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Modi draws pledge of support in Japan

Japanese government and business leaders yesterday promised support for visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effort to modernize his country’s economy. Modi is visiting Japan with a delegation of more than a dozen Indian tycoons, seeking to take still relatively low-key ties between the countries toFULL STORY

N Korea tightens grip on tourists’ SIM cards

In a move that makes it harder for North Koreans to gain access to the global Internet, the Pyongyang government now allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active only for the duration of their visit, tourism sources said. Unlike North Koreans, foreignersFULL STORY

Japanese officials, firms push toilet paper campaign

A message Japan began delivering yesterday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Do not wait until it is too late to think about toilet paper. The government and paper companies kicked off a “Let’s stockpile toilet paper” campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning ofFULL STORY

Tantrums, concubines, hotpot burns and smog: China insurers have it covered

Your child throws a tantrum and smashes something? Take out “naughty child insurance.” Similarly, buy cover against your bride becoming pregnant before the honeymoon, your team being knocked out of the soccer World Cup, burning your tongue eating hotpot or if smog ruins your holiday. Quirky,FULL STORY

Peking University warns against criticism of CCP

One of China’s top universities has urged students and teachers to “fight against” criticism of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), an influential party journal said, in the latest curbs on free expression. The move by Peking University, which at one time was a bastion of freeFULL STORY

Militia take over US Tripoli site

Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the US embassy in Tripoli, but have not broken into the main compound from which the US evacuated all of its staff last month, US officials said on Sunday. A YouTube video showed theFULL STORY

Two dead in NZ welfare office shooting

A homeless man who allegedly shot dead two women and seriously wounded a third in a New Zealand welfare office was arrested yesterday after a seven-hour manhunt. The man, who police named as Russell John Tully, is accused of entering the Work and Income New ZealandFULL STORY

Satire targets Islamic State

The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he has fired it backward at his leader. The Looney Tunes-style cartoon targeting theFULL STORY

Israel announces West Bank land grab

Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing a US rebuke. About 400 hectares in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of theFULL STORY

Ukrainian woman released, allowed to leave rebel east

A woman whose public abuse by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine roused anger over her treatment and concern for her fate has been freed from detention and allowed to leave rebel-controlled territory. The woman, Irina Dovgan, who is 53 and a grandmother, was accused by separatistsFULL STORY

World News Quick Take

JAPAN Dengue infections hit 22 The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is urging local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases that were contracted at a popular park in downtown Tokyo. The cases announced yesterday raiseFULL STORY

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