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White House rejects Putin idea of holding Ukraine referendum

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki on Monday. | REUTERS

The White House on Friday rejected a plan backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a referendum in eastern Ukraine on the region’s future, ...

Vibe of 1964 Olympics to echo through 2020 Games

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

Interpreter Mariko Nagai holds a jacket in May that she wore during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Behind her is Yoyogi National Gymnasium.  AP | AP

Mariko Nagai walked outside Yoyogi National Gymnasium — the late architect Kenzo Tange’s masterpiece from Tokyo’s 1964 Summer Olympics — and pictured the city in ...

Japan’s first-ever plea bargain

via The Japan Times    Jul 21, 2018

A new concept confronts the nation's justice system.

Trump ‘disagrees’ with Putin offer to interrogate Americans, including ex-ambassador, blasts media

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Russian Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian ambassadors to foreign countries in Moscow Thursday. Putin says his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump was 'successful' and is accusing Trump's opponents in the U.S. of hampering any progress on the issues they discussed. | SERGEI KARPUKHIN / POOL PHOTO / VIA AP

President Donald Trump “disagrees” with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 election ...

Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump’s attention in NATO slap

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

People walk trough the street in Montenegro's capital Podgorica Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Montenegro may start World War III, but the government on Thursday issued a statement saying it was proud of the country's 'history and tradition and peaceful politics.' | AP

World War III? Not us, say puzzled and concerned Montenegrins.Public officials in the tiny Balkan nation in southeastern Europe didn’t know what to say initially ...

Neanderthal man knew how to make fire, study of stone tools up to 50,000 years old indicates

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

This photo taken on March 26 shows a moulding of a Neanderthal man face displayed for the Neanderthal exhibition at the Musee de l'Homme in Paris. The Neanderthal man knew how to make fire by striking stones, it was reported Thursday, according to researchers who analysed several tools from sites in France dating back 50,000 years. | AFP-JIJI

Neanderthal man knew how to make a fire by striking stone to create sparks, researchers said Thursday after analyzing several tools found at sites in ...

Nicaragua marks 1979 revolution amid protests and bloodshed as rights group puts death toll at 351

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Moto-taxis decorated with Sandinista National Liberation Front political party banners and Nicaraguan national flags take part in a caravan ahead of a rally commemorating the uprising that ousted the Anastasio Somoza family, in Managua Thursday. Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against the dictator Somoza on Thursday amid protests and bloodshed. | AP

Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza on Thursday amid protest and bloodshed.Some say the country has made progress ...

Michelle Obama joins nationwide voter registration effort

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Stepping back into the political fray, Michelle Obama is lending her star power to a new nationwide effort to register anyone who wants to vote ...

With ‘slut’ comments, radio career of ‘Mr. Right’ GOP Rep. Jason Lewis flares up again

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn. speaks at a budget committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington last year. Lewis is dismissing concerns about newly surfaced audio of the former talk radio host wondering why he couldn't call a woman 'a slut.' The first-term Republican made the comment in 2012 while filling in for conservative host Rush Limbaugh, in a bit on Limbaugh calling a women's rights activist a slut. It was reported by CNN Wednesday in a story examining Lewis' radio past. | AP

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis’s campaign dismissed concerns about newly surfaced audio of the former talk radio host wondering why he couldn’t call a woman “a ...

Days after Helsinki summit with Trump, Russia shows off Putin’s ‘super weapons’

via The Japan Times    Jul 20, 2018

Russia on Thursday broadcast a series of videos showing the testing and operation of a new generation of nuclear and conventional weapons, days after Vladimir ...

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