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Tokyo to start offering gay couples "marriage" certificates

Tokyo's Shibuya ward announced a plan to start issuing certificates to same-sex couples next month, a move which is intended to protect the rights of sexual minorities amid an increasingly globalizing nation, Asahi News reports. This system, which will not yet be legally binding, is the first of...

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TransAsia flight to Kinmen crashes in Taipei river

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On Wednesday February 4th, TransAsia GE 235, a Taiwanese domestic flight departing from Taipei and bound for Kinmen Island, crashed just minutes after its departure from Songshan airport. According to The Guardian, the flight was carrying a total of 58 passengers and crew. After clipping a bridge...

North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk retracts large swathes of his past

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His mother beat him, and he viewed her as a competitor for food. His father, who was allowed by guards to sleep with his mother just five nights a year, ignored him. His brother was a stranger. Children in the camp were untrustworthy and abusive. Before he learned anything else, Shin learned to...

Japan acts sluggishly as time ticks for second ISIL hostage

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Just weeks after the latest terrorist attacks at France's weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, comes another outburst of Islamist extremism: the capturing of two Japanese nationals by ISIL members. France, with its large Muslim population of about 5 million people, felt pressed to set a...

Dwarfing the Great Wall - a glance at China's latest megaprojects

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Megaprojects in China have always been a part of the nation's DNA: the terracotta army built in the late third century to guard Emperor Qin in his afterlife is composed of more than 8,000 life-size soldiers and 520 horses, each portrayed with individual characteristics. The Great Wall, built for...

Japanese ships set toward Antarctic "for science's sake"

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As Japanese ships set out towards Antarctic waters just days ago, anti-whaling activists have once again criticized Tokyo's plan to conduct its annual “research” hunting, RT network reports. These ships, which will be heading to the Antarctic without harpoons due to a recent international ban...

Obama foists new sanctions on North Korea

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Following the round-robin of cyber attacks between North Korea and the North American branch of Sony Pictures, U. S. president Barack Obama has ratcheted up tensions by imposing a new set of sanctions on the Hermit Kingdom, BBC News reports. The sanctions, which can be read in full on the U. S....