Akiko Fujita of Yahoo Finance details today’s best stories from around the world.
AKIKO FUJITA: In our “world view” today, spectacular images of the Spanish Canary Islands as lava from Cumbre Vieja poured into the ocean. This sent clouds of vapor and poisonous gas into the skies over La Palma as emergency officials urged residents to stay indoors.
The volcanic eruption that started 10 days ago has already destroyed 600 homes and has forced more than 6,000 people to evacuate now. Now there are fears that parts of the shore may collapse. Roads to the southern part of the island have already been cut off by lava, blocking residents of the town of Tazacorte.
Well, Japan is about to have a new prime minister in place for the second time in about a year. Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kushida won his party’s leadership vote on Wednesday by beating a crowded field that included Japanese Vaccine Minister Taro Kono. He pledged to counter China’s growing influence in the region and close the growing income gap by redistributing the country’s wealth. Kushida is expected to officially take office on Monday after a special parliamentary session. Current Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is stepping down after just a year in office amid plummeting public support for his handling of the pandemic.
And disclosing data without consent could lead to five years in prison in Hong Kong. The legislature has strengthened doxing laws, or laws that prohibit posting personal information to harass people. The move is seen as another step in cracking down on dissent in the city, with new amendments to the data privacy law punishable by a fine of up to nearly $ 130,000.
Internet companies all opposed the changes, saying they amounted to censorship. A coalition representing tech giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, has raised concerns, saying over the summer that it could suspend services in the city if the law passes.