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Trump insists both sides to blame for Virginia violence


U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that left- and right-wing extremists became violent during a weekend rally by white nationalists in Virginia, reigniting a political firestorm over U.S. race relations and his own leadership of a national crisis. Trump, who drew sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats for his… Read


Trump says U.S. culture, history being 'ripped apart'


U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday condemned the "foolish" removal of Confederate statues whose preservation has become a rallying cry for white supremacists, saying U.S. culture and history were being "ripped apart." Shrugging off a barrage of bipartisan criticism, Trump waded back into the charged racial debate over monuments to… Read


10 sailors missing after Japan-based U.S. Navy destroyer and merchant ship collide near Singapore


The USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer docked Monday at Singapore's naval base with "significant damage" to its hull after an early morning collision with an oil tanker, as vessels from several nations searched for 10 missing U.S. sailors. The collision east of Singapore between the destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot)… Read


Bannon out at White House as pressure mounts on Trump


Donald Trump parted ways with his controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday as the White House reels from the fallout over the president's response to a violent white supremacist rally. As Bannon became the fifth high-profile casualty in Trump's inner circle in just six months, former Republican presidential candidate… Read


Miyagi to remove PR video amid sexist criticism


The Miyagi prefectural government said Monday it will remove an online tourism promotional video that has stirred up criticism for being sexually suggestive. The local government in northeastern Japan plans to withdraw the video after a tourism event scheduled for Saturday in Sendai, the prefecture's capital, amid unabated criticism from… Read


Trump bows to pressure, calls neo-Nazis and KKK criminals


U.S. President Donald Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs on Monday, bowing to mounting political pressure to condemn such groups explicitly after a white-nationalist rally turned deadly in Virginia. Trump had been assailed from across the political spectrum for failing to respond more forcefully… Read


Residents of Tottori town hold drill in case N Korea fires missiles over them


Residents of a town in Tottori Prefecture on the Japanese coast held evacuation drills on Saturday to prepare for any launch of North Korean missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, that would fly over their homes. As sirens blared from speakers in the town of Kotoura, children playing… Read


Merkel stands by her 2015 decision to open German borders


German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday stood by her decision to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees two years ago, a move she has previously defended as a necessary response to a humanitarian emergency. Asked during a pre-election television event with voters whether she would do things… Read


NPOs worry as child suicides tend to rise after summer break


Nonprofit organizations and other entities supporting children are stepping up efforts to prevent kids from committing suicide, as students who kill themselves tend to do so around the end of the summer school holidays in Japan. According to data released by the Cabinet Office in 2015, dates when children aged… Read


Obama's post-Charlottesville message most-liked tweet ever


Twitter says President Barack Obama's tweet in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has taken the crown as the platform's most-liked post ever. Obama tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela Saturday night: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin… Read

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