France’s Emmanuel Macron raised concerns with Japan’s Shinzo Abe over Carlos Ghosn detention

France's President Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year wishes to the press at the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 15, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 15 January 2020

France’s Emmanuel Macron raised concerns with Japan’s Shinzo Abe over Carlos Ghosn detention

  • Ghosn said last week that he had been treated “brutally” by Tokyo prosecutors
  • Ghosn fled to Lebanon from Japan late last month

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said he had previously spoken to Japan’s prime minister about the conditions former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn was being detained under.

“I told (Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe several times that the conditions of Carlos Ghosn’s detention and questioning did not appear to be satisfactory to me,” Macron told reporters.

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Ghosn said last week that he had been treated “brutally” by Tokyo prosecutors and that he was the victim of a conspiracy hatched by the Japanese carmaker to force his outster.

Ghosn fled to Lebanon from Japan late last month in order, he said, to clear his name. He said he would not have received a fair trial in Japan.


At least 8 dead in residential building collapse in India

Updated 21 September 2020

At least 8 dead in residential building collapse in India

  • Four-storey structure was over 30 years old and needed repair
  • Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season

NEW DELHI: A residential building that was due for repairs collapsed in central India early Monday, killing at least eight people, officials said.
Rescuers were working to find and free the dozens that are feared trapped in the rubble of the four-storey building in Maharashtra state.
At least 11 people were injured when the building collapsed, said Pankaj Ashiya, the commissioner of Bhiwandi in Thane district, a suburb of India’s financial capital Mumbai.
He said that the building was over 30 years old and needed repairs, which couldn’t be carried out due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Maharashtra is one of India’s hardest hit states by the virus with over a million reported cases. India has reported over 5 million coronavirus cases.
India’s National Disaster Response Force said that the building had collapsed at around 4 a.m.
Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season, when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly constructed or old.