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Tokyo's Nikkei stock index jumped 3.01% Wednesday as bargain buying and a weaker yen lifted the Japanese market, following a rise on Wall Street bolstered by strong US corporate earnings.

The benchmark Nikkei 225, which tumbled 7.3% last week, added 420.87 points to finish at 14,417.68, while the Topix index…

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Police in Chiba Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 37-year-old man after he left a stolen car on the train tracks along the JR Sobu line.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Ryoji Uno, stole a small compact vehicle and 5,000 yen in cash from the home of one of…

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A 6-year-old girl was seriously injured after a 20-kg branch broke off a Zelkova tree and hit her on the head in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the incident occurred at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon on the outer premises of a Fullel Saginuma store in Miyamae Ward. TV…

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A senior Japanese official left for Seoul on Wednesday to discuss the extremely thorny issue of wartime sex slavery, in a move Tokyo hopes will lead to a diplomatic thaw.

Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese foreign ministry's Asia and Oceania affairs bureau, is expected to tell his South Korean…

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Prince William and his wife Kate flew into Sydney on Wednesday with their baby son George to kick off the Australian leg of their tour Down Under.

The royals disembarked from an Australian air force 737 under sunny skies after arriving from New Zealand.

Eight-month-old Prince George was in his…

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Tourists pose for a photo in front of a sushi restaurant at Tsukiji fish market, one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo.

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South Korea's coast guard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast.

Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing…

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China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4% in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.

The figure reported Wednesday by the government was down from the previous quarter's 7.7%. It came in below the full-year official growth…

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South Korean coast guard vessels and helicopters pulled passengers off a stricken ferry as it sank Wednesday off the southern coast with around 450 passengers on board -- mostly high school students.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties, but Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public…

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The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged…

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