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Poll shows majority of Japanese want prime minister to resign soon

Poll shows majority of Japanese want prime minister to resign soon

World
April 5 (UPI) -- The majority of respondents to a Japanese poll said they would prefer to see Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga resign either immediately or by fall, according to a local press report. The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that a recent survey of more than 1,000 people showed 47% of respondents said they would prefer Suga resign in September, when a ruling party leadership contest is scheduled to take place. Advertisement Another 12% of respondents said they would prefer Suga "resign immediately," indicating nearly 60% of respondents do not see a need for Suga to stay in office in the long term, according to the Yomiuri. Report of the Japanese survey comes as the health ministry disclosed data showing 80% of COVID-19 deaths occurred in Japan's third wave of coronavirus infecti...
Majority of e-cigarette users want to quit, study finds

Majority of e-cigarette users want to quit, study finds

Health
April 2 (UPI) -- Just over 60% of e-cigarette users want to quit the habit, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. In addition, more than 15% of adults who vape reported they have made an attempt to quit in the past year, the data showed. Advertisement The findings highlight that most people who use electronic cigarettes or vaping products want to stop, and that current smoking cessation approaches, designed for smokers of traditional cigarettes, may not be effective for them, researchers said. "Many people may have started vaping as part of an attempt to stop smoking cigarettes," study co-author Benjamin A. Toll told UPI in a phone interview. "What our data shows is that many of them are starting to realize that they are replacing an old habit with a new one that th...
Israel election: Netanyahu falls short of majority amid vote count

Israel election: Netanyahu falls short of majority amid vote count

World
ReutersIsraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu could struggle to secure enough seats in parliament to stay in power, incomplete results from Tuesday's election show.With about 90% of votes counted, his right-wing bloc is course to win 59 seats - two short of the threshold.In a surprise development, an Arab party which is projected to win five seats could hold the balance of power.The final outcome will among other things determine the course of Israel's relations with the Palestinians.The Arab party, Raam, has not declared whether it will support the efforts of Mr Netanyahu - an unnatural ally - to form a government or those of the bloc opposed to him remaining in office.Those parties have garnered 56 seats, according to the latest tally, and although backing from Raam could give them a sufficient n...
Trump impeachment: Senate falls short of majority needed to convict

Trump impeachment: Senate falls short of majority needed to convict

World
The US Senate has fallen short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement to insurrection over the Capitol riot on 6 January.A majority of senators - 57 to 43, including seven Republicans - voted to convict Mr Trump, 10 votes short of the 67 required for conviction. After his acquittal, Mr Trump released a statement denouncing the trial as "the greatest witch hunt in history". This was Mr Trump's second impeachment. What verdict means for Trump, Biden and AmericaDid Trump's words at rally incite violence?'They thought they were going to die'If he had been convicted, the Senate could have voted to bar him from running for office ever again. After the vote, the senior Republican in Congress, Senator Mitch McConnell said Mr Trump was "...
Volkswagen Finance acquires majority stake in digital lending platform KUWY

Volkswagen Finance acquires majority stake in digital lending platform KUWY

Finance
Mumbai: Volkswagen Finance India on Monday said that it has acquired a majority stake in automotive fintech company KUWY Technology for an undisclosed amount to leverage the latter’s network to grow its new and used car financing business. The Volkswagen Group’s financing arm had first bought a 25% equity stake in the latter in September 2019. KUWY Technology is an instant lending platform that digitally connects borrowers to lenders. “Our investment in KUWY is strategic in nature as we intend to make KUWY an important part of our India strategy. With this acquisition, we aim to enhance the synergies with KUWY Technology and make KUWY the face of Volkswagen Finance Private Limited (‘VWFPL’) in India for retail financing business,” Aashish Deshpande, managing director of VWFPL, said in a st...