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US delivers 6 coastal patrol boats to Vietnam coast

Pacific Stars and Stripes - 12 hours 33 min ago
The United States has delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam's coast guard in a move that expands the two nation's security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea.

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 23:01
The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows. (Japan Times)

Army veteran's throat slashed by Fort Bliss soldier in fatal drug case

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 23:01
Three of the five suspects in the case have Fort Bliss ties. A Fort Bliss spokesman confirmed Brandon Olsen, 27, is stationed at the Army post and Zachary Johnston, 20, and Adam Acosta, 19, were former soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss more than a month ago.

Gov't considers splitting school holidays to ease travel congestion

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:58
The Japanese government is considering splitting up schools' long summer holidays, the government's top spokesman said Monday, in a move hoped to lessen crowds and shorten queues in peak times at family tourism destinations. (Japan Today)

Golf: Miyazato gets U.S. Open spot after 8-hole playoff in Japan

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:53
Yusaku Miyazato made an 18-foot birdie putt on the eighth playoff hole to grab the fourth and final spot in the U.S. Open from the sectional qualifier in Japan. (Japan Today)

Man arrested for molesting high school girl on street

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:51
Police in Nishi-Tokyo have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of molesting a high school girl as she walked home on May 11. (Japan Today)

Flight departed to Honolulu with disruptive passenger despite red flags

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:51
Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants that military fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane to Hawaii, raised a series of possible red flags between purchasing his ticket and being the first passenger to board the American Airlines flight.

Princess Mako performs 1st duty since engagement news

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:46
Japanese Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, made her first official appearance on Monday since news last week that she is set to get engaged to a former university classmate. (Jiji)

LDP lawmaker Onishi apologizes for cancer patient comment

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:43
Hideo Onishi, a House of Representatives member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, apologized Monday for a remark he made about cancer patients. (Jiji)

System eyed to commission official duties to ex-female members of Imperial Family

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:42
The Japanese government is considering a system to grant official status to former female members of the Imperial Family and commission some of the family's official duties to them, in response to its falling membership, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji)

6 Japanese citizens held in China possibly on spying charges

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:37
Six Japanese citizens were detained in late March by Chinese authorities on national security issues, three each in Shandong and Hainan provinces, possibly on spying charges, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji)

Police arrest 6 suspects over massive gold bar theft in July

Japan News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:31
Police arrested Monday six men over the suspected theft of gold bars worth 750 million yen ($6.7 million) last July by men disguised as police officers on a street in the city of Fukuoka. (Japan Today)

Can anyone stop the Ramstein juggernaut?

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:02
It’s not a high bar to clear, but the 2017 DODEA-Europe softball championships can improve upon the 2016 edition by simply playing out its three-day schedule.

Just about everyone's a contender

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:01
The 2017 DODEA-Europe baseball championships, set to play out Thursday through Saturday at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany, have a very tough act to follow: the 2017 baseball regular season.

Navy says short-notice PCS moves will continue for families

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 22:00
Sailors should expect less notice — just two months — when it’s time for them to move to a new duty station, the Navy announced Monday.

US raid kills 7 al-Qaida militants in Yemen

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:32
U.S. Central Command says the forces used "a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes" to attack the compound in Marib Governorate in central Yemen.

Ex-Customs and Border Protection officer gets 5 years in prison for immigrant smuggling

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:03
A former Customs and Border Protection officer who took bribes of money and sex to allow unauthorized immigrants into the U.S. through the San Ysidro Port of Entry was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.

Texas House limits tax breaks for wind turbines near military bases

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:37
A proposal to restrict property tax exemptions for wind farms near military bases got preliminary approval from Texas House lawmakers on Monday.

UN envoy: Liberation of Mosul 'imminent,' IS days numbered

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:22
Jan Kubis told the Security Council that despite progress, fighting remains "a tremendous challenge" because IS fighters are increasingly using civilians as human shields in "a last-gasp effort that reveals little more than the inherent inhuman barbarity of the terrorists."

For Haitians who came to US after earthquake, another deportation reprieve

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 19:11
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly granted a six-month extension Monday to 58,000 Haitian immigrants who have been spared from deportation since a devastating 2010 earthquake, saying the conditions in their struggling homeland are not stable enough to force them to return.