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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet on Wednesday, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

The five make up nearly a quarter of the 18-strong cabinet and come close to matching his declared aim…

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Hollywood suffered its worst summer for years at the box office, as filmgoers apparently grew tired of blockbuster sequels and epic computer-generated fight scenes, experts said Tuesday.

Between the first weekend of May and the last of August -- Labor Day weekend, which traditionally marks the end of the summer…

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At least 12 people were injured Wednesday after an explosion at a steel plant in central Japan, an official said.

Television pictures showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal facility in Tokai, Aichi Prefecture.

A spokesman for the Aichi prefectural police said the fire…

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Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.

The probe, named Hayabusa-2, is expected to be flung into space on a rocket for a mammoth four year voyage to the unpoetically-named 1999JU3 asteroid.…

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Estonia aboard Air Force One early Wednesday to meet Baltic leaders and reaffirm Washington's commitment to the security of ex-Soviet NATO members.

The talks in Tallinn come ahead of the key alliance summit in Wales focused on the crisis in Ukraine.

Russia on Tuesday…

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The Japan ALS Association said Tuesday that it raised more than 27 million yen in donations in the last two weeks of August thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is aimed at raising awareness of and money to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more often known…

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President Barack Obama has approved assigning 350 additional troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities.

The White House says in a statement that the State Department had asked for the additional military personnel to help protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel in the Iraqi capital.…

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Tokyo metropolitan police have issued an arrest warrant for the former general manager of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel located in Roppongi Hills, after he allegedly attempted to forcibly kiss a female guest.

According to the arrest warrant issued Tuesday, on May 30, the general manager, Antonio Alvarez, 45, who…

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Coming off a victory that ended at nearly 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10th-seeded Kei ishikori doesn't have a lot of time to recuperate before his U.S. Open quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon against No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka.

Nishikori did not exactly enjoy perfect pre-tournament preparation for the U.S. Open, missing time after…

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Australia will consult other G20 members about whether it should host Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a summit in November, a minister said Tuesday, warning opposition to his presence was growing.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defense Minister David Johnston "will be canvassing in Wales…

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