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Who marched in Boston? Faces and voices from the rally and counterprotest Click Here to Open in a New Window

Who marched in Boston? Faces and voices from the rally and counterprotestYahoo News went into the crowd in Boston Saturday and talked to mostly right-wing marchers for “free speech” and to mostly progressive counterprotesters.



6 Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 2 Killed and 4 Wounded Click Here to Open in a New Window

6 Officers Shot in Florida and Pennsylvania, 2 Killed and 4 WoundedThree police departments are reeling from a violent night that has left two officers dead.



'Mother of Satan' TATP found in Spain bomb factory Click Here to Open in a New Window

'Mother of Satan' TATP found in Spain bomb factoryTraces of the easy-to-make but deadly explosive TATP -- known as the "mother of Satan" -- have been found in a house where the alleged attackers in the twin assaults in Spain were believed to be building bombs, police said Sunday. Used by jihadists everywhere from Paris and Brussels to the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the dangerously unstable TATP has become the explosive of choice for the Islamic State group, which claimed the attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils. Investigators uncovered ingredients of the explosive at a house in the town of Alcanar, around 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of Barcelona, believed to be the terror cell's bomb-making factory.



An Oregon Wildfire is Blazing in the Eclipse's Path of Totality Click Here to Open in a New Window

An Oregon Wildfire is Blazing in the Eclipse's Path of TotalityAbout 600 residents in the area were already evacuated



Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight Questioned Click Here to Open in a New Window

Couple Who Engaged In Sexual Act Aboard Southwest Airlines Flight QuestionedThe airline said the incident occurred on a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas and apologized to other passengers aboard the flight.



'Embarrassed' Voters in Midwest States Rate President's Conduct Click Here to Open in a New Window

'Embarrassed' Voters in Midwest States Rate President's ConductIn Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, a majority of registered voters give President Trump's job approval a negative number and say they are "embarrassed" by his conduct.



Oxford University employee and US academic brought to Chicago to face murder charges Click Here to Open in a New Window

Oxford University employee and US academic brought to Chicago to face murder chargesTwo employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren, 56, from Northern California, where they surrendered peacefully on Aug. 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday. They could appear in court as early as Sunday. The men are accused of killing Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a Michigan native who had been living in Chicago, last month in Lathem's high-rise Chicago condo. Chicago police have said Cornell-Duranleau suffered more than 40 stab wounds, including "mutilations," to his upper body. Authorities say the attack was so violent the blade of the knife they believe was used was broken. They found Cornell-Duranleau's body July 27 after the building's front desk received an anonymous call that a crime had occurred on the 10th floor. He had been dead more than 12 hours. By then, authorities say Lathem and Warren had fled the city. According to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner's office, Cornell-Duranleau had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. Wyndham Lathem Credit: Chicago Police Department/PA Police say Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau, who moved to Chicago from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area about a year ago, had a personal relationship, though they have not described the nature of it or a motive for the attack. It's unclear what the relationship was between Lathem, Cornell-Duranleau and Warren, who's British. He arrived in the U.S. three days before the killing, after being reported missing in Great Britain. Lathem, a microbiologist who's been on Northwestern's faculty since 2007 but was not teaching at the time of the attack, was terminated by the university for fleeing from police when there was an arrest warrant out for him. Investigators said the day after the crime was committed Lathem and Warren drove about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northwest of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. One of the men made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau's name. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name. Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau Credit: Facebook At another point after the killing, Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the "biggest mistake of my life." The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself. Lathem and Warren both appeared in court in California last week, where they agreed to return to Illinois to face charges. An attorney for Lathem, Kenneth H. Wine, called him a "gentle soul" and said "what he is accused of is totally contrary to the way he has lived his entire life." Wine said Lathem intends to plead not guilty to the charges. Warren was represented by a public defender during a brief appearance in a San Francisco court. She said he is "presumed innocent," but declined to comment further. 



Flying dogs caught in action Click Here to Open in a New Window

Flying dogs caught in actionThese excited pooches are flying without wings in this series of hilarious images. Taken in July by photographer Peter Mueller, Each photo shows the canines’ exuberant facial expressions, as they appear to be leaping through the air.



The storm around America's statues isn't about history. It's about whiteness | Eddie S Glaude, Jr Click Here to Open in a New Window

The storm around America's statues isn't about history. It's about whiteness | Eddie S Glaude, JrConfederate statues are part of a politics that trades on white fears and cultural wars that scapegoat black and brown people. During his infamous press conference this Tuesday, as he vehemently defended his claim that both sides were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump declared “many of these people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E Lee. “Not all of those people were white supremacists,” he said.



Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe Click Here to Open in a New Window

Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to ZimbabweHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel there.



Boston 'free speech' rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protesters Click Here to Open in a New Window

Boston 'free speech' rally abandoned by right-wing demonstrators outnumbered by 15,000 counter-protestersAs the official start time of the contentious “Free Speech Rally” in Boston approached, the winner in the battle of words between organisers and counter-demonstrators had already been determined. If hateful speech aimed at Jewish people or minorities was chanted at Boston Common park, it was not audible at one of the largest rallies being held just one week after the deadly demonstrations in Charleston, Virginia, where neo-Nazis marched bearing torches, and where one woman was killed. Instead, an estimated 15,000 counter-protesters dominated the air with anti-Nazi and anti-fascist chants.



Behind olive trees, Spain terror cell's bomb factory Click Here to Open in a New Window

Behind olive trees, Spain terror cell's bomb factory"I should have listened to him," said Groby, who saw all the windows of her home in Spain shatter when a massive explosion detonated in the house next door on Wednesday. It turned out that house hidden behind olive trees was likely the bomb factory of suspected jihadists who used vehicles to mow down pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils hours later.



North Korea returns to making startling nuclear war threats Click Here to Open in a New Window
PYONGYANG, North Korea - Responding to the joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises set to start on the Korean peninsula on Monday - North Korea has fired another warning at America.In an
Japan launches third satellite to enhance homegrown GPS Click Here to Open in a New Window
TOKYO, Japan - In an effort to enhance its homegrown geolocation system, that would help improve the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps - Japan launched its third satellite on S
Differences on North Korea Could Test US-South Korea Relationship Click Here to Open in a New Window
Questions have arisen about the future of the U.S.-South Korea security alliance as the nations take different approaches to North Korea, despite the fact the decades-long relationship remains robust
WWII warship USS Indianapolis wreckage found 18,000 feet below Pacific surface Click Here to Open in a New Window
New York [U.S.], August 20 (ANI): The wreckage of the Second World War cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found 18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, seven decades after it was torpedoed
On Japan's Coast, Residents Practice Duck and Cover Click Here to Open in a New Window
KOTOURA, JAPAN - Residents of a town on the Japanese coast held evacuation drills Saturday to prepare for any launch of North Korean missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam that would fly
Top US General Commits to Work With Tokyo to Strengthen Missile Defense Click Here to Open in a New Window
TOKYO - The top U.S. general and his Japanese counterpart have agreed to work together to strengthen missile defenses for Japan, as Tokyo announced that they will introduce the land-based Aegis Ashor
Canada, Southwest, Southeast Japan win in LLWS Click Here to Open in a New Window
WILLIAMSPORT, PA. -- The Little League World Series continued Sunday with four games. Here is a recap of what has happened so far and what remains ahead: Southeast 16, West 0 Chase Anderson, Matthew
Japan West win on second day of LLWS Click Here to Open in a New Window
The second day of the Little League World Series is underway on Friday with four more games. Here is a recap of what has happened so far and what lies ahead: Japan 8, Australia 0 The first shutout o
Overweight Australians like a rugby team according to Sepp Blatter Click Here to Open in a New Window
Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter reckons the Australian national team is "overweight" and it's players are built more like a rugby side.In a bizarre attack on the
Jedinak will get Australia call if he gets through 90 minutes Postecoglou Click Here to Open in a New Window
Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak will be available for the World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand if he gets through club duty this week unscathed.Coach Ange Postecoglou told ABC'


Japan Timeline and Information
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Japan at CIA FactBook Click Here to Open in a New Window


910 AD Fujiwara no Asatada, a Japanese poet, designated one of the 36 Immortals was born.

1596 AD there was an earthquake in Japan; several cities made ruins, and thousands perished.

1792 AD - in Kyushu Island, Japan: collapse of old lava dome during eruption of Unzen volcano caused avalanche and tsunami that killed an estimated 14,300 people. (Most were killed by the tsunami.) Japan's greatest volcano disaster.

1896 AD - an earthquake and tidal wave killed 27,000 in Sanriku, Japan

1923 AD - in Japan: magnitude 8.3 earthquake destroyed one-third of Tokyo and most of Yokohama. More than 140,000 killed.

1995 AD - a magnitude: 6.9 earthquake hit Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, Japan


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