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23 expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain in nerve agent crisis, 23 alleged spies also get boot

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Russian diplomats' family members ordered to leave Britain as part of a standoff over a nerve agent attack on British soil, leave the gate of the Vnukovo 2 government airport outside Moscow Tuesday. Nearly two dozen Russian diplomats expelled by Britain over the poisoning of an ex-spy arrived home Tuesday, while a scientist involved in the creation of the nerve agent said it could be manufactured by other countries. | AP

Twenty-three expelled Russian diplomats and their families left London for Moscow on Tuesday as Britain and Russia traded recriminations over a nerve agent attack in ...

CEO says Cambridge Analytica played decisive role in Trump election win; Facebook questioned

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Chris Wylie, from Canada, who once worked for the U.K.-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, gives a talk at the Frontline Club in London Tuesday. Cambridge Analytica has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts. It denies wrongdoing. Wylie has been quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories. | AP

The suspended chief executive of Cambridge Analytica said in a secretly recorded video broadcast on Tuesday that his U.K.-based political consultancy’s online campaign played a ...

China — not North Korea — to dominate Japanese military planning

By Tim Kelly,Nobuhiro Kubo
- via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of its foundation, at the Zhurihe military training base in the country's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region last July. | REUTERS

North Korea’s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a ...

Japanese researchers seek to read Mario Draghi’s poker face to predict European Central Bank policy

via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is pictured during an ECB news conference in Frankfurt in December 2014. | REUTERS

If European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi appears slightly more downbeat at his regular news conference than before, it could foreshadow a possible move by ...

U.N. hears how the Fukushima disaster is transforming Japanese students into agents of change

By Seana K. Magee
- via The Japan Times    Mar 21, 2018

Students from Fukushima's Futaba Future High School meet diplomats, staff and youth representatives at the United Nations in New York on March 9. | ???¯

For a dozen students from Futaba Future High School in Fukushima Prefecture, a recent visit to the United Nations was a chance to share their ...

Italy seizes charity’s ship that picked up migrants after it refused to turn them over to Libya

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

The Spanish NGO's Proactiva Open Arms vessel is seen at harbor at the port of Pozzallo, in the southern Italian island of Sicily, Monday. The NGO's migrant rescue ship has been put under sequester by prosecutors' orders Sunday in Pozzallo, where the vessel brought 216 migrants it had rescued last week in the Mediterranean north of Libya. | AP

Italian authorities seized a charity’s ship on suspicion it had helped illegal immigration by picking up migrants in the Mediterranean instead of letting Libya’s coast ...

Erdogan vows wider war with Kurds, also targeting U.S. allies, as thousands flee Afrin

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

Turkish-backed Free Syrian army fighters ride in the back of a truck in Afrin, Syria, Monday. | REUTERS

Turkey’s president vowed Monday to keep up the pressure against a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia after his troops captured the Syrian town of Afrin, threatening ...

U.S. State Department has deal with U.K. data-miner involved in Facebook controversy

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018


The U.S. State Department has a $500,000 contract with the British analysis firm facing allegations it misused Facebook user data and offered to dig dirt ...

Russia hits back in spy poisoning row, demanding proof — or apology — as experts are called to England

via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018

A vehicle wrapped in blue tarpaulin is removed from Larkhill Road in Durrington, 16 km north of Salisbury, England, on the back of an army lorry Monday, as the investigation into the suspected nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, continues. | AP

Russia hit back at Britain in the spy poisoning case, demanding proof of its alleged involvement in a nerve agent attack, as international weapons experts ...

Koga: A pithy affair with the avant-garde

By John L. Tran
- via The Japan Times    Mar 20, 2018


There are two good reasons to see the exhibition on the short-lived photography magazine Koga, now on at the Tokyo Photographic Art (TOP) Museum. One ...

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