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Republicans criticize Biden for waiting to shoot down Chinese balloon

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Republican U.S. lawmakers on Sunday criticized President Joe Biden for waiting days to shoot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floated over the United States, accusing him of showing weakness toward China and initially trying to keep the breach of U.S. airspace undisclosed. A U.S. Air Force fighter… Read

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Japan criticizes Russia's 'illegal occupation' of disputed isles

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The Japanese government and civic groups on Tuesday criticized Russia for its "illegal occupation" of disputed islands off Hokkaido in a rally demanding their return, with Tokyo using the phrase for the first time in five years following a deterioration of bilateral ties over Moscow's war in Ukraine. "It is… Read

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U.S. weighs deploying medium-range missiles to U.S. forces in Japan: report

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The U.S. government has suggested deploying medium-range missiles in Japan as part of a plan to bolster defenses against China along the East and South China Seas, the Sankei newspaper reported on Saturday, citing unidentified people involved with U.S.-Japan relations. The deployment to U.S. forces in Japan may include long-range… Read

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Florida presses bid to roll back Disney special status

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Florida lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill that would allow the state to take control of the area around Walt Disney World that has until now been controlled by the entertainment giant. The move was the latest episode in a year-long dispute between the Republican administration of Governor Ron DeSantis… Read

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Aide to Kishida says he would hate to see LGBT couple

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A close aide to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida came under fire Friday over his discriminatory remarks about sexual minorities, saying he would "not want to live next door" to an LGBT couple and that he would "hate even to see them." Masayoshi Arai, an elite bureaucrat who serves as… Read

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Gov't considering mask-free school graduation ceremonies

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The Japanese government is considering dropping its recommendation that people wear face masks at school graduation and entrance ceremonies this spring after assessing the risk of infection with COVID-19 at such events to be low, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. A decision will likely be made early… Read

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Japan needs stable, sustained inflation, gov't official says

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Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara on Sunday stressed the need to achieve an economy where inflation rises stably and sustainably, when asked whether the next central bank governor should maintain ultra-easy monetary policy. "What's important is to create economic conditions where prices rise stably and sustainably," Kihara told… Read

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Many questions remain after China balloon shot down

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What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on live television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China insists the balloon was just an errant civilian airship used… Read

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Chinese balloon soars across U.S.; Blinken scraps Beijing trip

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A huge, high-altitude Chinese balloon sailed across the U.S. on Friday, drawing severe Pentagon accusations of spying despite China's firm denials. Secretary of State Antony Blinken abruptly canceled a high-stakes Beijing trip aimed at easing U..S.-China tensions. Fuzzy videos dotted social media sites as people with binoculars and telephoto lenses… Read

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U.S. to send Ukraine longer-range bombs in latest turnaround

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After months of agonizing, the U.S has agreed to send longer-range bombs to Ukraine as it prepares to launch a spring offensive to retake territory Russia captured last year, U.S. officials said Thursday, confirming that the new weapons will have roughly double the range of any other offensive weapon provided… Read

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