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Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, visited a town ravaged by wildfires in the mountains west of Sydney on Thursday, as they continue their Down Under tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped in the Blue Mountains town of Winmalee to meet with firefighters and locals affected by…

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Tokyo stocks closed flat Thursday, a day after the Nikkei 225 index posted its sharpest rise in two months, while analysts said there were lingering concerns about the impact of this month's sales tax rise in Japan.

The benchmark Nikkei -- which soared 3.01% on Wednesday -- edged down 0.15…

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Tochigi prefectural police said Thursday that they are questioning a man in his 30s over the murder of a 7-year-old girl in December 2005. Japanese media quoted police as saying that the man, who was arrested for dealing in fake brand-name goods, has hinted at his involvement in the murder.…

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Kanagawa prefectural police have sent papers to prosecutors on 23 individuals for allowing, encouraging and not stopping minors from smoking and drinking alcohol.

According to police, the 23 include parental guardians, clerks and part-time employees of tobacco shops, and supermarkets selling alcohol, NTV reported Thursday. All were charged with violating…

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Just over one ton of water contaminated with radioactive particulates leaked from one of the containment vessels at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said.

According to TEPCO officials, the Advanced Liquid Processing System, or ALPS, which is being used to remove radioactive…

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Sony says it has sold seven million PlayStation 4 worldwide since its launch last year and admitted it can't make them fast enough, in a welcome change of fortune for the Japanese consumer electronics giant.

"The response from the global gaming community for PS4 (PlayStation 4) has been overwhelming and…

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered "heartfelt sympathy" on Thursday to those affected by the ferry disaster in South Korea, in a rare moment of detente between the feuding neighbors.

Divers were searching for nearly 300 people still missing 24 hours after the huge vessel capsized off the southwestern coast of…

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Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for word of passengers who were…

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Kamasami Kong interviews CoCooFM DJ Christopher Knott about the International Jazz Day Festival happening in Osaka on April 30.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all…

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Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.

A coast guard official said the death toll was now confirmed at seven, but that is expected…

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