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Congo court sentences 12 militia members to life for gang-raping children and murder

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Defendants await the Kamuina Nsapu militia trial at the Ndolo military prison in Kinshasa Dec. 8. | REUTERS

In a groundbreaking trial in a country where sexual violence is rampant and perpetrators often go unpunished, a military court in eastern Congo on Wednesday ...

Democrats smell blood and bask in Alabama poll win as Republicans point fingers and bash Bannon

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones, who won the special U.S. Senate election against Republican candidate Roy Moore, speaks during a news conference in Birmingham, Alabama, Wednesday. | REUTERS

Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections, while Republicans sought ...

Seasonal flu kills more globally than previously thought: U.S. study

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, a rise from earlier assessments of ...

Global and Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change, study says

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Last year’s global heat record, extreme heat in Asia and unusually warm waters off the coast of Alaska happened purely because the planet is getting ...

Seizures of medicines using banned animal parts have risen steeply in Europe in last six years

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

The amount of medicinal products containing illegal wildlife parts seized by EU authorities has risen sharply in the last six years, according to monitoring group ...

If aid for 5.3 million Syrian refugees dries up, another mass exodus to Europe will follow: U.N.

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2017

Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, ...

Urawa beats African champion to claim fifth at Club World Cup

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2017


Yosuke Kashiwagi restored the lead and Mauricio finished it off with his second goal of the game Tuesday as Urawa Reds won the Club World ...

Brexit bubbles of illusion

By David Howell
- via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2017

Reality will shatter the dreams of both "leavers" and "remainers."

Amnesty accuses EU of being ‘complicit’ by abetting migrant rights violations in Libya

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2017

African refugees and migrants, mostly from Sudan and Senegal, wait for assistance aboard a rubber boat out of control, 25 miles north of Sabratha, off the Libyan coast in February. Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday accused European Union countries of being 'knowingly complicit' in the detention and abuse of thousands of migrants detained in appalling conditions in Libya. | AP

European governments are “complicit” in grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities there that often work with people smugglers and torture ...

Tokyo-based fund CEO leads public-private fight against diseases around globe

By Tomoko Otake
- via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2017

BT Slingsby, CEO of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund, says Japan's pharmaceutical industry is uniquely qualified to help solve global public health problems. | YOSHIAKI MIURA

BT Slingsby was 13 years old when he made a career decision: to become a medical doctor.Slingsby, now a doctor and CEO of the Tokyo-based ...

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