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The captain was not at the helm of the South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago, investigators said Friday, as anger spread over stalled rescue efforts for hundreds of missing passengers trapped by the submerged vessel.

More than 48 hours after the 6,825-ton Sewol suddenly listed and then sank,…

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke by telephone to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but…

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A quake with a magnitude of 4.7 struck the Kanto region at 7:53 a.m. Friday. The quake jolted Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa and Tokyo where it registered a 3.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake's epicenter was was in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture at a depth…

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Nearly 50 people were killed on Thursday when Syrian rebels attacked one of the largest military barracks in the country, in northern Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It said at least 27 soldiers and pro-regime militiamen were killed and that the rebel losses of 20 dead included…

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The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed.

"Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students ... the…

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An employee of the Foreign Ministry jumped to his death from the 8th floor at the ministry, police said Thursday.

According to police, the man, who was in his 30s, jumped at 6:40 p.m. from a ledge outside a window at the foreign ministry in Kasumigaseki on Wednesday night. TBS…

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are greeted by Sochi Winter Olympic figure skating gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (bowing deep) along with ski jumping silver and bronze medalist Noriaki Kasai, second right, and snowboard silver medalist Tomoka Takeuchi, right in kimono, at a spring garden party at the Akasaka Imperial Garden…

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It walks and runs, even up and down stairs. It can open a bottle and serve a drink, and politely tries to shake hands with a stranger. Meet the latest ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot.

"Hello New York! Thank you for coming today!" the little guy chirped in English, the recorded…

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Seattle Mariners first baseman Choi Ji-Man was suspended for 50 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.

The 22-year-old South Korean was found to have the steroid methandienone in his system during a drug test, triggering an immediate ban.

Choi…

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