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Japan child poverty rate hits record high

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A boy sifting through floating garbage as he collects recyclable items to sell. A new report shows that child poverty in Japan is at its highest level in the last three decades as critics rap Tokyo for failing to address the crisis. The child poverty rate increased to over 16 percent in 2012, Japan’s Welfare Ministry said in a report published on Tuesday. The... 

Philippines prepares for season’s first major storm

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Typhoon Haiyan is pictured in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite handout image taken on November 6, 2013. Thousands of people living in coastal areas of the Philippines are getting ready to evacuate as the first major storm of the rainy season is approaching the country. According to civil defense authorities, tropical Storm Rammasun... 

TEPCO failed to disclose crops over 20KM from Fukushima were contaminated

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Fourteen different rice paddies outside of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant evacuation zone were contaminated with radioactive material in August 2013, Japan’s agriculture ministry has found. Despite the findings – which blamed the removal of a large piece of debris from the Fukushima No. 3 reactor building for the contamination, Tokyo Electric... 

BRICS establish Development Bank to rival IMF and World Bank

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The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar. The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike... 

3 killed as Typhoon Neoguri hits Japan

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A wooden house collapses due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Neoguri in Naha on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa. A powerful typhoon has stuck Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu after battering the Okinawa island chain, where it left three people dead. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said typhoon Neoguri landed near Akune City, on the western... 

Chinese state owned CCTV calls iPhones “national security threat”

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Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has called a location service offered by iPhone handsets, a threat to the country’s national security. The broadcaster attacked the device’s Frequent Locations function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them revealed. The critical broadcast featured an interview with Ma Ding, director of the Institute... 

South Korea’s KAIST develops self-powered pacemaker

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The unit works by harvesting electrical energy from the patient’s minute body movements to stimulate the heart. A team of Korean scientists have invented a self-powered semi-permanent cardiac pacemaker using advanced nanotechnology. The pacemaker designed by a research team from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) operates semi-permanently... 

US needs to be ‘aggressive with China’

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US Representative Mike Rogers, (R-Mich.), speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington. An influential US Republican lawmaker says America must respond more aggressively to China’s territorial claims in East Asia. On Thursday, Representative Mike Rogers warned against China’s territorial claims, accusing Beijing... 

​Pyongyang calls for Koreas federalization & reunification

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North and South should no more be victims of outside efforts to exploit Korea’s division, Pyongyang has stated, calling on Seoul to make steps toward reunification through federalization in which differing ideologies and social systems would co-exist. “The north and the south should specify the reunification proposals by way of federation and confederation... 

Malaysia to intensify search for MH370

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A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Malaysia’s defense minister says his country plans to deploy more equipment to the southern Indian Ocean to join the search for an airliner which went missing around four months ago. Hishammuddin Hussein said on Sunday that a Malaysian navy ship equipped with a multi-beam echo sounder, which is a device to map the ocean floor,... 

India summons US embassy over NSA spying

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India has summoned the top American diplomat at the US embassy in New Delhi to protest, for the third time, US spying efforts following new charges that its National Security Agency (NSA) targeted India’s ruling party. The development on Wednesday came after a new document supplied by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was made public by the Washington... 

China plans to land rover on Mars by 2020

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China is planning to land a rover on Mars by 2020 and bring back samples from the Red Planet a decade later, according to a top scientist with the country’s Lunar Exploration Program. The Mars probe will be launching an orbiter and a landing rover, Ouyang Ziyuan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of the chief scientists of China’s Lunar Exploration... 

Bipedal robot outruns fastest human sprinter

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Korean developers of a bipedal robot allege it to be capable of outrunning the world’s 100-meter sprint record-toter. The minds behind Raptor, as the automaton has been christened, at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) say it outperforms Usain Bolt by some two seconds. Bolt’s intact record stands at 9.58 seconds. The machine... 

Japan prepares for robotic revolution, expects massive economic growth

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Japan says it intends to make the necessary preparations to materialize what it calls a robotic revolution and calls robots a massive economic growth factor. On Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “We would like to set up a council on making a robotic revolution a reality in order to aid Japan’s growth.” “We... 

Chinese herbal medicine can treat cancer safely and effectively

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Australia’s University of Western Sydney and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine recently conducted a large retrospective review of thousands of studies and “hundreds of thousands of cancer patients” which proved that Chinese herbal medicine is indeed a viable treatment for almost all cancers. The researchers intensely scrutinized lung, liver, stomach,... 
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