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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 3, 2024
In campaign speech, Trump calls illegal immigrants 'animals'
The Republican presidential candidate warned that violence and chaos would consume America if he did not win the Nov. 5 election.
Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and Republican presidential candidate, speaks at her election night watch party in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 26, 2024
Trump campaign dismisses Haley after South Carolina win
The former president has easily swept all five Republican nominating contests thus far, winning states in the Midwest, Northeast, South and West.
Keith Kellogg, a national security adviser to Donald Trump, speaks to reporters during a daily press briefing at the White House in 2020.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 14, 2024
Trump adviser poses 'tiered' system for NATO states who don't pay up
NATO could become an alliance in which some members enjoy greater protections based on their compliance with defense spending agreements.
Casey DeSantis introduces her husband, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, as he makes a campaign visit ahead of the South Carolina presidential primary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 22, 2024
Ron DeSantis ends campaign, endorses Trump as New Hampshire vote looms
The move leaves former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley as Donald Trump's last remaining challenger for the GOP nomination.
Donald Trump and his campaign are keenly aware of the publicity and sympathy his court appearances can generate with his loyal base of supporters.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 18, 2024
A day in Trump's world: Morning in court, evening on the campaign
The former U.S. president's unusual schedule sums up the unprecedented nature of this year's election.
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a campaign town hall in Atkinson, New Hampshire, on Dec. 14.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 26, 2023
Nikki Haley works to broaden reach as bid to beat Trump gains pace
Support for the Republican presidential contender has risen in opinion polls, but falls short among rural voters and those without college degrees.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 19, 2023
Diplomats gird for 'doomsday' as prospect of Trump presidency looms
If he were to win a second term, Trump is likely to install loyalists — meaning his whims and isolationist policies would be easier to enact than before.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent searches for migrants trying to enter the United States from the Mexico border, in a desert area in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 19, 2023
Republicans use Israeli-Hamas war to push hard line on immigration
U.S. presidential hopefuls are attempting to link a foreign conflict to the domestic debate over immigration.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
May 21, 2023
Trump or DeSantis? Neither, say Ukrainian-American voters angry at war stance
Americans claiming Ukrainian descent may only total close to 1 million, but they are densely distributed in competitive areas.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 4, 2023
Trump’s legacy: Republicans torn by infighting and revolts as 2024 looms
As the 2024 presidential race kicks into gear, local Republican party organizations in many parts of the United States are consumed by rebellions and infighting.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2023
Nikki Haley swipes at 'faded names' in bid for Republican 2024 nomination
Haley, the daughter of Indian immigrants, hit on a long list of Republican concerns in her speech in Charleston, including border security and government spending.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2022
Lula in a flak jacket: Brazil on edge as political killing mars campaign
The death of a local party official was the most dramatic case this year of a rising tide of political violence in the world's fourth-largest democracy.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on