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Abe divides Japan with new push to change postwar constitution

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 19:27
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s sudden rush to change the pacifist constitution that has defined Japan’s security policy since World War II risks eroding his popularity before an election due by the end of next year.

Seymour AFB airman charged with felony abuse following daughter's hospitalization

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 19:05
Authorities in North Carolina say an airman at an Air Force base is charged with abusing his 1-month-old daughter, who is hospitalized with multiple injuries.

Bodies of Cambodian soldiers killed in Africa return home

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 18:37
Tears were shed and the sounds of cries were heard from the families of four Cambodian soldiers who were killed by a Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic earlier this month as the bodies arrived home Sunday.

UN Security Council to consult on North Korea missile: diplomats

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 18:18
The council diplomats say the closed discussion was requested by the United States, Japan and South Korea and will take place Tuesday.

Trump to test waters for achieving Middle East peace

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 17:54
President Donald Trump opened his first visit to Israel Monday, an early visit by a president to a longtime Middle East ally and one aimed at testing the waters for jumpstarting the region's dormant peace process.

‘Greatest Show on Earth’ over after 146-year run

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 16:44
As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed its second-to-last show Sunday afternoon, a group of retired and former circus performers sat across ...

At refugee camp, US envoy Haley vows more aid for Syrians

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 15:09
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is witnessing first-hand the strains placed on countries absorbing the more than 5 million Syrians who have fled the Islamic State, President Bashar Assad's government, or both.

NASA plans emergency space walk to replace failed ISS computer

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:56
A pair of astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station as early as Tuesday for an emergency space walk to replace a failed computer, ...

Clint Eastwood regales Cannes crowd, hints return to acting, hits political correctness

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:43
Clint Eastwood regaled the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday with stories from his long career, predicted a possible return to acting and decried the rise ...

Trump urges Mideast states to drive out ‘Islamic extremism’

The Japan Times - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:06
President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish “Islamic extremism” emanating from the region, describing a “battle between ...

Return of warlord Hekmatyar adds to Afghan political tensions

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:04
When fugitive warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned home to a lavish official welcome last month, abandoning his 16-year insurgency and forgiven for a history of wartime abuses, he was expected to quickly take up the cause of peace and set a conciliatory example for Taliban insurgents.

Biden: It's time for America to regain unity and purpose

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:25
Former Vice President Joe Biden gave assurances Sunday that the country's current divisiveness brought on by a presidential election that "churned up some of the ugliest realities" of society will be temporary.

Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out 'Islamic extremism'

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:17
President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam.

NATO chief in talks with Germany, Turkey over air base spat

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 13:02
The chief of NATO says he's in touch with both Germany and Turkey regarding their latest dispute over visiting rights to a Turkish air base where German soldiers are stationed.

Syria's third largest city Homs clear of opposition

Pacific Stars and Stripes - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:22
Syria's government announced Sunday the country's third largest city Homs— once named the capital of the revolt against President Bashar Assad— had been cleared of armed opposition for the first time in more than five years. The announcement follows the completion of the evacuation of the last rebel-held neighborhood.

Mercury tops 35 degrees in Tatebayashi in Gunma Pref.

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:04
Air temperatures surged across Japan on Sunday, hitting 35.3 degrees Celsius in Tatebayashi in the eastern prefecture of Gunma. (Jiji)

Japan, 10 others agree to aim for early effectuation of TPP

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:03
Ministers from Japan and 10 other signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, excluding the United States, which has pulled out of the pact, adopted at their meeting in Hanoi on Sunday a joint statement showing their intention to aim for the TPP's early entry into force. (Jiji)

Nishi Honganji Temple opens decorative gate for first time in decades

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:55
Tourists were given a rare treat Sunday when Kyoto's Nishi Honganji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, opened its centuries-old Karamon gate for the first time in 34 years. (Japan Times)

North Korea fires off medium-range missile in 'challenge to the world'

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:48
North Korea launched an apparent medium-range ballistic missile Sunday in what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe termed a "challenge to the world." (Japan Times)

Kanagawa cops arrest 2 male dentists over marijuana possession

Japan News - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:46
Kanagawa Prefectural Police working off a tip have arrested two male dentists for allegedly possessing marijuana at their residences, reports Nikkan Sports. (tokyoreporter.com)