Posts Tagged ‘World News’

Tourism Surge Brings in $40 Billion for Japan

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The number of foreign visitors to Japan rose 19% to nearly 29 million last year to set a record on the road to the government’s target of 40 million by 2020, when Tokyo plays host to the Summer Olympics.

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Suspected North Korean Fishermen Found Dead in Washed-Up Vessel

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Japanese police recovered seven bodies from a wooden boat that likely came from North Korea, adding to a fast-rising toll from that country’s primitive fishing vessels.

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China’s Hot Housing Market Begins to Cool

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

In Beijing and Shanghai—two China’s largest housing markets—and other megacities, property sales have stalled and prices have dropped, and the high levels of debt that fueled a housing boom make the slowdown particularly perilous.

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Faulty Components Suspected in Indonesia Walkway Collapse

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Faulty components and a lack of maintenance likely contributed to the collapse of a mezzanine walkway at Indonesia’s stock-exchange building, experts said, based on preliminary inspections.

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New Cyberattack on Cryptocurrency Investors Came From North Korea, Report Says

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The hacking offensive’s malware is similar to that used in Pyongyang’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and WannaCry ransomware assault, according to cybersecurity researchers.

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Greece Inches Closer to Ending Bailout Regime

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

After nearly eight years of turmoil, the country is within striking distance of freeing itself from a program that has strained its citizens and the eurozone alike.

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Battle Stations: U.S. and China Prepare for Trade Clash of the Titans

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

A trade war between the U.S. and China would be more bruising and protracted than the battles that raged in the 1980s over Japanese exports, and would risk taking down the entire global trading architecture.

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Poland’s New Leader Faces Daunting Charm Offensive

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

New Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki has inherited one of the potentially most explosive situations in Europe: a two-year standoff with the European Union over his party’s controversial overhaul of the judicial system.

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Defiant Governor in Northern Afghanistan Tests President Ghani

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The ousted governor of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province is daring President Ashraf Ghani to come after him—posing a crucial test of the president’s resolve to end the power of the country’s regional leaders and build a functioning state.

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Venezuelans Watch as Soldiers Besiege Rebel Group

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The saga of a police pilot and former actor who authorities said stole a helicopter in June and tossed grenades over official buildings took another violent turn as government forces said they had engaged in a bloody shootout with him and supporters at their rural hideout.

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U.S. Plans New Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

The Pentagon is planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons to respond to Russia and China’s growing military capabilities, according to a sweeping Defense Department review of nuclear strategy.

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Philippines Shuts Down News Site Critical of Duterte

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Rappler, a popular news website that has been critical of the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, was shut down by the country’s securities regulator, a move the company called harassment.

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U.S. Weighs Cut to U.N. Money for Palestinian Refugees

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, according to U.S. officials.

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Former Lawmaker Sadat Won’t Run for President in Egypt

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Former lawmaker Mohamed Anwar Sadat said he wouldn’t seek the country’s presidency in March, an unexpected move that draws focus on an election where many say the odds are already stacked in favor of the state-backed incumbent.

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North Korea Brings Pop Star to Talks With South

Monday, January 15th, 2018

When North Korea’s delegation filed into talks to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the Winter Olympics, one figure stood out: the reclusive state’s best-known female pop star.

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Two Suicide Bombers Attack Baghdad

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a square in central Baghdad, killing at least 26 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq claimed victory over Islamic State late last year.

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Myanmar Readies First Camp for Returning Rohingya Refugees

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A top Myanmar official said Monday that a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week.

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Drone Attacks on Russian Bases in Syria Expose Security Holes

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Recent attacks against Russian bases on Syria’s Mediterranean coast by improvised combat drones have exposed weaknesses in President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement a permanent military presence there.

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Crews Take Up Two Fronts in Cleanup of Sunken Iranian Tanker

Monday, January 15th, 2018

The sinking of an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea left cleanup crews battling to contain environmental damage on two fronts—an oil slick on the surface and the light crude and engine oil carried toward the seafloor.

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Balcony Collapses at Indonesia Stock Exchange, Injuring at Least 75

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A mezzanine walkway crumbled during lunch hour in the building’s busy lobby, wounding office workers and university students on a tour.

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Anger Over Clerical Sex Abuse Awaits Pope in Chile

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Chile will draw attention to what activists describe as one of the most conspicuous weaknesses of his nearly five-year-old pontificate: his failure to take enough action to protect children from clerical sex abuse and punish priests for perpetrating it.

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Iranian Tanker Sinks Off China After Collision

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A large Iranian oil tanker that collided with a cargo ship in the East China Sea had sunk and there are no hopes of finding any survivors, Chinese and Iranian state media said.

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Cigarettes and Murky Joint Ventures Help North Korea Evade Crackdown

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Global businesses faced a deadline last week to exit joint ventures operating in North Korea, but dozens of them are still there, providing the country with significant revenue and diluting the effects of financial sanctions against leader Kim Jong Un’s rogue regime.

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Hawaii Missile-Attack False Alarm Triggered by Clicking Wrong Button

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

The false alert of a ballistic missile attack that unleashed panic across Hawaii was triggered when a state employee accidentally hit the wrong button on a computer, an official said.

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Koreas Set to Meet Again for Winter Olympics Talks

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

The two Koreas agreed to meet for a second time on Monday to work out plans on how to accommodate North Korea’s participation in next month’s Winter Olympics, in talks that are likely to determine how closely the two rivals will interact on the world stage.

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Renzi’s Comeback Hopes Fade as Italy’s ‘Demolition Man’ Sinks in Polls

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

In 2014, Matteo Renzi swept to power on promises to ‘demolish’ the country’s discredited political establishment and revive its economy. A year after his resignation, his popularity—and his party’s—is plummeting.

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Syrian Offensive Targets Remaining Rebel Strongholds

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Syrian rebels are fighting to maintain territory amid a new government offensive to capture parts of the country’s last opposition strongholds.

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World Bank Unfairly Influenced Its Own Competitiveness Rankings

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

The World Bank’s chief economist said it repeatedly changed the methodology of one of its flagship economic reports over several years in ways that were unfair and misleading.

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Hours Before Crash, Iranian Tanker and Chinese Ship Stopped Transmitting Signals

Friday, January 12th, 2018

An Iranian oil tanker and Chinese freighter stopped transmitting their locations to naval tracking systems hours before their deadly crash off the coast of China.

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U.S. Extends Iran Deal, Issues Sanctions

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The Trump administration extended sanctions relief under the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, keeping the deal intact for at least another several months, but said it would issue no more such waivers as it negotiates a modified deal.

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