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China warned of "chaos" and threw its weight behind Hong Kong's embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday.

The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said in a commentary Thursday…

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Tokyo stocks plunged 2.61% on Thursday, tracking losses on US and European markets, while the stronger yen dented exporters.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 420.26 points at 15,661.99, while the Topix index of all first-section shares fell 2.89%, or 38.06 points, to 1,280.15.

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Police in Nanporo, Hokkaido, have arrested a 17-year-old girl on suspicion of stabbing to death her 47-year-old mother and her 71-year-old grandmother at their home.

According to police, the two bodies were found by the suspect's 23-year-old sister when she returned home at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, TBS reported. The…

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Japan's Kiyo Shimizu competes against Vietnam's Nguyen Hoang Ngan in the women's kata final of the karate competition at the Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday. Shimizu won the gold medal.

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Rescuers searching the volcano that erupted without warning in Japan found dead hikers wedged between huge rocks and people half buried in ash, it emerged Thursday.

At least 47 people are now known to have died in Japan's worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years. But a number of people…

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The San Francisco Giants displayed their greater playoffs knowhow in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in Wednesday's National League wild-card game.

Madison Bumgarner pitched a shutout with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history.

"That's crazy," Crawford said. "With all the…

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Mexican soldiers have captured Hector Beltran Leyva, one of the country's most wanted men and a suspected drug cartel kingpin who had a bounty of more than $7 million on his head, prosecutors said.

He had taken over the Beltran Leyva cartel in recent years after his brothers' deaths or…

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Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.

Fighting for the airport has raged for months as the insurgents have tried to dislodge the…

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The World Bank has awarded bonuses to at least four senior officials as it pursues a cost-cutting restructuring, raising concerns among staff, several sources told AFP on Wednesday.

A key figure involved in the anti-poverty lender's makeover, chief financial officer Bertrand Badre, received a $94,000 bonus for fiscal year 2014,…

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