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Emperor Naruhito completes visits to imperial mausoleums

National Dec 3, 2019

Emperor Naruhito completes visits to imperial mausoleums

Emperor Naruhito, joined by Empress Masako, visited the mausoleums of his grandfather and great grandfather in Tokyo on Tuesday, concluding a series of visits to imperial mausoleums since the completion of key succession rituals. The imperial couple separately offered tributes at the mausoleum of Emperor ...

China hints U.S. blacklist imminent in threat to trade talks

Asia Pacific Dec 3, 2019

China hints U.S. blacklist imminent in threat to trade talks

Chinese state media said Tuesday that the government will soon publish a list of "unreliable entities" that could lead to sanctions against U.S. companies, signaling trade talks between the two nations are increasingly under threat from disputes over human rights in Hong Kong and ...

Japanese man, 71, arrested for 'making 24,000 complaint calls'

National Dec 3, 2019

Japanese man, 71, arrested for 'making 24,000 complaint calls'

A Japanese retiree has been arrested after ringing a phone company 24,000 times to complain they had violated his contract, police and local media reported. Tokyo police said they took 71-year-old Akitoshi Okamoto into custody last week after he made hundreds of toll-free calls over ...

World / Science & Health Dec 3, 2019

Hot weather linked to rise in early childbirths

Hot weather can cause a spike in the number of babies being born early, a phenomenon that may harm infant health and is likely to get worse as temperatures climb due to climate change, scientists said Monday. Researchers in California said an average of 25,000 ...

Syrian airstrikes on Idlib markets kill at least 11, say White Helmets

World Dec 3, 2019

Syrian airstrikes on Idlib markets kill at least 11, say White Helmets

Syrian government airstrikes on the rebel-held area of Idlib killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens on Monday after hitting two outdoor markets, Syrian civil defense forces said. Syria's northwestern corner, including the Idlib region, is the last major chunk of territory still in ...

Business Dec 3, 2019

Twitter makes global changes to comply with privacy laws

Twitter Inc. is updating its global privacy policy to give users more information about what data advertisers might receive and is launching a site to provide clarity on its data protection efforts, the company said on Monday. The changes, which will take effect on Jan. ...

VW accused of deceit in U.K.'s largest class action lawsuit

Business Dec 3, 2019

VW accused of deceit in U.K.'s largest class action lawsuit

Volkswagen AG is facing one of the largest-ever U.K. class action lawsuits, with almost 100,000 vehicle owners accusing it of misleading them by installing emissions-cheating software that made it appear their diesel vehicles met environmental standards. Lawyers for the drivers opened their case Monday, and ...