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Barack Obama expresses regret to Japan’s Shinzo Abe for spying charges

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President Barack Obama has called Japan’s leader to express regret over recent WikiLeaks allegations that the US had spied on senior Japanese officials. Obama told Prime Minister Shinzo Abethat he thought the trouble the revelations caused Abe and his government was regrettable, a Japanese government spokesman told reporters. The 40-minute call took place on Wednesday morning Japan time. Japanese officials faced questioning ...

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Singapore to hold election Sept. 11 in test of ruling party’s 50-year dominance

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Singapore will hold a general election Sept. 11, the government announced Tuesday, in what is expected to be a tight contest for the ruling party, which has dominated politics in the city-state for 50 years, but is now facing growing disaffection among citizens. The People’s Action Party, whose founder and Singapore’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, died in March ...

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South Korea halts propaganda broadcasts as Koreas reach deal

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Seoul: South Korea says it got an apology. North Korea says its arch-rival learned a “serious lesson.” That’s how compromises are engineered on a peninsula that has technically been at war for more than 60 years. Seoul halted anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts over loudspeakers on the border Tuesday, hours after North Korea expressed “regret” over two South Korean soldiers maimed by ...

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Typhoon Goni hits western Japan, damages buildings and cars

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Typhoon Goni damaged buildings, tossed around cars and flooded streets in southwestern Japan on Tuesday before heading out to the Sea of Japan. No deaths were reported, but at least 26 people were injured, according to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The same storm struck the Philippines earlier, where the death toll rose to 21 with 15 still missing as ...

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ISIS reported to have blown up ancient temple in Palmyra

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The burgeoning list of appalling acts by ISIS has grown even longer: The Islamic extremist group has blown up a nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the historic ruins of Palmyra, Syria. UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, called the destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin a “war crime.” Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s director-general of antiquities and museums, said Sunday that sources in ...

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World’s most livable city in 2015 is …

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Melbourne, Australia 2. Vienna, Austria 3. Vancouver, British Columbia 4. Toronto 5. Adelaide, Australia 5. Calgary, Alberta Least five livable: 136. Tripoli, Libya 137. Lagos, Nigeria 138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 139. Dhaka, Bangladesh 140. Damascus, Syria

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