The Daily Populous

Friday June 14th, 2019 day edition

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In March, a court in the central city of Nagoya acquitted the man of raping his daughter, 19, despite years of sexual abuse.

The court recognised that the woman had sex with her father against her will in August and September of 2017 but ruled she could have resisted if she wanted to.

Protesters gather at the rally called 'Flower Demo' to criticize recent acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan.

Holding flowers and placards with slogans such as '#MeToo, #WithYou', sexual abuse survivors recounted their experiences at the rally.

Prosecutors argued that repeated violence and threats leveled against the daughter meant she was unable to resist her father.

They were protesting against several rape acquittals, including a case where a father was cleared of raping his daughter.

The father was cleared of the rape, despite the court admitting that the sex was against his daughter's will. »

Storm Scents: It's True, You Can Smell Oncoming Summer Rain

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This year's peculiar weather patterns—such as drought in the Midwest and a "super derecho" of thunderstorms earlier this summer—are no exception.

That's the sharp, fresh aroma of ozone—a form of oxygen whose name comes from the Greek word ozein (to smell).

An electrical charge—from lightning or a man-made source such as an electrical generator—splits atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen molecules into separate atoms. »

Trump administration blames Iran for oil tanker attacks in Middle East

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WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday blamed Iran for attacks earlier in the day on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near Iran and the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping route through which much of the world's oil passes.

"No economic sanctions entitle the Islamic Republic to attack innocent civilians, disrupt global oil markets and engage in nuclear blackmail.".

Oil prices rose as much as 4% on Thursday on renewed fears of conflict in the Middle East after a series of strikes last month. »