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Democrats vow to insulate impeachment inquiry from 'sham investigations'


The impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump will not be allowed to become a venue for "sham investigations" into Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son, the head of a congressional committee leading the probe said on Tuesday. Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House of… Read


Public hearings in Trump impeachment probe set to begin


Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday prepared to enter a crucial new phase - the first public hearings - in their impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump, centered on his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden. On Wednesday and Friday, U.S. diplomats William Taylor,… Read


Hong Kong police shoot protester as activists block streets


A Hong Kong protester was shot by police Monday in a dramatic scene caught on video as demonstrators blocked train lines and roads during the morning commute. The shooting is likely to inflame anger further in this semi-autonomous Chinese territory after a student who fell during an earlier protest succumbed… Read


Elementary school girl slashed by 14-year-old boy in Aomori Pref


An elementary school girl was slashed in the neck by a 14-year-old boy as she walked home from school on Tuesday afternoon in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. According to police, the incident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. The girl, who is in sixth grade, told police that someone came up behind… Read


Japan-S Korea meeting of defense chiefs being arranged


Japan is making final arrangements with South Korea for their defense ministers to hold talks in mid-November on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Thailand, amid soured bilateral ties, a government source said Monday. If realized, the meeting between Defense Minister Taro Kono and his South Korean counterpart Jeong… Read


88-year-old ex-bureaucrat to be referred to prosecutors over fatal car crash


Police will refer to prosecutors as soon as this week the case of an 88-year-old former senior bureaucrat who caused a fatal car crash in central Tokyo in April, investigative sources said. Kozo Iizuka, who was 87 at the time of the accident, lost control of his vehicle while driving… Read


Trump launches black outreach effort for 2020


During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump stood in front of largely white crowds and asked black voters to consider, "What the hell do you have to lose?" Trump offered that same message Friday as he launched a black voters coalition in Atlanta, Georgia. While Trump's campaign had said his… Read


Japan aims to keep elderly driving with compact EV subsidies


Japan is considering subsidizing purchases of ultracompact electric vehicles to promote their use as an alternative to full-size cars amid an increase in traffic accidents involving elderly drivers, officials said Saturday. The industry ministry is weighing a maximum allocation of around 100,000 yen per purchase, the officials said, as the… Read


Japan to introduce bill to ensure fair online business competition


The Japanese government on Tuesday decided on an outline of new laws that would tighten controls on U.S. digital giants and other online businesses as concerns mount that their dominant positions hinder fair competition and protection of personal data, officials said. A bill to be submitted to the Diet next… Read


Symbolic night with 'goddess' to wrap up emperor's accession rites


On Thursday evening, Emperor Naruhito will dress in pure white robes and be ushered into a dark wooden hall for his last major enthronement rite: spending the night with a "goddess." Centered on Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe the emperor has descended, the Daijosai is the… Read

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