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Asia Pacific Aug 21, 2017

'Extremely dissatisfied' China blames India for border scuffle

China on Monday laid the blame at India's door for an altercation along their border in the western Himalayas involving soldiers from both nations. Their troops have meanwhile been embroiled in an eight-week standoff on the Doklam plateau in another part of the remote Himalayan ...

Japan's department stores sales fell 1.4% in July

Business / Corporate Aug 21, 2017

Japan's department stores sales fell 1.4% in July

Department stores sales in Japan fell 1.4 percent in July from a year earlier on a same-store basis, due partly to weak sales of clothes and food items, an industry body said Monday. Sales at 229 stores run by 80 companies totaled ¥547 billion ($5.0 ...

Japan backtracks on basing Ospreys at civilian-use Saga Airport

National Aug 21, 2017

Japan backtracks on basing Ospreys at civilian-use Saga Airport

The government has tentatively decided to station Osprey aircraft at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp because of difficulties in basing them as planned in fiscal 2019 at Saga Airport, a source said Monday. Concerns have been growing in Saga Prefecture over the safety of the ...

Kumamoto railway struggles to rebuild after devastating 2016 quake

National Aug 21, 2017

Kumamoto railway struggles to rebuild after devastating 2016 quake

A railway in Kumamoto Prefecture is working hard to win back passengers 16 months after a series of powerful earthquakes rocked the area. Minamiaso Railway Co., a public-private third-sector firm, has still been unable to resume full operation of its services along the 17.7-km-long line. "We ...

Saudi airline fails to get Doha OK to fly Qatari haj pilgrims

Business Aug 21, 2017

Saudi airline fails to get Doha OK to fly Qatari haj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia's state carrier said on Sunday it had been unable to send planes to transport Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom because it had been unable to get permission to land at Doha airport, amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Qatar and Saudi ...

Comic, rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Entertainment News Aug 21, 2017

Comic, rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Dick Gregory, a comedian who lambasted racism and played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement after becoming one of the first black comics to perform for white audiences, died on Saturday at age 84, his son said. "It is with enormous sadness ...