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The father of "Jihadi John" said in an interview published Wednesday that there was no proof that his son was the Islamic State executioner, adding there were a number of "false rumors" circulating.

"There is nothing that proves what is being circulated in the media, especially through video clips and…

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The cabinet has approved a bill to reform Japan's power industry in what will be the biggest industry shake-up in 60 years.

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yoichi Miyazawa told a news conference on Tuesday that the bill will remove a monopoly by regional utilities by separating power generation from…

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The Fukuoka District Court has awarded 200 million yen in damages to a 29-year-old man who was paralyzed in a school sports day accident in 2003.

The accident occurred at Chikuzen High School during the annual athletic festival. The man, then a third year high school boy, was reenacting a…

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Uber Technologies Inc has been told to suspend a free ride service in Fukuoka Prefecture over the possible infringement of unlicensed-taxi restrictions, Kyodo News said, a blow to the company's hopes in a potentially big market.

The transport ministry believes Uber's free taxi-like service, which matches passengers via a smartphone…

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China's military budget will grow by about 10% in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4% last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.

It would be a slightly smaller rise than last year, but would reflect the fifth…

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Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving, a state minister confirmed Wednesday.

Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the koalas were euthanised in the Cape Otway area, near the scenic tourist drawcard the Great Ocean Road, in…

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Apple overtook Samsung to regain the top position in global smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, a market tracker said Tuesday.

The survey by Gartner found Apple grabbed a 20.4% share of smartphone sales to end users, boosted by the introduction of its large-screen iPhones. The California giant sold 74.8…

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Out with the gloom, in with the boom: Sleek luxury sports cars, high-end SUVs and nifty little city cars were bumper-to-bumper when the Geneva Motor Show opened to the media Tuesday.

Thousands of journalists milled through the vast halls of the show, one of the auto industry's biggest and most…

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Former American military commander and CIA chief David Petraeus will plead guilty to illegally providing classified secrets to his mistress, a dramatic fall from grace for a general once lauded as a war hero.

Petraeus, feted in the U.S. as the man who changed the course of the Iraq war,…

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Fresh talk of a third international bailout for debt-hit Greece spread through European capitals on Tuesday, despite Brussels insisting it was far too soon to start discussing any new rescue package.

Speculation mounted on Monday when Spain's finance minister Luis de Guindos said EU officials estimated a third bailout of…

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