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Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities on Sunday to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20.

The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer…

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The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

About 30 minutes after the Sewol began tilting, a crew member…

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Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.…

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A pair of abandoned shoes are seen beside the seawall on the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture near Kashima - an area badly affected by the quake three years ago.

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Runners from the world's elite racers to first-timers will step to the Boston Marathon starting line on Monday for the first time the race has been held since last year's deadly bombing attack.

Some 36,000 people, the second-largest field in the race's 118-year history, will set out from Hopkinton, a…

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A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 18 people and wounded nearly 50 in Iraq on Sunday, officials said.

Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian…

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For foreign companies in Japan that are a long way from their home market, their chamber of commerce can play a vital role in bringing them together in a community to share ideas on various issues and build new connections.

One such chamber is the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and…

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A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen American patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.

The new test from Swiss drug maker Roche uses DNA to…

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Upper House lawmaker Teruhiko Mashiko of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, who represents Fukushima Prefecture. He made the comment after Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi apologized for a six-month delay in releasing the results of a survey in Fukushima Prefecture about the amount of radiation each resident will likely be…

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Japan's power supply will be tight this summer if all its nuclear reactors remain shut, although blackouts are not expected as long as there are no problems at the thermal fuel plants now providing the bulk of the country's electricity.

Overall, the nine local power monopolies will have a supply…

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