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Rising hate speech in Japan has even some on far right saying ‘enough’

Shin-Okubo is where Tokyo residents go when they want a fix of Korean food and pop culture. The busy neighborhood is home to dozens of restaurants specializing in Korea’s spicy cuisine and stores crammed with souvenirs inspired by the stars of K-Pop…  …

Irish conservative official knocked out during riots in Belfast

A leading Northern Irish politician was knocked unconscious by a thrown missile as sectarian tensions spilled over into rioting in Belfast at the climax of the Protestant marching season. Nigel Dodds, the deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — the province’s pro-British, Protestant, conservative largest party — was…

Thousands of Morsi loyalists hold prayer rally in Cairo

Tens of thousands of Mohamed Morsi’s loyalists rallied in Cairo Friday, praying for the return of Egypt’s first elected president whose whereabouts remained secret more than a week after the military ousted him. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called the rally in Rabaa al-Adawiya, a square in northern Cairo, where supporters…

U.S. stocks inching closer to record highs despite trouble for Boeing

US stocks edged higher to new record highs Friday after strong banking earnings helped offset a profit warning from UPS and fresh trouble for Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.30 (0.01 percent) to 15,463.22, nudging above Thursday’s record. The S&P 500 also…

AT&T acquires Cricket phone network as part of $4 billion deal

AT&T announced plans Friday to buy mobile carrier Leap Wireless in a deal worth at least $4 billion, giving the telecom giant needed spectrum along with the Cricket prepaid phone franchise. AT&T said it was paying $15 a share, around $1.2 billion, and would assume the smaller carrier’s $2.8 billion…

Chinese firms in Myanmar attempt to fix image problem

Chinese firms in Myanmar attempt to fix image problem (via The Christian Science Monitor) Facing unexpected turbulence over its investments in Myanmar, China is employing a strategy more commonly used by Western corporations: The “corporate social responsibility” campaign. Hence last week’s rollout of new guidelines to be followed…  …

Boeing stocks dive after 787 ‘Dreamliner’ fire at English airport

Boeing stocks plunged nearly 5 percent on Friday after a fire and a “technical issue” on separate 787 Dreamliners in Britain stoked fresh safety concerns about the new high-tech jetliner. Dow member Boeing’s shares closed 4.7 percent lower at $101.87 in New York, clawing back from a dive of more…

Third Asiana jet crash victim dies of injuries: hospital

A third passenger from the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport last weekend has died of her injuries, a local hospital said Friday. “A child who was injured in the Asiana Airlines accident died this morning. The patient was a girl who had…

Tunisian TV boss accused of using state funds for production company

The trial of Tunisian television chief Sami Fehri, accused of corruption during the rule of now-toppled strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, opened Friday with the defence requesting bail and the court denying it. Fehri, who runs the private Ettounsiya TV and was a business partner of Ben Ali’s fugitive…

Tanzanian man faces charges of smuggling 1,000 poached elephants’ tusks

A Tanzanian businessman was charged Friday with smuggling more than a thousand elephant ivory tusks, officials said. “Selemani Isanzu Chasema, in his 50s, is believed to have exported 781 tusks through Malawi,” in May, prosecuting attorney Tumaini Kweka told AFP. Chasema, who denied the charges, was arrested earlier this month…

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