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New iPhone 6 screens to enter production this spring, report

Apple said to plan in-cell touch panel technology built into the screens, which will be developed with "thinner construction than with standard touch panel films.<p>The next incarnation of the iPhone will launch with a 4.7-inch screen while a 5.5-inch version may be delayed, according to Reuters.<p>In a …

North Korea's Kim Jong-un in 'unanimous poll win'

<b>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been elected to the country's rubber-stamp parliament with a unanimous vote from his district, state media say.</b><p>Mr Kim's 100% approval from his Mount Paektu constituency reflects the "absolute support" of people in the country, KCNA news agency says.<p>The elections …

The Met's problem isn't bad apples, it's the whole barrel. Abolish it

After Stephen Lawrence, Ian Tomlinson and countless other scandals, it's clear the Metropolitan police is institutionally rotten. London deserves better<p>If hacking someone's voicemail is a gross invasion of privacy, what words are left to describe agents of the state with fake identities having sex …

Philosopher Jaakko Hintikka reveals love affair between his wife and JFK

<b>Established</b> in 1939, <i>The Library of Living Philosophers</i> is a series of books, each of which is dedicated to one of the 33 most distinguished …

Literature

The Yakuza Olympics

All eyes are on Russian corruption and incompetence at Sochi, but new reports have emerged about a likely link between Japanese Olympic officials and …

Japanese Broadcast Official: We Didn't Commit War Crimes, the U.S. Just Made That Up

In the clearest signal yet of U.S. unhappiness with the rightward tilt of Japan’s political leadership — and by extension, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Facebook: 10 years of trying to be liked

It's the social media site's birthday. Time to face up to reality – I'm in love with the projection of my own desired life<p>Ten years ago this week, on 4 February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg changed the course of western socialisation by putting thefacebook.com on the internet. If this was a film, we would …

Iain Duncan Smith to snatch 4% of child support payments to cover Government costs

Children with absent parents will have a chunk of their ­maintenance creamed off by the Government when the Child Support Agency is ­replaced.<p>Four …

Foreign men share their reasons for divorcing their Japanese wives

Earlier this month, we brought you an article about foreign men sounding off on the difficulties of having a Japanese wife. While some of their …

Entrepreneurship in Japan: Separating fact from fiction

The Japanese are a polite and humble people. Does that mean they aren’t entrepreneurial? Not according to Robert Eberhart, Director of the Stanford …

Entrepreneurship

David Cameron to rip up green regulations

Prime minister says plans to scrap or amend more than 3,000 regulations will save businesses £850m a year<p>David Cameron will on Monday boast of tearing up 80,000 pages of environmental protections and building guidelines as part of a new push to build more houses and cut costs for businesses.<p>In a …

After fall, Japan yen in sweet spot for economy, but U.S. watching

TOKYO (Reuters) - After falling by almost a fifth since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power just over a year ago, the yen is in a sweetspot for the economy.<p>Companies have roared back with bumper profits as the currency’s slide to five-year lows made exports more competitive and while …

Robbers slash man in face and steal phone and cash

<b>A man in a wheelchair was slashed in the face before having his phone and cash stolen, police have said.</b><p>The 45-year-old man had just left his home and was in Sunningdale Road in Worle, near Weston-super-Mare, when he was approached by two men.<p>Avon and Somerset Police said the men approached him …

Crime

UK weather: cats lifted 6ft off ground in 'mini tornado', says eyewitness

Met Office believes cats, who live in Surrey stable yard, would have been lifted by violent swirling gust of wind, not a tornado<p>A striking new element has been added to the inventory of atrocious weather indicators. Along with the customary floods, uprooted trees, toppling power lines and flying …

Did men really once think groping was all right?

Sexual harassment of women might once have gone unremarked, but not now<p>There's a moment in the film <i>Groundhog Day</i> when Bill Murray's character – doomed to relive the same day again and again – abandons decorum. A man approaches him in the road, expecting conversation. And Murray, beginning to lose …

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Inside Uniqlo, The Japanese Company With Designs On Dressing The World

NEW YORK -- On a frigid afternoon in midtown Manhattan, international tourists and New Yorkers alike jam the Uniqlo store on Fifth Avenue, perusing a seemingly endless array of T-shirts, cashmere sweaters and winter jackets.<p>The hulking 89,000-square-foot space constitutes the largest retail store …

Clothing

Cameron's 'good news' about rising incomes is misleading says Labour

PM says take-home pay is rising, but IFS boss says incomes will not hit pre-recession levels before next election<p>Labour has accused the government of using highly selective figures to show that average pay is rising, as David Cameron claimed there were signs the squeeze on household budgets was …

AltJapan

By now you've undoubtedly read the brou-ha-ha over the "racist" ANA commercial featuring a Japanese dude wearing a huge prosthetic nose in an attempt …

Japan

US secretly backs rebels to fight al-Qaeda in Syria

Sources tell Telegraph that America is backing 'friendly' rebels with millions in cash and non lethal aid to take on extremists in Syria<p>The United States and Gulf countries have been secretly backing efforts by opposition rebels to destroy al-Qaeda's most extreme wing in <b>Syria,</b> diplomats and rebels …

Middle East

Take a deep breath: the stethoscope is dying

That cultural symbol of medics – from Kenneth Williams in Carry On Doctor to Edie Falcon's Nurse Jackie – is being replaced by cheaper and more accurate ultrasound devices<p>If you Google "Hugh Laurie" and "stethoscope", you will come up with a clutch of stories from February 2012 about how …

6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October 1 launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law through December, federal officials reported on Wednesday.<p>The swelling rolls for Medicaid and the Children’s …

Republican congressional hopeful believes autism and dementia are “punishment” for gay rights and legal abortion

Susanne Atanus has already run for — and lost — Illinois’ 9th District twice<p>A Republican wingnut from Chicago believes that dementia and autism are "punishments" from God over gay rights and legal abortion. Oh, and she also believes tornadoes are a direct result of equal rights and safe medical …

Equality

The Case for Snooping

President Barack Obama talks about National Security Agency surveillance, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Justice Department in Washington. Carolyn …

Is Japan Drifting Toward Isolation?

Golden Age” of Reconciliation<p>Almost a decade ago, <i>Newsweek International</i> featured a story titled “A Very Lonely Japan,” and the cover of the magazine …

Japan

Cost of raising a child rises to £227,000

Rising nursery and minding costs are blamed. The loss of child benefit is also putting parents off having babies, the research suggests<p>The cost of raising a child has risen 5pc in the past year to £227,266, according to research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research.<p>It also suggested …

Finance

Join Sharla on a Japan love hotel adventure!

One of the weird, fascinating things about Japan that makes many foreigners giggle is the presence of so-called “love hotels.” In many Japanese …

4 patients die due to suspected norovirus outbreak in Kyoto hospital

Four patients died and at least 101 other patients and staff at a hospital in Kyoto were stricken by a suspected norovirus outbreak in December, …