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Justice minister quits over links to yakuza

JAPAN’S justice minister yesterday abandoned his futile quest to cling to his job amid claims he had strong ties to one of the country’s most powerful yakuza crime syndicates. Keishu Tanaka was hospitalised last week with chest pains and high blood pressure after a weekly news magazine aired sensational claims that the country’s top law official had attended the Inagawa-kai ...

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Apple announces iPad mini for $329; shares fall

Updated: October 23, 2012 8:11PM SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple Inc.’s pencil-thin, smaller iPad will cost much more than its competitors, signaling that the company isn’t going to get into a mini-tablet price war. The company unveiled the iPad Mini on Tuesday, with a screen about two-thirds the size of the full model, and half the weight. Customers can begin ...

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UBS "rogue trader" was warned about SocGen scandal, court told

LONDON (Reuters) – Ex-UBS trader Kweku Adoboli was warned by the Swiss bank about a “rogue trading” scandal at France’s Societe Generale years before he was charged with fraud over losses of $2.3 billion at UBS, a London court heard on Tuesday. Along with all other employees of UBS’s investment banking arm at the time, Adoboli was sent an email ...

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Finnish PM in knife attack scare

A man has confronted the Finnish prime minister with a knife at a rally, sending shockwaves through a country engaged in deep debate over austerity and about to take to the polls. The prime minister was not harmed. A man who pulled out a…

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UK to double its armed drone fleet in Afghanistan

Email Print Order Reprint Share This Text tool name tool goes here By SOPHENG CHEANG – Associated Press By SOPHENG CHEANG Tags: PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Factory managers expressed regret and dismissed a Chinese supervisor on Monday after angry Cambodian garment factory workers demanded that she be punished for tearing up a poster of their late former king. More than ...

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Romney, Obama veer back to economy in foreign-policy debate

By Mark Z. Barabak and Michael A. Memoli Chicago Tribune Comments Boca Raton, Fla. — Mitt Romney charged that America’s strength abroad has been undermined by weakness at home, while President Barack Obama argued that the nation is “stronger now than when I came into office,” as a debate intended to focus on foreign policy veered back to the issue ...

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Gangnam style? Not in N. Korea

By now, “Gangnam Style” has become part of the pop culture lexicon. The infectious song and dance craze by South Korean singer Psy broke the Guinness world record for “most likes” on YouTube. The video has been watched more than 522 million times and has inspired flash mobs and parodies by lifeguards, Ivy leaguers and hot moms. If you haven’t ...

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Italian scientists thrown in jail for missing earthquake prediction (Video)

Related topics Earthquake predictionsEarthquake reportsItaly earthquake Advertisement An Italian court has convicted seven scientists of manslaughter charges on Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before an earthquake struck central Italy in 2009, killing more than 300 people. The court sentenced the defendants to six years in prison each in a very sad day for the scientific community. All seven ...

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