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28 May

The infamous Sykes-Picot agreement is a convenient scapegoat for the instability that reigns in the Middle East, but responsibility for the region's tragedy is more diffuse.

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28 May

The world should stop focusing on Europe and instead turn to those Arab countries capable, with relative ease, to take in, house and employ their desperate brethren fleeing Syria.

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28 May

Two decades ago, J.R. Sakuragi — well, J.R. Henderson, as he was known then — achieved the best accomplishment of his basketball career as his UCLA Bruins captured the NCAA championship with a 89-78 victory over Arkansas in the final at Seattle’s King Dome during his freshman year. All his teammates from the 1995 title-winning […]

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28 May

For LeBron James, it’s six straight trips to the NBA Finals. Maybe this one will end Cleveland’s long wait for a championship. James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cavaliers advanced to their second straight finals by beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern […]

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28 May

The U.S. military commander in Okinawa on Saturday expressed his shock and regret at the death of a local woman following the arrest of an American civilian worker suspected of dumping her body, and explained measures to tighten discipline among U.S. forces. “There are no words in the English language that can adequately convey our […]

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28 May

Whether or not the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allows professional boxers to compete at the Olympics for the first time at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games, the idea has sparked widespread criticism. The sport’s world governing body reportedly plans to finalize its decision on June 1. Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao had expressed interest […]

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28 May

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has canceled his visit to Japan, it was learned Friday. Carter was considering traveling to Japan ahead of a visit to Singapore to attend the Asia Security Summit, which is set to start on June 3. But the Pentagon chief apparently found the trip inappropriate at a time when sentiment […]

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28 May

The head of the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan said Saturday that training procedures will be reviewed in the wake of a report last week that revealed that orientation sessions for new recruits contained derogatory statements against Okinawans. “The content of the OCAT (Okinawa Culture Awareness Training) brief we will continue to review,” Lt. Gen. […]

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28 May

Only 16 whales were taken this spring off Miyagi Prefecture under the government’s “research whaling” program, a record low since it began in 2003, a government-commissioned whalers’ group said Friday. The maximum catch for minke whales allowed under so-called research whaling this year is 51. The number of whales captured under the program has been […]

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28 May

A crime journalist has been shot dead in Manila, police and colleagues said Saturday, the latest addition to a lengthening list of unsolved murders of media workers in the Philippines. Alex Balcoba, 56, was attacked in central Manila late Friday outside a watch repair shop owned by his family, the country’s National Press Club said […]

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28 May

The aunt of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un lives anonymously in New York, where she runs a dry-cleaning business after having defected in 1998, The Washington Post reported Friday. Ko Yong Suk — who lives with her husband Ri Gang and their three children under assumed names — was the sister of Ko Yong […]

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28 May

American special operations troops were not authorized to wear the patches of Kurdish forces while advising them in Syria and have been told to remove them, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Friday after Turkish leaders protested. Army Col. Steve Warren said that while U.S. special operations forces have historically and routinely worn the […]

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28 May

An Argentine court jailed 15 former military officers Friday for conspiring to torture and kill leftist dissidents during a U.S.-backed crackdown by South American dictatorships in the 1970s and ’80s. The court was the first to try atrocities committed under Operation Condor, a coordinated plan of repression launched at the height of the Cold War […]

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28 May

Special operations forces from the United States and Vietnam are signaling a readiness to start forging ties should their governments choose to do so, in what would be a major step in relations between militaries that were at war 4½ decades ago. Rear Adm. Colin Kilrain, who leads U.S. Special Operations Forces in the Asia-Pacific […]

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28 May

A small World War II vintage plane celebrating its 75th anniversary crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Friday, and search efforts were continuing for the pilot, authorities said. The plane, a P-47 Thunderbolt, crashed on a part of the river near where a U.S. Airways commercial jet carrying 155 […]

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28 May

North Korea on Saturday threatened to fire at South Korean warships if they cross a disputed western sea border, a day after the South’s navy fired warning shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed the boundary. In a statement released through state media, the General Staff of North Korea’s Korean People’s […]

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28 May

China’s foreign minister has said that the atrocities committed by Japan during World War II deserve “even more attention” than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s landmark visit Friday to the bombed city, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as telling reporters that “while Hiroshima […]

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28 May

China could be erecting “a Great Wall of self-isolation” with its increasingly provocative moves against its neighbors, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday. Carter focused on the Asia-Pacific region during his commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy. Carter said China wants and enjoys the benefits of free trade and a free Internet but […]

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28 May

A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears. But the study had enough strange findings that it has caused other federal scientists […]

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28 May

Donald Trump brought his message of walls and deportations to San Diego, the doorstep of America’s busiest border crossing, on Friday amid one of the largest protests against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Shortly before taking the stage, Trump also issued a statement ruling out a one-on-one debate with second-place Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders. The […]

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28 May

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security. Putin issued his starkest warning yet over the missile shield, saying that Moscow had stated repeatedly that […]

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28 May

SpaceX launched an Asian communications satellite into a distant orbit Friday and for the fourth time managed to recover the rocket that did the work. Under blue skies dotted with clouds, the shiny white Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 5:40 p.m. carrying the Thaicom 8 satellite. The rocket returned to […]

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28 May

In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a 24-hour market “for counterfeiters and pirates” and should be blacklisted. Fast forward to 2016. That lobbying group, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, called Alibaba “one of our strongest partners,” welcomed it as […]

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28 May

A team of scientists say they discovered the world’s largest known sponge during a deep-sea expedition off Hawaii last summer. The creature, roughly the size of a minivan, was discovered about 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) down in a marine conservation area off the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The rare sponge, with a bluish-white color and brain-like […]

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28 May

The 96-year-old retired chest surgeon credited with developing the namesake Heimlich maneuver has used it to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center. Dr. Henry Heimlich was in the dining room at the Deupree House in Cincinnati, where he lives, when an 87-year-old woman sitting next to him began choking Monday […]

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