Google buys part of HTC for $1.1 billion in bid to compete with Apple and Amazon on devices

Google buys part of HTC for $1.1 billion in bid to compete with Apple and Amazon on devices

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. The deal, announced Thursday, underscores...
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Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

MARAWI, PHILIPPINES – When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbors, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi. Churches and homes had been ransacked, people had been shot or...
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Abe eyes shifting social security benefits to working generation

Abe eyes shifting social security benefits to working generation

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed willingness to shift social security benefits — now primarily aimed at retired senior citizens — to the working generation in a move toward a system for “all generations.” In an address...
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Abe urges U.N. states to wage blockade against North, time for dialogue is over

Abe urges U.N. states to wage blockade against North, time for dialogue is over

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged all U.N. member states Wednesday to block North Korea’s access to “the goods, funds, people and technology” necessary for its nuclear arms and missile programs. In his address at the annual U.N....
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Toshiba selects Bain-led group for chip unit sale, looks to get out of debt by next March

Toshiba selects Bain-led group for chip unit sale, looks to get out of debt by next March

Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it has decided to sell its chip unit to a Japan-U.S.-South Korea consortium for around ¥2.4 trillion ($21 billion), rejecting a counterbid from its longtime partner Western Digital Corp. Toshiba made the decision at a board...
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At 100 days old, Ueno Zoo’s panda cub takes a few wobbly steps

At 100 days old, Ueno Zoo’s panda cub takes a few wobbly steps

The 100-day-old baby giant panda at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo can now take a few wobbly steps on its own, according to photographs and a video released by the zoo on Wednesday. The cub, born on June 12, will be able...
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Foreign Minister Kono’s father raps Abe for handling of North Korea

Foreign Minister Kono’s father raps Abe for handling of North Korea

Yohei Kono, a former Lower House speaker and the father of Foreign Minister Taro Kono, criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday for what he called the poor handling of North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, urging him to work...
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LDP struggles to reach consensus on Article 9 revision ahead of snap election

LDP struggles to reach consensus on Article 9 revision ahead of snap election

Senior lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreed on Wednesday that while the party may include constitutional revision as an official campaign pledge in the upcoming Lower House election, it will not specify details on how it plans to...
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Schools, firms ramping up efforts to train volunteers for 2020 Tokyo Games

Schools, firms ramping up efforts to train volunteers for 2020 Tokyo Games

With less than three years to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a surge of interest has been seen in people hoping to be trained to become Olympic volunteers, seen as vital to the smooth operation of the games. Olympic...
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Japan continues to support Iran nuke deal, Abe tells Rouhani on heels of Trump speech

Japan continues to support Iran nuke deal, Abe tells Rouhani on heels of Trump speech

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York on Tuesday that Japan continues to support a 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump slammed the deal in a...
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In first U.N. speech, Trump threatens total destruction of North Korea

In first U.N. speech, Trump threatens total destruction of North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless it halts its pursuit of nuclear weapons, mocking the isolated country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, as a “rocket man” on...
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