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2 Aug
Pakistan's car market has been dominated by Japanese automakers for decades, but a mini-economic revival looks set to attract new players from Europe and Korea into the mix. Despite heavy taxation on imported vehicles, enthusiasm for owning a car in Pakistan has remained undented — thanks in part to underdeveloped public…
2 Aug
A Buddhist monk collects donations as a woman rushes across a pedestrian crossing in the Ginza district of Tokyo.
2 Aug
Farm and food tech startups were red-hot in the first half of 2015, pulling in US$2.06 billion from investors, a new survey shows. The figure for the first six months was up 132 percent from the same period in 2014 and nearly matched the full-year 2014 total of $2.36 billion,…
2 Aug
Defying death threats, an Iraqi television comedian is fighting the Islamic State group with biting satire aimed at lifting the aura of fear that is one of the jihadists' strongest weapons. Two men with fake beards walk into a bar and ask for orange juice and "halal" water, with a…
2 Aug
Scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow recovered from injury to reclaim a place in the All Blacks squad named Sunday for tests against Australia over the next two weekends. Kerr-Barlow was sidelined for almost a year after suffering a serious knee injury in a test against South Africa last season, but has convinced…
2 Aug
A 69-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her home in Saitama City's Kita Ward, police said Sunday. The incident occurred on Saturday morning at around 6 a.m. The woman's 68-year-old husband tried to commit suicide by hanging himself, Fuji TV quoted police as saying. Police said the man earlier…
2 Aug
Disney is set to release The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki Blu-ray box set. In addition to Miyazaki’s 11 feature films, the set will include a bonus disc with the 1972 television pilot film Yuki no Taiyo ("Yuki’s Sun"), three episodes of the 1972-1973 series Akado Suzunosuke ("Little Samurai") and a video of Miyazaki’s…
2 Aug
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Athletes shrug off pollution issues at Rio Olympic test Athletes, coaches and organizers at a major test event for next year's Olympic Games shrugged off a simmering dispute over safety at watersports venues by diving into the controversial waters off Copacabana…
2 Aug
Hackers are not just after your computer: connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief. The rapid growth in the "Internet of Things" has opened up new opportunities for cyber attacks and new markets for cyber…
2 Aug
Chinese authorities will close Beijing's two airports during a military parade next month to mark the end of World War II in Asia. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement Saturday that flights will be banned or diverted for three hours from 9:30 a.m. on September 3…
2 Aug
Police in Osaka are looking for a man who attacked a 17-year-old high school girl as she walked home. According to police, the incident occurred at around 10:50 p.m. on Thursday in Yao. The girl, who was on her way home from shopping and lives nearby, told police she was…
2 Aug
Uncertainty surrounds the fate of another lion linked to Cecil, the beloved Zimbabwean lion slain by an American dentist whose killing caused a global outcry, after a conservation group reported that his "brother" Jericho had also been killed. "It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been…
2 Aug
Delegates negotiating a vast Pacific free-trade agreement have failed to reach a final deal after several days of intense talks in Hawaii, dealing a setback to U.S. President Barack Obama. The delay complicates his efforts this year to secure the historic accord, which risks becoming dragged into the 2016 presidential…
2 Aug
The International Olympic Committee on Saturday denied there was a legal problem over clashing logos for the Tokyo 2020 Games and one for a Belgian theater. A Belgian logo which looks like the "T" for Tokyo design made for the Olympics does not have legal protection, according to IOC vice…
2 Aug
A girl poses in a picture of a shark at Artrick Museum in Yokohama near Tokyo on Saturday.
2 Aug
An elderly woman was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Hokota, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Friday night. According to police, the incident occurred at around 9:20 p.m. Fuji TV reported that a passerby found the woman, who was in her late 70s, lying on the road alongside her bicycle and called 110.…
2 Aug
Hillary Clinton is healthy and "fit to serve" as U.S. president, her doctor affirmed, as the Democratic White House frontrunner also revealed details about her family's substantial personal wealth. Tax data released by Clinton's campaign show she and husband Bill Clinton, the former president, paid a massive US$57.5 million in…
2 Aug
The master recording of Emperor Hirohito's speech announcing Japan's World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday released the original audio from the vinyl master records of Hirohito's…
2 Aug
For its last of eight shows at Madison Square Garden and the finale to its North American tour, U2 welcomed some very famous guests. On Friday night, lead singer Bono gave a shout out to "the 42nd president," Bill Clinton, for helping to negotiate peace in the 1990s in the…
2 Aug
Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for "human support robot," comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup. It…
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