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A Syrian man who claims to be the mediator between Japan’s government and a militant group believed to be responsible for the abduction of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda in Syria, announced Wednesday that he will no longer be negotiating for Yasuda’s release, citing the Japanese government’s lack of cooperation.

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Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike said Wednesday she has decided to run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial race after Yoichi Masuzoe stepped down amid a political funds scandal.

"I want to take on the challenge," said the Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker at a press conference in Tokyo.

Koike expressed her…

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Usain Bolt will embark on the first major test of what he plans to be a triumphant swansong Thursday as the Jamaican Olympic athletics trials get under way.

With less than 40 days to go before the Olympics, the sprint superstar will aim to seal his ticket to Rio as…

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A 49-year-old high school teacher from a well-known competitive sports school in Kanagawa Prefecture has been arrested for drug possession, police announced Tuesday.

According to police, a small amount of illegal stimulants was found at the teacher’s home in Kanagawa Prefecture earlier in June, as part of an Osaka Prefectural…

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The Toyota logo is seen at a showroom in Tokyo on Wednesday. Toyota is recalling 1.43 million vehicles globally for defective airbags that aren’t part of the massive recalls of Takata air bags, the Japanese automaker said.

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Scotty Moore, the pioneering rock guitarist whose sharp, graceful style helped Elvis Presley shape his revolutionary sound and inspired a generation of musicians that included Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen, died Tuesday. He was 84.

Moore died at his home in Nashville, said biographer and friend James L.…

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The yen gained in Asian trade on Wednesday while a semblance of stability helped the pound and the euro hover above their post-Brexit lows, though the battered European currencies remain hampered by longer term uncertainty.

Even as the markets' risk averse mood eased slightly and regional equities gained, lessening the…

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When allegations emerged that Facebook was skewing its trending news stories, many learned about it... on Facebook.

That underscored the rapid shift in media -- not only is news moving from print to digital, but Facebook, Google and other tech platforms are increasingly becoming the main gateways for information.

Technology…

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Toyota is recalling 1.43 million vehicles globally for defective air bags that aren't part of the massive recalls of Takata air bags.

Toyota Motor Corp. said it does not know of any fatalities or injuries related to Wednesday's recalls.

Being recalled are the Prius hybrid, Prius plug-in and the Lexus…

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South Korea, Japan and the United States held an unprecedented trilateral missile defense exercise on Tuesday, aimed at countering the growing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea that denounced it as a "military provocation."

The drill in waters off Hawaii came less than a week after North Korea flight-tested a powerful…

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