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Soccer player Ito sues accusers for ¥200 mil over sexual assault claim


Japan international soccer player Junya Ito is suing two women who accused him of sexual assault for 200 million yen in damages, his lawyer said. The 30-year-old winger, who plays for French club Reims, is under investigation by Japanese police over the alleged incident in Osaka last year. He denies… Read


Trump breaks silence on Navalny; casts no blame on Putin


Donald Trump, who drew criticism as U.S. president for his praise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, on Monday made his first public comment on the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a social media post that cast no blame but alluded to his own legal woes. "The sudden… Read


Biden administration restores Trump-rescinded policy on illegitimacy of Israeli settlements


The Biden administration on Friday restored a U.S. legal finding dating back nearly 50 years that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are “illegitimate” under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. believes settlements are inconsistent with Israel’s obligations, reversing a determination made by his predecessor,… Read


Japan, China hold talks over Fukushima treated water release


Japan and China held a meeting last month over the release of treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea and China's subsequent import ban on Japanese marine products, sources close to the matter said Friday. At the online meeting, there was no major progress in… Read


Haley soldiers on despite growing inevitability of Trump


Is it political strategy, donor pressure or perhaps hubris? Nikki Haley is vowing "the fight goes on" against Donald Trump, positioning herself as a viable option in case the scandal-plagued Republican frontrunner's campaign implodes. Haley has gone zero for four in early contests for the Republican presidential nomination, including an… Read


How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine


Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going back to the ninth century. Putin… Read

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The Japanese look at the West and see that mass immigration is hardly helping ailing economies like Britain, France, and Germany. Japan's national cohesion also makes for a very liveable and safe country, unlike Germany or the UK.


Jonathan Saxty, a columnist for Britain's Daily Express, saying that Japan and the UK have both gone into technical recessions but only Japan will bounce back because it remains a manufacturing giant. Read


Ukraine outnumbered, outgunned, ground down by relentless Russia


As the Ukraine war enters its third year, the infantry of 59th Brigade are confronting a bleak reality: they're running out of soldiers and ammunition to resist their Russian invaders. One platoon commander who goes by his call sign "Tygr" estimated that just 60-70% of the several thousand men in… Read


Trump pledges to defend Christianity against the left, which he says wants 'to tear down crosses'


Former President Donald Trump promised to use a second term in the White House to defend Christian values and even suggested he'd shield the faith's central iconography, warning a convention of religious broadcasters on Thursday night that the left wants “to tear down crosses.” “Remember, every communist regime throughout history… Read

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