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Activists of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, body painted to look like slaughtered crocodiles in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Thursday afteroon. The PETA protesters held panels reading "Bag the Cruel Crocodile Skin."

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Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a Maui resort demonstrated against the proposed pact Wednesday.

A couple of dozen members of locally based labor unions and environmental groups gathered at Kaanapali Beach fronting the Westin Maui hotel in Lahaina.

Protest organizers said in a statement the…

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Police are trying to identify a woman whose body was found wrapped in a sheet and bound with rope in Koajiro Bay in Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the woman's body was found at around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the woman appeared to…

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Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October.

The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said Wednesday that analysis of the new pictures showed that construction begun…

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Empress Michiko may be suffering from myocardial ischemia, a heart ailment, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.

Agency officials said the empress, 80, reported chest pains with increasing frequency in late June, Fuji TV reported. She was given an electrocardiogram on July 24. The results of the test showed that…

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Mullah Mohammad Omar, the secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally who led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces, eluded capture for more than a decade in spite of being one of the most-hunted fugitives on Earth.

On Wednesday, he was reported to have died two years ago…

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Aviation investigators headed to the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on Thursday to determine whether a piece of plane wreckage that washed up on its shores is part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The two-meter (six-foot) long piece of wreckage, which appeared to be part of a…

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Japan's ditching of a showpiece stadium will trim its Olympic budget by more than $2 billion when combined with other savings, International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday.

The IOC will monitor the development of a new stadium from the very start to make sure it remains "state of…

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Members of pop group Seifuku Kojo Iinkai, Rina Nishino, 15, Kana Kinashi, 17, Nao Saito, 15, and Yuria Saito, 18, perform in front of foreign media in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The group "Seifuku Kojo Iinkai," which translates as "Uniform Improvement Committee,” called on the international community of artists…

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Cracking down on counterfeit goods in a developed country like Japan normally isn’t a big problem. When fraudulent items are sold in a brick–and–mortar shop, inspectors can march up to the counter, examine the merchandise, and then arrange to quickly have the offenders shut down or arrested.

But when the…

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