While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 22 edition

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday (Nov 22), the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing tsunami advisories for much of the nation's northern Pacific coast.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday (Nov 22), the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing tsunami advisories for much of the nation's northern Pacific coast.PHOTO: USGS

Powerful quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee tsunami

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday (Nov 22), the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing tsunami advisories for much of the nation's northern Pacific coast.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10km, the agency said.

Japanese broadcaster NHK says a tsunami of 3 metres is predicted to reach the coast of Fukushima "soon". And 1 metre-high waves are expected in Miyagi, Ibaraki prefectures.

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Football: Klinsmann fired as US coach

Former German international striker Jurgen Klinsmann was fired on Monday as coach of the United States after losing two straight 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati announced the firing without naming a replacement. The US does not face another World Cup qualifier until March.

"Today we made the difficult decision of parting ways with Jurgen Klinsmann," Gulati said in a statement.

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Pope gives priests permanent right to pardon abortion

Pope Francis declared on Monday (Nov 21) that all priests would have the right permanently to forgive abortion, seen as a significant outreach by the Catholic Church to women.

"I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion," the pope wrote in an apostolic letter marking the end of the "Year of Mercy", which wound up Sunday (Nov 20).

"The provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year, is hereby extended," he wrote, making permanent a temporary measure put in place for the Vatican's jubilee year.

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Leave Trump's tweets alone: Kellyanne Conway

President-elect Donald Trump's habit of firing off tweets, even at such critical times as when forming a new government, is a harmless and legitimate way to "cut through the noise," one of his top advisors said on Monday.

Trump was known during the campaign for staccato bursts of Twitter activity, often in the middle of the night, in which he attacked perceived enemies like Hillary Clinton and other politicians and news organisations such as the New York Times.

The Republican billionaire, who has credited social media for helping him pull off his upset victory, had indicated he would be "very restrained" in his presidential tweeting.

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Hackers target ATMs across Europe as cyber threat grows

Cyber criminals have remotely attacked cash machines in more than a dozen countries across Europe this year, using malicious software that forces machines to spit out cash, according to Russian cyber security firm Group IB.

Diebold Nixdorf and NCR Corp, the world's two largest ATM makers, said they were aware of the attacks and have been working with customers to mitigate the threat.

The newly disclosed heists across Europe follow the hacking of ATMs in Taiwan and Thailand that were widely reported over the summer.

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