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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has filed claims against Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) in the U.S. District Court in Washington, seeking a declaration that ICR’s whaling in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica is illegal under international law.

Sea Shepherd said on its website that it is also asking the…

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Google's next version of its Android operating system will boast new ways to fetch information, pay merchants and protect privacy on mobile devices as the Internet company duels with Apple in the quest to make their technology indispensable.

The upgrade will give Android's personal assistant, Google Now, expanded powers of…

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A 58-year-old woman suspected of shoplifting fled from a supermarket in Hokkaido and dragged a security guard along with her car for about 100 meters, police said Friday.

According to police, Rumiko Sakon was observed shoplifting melons and other goods at a supermarket in Hakodate City, at around 10:30 a.m.…

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China's capital seeks to snuff out smoking in indoor public places on Monday with a new ban, unprecedented fines and a hotline to report offenders, but enforcement is doubtful in one of the world's most tobacco-addicted countries.

Seen as the toughest anti-smoking legislation in China's history, the law makes smoking…

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Stepping onto center court to take on 88th-ranked Damir Dzumhur, Roger Federer was on his guard.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion had been caught cold at a previous French Open by a player ranked as low as the 23-year-old Bosnian, and he made sure that did not happen again. Federer…

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An eruption of Mount Shindake on Kuchinoerabujima island, is seen from a vessel of the Japan Coast Guard off Kagoshima Prefecture on Friday afternoon. The volcano erupted suddenly, blasting plumes of black smoke 9,000 meters into the sky, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of the island's residents and forcing…

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Japan Post Holdings, the world's biggest holder of Japanese government bonds after Bank of Japan, said on Friday that it will significantly alter its investment strategy as the state-owned group revamps its 300 trillion yen portfolio.

Japan Post President Taizo Nishimuro told a regular news conference that he met with…

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Bankrupt Japanese carrier Skymark Airlines on Friday submitted a restructuring plan to a Tokyo court that will see it owned by its banks, rival All Nippon Airways and an investment fund.

Skymark, Japan's third-biggest airline which flies on domestic routes, filed for bankruptcy protection in late January in the face…

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What the heck is going on with North Korea?; Is conflict unavoidable in the South China Sea, and the plight of the boat people. Plus stories from Thailand, South Korea, and more are coming up next.

What’s up with North Korea?

In 2013, we saw Kim Jong-un create a worldwide…

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Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are wrapping up three days of debate and discussion about how to get the global recovery moving faster.

Officials wrestled over concerns that growth still faces risks ranging from low investment to a possible financial disaster in Greece.…

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