided to investigate him for grave violations of discipline. he oversold chinese oil industries and served as chief of security. while in office, he was reported to on tackling the issue of corruption soon after he took office in november 2012. the communist party controlled
newspaper ran an editorial. it says everyone is equal and the party rules and there are no exceptions. the article quoted xi as saying that the more disciplinary regulations are enforced, the more party solidarity and unity is maintained. >> translator: this case shows the government's strong will to tackle corruption. people have wanted this kind of action for a long time. >> reporter: one expert on chinese politics says it's a tactical move. >> translator: it's an unprecedented step to convict someone at the top of the leadership.
xi jinping is trying to show the communist party, as well as the public, that he is serious about eliminating corrupt officials, even if it's an elder of the party. >> reporter: zhou was believed to have a close relationship with the former chief minister of the city of chongqing. he was expected to join china's elite group of decision makers but he was jailed on corruption charges and sentenced to imprisonment for life. some associates say they are plotting to overthrow the xi administration. professor korogi said these developments show that president xi is trying to consolidate his power. >>translator: there will be personnel changes at the next
congress of the communist party in 2017, and xi wants to put his people into important posts. he has to do something about the infaction in order to achieve that. he's trying to shake the faction by convicting zhou. xi might shift to a softer approach now that he's established his position. there might even be some moves toward improving ties with countries where relations had deteriorated. >> reporter: xi jinping has continued to be tough in his diplomatic stance with japan and the u.s. professor korogi points out, if he successfully gets the people behind him, he could afford to lighten the tone of china's international relations. naoki makita, nhk world.
police remain on high alert in china's western aon the mouse region of xinjiang. an attack on government buildings and police stations on monday reportedly killed dozens of people. an nhk crew arrived in the city of kashgar on wednesday. it's about 200 kilometers away from the county where the incident occurred. the area appeared calm but armed police were at positions throughout the city. checkpoints have been set on highways and blocked vehicles from entering the central area. internet access has been cut off in parts of the region. the state-run xinua news agency says dozens of chinese and muslim leaders were killed. it reported security police shot and killed dozens of the attackers. the region has been hit by a series of protests and attacks resulting in casualties. some ethnic uyghurs are
frustrated over the government's control of religious activities. as well as economic and political disparities between themselves and the majority huan chinese. chinese officials said they'll integrate the household registration systems for urban and rural residents in one. the separation is blamed for a gap in benefits between the groups. the government provides social security, education and other services based on the two types of residency. the disparity has triggered discontent among people in the country. many rural workers come into cities for employment. they say they face disadvantages in working conditions and their children's educati. officials plan to unify the two statuses with a new system. they'll provide people with services where they live. the current one has been in place for more than 50 years. world leaders are struggling to find an end to the violence in gaza. but senior members of the
palestinian islamist group hamas say they'll not agree to a cease-fire until israel ends its attacks and lifts a blockade. a top leader of the military wing of hamas issued a statement on tuesday. it says the group will not accept interim solutions that would not serve their people. health authorities in gaza say more than 1,200 people have been killed and more than 7,000 injured since the fighting started 3 weeks ago. shells reportedly hit a u.n. run school where many civilians were taking shelter on wednesday. witnesses say at least 14 people were killed and many others wounded. israeli officials say they're investigating if the damage was caused by their military. officials with russia's central bank are pledging their support to government supported financial institutions. they're backing ones targeted by western sanctions following the downing of a malaysian jetliner in eastern ukraine.
european union leaders on tuesday announced no sanctions including limited on access to their financial markets by russia's three state owned banks. the plan to ban arms, trade and restrict russian access to sensitive technology, particularly in the oil sector. u.s. president barack obama also announced tighter sanctions, he said the measures are making a weak russian economy even weaker. russian stock indexes remain steady on wednesday, but shares in the state owned vtb bank, one of the targeted institutions, opened down nearly 3%. the central bank has been trying to ease public fears. officials say the country's financial system is functioning normally, but the sanctions are affecting the country's currency. the ruble is losing value and inflation is on the rise. japan's nuclear regulators are considering changing the radiation exposure limit for plant workers.
they say serious accidents could occur in the future where exposure to workers exceeds the limi nuclear plant operators are legally obliged to limit levels of radiation exposure to worker to under 100 millisieverts during accidents. however many workers at the fukushima daiichi plant experienced higher levels after the 2011 meltdown. the government raised the limit to 250 millisieverts for nine months as an extraordinary measure. the chairman said there is no denying the possibility of a serious accident where exposure to workers exceeds the limit. the regulators agreed to consider a limit in case of accidents referring to international standards. they will also discuss how to get prior consent from workers and train them for such cases. a representative of a group promoting laborers' health has called for thorough discussion before deciding on a limit.
