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1 May

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April proposed a halt on granting new land for palm oil plantations […]

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1 May

People over 54 who suffer from steadily worsening depression may run a higher risk of developing dementia, according to research published Saturday, and it may be an early symptom. One-time or recurring types of depression do not appear to pose a similar threat. “Only the group whose symptoms of depression increased over time was at […]

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1 May

Germany may become an exporter of technologies to decommission reactors in the future given the experience gained after its phasing out of nuclear energy, German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said in a recent interview with Kyodo News. Germany believes it may be able to halt all nuclear power in the country before its 2022 target […]

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1 May

Muqtada al-Sadr is the scion of an influential clerical family who raised a rebellion after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and has now reinvented himself as a reform champion. Sadr, who wears the black turban of a “sayyid” — a descendant of the Prophet Mohammed — gained widespread popularity in the months after the […]

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1 May

For much of the world, North Korea is a Stalinist nightmare, an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger. But for tens of thousands of people scattered across South Korea and living underground in China, it is something far more complicated. It is a memory they wrestle with. It is home. It is the […]

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1 May

At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man, and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime’s exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank. Some […]

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1 May

Workers laying pipes in a Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery. The Seville Archaeological Museum said the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth century. The coins […]

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1 May

Infertility is a growing concern in rapidly depopulating Japan. But it is often seen as a women’s problem, even though both sexes can be to blame. A Tokyo company is trying to change that by marketing a kit that allows men to check their semen quality easily and in the comfort of their home. The […]

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1 May

The fishing fleet based in this tiny port town on Hainan Island is getting everything from military training and subsidies to even fuel and ice as China creates an increasingly sophisticated fishing militia to sail into the disputed South China Sea. The training and support includes exercises at sea and requests to fishermen to gather […]

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1 May

Kim Dan-bi’s brother is the model of the establishment North Korean: an army veteran and member of the ruling Workers’ Party, he is now a manager at a state enterprise. But when he has the time, according to Kim, a defector now living in South Korea, her brother helps trade goods such as TVs and […]

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1 May

Mitsubishi Motors Corp., embroiled in a car-rigging scandal in Japan, may find that its future increasingly hinges on its performance in Thailand — the automaker’s biggest overseas production base. Paced by Thailand-built Triton pickups and Pajero SUVs, Mitsubishi Motors sold more than twice as many vehicles in Southeast Asia than in Japan for the fiscal […]

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1 May

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Saturday said he had invited his Russian, Ukrainian and French counterparts to talks in Berlin on May 11 to smooth differences between Moscow and Kiev. “It is necessary to give new momentum (to efforts) to surmount obstacles between Kiev and Moscow,” Steinmeier said in comments due to appear in Sunday’s […]

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1 May

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated a woman to become the United States Military Academy’s first female dean in its 216-year history. He named Cindy Jebb, a graduate of the prestigious institution — also known as West Point — who currently heads its Social Sciences department, the school said Friday. The nomination requires confirmation by […]

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1 May

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges to issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction when their location is unknown, despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI’s hacking authority. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts transmitted the rules […]

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1 May

Crews have rescued a 72-year-old who survived in the rubble from Ecuador’s deadly earthquake for almost two weeks, Venezuela said Saturday. A Venezuelan search team located Manuel Vasquez, who had been trapped under rubble since the 7.8-magnitude quake struck on April 16, killing 660 people, the Venezuelan Embassy said. They found Vasquez “making sounds in […]

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1 May

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired several high-ranking law enforcement officials on Saturday in one of the biggest overhauls of the country’s power structures in recent years. According to a decree published on the president’s official legal portal, Putin fired the Southern transport public prosecutor Seregei Dmitriev, the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Moscow […]

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1 May

The foreign ministers of Japan and China agreed Saturday to step up efforts to accelerate the pace of improvement in political relations between Asia’s two biggest economies. The Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, which announced the agreement, said Fumio Kishida and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, confirmed in their meeting in Beijing that the two countries […]

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1 May

Iranian moderates and reformists who support last year’s landmark nuclear deal have won the largest number of seats in parliament following runoff elections, marking a shift away from hardliners and boosting moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he looks to secure a second term in office. The results released Saturday on state television failed to give […]

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1 May

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan died at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City after a “long illness,” according to Michael Benigno, a spokesman for […]

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1 May

Donald Trump is willing to reinforce the U.S.-Japan alliance, according to a foreign policy adviser to the U.S. Republican presidential front-runner. Trump “would like to strengthen” the alliance, Walid Phares said in an interview. However, he said, “When it comes to the defense matters and spending, spending is one track and the alliance is another […]

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1 May

The Syrian government launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in Aleppo while rebels shelled government-held parts of the northern city as a truce in other parts of the country appeared to be holding on its first day. Contested Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial center, has been the scene of intense shelling and […]

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1 May

Kenya’s president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. Uhuru Kenyatta put a flame to the biggest of […]

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1 May

Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months. Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been holding demonstrations and sit-ins for months to demand an overhaul of Iraq’s corrupt […]

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30 Apr

The Shiga Lakestars, vying to return to the Final Four for the second straight season, held off the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix on Saturday, winning 96-94 in overtime. Julian Mavunga, a Miami (Ohio) University alum, paced Shiga with 40 points on 12-for-21 shooting. He canned six 3-pointers in the Western Conference first-round playoff series […]

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30 Apr

Behind the scenes of the country's largest dog show.

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