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Katie Ledecky started her opening night program with a gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the Pan Pacific championships and finished it off by narrowly missing her own world record in the 800.

The pair of victories for 17-year-old Ledecky fulfilled expectations that a U.S. woman would win two…

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Usually, it is the United States that doles out rebukes over human rights abuses to the troublesome country of the day.

However the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the Midwestern state of Missouri has America's foes crowing about the flaws in the…

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An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the militant group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization's morale and a significant scoop for Israeli intelligence.

The strike near Rafah, a town in the southern part…

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Tokyo stocks rose 0.85% on Thursday after the dollar jumped against the yen on speculation that the US central bank may raise interest rates earlier than expected.

The Nikkei 225 index was up 131.75 points to 15,586.20, notching up a ninth day of gains. The Topix index of all first-section…

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A 66-year-old man walking along a sidewalk at a building demolition site in Tokyo's Chuo Ward was killed Thursday after a wall panel fell onto him.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 11 a.m. in Nihonbashi-Ningyocho. TBS reported that the iron panel was 15 meters wide, four meters…

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JFE Engineering Corp and its affiliate company, J Farm Tomakomai, has started to produce agricultural products at a vegetable plant in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido.

They will start to ship young salad leaves next week and tomatoes in October.

The most important component of the completed vegetable plant is a trigeneration…

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Police in Noda, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested 49-year-old elementary school teacher Masaki Yabusaki on charges of intimidation.

The suspect allegedly sent around half a dozens emails to the Noda Board of Education with oddly-worded threatening remarks such as “I will blow up bad guys and their government buildings” if they…

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Thailand's junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military's hold on power.

Nobody in the rubber-stamp legislature opposed the selection of the army chief, who ousted an elected government in a bloodless takeover on May 22.…

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The body of a 7-year-old boy who went missing on Monday was found Wednesday on train tracks in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. Police said the boy appeared to have been run over by a train.

According to police, the boy, identified as Hesan Jo, had gone to a park with his…

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About 3,000 rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in Hiroshima on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.

Police officers, firefighters and soldiers worked through the night in a desperate bid to find…

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