he says workers health risks and how to manage their health for long-term should be fully debated. he proposed hearing from workers who were involved in the fukushima accident. japan's leaders have spent years trying to figure out what to do with the radioactive waste from the crippled plant. they have decided to build temporary storage facilities in fukushima prefecture. and now they have come up with a subsidy package for the hosts. central government leaders are planning to build facilities two towns close to the plant. they're proposing a subsidy worth $2.2 billion. it will be spread over 30 years to pay for regional development. but sources say the government is also thinking of halting a subsidy it's been paying local governments in fukushima for decades. people in the prefecture want to decommission the nuclear plant that's located 10 kilometers from daichi. and has been offline since the 2011 disaster. but central government leaders
say once they decide to decommission the facility, they would stop the payment they give to places that host nuclear plants. the proposal could see fukushima receive nearly $40 million less each year. local officials have reacted sharply saying that storing highly radioactive waste is a big burden. the u.s. economy rebounded in the second quarter after showing negative growth in the first three months this year. officials at the department of commerce released the preliminary gross domestic product data in the april through june period. it shows the country's economy grew at an annual pace of 4% over the previous three months. the rise is bigger than market forecast of about 3%. the gdp had contracted by about
than 2% due to the impact of colder than normal weather. the department says consumer spending rose 2.5%. personal consumption accounts for about 2/3 of the country's gdp. exports surged 9.5%. housing investment increases 7.5% and corporate spending on plant investmenten creased 5.5%. many analysts say that the second quarter will post growths of about 3%. toyota motor has come out on top once again. keeping the top spot in the period for a third straight year. toyota executives say the group sold nearly 5.1 million units between january and june. that's up 3.8% from the same period last year. the strong sales were partly driven by a surge in demand in japan before the consumption tax went up in april. toyota also increased the number of units sold in the u.s., mainly with sports utility vehicles. toyota sales exceeded the 5
million mark for the first time in the january to june period. it has set its target for the full year at over 10 million units. meanwhile, volkswagen of germany says its group sales for the same period stood at more than 5 million units, up 5% from a year ago. general motors of the u.s. sold about 4.9 million. in cambodia, two former khmer rouge leaders are standing trial. at issue is their role in the killing of hundreds of thousands of vietnamese and members of the minorities were killed in the 1970s. it's said to be responsible for 1.7 million deaths. many caused by forced labor or genocide. patchari raksawong reports from bangkok. >> reporter: the khmer rouge regime was responsible for the wo southeast asia in the post world war ii e cases against members of the
regime are being tried separately to speed up proceedings. this is the second trial of two high-ranking khmer rouge leaders. nhk world reports. >> reporter: former head of state who's 83 made an appearance at a court in phnom penh on wednesday. the 88-year-old, the regime's chief was absent for health reasons. from its establishment in 1975, the khmer rouge regime sought to create a utopia. it forced urban residents to move to rural camps where they had to do forced labor. many of them died of malnutrition or work or as a result of ge. the charges against the two suspects were read out in front
of about 300 spectators. >> translator: we're strongly hoping that the special court will acknowledge our persistent state of anger and punish the defendants. >> translator: we don't know what really happened during that time. there are still many things that have yet to be revealed. >> reporter: the defendants are accused of genocide against vietnamese and ethnic minorities. the death toll among the camps were particularly high with estimates varying from 100,000 to 500,000. most of them are muslim. >> translator: they killed a lot of muslims. they cooked pork and told us to eat it. if we didn't, they would kill us. they would also kill us if they saw us praying to allah. i'm so full of anger.
>> reporter: the united nations and the cambodian government joined to set up this special tribunal, but it is making little progress. of the four defendants, the accusations of the tribunal, former foreign minister passed away last year at the age of 87. an order was ruled unfit to stand trial two years ago. the first trial against the two defendants addressed their roles in forcing citizens from urban areas. a verdict which is expected on august 7 will be the first ruling against the hig leaders since the tribunal was set up in 2006. many cambodians are still living with the horrific memories of of the khmer rouge. when the tribunal was launched eight years ago, they had high
hopes that it would bring members of the rulers regime to shed light on why it felt the need to kill so many people. defendants are getting older by the year, but proceedings at the tribunal are very slow. many cambodians are now worried that the tribunal might not be able to serve its original purpose. phin chanda, nhk world, phnom penh. a landslide has hit a village in western india following torrential rains and has killed at least 10 people. it has reportedly swept away scores of houses and more than 150 people could be trapped. the landslide buried about 40 houses and about 150 people are missing. federal rescue workers were being hampered by continuing rain and poor roads leading to the village.
