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Fears grow Japan-U.S. alliance may be affected by Osprey crash


A fatal crash of a U.S. military Osprey airplane in Japan late last month has reignited safety concerns among local citizens, further fueled by Washington continuing to fly the tilt-rotor aircraft despite a request by Tokyo to ground them. Pundits say the United States should respond to Japan's demand for… Read


Appeals court reinstates gag order that barred Trump from maligning court staff in fraud trial


A New York appeals court Thursday reinstated a gag order that barred Donald Trump from commenting about court personnel after the former president repeatedly disparaged a law clerk in his New York civil fraud trial. The one-sentence decision from a four-judge panel came two weeks after an individual appellate judge… Read


Israel expands Gaza ground offensive; says efforts in south will be 'no less strength' than in north


The Israeli military said Sunday that its ground offensive had expanded to every part of Gaza, and authorities ordered more evacuations in the crowded south as they vowed that operations there against Hamas would be “no less strength” than the earlier efforts in the north. Heavy bombardment followed the evacuation… Read


U.S. continues to fly Osprey aircraft in Japan, despite Tokyo's request not to


Japan is concerned that the U.S. military is continuing to fly its V-22 Osprey aircraft despite its request to ground them until their safety is confirmed after a fatal crash this week, Tokyo's top government spokesperson said on Friday. Japan, a key U.S. ally, had sought the suspension of all… Read


Half of hospitals see no merit in My Number health insurance cards: survey


About half of the hospitals that accept My Number identification cards as health insurance certificates in Japan say they see no benefit for patients, a recent labor ministry survey showed, despite the government's push for people to register for the integrated cards. The number of people who have already adopted… Read


Lawsuits against Trump over Jan 6 riot can move forward, appeals court rules


Lawsuits against Donald Trump over the U.S. Capitol riot can move forward, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, rejecting the former president's bid to dismiss the cases accusing him of inciting the violent mob on Jan 6, 2021. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit court knocked… Read


Russia ramping up attacks in eastern Ukraine


Russian forces were ramping up attacks in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, Moscow and Kyiv said, as they vie to secure elusive territorial gains before the end of the year. Despite the frontlines having barely shifted in 2023, fighting has remained intense, with the nearly encircled industrial town of Avdiivka the… Read


Israeli airstrikes on Gaza resume after weeklong truce with Hamas ends


Israel’s war with Hamas erupted again Friday, as airstrikes hit houses and buildings in the Gaza Strip minutes after a weeklong truce expired. Health authorities in the besieged territory reported dozens of Palestinians killed and Israel dropped leaflets over Gaza City and southern parts of the enclave, urging civilians to… Read


Japan, U.S., others vow to triple global nuclear energy by 2050


More than 20 countries, including Japan and the United States, vowed on Saturday to triple the world's nuclear energy capacity by 2050 to reduce global carbon emissions, according to their statement. The declaration, released by the U.S. Department of Energy, points to the "key role of nuclear energy in achieving… Read


Japanese experimental nuclear fusion reactor inaugurated


The world's biggest experimental nuclear fusion reactor in operation was inaugurated in Japan on Friday, a technology in its infancy but billed by some as the answer to humanity's future energy needs. Fusion differs from fission, the technique currently used in nuclear power plants, by fusing two atomic nuclei instead… Read

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