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South Korean government faces lawsuit over ‘comfort women’ agreement

japantimes - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:47

Twelve South Korean “comfort women” are taking their government to court over its agreement with Japan last year intended to end the bitter historical dispute over the women who were forced to serve at Japan’s wartime brothels. The women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the South Korean government for signing the agreement with Tokyo even […]

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Wilder: I love acting, hate show business

cnn - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:45
In an interview with Larry King in 2002, Gene Wilder explained that as much as he loves acting and art, he hates show business.
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'Racist school hair rules' suspended at SA's Pretoria Girls High

bbc - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:43
Rules over how female students wear their hair at a South African school are suspended after anti-racism protest from pupils, a local minister says.
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Drone captures stunning view of Uluru

bbc - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:39
One of Australia's best-known landmarks, Uluru, has been filmed from a new perspective.
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Strong Typhoon Lionrock lashes Tohoku

japantimes - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:39

Powerful Typhoon Lionrock lashed the Tohoku region late Tuesday afternoon, forcing transport services and schools to close down and residents to evacuate. The typhoon made landfall at Ofunato on the Sanriku coast of Iwate Prefecture shortly before 6 p.m. Later in the evening it was tracking northwest and was expected to pass through the Tohoku […]

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California closes legal loophole after Stanford assault

bbc - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:31
California legislators close a loophole in sexual assault cases allowing for more lenient sentences where no force is used, after a high-profile Stanford case.
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Chinese embassy blast: Car bomb attack in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

bbc - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:27
A car driven by a suicide bomber explodes after ramming the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, officials say.
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Michelle Obama's ship comes in

cnn - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:26
The US Navy has received an attack submarine sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and named for her home state, the Navy announced Monday.
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'Narcos' season two: More addictive than ever

cnn - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:22
When Netflix's "Narcos" debuted, it seemed to come with a built-in expiration date. Its central figure is drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who lived a brutal life and died a relatively early death -- at some point he would die and that would be that. But that only makes the second season of this Netflix series more riveting, a morality tale that resonates far beyond its time, place and characters.
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Is Iceland's largest volcano about to erupt?

cnn - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:09
The Icelandic Meteorological Office is on alert for a possible eruption from the country's largest volcano, Katla, after two earthquakes rattled the region.
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Somalia truck bomb targets Mogadishu's SYL Hotel

bbc - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:08
A truck bomb explodes outside a hotel in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, in a heavily secured area close to the gates of the presidential palace.
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Nepal bans Indian police pair for 'fake' Everest climb

bbc - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 19:54
Nepal imposes a 10-year mountaineering ban on two climbers who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest, officials say.
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Apple should repay Ireland €13bn, European Commission rules

bbc - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 19:48
Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes, the European Commission rules.
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The ‘informel’ whirlwind that swept across Japan

japantimes - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 19:40

Taro Okamoto’s “Men Aflame” (1955) is a swirling fusion of figuration, surrealism and abstraction. The content addresses the irradiation of Japanese sailors onboard the Dai-go Fukuryu-maru by fallout from American nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll. The painting is part of the 1950s Japanese art movement known as “reportage.” It was serious art — politically engaged, […]

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Watch this tot's dramatic rendition of the ABCs

cnn - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 19:39
This video of Violet Ogea's passionate performance has been viewed more than 3 million times on Facebook since her mom Christina posted it on August 25, 2016.
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