india experiences monsoons from june to september. last year around 600 people died in the himalayan state as a result of massive flooding and landslides. for many years buddhist monks have been the spiritual leaders of thai society. where buddhism is the dominant religion and accounts for more than 90% of the population. but recently there have been a growing number of reports of monks behaving badly, forcing authorities to crack down on them. nhk world's reports. >> reporter: complaints come flooding into the 24-hour bad monk hotline. it was recently launched by the national office. the government agency that
assists the buddhist authorities. it now receives more than 500 calls a month. >> translator: i'm seriously concerned about the growing amount of misbehavior by monks. it's spreading rapidly across the country. we're gathering complaints and investigating bad monks more closely. we then take action to protect and clean up buddhism. >> reporter: thai people have great respect for monks. they devote themselves to training. but the mood is gradually changing. this picture of a monk traveling in a private jet has stirred up a public outcrying. last month, pictures of him driving a high end car went viral on the internet. there have been a lot of reports of monks taking drugs and
performing sex acts. even the leaders expressed concern about the deteriorating image of buddhism. >> translator: we'll use every mechanism to speed up inspections to get rid of these bad monks. they must be driven out of the co >> reporter: in an attempt to curb the nationwide criticism, the government is cracking down with daily cleanups in cooperation with the buddhist authorities. one of the tactics are monks who stand in one spot asking for alms. the investigators suspect the monks have an arrangement with those nearby. when the monks receive offering from followers, they return them to the windows for resale and then split the profits. monks responsible for discipline are carrying out detailed investigations. >> translator: some believers want and need to come and
receive food today. i don't usually stand here to get food or money. >> translator: anyway, this behavior is unacceptable. >> reporter: after an operation lasting several hours, seven monks were caught and taken for questioning. in the worst case, they could be thrown out of the monkhood. >> translator: we can't ignore th i need to tell the abbot to make sure these monks don't do this again. >> translator: even though good monks outnumber bad ones, it's difficult to stamp out this trend as the scandal spread so quickly. the image of buddhism has been badly damaged. >> reporter: despite its long and respected history, buddhism in thailand is now struggling.
how to maintain people's faith in thai monks is a question that the country has to solve. nhk world, bangkok. >> that wraps up our bulletin. i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok. two women in the u.s. state of indiana are lucky to be alive after a scary scene on a railway bridge. they nor rowly escaped being hit by a freight train while walking he the incident was caught by a camera mounted on the train that shows the women trying to outrun the 100-car train and then dropping down on the tracks before it passes over them. they were slim enough to fit into the 25 centimeter tracks. officials released the video to warning would be trespassers.
>> no one was killed in this incident but it's certainly a lesson for everybody to remember that trains can come at any time, on any track. you may think that they're not used. they very well could be and the best thing to do is just stay off the tracks. >> the company says the driver put on the emergency brakes when he saw the women. it says this could have caused the 14,000-ton train to derail and kill him. the southwest monsoon continues to dump heavy rains in india, and it's causing serious problems. our meteorologist sayaka mori is here with the details. sayaka? >> yes. hell there. people in northwest india dealt with excessive drought last month. but now they're dealing with excessive amounts of heavy rainfall. this is the amount we have over the past 24 hours. nearly 300 millimeters fell, equivalent to a month-three rainfall for july and 130 millimeters in mumbai. heavy rain warnings in the
northwestern areas of india. in fact, more heavy rain is likely for 24 hours and 48 hours. heavy rain will likely continue to raise the potential for flooding as well as landslides further and in fact the fatal landslide occurred in the town about 150 kilometers southeast of mumbai on wednesday so conditions will remain on the krital side for the next couple of days. now, heavy rain is also hitting the islands of the mariana over the past 24 hours or 48 hours. we have some video to show how bad the situation was in guam. tropical storm battered the islands and left a trail in the wake in guam. there have been reports of a flooding, damage to structures and many power outages. observers say that flooding is making it dpiflt to travel on the roads against tourists in guam killing time indoors. but good news is that the system is now moving away from these islands. so the peak of the stormy
weather is over. however, it's still including these islands in a stormy zone, so stormy weather will likely continue at least into your thursday morning and the system will likely intensify into a typhoon by thursday and then make its way towards the north aiming for japan. and towards the west, we have another tropical storm to talk about. this is a more, this is larger than halon and packing winds of 72 kilometers at this hour. it will likely move through and get close to okinawa and then move up to the north as a tropical storm for the next several days. so we have a couple of systems to watch out for the next several days. one here will likely move towards the north aiming for the eastern areas of the continent and this one halong up to the north probably affect the main islands of japan early or midpart of next week. now, across europe, it's not tropical related but we have a
circulation of clouds in the middle part of europe underneath the severe weather is happening. we have numerous reports of a flooding and many places including germany. now, the system has slightly shifted towards the east affecting the northwestern areas of the balkan peninsula, even tornadoes cannot be ruled out over the west coast of the balkan peninsula. and things will remain that way for the next couple of days. temperatures are in the mid to higher 20s in the middle part of europe and across the east extremely high. 32 for the high moscow and 27 degrees in stockholm despite thunderstorms on thursday. now, across the americas, the weather is gorgeous over the east but it's not doing so for the western areas of the u.s. monsoon rain is falling heavily. this is the area where moisture of the pacific is heating with moisture from the gulf of mexico and rain likely linger for several days. as for temperatures, quite comfortable over the eastern areas. only 28 for the high in washington, d.c. on the middle part of the week.
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