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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to an April memorial service dedicated to World War II war criminals, organizers said Wednesday, in a move that prompted a scolding from China.

In the ceremony organized by former Japanese military officers, some 220 people prayed before a cenotaph on which the…

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IMF chief Christine Lagarde announced Wednesday she had been charged for "negligence" over a multi-million-euro corruption case relating to her time as French finance minister in 2008.

In exclusive comments to AFP, she said she had no intention of resigning over the charges. "I return back to Washington where I…

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Pittsburgh pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Pirates to a vital 5-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday and boosted their fragile playoff hopes.

The win kept the Pirates within 1-1/2 games of the last wild-card berth and moved them within…

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Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in nearly 70 years.

The ministry said the case occurred in Saitama Prefecture. Local media reports said the patient was a teenage girl who has since recovered.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga, in confirming the…

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Tokyo stocks closed flat on Wednesday after sluggish trading as market participants remained cautious about the future of the Japanese economy.

The Nikkei 225 index edged up 0.09%, or 13.60 points, to 15,534.82 while the Topix index of all first-section shares rose 0.07%, or 0.91 points, to 1,285.92.

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In an effort to strengthen its anti-drug programs and campaigns, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has submitted a budgetary appropriations request for next year amounting to 1.1 billion yen which is nearly 10 times higher than the amount requested for 2014.

Because the number of accidents and crimes…

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British actor Orlando Bloom stands with Japanese actress Nozomi Sasaki at a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote the film “Zulu” (released in Japan as “Capetown”). In the film, which opens in Japan on Aug 30, Bloom plays a policeman investigating a massacre in South Africa during the…

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Fifteen Australians, including two young suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and Iraq, intelligence chief David Irvine said Wednesday, warning that espionage and foreign intervention threats were increasing.

Canberra has expressed alarm that around 60 Australians have joined violent jihadist groups such as Islamic State (IS)…

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Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram on Tuesday launched an application for capturing time-lapse videos using Apple mobile devices.

The Hyperlapse "app" was designed to let people easily make high-quality time-lapse videos even while moving around with a smartphone, according to Instagram.

Hyperlapse videos can be saved on mobile devices and shared…

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