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Japanese ministers visit Yasukuni Shrine, first since 2016 Saturday, August 15th, 2020

TOKYO:- Four Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects on Saturday at a war shrine seen by neighboring countries as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism, in the first such visit since 2016. Nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual cash offering to the Yasukuni Shrine in central..

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The Latest: S. Korea announces new measures as cases spike

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:- South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases threatens to erase the hard-won gains against the coronavirus. The two-week measures starting Sunday will allow authorities in Seoul and towns..

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Freed from Belarus jails, protesters recount beatings

By YURAS KARMANAU, MINSK, Belarus (AP):- They emerged dazed, shaken and in tears from the detention center in Minsk, to be met by waiting relatives. They displayed the black-and-blue bruises on their bodies, saying police had beaten them mercilessly. One teenager asked his weeping mother to look..

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75 years later, can Asia shake off shackles of the past? Friday, August 14th, 2020

By FOSTER KLUG, TOKYO (AP):- Northeast Asia doesn’t so much repeat history as drag it along like an anchor. The bombs stopped falling 75 years ago, but it is entirely possible — crucial even, some argue — to view the region’s world-beating economies, its massive cultural and political..

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Thousands flood Belarus capital as election protests grow

By YURAS KARMANAU, MINSK, Belarus (AP):-  Tens of thousands of people flooded the heart of the Belarus capital of Minsk on Friday in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election, and authorities sought to ease rising public fury..

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Melting ‘frozen memories,’ AI helps Japanese recall war days Thursday, August 13th, 2020

By CHISATO TANAKA, TOKYO (AP):- When Tokuso Hamai saw the colorized version of an old black-and-white photo of a picnic held under cherry tree blossoms sometime before World War II, forgotten memories of family members, most of whom died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, came pouring..

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Thai scientists catch bats to trace virus origins Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

KANCHANABURI, Thailand (AP):-  Researchers in Thailand have been trekking though the countryside to catch bats in their caves in an effort to trace the murky origins of the coronavirus. Initial research has already pointed to bats as the source of the virus that has afflicted more than 20.5..

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Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

By MARK STEVENSON, NICKY FORSTER and MICHELLE R. SMITH, NEW YORK, (AP):- It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on..

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Police, protesters clash after Belarus presidential vote Sunday, August 9th, 2020

By YURAS KARMANAU, MINSK, Belarus (AP):- Belarus police and protesters clashed in the capital and the city of Brest Sunday night after a presidential election in which the country’s longtime leader sought a sixth term despite rising discontent with his authoritarian rule and his cavalier..

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New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination

WELLINGTON, New Zealand:-  New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease. Life has returned to normal for many people in the South Pacific nation of 5 million, as they attend..

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Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing Saturday, August 8th, 2020

TOKYO: The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban. At 11:02 a.m., the moment the B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped a 4.5-ton..

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Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt Friday, August 7th, 2020

ASHOK SHARMA and EMILY SCHMALL, NEW DELHI (AP):- At least 16 people were killed and 123 injured when a special return flight for Indians stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a hilltop runway and cracked in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala,..

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Toyota Forecasts 64 percent Drop In FY 2020 Net Profit Thursday, August 6th, 2020

TOKYO, (Xinhua): Toyota Motor Corp. said on Thursday, it expects its net profit to drop 64.1 percent to 730 billion yen (6.92 billion U.S. dollars) in the current business year starting in April, as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to stifle demand. Toyota said its net profit fell 74.3..

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