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In 1918, California drafted children into a gruesome war on squirrels

In April 1918, as American doughboys faced down the Germans in France, California's schoolchildren were enlisted to open a new Western Front. "We have enemies here at home more destructive, perhaps, than some of the enemies our boys are fighting in the trenches," state horticulture commissioner …

Squirrels

The dazzling anime epic that’s setting Japan alight

<i>Warning: The idea for Your Name came from a single image, which director Makoto Shinkai envisaged as the film’s ending. We don’t think revealing that image will spoil your enjoyment of the film, but if you’d rather not know, we’d advise you to watch the trailer instead.</i><p>Hollywood has built a …

Why the story of body-swapping teenagers has gripped Japan

<b>A Japanese film has made history by becoming the first animation not made by the legendary Studio Ghibli to rake in more than 10bn yen (£76m; $98m) in a month. But what exactly is it that has been drawing in the crowds?</b><p>1. It is a body-swapping fantasy<p>Your Name, also known as Kimi no Na wa in …

Anime

The history behind Philippine President Duterte's Obama insult

Shelton Woods, Boise State University<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks his mind. He does not back down.<p>Some believe he took his plain speaking too far this week before leaving the Philippines for a summit in Laos.<p>Reporters asked how Duterte intended to answer President Obama’s concerns …

California extends most ambitious climate change law in US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decade ago, California vowed to dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.<p>With the nation's most populous state on pace to meet that target, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday charted a new goal to further cut carbon pollution by extending and expanding the landmark climate …

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Forgotten Mother of Rock-and-Roll

Chuck Berry borrowed her guitar stylings. Little Richard said she was responsible for his career. Elvis was influenced by her. Who was the real …

US may impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea

The US may impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea, according to the US special representative for Pyongyang.<p>“In addition to action in the Security Council, both the US and Japan, together with the Republic of Korea, will be looking at unilateral measures, as well as bilateral measures, as well …

North Korea

Obama and Putin's icy death stare gets a presidential Photoshop battle

United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a tense moment at the G-20 summit in China on Monday. Cameras …