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November 16, 2018

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M6.2 quake hits off Solomon Islands

SYDNEY - A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The temblor occurred at 2:26 p.m., 132 kilometers east of Kirakira on Makira Island in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 11 km. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has not issued a tsunami warning.

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Japan asks PNG to help recover WWII Japanese remains

PORT MORESBY - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono asked Papua New Guinea on Friday to cooperate in recovering remains of Japanese who died in the South Pacific country during World War II.

Kono also announced Japan’s provision of 1.2 billion yen ($10.6 million) in aid to Papua New Guinea in the field of education, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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Japan detects another hog cholera infection

GIFU, Japan - Japan detected another case of hog cholera virus infection on Friday at a park in central Japan after the country’s first case in decades was reported in September at a nearby pig farm.

The Gifu prefectural government culled all 21 pigs kept at the Chikusan (livestock) center park after confirming earlier in the morning through tests that two of them were infected with what is also known as swine fever. The virus affects only pigs and wild boars with almost a 100 percent fatality rate.

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Dollar falls into lower 113 yen zone on weak stocks, Brexit concern

TOKYO - The dollar fell into the lower 113 yen range Friday morning in Tokyo as weak Japanese stocks and uncertainty over Brexit prompted investors to buy the safe-haven yen.

At noon, the dollar fetched 113.34-35 yen compared with 113.57-67 yen in New York and 113.52-54 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Tokyo stocks fall in morning on U.S. chipmaker earnings outlook

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks fell Friday morning as a weaker-than-expected earnings outlook released overnight by a U.S. chipmaker weighed on Japanese counterparts.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 112.71 points, or 0.52 percent, from Thursday to 21,690.91. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 10.18 points, or 0.62 percent, at 1,628.79.

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JAL, ANA report back to gov’t after pilot drinking scandals

TOKYO - Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. reported to the government on Friday measures they say will prevent heavy drinking by airline crew after both carriers had incidents involving alcohol-affected pilots.

Recent problems involving drunken pilots from Japan’s two major airlines stirred concern and prompted the government to tighten alcohol consumption rules for flight crew.

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N. Korea’s Kim oversees test of newly developed weapon: report

BEIJING - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised the testing of “a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” the North’s state media reported Friday.

It marked the first report out of North Korea in about a year of Kim’s supervising a weapons test since an intercontinental ballistic missile test launch in late November last year.

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FEATURE: Fukuoka shaping up to be Japan’s startup capital

FUKUOKA - Fukuoka is making a name for itself as Japan’s startup capital, attracting entrepreneurs from far and wide in a bid to boost its economy.

The city has significantly lowered corporate tax rates for startups and implemented sweeping regulatory reforms, making it easier to launch a business as part of Mayor Soichiro Takashima’s drive to grow Fukuoka into a hub of innovative technology and services.

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May eager to fight on for Brexit deal amid turmoil

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her determination Thursday to fight on to seal a divorce agreement between Britain and the European Union.

“I believe with every fiber of my being that the course I have set out is the right one for our country and all our people,” she said at a Downing Street news conference.

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U.N. resolution takes aim at N. Korea rights abuses, abductions

NEW YORK - A United Nations committee adopted a resolution Thursday taking aim at the human rights situation in North Korea for the 14th straight year, though with a renewed urgency this time on the issue of Japanese abductees.

The 10-page text of the Japan- and European Union-led measure includes key changes related to the unresolved issue of 17 Japanese nationals officially recognized by Tokyo as having been abducted by North Korea mainly in the 1970s and 1980s.

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U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis for alleged role in journalist killing

WASHINGTON - The United States announced sanctions on 17 Saudis Thursday for their alleged role in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The sanctioned individuals include Saud al-Qahtani, a former top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as Mohammed al-Otaibi, the diplomat in charge of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi is believed to have been killed.

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Pence calls for deal on nuke declaration in 2nd U.S.-N. Korea summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un must agree on a verifiable declaration by Pyongyang on its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in their second summit envisioned for early next year, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday.

“I think it will be absolutely imperative in this next summit that we come away with a plan for identifying all of the weapons in question, identifying all the development sites, allowing for inspections of the sites and the plan for dismantling nuclear weapons,” he said in an interview with NBC News.

==Kyodo

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