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Thousands of wine lovers braved the cold to get the first sip of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau in its home town as part of a time-honoured tradition to celebrate the arrival of the young French wine.

Eager crowds gathered Wednesday outside the church in the eastern French town of Beaujeu…

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An Osaka man convicted of rape 3 1/2 years ago and sentenced to a 12-year prison sentence has been released after new evidence revealed the man’s accuser had provided false testimony.

The man – whom Japanese news outlets are not naming – was accused of raping the same woman in…

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A whooper swan, which was found dead Wednesday in Kurihara City, Miyagi Prefecture, has tested positive for avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu, the Environment Ministry said Thursday.

The ministry has decided to test more wild birds over the course of the next week in order to determine whether…

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Shinjuku Terrace City in Tokyo is a blaze of lights. The illumination runs through Feb 25.

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A man with a history of mental illness stabbed and killed seven people, six of them nurses, at a sanitorium dormitory in northern China on Thursday in the latest of a string of attacks on medical workers, state media reported.

An administrator was among those killed and another nurse was…

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Japan's trade deficit narrowed by more than a third year-on-year in October, helped by higher exports and lower oil prices, official data showed Thursday.

The deficit came to 709.9 billion yen against the year-before shortfall of 1,100.4 billion yen, logging a drop of 35.5%, the finance ministry said.

Exports rose…

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Mobile security firm Lookout on Wednesday warned that Android-powered smartphones or tablets are being targeted with malicious software that puts them at the mercy of hacker overlords.

The persistence and sophistication of malware dubbed NotCompatible is another sign that cyber criminals are hitting smartphones and tablets with tactics and tenacity…

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 struck in the sea off Fukushima Prefecture at 10:51 a.m. Thursday, but no tsunami alert was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The agency said the epicenter was 40 kilometers deep.

The quake registered a 4 in Fukushima Prefecture, 3 in Miyagi, Ibaraki…

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The British government on Wednesday banned controversial U.S.-based "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc from entering the country after nearly 160,000 people signed a petition accusing him of encouraging "physical and emotional abuse".

Junior Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone said that granting Blanc a visa "could have led to an increase in…

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The new U.S. ambassador to Russia presented his credentials to President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in a ceremony at the Kremlin that politely hinted at the challenges the career diplomat will face in Moscow.

With Washington and Moscow locked in their worst confrontation since the Cold War over the Ukraine…

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