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Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

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Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the presumptive Democratic… Read

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Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation

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The Japanese government is looking to revive the tourism industry, a key driver of the economy that has been battered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, by paying for people to go on vacation in the country. Under its Go To Travel initiative, the government will provide subsidies worth up to… Read

Business

ANA to require all passengers to wear face masks aboard aircraft from June

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One of Japan's major airlines plans to make the wearing of face masks compulsory as the industry shifts toward operating in a new coronavirus pandemic normal. From June, All Nippon Airways Co will require all passengers to wear face masks inside airports and aboard aircraft. Anyone who refuses will be… Read

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China threatens U.S. with countermeasures if punished for Hong Kong law

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China on Monday threatened counter measures against the United States if it was punished for plans to impose a sedition law on Hong Kong, that the business hub's security chief hailed as a new tool that would defeat "terrorism". Beijing plans to pass a new security law for Hong Kong… Read

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Twitter fact-checks Trump tweet for the first time

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Twitter on Tuesday for the first time prompted readers to check the facts in tweets sent by U.S. President Donald Trump, warning his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers. The blue exclamation mark notification prompted readers to"get the facts about mail-in ballots" and… Read

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White House is in the hands of a sociopathic megalomaniac, says Noam Chomsky

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The United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic as it reduces public health funding and ignores the advances of climate change, according to activist scholar Noam Chomsky, considered the founder of modern linguistics. What follows are extracts, edited for clarity, from an… Read

Entertainment

Japanese reality show 'Terrace House' cast member dies

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Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old female professional wrestler who was among the cast of the most recent installment of the internationally popular Japanese reality show series "Terrace House," died Saturday after having been victimized by cyber-bullying, sources close to the matter said. Kimura's death was announced by Stardom, a wrestling promotion… Read

National

Japan set to fully lift coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, 4 other prefectures

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Japan is expected to end its coronavirus-related state of emergency Monday by easing curbs on economic activity in Tokyo and four other prefectures ahead of schedule, with the spread of infections under control. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to announce the decision at a 6 p.m. Monday news conference.… Read

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Ending coronavirus emergency raises hope, sparks some concern

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The lifting Monday of the state of emergency imposed on Tokyo and four other prefectures over the novel coronavirus pandemic holds out the prospect of people returning to shopping, businesses getting back on track and schools reopening. But some voiced concern that the full lifting of the state of emergency… Read

Entertainment

'Terrace House' star Kimura likely took her own life using toxic gas

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Hana Kimura, the 22-year-old female professional wrestler who was among the cast of the internationally popular Netflix reality show "Terrace House," is believed to have killed herself using toxic gas at her Tokyo home where she was living alone, investigative sources said Monday. Kimura, who had been a target of… Read

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