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Crews in Japan search for earthquake survivors

By Leigh Jones
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Disaster | Rescue crews in Japan are scrambling to find about 100 people thought trapped in rubble from two earthquakes that rattled the southwestern island of Kyushu…

Globe Trot: Kerry makes historic visit to Hiroshima

By Mindy Belz
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International | JAPAN: John Kerry became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit a memorial to victims of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima today. He called on the…

Japan’s prime minister: Make war, not love?

By Gary Bauman
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Japan | Is Japan on the brink of abandoning its 70-year-old renunciation of war? More than 30,000 protesters gathered outside Tokyo’s parliament building last…

Midday Roundup: Kerry visits Havana for U.S. flag-raising

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Stars and stripes. Secretary of State John Kerry presided over a flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana today. The embassy reopened last month.

Midday Roundup: Singing hymns, convicts face Indonesian firing squad

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Joyful in death. Indonesia on Tuesday executed seven men convicted of smuggling drugs out of the country. At the last minute, the government pardoned the one…

Globe Trot: Volcanos, earthquakes, and running to God

By Mindy Belz
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International | CHILE: In the wake of an earthquake it’s easy to forget a volcano, but the Calbuco eruption continues, with residents trying to save their homes from a rain…

Evolving into robots

By Marvin Olasky
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Evolution | “A commitment for evolution.” That’s the slogan of a Nagasaki hotel scheduled to open in July and be staffed by 10 robots programmed to greet guests,

ISIS kills second Japanese hostage

By Leigh Jones
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ISIS | Islamic State militants released a video late Saturday showing the beheading of a Japanese journalist held hostage by the group since October. Kenji Goto, who…

Midday Roundup: ISIS demands $200 million to spare Japanese captives

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Deadly demands. ISIS militants are demanding a $200 million ransom to spare the lives of two Japanese hostages the group plans to kill in 72 hours. Kenji Goto…

Globe Trot: Pope and patriarch unite against persecution

By Mindy Belz
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International | POPE FRANCIS: The pontiff ended a visit to Turkey with a pointed call for Muslim leaders—political, religious, and academic—to condemn Islamic…

New Facebook feature designed to help during disasters

By Caroline Leal
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Technology | Facebook isn’t just interested in where you are and what you’re doing. It also wants to know whether you’re safe. The social media giant’s latest…

Locals suffer long-term effects of Fukushima meltdown

By Julie Borg
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Disaster | Three and a half years after a massive tsunami triggered the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan, researchers are…

 
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