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Folk musician Peter Tork of Monkees fame dies at 77

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Peter Tork, a talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical skills were often overshadowed by his role as the goofy, lovable bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died at age 77. Tork's son Ivan Iannoli told The Associated Press his father died Thursday morning at the family… Read

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Victims testify at child sex abuse conference; pope promises concrete action

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Pope Francis promised that concrete action against child sexual abuse by priests would result from a conference he opened on Thursday, with one cardinal acknowledging that the church had to fight "the enemy within". Francis convened Catholic leaders from around the world for the four-day meeting to address the scandal… Read

AUTO RACING

Osaka mayor eager to use expo venue to host Formula One Grand Prix

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Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura said Thursday he hopes the venue for the 2025 World Exposition in the city will be developed with public roads that could be used to subsequently host a Formula One motor race. "We would very much like to realize the Osaka F1 Grand Prix," Yoshimura said… Read

National

Japan aims to build unmanned hydrogen charging stations by 2020

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Japan is trying to set up unmanned hydrogen charging stations for fuel-cell vehicles before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, a draft government plan showed Thursday. The government is hoping to showcase Japan's clean technology when it is expected to come under the international spotlight during the Summer Games. It… Read

Business

Ghosn held $260,000 Rio party billed to Renault-Nissan, documents show

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Former Renault and Nissan head Carlos Ghosn and his wife invited friends to a $260,000 Carnival party in Brazil last year and charged it to his employers, documents seen by AFP show, a move Ghosn's lawyer defended as a routine corporate function for a multinational CEO. News of the party… Read

World

U.S., N Korea to seek understanding on denuclearization at summit

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The United States and North Korea will seek a common understanding of what denuclearization means when President Donald Trump presses Kim Jong Un next week to give up all of the North's nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Trump and Kim are set to meet in Vietnam for their… Read

Sports

Breakdancing set for Olympics debut in Paris 2024

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Breakdancing is set to make its debut as an Olympic sport at Paris 2024, the head of the local organizing committee said Thursday. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which have already been added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have been invited to return in Paris four years… Read

Politics

Gov't leaves economy view unchanged as data weakens on China

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Japan's government kept its assessment of the economy unchanged in February, but a series of weak data on corporate sentiment, capital expenditure and exports shows the U.S.-China trade war is hurting the outlook for the world's third-largest economy. The Cabinet Office, which helps coordinate government policy, said the economy is… Read

Business

Cash-hoarding Japanese firms please investors as share buybacks hit record

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Japanese share buybacks have hit a record this fiscal year and are set to maintain the booming growth as cash-rich companies bow to pressure from investors and the government to boost returns and improve governance. In recent weeks, SoftBank Group Corp, Sony, Itochu Corp and other companies have announced plans… Read

World

Operation to end last IS Syria pocket hits evacuation snag

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The operation to destroy Islamic State's final vestige of rule in Iraq and Syria hit a temporary snag on Thursday, as an expected evacuation of the remaining civilians from its last enclave in eastern Syria did not go ahead. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has steadily driven the… Read

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