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Tokyo reports 248 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,722

12 hours 10 min ago
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 248 new coronavirus cases, up 94 from Monday and five down from last Tuesday. The average for Tokyo over the past…

Japan to lift state of emergency steps nationwide

12 hours 15 min ago
Japan’s government announced Tuesday that the coronavirus state of emergency will end this week so the economy can be reactivated as infections slow. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said…

Man arrested for kissing 3-year-old girl playing video game

14 hours 7 min ago
Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, have arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of sexual molesting a three-year-old girl after he allegedly kissed her while she was playing a…

Tokyo protests S Korean court order to sell assets for WWII compensation

14 hours 8 min ago
A South Korean court has issued an unprecedented order for assets seized from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to be sold to compensate World War II forced laborers, prompting…

'The Big Delete:' Inside Facebook's crackdown in Germany

14 hours 35 min ago
Days before Germany’s federal elections, Facebook took what it called an unprecedented step: the removal of a series of accounts that worked together to spread COVID-19 misinformation and…

China, NATO officials discuss Afghanistan, regional tensions

15 hours 8 min ago
China's top diplomat has held a virtual meeting with NATO's chief to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, amid longstanding disagreements between Beijing and the U.S.-led alliance over regional…

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile into sea

20 hours 25 min ago
North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile into the sea early Tuesday, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, in the latest in a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang…

Ford to add 10,800 jobs making electric vehicles, batteries

Mon, 2021-09-27 23:26
Ford and a partner company say they plan to build three major electric-vehicle battery factories and an auto assembly plant by 2025 — a dramatic investment in the…

California to mail every voter a ballot in future elections

Mon, 2021-09-27 22:37
Every registered California voter will get a ballot mailed to them in future elections under a bill signed Monday by Democratic Gov Gavin Newsom. The law makes permanent…

R&B superstar R Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:52
R Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility…

US-Russia set 2nd round of strategic talks

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:52
The United States and Russia will hold their second round of strategic talks later this week as the two sides attempt to resolve myriad differences ranging from nuclear…

Attacks kill dozens in northwest Nigeria

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:51
Dozens of people have been killed in two attacks in Nigeria's northwest while suspected jihadists raided a military base in another nearby state, officials said on Monday, as…

More than 60 killed as Yemen rebels inch towards key city

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:51
Sixty-seven Yemeni rebels and pro-government troops have been killed in fighting for the key city of Marib, military sources said Monday, as the insurgents inch closer to the…

Egg thrown at French President Macron during food trade fair

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:50
French President Emmanuel Macron was hit on the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a young man during a visit to an international food trade…

Biden rule to shield 'Dreamers' seeks to bypass Congress

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:50
The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver…

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:50
The Taliban on Monday banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah, or Islamic, law. The…

U.S. hospitals fear staffing shortages as vaccine deadlines loom

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:50
Hospitals and nursing homes around the country are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With such…

Uncertain start to post-Merkel era after close German vote

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:49
The party that narrowly beat outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc pushed Monday for a quick agreement on a coalition government, but Europe’s biggest economy could still be…

No. of murders rose 30% in U.S. in 2020: FBI

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:49
The number of murders in the United States rose by around 30 percent in 2020 over the previous year, to some 21,500, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)…

Fuel pumps run dry in UK as govt blames panic buying

Mon, 2021-09-27 21:49
Desperate motorists queued up at fuel pumps across Britain on Monday, draining tanks, fraying tempers and prompting calls for the government to use emergency powers to give priority…