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Race, Gender, Region: Understanding the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

By Thomas J. Bollyky
- via Foreign Affairs    Dec 16, 2017

Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released its 2015 mortality statistics, which showed U.S. life expectancy fe...

Thriving off low expectations, Trump took slow walk to condemning white supremacists

By Julie Pace
- via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the White House in Washington Monday. | REUTERS

It took President Donald Trump three days to do what should have come fast and easy.In his carefully worded statement Monday, Trump condemned members of ...

Tokyo looks to tap tech of small firms not involved in defense for SDF equipment

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Defense Ministry documents obtained by Kyodo News show the ministry is exploring incorporating small companies' technologies to use to equip the Self-Defense Forces. | KYODO

The Defense Ministry has begun searching for technologies developed by small and medium-size Japanese firms to use in equipment produced domestically for the Self-Defense Forces, ...

Briefed on Guam plan, Kim puts North Korean forces on alert as Mattis warns U.S. ready to intercept missiles

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

This U.S. Navy handout photo released on Aug. 10 shows U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as he speaks with the crew of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) during a visit to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington, on Aug. 9. | WYATT L. ANTHONY / U.S. NAVY / VIA AFP-JIJI

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Monday that the U.S. military would be prepared to intercept a missile fired by North Korea if it was ...

Don’t video next week’s solar eclipse, ‘experience’ it, amed astrophysicist Tyson says

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson presents a lecture at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, Indina, in March. Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week's solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in the phenomenon yourself. Tyson told an audience to 'Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically,' at New York's American Museum of Natural History on Monday. The Aug. 21 event will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross a coast-to-coast swath of the United States. | MICHAEL CATERINA / SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE / VIA AP, FILE

Prominent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week’s solar eclipse: Put down your smartphone and take in ...

Maduro orders new assembly to probe opposition for allegedly backing Trump’s intervention threat

via The Japan Times    Aug 15, 2017

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro plays the maracas during a rally against U.S President Donald Trump in Caracas Monday. | REUTERS

President Nicolas Maduro asked the pro-government constitutional assembly Monday to investigate the opposition for allegedly supporting Donald Trump’s remarks on using military action to reso...

Japan working on inviting U.N. chief Guterres for visit by end of year

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference in Kabul on June 14. | KYODO

The government is arranging to have U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres visit Japan by the end of this year, a diplomatic source said Sunday.If realized, ...

Renegade leader defects from al-Shabab to Somalia government amid purge of group’s ranks

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A renegade leader of Somalia’s Islamic extremist insurgents, al-Shabab, has surrendered to the government.Mukhtar Robow was flown to Mogadishu Sunday from Hudur in southwestern Somalia, ...

Officials assure U.S. war with North Korea not imminent but more possible now than decade ago

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

A man watches a television screen Thursday showing U.S. President Donald Trump (lef) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul. When North Korea makes a threat, the government in Seoul vents its anger while South Korean citizens mostly shrug off what can seem like a daily barrage of hostility. Trump has introduced a new wrinkle to this familiar pattern. His recent Pyongyang-style threat to unleash 'fire and fury' on the North has been met with silence from the top levels of government in Seoul — and worry, sometimes anger, from the country's citizens. | AP

Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea’s is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war ...

Venezuela unrest looks to be major focus on Pence’s Latin American trip

via The Japan Times    Aug 14, 2017

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (left) greets U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after his arrival in Cartagena, Colombia, Sunday. | COLOMBIAN PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS

Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Latin America comes amid unrest in Venezuela and concern by its neighbors about a possible American military role.Pence planned ...

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