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Single-engine plane in Nara crash likely broke apart midair

Aug 16, 2017

Single-engine plane in Nara crash likely broke apart midair

The wreckage of small plane that crashed Monday killing two people was found scattered over a wide area, indicating the aircraft likely broke into pieces midair, an air safety investigator said. The single-engine plane might have caught fire after fragmenting and then fell into a ...

International treaty on curbing mercury pollution enters into force

Aug 16, 2017

International treaty on curbing mercury pollution enters into force

An international treaty to protect human health and the environment from mercury pollution entered into force Wednesday, paving the way for regulation of the manufacture, trading, use and disposal of the chemical. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, taking its name from the city in Kumamoto ...

Over 2,000 Olympic mascot design submissions received by deadline

Aug 15, 2017

Over 2,000 Olympic mascot design submissions received by deadline

A total of 2,042 mascot design submissions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were received from the public, the games organizers announced Tuesday. According to the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, there were 1,774 individual submissions and 268 group submissions, with approximately 40 percent of the ...