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Trio win Nobel Economics Prize for work on poverty


A trio of American economists on Monday won the Nobel Economics Prize for their work in the fight against poverty, including with new approaches in education and healthcare, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. Indian-born Abhijit Banerjee of the U.S., his French-American wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer of… Read


Typhoon death toll rises to 40 as search-and-rescue operations continue


Rescue crews in Japan dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left as many as 40 dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday that left… Read


Nursery for disabled children helps moms return to work


Three-year-old Asahi Watanabe, who was born with a genetic disease that requires the use of a feeding tube for hydration, receives childcare from a nursery staff at his Tokyo home -- unusual for Japan where family members of disabled children are often called upon to provide them with the attention… Read


South Korean justice minister resigns during finance probe


South Korea's justice minister resigned Monday, citing the political burden of an investigation into alleged financial crimes and academic favors surrounding his family, a scandal that has rocked Seoul's liberal government and spurred huge protests. Cho Kuk has denied wrongdoing. But the law professor who for years cultivated an anti-elitist… Read


Astros top Yankees 3-2; ALCS tied at 1


Carlos Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning and the Houston Astros won a battle of the bullpens, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday night to tie the AL Championship Series at one game apiece. The slumping Correa, who earlier hit an RBI double and made… Read


NZ PM Ardern steps up fight against extremist online content


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced more funding and support on Monday to target violent extremist content online, just months after an alleged white supremacist livestreamed a massacre at two mosques in Christchurch. The attack on March 15 that killed 51 Muslim worshippers was livestreamed on Facebook, and the… Read


NY Times: Violent parody video shown at Trump resort


A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of President Donald Trump's supporters at his Miami resort, depicted a likeness of the president shooting and stabbing his opponents and members of the news media in a church, The New York Times reported Sunday. In the video, Trump's critics and… Read


Canada's rugby team help cleanup efforts in Kamaishi after game canceled by typhoon


Canada missed their chance to play their final Rugby World Cup match due to a powerful typhoon, but the team stayed in Kamaishi in northeastern Japan on Sunday to help out local residents with their cleanup efforts. Canada were aiming for their first win of the tournament in their game… Read


Japanese startups develop innovative ways to supply water in disasters


Startups across Japan have been developing innovative systems to provide people with clean water in disasters, in a country particularly vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes. With residents of Chiba Prefecture near the capital still reeling from powerful Typhoon Faxai that caused major power and water outages in September, water preparedness… Read


Nissan to start building new Juke car at UK plant as Brexit looms


Nissan says it will begin making the next-generation Juke vehicle at Britain’s biggest car plant on Monday, just before a possible no-deal Brexit which the industry has warned could bring production to a halt. Nissan decided in 2015, before the 2016 referendum was even held, to make the latest version… Read

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