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HK booksellers 'author' attacks China

bbc - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 08:01
A Chinese writer tells the BBC he published a provocative book about President Xi Jinping, linked to five missing Hong Kong booksellers, as a challenge to China.
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U.S. TV star gets 'Top Gear' job

cnn - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:59
American actor Matt LeBlanc has signed on to co-host the revamped version of the popular British motoring program, "Top Gear." CNN's Phil Black reports.









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Emperor, Empress to visit 2011 disaster-hit Fukushima, Miyagi in March

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:50

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are planning to visit Miyagi and Fukushima, two of the three prefectures worst damaged by the massive earthquake and tsunami about five years ago, on March 16-18, sources said Thursday. The Imperial Couple plan to travel to the two northeastern prefectures after attending a government-sponsored memorial ceremony in Tokyo on […]

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First Zika pregnancy case in Europe

bbc - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:28
Spain confirms that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus - the first such case in Europe.
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Kashmir glacier avalanche hits Indian outpost; 10 soldiers feared dead

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:23

Officials say 10 Indian soldiers are feared dead after an avalanche hit a military post on the Siachen Glacier in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the families of the soldiers on Twitter Thursday night. The avalanche hit the military post on Wednesday in the northern […]

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Italy demands answers from Cairo after Cambridge scholar found tortured, slain

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:16

The body of an Italian student who disappeared in Cairo was found half-naked by the roadside with cigarette burns and other signs of torture, a senior Egyptian prosecutor said on Thursday. In Rome, Italy’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Egyptian ambassador to express concern over the death of Giulio Regeni, who disappeared on Jan. 25, the […]

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Japanese morning newspaper headlines

kyodonews - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:08
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New tarantula named after Johnny Cash

bbc - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:03
Among 14 newly described species of tarantula is Aphonopelma johnnycashi, which lives near Folsom Prison in California.
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People want me to fail - Hartley

bbc - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 07:00
Captain Dylan Hartley says he has "never prepared for a game so well" as he has for England's Six Nations opener against Scotland.
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JAL, ANA to reroute flights during North Korea rocket launch window

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:53

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Thursday that they are planning route changes for some flights between Monday and Feb. 25, due to a rocket launch planned by North Korea. The route changes would affect three ANA flights a day, from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to Manila, from Manila to Narita International Airport near Tokyo, […]

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Powell, Rice staff also tied to classified personal emails, watchdog alleges

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:33

The State Department watchdog says former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the immediate staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also received classified national security information on their personal email accounts. Revelations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server have followed her presidential campaign. The State Department […]

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Tones harden as Clinton girds for faceoff with rising star Sanders near his turf

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:32

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders meet Thursday night in their first one-on-one debate of the Democratic campaign as each tries to show they are the better advocate for progressive values. The race for the Democratic nomination, once seen as a sure thing for Clinton, took on new energy this week after Sanders held the former […]

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Islamic State’s Iraq, Syria ranks thin to under 25,000 but Libya forces grow

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:32

New intelligence assessments show that the number of Islamic State group fighters has dropped in Iraq and Syria but is rising in Libya, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday. According to the official, reports suggest there are 19,000 to 25,000 Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, compared to an earlier range of 20,000 […]

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Mexico seeks actress over 'El Chapo'

bbc - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:24
Mexican prosecutors issue an order to locate and question actress Kate del Castillo over alleged illegal business links with drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
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Air bag woes lead to new global recall of 5 million vehicles; Honda urges fix for 2 million

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:15

Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, and this one will bring recalls of up to 5 million vehicles worldwide. Continental Automotive Systems says in documents filed with the U.S. government that moisture can get inside its air bag control computers, causing the power supplies to corrode and fail. If that happens, air bags […]

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Dominican Republic searching beaches for missing Florida surfer

japantimes - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 06:00

Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Thursday that they are looking for a South Florida tourist who apparently vanished from a beach popular with surfers. Police said 46-year-old tennis coach Darryl Fornatora of West Palm Beach was last seen Jan. 27 at El Encuentro beach in the popular tourist area of Cabarete in the country’s […]

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Mattel shares jump on merger report

bbc - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 05:54
Shares in Mattel jump 8% following a report that the toy-maker has held merger talks with rival Hasbro.
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IS suspects held in German raids

bbc - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 05:45
German police arrest two Algerians suspected of planning an attack and having links to the militant group, Islamic State.
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