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9 Feb

The black spots on old banana peels may unlock a faster, easier diagnosis of human skin cancer, boosting survival chances, scientists said Monday. When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in small, round black spots caused by an enzyme known as tyrosinase. The same enzyme is present in human skin, and in greater quantities in […]

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9 Feb

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has identified the Damascus suburb of Daraya as the site of a possible sarin gas attack last year, citing blood samples provided by the Syrian government. In a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Monday, the watchdog describes a Feb. 15, 2015, incident where government soldiers […]

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9 Feb

Johns Hopkins Medicine says it plans to perform the first kidney transplant between an HIV-positive donor and recipient in the U.S. and the first such liver transplant in the world. The transplants could take place as soon as a suitable organ becomes available and a recipient is identified and prepared. Dr. Dorry Segev is associate […]

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9 Feb

A winter storm with hurricane-force winds and huge waves battered Britain’s coastline Monday, cutting power to thousands and disrupting travel across the country. More than 15,000 homes were without power as Storm Imogen hit Ireland, Wales and southern England. Coastal towns were soaked by sea swells caused by the combination of strong winds and high […]

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9 Feb

When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach. Repulsive as they may be, roaches have the remarkable ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. Also, they can withstand 900 times their body weight without being […]

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9 Feb

The yield on benchmark 10-year Japanese government bonds hit zero percent for the first time on record Tuesday morning as investors continued to buy the debt in the wake of last month’s negative interest rate decision by the Bank of Japan. Meanwhile, Japanese stocks fell amid a global equity selloff after the yen surged to […]

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9 Feb

A fire broke out in a high-rise condo in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday night, causing panic among residents. The fire department was notified of smoke coming out of the 15th floor of the 31-story condo, Forus Tower Tokorozawa, at around 8:10 p.m. on Monday. Two residents — a man in his 50s and a […]

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9 Feb

Japan Post Bank Co. stands to lose the most from the Bank of Japan’s decision to introduce negative interest rates as plummeting bond yields underscore its reliance on the country’s debt for income. The postal bank, one of the biggest holders of Japanese government bonds, gets more than 90 percent of its profit from interest income, […]

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9 Feb

The government said Monday it will slap North Korea with new unilateral sanctions in response to its rocket launch Sunday, amid rising calls from the families of abductees for tougher diplomacy. Aside from coordinating closely with the international community to hammer out strong U.N. Security Council sanctions against the North, Japan is looking at its […]

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9 Feb

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his three-pronged program to revive Japan’s stagnant, deflationary economy three years ago, the stock market cheered every step along the way. Not any more. The “third arrow” of Abenomics — reforms to make the economy more productive — is barely a work in progress, but Abe got straight to […]

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9 Feb

The Defense Ministry said Monday in Tokyo that a Chinese naval intelligence vessel has been seen sailing outside the contiguous zone off Japan’s Boso Peninsula,Chiba Prefecture, several times since Thursday. The vessel did not enter Japanese territorial waters, the ministry said, adding it is the second time such a Chinese naval vessel has been spotted […]

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9 Feb

Japanese airline passengers are voting with their feet since the opening of a new bullet-train route. The number of passengers flying to Komatsu airport in Ishikawa Prefecture, the seventh-busiest route operated by ANA Holdings Inc., dropped as much as 50 percent after a new rail link opened last March from Tokyo to the prefectural capital […]

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9 Feb

A Spanish man who is the prime suspect in the gruesome murder of a fellow Spaniard was in Thai custody Monday after being arrested in Cambodia, where he fled after the victim’s dismembered body was recovered over several days from Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. The suspect, identified as Artur Segarra Princep, 36, was arrested Sunday […]

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9 Feb

Dan Hicks, a musician whose work in the 1960s helped define San Francisco’s psychedelic sound, has died. He was 74. The singer, songwriter and bandleader — who led the musically eclectic band Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks — died Saturday after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer, his wife, CT Hicks, said […]

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9 Feb

The United States and Japan plan to hold a coast guard leaders’ meeting with Australia and the Philippines as part of their efforts to strengthen cooperation amid increased maritime activities by China, diplomatic sources said Monday. The first-of-its-kind four-way meeting of top coast guard officials is expected to take up a future framework of cooperation […]

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9 Feb

U.S. presidential candidates, including billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, fanned out across snowy New Hampshire seeking to convert undecided voters with just hours to spare before Tuesday’s crucial primary. The Granite State takes the spotlight as Republican supporters determine whether a more mainstream candidate — Sen. Marco Rubio or one of the three […]

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9 Feb

Italy kept pressure on Egypt Monday to cooperate in finding who tortured and murdered an Italian student doing research in Cairo, insisting it wouldn’t accept convenient answers in the case. “We won’t settle for purported truths, as we have said on the occasion of the two arrests initially linked to the death of Giulio Regeni,” […]

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9 Feb

Twenty-seven people including 11 children drowned on Monday after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coast guard said. The coast guard said it discovered the boat — carrying 40 people — half capsized after it set off from Edremit in the western province of […]

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9 Feb

A 93-year-old World War II veteran is embarking on a journey from the United States to Australia to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart. Norwood Thomas will be reunited with Joyce Morris, The Virginian-Pilot reported on a quest that has gone viral online. “I’d rather die traveling to Australia than live […]

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9 Feb

At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued Monday from a high-rise Taiwanese apartment building toppled by a powerful quake two days earlier, as frustration grew among families waiting for searchers to reach their buried loved ones. More than 100 people are believed to still be under the debris in a disaster that […]

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9 Feb

Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history. Experts said other explanations were possible for the incident Saturday in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The impact of the object left a 5-foot-deep […]

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9 Feb

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Island early Tuesday, U.S. seismologists said, with no immediate tsunami warning issued. The quake hit some 96 km (60 miles) southwest of Panguna at 0019 GMT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was 104 km southwest of the larger town of […]

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9 Feb

A suspected suicide bomber who blew a hole in the fuselage of a Daallo Airlines plane last week and forced it to make an emergency landing in Mogadishu was meant to be on a Turkish Airlines flight, the Daallo chief executive said on Monday. The bomber was sucked out of the plane through the 1-meter-wide […]

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8 Feb

The Liberal Democratic Party will field Eriko Imai, a singer and member of the female J-pop group SPEED, to run in the Upper House election this summer, officials of the ruling party said Monday. Imai, 32, is a single mother raising a son with impaired hearing. The LDP feels that Imai, an active promoter of […]

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8 Feb

The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly 5-year-old insurrection against President Bashar Assad. Iranian backed-militias played a key role on the ground as Russian jets intensified what rebels call a scorched earth policy that […]

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