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Fukushima firm ordered to pay $143k to family of 102yo suicide victim

A Japanese court has ordered the operators of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 15.2 million yen (US$ 143,400) in compensation to the family of 102-year-old Fumio Okubo, who killed himself rather than leave his home village. On Tuesday, the Fukushima District Court ruled that the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) had to pay damages to Okubo’s family, ruling that ...

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Gun owners warned after ‘Kill the NRA’ appears on billboard

The National Rifle Association has issued a stark warning to gun owners after a large billboard bearing the words “Kill the NRA” appeared on an interstate highway in Kentucky. The sign was emblazoned on an enormous billboard by the side of interstate 65 in Louisville. It was also tagged with “Resist 45,” which is an opposition group to President Donald ...

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‘Polocaust museum’: Polish minister calls for commemoration of non-Jewish victims of WWII

Poland’s Deputy Minister of Culture has endorsed the creation of a special “Polocaust” museum to commemorate the non-Jews who died in Poland during World War II. It is estimated that around three million ethnic Poles were among the six million people who were killed in Poland during the war. Minister Jarosław Sellin said in an interview on Poland’s Radio One ...

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NYT columnist David Brooks under fire for call to ‘respect’ gun owners

New York Times columnist David Brooks has ended up in hot water on Twitter. Brooks wrote an opinion piece suggesting gun owners need to be respected following the outrage after the latest high school shooting. In Monday’s  column — entitled ‘Respect first, then gun control’ — Brooks calls for an injection of understanding, and cooperation between ‘Red America’ and the ...

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Wife envy may have been behind Russian curler doping case — Federation chief

Russian Curling Federation chief Dmitry Svishchev has implied the doping scandal surrounding Olympic curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky was an “external action” motivated by jealousy of his wife’s good looks. Read more Krushelnitsky claimed mixed doubles bronze at the PyeongChang 2018 Games alongside wife and doubles partner Anastasia Bryzgalova, who gained public attention due to her likeness to actress Angelina ...

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Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to Android Pay and introducing some new functionality that the company ...

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70yo stabs 3 refugees outside German church, released by police

A 70-year-old knifeman who assaulted three refugees in Germany has been released by police, who insisted there were no grounds to detain the attacker – saying he was drunk, had no criminal record, and didn’t intend to kill. The man assaulted three refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria outside a church in the western German town of Heilbronn on Saturday ...

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American meddling is bad too, except when it isn’t, says ex-ambassador to Russia

In a fierce Twitter skirmish, former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has tried to explain the evil of Russia’s “election meddling.” Turns out, it’s all about definitions. McFaul has been an active tweeter since his return from Moscow – an active Putin critic, mostly. He frequently engages with his 280,000-strong audience, defending his posts in both Russian and English. ...

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Johnson & Davis are ‘the Messi & Ronaldo' of cabinet – Michael Gove mocked for football comparison

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has been ridiculed on Twitter after comparing fellow cabinet ministers David Davis and Boris Johnson to football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In an interview with the Huffington Post, the Brexiteer dismissed suggestions he was “annoyed” at being not given a chance to deliver his own Brexit speech, a privilege bestowed upon colleagues Davis and ...

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Brooklyn Nets owner Prokhorov backs lawsuit against WADA informant Rodchenkov

Russian billionaire and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will help Russian biathletes launch legal proceedings in the US against World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) informant Grigory Rodchenkov. Prokhorov, who is also a former head of the Russian Biathlon Union, is set to provide financial and juridical assistance to three now-retired Russian biathletes, Olga Zaytseva, Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina, who are ...

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