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Kono denies S Korean account of talks; calls for appropriate response

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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has denied the South Korean Foreign Ministry's account of discussions at a recent bilateral meeting, calling on Seoul for an appropriate response. An official at the South Korean Foreign Ministry said Saturday, the day after the meeting between Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha and Kono,… Read

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Trump calls discussions about removing him 'treasonous'

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday a top Justice official's reported discussions about invoking the Constitution to remove him from office were part of an "illegal and treasonous" push against him. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised the possibility of removing the president in 2017 after Trump fired FBI director… Read

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Pence rebukes EU; rejects Merkel's call to work with Russia

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence rebuked European powers over Iran and Venezuela on Saturday in a renewed attack on Washington's traditional allies, rejecting a call by Germany's chancellor to include Russia in global cooperation efforts. In speeches and in private talks at the Munich Security Conference, Pence and Chancellor Angela… Read

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Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?

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Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. The billion-dollar Olympics are awash with cash. But volunteers work for free. That's… Read

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Wary of shutdown, Trump inches toward support for funding deal

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday edged toward backing a deal in Congress on funding for a barrier on the Mexican border, but left open the possibility that disputes over the wall could still cause a partial government shutdown by the weekend. Trump, widely blamed for a five-week shutdown that… Read

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Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws

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U.S. President Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn from consideration for the job for family reasons, the State Department said on Saturday. Nauert was State Department spokeswoman when Trump chose her for the U.N. position after working as a host for the conservative… Read

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Koike says 2020 Olympics can be springboard to transform Tokyo

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The 2020 Olympics can "usher in a new Tokyo" and, along with this year's Rugby World Cup, leave behind a legacy similar to that of the 1964 Summer Games, the city's governor, Yuriko Koike, said on Monday. "These two major events will serve as a springboard to transform our city,"… Read

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Employee being fired fatally shoots 5 co-workers, wounds 5 police at Illinois plant

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A 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company opened fire in its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin "was being terminated" before he started shooting at… Read

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Tour brings foreigners to areas devastated by nuclear accident

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There is growing interest among foreign tourists for a tour in English to former evacuation zones in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Fukushima where a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 triggered a nuclear disaster. "More people are becoming interested in going on the tour that can deepen their… Read

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