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Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows

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A palm-sized robot dubbed Kirobo Mini has been unveiled in Japan, designed to be a companion for the growing number of women left childless by the country’s aging population crisis. The robot, created by Toyota Motor Corp, aims to emulate a human baby and even “wobbles” like a infant “which hasn’t fully developed the… Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows… Read More »

Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards unveiled a home-built drone that they said was capable of carrying bombs, state media reported on Oct. 1, in what appeared to be another copy of a reconnaissance U.S. drone that Iran captured five years ago. DUBAI – Reuters The drone, called Saegheh, or lightning, was unveiled at an expo showcasing the latest achievements by the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace arm. Iran showcases new combat drone, copied from US unmanned aircraft… Read More »

China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies

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REUTERS, AP, AFP-JIJI BEIJING/WASHINGTON – China’s yuan is joining the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies as of Saturday, a milestone for the government’s campaign for recognition as a global economic power. The yuan joins the dollar, euro, yen and pound in the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDR) basket, which… China’s yuan joins elite club of IMF reserve currencies… Read More »

India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions

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A tax evasion amnesty in India has prompted tens of thousands of people to declare more than $9.5bn (£7.3bn) in undeclared income and assets. Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the four-month window that ended on Friday brought in 64,275 declarations. All were offered immunity from prosecution in return for paying tax, a… India tax evasion amnesty uncovers hidden billions… Read More »

Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home

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In Japan, where women do five times as much housework as men, three male politicians have donned “pregnancy” vests in a campaign urging men to help out more at home. TOKYO – Reuters In a video titled “The Governor is a Pregnant Woman,” the three men, all governors of southwestern prefectures, put on a 7.3 kilogram (16 pound) vest that simulates a… Source: Japanese politicians wear ‘pregnancy’ vests to urge men to help at home – ASIA Read More »

Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once?

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Now is the time to invest in the future of America’s military. Rachel Zissimos , Justin T. Johnson Much has changed in the fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. The “low-end” threat posed by terrorist organizations continues. But… Source: Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once? | The National Interest Read More »

Three Japan conglomerates aim to merge nuclear fuel operations: Source

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By Makiko Yamazaki and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) – Three Japanese conglomerates are in talks to combine their loss-making domestic nuclear fuel operations, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the outlook for restarts of reactors following the Fukushima nuclear crisis remains bleak. Hitachi Ltd, Toshiba Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd aim to… Source: Three Japan conglomerates aim to merge nuclear fuel operations: Source – Asia Times Read More »

Central Bank Crisis Risks Famine in Yemen

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Efforts to move Yemen’s Central Bank will likely add to risks of insolvency and starvation, while complicating and deepening civil war divisions. Regional and international powers should rally round this critical institution and… Source: Central Bank Crisis Risks Famine in Yemen | International Crisis Group Read More »

The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully

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Bringing back a flawed system to kill a rotten individual means that we dispense with the individual but are stuck with the system Brigid Delaney There have been calls to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines as the trial of alleged Australian child sex abuser Peter Scully takes place and… The Philippines should not reinstate the death penalty, even for Peter Scully… Read More »

Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row

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THE HAGUE (AFP) – An international arbitration court agreed Monday (Sept 26) to take up a decade-long maritime border dispute between Australia and Timor Leste which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration “held that it was competent to continue with the arbitration process” initiated by Timor Leste against Canberra in April, the… Source: Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row, Australia/NZ News & Top Stories – The ... Read More »

Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island

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Survivors and relatives who lost family members are suing the Australian government for negligence Ben Doherty “Complete chaos” in communications between customs, the navy and government officials in Canberra meant “at least 20 minutes were… Source: Communications ‘chaos’ alleged before asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying

Saudi Arabia has deported 27 Christians for having a service in their home to mark the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, according to news reports. Ruth Gledhill  The deportation was carried out because the Christians’ prayers were “unIslamic”, according to EWTN. The women, some of whom had children with them, argued… Source: Two Dozen Christians Deported From Saudi Arabia For Praying | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales

In allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Congress protected American jobs, U.S. companies and the wider defense industry. Oleg Svet Senators Paul Ryan and Chris Murphy recently proposed a congressional resolution to stop a $1.15 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Their measure… Source: Why Congress Supports Saudi Arms Sales | The National Interest Read More »

Saudi Aramco eyes $334bn investment by 2025

State-owned oil giant plans to pump in billions for infrastructure and create about 500,000 jobs for Saudi nationals. Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant Aramco plans to invest a total of about $334bn by 2025, including spending on infrastructure and projects to maintain oil capacity. Senior Aramco official Abdulaziz al-Abdulkarim, vice… Source: Saudi Aramco eyes $334bn investment by 2025 – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial

Gunman kills prominent writer Nahed Hattar outside Amman court where he was facing charges over “offensive” cartoon. A gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, state news agency Petra reported. Hattar was struck by three bullets before the… Source: Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial – News from Al Jazeera Read More »