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'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ

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Japan on Tuesday published a list defending how it treats people accused of crimes, the latest move in its struggle to counter accusations of "hostage justice" after ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn's dramatic escape to Lebanon. The 3,000-word list of 14 questions and answers on the Justice Ministry's home page, in… Read

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Democrats accuse Trump at impeachment trial of corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine

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Democrats accused President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America's global prestige would suffer if the U.S. Senate acquits him. The Republican Trump, who has denied wrongdoing, sounded a defiant note, telling reporters… Read

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'Nobody likes him' - Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Clinton criticized the campaign of her former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders in a new documentary in which she says he was an ineffective U.S. senator who accomplished little because "nobody liked him." Clinton also weighed in on the dispute between Sanders and 2020 Democratic presidential rival Elizabeth Warren… Read

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U.S. Senate approves Trump impeachment trial plan, rejects Democrats on documents, witnesses

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The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted early on Wednesday on party lines to approve the rules for President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, rejecting Democratic efforts to obtain evidence and ensure witnesses are heard. As the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history began in earnest, Trump's chief legal defender argued the… Read

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Thousands of armed U.S. gun rights activists join peaceful Virginia rally

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More than 22,000 armed gun-rights activists peacefully filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building on Monday to protest gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature. Despite fears that neo-Nazis or other extremists would piggyback on the Richmond rally to stoke unrest like the violence at a… Read

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Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday rejected opposition calls to resign over a controversial state-funded cherry blossom viewing party, saying he broke no law. Opposition parties have alleged that Abe used the annual event for personal gain by inviting hundreds of his own supporters. They have also claimed his… Read

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Trump praises U.S. economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's led a “spectacular” turnaround of the U.S. economy and urged the world to invest in America, but had less to say about climate change issues that are a focus of this year's gathering of top business and political leaders in the Swiss… Read

Crime

Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty

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Japan and Britain have been discussing the handover of three Britons who fled Japan after allegedly robbing a jewelry store of items worth 106 million yen in the Japanese capital in 2015, investigative sources said Tuesday. Although the three men are not thought to be in police custody, British authorities… Read

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Ghosn's aide Kelly stands high chance of acquittal: ex-prosecutor

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A top aide to Carlos Ghosn who is facing charges in Japan for underreporting his salary at Nissan Motor Co stands a very high chance of being acquitted, as would Ghosn had he remained in Japan to face trial, a former prosecutor said. Lawyer Nobuo Gohara, a vocal critic of… Read

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Trump sets presidential record for most tweets in a day

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President Donald Trump set a presidential record for activity on his favorite social media platform Wednesday, tweeting and retweeting at length about the Senate impeachment trial, the Democrats who want to replace him and much, much more. By 4:25 p.m. ET, Trump had barreled through his previous record of 123… Read

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