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21 Aug
21 Aug
The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing opponents at home and winning recruits abroad. But there are increasing signs of pushback…
21 Aug
U.S. President Barack Obama demanded Wednesday the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, as Washington revealed it had failed in an operation to free U.S. hostages in neighboring Syria. It came a day after the so-called Islamic State, which has seized much of eastern Syria…
21 Aug
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday told community leaders in Ferguson, Missouri, that he has assigned the federal government's "most experienced agents and prosecutors" to the investigation of a white police officer's fatal shooting of an 18-year-old African-American man. Holder also reassured college students that "change is coming" after…
21 Aug
Japan Self-Defense Force soldiers search for survivors at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area in Asaminami Ward, Hiroshima, on Wednesday.
21 Aug
An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 180 rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by…
21 Aug
Huge landslides in Hiroshima have killed at least 39 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes. Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima, television pictures showed, leaving rescuers…
21 Aug
A DNA test of a Japanese man embroiled in a surrogacy scandal in Thailand shows that he is the biological father of at least 15 babies, police said Wednesday. But his motives remained a mystery two weeks after the discovery of nine babies in a Bangkok apartment triggered a human…
21 Aug
Mergers and acquisitions have been a feature of the auto industry since the beginning of the 1900s, when General Motors took over dozens of small carmakers. While takeovers have continued to be a part of the industry, the end of the 20th century bore witness to the rise of the…
21 Aug
Thanko has upgraded their flexible arm for smartphone by adding a USB port and LED light. Now you can play with your smartphone while charging it. The USB port has an extendable USB cable, so you don't need to think much about the distance between the flexible arm and an…
21 Aug
A Japanese man born months before the Wright brothers carried out the first human flight was recognised Wednesday as the world's oldest male at the age of 111. Sakari Momoi, a former high school principal who was born on Feb 5, 1903, received a certificate from Guinness World Records confirming…
21 Aug
A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh…
21 Aug
Japan plans to seek funding to buy six F-35 stealth fighter jets in next year's budget to strengthen defense of remote southwestern islands against China, which has grown increasingly assertive at sea and in the air, the Nikkei reported. The Ministry of Defense intends to ask that 124.9 billion yen…
21 Aug
When Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open, his agony was sweet music to Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori, tennis's widely-hyped but under-performing next generation. More than anyone else, Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam winner, has proved to be their nemesis, leaving many in the sport wondering…
21 Aug
Police in Niigata said Wednesday they have arrested a 17-year-old girl over the death of her newborn baby daughter in July. According to police, the girl, an unemployed resident of Niigata City's Higashi Ward, gave birth to the child on the morning of July 16 in the toilet at her…
21 Aug
Award-winning British rockers Arctic Monkeys, whose cheeky garage punk origins have evolved seamlessly into stadium-filling success across America, are ready for a break. Shrugging off the label of World's Biggest Band in some sections of the music press, the indie-rock stars told AFP in an interview at Tokyo's Summer Sonic…
21 Aug
Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of slum residents clashed with the gunmen, furious…
21 Aug
Visiting World Heritage Sites is a great way to see Japan. Since the sites are scattered all around the archipelago, you’re bound to be close to at least one of them no matter where you are in the country, and having gained the prestigious status by UNESCO, you can be…
21 Aug
Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with the sides appearing no closer to resolving a week-long political crisis that has rattled the restive, nuclear-armed nation. Thousands of followers of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have been demonstrating outside…
21 Aug
A sexual harassment scandal was gripping Japan's skating world Wednesday after pictures emerged of a young heartthrob Olympian in the clutches of the 49-year-old boss of his sport. Snapshots purportedly taken at a party held after the Winter Olympics closed in Sochi show skater-turned-politician Seiko Hashimoto hugging and kissing the…
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