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N Korea restarts reactor to make plutonium bomb: US spy chief

(From AP) North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could recover spent fuel in weeks or months for making nuclear weapons, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday while delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that Pyongyang announced in 2013 its intention to ...
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Japan’s stocks lead global markets lower with 5.5% plunge

You may have heard the moans from Tokyo overnight. But here's what happened in detail: With the Chinese financial markets closed for the week-long Lunar New Year, Japan decide to show it also had the ability to roil the global markets. The ...
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220 Chinese IPOs raised $152 billion in 2105

Chinese companies raised more than one trillion yuan ($152 billion) through the A-share market in 2015, official data showed, reported state news agency Xinhua. Last year, 220 companies completed initial public offering (IPO), raising 157.8 billion yuan, up 136% from the ...
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Asian markets scorched as bank fears flare

(From Reuters) Asian share markets were scorched on Tuesday as stability concerns put a torch to European bank stocks and sent investors stampeding to only the safest of safe haven assets. As fear overwhelmed greed, yields on longer-term Japanese bonds hit zero ...
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Abe addressing reporters during first press conference of New Year in Tokyo

Japanese market close to reading last rites over Abenomics

(From Reuters) When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his three-pronged program to revive Japan's stagnant, deflationary economy three years ago, the stock market cheered every step along the way. Not any more. The "third arrow" of Abenomics -- reforms to make the economy ...
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UN fears for thousands of civilians if Syrian troops encircle Aleppo

(From Reuters) Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations ...
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Indian soldier saved from icy tomb on Siachen in critical condition

(From PTI) Indian soldier Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was miraculously found alive after remaining buried under snow for six days, is comatose and his condition ...
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Special security laws govern Thailand's Muslim-majority southernmost provinces

Thai army tortured young Muslims in south: report

(From AFP) Thai security forces have tortured scores of detainees in the country's conflict-strewn south, rights groups said Tuesday, with beatings, suffocations and death threats among ...
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Turbaned Sikh-American actor prevented from boarding flight to NY

(From PTI) A Sikh-American actor and designer has been barred from boarding a flight from Mexico City to New York after he refused to remove his ...
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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev prior to their talks in Astana on Feb 6

Turkey’s renewed drive to Eurasia

On February 6, the pyramidal Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in the Kazakh capital of Astana hosted Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Referring to the 25th ...
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IS leader’s widow charged with role in death of US hostage Kayla Mueller

(From AP) The wife of a senior Islamic State (IS) leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court ...
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(From Kstylick) Korean fashion and K-Pop style blog Kstylick writes: "For a doe-eyed, vintage girl look, wear this Sleeveless Pleated Hem Dress. Designed with v-neckline, a comfortable drop-waist, a sleeveless style and a pleated hem. Make a lasting style impression when you ... Read More
Performers in monkey costumes celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year in Times Square on Manhattan, New York, Feb 6
(From China Daily) Fourteen-year-old Chen Yiyue, who is half-Chinese, half-French, has always relished the atmosphere of a Chinese Spring Festival celebration. When her mother invites friends to dine with them during that festival, the table is full of delicious food, ladies all ... Read More
Sri Lanka' s Dinesh Chandimal bats during their first Twenty20 cricket match against India in Pune Tuesday
(From AP) Rookie seam bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka played havoc on a lively pitch as Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in their first Twenty20 international in the three-game series. Rajitha triggered an early collapse by grabbing 3-29 on ... Read More
(From Japan Today) If you loved the scenery in Chihiro’s train journey in Spirited Away, you’ll love this unique location just one hour away from Tokyo. Japan has some spectacular places for tourists to visit. From cultural world heritage sites like Mt ... Read More