Tattoo Convention | Athens | May 10-12

The 13th Athens Tattoo Convention brings together famous artists from Japan, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, France - and, of course, Greece - among many other countries, as well as emerging new talent. Apart from artists' stalls, the event at the Faliro Indoor Arena (between the Titzifies and Aghia Skepi tram stops) includes competitions, body painting, concerts and more.

iMapp Bucharest turns into an international video mapping competition - Winners League

The 6th edition of iMapp Bucharest will become an international video mapping competition - Winners League, with the most recent winners of international festivals of this kind to be invited to the Romanian Capital in September this year.

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck on Monday (Nov 13) off the east coast of northern Japan at 6.24am (Singapore time), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), quoted by channelnewsasia.com

The quake hit 294km southeast of the city of Kamaishi at a depth of 9.5km.

USGS had initally recorded a magnitude of 6.1, but later downgraded it to 5.8.

Japan Has a New Emperor

Naruhito became the new emperor of Japan at midnight on Wednesday, taking on the world's oldest monarchy after the historic abdication of his father, Akihito.

Japan also begins the new imperial era of Reeva or "beautiful harmony" that will last, while Naruhito, 59, today, remains on the throne.

In 2018, Military Spending in the World Has Reached its Highest Level in Three Decades According to SIPRI's Yearbook

Global military spending last year reached its highest level in three decades, with the largest share in the US and China, according to the annual report of the Swedish research institute SIPRI.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that the world's military spending in 2018 totals $ 1.8 trillion, 2.7 percent more than 2017, or $ 239 per person.