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Trump slammed for silence on white supremacist threat

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Democrats led by an Arab-American lawmaker attacked President Donald Trump's "silence" on the rise of white supremacy Sunday as reaction to the New Zealand mosque massacre spilled into a heated U.S. debate over religious and racial bigotry. With controversy swirling over Trump's tepid response to the massacre, White House chief… Read

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Dutch police arrest Turkish man suspected of killing 3, wounding 5 in tram shooting

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Dutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday. Police said the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt and had earlier run-ins with authorities in the… Read

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NZ gov't to announce gun reforms within 10 days

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after 50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded… Read

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Trump downplays white nationalism threat after NZ mosque massacre

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U.S. President Donald Trump played down any threat posed by racist white nationalism after the gunman accused of the New Zealand mosque massacre called the president "a symbol of renewed white identity." Trump, whose own previous responses to the movement have drawn scrutiny, expressed sympathy for the victims who died… Read

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Abe renews commitment to constitutional reform

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his commitment Sunday to pursuing an amendment of Japan's U.S.-drafted pacifist Constitution, one of his key policy goals and a decades-old pledge of his ruling party. Abe has maintained his desire to amend the supreme law and clarify the status of the Self-Defense Forces, aiming… Read

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49 killed, more than 20 wounded in 2 New Zealand mosque shootings; 4 suspects in custody

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At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country's worst ever mass shooting which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism. A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the… Read

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Ruling finalized ordering cell phone TV owners to pay public NHK subscription fee

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The Supreme Court has finalized high court rulings ordering owners of a cell phone with a television function to pay a subscription fee to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, Kyodo News learned Wednesday. The Japanese Broadcast Law obliges anyone who has a TV signal receiver to sign a contract with Japan… Read

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Manafort sentenced to 7 years, faces fresh New York charges

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his appeal for no additional time and rebuked him for his crimes and years of lies.  Within minutes of the sentencing, prosecutors in New York… Read

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Gov't investigates 700 foreign students AWOL from Tokyo university

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Some 700 foreign students have stopped attending classes at a Tokyo university and have been out of contact with the school since last April, prompting the Japanese government to investigate as some have overstayed their visas. Tokyo University of Social Welfare had 5,133 foreign nationals enrolled as of May 1,… Read

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Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks

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Japan’s food firms, once seen as a rare group of winners in the country’s fight against deflation, are falling out of favor with investors as consumers reject price hikes on many household products. Food company shares have only added 2.8 percent this year, compared with a 7.5 percent gain in… Read

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