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Japan paper says Fukushima workers fled during 2011 crisis

<b>About 90% of workers at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant fled at the height of the meltdown crisis in 2011, a Japanese newspaper has reported.</b><p>The Asahi Shimbun said the report was based on transcripts of interviews - stored in the prime minister's office until now - with the plant director.<p>It …

Italy's Berlusconi begins community service

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi has begun community service for tax fraud, marking a fall from grace for the former prime minister.<p>Berlusconi, who was convicted last year and has been expelled from parliament, has been ordered to work once a week for up to a year as a volunteer in a hospice for …

Chinese xenophobes just realized that Alibaba’s biggest investor is Japanese

Japanese businesses have had a hard time in China since disputed islands in the East China Sea reignited regional tensions, leading to boycotts and the occasional riot. Even the false rumor of Japanese ownership was enough to wipe $2.4 billion off the market cap of noodle maker Master Kong last …

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Amanda Knox's alibi challenged by CCTV footage – video

CCTV footage released by an Italian investigative TV programme appears to show Amanda Knox on the night of Meredith Kercher's death in November 2007. The figure in the film has a similar walk to Knox and is wearing clothes like those she was pictured in following the murder. If it is found to be …

Severe floods hit central Italy

Streets have turned into rivers amid severe flooding in parts of central Italy.<p>At least two people’s deaths are being linked to the floods in the Marche region, after the River Cesano burst its banks.<p>The worst hit area was Senigallia, where whole streets were flooded and cars floated in muddy …

Italian court gives Dolce and Gabbana suspended 18-month jail term in tax case | Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were each given a reduced, suspended sentence of 18 months in jail on Wednesday for a conviction on charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.<p>Italian designers Stefano Gabbana (L) stands next …

Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions

Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They're issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves.<p>Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a man who appears determined to push boundaries and …

South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama stepped into the familiar role of chief consoler Friday as he arrived for meetings in South Korea, a …

Japanese whaling fleet set to sail despite recent ruling

Japan is set to go ahead with some of its whaling activities even though a recent international court ruling ordered the country to end its whale hunt in the Antarctic.<p>The East Asian nation halted its annual Antarctic whaling mission after the U.N.'s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled last …

China frees Japanese cargo ship in $28m deal

China has released a Japanese cargo ship after its owners paid $28m to settle a pre-war debt, a court has said.<p>The Shanghai Maritime Court announced on Thursday that a large freight vessel, owned by the Tokyo-based Mitsui OSK Lines, had been released from "detention" because Mitsui had "fulfilled …

In South Korea, Obama to pause to remember ferry victims

President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday looking to bolster ties with an ally at a moment when it's reeling from a ferry disaster that killed 180 people at last count.<p>Obama, as he often does at home as "consoler-in-chief," will offer support to survivors and victims' families as he …

Obama pledges Japan islands support as Asian tour begins

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Japan postpones foreign minister's trip to Russia | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has postponed a visit to Russia by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida that had been planned for later this month, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, as bloodshed in an eastern city in Ukraine threatened to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva.<p>Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio …

Italy again pushes back balanced budget goal

ROME (AP) — Italy has again pushed back its balanced-budget goal, now aiming for 2016.<p>Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan wrote to the European …

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim.<p>Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori …

Japan to build military site near disputed Senkaku islands

<b>Japan has begun construction work on a military radar station near a string of islands that is at the centre of a territorial dispute with China.</b><p>Correspondents say the move will anger Beijing as it may allow Japan to expand surveillance near the Chinese mainland.<p>The new base - on Yonaguni island - …

Pompeii "Exposed and Vulnerable" to Neglect and the Elements

A conversation with the author of From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.<p>Pompeii has been many things over the centuries. It's been "a vineyard, a treasure trove, a den of bandits and today it remains an archaeological gem 'exposed and vulnerable,'" according to the new book <i>From Pompeii: The</i> …

A pair of mangoes sells for record £1,760 in Japan

Japan’s appetite for perfectly formed fruit is reflected in record sale of two mangos for £1,760 in a seasonal fruit auction<p>A pair of mangoes grown in southern Japan have sold for a record Y300,000 (£1,760) at the fruit’s first auction of the season.<p>The highly-prized mangoes were among a batch of …

Japan Plans to Build Up Plutonium Stockpile

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Japan is planning on moving ahead with a program for increasing its stockpiles of plutonium, …

Fukushima Families Return to Homes in 'Hot Zone'

The completion of decontamination work allowed residents of a small part of the Fukushima exclusion zone to return home Tuesday, just over three years after they were forced into exile.<p>The reopening of the Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city inland from the wrecked nuclear station, marks a tiny step …

Japan told to halt Antarctic whaling by international court

The international court of justice (ICJ) has ordered a temporary halt to Japan’s annual slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean after concluding that the hunts are not, as Japan claims, conducted for scientific research.<p>The UN court’s decision, by a 12-4 majority among a panel of judges, casts …

Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster 'hot zone' | Reuters

TAMURA, Japan (Reuters) - For the first time since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km (12 miles) from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home.<p>Kitaro Saito who was evacuated from the Miyakoji area of Tamura, walks inside …

Japan whaling ban welcomed in Australia and New Zealand

<b>A UN court ruling that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic has been welcomed in Australia and New Zealand.</b><p>The International Court of Justice ruled that the programme was not for scientific research as Japan claimed.<p>Supporters of the ban say they are "delighted". …

Fukushima residents cleared to return home amid ongoing contamination fears

Hundreds of residents of an area contaminated by a catastrophic reactor meltdown at a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan have been allowed to return home three years after the disaster.<p>An evacuation order, declared in the aftermath of a devastating tsunami that crippled the Fukushima-Daiichi …

Japan finds fraudulent steps in 'breakthrough' stem cell paper | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s top research body on Tuesday accused the lead writer of stem cell papers hailed as a game-changer in the field of medical biology of misconduct involving fabrication, but the scientist called the findings unacceptable.<p>Nobel Prize-winning chemist and President of Japanese …

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