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Ryan Zinke Fires 4 Department Of Interior Employees For Harassment

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke fired four senior staffers at the Department of the Interior for inappropriate conduct in response to a bombshell employee survey revealing widespread harassment within the agency.

Japan’s 1st new ski resort in 14 years opens in Hyogo

A ski resort opened in western Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture on Saturday, with its operator and the local government saying it is the country’s first new facility to be opened to

Attacks on South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges reportedly traced to the North

South Korea’s spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($ 7 million) worth … Read more …

One of Kim Jong Un’s top generals has Vanished

South Korean intelligence agencies are reporting that a top North Korean general may have been executed, despite being seen by Kim Jong Un’s side as recently as September. Yahoo News

Omarosa's exit raises questions about White House diversity

The announcement that the controversial aide was leaving her White House post has brought with it new questions about diversity — or lack of it — in the Trump White

Emperor eyes simple abdication ceremony with no foreign guests

Emperor Akihito wishes to step down in an abdication ceremony that is “as simple as possible,” without inviting foreign guests and holding a parade, the head of the Imperial Household

China’s HNA Keeps Striking Foreign Deals as Banks Wince and Investors Flee

Executives at the deeply indebted conglomerate say it still enjoys support from lenders, even as bond prices fall and regulators raise questions. NYT > Asia Pacific

How New York Guards Against Terror On Its Subway

Twenty-seven year-old Akayed Ullah suffered burns and lacerations on Monday after his attempt at attacking New York’s subway system went awry, and the makeshift pipe bomb under his shirt detonated

High court orders first reactor shutdown

For the first time, a Japanese high court has ordered the operator of a nuclear plant not to restart a reactor. (NHK) News On Japan

Crack found in Shinkansen train

Officials from a Japanese train operator say a crack was found near the welded joint of one of the key parts and the undercarriage of a Shinkansen bullet train. (NHK)

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