South Korea Announces $8 Million Aid Package for North

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said on Friday that it would provide $8 million in humanitarian aid to help North Korea’s malnourished children and pregnant women, as the North faces severe drought and a food crisis caused by its worst harvest in a decade. The sum represents funds that the South had originally planned to donate in 2017, through the World Food Program and the United Nations Children’s Fund. But the donation was shelved after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan that year and Shinzo Abe, Japan’s leader, argued for delaying it. South Korea made it clear on Friday that it did not regard the current stalemate in talks over the North’s nuclear program as a reason to deny the aid. “Our government’s position is that it will provide humanitarian assistance for North Korean people regardless of the political situation,” the country’s Unification Ministry said in a statement. The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization announced this month that about 10 million North Koreans, or 40 percent of the population, were facing “severe food shortages” after the country suffered its worst harvest in a decade last fall. And North Korea said on We...

Honda speeds up plans to electrify car models in Europe

A large Honda logo is on display at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 in Tokyo, Japan, 24 October 2019. [EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON] Japanese carmaker Honda has brought forward a goal to only sell electric and hybrid cars in Europe by three years to 2022, a leading company executive said on Wednesday (23 October). “Our full line-up will be electrified by 2022,” said Tom Gardner, Honda’s senior vice president in Europe. “Customers are quite quickly moving towards cleaner, more efficient vehicles,” with the rapid electrification of Europe at the forefront of Honda’s business strategy, Gardner told AFP in an interview. Gardner made the announcement in Amsterdam, where Honda was presenting the new fully-electric Jazz model for the European market. Last month, Honda said it would phase out all diesel vehicle sales in Europe by 2021 in favour of electrified vehicles. The new two-motor hybrid Jazz will be available for European markets by mid-2020, Gardner said, with the roll-out of five other models planned by 2022. Previously the world’s seventh-largest car maker according to Global Manufacturing Magazine aimed for launching those models by 2025. “We can also feel the fact that the market arou...