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Onlookers in Shibuya's Dogenzaka area dodge a media scrum and early birds lined up to get into Japan's first Taco Bell franchise on Tuesday morning. The lineup, which began a few hours before the the 10 a.m. opening time, stretched around the block to the Shibuya 109 building across from the…

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a symbolic donation to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Tuesday, but stopped short of visiting in person -- a move that would have infuriated neighboring countries.

Abe donated a sacred "masakaki" tree to coincide with the start of the three-day spring festival at the shrine…

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Saudi-led airstrikes hit weapons caches held by Iran-backed Shiite rebels, touching off massive explosions Monday in Yemen's capital that killed at least 19 people and buried scores of others under the rubble of flattened homes.

The U.S. Navy has dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt toward the waters off…

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South Africa's president has postponed a key ceremony after the deaths of seven people in recent attacks on immigrants in South Africa, his office said Monday.

The ceremony scheduled for next week bestows the country's highest official honor on South Africans and foreigners who have contributed to South Africa, the…

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Asian and African leaders gather in Indonesia this week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging states, but analysts say big-power rivalries will overshadow proclamations of solidarity.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe and leaders from several African…

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The U.N. Security Council on Monday demanded that aid workers be allowed to distribute food and other supplies to refugees trapped by fighting inside Syria's Yarmuk camp.

The 15-member council also demanded that fighters from the Islamic State group and the al-Qaida-linked Al-Nusra Front withdraw, and that bombing raids on…

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Talks surrounding the Japan–European Union free trade agreement (FTA) and economic partnership agreement (EPA) will be accelerated this spring. Negotiators have until the end of the year to finalise the deal, as per a deadline set by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. At stake are various issues pertaining to market…

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A US aircraft carrier was steaming toward Yemeni waters on Monday, joining other American ships in the area amid a worsening conflict.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, which was in the Gulf to launch strikes against the Islamic State group, passed through the Strait of Hormuz headed for the Gulf of…

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Two Canadian teenagers arrested last week and held in preventive detention were charged Monday planning to travel abroad for terrorist purposes, federal police announced.

El Mahdi Jamali and Sabrine Djaermane, both 18, appeared briefly in court to face the accusations, which include using explosives and conspiring with a terrorist group.…

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