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Putin critic says he was ‘near miss’ after almost dying from mystery poison

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:35

A Russian opposition leader sharply critical of President Vladimir Putin told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that he narrowly escaped death last month after being poisoned with a substance his doctors still haven’t been able to identify. In congressional testimony, Vladimir Kara-Murza said his survival shows there are “near misses” in the Russian government’s campaign to silence […]

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Ivanka's role raises red flags

cnn - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:33
Despite previously stating that she would not take on an official role in her father's administration, Ivanka Trump is now moving into an advisory position as a government employee in the White House.
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Amazon CEO is world's second richest person

cnn - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:31
Move over Warren Buffett! Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the second richest person on Earth.
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US state department employee 'concealed contacts with China'

bbc - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:29
A veteran state department employee is accused of being paid by Chinese agents for information.
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Census suggests counting LGBTQ Americans, then ‘corrects’ and deletes, irking gay rights groups

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:26

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since “corrected” the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly declared that it was another sign that President Donald Trump was reneging on a campaign promise to protect them. The statement came a day after […]

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Japanese morning newspaper headlines

kyodonews - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:19
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UPDATE1: Nakamitsu named U.N. high rep for disarmament affairs

kyodonews - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:17
NEW YORK - U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced Wednesday the appointment of Izumi Nakamitsu of Ja...
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French artist turns chicken for three-week egg hatching

bbc - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:09
Abraham Poincheval is sitting on 10 chicken eggs that he hopes to hatch in a Paris museum.
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Tepco, Zenrin look to jointly develop safe routes for drones

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:05

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and map publisher Zenrin Co. said Wednesday they will collaborate to develop safe flight routes for drones. Under the “drone highway” initiative, Tepco will offer information on its power grid network, such as locations of transmission towers, power poles and electric cables, for mapping on Zenrin’s three-dimensional map database […]

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Egypt’s pyramids get new lab in effort to restore 4,500-year-old pharaonic boat

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:02

Egypt’s famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location’s second pharaonic boat. The vessel is believed to be the ceremonial boat of Pharaoh Cheops, known for building the largest of Egypt’s pyramids. The project, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and Higashi […]

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James Polk: The dead president who just can't rest in peace

bbc - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:49
There is a fight to rebury the 11th President of the United States, James K Polk - for the fourth time.
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Japan Inc. trying to assess Brexit impact on U.K. operations

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:44

The government and private companies stepped up efforts Wednesday to assess the potential negative impact of Britain leaving the European Union as London formally notified Brussels of its withdrawal from the bloc. “There will be significant impact on businesses,” Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said at a meeting with executives of major companies. […]

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Hillary Clinton's back in the spotlight, but decidedly not on the campaign trail

cnn - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:44
Hillary Clinton's speech Wednesday night to a group of businesswomen in San Francisco may have been the most political she has been since losing November's election. But people close to the former secretary of state stress the speech doesn't foretell a more forceful jump back into the political fray.
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Conspiracy theories transcend politics

cnn - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:41
Conspiracy theories are nothing new in Washington, but the role of conspiracy theorist has grown to include more than just the Trump administration. CNN's Jake Tapper reports.
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Delhi-area Indian mobs attack Africans after local boy briefly disappears, dies

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:41

Mobs have repeatedly attacked Africans in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians. The surge in violence began Friday when a teenage boy disappeared in Greater Noida, outside New Delhi, and angry relatives claimed he’d been killed by Nigerians. A mob of people began […]

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Dishonesty all around on Gorsuch

cnn - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:35
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Abe-Putin summit eyed around April 27 in Russia: sources

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:32

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit Russia around April 27 to 28 for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an effort to make a breakthrough in a decades-old territorial dispute, sources close to bilateral ties said Wednesday. Abe plans to travel to either Moscow or St. Petersburg, Putin’s home city, to discuss how […]

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166 Japanese state secrets not documented, panel reports

japantimes - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:32

Out of 443 state secrets designated by the government as of the end of 2015 under law, 166 were not documented, an annual report released by a parliamentary panel showed Wednesday. The undocumented secrets included those designated in advance when concrete information did not exist, and cases in which such secrets were kept only in […]

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