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Strong quake hits Japan

Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported.Seismologists said the epicentre was around 44 kilometres north-northeast of the Japanese capital and was located around 50 ...

Updated : 2014.09.16 13:52

First US airstrikes in expanded Iraq fight

U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.The U.S. Central Command said it conducted a strike Monday i...

Updated : 2014.09.16 11:50

France, Iraq call for quick action against IS

PARIS (AFP) ― The leaders of France and Iraq Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition.“The fight of the Iraqis against ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 21:03

[Newsmaker] Rise of Sweden’s likely P.M.

STOCKHOLM (AFP) ― Sweden’s likely new prime minister, Social Democrat leader Stefan Loefven, may have little experience of national politics but this consensus-seeking trade unionist has overcome bi...

Updated : 2014.09.15 21:03

Ebola survivors’ blood may carry risks as remedy

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Two American doctors sickened by Ebola have been given blood transfusions from survivors, a technique the World Health Organization advocates but that experts say carries some risks.Ebola has killed more than 2,400 people, about half of those infected in the latest outb...

Updated : 2014.09.15 21:01

Xi touts modern-day ‘maritime silk road’

MALE (AFP) ― China’s President Xi Jinping enlisted the Maldives’ backing for a “21st century maritime silk road” on Monday as he began a tour of South Asia in the strategically located Indian Oce...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:55

Black-clad democracy activists stage somber Hong Kong rally

HONG KONG (AFP) ― More than 1,000 activists paraded through Hong Kong’s streets on Sunday carrying huge lengths of black cloth, in a somber protest against a recent decision by Beijing that crushed the city’s hopes for full democracy.Democracy activists in the former British colony had ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:55

Britain mourns slain hostage; fourth captive under threat

LONDON (AP) ― Now it’s Britain’s turn to mourn. British aid worker David Haines has been beheaded ―like two American journalists before him ― and the Islamic State group is threatening to kill a fourth captive. A grisly video released by the group showing Haines’ body both mocks the ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:55

Campaigners race for support in ‘knife-edge’ Scotland vote

EDINBURGH (AFP) ― Campaigners for and against Scottish independence raced to win over undecided voters ahead of Thursday’s historic referendum, as religious leaders prayed for harmony and music fans...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:54

France arrests anti-Semite black power leader

PARIS (AFP) ― Paris police have arrested a convicted anti-Semite and radical black power activist after he arrived in France to promote a new book, a police source said Sunday.Kemi Seba, head of the French branch of the New Black Panther Party, was detained Saturday after a public appeara...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:53

Anti-euro party strong in German state votes

BERLIN (AP) ― A new party that has expanded its anti-euro stance into a broader appeal to protest voters won seats in two more German state legislatures Sunday, building on recent momentum and intensifying a headache for established parties. The Alternative for Germany, or AfD, party won ...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:53

Fresh fighting threatens Ukraine truce

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) ― Heavy fighting erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, piling further pressure on a precarious 9-day-old truce between the government and separatist fighters.Large clouds of thick black smoke billowed over the industrial city a...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:52

Magnetic cure for bad blood unveiled

PARIS (AFP) ― Scientists said Sunday they have invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:28

Food safety fears see farming return to high-rise Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AFP) ― It’s a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity: rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields with gentle plops.But now a ne...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:01

Japanese whisky makers in high spirits as accolades pour in

CHICHIBU, Japan (AFP) ― When his family business was closing after nearly four centuries of making sake and other spirits, Ichiro Akuto swooped to rescue the doomed distillery’s whisky stock and wen...

Updated : 2014.09.15 20:01