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Kilauea spews toxic, acidic cloud containing glass shards out over Pacific

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

Jack Jones, visiting from Madison, Wisconsin, takes pictures at a country club in Volcano, Hawaii, as a huge ash plume rises from the summit of Kiluaea volcano Monday. Kilauea has burned some 40 structures, including two dozen homes, since it began erupting in people's backyards in the Leilani Estates neighborhood on May 3. | AP

White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ...

Tokyo confirms Pyongyang has not abandoned 2014 accord on abductions of Japanese

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

Japan has confirmed North Korea has not abandoned a 2014 bilateral agreement that led to a reinvestigation into the whereabouts of Japanese nationals abducted by ...

Japanese female journalists report being victims of sexual misconduct: poll

By Mari Yamaguchi
- via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

Mayumi Taniguchi, an Osaka International University professor on gender and human rights issues, talks about the results of her recent survey on sexual harassment among women working in the Japanese media during her speech at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo Monday. | MARI YAMAGUCHI / VIA AP

A survey of women working for Japanese newspapers and TV networks has found 156 cases of alleged sexual misconduct reported by 35 women, about one-third ...

Teen must repay $37 million for starting Oregon wildfire: judge

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A wildfire is seen from near Stevenson, Washington, across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Oregon, last September. A teenager who started the major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill. | TRISTAN FORTSCH / KATU-TV / VIA AP

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the ...

Beijing’s bombers in disputed South China Sea raising tensions: Hanoi

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

This Saturday video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video shows a Chinese H-6K bomber flying along a runway in the South China Sea. The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time at an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijing's expansive claims over the disputed region. | CCTV / VIA AP VIDEO / VIA AP

Recent activity by China’s strategic bombers in the South China Sea’s Paracel Islands seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty over the disputed territory, Vietnam’s foreign...

CIA’s first female director sworn in, says she’ll send more spies into the field

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

New CIA Director Gina Haspel speaks as President Donald Trump looks on after Haspel was sworn-in during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, Monday. | REUTERS

New CIA Director Gina Haspel pledged to send more spies into the field during her swearing-in Monday as President Donald Trump offered up praise for ...

Congo Ebola vaccination drive begins with health ranks day after nurse dies, raising toll to 27

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on Monday during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. | AFP-JIJI

Congo began an Ebola vaccination campaign Monday in a northwest provincial capital in a major effort to stem an outbreak that has already made its ...

In plea deal, man admits to three hate crimes charges in fatal Kansas bar shooting

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A Kansas man who yelled “Get out of my country!” before killing one Indian immigrant and wounding another in a suburban Kansas City bar pleaded ...

Two Cuban jetliner crash survivors fighting for their lives: doctors

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

A relative of 19-year-old Mailen Diaz Almaguer, one of the survivors of a plane crash, cries after receiving a medical report at the Calixto Garcia Hospital in Havana on Monday. Cuba observed a weekend of national mourning for victims of its worst crash in nearly three decades that killed 110 passengers and crew. An investigation has been launched into Friday's crash of the nearly 40-year-old Boeing 737-200 leased to the national carrier Cubana de Aviacion by a Mexican company. | AFP-JIJI

Two of the 3 Cuban women pulled alive from the wreckage of a plane crash that killed 110 people are fighting for their lives in ...

Trump ups pressure on Maduro as administration slams Venezuela election as ‘sham’

via The Japan Times    May 22, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to an event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday. Trump stepped up economic pressure on Venezuela's president with an executive order prohibiting purchases of debts owed to the government. | BLOOMBERG

The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela’s presidential election as a “sham” and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s belea...

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